For all you photographers and gear heads out there, today’s blog is all about the gear I use in my bag. I only recently completed my checklist of all that I needed in my bag, and wanted to talk briefly about the importance of each element. I will start with the one essential tool – my 5D Mark III
After going up the Canon line, the 5D is my favorite tool, as it is always reliable and has easily accessible settings (not to mention that it’s nicely weather proofed!) I can barely go anywhere without this camera, and hope I won’t have to for quite some time. This camera body also has the ability to record simultaneously to two cards (a CF and SD card) which provides immediate backups – I would not feel comfortable shooting a wedding without it.
Next up are my favorite lenses, the 50mm f/1.2 and the 85mm f/1.2. Not only do these two heavy pieces of glass have a massive aperture of 1.2 for wonderful bokeh, but the image quality is stunning! My sharpest and favorite images are frequently captured with these two. They may not provide much flexibility with the prime focal length, but the extra trouble has always been worth it.
If I couldn’t use my primes, then my first zoom lens choices would be the 70-200mm f/4 IS and the 24-70mm f/4 IS. These lenses provide almost all the range you could ever need (and they each pickup where the other one ends.) I also own the 70-200mm f/2.8, but I often prefer to use the f/4 IS, as it is almost half the weight and has an Image Stabilizer.
A few more less used items (but still necessary,) – 16-35mm f/2.8 wide angle lens, Sekonic L – 478DR light meter for studio work, and my two 430 EXII flashes for location. The wide angle is great for events and landscapes, but is rarely used for my portraits because of nasty wide distortion. My light meter always gives me the exact metering I need, and the flashes help when I can’t use my strobes.
Please leave any questions about my techniques or equipment in the comments below, I would love to answer them!