Gear list

I've received a few emails of late from folks interested in the gear I use, so I've put pen to page and listed the contents of my camera bag below. I doubt there will be many surprises here for the more seasoned photographers out there and this is by no means a comprehensive list but it'll give you an insight into my standard setup for the majority of the work I'm doing right now.

Should I write a lighting version of this post? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
My weapon of choice... 99% of the time. 

 

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
My desert island lens. Love, love, love this focal length. If you're just starting out with a DSLR, ditch the kit zoom that was inevitably bundled with your camera body and pick up a 1.8 or 1.4 version of this lens; learn to love the constraints associated with shooting at a fixed focal length. It will make you a better photographer. Fact.

Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
Tack sharp between f4-f8 with good colour and contrast. Great lens for landscape work and even some portraiture; it provides an ample stage for your subject, though it's important to step away from the person you're photographing to prevent any distorted limbs!

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
A useful (if a touch boring) zoom lens for shooting a variety of different situations. This second generation is very sharp and even competes with many prime lenses on that front.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Heavy and expensive but super useful and always in my bag. Far reaching and fast, it also delivers dreamy looking portraits.

SanDisk 32GB Extreme Pro Memory Cards
I have a few of these and they work just as well next to an erupting volcano as they do in a -20C blizzard... extreme yo.

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Giottos Silk Road YTL Tripod
Light weight carbon fibre tripod. Has a cool Y shaped folding mechanism so that it takes up less space when collapsed.

Kirk Enterprises BH-1 Ball Head
Light weight and silky smooth, Arca-style quick release ball head.

DAY BAG: Domke F-2
Designed so you can get at equipment instantly without having to take the bag from your shoulder, nothing competes with this thing in the field. I also love the low profile look to this bag i.e. it doesn't scream "I'm carrying a shit-load of expensive gear!" I flat-pack this guy in my checked luggage and use the roller below to transfer all my (heavy) gear through the airport. 2 bags are better than 1.
 

TRANSFER BAG: Think Tank Airport International™ V 2.0 Roller
This is very nearly my favourite piece of equipment on this page. Lenses are heavy! Add in a laptop, batteries, hard drives, camera bodies and it won't be long before your body starts to complain if you load it all on your shoulders. Aside from it's solid design and plethora of security features I simply love the mobility this thing gives me through an airport. Once you experience wheeling a heavy bag vs carrying one, there really is no going back. 

As I state above, I flat-pack a Domke into my checked luggage and decant gear from my Airport International into my Domke once I reach my destination. The roller then stays in my hotel room, locked and secured (via it's built in cable) to a solid object; thus securing all the gear I don't require out on location each day.