UPDATE: Scroll to the bottom of the list to see Fred Johnson’s gear list.
Here’s a list of Scott’s current photo gear…(minus all the little doodads and accessories that would take too much room to list)
Computers – Apple
Hard Drives – (Office) G-Drive
Hard Drives – (Portable) Sympletech
Printer – Epson 3800
Color Management – Eye1 Pro
Software – Aperture, Photoshop
CF Cards – Sandisk Extreme IIIs
Hasselblad xPan II
Hasselblad 45mm Pano Lens
1 Canon 1DMK II-N DSLR
1 Canon 40 D DSLR
1 Canon 20 D DSLR
1 Canon G9 Digital Point And Shoot
2 Canon BG-E2 Battery Grip For DSLRs
1 Canon 600 mm f/4 IS “L” Lens
1 Canon 500 mm f/4 IS “L” Lens
1 Canon 400 mm f/5.6 “L” Lens
1 Canon 70-200 mm f/4 IS “L” Lens
1 Canon 50 mm f/1.2 “L” Lens
1 Canon 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lens
1 Tamron 14mm f/2.8 Aspherical IF Rectilinear Lens (For Sale – email me.)
1 Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Di LD IF Macro 1:1 Lens (For Sale – email me.)
1 Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 Macro Lens
1 Canon 580 EX MK-II Flash
1 Canon CP-E2 Battery Pack
1 Quantum Turbo Battery Pack (For Sale – email me.)
1 Bogen 3018 Monopod
1 Gitzo GT3530 Tripod
1 Gitzo GT3540XLS
1 Kirk BH-1 Ballhead
1 Acratech Ultimate Ballhead
1 Acratech V2 Ballhead
5 B+W Circular Polarizing Filters
1 Hasselblad Center Spot Filter
5 Kirk “L” Plates
9 Kirk Camera Plates
1 Boda Hip Bag
1 ThinkTank Photo Airport Addicted Backpack
1 Tamrac 614 Photo Bag
Camera and lenses: Nikon D2x Camera with 17-55mm 2.8 lens- my main combo. I love this lens and use it for the majority of my work. I like to be close to my subjects, which let’s me capture more intimate moments I wouldn’t get otherwise. That’s why I picked up the Nikon D300 with 14-24. It’s amazing how such a wide zoom doesn’t distort much at all. I hope to replace the first camera with a D3 and 24-70 when my banker says I can. I love the smaller size of the D300 body. It’s important for me to have a back up lens, in case my 17-55 ever drops or goes away. I always shoot wide but on assignment I reluctantly (because of the weight) take my tack sharp 70-200 VR f2.8 zoom.
Of course extra camera batteries, the correct electric-plug converters and chargers all are in the bag.
I have learned to use flash less frequently, preferring to take advantage of the wonderful low light capture of DSLR sensors, in particular the new Nikons. But when light is low and uneven, there are times when I feel flash is the best compromise.
I have two Nikon SB 800 flashes that I use off camera connected with a SC-29 cord, which allows me to use TTL flash in a much more natural way. I bought one of the Gary Fong light diffusers for it, and though it’s a bit big and clunky, it does a very nice job of softening the lightâ€”and when it’s in the backpack I can store extra batteries inside it.
I’m a firm believer in shooting after the sun goes down, capturing mood and atmosphere in the landscape. I decided to take the “Gorilla Pod”, a small, light bendable tripod that should prove to be a good anchor for longer exposures, but haven’t tried it yet. My tripod is the Velbon El Carmagne 540 Carbon Fiber with ball head.
I vowed after turning 40, that all my shoes would be slip-ons and all my cases would have wheels, and I love the ThinkTank International Bag, which they gave me to test out and I don’t want to give back. It’s small and light and fits in all but the smallest of commercial planes and of course, has wheels. I also have a LowePro Versa 200 which I like, but it doesn’t have wheels. (from my younger days). I take a Domke J2 bag squished in my suitcase as well as an F3X, for when I’m out in the field and don’t want to take everything.
I have a Kata raincover that lets me shoot in the pouring rain while keeping the camera dry. I used to subscribe to the idea that having more smaller cards makes sense in case one get corrupted. But, knock on wood, that hasn’t happened, so I prefer to take a bunch of bigger cards, Lexar 8GB with a few 4GB cards that allows me to burn a full card on a single DVD. Bigger cards lets me shoot lots of raw images to bring into Aperture, without having to download as often.
I still have my getting old Epson P2000 Viewer for downloading in the field, when you can’t get to your computer and there’s no electricity. It’s comforting to know that if the computer is out of power or something goes wrong, there’s still a way to clear the cards safely.
I have always taken a recorder of sorts with me on long shooting trips, currently it’s the Edirol R09 Recorder for gathering field audio and two Lexar 133x 1 GB SD cards to capture it all. From all I’ve read, this one is the photographer’s choice.
I clean my camera’s sensors when needed, and I have the Visible Dust kit, to do it. I rarely have trouble with dust on the sensors, leaving my lenses fixed on the bodies most of the time.
A pocket USB Drive on a keychain can come in handy also to keep scans of my passport and vital information in case papers are lost. 32 Duracell Ultra Digital AA Batteries should be enough to power the flash and Edirol recorder. Of course my MacBook Pro with Aperture 2.0 is part of my kit, along with a Lexar Firewire reader and a cheap USB reader as back up.
Lowell Pro backpack
Sony Card reader (CF, SD, MMS)
3 2-gig CF cards
1 extra 2 gig SD Card
1 extra 4 gig HCSD Card
2 USB Cables
Lens Blower, 2 Lens Cloths
Gorillapod Flexible Tripod
3 extra batteries
Wacom Bamboo Tablet (for editing)
3 160 gig Firelite drives
The basic kit-list is:
Just upgraded from a Canon 20D to a 40D so I’ve got both bodies but
the 20D’s going on Ebay once I get around to it.
Canon EF-S 10-22mm
Canon EF-S 17-85mm
Canon 50mm f1.4
Canon 70-300mm DO IS (and at some point I can rant about pros and
cons of this thing)
Kenko extender rings
Canon TC80N3 Timer Remote
Kata Sensitivity V backpack/camerabag (I’ve got a couple of others of
course, but this is the one I use constantly)
Manfrotto 785B (small) tripod with a hacked-together different ball-
Bogen-Manfrotto 3021BPRO tripod with Acratech “Ultimate Ball Head”
Fred Johnson’s Gear
Nikon D3 (oh baby)
2.0 tele converter
Speedotron studio lights, augmented with assorted AlienBees gear
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