•Lexar USB3 Card reader
I have a couple of these, one in my camera bag and one on my desktop. This is how I import files from my memory cards if I haven’t shot tethered (see part ONE for my tethered set up), they are pretty small, fast and built well. At only about £20 they are a good buy.
•Sekonic L-358 light meter | Grey card
I’m going to cover two things in this bit, my light meter and my grey card. The reason I’m covering both together is that they are both designed for accuracy that isn’t always needed.
Most of the time the light meter will only be used in studio, or if I have complex ambient light to measure/ lots of lights to balance. Its not used often, but its handy to keep around.
The grey card is similar, I wont always use it as often I’m not looking for a precise colour representation. But on the occasions that there is a mix of light temperatures this gives a steady base to start post production.
•Helipoan Circular polarizer
The 105mm polarizer by Heliopan is a beast! Very high quality optics and cuts down on reflections when shooting cars. This one lets through more light than other cheaper brands allowing me to shoot a lower ISO in the same conditions.
•LEE filters kit
The LEE filters kit pictured here has the 105mm filter ring attached for the Heliopan CP, that sits at the front of the other filters. With the kit I have the 77mm wide angle and 67mm adaptor rings to fit my lenses (plus a step up wing for others). These rings screw onto the lens, allowing the filter holder to clip on and off quickly.
I have the LEE kit as the other brands I used, the filters were not as high quality, and left the images soft.
•LEE filters 0.6 Hard Grad ND filter
As mentioned before, other brands left me with soft images. The LEE filters kit doesn’t. That’s why its in my bag.
The ND grad gives me more control over the exposure in the sky, meaning I don’t have blown out sky’s on these sunny days we are lucky to have a couple of times a year.
•Lencarta Safari Li-On kit
I have used the Lencarta system pretty much since it launched, at 300w/s its powerful enough to compete with the sun even on the sunniest UK days, but is small enough, and light enough to carry to location. Being battery powered it can be used pretty much anywhere, and using the same S mount as the Bowen’s lights there is plenty of choice of light modifiers.
As you can see its been used well, gaining some battle scars along the route, and its always done the job.
It also gets 500+ full power flashes out of a single charge! That’s a lot more than any other available when it was launched.
And thats it, thats the basics of what lives in my bag. A few other bits that are in there include:
- Pocketwizard flash triggers + A flash trigger cable
- Lots of AA batteries
- Spare cables
- Pens and note pads (I like the field notes note pads)
- Business cards
- Lens cleaner
- Sensor cleaner
- Memory cards
- Pain Killers
- Battery chargers
If you would like more details on the kit I use, or have any questions feel free to tweet me at @WLennonPhoto