Ive said it before and ill say it again, kit doesn’t mater, It wont make you a better photographer. What it will do is stand upto the abuse a professional puts their equipment through, it will help get the shot when it has to be got (no second chances on some of these jobs) and it will speed up your workflow.
Over the next couple of posts ill be sharing with you whats in my kit bag, and why it makes the cut of being there.
•MacBookPro 15” Retina
I use the Apple system not for any hipster points (confession time, I am writing this in starbucks and I wear Rayban glasses) but because I prefer the format, the keyboard and the way it fits into my previous kit set ups.
When my old desktop iMac was getting a bit too slow to process the number of images I was producing in a week the time came to upgrade. The MacbookPro 15” retina was the one I opted for, 16GB of ram i7 processor and all that Jazz equaled about a 5-6 hour a week saving minimum. To me, that was worth the expense.
The iMac then became my browsing computer and the MBP is the workhorse, its used for tethered shooting on location, editing/retouch when teamed upto my monitor and Wacom, writing quotes and anything else that needs to be done when running a business. Pretty much, I can't fault it.
In the SD slot of the MBP I have a fast 32GB micro SD card and short adaptor that gives me space for music ect.
•Tether tools USB cable
While on the subject of shooting tethered, this is “The Cable” to own. The tether tools Tether Pro cable is probably the industries most used USB tethering cable, we see these orange beauties everywhere (also available in black, like all handy trip wires). Its well insulated against interference, its bright orange so people see it on set* and it just works. Like most things in my bag, they are there because they work when needed.
so don’t step on it ripping it out of your camera or computer and damaging everything.
Keeping with the tethering set up, ill usually work with the Canon 5D MKiii body, it’s the higher resolution out of my cameras (but not as fast shooting, something I don’t need when tethered).
To be honest, there isn’t much I can say about this body, its been around a while and im sure you all know the technical specs. The only thing I can say again is it works and does the job its there for. So stays in my bag.
On the bottom of the body I have a Manfrotto RC2 tripod mount and a Blackrapid quick strap connector that folds down when mounted to the tripod.
The 1Dx is canons “flagship” body, it has an incredible focus system and shoots 12-14fps if needed…..that would have been a roll of film gone in 2 seconds! It’s a bit of a beast. This is my goto body when shooting anything with fast movement.
It’s the camera that everyone always likes to have a look at when I do some teaching, but honestly….I prefer the 5Diii for most jobs, the 12fps is too fast so I set that to a lower speed unless were shooting anything particularly quick. Saying that, the focus system is killer!
For you regular readers of the blog you will remember I had an small issue with the 1Dx, the rear scroll wheel stopped working after a particularly hard shoot in glorious Wales. Luckily the combination of a 2 year warranty and canon CPS membership ensured I wasn’t left without it for long, and without a hefty bill too.
There are a few more bits in the bag, and the bag itself that ill cover next time.