Inside A Pro’s Camera Gear Bag

Gear heads rejoice…If you’ve ever wondered what’s in a professional photographer’s gear bag, then wonder no more. Here is a detailed list of everything I use while shooting the world’s best BMX riders, and some of the most beautiful locations on Earth.

Professional Camera Gear Bag

Professional Camera Gear Bag

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CAMERA GEAR & FLASHES:
1) Canon EOS 5D Mark II (With shoulder strap and E1 hand strap.)
1) Canon BG-E6 Battery Grip
2) Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens (With lens hood and tripod mount ring.)
3) Quantum Qflash Battery (Qpaq-PB1 Module, Qpaq PXC 200 Watt/Second Add-On Module, and Qpaq PX 200 Watt/Second Power Pack and Command Module with shoulder strap and mounting bracket.)
4) Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 USM Lens (With lens hood.)
5) Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Lens
6) PocketWIzard MiniTT1 Transmitter
7) Vivitar 285 HV Flash
8) PocketWizard Plus Digital Receiver
9) PocketWizard Plus II Transceiver
10) Quantum Qflash T5D-R Flash
11) Canon Speedlite 580 EXII & Pouch

Professional Camera Gear Bag

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ACCESSORIES:
1) Avenger A630B 10.8ft Lightstand
2) Generic 11ft Lightstand
3) Slik Pro 340DX Tripod (Used as flash stand and to hold camera/video camera.)
4) Sunpak 5200D Tripod (Used only as flash stand.)
5 )Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite)
6) (2) Bungee Cord
7) (2) Impact Super Clamp With Standard Stud
8) Mini Table Tripod
9) Extra Tripod Base Plate
10) Paper Lens Wipes & Lens Cloth
11) (3) Nikon AS-19 Flash Stand
12) Custom Brackets CB Digital-T Flash Rotating Bracket
13) Custom Brackets BH-1 Battery Holder
14) Ride BMX Stickers
15) Personal Business Cards
16) Transworld Business Cards
17) Memory Card Case & Cards (SanDisk Estreme III 32GB, SanDisk Estreme III 8GB, SanDisk Extreme III 4GB, SanDisk 1GB, Lexar 1GB)
18) 12 AA Batteries
19) Empty 18lb Capacity Impact Sandbag
20) 15lb Impact Sandbag
21) Canon LP-E6 Battery (For camera body.)
22) Canon RC-5 Remote Control
23) Smith-Victor 1/2-20 to Standard Shoe Adapter
24) 3V Battery (For PocketWizard MiniTT1)
25) LumiQuest Pocket Bouncer
26) Adidt M1 Remote Cord
27) Note Pad & Ink Pen
28) 1.25-2.5 Angle Viewfinder & Pouch
29) PC Sync Cord For Quantum Qflash
30) Benadryl & Dayquill

Professional Camera Gear Bag

All the items listed above intricately fit into my Lowepro Pro Roller x200 Rolling Case as shown here...

Professional Camera Gear Bag

All packed up and ready to roll...

Professional Camera Gear Bag

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VIDEO CAMERA BAG:
1) Focus Enhancements Firestore FS4HD DTE Technology 120GB Hard Drive
2) Sony DCR-HC1000 Handycam
3) Rode VideoMic Camera Mounted Shotgun Microphone
4) EV RE50B Shock Mounted Dynamic Omnidirectional Microphone (With wind screen and Ride BMX flag and Sennheiser SKP 100 Plug On Transmitter.)
5) Zucato Z-Finder Mounting Frame for DSLRs with Battery Grips
6) Firestore Drive Charger
7) Microphone Cord
8) Skullcandy Full Metal Jacket Headphones & Pouch
9) Sony NP-FF71 Battery (For video camera.)
10) Century Opitics Digital Series Ultra Fisheye MKII 37mm Lens & Pouch
11) Sony Mini DV Head Cleaning Tape
12) Zucato Z-Finder Pro 3x with Pouch
13) Video Camera Charger
14) Firewire Cord
15) 9V Battery (For shotgun mic.)
16) Video Camera Battery Charger
17) Sennheiser EW 100 G2 Bodypack with Lavalier Microphone
18) Sennheiser EW 100 G2 Bodypack Transmitter
19) Sony DVC 60min Mini DV Tapes
20) Lens Cloth
21) Flathead Screwdriver (To tighten down Zucato mounting frame to DSLR.)
22) FireWire Cord with 6 Pin to 9 Pin Adapter
23) Lavalier Microphone

Professional Camera Gear Bag

I keep all of my video camera gear in a small Tamrac shoulder bag.

NOT SHOWN:
– Apple iPhone 4 32GB
– Canon PowerShotSD780 IS with Lowepro Pouch
– Dresser drawer filled with random spare parts, items I rarely use, owner’s manuals, chargers, etc.
– Apple MacBook Pro, Second Monitor, Hard Drives, Etc.


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5 thoughts on “Inside A Pro’s Camera Gear Bag

  1. Ryan Ogawa

    Sweet! Do you have a second bag you use when you are just riding to a location, like a backpack? I bet that 15mm 2.8 rarely leaves the camera.

  2. Julien

    Hey,

    I was wondering how do you choose between your regular Canon flash and your Quantum Qflash.

    What are the main differences between these two sources of light?

    Thank you

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