In response to your popular requests…
*This post is updated with current gear on a regular basis. Recent Update 02/9/13
My primary camera is a Canon 5D mark iii. I only just purchased this camera and haven’t had a moment to get to the studio yet and snap a photo of it.I do have the mark iii with the attached battery grip.
My backup camera is my Canon 5D mark ii with an attached battery grip. Love it!
My backup’s backup! Or really the camera of mine that my second shooter uses.This is the Canon 5D mark i (Classic).
If I had to pick a favorite lens the 50mm f1.2L would be mine, but that being said one of the things I’ve learned about lenses is different lenses are great for different things. This is my go to lens for wedding preparation time, portrait shoots, engagements, newborns, and wedding receptions.
I also have the 50mm f1.4 lens for my second shooter to use and for a backup since the 50 is my most used lens.
The 70-200 f2.8L is a lens I use almost exclusively for wedding ceremonies. I might take it out for the occasional creative shot during an engagement session if I need to be far away, but other than that its biggest use is for personal use while traveling.
This is the 100mm f2.8L. When I upgraded from the non-L version I noticed a distinct difference in its focus capabilities. It was able to focus faster. This lens I use for wedding details, wedding rings, and sometimes closeups of newborn fingers or toes.
If I had to pick another favorite lens this one would be up there. I love the 135mm f2.0L! This is a beautiful portrait lens and it’s great for getting in close when I want to give engaged couples some space. It can also be great for guests mingling at receptions and some of the dance photos.
Rental Lenses: Lenses are an investment even more than a camera I believe. While the technology inside a camera can change rapidly lenses can last you through many camera changes. There are many lenses that I love and rent and will be adding to my collection over the next year. I rent the 35mm f1.4L and 85mm f1.2L for weddings fairly often.
A macro ring light can be super useful for some creative lighting for ring shots and that’s really all I’ve used it for. I rarely take this out of my camera bag, but now and then it can be fun to play with. I haven’t invested in a brand name ring light because I use this so little. This is a Neewer light.
Neutral expodisc for perfect white balance.
Canon 580EX Speedlight. My backup flash, which serves as a backup in case my other one breaks, and also if I want to have two flashes off-camera on tripods for some special lighting.
Canon 580EX II Speedlight – this is my main flash and the newer version of my backup. This one I use primarily on my camera or with off-camera flash and triggers.
A set of triggers for off-camera flash. These are Aputure Trigmasters. There’s two receivers and one transmitter. These work brilliantly and I love using off-camera flash at wedding receptions.
A Gary Fong Lightsphere. This little dude hooks onto the top of my flash and works as a diffuser. What I love about it is that it eliminates my need to constantly be turning the flash so it can bounce off walls and ceilings. Although the bouncing technique can be effective overall, I enjoy not having to worry about venues with really high ceilings or crazy colored walls that can create odd color casts.
Gary Fong PowerSnoot. I got this because I love the name snoot. This can be a really fun tool to put on the end of an off-camera flash and use as a spotlight. I love playing with it at home and sometimes for the occasional indoor photo.
Other Fun Stuff
My Photojojo handstrap. I’ve tried so many camera straps and this one is the best one for me. I’ve tried Blackrapid and a host of other neck, cross body, and other systems. A handstrap gets rid of my back and neck pain and I feel secure with my camera always attached to my hand. This strap is also soft leather and super comfortable!
64 GB Compact Flash card. I also have a 64gb Sandisk SD card as well. The 5D mark iii has dual card slots so instead of changing cards I have both in at the same time and this compact flash card writes to the sd card as backup. That way I always have a backup set of my images right inside my camera! Sandisk Extreme Pro cards are super fast and amazing. These are the ones I recommend to all photographers because the write speed is fast. If you have a card that writes slowly then you’ll find yourself taking a bunch of photos and waiting while the camera is “busy” writing your images. A fast card will ensure you don’t miss any moments!
Shootsac. This is a great camera bag for me because I love simple. I’ve tried various designer camera bags and I never liked how things fit. I love that this is great for just putting a few lenses in and it makes it easy and fast to change lenses during a wedding or photoshoot when I need to!
I also have a Kelly Moore Hobo bag (need to add a photo). This bag is more of what I use on a daily basis. I use it as a purse so I can toss my camera in it and take photos wherever I go!
My Pelican 1510 Cases. I have 2 of these same cases. One holds all the cameras and lenses and the other holds flashes, lighting gear, tripods and other accessories. I eventually got to a point where I needed a much bigger space than a designer camera bag could offer for backup and lighting equipment. When it came down to this vs. a Think Tank Airport bag I just loved this better. It’s definitely less conspicuous, but more durable. It’s the perfect size for a carryon and it rolls and has a handle you can pull in and out. The fun thing about this is you can chose what sort of insert you want and sort your equipment the way you like. It’s waterproof, tumble proof and all other kinds of proof.
I also have some extra batteries, extra CF cards, battery chargers, batteries for my flash triggers, flashes, cameras. I keep some business cards with me and a host of other little things I might need here or there. A needle and thread, bleach pen, duct tape…you never know!