Photo Credit: by Álvaro Serrano on Unsplash
Article: by Jon Erives at Grand Archive Photography
In the spirit of keeping it simple, I’ve created a list of my favorite gear with short descriptions about why I chose it. I purchase my gear based on the type of photography that I work on. That happens to be commercial projects, weddings and some of my own art photography.
I’m also frequently asked about the brands I choose. There are many great competing brands in the world, but I can assure you there’s a method to my madness. I’ll share my thoughts on that in a future article.
With that out of the way, here’s a list of what’s in my camera bag:
CAMERA BODIES: The 5D Mark IV and Mark III are workhorses and I use them as my main camera bodies. At events I will have 3 of either one, or a mix of both. I keep a 6D in my assistant’s bag just in case the stars align and burn a hole through our universe. I keep 4-5 camera bodies on hand at my events.
- Canon 5D Mark IV (Main Camera Body 1)
- Canon 5D Mark III (Main Camera Body 2)
- Canon 6D (Camera Body 3)
LENSES: The 24-70 is my walk around lens for receptions and if I had to, I could shoot an entire wedding with this lens. Here’s a list of the lenses in my bag.
- 70-200mm 2.8 L (Telephoto Lens, used mostly during ceremonies)
- 24-70mm 2.8 L (Standard Zoom Lens, used as my walk around lens at receptions)
- 100mm 2.8L (Macro, used for details such as rings)
- 50mm 1.2L (My favorite lens for low ambient light conditions)
- I use Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT Flashes on and off camera
- I also keep 580’s and 430’s on hand.
TRIPODS & MONOPODS
- Manfrotto MK290DUA3-3WUS 290 with a Dual 3-Way Head — I carry with me a Manfrotto brand tripod and monopod. Manfrotto is an Italian company that makes a serious tripod with a commanding presence. It’s versatile for many applications including group photos and macro shots.
- Manfrotto 682B Monopod — This little guy is deceiving. It’s a monopod, but transforms into a tripod like a ninja. This is perfect for extra long events and ceremonies.
I will be posting additional information about photography gear, along with tips and tricks I learn along the way. I’d love to hear your thoughts on your favorite gear!