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The Toolbox

Posted: March 10th, 2014 | Author: Chris Payne | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

So a friend of mine posted a really cool website on my Facebook recently called ShotKit.  I love this website because I’m really interested in the tools that people use to create their photos and how similar they seem to be to other photographer’s camera kits.  The interesting bit is how so many people use the same gear and their photos look so different.  I urge you, if you are a photographer, to check this website out.  It’s amazing!

With that said, I decided I would do my own rendition of it because I don’t have nearly enough Facebook likes or Instagram followers to be on ShotKit.  Hahaha!

Over the years I have switched back and forth between Canon and Nikon a few times and dabbled in film camera gear (with the help of my sherpa of the gear mountain Jesse and the influence of another Jess).  I have settled in the Canon arena for the past 4 years or so because of their lenses and maybe more importantly, because I became too invested at some point to switch again, ha!

  • 1.  5D Mark II (sometimes with the battery grip, sometimes not)
  • 2.  24mm f1.4L
  • 3.  45mm f2.8 TSE Tilt Shift
  • 4.  50mm f1.4 (replaced the f1.2L, this is a cheaper, lighter alternative)
  • 5.  85mm f1.8 (probably the best performing lens in my bag)
  • 6.  70-200mm f2.8L (need this for shooting larger concerts and weddings)
  • 7.  430 EXII (great lightweight flash, I’ve never needed the 580 power. …or weight)
  • 8.  Pocket Wizards (can’t go wrong there, usually paired with an Alien Bees B800 strobe)

Outside of the Canon kit, I love having cameras that are small enough that I can take them everywhere.  I think that is what sets some photographers apart from others, to be always shooting.  Some of my favourite photographers only have their cameras with them when they are intentionally shooting, but some have a camera on them at all times.  These cameras let me capture my life without busting out the pelican case.

  • 9.  Fuji XE-1 w/35mm f1.4 (love this lens, love the sensor, don’t love the AF performance)
  • 10.  GoPro Hero3 silver (follow me on instagram to see what I do with this thing)
  • 11.  Lumix LX5 (point and shoot that has been all over the place with me, high ISOs look like film!)

Film has been sort of a hobby for a while.  There are people who faithfully shoot film and swear by it.  I agree to a certain extent, I love the look, I love the process of shooting with it, I love the feeling of creating physical images, rather than pressing a button and instantly creating millions of 1s and 0s.  I love to shoot film because it slows me down so that I really look at and think about every shot that I take.  These cameras are some of my favourite.

  • 12.  Mamiya 645 Super w/80mm f2.8 (love this thing, the lenses and operation are great)
  • 13.  Mamiya 150mm f3.5 (great portrait lens, awesome subject separation)
  • 14.  Leica M4-P w/Jupiter 12 35mm f2.8 (super cheap lens on the favourite camera in my bag)
  • 16.  Various film (I don’t claim to be devoted to any specific film, I love it all)

And finally, number 15.  Who could shoot without a tripod?

Thanks for looking.  Maybe you are reading this and have some similar gear?  I’d love to see what you shoot with, so if you have a blog and have done this too I want to see!  E-mail me!



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