Most of the work I do is just around New York City. I often travel from assignment to assignment via public transportation, so I have to keep my load rather light. In recent years, I’ve streamlined my gear as much as possible, going with the lightest equipment as possible, but I found going too light was a big trade-off in durability, so I’ve rethought my setup.
Every night before I have a shoot, I go through a thorough PMCS. For those who were never in the Army, that stands for preventative maintenance checks and services. When I do that, I make sure all my batteries are charged. I make sure my memory cards are formatted. I make sure my lens are clean and I make sure I have a bare minimum amount of water and snacks in case I’m on a long assignment and can’t take a break. My cat Ralph usually double checks for me.
I go with three prime lenses – the 24/1.4, 50/1.2 and the 135/2 – or what I call the Luke Sharrett setup. I find for the most part zooms are too clunky and cumbersome. If I really want a little more flexibility I’ll drop out the 135 and add a 70-200 f/2.8, which roughly comes out to be the same weight as the the 135/2.
– Canon 1D X
– Canon 1Ds mk III
– Canon 24mm f/1.4L
– Canon 50mm f/1.2L
– Canon 135mm f/2.0L
– Canon 580 EXII flash
– Lexar USB 3.0 SD/CF card reader
– Extra CF cards (not pictured)
– SD to CF card adapter (just in case)
– Canon OC-E3 off camera hot shoe cord
– Verizon MiFi hotspot
– Extra AA batteries
– Lens cleaning cloth
– Many pens
– Spare LP-E4 battery
– NYPD Press Card
– Reporter notepad
– Samsung charger (can charge my android phone and MiFi)
– Bottle of water
– Two granola bars
– 13″ Macbook Air with charger
All this fits into my Lowepro CompuTrekker AW backpack.