Photographers Equipment: Complete Home & Field Studio

A Listmania! list by SGU (Chicago)
The list author says: "I'll be open and honest, I am a canon shooter, it goes either way, but most of the fixed lenses will have a Nikon counterpart. I just feel I can do more for less money on a Canon. I tried my best to keep a short list of essentials needed for both field & studio, as well as adding tips here & there.

P.S. If you're a Sony or Pentax person, I'm sorry, you will have problems finding the equivalent."
Victorinox Swiss Army Climber II Pocket Knife
1.  Victorinox Swiss Army Climber II Pocket Knife by Victorinox
The list author says:
  "No joke, you will need it."
$19.99   Used & New from: $16.99
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (328 customer reviews)

Intertape Polymer Group 5638 Vinyl Impregnated Cloth Tape, 1.88-Inch x 60-Yard, Black
2.  Intertape Polymer Group 5638 Vinyl Impregnated Cloth Tape, 1.88-Inch x 60-Yard, Black by Intertape Polymer Group
The list author says:
  "Do yourself a favor, for those long graduations, or weddings, pre-meter & tape your controls down.  It saves the risk of accidentally shifting a setting, it also helps tape paper over your flash for a spur of the moment soft box."
$27.72   Used & New from: $20.50
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

Writersblok Bamboo Small Notebook, Plain, Pack of 4, 3.25 x 5-Inches (WBB704)
3.  Writersblok Bamboo Small Notebook, Plain, Pack of 4, 3.25 x 5-Inches (WBB704) by Kikkerland
The list author says:
  "Alright, I couldn't find a cheap one, but don't waist your money.  Buy a cheap pocket notebook, you'll use it.  Worst case scenario, this and gaffers tape will make a good cheap softbox"
Out of stock
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Polaris SPD100 Digital Exposure Meter
4.  Polaris SPD100 Digital Exposure Meter by Polaris
The list author says:
  "Kids these days, for some reason they don't think they need the essentials.  Buy one, it is your best friend."
$171.36
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

Canon EOS 5D Mark II 21.1MP Full Frame CMOS Digital SLR Camera with EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
5.  Canon EOS 5D Mark II 21.1MP Full Frame CMOS Digital SLR Camera with EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens by Canon
The list author says:
  "the before recommended 10-22 will not work on this, but if you have the cash to burn, it doesn't get better than this.  I actually like the feel more than the Mark IV, but that is a personal preference."
$3,399.95   Used & New from: $2,250.00
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (403 customer reviews)

Canon EOS 40D 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
6.  Canon EOS 40D 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) by Canon
The list author says:
  "A nice mid-level SLR at a fair price, it should do everything you need if you're starting out.  If you're not it is the ideal back-up body."
$872.68   Used & New from: $200.00
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (435 customer reviews)

Canon Rebel XSi DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (OLD MODEL)
7.  Canon Rebel XSi DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (OLD MODEL) by Canon
The list author says:
  "Not the biggest fan, but if the 40D will be your primary, this should be your back-up.  Do yourself a favor, that 18-55, like most kit lenses, is a paper weight, throw it away & invest in Real glass."
Used & New from: $259.89
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (858 customer reviews)

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Tiffen 52mm UV Protection Filter
8.  Tiffen 52mm UV Protection Filter by Tiffen
The list author says:
  "UV Filters, you'll need one for every lens,or you'll be buying the lens again. Stay with Tiffen.  REMEMBER, DIFFERENT LENSES MEAN DIFFERENT SIZES!!!!"
$5.99   Used & New from: $2.98
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,688 customer reviews)

Tiffen 77mm Circular Polarizer
9.  Tiffen 77mm Circular Polarizer by Tiffen
The list author says:
  "Yeah, you'll need this too, especially if you're planing to shoot outside.  It will mount over your UV filter. REMEMBER, DIFFERENT LENSES MEAN DIFFERENT SIZES!!!"
$34.95   Used & New from: $32.18
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (754 customer reviews)

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens
10.  Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens by Canon
The list author says:
  "A cheap lens & a MUST OWN, DO NOT LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT.  YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO HAVE A 50mm!"
$125.00   Used & New from: $84.50
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,586 customer reviews)

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard & Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
11.  Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard & Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras by Canon
The list author says:
  "For those of you that can afford something nicer, the range is no better than the 1.8, but the reaction time and clarity are well worth the extra money.  YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO HAVE A 50mm!  It should be the lens you use the most."
$399.00   Used & New from: $250.00
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,139 customer reviews)

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
12.  Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras by Canon
The list author says:
  "This IS you portrait lens!!!!  For those of you that go back to the good old pre-digital days you'll understand what I'm talking about.  For you newbies it's not as hot & flash as the IS zooms, but use it once & you'll never leave home without it."
$419.00   Used & New from: $299.96
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (553 customer reviews)

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLRs
13.  Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLRs by Canon
The list author says:
  "This is a personal favorite, beautiful for when you're shoved into a corner, shooting inner city & bands, or if you just want to give your pictures that "stoned" look."
$649.00   Used & New from: $488.00
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (323 customer reviews)

Sigma 20mm f/1.8 EX DG RF Aspherical Wide Angle Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
14.  Sigma 20mm f/1.8 EX DG RF Aspherical Wide Angle Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras by Sigma
The list author says:
  "Normally I'd stick with Canon glass, but this is far too good to pass up.  Beautiful when mounted on a full frame CMOS"
$629.00   Used & New from: $530.00
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
15.  Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras by Canon
The list author says:
  "Hey, glass is better fixed, I go back far enough to favor a fixed lens to a zoom lens & everyone needs a good 1-to-1 Macro.  And it's a 2.8, so double trouble."
$1,049.00   Used & New from: $890.00
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (304 customer reviews)

Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
16.  Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras by Canon
The list author says:
  "Weddings & sports.  And you'll need a telephoto for the rank and file amateurs that think a large zoom is the key to the professional photographer.  Show them you have one, then mount something that lets you stand closer to your subject."
$1,449.00   Used & New from: $998.00
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens for Canon EOS SLR Cameras
17.  Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens for Canon EOS SLR Cameras by Canon
The list author says:
  "I'll be honest, I'm not a fan of telephoto zoom, preferring to be "in the action" but it is an essential for wedding photographers, & giving the phallic loving novices the impression you're a pro."
$629.00   Used & New from: $300.00
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (511 customer reviews)

CowboyStudio Photo Studio 480 Watt Three Monolight Strobe Flash Lighting and Boom Kit - 3 Studio Flash/Strobes, 3 Softboxes, 1 Boom Kit w/Sandbag
18.  CowboyStudio Photo Studio 480 Watt Three Monolight Strobe Flash Lighting and Boom Kit - 3 Studio Flash/Strobes, 3 Softboxes, 1 Boom Kit w/Sandbag by CowboyStudio
The list author says:
  "Because it is the far cheaper alternative to using Canon strobes in the studio, but not the best idea for field work"
$255.89   Used & New from: $251.38
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Alzo 16 In Shield Gel Filter Holder
19.  Alzo 16 In Shield Gel Filter Holder by ALZO Digital
The list author says:
  "Because a soft box won't always do the trick, remember to buy the gel as well."
$24.25

Bowens Gel Filter Set for use with the 4-way Barn Door & Gel Holder, 12 Octagonal Gel Filters, 236mm (9.3") in Diameter.
20.  Bowens Gel Filter Set for use with the 4-way Barn Door & Gel Holder, 12 Octagonal Gel Filters, 236mm (9.3") in Diameter. by Bowens
The list author says:
  "See above"
$46.00

Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras
21.  Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras by Canon
The list author says:
  "Because the built in flash is not worth your time, It's also the start of you home lighting studio, add a couple 430EX strobes & you can do anything."
$699.99   Used & New from: $345.00
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (447 customer reviews)

Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
22.  Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash for Canon Digital SLR Cameras by Canon
The list author says:
  "2 of these & a 580EX master & you have yourself the start of a respectable studio."
$299.00   Used & New from: $220.00
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (741 customer reviews)

CowboyStudio NPT-04 4 Channel Wireless Hot Shoe Flash Trigger Receiver
23.  CowboyStudio NPT-04 4 Channel Wireless Hot Shoe Flash Trigger Receiver by CowboyStudio
The list author says:
  "Seriously, if you don't know what it is for you better learn fast"
$21.00   Used & New from: $15.00
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (523 customer reviews)

Opteka 43" 5-in-1 Collapsible Disc Reflector, Translucent, White, Black, Silver, Gold, with Carrying Case
24.  Opteka 43" 5-in-1 Collapsible Disc Reflector, Translucent, White, Black, Silver, Gold, with Carrying Case by Opteka
The list author says:
  "If you can't get that beautiful golden California sun, it's best to fake it."
Used & New from: $100.00
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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Opteka SB-1 Universal Studio Soft Box Flash Diffuser for Canon EOS, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Sony, Sigma, & Other External Flash Units
25.  Opteka SB-1 Universal Studio Soft Box Flash Diffuser for Canon EOS, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Sony, Sigma, & Other External Flash Units by Opteka
The list author says:
  "You should have one for every flash, if the $10 price tag is too steep, try scotch tape and notebook paper."
$6.95
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (551 customer reviews)

Rosco The Strobist Collection, Strobist 55 Piece Cinegel Filter Kit, 1.5x3.25" to fit most Shoe Mount Strobes.
26.  Rosco The Strobist Collection, Strobist 55 Piece Cinegel Filter Kit, 1.5x3.25" to fit most Shoe Mount Strobes. by Rosco
The list author says:
  "Sometimes you want a different colored light, sometimes you don't want to see grandma in harsh white light."
$11.78   Used & New from: $7.95
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)

Three Prism 10x20' 100% Cotton Muslin Backdrops and The Ravelli Full Size 10x12' Background Stand Set
27.  Three Prism 10x20' 100% Cotton Muslin Backdrops and The Ravelli Full Size 10x12' Background Stand Set by Ravelli
The list author says:
  "I've never been much for the green screen fad, but hey it's a bold new world & my first camera was a manual Fujica.  I'd recommend something more traditional, but I'm trying to stay in step with the times here."
$196.69   Used & New from: $166.52
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)

Lexar Professional Series 8 GB 300x UDMA CompactFlash Memory Card CF8GB-300-381
28.  Lexar Professional Series 8 GB 300x UDMA CompactFlash Memory Card CF8GB-300-381 by Lexar
The list author says:
  "I prefer Lexar, but whatever floats your boat, memory is cheap, buy a lot of it."
Used & New from: $5.95
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Lexar Professional Series 8 GB 133x Class 6 SDHC Flash Memory Card SD8GB-133-381
29.  Lexar Professional Series 8 GB 133x Class 6 SDHC Flash Memory Card SD8GB-133-381 by Lexar
The list author says:
  "Different cards for different cameras"
$9.35   Used & New from: $8.49
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

Manfrotto 681B Professional Aluminum Monopod (Black)
30.  Manfrotto 681B Professional Aluminum Monopod (Black) by Manfrotto
The list author says:
  "Most of the time, these are just easier, that & for some reason I don't break them as much.  Feel free to invest a bit in it, it'll last."
$74.51   Used & New from: $61.00
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

Vista Explorer 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod with Tripod Bag
31.  Vista Explorer 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod with Tripod Bag by Davis & Sanford
The list author says:
  "I know for a fact I will break this, I'll back over it, I'll step on it, I'll set it on fire, so I only buy the cheap ones."
$34.95   Used & New from: $18.37
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,060 customer reviews)

OP/TECH USA Rainsleeve - Flash 14-Inch (2-Pack)
32.  OP/TECH USA Rainsleeve - Flash 14-Inch (2-Pack) by OP/TECH USA
The list author says:
  "Because sometimes it rains, even on a wedding day"
$8.25
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

1820 pcs 11"X14" 4 Rolls Produce Grocery Market Bag
33.  1820 pcs 11"X14" 4 Rolls Produce Grocery Market Bag by Tripact Inc
The list author says:
  "Because sometimes, when it rains, you realize you left your rain-sleeve back in Chicago"
$26.95
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Secrets of Lighting on Location: A Photographer's Guide to Professional Lighting Techniques
34.  Secrets of Lighting on Location: A Photographer's Guide to Professional Lighting Techniques by Bob Krist
The list author says:
  "Yeah, he's a Nikon guy, but I don't hold it against him.  Bob Krist will teach you well."
Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Blood And Champagne: The Life And Times Of Robert Capa
35.  Blood And Champagne: The Life And Times Of Robert Capa by Alex Kershaw
The list author says:
  ""If your pictures aren't good enough you're not standing close enough."  Words to live by, & everyone needs a little inspiration."
$13.14   Used & New from: $4.65
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

Lowepro Topload Zoom 2 Camera Bag (Black)
36.  Lowepro Topload Zoom 2 Camera Bag (Black) by Lowepro
The list author says:
  "I like the topload bags for casual shooting with limited equipment.  Great for hiking."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

 
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37.  Lowepro Pro Roller x200 Camera Bag (Black) by Lowepro
The list author says:
  "This should fit most of it."
$379.95   Used & New from: $335.00
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Domke PhoTOGS Vest Large (Black)
38.  Domke PhoTOGS Vest Large (Black) by Tiffen
The list author says:
  "NO!!!!! Don't be that guy, you're not going into combat for Life magazine, just make you sure you have a jacket with lots of pockets and keep your self-respect."
$123.99
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Canon AE-1 35mm FILM SLR Camera w/ Extra Lenses and Accessories
39.  Canon AE-1 35mm FILM SLR Camera w/ Extra Lenses and Accessories by Canon
The list author says:
  "Can we say "legend?""
Used & New from: $110.00
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