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Photographers Equipment: Complete Home & Field Studio

Kolchak
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
Victorinox Swiss Army Climber II Pocket Knife
"No joke, you will need it."
Intertape Polymer Group 5638 Vinyl Impregnated Cloth Gaffers Tape, 1.88-Inch x 60-Yard, Black
Intertape Polymer Group 5638 Vinyl Impregnated Cloth Gaffers Tape, 1.88-Inch x 60-Yard, Black
"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."
Writersblok Bamboo Small Notebook, Plain, Pack of 4, 3.25 x 5-Inches (WBB704)
Writersblok Bamboo Small Notebook, Plain, Pack of 4, 3.25 x 5-Inches (WBB704)
"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"
Polaris SPD100 Digital Exposure Meter
Polaris SPD100 Digital Exposure Meter
"Kids these days, for some reason they don't think they need the essentials.  Buy one, it is your best friend."
Canon EOS 5D Mark II 21.1MP Full Frame CMOS Digital SLR Camera with EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens (OLD MODEL)
Canon EOS 5D Mark II 21.1MP Full Frame CMOS Digital SLR Camera with EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens (OLD MODEL)
"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."
Canon EOS 40D 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
Canon EOS 40D 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
"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."
Canon Rebel XSi DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (OLD MODEL)
Canon Rebel XSi DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (OLD MODEL)
"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."
Tiffen 52mm UV Protection Filter
Tiffen 52mm UV Protection Filter
"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!!!!"
Tiffen 77mm Circular Polarizer
Tiffen 77mm Circular Polarizer
"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!!!"
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens - Fixed
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens - Fixed
"A cheap lens & a MUST OWN, DO NOT LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT.  YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO HAVE A 50mm!"
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard & Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras - Fixed
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard & Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras - Fixed
"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."
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras - Fixed
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras - Fixed
"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."
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLRs
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLRs
"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."
Sigma 20mm f/1.8 EX DG RF Aspherical Wide Angle Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras (OLD MODEL)
Sigma 20mm f/1.8 EX DG RF Aspherical Wide Angle Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras (OLD MODEL)
"Normally I'd stick with Canon glass, but this is far too good to pass up.  Beautiful when mounted on a full frame CMOS"
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
"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."
Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Telephoto Fixed Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Telephoto Fixed Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
"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."
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens for Canon EOS SLR Cameras
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens for Canon EOS SLR Cameras
"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."
CowboyStudio Photo Studio 480 Watt Three Monolight Strobe Flash Lighting and Boom Kit - 3 Studio Flash/Strobes, 3 Softboxes, 1 Boom Kit w/Sandbag
CowboyStudio Photo Studio 480 Watt Three Monolight Strobe Flash Lighting and Boom Kit - 3 Studio Flash/Strobes, 3 Softboxes, 1 Boom Kit w/Sandbag
"Because it is the far cheaper alternative to using Canon strobes in the studio, but not the best idea for field work"
Alzo 16 In Shield Gel Filter Holder
Alzo 16 In Shield Gel Filter Holder
"Because a soft box won't always do the trick, remember to buy the gel as well."
Bowens BW-2364 Maxlite Gel Set, 10 Colors for Above BW-2363 & BW-2368 (Black)
Bowens BW-2364 Maxlite Gel Set, 10 Colors for Above BW-2363 & BW-2368 (Black)
"See above"
Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras
Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras
"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."
Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
"2 of these & a 580EX master & you have yourself the start of a respectable studio."
CowboyStudio NPT-04 4 Channel Wireless Hot Shoe Flash Trigger Receiver
CowboyStudio NPT-04 4 Channel Wireless Hot Shoe Flash Trigger Receiver
"Seriously, if you don't know what it is for you better learn fast"
Opteka 43-Inch 5-in-1 Collapsible Disc Reflector, Translucent, White, Black, Silver, Gold, with Carrying Case
Opteka 43-Inch 5-in-1 Collapsible Disc Reflector, Translucent, White, Black, Silver, Gold, with Carrying Case
"If you can't get that beautiful golden California sun, it's best to fake it."
Opteka SB-1 Universal Studio Soft Box Flash Diffuser for Canon EOS, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Sony, Sigma, & Other External Flash Units
Opteka SB-1 Universal Studio Soft Box Flash Diffuser for Canon EOS, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Sony, Sigma, & Other External Flash Units
"You should have one for every flash, if the $10 price tag is too steep, try scotch tape and notebook paper."
Rosco The Strobist Collection, Strobist 55 Piece Cinegel Filter Kit, 1.5x3.25" to fit most Shoe Mount Strobes.
Rosco The Strobist Collection, Strobist 55 Piece Cinegel Filter Kit, 1.5x3.25" to fit most Shoe Mount Strobes.
"Sometimes you want a different colored light, sometimes you don't want to see grandma in harsh white light."
Three Prism 10x20' 100% Cotton Muslin Backdrops and The Ravelli Full Size 10x12' Background Stand Set
Three Prism 10x20' 100% Cotton Muslin Backdrops and The Ravelli Full Size 10x12' Background Stand Set
"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."
Lexar Professional Series 8 GB 300x UDMA CompactFlash Memory Card CF8GB-300-381
Lexar Professional Series 8 GB 300x UDMA CompactFlash Memory Card CF8GB-300-381
"I prefer Lexar, but whatever floats your boat, memory is cheap, buy a lot of it."
Lexar Professional Series 8 GB 133x Class 6 SDHC Flash Memory Card SD8GB-133-381
Lexar Professional Series 8 GB 133x Class 6 SDHC Flash Memory Card SD8GB-133-381
"Different cards for different cameras"
Manfrotto 681B Professional Aluminum Monopod (Black)
Manfrotto 681B Professional Aluminum Monopod (Black)
"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."
Davis & Sanford EXPLORERV Vista Explorer 60" Tripod with Tripod Bag and 10 Year Warranty
Davis & Sanford EXPLORERV Vista Explorer 60" Tripod with Tripod Bag and 10 Year Warranty
"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."
OP/TECH USA Rainsleeve - Flash 14-Inch (2-Pack)
OP/TECH USA Rainsleeve - Flash 14-Inch (2-Pack)
"Because sometimes it rains, even on a wedding day"
1820 pcs 11"X14" 4 Rolls Produce Grocery Market Bag
1820 pcs 11"X14" 4 Rolls Produce Grocery Market Bag
"Because sometimes, when it rains, you realize you left your rain-sleeve back in Chicago"
Secrets of Lighting on Location: A Photographer's Guide to Professional Lighting Techniques
Secrets of Lighting on Location: A Photographer's Guide to Professional Lighting Techniques
"Yeah, he's a Nikon guy, but I don't hold it against him.  Bob Krist will teach you well."
Blood And Champagne: The Life And Times Of Robert Capa
Blood And Champagne: The Life And Times Of Robert Capa
""If your pictures aren't good enough you're not standing close enough."  Words to live by, & everyone needs a little inspiration."
Lowepro Topload Zoom 2 Camera Bag (Black)
Lowepro Topload Zoom 2 Camera Bag (Black)
"I like the topload bags for casual shooting with limited equipment.  Great for hiking."
Lowepro Pro Roller x200 Camera Bag (Black)
Lowepro Pro Roller x200 Camera Bag (Black)
"This should fit most of it."
Domke PhoTOGS Vest Large (Black)
Domke PhoTOGS Vest Large (Black)
"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."
Canon AE-1 35mm FILM SLR Camera w/ Extra Lenses and Accessories
Canon AE-1 35mm FILM SLR Camera w/ Extra Lenses and Accessories
"Can we say "legend?""