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djaxle
08-15-2006, 02:51 PM
Alright, so what do you bring to a photoshoot, or what's in your bag? The tools of the trade ect.

Digital: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7S (to replace the recently deceased Konica Minolta Dimage Z2), lens hood, spare SD Cards

Film: Minolta X-7A, Minolta MD 50mm f/1.7, Minolta MD 28mm f/2.8, Vivitar 85-205mm f/3.8, Sunpack 433D Flash, one or two rolls of film (Colour - Kodak HD 400 or Agfa Ultra 100 (if I can find it) B/W - Illford Super XP2)

gmontem
08-15-2006, 04:36 PM
Camera body, 4 lenses, flash, bounce card, batteries, bubble level, microfiber cloth, lens cleaning fluid, cable release, whibal card. It's a very tight fit for a small shoulder bag originally bought for a Canon G1.

sanjuan
08-15-2006, 06:05 PM
Canon AE-1
50mm lens and 200mm telephoto lens
Release Cable
Mini-tripod
Speedlite 177A
Whatever film I can get a hold of (Prefferably 200 or 400 ISO)

jtnishi
08-15-2006, 06:19 PM
Alright, so what do you bring to a photoshoot, or what's in your bag? The tools of the trade ect.
1 Rebel XT, 5 lenses (about 2 lenses too many for most occasions - I really need to just pull them from the bag and bring them only on special occasions), external flash with softbox, memory card holder, CF cards, small blower, lens tissue, cleaning cloth for the LCD, small bottle of cleaner fluid, extra camera battery, extra flash batteries, and a partridge in a pear tree, if my bag's weight is any indication. Even in the largest sling bag, I have to use an external case to hold the telephoto lens.

Of course, citing insanity, I still need to add a monopod and a reflector. :bigcry:

Efecss
08-15-2006, 06:41 PM
I have my trusty Pentax. I have a normal fosuing lense, and 35 to 1 zoom lense. A simple flash, and also carry batteries that I swap out every day. (Should get rechargables.)

I also carry with me my tripod and monopod.

Trelyon
08-15-2006, 06:49 PM
hmmm... let see... i have a few bags/carts... tools are mix and match as needed... all depending on what my customers wanted... i did... some billboard... some scenic... few underwater... but mostly sport - college volleyball... football (aka soccer)... and basketball... once in a blue moon... wedding... bar mitzvah... quince años... for friends (aka for free)... for cosplay it's shoot and run... i haven't used film in ages... ever since my sister 'borrowed' my camera and lens and never return them ::snickers::

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W7, Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z6, Mamiya 645, Canon EOS-1DS M2, and my trusty Nikon D2X

fixed lenses 14 mm... 35 mm... 50 mm... 85 mm... 120 mm
prime lens 70 – 200 mm
wide lenses 16 – 35 mm

flash sigma EF-500 DG, sunpak 0440p, digi-slave 3200... home-made flash gun

epson P-4000 drive and/or my toshiba notebook...

tons of cards... tons of batteries... umbella... grips... tilt/shift... bounce board... port light... cleaners... adpaters... converters... gel... tripods... monopod... filters.

for Cosplay Cons and photo.... let see... LOTS of junk foods... beef jerkies... candies... mints... fruit juices.... AND Mt. Dew... LOL

- Alex

Rebel XT
Good stuff ;)

impgard
08-16-2006, 02:54 AM
For Cosplay at conventions: Canon EOS 1DmkII, 24-105 L, Metz flash, 8 x 1 GB compactflash cards, 12 AA Powerex 2500 batteries, Stofen Omnibounce, water and snacks.

Perhaps a long telephoto lens, like a 28-200 or 70-300 DO if I plan on shooting guests at a panel.

Hexlord
08-16-2006, 05:37 AM
Mine would be my own Panasonic Lumix FZ30, an Emoblitz DS328AZ external flash, 2 x 2GB Kingston & Lexar Hi-Speed cards, a circular polarizer, microfiber cloth, and two spare batteries. :)

Sav
08-16-2006, 07:50 AM
Canon 20d, 85 1.8, 135 2.0, 35 1.4, 430ex speedlite, circular polarizer, microcloth, 2 backup batteries, spar AA batteries, 8gb CF Ultra 2, 2x 2gb Extreme3. But usually i'll cut out 1-2 lenses depending on what i'am shooting.

Oklahoma
08-16-2006, 01:18 PM
Sony Cybershot DSC-P150
Canon 20D
Canon 28-135mm 3.5-5.6
Sigma 70-300mm 4-5.6 (will replace when I get the money)
Couple of memory cards
Quantaray 900WA Flash
Remote
Spare Batteries (canon, sony, and AA's)
Smart Disk Hard drive Photo Bank 40GB
Tripod (occasionally)

gmontem
08-16-2006, 01:38 PM
small blower
Have you ever gotten funny looks when you use that thing out in public? I've gotten a few curious looks and I've wondered if they thought I was going to use it to clean my nose. lol.

jtnishi
08-16-2006, 10:22 PM
Have you ever gotten funny looks when you use that thing out in public? I've gotten a few curious looks and I've wondered if they thought I was going to use it to clean my nose. lol.
Heh, no. It's actually a very very small blower (and frankly, not all that useful). ^^;;

hell-rider
08-17-2006, 11:19 AM
digicam, tripod, medicine, lens cleaning kit, a pack of AA Alkaline Battery, 2 pairs 1GB SD Card,perfume, n mint candy:D

Admin
08-17-2006, 12:39 PM
Canon-1Ds, flash, 35/1.4 and 85/1.2. If I'm shooting outdoors with a lot of room, I will also take a 135/2. Portable drive and two 2GB cards.

Eurobeat King
08-17-2006, 11:48 PM
Canon Powershot S1 IS (no longer available) and Canon Powershot S2 IS.

My previous cameras, the Canon Powershot S400 and A95 no longer work due to taking all those pictures throughout the years.. :thumbsup:

ZiggyB
08-18-2006, 01:54 AM
Canon 350D (Rebel XT), 30mm/f1.4 Sigma Lens, 85mm/f1.8 Canon Lens.

I usually don't take my zoom lens with me because my bag starts getting heavy unless I'm going to use it for sure.

Accessories: Spare battery, 3 1gig CF cards, 12" reflector (which I haven't used much yet), blower, lens cleaning kit and cosplay business cards.

Additional: Double sided tape, small scissors, makeup sponge, aquacolor foundation. <-- For cosplay emergencies. X-D

staereo
08-18-2006, 11:31 AM
I couldn't even begin to list equipment. I suppose it totally depends on what I plan to shoot. What are the circumstances? Am I setting up for a shoot, or is this walk around journalistic style?

Sooo many variables.

Bruce

Shiro MS08th
08-20-2006, 04:12 AM
I have just a few lens, so most of the time I will bring all out except 1 lens.

Cosplay events:
D70
SB800
18-70mm f/3.5-4.5
50mm f/1.8
85mm f/1.8
1 set of spare batteries for both the camera and flash
Lens pen
Blower

Cosplay photoshoot (Outdoor):
The same as above, with just that extra lens.
135mm f/2.8 manual

Demonsun
08-25-2006, 10:44 PM
I agree with staereo, it is pretty hard to say whats in your bag, because it really matters what type of shooting your doing.

Usually thoght I have either a backpack or a sling bag.
My usual kit has changed too.
A D2Xs, and/or a D200 With a Vertical grip,
A 17-55mm f/2.8, a 80-200mm f/2.8, a 10.4 mm f/2.8(?) Fisheye, All nikon
a SB-800, or SB-600, a custom cut reflector, and a extra battery pack,
5-6 1G memory cards, and a ipod with the memory card attachment
1 Spare battery for the d2xs, and 1 set of spare AA's If I'm using the D200
This is my usual load for an event or such,

It pretty much covers anything that Gets thrown at me. It is a little heavy,
Su I usually walk around with just the one camera and the 17-55, and a flash in a pocket, along with 2-3 memory cards.

(Note: If this seems a little excessive, Me and my dad shoot weddings, and we need to cover almost anything, from studio, to taking pictures from a moving boat.)

JadeCat
08-30-2006, 08:27 PM
Alright, so what do you bring to a photoshoot, or what's in your bag? The tools of the trade ect.

Depends on the photo shoot.

In general (a mix of the following lenses, depending on the subject, where, and when)
-- Canon 20D
-- 70-200 2.8 L IS
-- 35mm
-- 50mm
-- 24-70 mm
-- two or three flashes

For a shoot where I know i have some room:
-- light stands / umbrellas

More intense shoot (like 2-5 hours)
-- Studio lights & equipment

Arkelos
08-31-2006, 04:09 AM
Main:
- Nikon D50 Digital SLR
- 18-55mm Lens
- 55-200mm Lens
- SB28 Speedlight
- 1 GB SD Memory (x6)
- Spare Battery

Backup:
- Canon Powershot 300 Digital ELPH
- 256MB CF Memory (x2)
- Spare Battery

Cicada
08-31-2006, 05:16 AM
D70s w/ 17-55 DX mounted, RRS Flash Bracket, SB800
D70 w/ 70-200 VR mounted

in bag:
24-120 VR
50mm 1.8
Spare Batteries [for both cameras and the flash]
4x 1GB Cards
filters [B+W, circ polar, etc.]

Jurai
08-31-2006, 09:33 AM
It depends:

My convention kit:
- EOS 20 D ... want to have 5D
- EF 18-55 lens ... looking for EOS 70-200 / 2,8 L IS USM
- Sigma 55-200 lens
- 2GB CF-Card
- Flash EOS Speedlight 580 ex
- Notebook w/ card reader

Optional:
- Background kit w/ several colours
- 150w flash light
- diffuser

All my equipment is mobile.
Greetz Jurai :skidude2:

Legato/Machan
08-31-2006, 08:10 PM
Always in my bag:
- Canon 300 D Rebel Digital
- Sigma 18~50 mm f/3.5-4.5
- Two batteries (for the camera)
- flash Canon 580 EX
- 4 pair of AA batteries (for the flash)
- 256 mb CF card

Backup:

- Canon lens 70~300 mm f/2.8~4.5
- tripod
- Sony Cybershot DSC - P50
- 1 gb Memory Stick


I only use the P50 in a emergency (when I have a problem with my 300D or when the place is too crowded.

I use the 70~300 mm during the shows and masquerades.

shiroin
09-12-2006, 06:46 AM
Camera:
-Nikon D2Xs: the most reliable. three shot bursts rules!
-Nikon D70s: once it gets fixed I will shove a 50mm F/1.8 on it as a back up.
-Nikon FM2: planning on getting it: film will likely be Fujifilm Relia 400 or Provia 100F, lens on it will be the 50mm F/1.2 or 105mm Auto-PC F/2.5
-Fujifilm S3 Pro: a friend is dumping this camera and replacing it with a D1X. Chances are I will acquire it as another backup and couple it with the 105 2.5 or 28-75 2.8.

Lenses:
-AF-S VR Nikkor 70-200mm F/2.8G
I use this lens around 80% of the time when I am at a convention.
The reason why I like using it is because it gives enough control over the perspective and DOF to minimize the effects of a chaotic background in a typical convention setting.
Drawbacks.... 70mm is a bit tooo narrow during conventions... the new Sigma 50-150mm looks promising but lacks VR.
Also the monster is way too big and heavy :x

Few times at some Taiwanese conventions I was shooting with this lens, D2Xs, 2 SB-800s and one SB-600 (fine control of light :) )
Overall weight was about 5kg, and over the two days I was holding this bethmoth for 16hours+

-Tamron AF 28-75mm XR Di F/2.8D
When the location allows peaceful backgrounds, (aka private shoots or smaller conventions) I use this lens for background intergrated shots.
There are other choices at the standard focal range, but the Sigmas are too big, the Nikons are about 4-5x the price of this in Taiwan, and I found out that this lens is sharp enough when stopped down to F/3.2, so I chose this lens.
There are also other APS-C format lenses like the Nikkor 17-55 2.8 or the Sigma 18-50 2.8, but I chose not to use them because I find 18 being too wide for convention settings.

-Nikkor-P Auto PC 105mm F/2.5
Classic portrait lens.
Mine was a pre-AI version that dates back 30 years.
I got it second handed at a camera shop in Nipponbashi, Osaka, Japan for a very good price.
Colors and bookehs on this lens is amazing! and it is becoming my walkaround lens :D

-Ai AF Nikkor 50mm F/1.8D
My past favourite. Now I am more in favor of the 105 2.5 or the 70-200 2.8 for better control over perspective and DOF.

-AF Fisheye DX Nikkor 10.5mm F/2.8G
A lens purely used for fun during conventions.

-AF-S DX Nikkor 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5G
A lens now serves as a camera cap.

-Ai Nikkor 50mm F/1.2 (yes, 1.2)
A lens with an insane wide aperture that is too hard to tame during conventions.

-Ai Nikkor 50mm F/1.4
Planning on getting this lens to couple with the FM2

-Japanese circular two-sided white and silver reflector of 86cm diameter.

-SB-800 X 2 and SB-600 X 1 (fine control over light :D)

-MacBook Pro laptop

-Trensend 4GB 120X CF Card
-Toshiba 1GB CF Card

-Mobild Storage

Sometimes I have a cosplayer friend who will help me position my flashes, that is when SC-28 off camera TTL cord comes into play.

Cikgu101
09-17-2006, 12:24 PM
I usually travel light with my basic single camera body bag
There I have just my D50 and 18-200 VR lens as well as a SB-22 Flash :rockon:

3 X 1GB and 2 X 512MB SD Cards
3rd Party Battery Grip with 4 Batteries

An additional pouch for storing an additional lens :)

SolarTempest
10-03-2006, 07:55 AM
I'm running with a heavily modified LowePro Stealth Reporter 400AW.
It's all about shooting inconspicuously in public! Most people thing I've just got punk stylish bag =)

If I'm not sure what I'm coming up against, inside is:
- Nikon D70s
- 2x ELN-3a batteries

- 50mm F1.4
- 18-70mm F3.5-4.5
- 70-300mm F4-5.6
- lens blower
- lens brush
- lens cloth
- lens and body caps
- UV and polarized filters, corresponding step up rings
- lens hoods

- SB-800 flash
- 2x sets of 5 AA rechargables (2500mAh)
- tripod mount/stand for flash
- flash gel filter set

- tripod (made my own bag from a canabalized pant leg and webbing)
- bubble level
- ML-L3 remote

- 2gb, 1gb, 512mb, 256mb, 128mb Sandisk Ultra II cards
(kept upgrading as the technology progressed, lol!)

- notepad
- 2 pens
- other misc items depending on the trip (food, rain jacket!)

SolarTempest
10-03-2006, 07:58 AM
Camera:
-AF-S VR Nikkor 70-200mm F/2.8G
I use this lens around 80% of the time when I am at a convention.
The reason why I like using it is because it gives enough control over the perspective and DOF to minimize the effects of a chaotic background in a typical convention setting.
Drawbacks.... 70mm is a bit tooo narrow during conventions... the new Sigma 50-150mm looks promising but lacks VR.
Also the monster is way too big and heavy :x
I want this lens but can't justify buying it!!
*drools* I'd love to have it, but really don't want to carry it...

shiroin
10-04-2006, 05:47 PM
I want this lens but can't justify buying it!!
*drools* I'd love to have it, but really don't want to carry it...

its ok, evantally you will come accross one ;)
look into the sigma 70-200 2.8 HSM MACRO
its less than half of the price of the nikon, and all it is missing is the VR.

the sigma though, is a bit less sharp and tends to make a yellower color.

or you can look into an old 105 2.5 or 105 2.8 or 135 2.8 prime lens, which are also very fun to play with.

Elena and Reno
10-16-2006, 09:14 AM
Nikkon F55 film camera with a zoom attached to it. Filters.
Kodak easyshare camera 3.0 pixels. (I think around that)
My camera bag.
6 batteries.
6 rolls of film.
1 camera stand.
Network cord, laptop.

UrMastrInuYasha
10-25-2006, 02:51 AM
A Minolta SRT200, With a 10-300 MM f1.8 Kamilar Telephoto lense, a 55MM lense, and a 45 f2.8 Lense. 10+ roles of film (This is for photoshoots)

A Nikon D70s, with 30-400 MM Telephoto lense, 2 gig memory card. (This is for cons, and quick shooting) a rather old laptop to download and review my pictures on to see if I need to retaake them.

All my cameras have manual focus, Manual zoom manual apartures, and the Nikon D70s has automatic shutterspeeds, while the minolta is manual EVERYTHING.

djaxle
10-25-2006, 12:21 PM
All my cameras have manual focus, Manual zoom manual apartures, and the Nikon D70s has automatic shutterspeeds, while the minolta is manual EVERYTHING.

Manual cameras rock! I still have a Minolta X-7A in my arsenal which is by default aperture priority I run it full manual. My new film body, a Nikon F80 (N80) I will run manual for some occasions except when working a con, then I'd run it automatic.

UrMastrInuYasha
10-26-2006, 04:10 AM
Manual cameras rock! I still have a Minolta X-7A in my arsenal which is by default aperture priority I run it full manual. My new film body, a Nikon F80 (N80) I will run manual for some occasions except when working a con, then I'd run it automatic.

Your right there. I LOVE MY MANUAL CAMERA! Especially when you can open the Aperture all the way and get some AMAZING focus affects (Depending of if the camera has a good DoF)

I use automatic for Conventions, Mainly to save time, I still use a pretty good automatic camera, it has options to set every thing manual, but it's faster.

Spetsnaz
10-26-2006, 03:31 PM
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7
2 Memory Cards.
All the manuals incase something messes up.
Lens hoods and attachment adapter.
Other useful info will usually be put in there.
Medical stuff, bandages, CPR mask, gloves. As a first responder I see it to be my responsibility to help people if I come up onto something. So I always keep some medical equipment with me.

Kira_Yamato
10-28-2006, 08:16 AM
I don't do a lot of cosplay work, but here's what comes to shoots with me:

Camera Bodies:
-Nikon F100 (Film)
-Nikon FE (Film)
-Nikon D50 (Digital)
-Cambo 4x5 (Large Format Film)
Lenses:
-Nikkor AF 50mm f/1.8
-Nikkor AF-S 24-120 VR
-Nikkor AF 24-85 f/2.8
-Nikkor AF 80-200 f/2.8
Strobes:
-Nikon SB-800
-Nikon SB-600
-Pocket Wizard Plus RF remote strobe triggers
Support Equipment:
-Manfrotto tripods and heads
-Manfrotto Monopod
-Calumet lightstands
-3 head cheapo light kit
Media:
-Fuji Provia (35mm Transparency, 4x5 Transparency)

djaxle
10-28-2006, 11:45 AM
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7
2 Memory Cards.
All the manuals incase something messes up.
Lens hoods and attachment adapter.


Great camera...a little noisy at higher ISO settings so I usually run mine in ISO 80. But other than that I love my FZ7.

As for Kira...that's a whole lot of gear. And Provia is a nice film..I've shot a roll of the stuff.

shiroin
10-28-2006, 12:54 PM
I don't do a lot of cosplay work, but here's what comes to shoots with me:

Camera Bodies:
-Nikon F100 (Film)
-Nikon FE (Film)
-Nikon D50 (Digital)
-Cambo 4x5 (Large Format Film)
Lenses:
-Nikkor AF 50mm f/1.8
-Nikkor AF-S 24-120 VR
-Nikkor AF 24-85 f/2.8
-Nikkor AF 80-200 f/2.8
Strobes:
-Nikon SB-800
-Nikon SB-600
-Pocket Wizard Plus RF remote strobe triggers
Support Equipment:
-Manfrotto tripods and heads
-Manfrotto Monopod
-Calumet lightstands
-3 head cheapo light kit
Media:
-Fuji Provia (35mm Transparency, 4x5 Transparency)


Nice stuff, esp the 4x5 and the Provia.
I have a question, what do you think about shotting cosplay with fuji velvia? because i ordered 5 provia 100F and 5 velvia 100 and i got 5 velvia 100F and 5 velvia 100 instead, so i am wondering if i should even attempt using them for portraits. (i heard they are tooo vivid for people?)

staereo
10-28-2006, 01:33 PM
I have a question, what do you think about shotting cosplay with fuji velvia? because i ordered 5 provia 100F and 5 velvia 100 and i got 5 velvia 100F and 5 velvia 100 instead, so i am wondering if i should even attempt using them for portraits. (i heard they are tooo vivid for people?)

I know this wasn't directed towards me, but I hope you don't mind my responding to it.

Your concern with shooting cosplay with velvia is in your skin tones. Unless you have great makeup to shoot, and complete control of your lighting, you will probably get some trashed skin tones. As I'm sure you already know, velvia has super saturation, and when you saturate skin tones that are poorly lit or have any tones to them, you will saturate the heck out of it. It just won't look natural.

That said, Velvia 50 is what most people think when they think velvia. Velvia 100 is more balanced for skin tones, and you wont see the same skin tone saturation.

Expect to see orange-ish hued skin tones under normal lighting. If you want to try it, you'll want to use strong, harsh lighting.

Although, I would be willing to bet that there are many cosplays that have masks or full coverage makeup that may suit velvia 100 VERY nicely.

Send it back if you're worried about it, or try it out if you have the money to experiment.

Bruce
(Again, my apologies if I cut in by replying.)

Spetsnaz
10-29-2006, 04:21 PM
Great camera...a little noisy at higher ISO settings so I usually run mine in ISO 80. But other than that I love my FZ7.

As for Kira...that's a whole lot of gear. And Provia is a nice film..I've shot a roll of the stuff.


I love that Camera, so much better than the 2.0 megapixel one I used to use. That's for sure. :toothy: I bought it over the summer. I love it's automatic shutter feature (which some people told me was not possible with digital cameras...) So I can point at something in motion, and hold the trigger and snap many pictures of it in motion.

I used it at Otakon this year, the sad thing for it though is I had the settings wrong on it so many pictures came out blurry or in a more poor quality than I would have wished. Next year, with more experience on the camera, my pictures will turn out as good as I did with a two megapixel camera, (I pulled off some amazing shoots, if anyone ever wants to see some pictures I've taken, feel free to PM me. I'm rather proud of many pictures I've taken.)

I would carry more camera stuff with me, but my medical stuff takes up room and it's something I would rather have with me. I'd rather help someone and have some stuff to do it, than worry about putting more camera equipment in.

howzitboy
11-23-2006, 05:12 AM
right now i carry:

bodies:
nikon d70s (my second one broke when it got a little wet after one month of use, cheaply made piece of junk)
nikon f5 (film camera that never breaks used as backup camera)

lenses:
sigma 18 - 200 (great cheap lens that covers a nice range) its small and lightweight and did i say cheap?)
nikon 24-120 (just back up lens in case other breaks)
nikon 55 macro lens (old manual focus that can focus really close-up so great for macro work)
vivitar 18 -35 (for film camera, cheap but does its job)

flash:
metz 60 ct4 ( i carry 2 of these babies and at $1,000 each they are awesome. they dont break after shooting for years in all weather)
nikon sb ? forgot number its just back up that will never get used.

film:
7 -1 gig ultra 2 sandisk compact flash cards
1- 2 gig ultra 2 sandisk compact flash cards
20 rolls of fuji 100 speed film for emergency.

i also carry 8 batteries for the d70s and 6 batteries for the metz flashes (2lb each). my camera bag weighs over 50lbs and with my lunch and laptop i carry around 70lbs where i shoot. yes carry, lol its my daily exercize!!