What is in the kit bag?

We carry a multitude and variety of equipment and over the years have tried almost all the propriety makes of carrying systems to move all the bits and pieces about. We currently use two Magnum bags along with a massive Lowepro rucksack with some Kata wheels. It has room for almost all the lenses and bits and pieces but not the lights etc. Our camera bodies travel in a protective case similar to a Peli.

Here is an ideal list of equipment that Commercial Photographers could use. Everything earns its place.

1. Hasselblad H3D-50, (available for some commercial work) and two Canon 5d mk2’s, for video and digital imaging.

2. EF 24 – 70mm f/2.8, L a superb lens that is a real workhorse for most close-up and mid-range photography.

3. EF 70-200mm f/2.8, L this is a beauty which gives us the ability to standoff and capture magic moments at weddings for example or when taking portraits and fashion shots.

4. EF 17–40mm f/4.0, L, a can do landscape lens, for the super wide-angle but still believable views.

5. EF 24–105mm f4.0, L an all-round reliable lens and a good back up for the 24 – 70mm.

6. EF 50mm f/1.4, a fantastic lens with great bokeh.

7. EF 85mm f/1.2, L the portrait dream maker, brilliant lens easy to create perfect images.

8. EF 100mm f/2.8, a macro lens for the close-up work.

9. EF 400mm f/5.6, L a great long view lens used for motor racing and animals.

10. Also carry up to eight spare camera batteries for the 5d’s.

11. At least one Canon double battery pack, BG-E6  used with one of the 5d’s.

12. Two Manfrotto tripods and two Giotto monopods all with quality heads.

13. Twenty CF & SDHC memory cards 16gb down to 2gb.

14. Spare tripod mounts for cameras.

15. A mat to sit or lay down on.

16. A microfiber towel.

17. Lee filters System holders x two and sets of graduated ND soft and graduated ND hard  Lee Pro solid filters and polariser.

18. A couple of Lee filters cloths, nothing beats these great cloths for cleaning filters and lenses and Lee filter cleaning fluid, in a handy plastic bottle.

19. A good toolkit & gaffer tape, just in case.

Lighting kit

A. Bowens 500w mobile studio light set.

B. Four Canon Speedlite 600 ex-rt

C.  Various portable fixed & video light sets.

D. Arri Fresnels and stands.

E. Phottix Odin Set.

F. Four Pocketwizards.

G. Numerous light stands, booms, clips etc.

H. Various softboxes, octoboxes, umbrellas, beauty dish, including honeycombs and filters.

I. Several Lastolite reflectors, and diffusers including tri-grip.

J. Sekonic light meters, L358 & L308.

K. Spare batteries for everything and Quantum battery packs for the Speedlites

L. A fifty metre power reel, just in case you need to bring power in from some distance away.

Over the next few week I will be discussing all the equipment and how we use it so come back again soon for hopefully some helpful hints and tips.

If you would like to discuss anything photography related e-mail us at:


Telephone numbers: 02890817194 & 07721907744

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