What’s in my Gear Bag?

Chris Sgaraglino: on set of “Harmel’s Ranch Resort”

When someone tells a photographer that “their camera must be really good,” chances are the photographer will respond with an eye roll. The debate surrounding gear verses skill in the photography world is a tired albeit consistent discussion. Let’s not kid ourselves, gear does in fact matter. You don’t want someone showing up for your “professional” shoot with a point-n-shoot camera and a tripod that will not hold a hummingbird – your just not going to be satisfied with the results.

Beyond the obvious fact that one needs a great camera to create great photographs, there are a multitude of optional equipment and components that can be used to produce a professional shoot and bring your project to the next level. None of the items described on this page are necessary for your project. They are simply additional tools that I may take advantage of to make things easier for me to achieve the results you are looking for.

Still Photography

Nikon D810 FX Full Frame
Nikon D500 DX Crop Sensor
Nikon D700 Full Frame

Nikon 20mm f/2.8D AF
Nikon 24mm f/2.8D AF
Nikon 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro
Nikon 85mm f/1.8D AF
Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8D ED AF
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8D ED AF
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED AF VR II
Nikon 105mm Micro F/2.8G ED-IF VR
Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 ED AF VR
Nikon 300mm f/4D ED AF
Nikon 600mm f/4G ED AF VR
Nikon 1.4x AF II Teleconverter
Nikon 2.0x AF II Teleconverter

Flash, Strobes & Hot Lights:
Nikon SB-900 Speedlights
Nikon SB-800 Speedlights
Nikon SB-600 Speedlight
SU-800 Speedlight Commander
FX4 Better Beemer
Honl Light Modifiers
Wescott Softboxes & Umbrellas
Lumiquest Softboxes

Tripods & Heads:
Gitzo, Kirk, Slik, Manfroto, Giottos

Lighting Stands:
Bogen & Smith-Victor

The Cokin P Filter System
Cokin Neutral Density Grads:
One, Two and Three-Stop Soft-Edged
Cokin Neutral Density Two and Three-Stop
Cokin Creative Filters
Hoya & Tiffen Circular Polarizers

Other Gear:
MB-D10 Battery Grip
Think Tank Camera Cases

Film, Video & Sound

Sony HXR-NX5u 1080p Pro Camcorder
Nikon D810 1080p HD DSLR
(6) GoPro HD 3/4 1080p Action Cams

Sony ECM-NV1 Shotgun Microphone
Rode VideoMic Shotgun Microphone
JuicedLink DSLR Mixer & Pre-Amp
Audio-Technica Pro 24-CM Mini-Shotgun
Audio-Technica R100x Dual Channel Wireless Receiver
Audio-Technica T101x Wireless Transmitter
Azden Dual-Channel UHF Twin Receiver
Azden Twin Body-Pack Transmitters
Tram TR50BML Lapel Microphone
Azden Lapel Microphones
Audix OM2 Handheld Microphone
Zoom H4n & H2 Field Recorder
Mackie 402-VLZ3 Mic & Line Mixer
Rode Boompole with ATS RAM Cradle

6- 600w/300w Halogens
2 – 500w Halogens
24″ Softboxes
200w spot/flood Halogen
160 LED Dimmable Bank
CK-7XLR Mini 35w w/Barndoors

Camera Support:
Manfrotto Sticks & Fluid Heads
Manfrotto Fluid Monopod
GlideCam 4000 Pro Sled
GlideCam/SteadiCam Vest
Shape (Spider) Shoulder Mount Rig
Igus 3′ Portable Slider
Doorway Dolly
8′ CobraCrane Jib w/3′ Extension

Other Gear:
MB-D10 Battery Grip
Studio Pro Portable Backdrop System
10×10 Muslin Backdrops
10×12 Chroma-Key Green Screen
10×7 Sun Scrim
Reflectors & Diffusers
Hyperdisk 250gb portable drive.
Kata Bags & Cases


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