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 versus skill in photography 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 – you’re just not going to be satisfied with the results.

Beyond the obvious fact that one needs a great camera to create great photographs, there is 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 Z6 Mirrorless FX Sensor
Nikon D500 DX Crop Sensor
Nikon D700 Full Frame
Canon EOS M6

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 24-70mm f/4 S 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
Canon EF-M 15-45mm IS STM
Canon EF-M 18-150mm IS STM
Nikon 1.4x AF II Teleconverter
Nikon 2.0x AF II Teleconverter

Flash, Strobes & Hot Lights:
600W GN82 Studio Strobe Monolights
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
80cm – 120cm Octagon Softboxes
160cm AStrip Softboxes
Lumiquest Softboxes

Tripods & Heads:
Gitzo, Benero, Kirk, Slik, Manfroto, Giottos
Zhiyun Crane v2 Gimbal
DJI Osmos Gimbal
Karma Grip

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 PMW-EX3 XDCAM EX Camcorder
Sony HXR-NX5u 1080p Pro Camcorder
Canon XA40 Pro Camcorder
Nikon D810 1080p HD DSLR
Nikon Z6 Mirrorless
GoPro HD 4k/1080p Action Cams

DJI Mavic Pro Drone
DJI Spark Drone System

Sennheiser MKE600 Shotgun
Sony ECM-NV1 Shotgun Microphone
Rode VideoMic Shotgun Microphone
Tascam 60D MkII 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

660 LED Bicolor Video Light Panels
600w/300w Halogens
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
Zhiyun Crane v2 Gimbal
DJI Osmos Gimbal
Karma Grip

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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