As I was sorting through some of my gear looking for a particular item, it occurred to me, that if I only was allowed 10 pieces of gear, what would they be. For some I think this is an easy question if they shoot only one genre, but for most like me, if they have multiple interests, like wildlife, aviation and architectural, then it is not so black and white. Let me preface this by saying, I did not put budget restrictions on this question and I shoot Nikon. You could just as easily substitute the Canon line of products if you shoot Canon. Here is the list that I came up with.
1. Nikon D6
If I had to go with one body I would choose the Nikon D6. Built for whatever you can throw at it and yet versatile enough to shoot almost every genre. I like this for its high ISO range and 14 FPS continuous shooting. I know that I would be carrying a heavier body around, but at least I would have the best.
2. AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR
Perfect for wildlife and aviation, this gives me versatility with the flick of the 1.4 tele-extender to go from 400mm to 580mm instantly.
3. AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR
This is an outstanding lens for pilot portraits, aircraft statics and even wildlife if they are closer. This even comes in handy when trying to get fine details in architectural photography or when compressing the beautiful landscape.
4. AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm F2.8G ED
A must have wide angle lens for everything from landscape to aviation to wildlife environmental portraits, Sharp as anything, wide and weather sealed.
5. Profoto B1X 500 AirTTL 2-Light Location Kit
A powerful yet portable lighting kit with a backpack. This wireless light packs a punch and is compatible with all of the Profoto light shaping accessories making it the perfect compliment to any shoot.
6. Profoto RFI 5′ Octa
Light is the language of photography and I have found none better than the Profoto 5′ Octa. Portable and lightweight with gorgeous wrap around light. I simply love this modifier.
7. Profoto RFi Softbox Strip 1’x6′
To compliment the Octa, this is the one that I would choose. I have two lights and with this I can light the details of a plane or whatever is needed to add depth and dimension to a photograph.
8. Leofoto LS-365C Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod
I did a full review on this tripod on my blog and you can find that here. No center column, tall, sturdy and yet able to lay completely flat for low angle shots, this goes with me on all trips. Even can double as a light stand. My go to travel tripod.
9. Nikon AN-SBR2 Black Rapid Quick-Draw Strap
I love this strap for carrying my camera. When you want to keep your DSLR from moving around there are locking bumpers surrounding the DSLR to limit your camera’s range of motion. It also includes a quick-release stabilizing strap under your arm for even more stability, my favorite part. This ensures the camera is always at your side at the height you want it.
10. Nikon SB-5000 AF Speedlight
I know that I already had lights listed, but there are times when hauling the big guns out is just not practical, hence the portability of the speed light. Fits in my sling bag and is wireless. Great for the times when you need to create light on the fly.
There are the 10 items that I would want if I could have only 10 items. Thankfully, this is not the case. Here are some items that I debated but did not make the must have list.
- Cable release – I can use the cameras timer feature
- Really Right Stuff TVC-24 Tripod
- Fisheye Lens
- ND Filters
- Additional Light Modifiers like soft boxes
- Gaffers Tape – This one probably should have been on the list
- Mountainsmith Lumbar Day Pack / Sling Bag
I would love to hear your top ten and see what is specific to your genre of photography.
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