"What do you shoot with?" / by Melissa Mederos

The number one question we are asked is, “What gear do you use?”

It seems like every-time we are out shooting, people stop and take a glimpse with puzzled faces. Maybe they’re interested in what we’re doing or maybe they just want to know why we are using these crazy looking soft boxes, enormously huge lenses or home-made diffusers.

We’ve created a basic gear kit of the items we use on a day to day basis. I’ll begin to go more in depth with these individual items, and I’ll be creating more specific kits for lighting, diffusion, color-correction, and so on. I will soon break down what specific gear we use for a particular line of work such as, architecture photography, food photography, and product shots.

For now, you can view our gear kit right here: https://kit.com/pryme/favorite-gear

Favorite Gear

This kit includes most of the gear we use on a regular basis.

Nikon D810 FX-format Digital SLR Camera Body

Our main babe! She's a beauty. Heavier than most bodies out there but oh so crisp!

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Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED

Our favorite lens for Landscape shots or artistic wide-view photos.

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Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras

When in doubt, this is my go-to lens for a wide view or a more close-u feel.

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Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Lens

Our favorite lens for background compression. We use this for headshots, food, and some others.

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Nikon PC-E FX NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED Fixed Zoom Lens for Nikon DSLR Cameras

Our newest addition. We purchased this for primarily architecture shoots but I find we may be using it for other fun projects.

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CamRanger CamRanger: Wireless DSLR Camera Control

We use this when we don't want to schlep around a laptop and long 15' tether cord. I love this but it can sometimes lag so we interchange with the cord.

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Tether Tools TetherPro USB 2.0 to Mini-B 5-Pin Cable, 15' (4.6m), High-Visibility Orange

Our go-to tethering cable for most shoots. We connect to the laptop and that's it!

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Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT Aluminum Tripod for Sony, Nikon, Canon DSLR Cameras

Our primary tripod. Sturdy, strong, but heavier than most. Not great for travel but we do it anyways. We use this with the GH-100 Grip Head

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Vanguard Alta Pro 263AGH Aluminum Tripod with GH-100 Grip Head for Sony, Nikon, Canon DSLR Cameras

Our primary tripod. Heavy but sturdy and not the best for travel... but we do it anyways. You can't find something this good for the price range. It has lasted me a long time!

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Lee Filters SW150 Mark II Filter System Rotating Holder for Wide Angle Lenses

Lee Filer holder for our 14-24mm Lens. The adapter ring is purchased separately.

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Lee Filters SW150 Adapter for Nikon AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Lens

This is used with the SW150 rotating filter.

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Lee Filters 150x150mm Big Stopper Neutral Density 3.0 Filter for SW150-Series Filter Holder, 10 Stop

10 stop ND filter for the 14-24mm which can be interchangeable with all other lenses so long as you purchase the ring adapter for the lens (SW150 system)

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Wacom Intuos Pro Digital Graphic Drawing Tablet for Mac or PC, Medium, (PTH660) New Model

Obsessed with my tablet! This has changed my editing life and I totally recommend it for any photographer who spends countless hours retouching.

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Apple iMac 27" Desktop with Retina 5K display - 4.2GHz quad-core Intel Core 7th-gen i7, 2TB Fusion Drive, 16GB 2400MHz DDR4 Memory, Radeon

Upgraded to a 2tb Fusion drive and 16gb - Our main computer for video/photo editing.

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Apple iMac (27" Retina 5K display, 3.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 1TB) - Silver (Latest Model)

Secondary computer for editing photos (usually too slow for video)

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LaCie Rugged Mini 4TB USB 3.0 / USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive + 1mo Adobe CC All Apps (LAC9000633)

We have 2 (4tb) and 2 (2tb). Love these, I always feel like our images are safe. I use these with a thunderbolt and USBC

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Schneider Optics B+W 77mm XS-Pro HTC Kaesemann Circular Polarizer with Multi-Resistant Nano Coating

Polarizer for 70-200mm lens

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Schneider Optics B+W 82mm XS-Pro HTC Kaesemann Circular Polarizer with Multi-Resistant Nano Coating

Polarizer for 24-70mm lens

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Flashpoint XPLOR 600 HSS Battery-Powered Monolight with Built-in R2 2.4GHz Radio Remote System and R2 Transmitter for Nikon (Bowens Mount)

I've got 3 of these because they are so affordable compared to other brands. I love these lights! They are worth every penny.

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Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader - LRW400CRBNA

My go-to card reader. I prefer it over the Insignia.

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Lexar Professional 1066x 64GB VPG-65 CompactFlash card (Up to 160MB/s Read) LCF64GCRBNA1066

Love my CF cards. I've only had a corrupted card once and I think it was because I sat on it while in my back pocket. Other than that, it has worked very well for me,

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Flashpoint 10' C (Century) Light Stand on Turtle Base Kit w/40" Grip Arm & 2 Gobo Heads and Baby Pin - Chrome

Typical C-Stand its great for practically everything

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Astro Pneumatic Tool Astro 557003 500 Pound Capacity Portable Work Stand

This is a good stand for laying different surfaces. It folds up quickly and requires little space.

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Feel free to ask us any questions you may have on this gear list!