Essential Kit

My Gear List

In Kit, Photography, Retouching by Glyn1 Comment

Here’s a current 2018 list of all the kit I use for my Photography, Retouching, Video and Podcasting.

Being completely transparent, out of all the kit listed here I am linked in with BenQ and 3 Legged Thing but apart from that there’s no other company listed that I’m tied in with or have any kind of contract; I basically use it because it’s fit for purpose and does exactly what I want it to do!

Oh and just so you know the links below will take you (mainly) to Amazon and this means you pay the same price you always would have done but because they’re Affiliate links, Amazon also give me a commission ranging anywhere from 3% – 8%

Thanks for the support.

Camera

Sony Alpha A7 RII Mirrorless Camera:
Genuinely love this camera. Detail, sharpness and dynamic range are insane!
Sony Alpha A6500:
Brilliant! Use this one a lot for capturing video but it makes a great addition to my Anytime, Anywhere Portrait Kit. Also great as a webcam when used with the Elgato Cam Link (below)

Portrait Photography

Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM (G Master) Lens:
My favourite lens by a long way! It’s quite bulky and weighty but oh my god is it sharp! 
Sony SEL55F18Z.AE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens 
Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens
Pelican 1510 Carry-On Case with Foam Set (Black)
Manfrotto MT055CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod:
Love it! Solid, light and never lets me down. Despite abuse it remains as good today as when I got it.
Manfrotto MHXPRO-BHQ2 XPRO Ball Head with 200PL Quick-Release System:
Manfrotto  Q2 L Bracket:
This is a must because it means you don’t have to alter the height of your tripod every time you swap between shooting landscape and portrait orientation.

For my lighting I use Elinchrom Heads; ELC 1000 Pro HD’s and D-Lite RX One’s in doors and on location I use the ELB 400 HS (Hi Sync)

Sekonic Lite-Master Pro L-478DR Lightmeter (Elinchrom)
Tether Tools TetherPro USB 2.0 A Male to Micro-B 5-Pin Cable (15′)
Tether Tools Tether Pro USB 2.0 Active Extension Cable (16′)
Tether Tools Jerk Stopper
X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo (Black)

Light Modifiers

I use both Studio Lighting and Speedlights depending on whether I’m in the studio or on location but for both I use the Westcott Rapid Box Switch range of modifiers which allow me to use the same modifiers on either light source instead of having to buy different modifiers to fit on each.

Westcott Rapid Box Switch Beauty Dish (Joel Grimes):
Love this! Solid construction, great size and collapses down quickly and easily making it great for use with my Anytime, Anywhere Portrait Kit (Below)
Westcott Rapid Box Switch Octa (Medium) 36″
Westcott Rapid Box Switch Octa (Large) 48″
Westcott Rapid Box Switch Softbox 1 x 4
Westcott Rapid Box Switch Softbox 3 x 4
Westcott Deep Silver Umbrella 53″
Diffusion Material for 53″ Deep Umbrella
Westcott Switch Insert (Elinchrom EL)
Westcott Switch Speedlight Insert

Backgrounds

I use a mix of backgrounds from Paper Rolls, Bespoke Canvas’ and Material

Westcott-X Drop:
Great size and packs away for great portability. Material below hooks onto the frame and stretches tight to remove wrinkles / fold lines.
Westcott X-Drop Wrinkle Resistant Backdrop 5 x 7 (Neutral Grey)
Westcott X-Drop Wrinkle Resistant Backdrop 5 x 7 (White)
KateHome PhotoStudio 5′ x 7′:
This background material looks amazing and costs only £46 (at time of posting this) Packs away very small with minimal creases that can be ironed out.

Gravity Backdrops Canvas

Anytime Anywhere Portrait Kit

Godox Thinklite TT685S Speedlight
Godox XPRO-S Wireless Remote
Manfrotto Nano Stand (Black)
Westcott Rapid Box Switch Beauty Dish (Joel Grimes)

Landscape Photography

Sony SEL70200G E Mount – Full Frame 70-200mm F4.0 G Lens
Sony SEL2470Z E Mount – Full Frame Vario T* 24-70mm F4.0 Zeiss Zoom Lens
Sony SEL1635Z E Mount Full Frame Vario T-Star 16-35 mm F4.0 Zeiss Lens
Lowepro Pro Runner 450 AW Photo Backpack:
My FAVOURITE bag! This thing is fantastic. Holds everything. Well built. Just brilliant!
Manfrotto MT055CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod:
Same one as above…I don’t have 2 of them 🙂 Love it!
Manfrotto MHXPRO-BHQ2 XPRO Ball Head with 200PL Quick-Release System:
Manfrotto  Q2 L Bracket:
This is a must because it means you don’t have to alter the height of your tripod every time you swap between shooting landscape and portrait orientation.

LEE Filters 100mm System Foundation Kit
Lee Filters FHNDGSS Soft Graduated Neutral-Density Resin Filter Kit
Lee Filters 100mm Hard Resin Neutral Density Graduated Filter Set FHNDGHS
Lee Filters Little Stopper
Lee Filters Big Stopper Glass Filter Neutral-Density
Lee Filters Landscape Polariser – 105mm
Lee Filters FH105FHR 105 mm Polariser Ring, Black
Lee Lens Cap Pack 3
Lowepro 100 S&F Filter Pouch
Foto & Tech IR Wireless Remote

Garmin GPSMAP 64 Handheld Navigator:
Can’t put a price on safety and although I’ve got OS maps and a compass, this thing is so damn good and gives peace of mind getting me back to safety

Video & Audio

Sony Alpha A6500:
Brilliant! Use this one a lot for capturing for both video footage and as a webcam when combined with the Cam Link (below). Superb Focus Tracking means footage is pin sharp every time.
Feelworld F6 Field Monitor 5.7″ 4K:
Great ‘on camera’ screen for use when filming so you get to see footage BIG.
Audio Technica AT2020 USB Microphone:
The quality of sound this records is SUPERB! Replaced a mixer and much more expensive microphone with this and now have far superior results!
Audio Technica Artist Elite ATM510 Cardioid Dynamic Handheld Microphone:
We’ve got 4 of these in total and use them for recording podcast episodes on location. Again, superb sound quality! Very Happy!
RODE PSA1 Studio Boom Arm
Shure Lenshopper VP83 Shotgun Microphone:
A superb ‘on camera’ microphone. Great for indoor and outdoors when close. Normally I use this and sync the audio with the Zoom H1
Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:
This thing is fantastic! Incredibly easy to use and superb sound! Can plug 4 XLR microphones into it too!
Elgato Systems Cam Link:
Turns your camera into a webcam. Just plug and play. No software needed. Brilliant!
DJI Osmo Mobile:
Makes use of my now retired iPhone and great for smooth B-Roll footage
DJI Mavic Pro Fly More Combo:
Great for that extra special B-Roll. Legs collapse down so it packs into my camera bag with no issues.
Manfrotto MVMXPRO500US XPRO Aluminum Video Monopod:
I use this in my office to record video to camera. Usual well built bit of kit from Manfrotto. Takes up very little space.

Computer Stuff

Dell XPS 8930 (64Gb RAM) (My Desktop Computer)
Dell XPS 15 (9560) (My Laptop)
BenQ SW320:
My main monitor. Nice big screen and comes with screen shade. Also has SD card slot which is very handy!
BenQ SW2700:
I use this one as a dual monitor to give me more space when editing. Also use it when doing Live Broadcasts so I can see control panel on one screen and workspace on the other. 
X-Rite i1 Display Pro:
Easy to use. Does what it says on the tin. Colour Calibrating your monitor is a MUST and I use this with the BenQ Palette Master Software
Wacom Intuos Pro (Small) Graphics Tablet
Logitech K800 Wireless Illuminated Keyboard:
I edit a lot in low light so this is invaluable otherwise I ended up pressing the wrong keys over and over again
Synology Diskstation DS416 4-Bay NAS Server
WD Black 4TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive – 7200 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch
WD 1 TB Elements Portable Hard Drive (Mobile Backup)
Phase One Capture One Pro 11 for Sony:
I prefer to use this software for tethering; solid, stable, fast and NEVER lets me down.
Elgato Stream Deck:
This thing is AMAZING! Takes the stress out of LIVE Streaming with the press of a button. LOVE IT!

Comments

  1. Hey Glyn I am going to purchase Elinchrom ELB 500 TTL kit with a Rotalux Deep Octabox. You have been with Elinchrom can you tell me what I need please. Speed ring for Octa. ,
    Also Do I Q-reflector adapter MK-ii
    I know your busy appreciate your time
    Thanks
    Daniel Smith

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