Gear Mania – The Things In Our Bags

We have all been obsessed with gear: the cameras, the lenses, the lights, and the miscellaneous. And we know, it’s not always about the gear when it comes to creating amazing cosplay photos, but sometimes you cannot help but wonder what other people are using in the cosplay photography scene. So to satisfy all you gearheads out there, here’s a list of what our staff, contributors, and ambassadors have in their bags. Enjoy!

Note: We are leaving the photographers’ names out for privacy and security purposes.

KIT 1

Cameras

Canon 1D Mark III
Canon Rebel T2i

Lenses

Canon 50mm f1.8
Tamron 28-300mm f3.5-6.3

Lighting Gear

Canon Speedlite 580EXII
Yongnuo Speedlight YN-560 II

Modifiers

Lastolite Ezybox 24×24″
Random eBay mini softbox 9×9″
Random eBay 5-in-1 reflector

Wireless Triggers

CowboyStudio NPT-04 4 Channel Wireless Trigger x 3

KIT 2

Cameras

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 5D

Lenses

Canon 50mm 1.4
85mm 1.8
135L
24-70 2.8L
70-200 f4L

Lighting Gear

Canon 580EX II
430EX
430EX II
PCB Einstein 640

Modifiers

several 40-43″ umbrellas
16×16 softbox for speedlights
8″ high-output reflector for einstein
PCB 22″ beauty dish
42″ 5-in-1 reflector
42″ gold/white reflector

Wireless Triggers

Phottix Odin triggers (TCU x 1, receivers x 3)

Miscellaneous

Dakine Mission Photo backpack

KIT 3

Cameras

Canon 1Dx
Canon 5Dii
Canon 30d

Lenses

11-17mm Tokina
Canon 24 f1.4L
Canon 50 f1.2L
Canon 85 f1.2L
Canon 100 f2.8Macro
Canon 24-70 f2.8L
Canon 70-200 2.8L

Lighting Gear

580exii
AlienBees 2×400 1×800

Modifiers

Softbox x 2
Strip Box small
Strip Box large
Reflectors (gold/silver) 60″ x 2
48in Octobox

Wireless Triggers

Pocket Wizard

Video Gears

Steadicam Merlin

Miscellaneous

Macbook Retina 15
Wacom Intuos 3
Wacom Cintiq 24″

Must have in bag:
USB3 CF Reader
Extra batteries
Business Cards
Flask w/ Vodka.

KIT 4

Cameras

Canon 6D

Lenses

Canon 50mm f/1.8
Canon 17-40mm f/4 L

KIT 5

Cameras

Canon EOS 60D
Canon EOS 5dMk2 (borrow from work)

Lenses

Canon 50mm f/1.4
Sigma 30mm f/1.4
Canon 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6
Holga 60mm f/8
Crappy 28mm f/2.8 (for lens whacking)
Canon 24-105mm f/4 (borrow from work)
Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 (borrow from friend)

Lighting Gear

Alien Bees B800 x 2
Canon Speedlight 430EX2

Modifiers

softbox, 32″x48″
octobox, 70″
octobox, 47″
7″ standard recflectors with 20º and 30º grids x 2

Wireless Triggers

Many crappy ones

KIT 6

Cameras

Nikon D3s
Nikon D4
Canon s90

Lenses

Nikon 24 f/1.4
Nikon 35 f/1.4
Sigma 50 f/1.4
Sigma 85 f/1.4
Nikon 85 f/1.4
Nikon 300 f/2.8
Nikon 16-35 f/4
Nikon 24-70 f/2.8
Nikon 70-200 f/2.8

Lighting Gear

Nikon sb-900 x 4
Paul C Buff Einsteins x 3
Paul C Buff x1600 White Lightnings x 2
Generic Chinese Led Panels x 2

Modifiers

48″ Strip Boxes x 2
24″x36″ rectangular Soft Boxes Photoflex x 2
72″x40″ rectangular Soft Box Photoflex
22″ Paul C Buff Beauty Dish
51″ PLM
67″ PLM
Wescott 28″ apollo
Westcott 26″ Rapid Box

Wireless Triggers

Nikon SU-800
Pocket Wizard Plus II’s x 4

Miscellaneous

Large Sunbounce Reflector
Medium Tri Grip Reflector
Small Tri Grip Reflector

KIT 7

Cameras

Canon 5D mk II

Lenses

Canon 24-70L F2.8
Canon 85L F1.2

Lighting Gear

Canon 580ex II

Alien Bees
-AB800 x 2
-ABR800 (Ringflash)

Modifiers

shoot through umbrellas
3′ x 5′ softbox
1′ x 3′ stripboxes x 2
“moon unit” softbox for ringflash

Wireless Triggers

Pocket Wizard Plus II x 4

Miscellaneous

Vagabond Mini portable battery

KIT 8

Cameras

645DF Mamiya
645D Pentax

Lenses

150MM Prime
35MM Prime
55MM Prime
27MM Prime

Lighting Gear

Elinchrom Ranger RX x2
Elinchrom Quadra x4

Modifiers

Deep Octa 39” Elinchrom
Deep Octa 52” Elinchrom

Wireless Triggers

Skyports – Elinchrom
Backup PWP III’s

KIT 9

Cameras

Canon T3i
Canon 6D

Lenses

Canon 24mm f1.4 L II
Canon 24-70mm f2.8
Tokina 11-16mm f2.8

Video Gears

Steadicam Pilot VLB
Steadicam Merlin

KIT 10

Cameras

Canon 5D iii

Lenses

Canon 16-35mm, Canon 24mm

Modifiers

CPOL filter and ND filters

Video Gears

Steadicam and glidecam

Audio Gears

Built in microphone

Miscellaneous

Iphone for quick pictures

KIT 11

Cameras

Nikon D90
Nikon D800
GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition

Lenses

For D800
Nikon 50mm f1.4
Nikon 14-24mm f2.8
Tamron 24-70mm f2.8

For D90
Tamron 18-200mm
Tamron 17-50mm f2.8
Tamron 24-85mm 2.8

Lighting Gear

Nikon SB700 x 2
Studio Flash 250ww x 2

Wireless Triggers

Phottix Multi Stratos ll (Black)

receivers x 2, transmitter x 1

Video Gears

Generic flycam for dslr
Steadicam for GoPro

KIT 12

Cameras

D3
D3x
EOS M

Lenses

24-70
35mm f/1.8
50 f/1.2
70-200
85 f/1.4

Lighting Gear

Einstein E640
Alien Bees B800
Speedlite SB-800 x 2
Speedlite SB-900

Modifiers

Snoot
Honeycomb, 22″ Paul C Buff Beauty Dish
Lastolite Diffuser/Reflector
countless shoot through umbrellas

Wireless Triggers

PocketWizard PWII
Nikon CLS, Youngnuo

KIT 13

Cameras

SAMSUNG NX200
SAMSUNG NX300

Lenses

Samsung 16mm f2.4
Samsung 30mm f2
Samsung 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 OIS III

Lighting Gear

Yongnuo YN560 Mark II x 4
Yongnuo YN460

Modifiers

Many reflectors
Many shoot-thru umbrellas
Many softliters.

Wireless Triggers

Many PT-04A (Generic) kits.

KIT 14

Cameras

Canon 5d Mark II
Canon 5d Mark III

Lenses

Canon 35mm 1.4L
Canon 50mm 1.4
Sigma 85mm 1.4
Canon Macro 100 2.8L IS

Lighting Gear

PCB Einstein E640
Canon 580ex II
Canon 600ex-rt

Modifiers

43″ reflective / shoot-through umbrella
22″ generic beauty dish
Speedlight stripbox x 2
PCB 47″ Octabox
PCB 64″ reflective PLM

Wireless Triggers

PocketWizard Flextt5 x 3
PW PowerMC2

Miscellaneous

PocketWizard AC3 zone controller

KIT 15

Cameras

Canon 5d Mark III

Lenses

Canon 24-70mm II
Canon 70-200mm II

Lighting Gear

Canon 600EX-RT
Yongnou 560 II

Modifiers

Lastolite 24″ softbox
Off-brand 23″ softbox

Wireless Triggers

yongnuo 603s

There you have it!

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I am a Seattle, WA based lifestyle fashion photographer who has Cosplay to thank for his adventure into the photography world. In addition to fashion, I also maintain Costographer as my cosplay work outlet: http://facebook.com/costographer

4 Comments

  1. So Cosplay Photographers shoot Canon? XD
    (or at least 66.6% of them do)

    Question, how does leaving off the names protect privacy? I mean, I don’t understand that telling everyone your kit would compromise your privacy.

    • I’m guessing so you don’t know who has the most expensive gear and someone could track them down and steal it?

  2. No Nikon….lame

  3. So it’s nice to see that I am not the only that uses a Samsung nx300 makes me feel better now

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