Quicklinks below to equipment I currently use. (Updated 21st Sept. 2020)

Cameras
Lenses
Filters
Lighting
Bags, Straps & Tripod
Computing
Memory Cards
Audio
Software


Cameras

Canon 5D Mark III x 3

I'm not one for updating camera bodies, preferring to run them into the ground. All have been working well for 7 years now. The shutters have been replaced with all the bodies as per Canon's actuation cont recommendation. Real workshorses.

View Canon 5D Mk 3 Camera Offers from B&H

I service them regularly at Fixation in London. They handle repairs to the bodies (and lenses) on behalf of my insurer Tower Gate Insurance. They have partnered with Lloyds of a London aviation insurer offering coverage for commerical work. Fixation also run an in-house rental service with WEX helping insure major brands such as Broncolor, Profoto and Hasselblad equipment are on hand during emergencies.

DJI Mavic Pro

The lens in the sky.

Curtain Bluff Hotel, Antigua © Rajesh Taylor
Curtain Bluff Hotel, Antigua © Rajesh Taylor
View DJI Mavic Pro 2 + Smart Controller & Fly More Kit Offers

At the time of writing, I recommend purchasing the Mavic Pro 2 Smart Controller and Fly More Kit. Included along with the drone, will be the following:

1 x Smart Controller
2 x Intelligent Flight Batteries.
1 x Mavic 2 Car Charger.
1 x Battery Charging Hub.
1 x Battery to Power Bank Adapter.
2 Pairs x Low-Noise Propellers.
1 x Mavic 2 Shoulder Bag.

Extra batteries are a good investment. Three batteries will fit snugly into the shoulder bag. One in the drone itself and two in the side pockets.

Drone Accessories

1 x PolarPro Cinema Set for Mavic 2 Pro Neutral Density Filter Set: ND4, ND8, ND16.
1 x PolarPro Cinema UV Filter for Mavic 2 Pro.
1 x Sunshade Hood for Smart Controller.
3 x Lipo Fireproof Bag for Mavic 2 Pro batteries.
1 x Heightened Landing Gear Extensions for Mavic 2 Pro.
2 x 128GB Sandisk Micro SD Card with SD Adaptor.

Even with Photography Camera Kit and International Work Insurance. Its worth taking up DJI's Care Refresh Plan upon purchase. It provides two replacement units for a small additional charge in one year and covers for accidents, such as water damage and collisions.

You will need to register and pass the online theory test with the UK Civil Aviation Authority CAA website. For my American friends, I'd point to the Federal Aviation Administration FAA to start registering.

Most UK Photography insurance policies do not cover drones. So a separate policy is needed. Tower Gate Insurance have teamed up with a nearby Lloyds of London aviation insurer to offer commercial drone insurance. American Photography insurance companies have more up-to-date policies.

GoPro Hero 7 Black Camera

It's important to measure and review my performance. Tricky when working alone, but critical nonetheless. I use this pocket camera for record reference footage when working corporate events, studio shoots and tests.

'Did I work the room? How did the key people move, how emotive were they? Did I create storytelling angles? How was the ambient light during the event? How did key people manoeuvre during their presentation. Anything that I can learn from.

I do send reference footage to long term clients so their own presentation back from an audience's perspective too. Something powerful about be able to review back longer form footage.

View GoPro Hero 7 Black Offers

Lenses

Canon 24mm L Ultra Wide Angle Lens

View Canon 24mm f/1.4 Offers

Canon 35mm L Wide Angle Lens

View Best Offers on Canon 35mm f/1.4

Canon 50mm L Lens

View Canon 50mm f/1.2

Canon 85mm L Portrait Lens

View Canon 85mm f/1.2 L Lens

Canon 100mm Macro/Portrait L Lens

View Canon 100mm f/2.8 L Lens

Canon 135mm L Lens

View Canon 135mm f/2 L Lens

I maintain a set of backup lenses. 'Two is one and one is none' as they say.

Canon 17-40mm L Lens

View Canon 17-40mm f/4 Lens


View Offers for Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Lens

View Canon 50mm f/1.8 Lens

View Canon 85mm f/1.8 Lens

View Canon 17-85mm f/4.5.6 IS Lens

Filters

Lee Filters

The Lee Filter Universal Hood provides slots for multiple filters so they can be combined.

View Offers for Universal Hood

The Circular Polariser is screwed in place on the exterior, inside the element.

View Offers for Circular Polariser 100mm System

View Offers for 72mm Wide Angle Adaptor Ring

View Offers for 77mm Adaptor Ring

View Hard Grad Set (0.3, 0.6 & 0.9)

View Neutral Density 6-Stopper on Amazon

View Neutral Density 10-Stopper on Amazon

Lighting

Elinchrom Rotalux 175cm / 69 inch Octabox

Elinchrom's large octabox produces the most gorgous soft light.

View Offers for Elinchrom 175cm Octabox

Beauty Dish with Grid 56cm / 22 inch

Another modifier that produces beautiful light. The dish itself is coloured white. They do come in silver, which fashion photographers prefer as it produces an more edgy look than opposed to beauty.

View 56cm Beauty Dish on Amazon

Elinchrom DLite 400W Strobe Kit

The kit has been going strong for over a decade. The two strobe heads give 500 watts of flash power. Two Portabox square softboxes & Elinchrom's own brand skyport trigger complete the portable studio kit.

View Elinchrom DLite Kit Offer from B&H Photo

C-Stands x 4

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Godox AD200 Pocket Strobe x 3

View Godox AD200 Pocket Strobe Offers

Godox X Pro-C TTL Wireless Flash Trigger for Canon

View Godox XPro-C TTL Wireless Flash Trigger Offers

Godox X1R-C TTL Wireless Flash Trigger Reciver for Canon

View Godox XPro-C TTL Wireless Flash Trigger Offers

Godox VING V860IIC TTL Speedlite

View Godox VING V860IIC Speedlite Offers

Godox AD-B2 Strobe Adaptor for AD200

View Godox AD200 Dual Power Strobe Bracket Offers

Bags, Straps & Tripods

Bags

  • 1 x Calumet RC2065 Rolling Case.
  • 1 x Moneymaker Water Buffalo Leather Strap.
  • 1 x Manfrotto Tripod.

View Manfrotto XPRO Ball Head with 200PL Plate Offers

Computing

Apple iMac 27-inch 5K Retina Display

View iMac 27-inch Retina 5K Display Offers

Apple Macbook Pro 15"

Eizo ColorEdge 4K CG319X 31.1" Calibrated IPS Monitor

Wacom Intuos Pro Medium Tablet

View Wacom Intuos Pro Medium Offers

Memory Cards

SD Memory Card x 2

SanDisk 256GB Extreme PRO SDXC Memory Card.

View Sandisk 256GB SD Card Offers

Compact Flash Card x 8

SanDisk 32GB Extreme Pro CompactFlash Memory Card.

View Sandisk 32GB CF Card Offers

SanDisk 1TB 3D SATA III 2.5" Internal SSD x 2

Bought specifically for the Macbook. Impressed enought to purchase one for a portable in-the-field backup drive, along with a hard casing.

View Sandisk Internal SSD Offers

G-Tech G-RAID Thunderbolt 3 Hard Drive x 1

Probably a little overkill as I only use the editing machine – for editing. I house most business related work, Time Machine (Mac's backup software) and finshed files here for quick access. I use the external hard drives to access the RAW and editing files.

May change with video work however in 2021. Will update accordingly.

View G-Tech G-RAID Thunderbolt Offers

Western Digital External Hard Drives x 6

View Western Digital External 4TB Drive offers

Western Digital Passport Drives x 4

View Western Digital Passport 4TB Drive offers

Audio

Zoom H6N Audio Recorder

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AKG K702 Reference Headphones

FiiO Digital Analogue Convertor

Software

Abobe Bridge
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Lightroom

Capture One Pro 20 software is for Professional users who use a range of camera bodies from different manufacturers. If you use just one specific camera brand, Capture One version 20 is available for Nikon, Fuji and Sony.

Tunnel Bear VPN to encrypt my internet connection. Allowing online activity to be kept private on any network o upto 5 connected devices. I have it installed on the mobile, laptop, and editing machine.

I will switch to NordVPN when the subscription finishes. At the time of writing they offer a more competitive price and protect upto 6 connected devices.

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