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

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 Best Offers on DJI Mavic Pro 2 + Smart Controller & Fly More Kit

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) website to register or renew your licence.

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 Best Offers on GoPro Hero 7 Black

Lenses

Canon 24mm L Ultra Wide Angle Lens
View Best Offers on Canon 24mm f/1.4

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 Offers for Elinchrom DLite Kit

C-Stands x 4
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Godox AD200 Pocket Strobe x 3
View Offers for Godox AD200 Pocket Strobe

Godox X Pro-C TTL Wireless Flash Trigger for Canon
View Offers for Godox XPro-C TTL Wireless Flash Trigger

Godox X1R-C TTL Wireless Flash Trigger Reciver for Canon
View Offers for Godox XPro-C TTL Wireless Flash Trigger

Godox VING V860IIC TTL Speedlite
View Offers for Godox VING V860IIC Speedlite

Godox AD-B2 Strobe Adaptor for AD200
View Offers for Godox Dual Power Strobe Bracket for AD200

Bags, Straps & Tripods

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

View Offers for Manfrotto XPRO Ball Head with 200PL Plate

Computing

Apple iMac 27-inch 5K Retina Display
View Best Offers for iMac 27-inch Retina 5K Display

Apple Macbook Pro

Eizo ColorEdge 4K CG319X 31.1" 17:9 Hardware Calibration IPS Monitor

Wacom Intuos Pro Medium Tablet
View Best Offers for Wacom Intuos Pro Medium

Memory Cards

SD Memory Card x 2

SanDisk 256GB Extreme PRO SDXC Memory Card.

View Offers for Sandisk 256GB SD Card

Compact Flash Card x 8

SanDisk 32GB Extreme Pro CompactFlash Memory Card.

View Offers for Sandisk 32GB CF Card

SanDisk 1TB 3D SATA III 2.5" Internal SSD x 2
View Offers for Sandisk Internal SSD

Audio

Zoom H6N Audio Recorder
View Offers for Zoom H6N

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 20is 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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