Equipment/Gear List


I get asked fairly frequently about what equipment I use. So here's a definitive list that will help you and I both, for reference and to save time. :D

Included are equipment used in my home studio, as well as short explanations on how I use something or why I like them. 

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Medium Format, Lenses, Tripod

Pentax 645Z: 51MP camera. Figured it's time for an upgrade after 10 years of photography. Could immediately tell the sensor quality difference from my 2007 1Ds Mark III. Really nice. AmazonAdorama

Pentax SMC FA 645 120mm f/4.0 Macro: Gorgeous lens for close up. AmazonAdorama

Pentax SMC FA 645 45-85mm f/4.5: For full length/fashion. AmazonAdorama

Pentax SMC FA 645 80-160mm f/4.5: Great for portraits. Love the 120mm but flexibility and range is good to have too. AmazonAdorama

Pentax SMC FA 645 150-300mm f/5.6 ED [IF]: For location if I need to use telephoto. AmazonAdorama

Manfrotto MK293 Tripod: Mostly for lookbooks and self-portraits when I need fixed compositions. AmazonAdorama

Old DSLR/Backup: 

Canon 1Ds Mark III: Have had this for 7 years, it's still good for almost everything I shoot. Current day equivalent would be the 5D Mark III. AmazonAdorama

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II: Good and affordable portrait lens. AmazonAdorama

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II: My studio lens, I shoot most on this. AmazonAdorama

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II: Nice wide-angel, good for on-location. AmazonAdorama

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8: Standard portrait lens. AmazonAdorama

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro: Great lens for close up beauty work. Amazon


- Sony a6500 4K Mirrorless APS-C Camera: Affordable camera for 120fps at 1080p, which works well for fashion and beauty. Fullres at 4K is sharp too (no 120fps though). Amazon, Adorama

- Sigma 30mm F1.4 Art DC HSM Lens for Sony. Amazon, Adorama

- Sigma 60mm f/2.8 DN ART Lens for Sony E-mount. Amazon, Adorama

Zhiyun Crane V2 3 Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer. Amazon

- Sandisk Extreme Pro 64GB SDXC UHS-II: You definitely need a UHS-II speed card for video work. Amazon, Adorama


- Read my lighting tools blog post here

- A detailed walkthrough on my lighting and studio tools are used is also part of my Artistic Portrait Photography course


Profoto D1 Air Studio Kit 500/500: Have two sets of these, great quality lights. AmazonAdorama

Elinchrom Rotalux 53" Octa: Versatile for fashion, beauty, and portrait. Easier to pack up compared to the Profoto equivalent. AmazonAdorama

Elinchrom Speedring Adapter for Profoto: Needed for the Elinchrom Octa. AmazonAdorama

Profoto Beauty Dish (Silver): Quintessential beauty light. AmazonAdorama

Profoto 1x4' Strip Softbox RFi: Very versatile as side, rim, hair and even key light. AmazonAdorama

Profoto Speedring: Speedrings are needed to mount softboxes onto strobes. AmazonAdorama

Profoto Deep Umbrellas XL in White, Silver, and Translucent: Wonderful for portraits. Silver's great for beauty. AmazonAdorama

Profoto 65" XL Umbrella Diffuser: AmazonAdorama

Profoto Umbrella XL Backpanel: Covers up the back of translucent umbrellas, so it becomes an actual softbox and causes less light spill/waste when shooting. AmazonAdorama


Read my backdrop blog post here

Savage Seamless papers: Good quality backdrops. My basics are WhiteBlackThunder GrayFashion Gray. (AmazonAdoramaWhiteBlackThunder GrayFashion Gray)

Savage Hand-Painted Muslin Backdrops: For images with more atmosphere. My favorites are VeronaDark Gray, and PisaAmazonAdorama

- Savage Collapsible Backdrops: Portable and easy to set up for small shoots. My absolute go-to ones are MonsoonLakesideBlack/White, and Light/Dark GrayAmazonAdorama


 - Flashpoint 10" Background Support System: Portable backdrop system with 3 section crossbars and 2 stands. Not the most sturdily built set but does its job well and is cheap, just don't throw it around. AmazonAdorama

Saddle sandbags: For light stands, booms, etc. Very important for studio safety. AmazonAdorama

Cinefoil: Versatile black aluminum foil for both softbox and hard reflectors to direct, flag, and modify light shapes. AmazonAdorama

Savage Storage Paper Clip: Simple, lightweight solution to storing seamless paper rolls on the wall. AmazonAdorama

- Standard Reflector Kit AmazonAdorama

Computer & Laptop Specs

- Apple 15" MacBook Pro 2017, Retina w/ Touchbar, 3.1 GHz Intel Quad Core i7, 16GB RAM, 2TB SSD: It's a bit pricey but if you're doing video and travel a lot, the splurge is always worth the time you save. Amazon, Adorama

- Apple Mac Pro Desktop Late 2013. 6-Core 3.5GHz Intel Xeon E5, Dual AMD FirePro D700, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD Storage: Splurged a while back. Still works well even for video. Adorama.

Office Workstation & Accessories


Wacom Intuos Pro: A must for retouching. AmazonAdorama

Kingston USB 3.0 Card Reader: Good quality, reads CF, SD, microSD, etc. AmazonAdorama

- Kingston USB 3.0 SD Card Reader UHS-II Speed: Cheap but good, needed for the video SD cards. Amazon

Dell UltraSharp 27" Display U2715H: My main display, love this for doing all of my work. AmazonAdorama

Dell Ultra HD 4k 27" Monitor P2715Q: My external display. Since I started doing videos I needed more monitor space. 4k gives me a lot of desktop real estate. Calibrated with my i1 so colors are consistent between two monitors. It's fantastic. AmazonAdorama

X-Rite i1Display Pro Display and Monitor Calibrator: Calibrator for color accuracy across different displays and for print. Extremely important. AmazonAdorama 

Western Digital My Book 6TB Hard Drive Amazon

Western Digital Elements 2TB Portable Hard Drive AmazonAdorama

Printing & Papers


- Canon Pixma Pro-100 Professional Inkjet Printer: Great quality printer for the price. I do all my poster prints on these, up to 13" wide paper. AmazonAdorama

- Epson SureColor P20000 64" Large-Format Inkjet Printer: Successor to the Stylus Pro 11880, which was what all my exhibition prints have been printed on over the years. For edition prints you want nothing but the best. Adorama

- Epson Ultra Premium Matte: For my poster prints, proofs, general display, etc. Matte uncoated finish, non-archival but looks great. AmazonAdorama

- Hahnemuhle 310gsm Photo Rag Satin: What I use for all my fine art prints. Absolutely gorgeous details and color depth. AmazonAdorama

For my thoughts on entry level DSLRs, check out Equipment and Where the Money Comes From.

For a list of all my photography articles, check them out here.