Thursday, March 01, 2007

The PJ Candy Store (equipment)

Cameras, Lenses, Video, Lighting, Supports, Portability, Accessories (for cameras), Batteries & adapters, Underwater/Rain, Safety gear, Transmit/edit/storage, Software, Reporter electronics, Office supplies, Darkroom, Art Supplies, Scanners, Presentation, Books, Miscellaneous, Under $20

The following is a list of everything I own, want, approve or otherwise endorse. Each item has been hand-selected for its value and quality for professional photojournalists (PJs).

For folks new to this site, please read "Welcome to PhotoJournalism" to understand more about this blog.

The PJ Candy Store was designed for easy navigation. It was originally posted back in 2007. I make rare updates to the content. Always look further down on the page for "There is a newer model of this item" or "Compare with similar items." Follow the link provided there.
Each item listed is separately targeted to allow side-by-side comparisons. However, all items can be added to your personal Amazon Shopping Cart from any window (it's based on your IP address).

Pertinent posts from this blog are linked throughout the store to make your shopping experience more rewarding. These posts often explain how to select the best item for different PJs' needs or how to use the equipment listed.

Thanks and please enjoy your visit,

Last sweep for dead links: 1 April 2018


Nikon - Canon
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Pro PJs typically carry two pro digital (dit) camera bodies. Dits reduce the overall cost of making images while accelerating the delivery of images from remote locations. Some pro shooters still use film camera bodies, but it's becoming rare. They often have a "pro-sumer" digital body as a back-up and/or for freelance gigs.

Although there are many brands, we only suggest Nikon and Canon. These two camera systems support the pros with long glass and specialty items we use. Consequently, most newspapers only offer pool equipment for one or both of these camera systems (varies from newspaper to newspaper as to which is the brand of choice).

Nikon SLR (Single Lens Reflex) cameras

Digital - Film
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Nikon Digital SLR

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Nikon D3 12.1MP FX Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
This is currently the top Nikon digital PJ body. It balances speed and megapixels.
12.1 Mp pro digital camera features nine frames-per-second at full FX resolution. Holds two CF cards. Features 51-point AF with 3D focus tracking and scene recognition. Compensation adjustments allow for ISO equivalences of 100 to 25,600 ISO.
Nikon has changed to CMOS sensor and expanded it to nearly full frame. For wide-angle shooters, this is means your 15mm is nearly 15mm. This also means 200mm is 200 instead of 300mm and the 400 is no longer a 600mm.
The camera is reported to record faster and is quieter than previous pro DSLRs.
Nikon D2XS12.4MP pro digital SLR camera (body only)
This is currently the top Nikon digital body. It features the most megapixels (12.4).
Nikon D2HS 4.1MP pro digital SLR camera (body only)
Nikon D1H 2.66MP pro digital SLR camera (body only)
This is my favorite Nikon digital PJ body. It provides speed and adequate megapixels (2.66 - not enough for magazine or most commercial work) while maintaining out-of-the-camera sharpness and high-speed light sync (up to 1/800th without a problem).
Nikon D700 (body only) 12.1 MP digital SLR camera body
This is Nikon's "compact" professional version of the new Nikon D3 pro camera (see above). It incorporates many of the new technologies of its big brother - particularly focus, exposure controls and FX format (full frame capture). It features the pro-style round eyepiece with eyepiece curtain and side diopter. This probably helps with the FX format.
Nikon D300 DX 12.3 MP digital SLR camera body
This is the pro-sumer version before the Nikon D3 pro camera. It incorporates many of the new technologies of its big brother - particularly focus and exposure controls as well as CMOS sensor and Mp count. I have one and plan to buy another. It creates quality images large enough for almost any client and keeps the 1.5X conversion while handling extreme light situations.
PJs accustomed to pro cameras will want the MB-D10 for vertical shots, more FPS and additional balance weight. An external storage device and/or DVD burner is a must with these larger Mp cameras.
Nikon D200 10.2 digital SLR camera (body only)
This is a "pro-sumer" version of the D2X. It provides enough megapixels for magazine work with some trade offs from the pro series bodies.

Please also see Nikon Lenses, Lighting and Accessories.

Nikon 35mm film cameras

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NIKON F6 SLR 35mm Film Camera Body
Probably the final pro film body.
Nikon F100 35mm camera body
This is the top "pro-sumer" body for film shooters. Seriously consider the power pack listed below.
Nikon FM2 pro 35mm camera body
If there's a nuclear explosion (EMP), this film camera still works (I'm serious). It's the best back-up camera in hostile terrains.
Nikon Nikonos V Underwater 35mm Camera Body UW NEW

Please also see Nikon Lenses, Lighting and Accessories.

Canon SLR (Single Lens Reflex) cameras

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Canon digital

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Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III
21.1MP digital SLR camera (body only)
Camera features 21.1-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, 3-inch LCD display with Live View and seven brightness settings, 5 fps at shutter speeds 1/500 second or faster (for bursts of up to 45 Large/Fine JPEGs or 15 RAW images), sRAW mode; 35-zone metering system; 45-point AF; integrated self-cleaning sensor unit and two card slots.
Canon EOS 1D Mark III 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera (body only)
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II 16.7MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
Canon EOS-1D Mark II-N 8MP pro digital camera SLR body
Canon EOS 5D 12.8 MP digital SLR camera (body only)

Canon Digital Rebel XTi 10.1MP digital SLR camera (black body only). This is a "pro-sumer" model.
Canon EOS 30D 8.2MP digital SLR camera (body only)
Canon EOS D60 6MP digital camera

Please also see Canon Lenses, Lighting and Accessories.

Canon 35mm film cameras

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Canon EOS-1V pro 35mm SLR camera (body only)
Canon EOS-3 35mm SLR camera (body only)

Please also see Canon Lenses, Lighting and Accessories.


Nikon: &nbsp Zoom - Prime - Other lenses
Canon: &nbsp Zoom - Prime - Other lenses
Special use lenses (other brands)
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Camera lenses are often the most expensive pieces of equipment a photographer owns. It's critical to get the highest quality optical equipment to produce the best images. Because of this, we only recommend lenses made by the actual camera manufacturer.

To learn more, please read, "Quality is all in the lens."

Nikon zoom lenses

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Nikkor 17~55 f/2.8, AF-S, ED-IF, DX zoom
The essential PJ lens. PJs need to turn off "Auto-DX Crop" under "Image Area" in the D3 and D700 shooting menues.
Nikkor 70~200 f/2.8, ED-IF, DX, AF-S zoom
The other essential PJ lens.
Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom lens G ED-IF AF-S VR for Nikon digital SLR cameras
This is similar to the lens above, but has all the newest technology (and price tag).
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S zoom lens
This is a "normal range" zoom. It's the middle lens for old PJ rigs.
Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S DX zoom lens
Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor wide-angle zoom lens
This lens replicates the ultra-wide views older PJs got with film. The angle allows hand-held speeds as slow as 1/15th.
Nikkor Telephoto 200~400mm f/4.0 G AF-S ED-IF VR zoom lens
The most versatile lens for wildlife photography. Great for daylight sports. A challenge for night sports, but it could work because of VR function.
Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens G ED-IF AF-S VR DX
This is a "pro-sumer" lens to cover the entire range needed with one lens while losing speed and gaining weight.

Nikon prime lenses

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Nikon 50mm f/1.2 Nikkor AI-S manual focus lens for Nikon digital SLR cameras
Old school and inexpensive.
Nikkor 50mm AF f/1.8 D
Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lens G ED AF DX
Used to make interiors look bigger or to see if your shoes are tied.
Nikon 24mm f/2.8D AF Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
Roughly a "normal" lens on a dit.
Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 lens D AF for Nikon digital SLR cameras
This is a fast portrait lens for mostly low-light studio work.
Nikkor 135mm f/2.0 lens D AF DC- for Nikon digital SLR cameras
Fast and light with enough reach for "event" photographers (public relations).
Nikon 400mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Vibration Reduction (VR II) Telephoto AF Nikkor Lens Black finish with five-Year USA warranty
This is a sweet lens. It screams, "Pro." Use it for sports, nature, spot news and creative portraiture.
Nikon 300mm f/2.8 AF-S ED lens
Welcome to the pro world.
Nikkor 300 mm f/2.8 telephoto lens G ED-IF AF-S VR for Nikon F mounts
Welcome to the expensive pro world. The VR is about $1,500 more than the non-VR version. Unless shooting from the air is common or money is no object, save the money and get a monopod and a camera body.

Other Nikon lenses

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Nikon TC-20E II (2.0x) teleconverter AF-S for Nikon digital SLR cameras
Although it's a dependent lens, one should be in each shooter's bag. It costs two stops of light, but it's small and a great addition if only for daylight use.
Nikon TC-17E II (1.7x) AF-S Teleconverter
This dependent lens works with VR AF-S and AF-I lenses. Only 1.5 stop light loss.
Nikon TC-14E II (1.4x) teleconverter AF-S for Nikon digital SLR cameras
This dependent lens is preferred by sports shooters because only one stop of light is lost.

Nikon 28mm f/3.5 PC-Nikkor manual focus lens for Nikon Digital SLR
This is a specialty lens for PJs. It's the prime lens of architectural photographers.

Micro / Macro

These are specialty lenses to non-pros. Pro PJs need a macro lens. For whatever reason, Nikon calls their macro lenses "micro" lenses. I suppose it's in keeping with the study of macro culture (everything) vs. micro culture (parts of one thing).

Nikkor 2160 105mm f/2.8 Micro Lens G ED-IF AF-S VR
Ideal portrait lens doubles as a micro. Fast and small enough to be a "go to" lens.
Nikkor 70~180 f/4.5-5.6, ED, micro IMP AF-D zoom
Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8 macro zoom lens ED AF
Nikon 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro Nikkor Lens for Nikon digital SLR
This lens is Nikon's most compact micro lens and features the Close-Range Correction (CRC) system.
Nikon PK 13 - Extension tube
This tube allows closer focusing of non-macro lenses. I've used it on a 400mm before with outstanding results.

Canon zoom lenses

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Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM telephoto zoom lens for Canon SLR cameras
EOS EF 35-350mm f/3.5-5.6L USM zoom lens
This is a "pro-sumer" solution for folks who only want to carry one (heavy) lens for everything.
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLRs

Canon prime lenses

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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens medium telephoto lens for Canon SLR cameras (most affordable)
Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM medium telephoto lens for Canon SLR cameras. Useful in extremely low light.
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM wide angle lens for Canon SLR cameras.
This is the fastest wide lens.
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM wide angle lens for Canon SLR cameras
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM telephoto lens for Canon SLR Cameras. Considered a portrait lens.
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM lens for Canon SLR cameras. Considered an "event" lens.
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM telephoto lens for Canon SLR cameras
Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM super telephoto lens for Canon SLR cameras
Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS USM super telephoto lens for Canon SLR cameras

Other Canon lenses

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Canon EF 1.4X II Extender telephoto accessory

Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye lens for Canon SLR cameras
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L Tilt Shift lens for Canon SLR cameras

Macro lenses

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens for Canon SLR cameras
Canon EF 180mm f3.5L AF Macro USM telephoto lens for Canon SLR cameras
Canon Life Size Converter EF Macro Lens
Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens
Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5X macro lens for Canon SLR cameras

Canon EF 12 II Extension Tube For EOS Digital Cameras
Canon EF12 Extension Tube
Canon EF 25 II Extension Tube for EOS Digital Cameras

Special use lenses

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Lensbaby 3G Selective Focus SLR Lens for Nikon SLR cameras
Lensbaby 2.0 Selective Focus SLR Lens for Nikon F Mount
Lensbaby 3G Selective Focus SLR Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
Lensbaby 2.0 Selective Focus SLR Lens for Canon FD Mount
Novoflex Eos Reversing Lens Mount for Nikon
Night Owl Camera Adapter
Night Owl Explorer Pro 5x Night Vision Scope w/I/R Illuminator
This is a relatively inexpensive answer for night shoots. Important note for combat PJs, do NOT use the illuminator if the opposing team may have night vision.


Cameras - Lenses - Supports - Portability -
Audio - Lighting - Connectors - Accessories - Editing software
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Digital video convergence is upon us. Some newspapers are currently using frame grabs from digital video cameras as the still photos for the newspaper. Current Canon high-end digital video quality is equivalent to the first generation of digital cameras.

Therefore, it's considered good enough (temporarily) for daily newspapers. The quality is expected to make significant leaps forward in coming years. Consequently, most working professionals are learning or perfecting their "platipus" skills by shooting digital video for daily newspapers.

Pulitzer Prize winner David Leeson of The Dallas Morning News has been at the leading edge of DV convergence for many years. Please read the "David Leeson interview."

Video Cameras

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JVC GY-HD110U HD 3-CCD MiniDV Professional Camcorder
with 16x ProHD Fujinon Lens
HDDV camera featues high-definition, film-like 24-frame progressive capture and recording; three newly-developed, 1/3-inch CCDs with 1280 x 720 (square) pixels; 16x Fujinon ProHD lens included; interchangeable lenses with standard 1/3-inch bayonet mount; extensive user adjustable parameters; HD Focus Assist makes focusing faster and more precise; dual media option; record to disk and tape simultaneously; 2 XLR audio inputs; Compact shoulder mount and (patented) Smooth Motion Function.
Canon XL2 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom
Canon XL1S MiniDV Digital Camcorder
Canon XH A1 1.67MP 3CCD High-Definition Camcorder with 20x Optical Zoom
Canon XHG1 1.67MP 3CCD High Definition Camcorder
Canon XL-H1 3CCD High Definition Camcorder with 20x Optical Zoom
Sony Professional HVR-Z1U 3CCD HD camcorder with 12x optical zoom
HD video camera records in 1080i, 720p, and 720i specification with analog down-converting; Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 12x optical zoom Lens; optical Super SteadyShot System; 3CCD camera system; records to conventional DV tape stock.
Sony Professional HVR-A1U CMOS High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom
HD video camera records in 1080i, 720p, and 720i specification with analog down-converting; Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 10x optical zoom lens; digital Super SteadyShot System; 2.97 MP CMOS camera system; records to conventional DV tape stock.
Panasonic AG-HVX200
1/3" 3CCD 16:9 HD/DVCPRO/DV Cinema P2 camera with 13x optical zoom
Canon GL2 MiniDV Digital Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom

JVC Everio GZHD7 3CCD 60GB Hard Disk Drive HD camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilized zoom
First consumer camcorder to offer Full HD 1920 x 1080i recording
Camera features Fujinon professional optical zoom lens, 3- CCDs (1/5-inch) for full HD recording, Optical Image Stabilization, five hours of full HD recording, and a wide range of manual controls including: manual focus ring, manual white balance, exposure control, shutter priority mode, aperture priority mode and sharpness control.
Sony DCR-VX21003CCD MiniDV Handycam Camcorder w/12x Optical Zoom
Digital MiniDV Handycam camcorder with a 58mm aspherical lens and 380,000-pixel CCD; 12x optical zoom lens (digital zoom to 48x) with Super SteadyShot image stabilizer; manual controls for shutter and exposure, Stamina Power Management, and intelligent accessory shoe.
Canon HV20 3MP High Definition MiniDV Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom. This is the current Canon prosumer model.
Canon HV10 3.1MP High-Definition MiniDV Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom. Although it's not top-of-the-line, it's a good back-up because it can swim with a video housing (to cover hurricanes and floods).

Video Lenses

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Canon wide angle HD video lens 6x Zoom XL 3.4-20.4mm L
The wide-angle zoom lens provides a range of focal lengths from 24.5 to 147mm (in 35mm PJ terms). It's designed for Canon's XL lens mount system.
Canon 3x Video Zoom Lens for the XL1 and XL2
Canon 16x IS II Video Zoom Lens for XL1, XL1S, and XL2 Camcorders
Canon 16x Manual Servo Zoom Lens for XL1 & XL2 Camcorders
Manual lens features full manual control with barrel marks, rectangular lens hood, digital iris control and two built-in ND filters.
Canon Extender XL 1.6 for XL1 & XL2 Camcorders

Canon WD58H .75x Wider Perspective Wide Adapter for the GL2
Compact Mini-DV Video Canon EF 2X II extender telephoto accessory

Video Supports

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Bogen Pro Video Kit w/351MVB2
Kit features tripod with three-part supported aluminum legs, 501 Pro Fluid Head to smooth pans, 75mm half ball head, spreader, shoes & MBAG90P padded case.
eBenk Automatic Pan / Tilt Tripod Head with Remote Control
Canon TA100 Tripod Adapter for XL2 & XHA1 Camcorders
Tiffen Steadicam Arm and Vest for Merlin Camera Stabilizing System
Get movie-quality tracking shots without the set-up, cost or difficulties.
Steadicam Camera Mounting Plate
Allows Select Sony & Canon Video Cameras with Swing-out LCD or Right Side Mounted Batteries to Mount onto the Jr. Stabilizer

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Kata BP-502 Backpack w/Trolley
Designed for DVRs with a laptop configuration and holds a tripod. If features hard panels and meant to play down the payload's value. Kata is a Bogen brand, so it can be trusted.
Porta Brace Hiker Pro Video Camera Backpack Set-up for Canon GL-2, GL-1, XM2, XM1 Camcorders
Kata S-308 Sling Case Carrier
Camcorder Gadget Bag
Canon Kata Case for GL1/ GL2 Camcorders
Canon HC-4100 Lockable Hard Case for GL1/GL2

Video Audio

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Azden 320 UPR Dual Channel Wireless Microphone System with Two 30BT Bodypack Transmitters and EX503L Lavalier Microphones
System includes two 30BT bodypacks with EX503 lavalier microphones. The included 320UPR receiver enables simultaneous operation of both transmitters. The 320UPR receiver features up to 240 UHF frequencies per channel for frequency selection in crowded RF environments. The receiver includes a removable shoe-mount for camera shoe mounting.
Azden WMS-PRO Wireless Microphone System
System includes: WR-PRO receiver, WM-PRO belt-pack transmitter, lavaliere electret condenser microphone and hand-held electret condenser microphone.
Azden omni-directional Lavalier microphone lapel mic. Unit includes lapel clip and can attach to most dit audio devices as well.
Canon MA200 Shoulder Pad / Microphone Adapter for XL1 / XL1S
Canon XLR Mic Adapter/Shoulder Pad for XL1 & XL1S
Sony ECM678 shotgun microphonefor HVRZ1U & HVRV1U camcorders
Suppled accessories include: short cable, mic holder, rubber spacer & windscreen.
Canon MM-XL1 Mini Mount for the XL1
used the isolate the microphone from the camera to avoid gear noise when zooming
Canon EQ-XL1 Equalizer Windscreen for X/1 & XL2 Camcorders
Canon SI-XL1 System Isolator
BeachTek Dual XLR Adapter DXA4P for Canon GL1, XM1, Optura, Panasonic EZ41, AG456
Canon MA300 Microphone Adapter with Shoulder Pad
Canon MM100 Sound Mixing Microphone
Canon EQ-GL1 Equalizer for the GL1 Camcorder
Canon AVC DC200 video / audio cable - composite video / audio - digital camera connector (M) - RCA (M) - 5 ft - shielded - black
Canon C250 AV Cable (RCA to Miniplug)

Video Lighting
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Video Connectors
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Video accessories

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JVC DR-HD100GB100 HD 100GB portable DTE recorder for ProHD camcorders
Features 7..5 of HD recording (10 hours in 720P); Compatible with JVC GY-HD110U camcorder via FireWire, and HD200/250 via firmware upgrade; DTM technology; files are recorded in HDV/DV editing system's native file format.
Canon FireStore FSC-HD100 Portable DTE Recorderfor the Canon XL-H1 HD Camcorder
Canon direct to editing (DTE) unit features compatibility with all major editing software packages, Up to 7.5 recording hours; retro cache; simultaneous recording (tape or hard drive). Includes a cradle and mounting screw for Canon XL H1.
Bebob Engineering Box-FS
for Mounting Firestone FS-4 or FS-100 to Panasonic HVX-200 or many other HDV/DV camcorders
Kata RC-15 (CRC-15) Compact Rain Cover for DVR
Kata RC-11 (CRC-11) Compact Rain Cover for Canon XL-1S
Canon 1.5" Monochrome CRT Viewfinder for the XL1S
Provides high image quality, horizontal resolution of 500TV lines for better focusing.

Petrol PRC-XL Rain Cover for Canon XL-1, XL-2 & Similar Size Camcorders
Kata RC-13 Compact Rain Cover for Canon GL-1, GL-2, Sony DCR VX-1000, and similar size small compact DV camcorders
Canon Kata Raincover for GL1/GL2 Camcorders
Bogen 521PRO Basic Clamp Style Lanc Remote Control for Sony & Canon Camcorders
Canon 1.5" Monochrome CRT Viewfinder for the XL1S
Canon CA920 Compact Power Adapter for XL & GL Camcorders


Camera supports - Light stands
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Although Nikon's Vibration Reduction and Canon's Image Stabilization systems exist, it's still important to give cameras proper support and get the highest quality image. In addition to the camera, lighting systems, backgrounds and other equipment needs to be supported by stands and braces.

To learn more about proper camera support, please read, "Eliminate camera shake."

Camera supports

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Bogen 3231 Professional Monopod with deatchable Legs
This is a PJ's primary support.
Bogen 3001-Pro Tripod
Used when the light's too low, the frame's too critical or the depth-of-field is extreme.
Bogen 3047 Deluxe 3-Way Pan/Tilt Tripod Head with Quick Release Plate
Otherwise the tripod is useless.
Bogen Ball Head, Heavy Duty with Quick Release Plate #3055 w/thread adaptor
Makes blind shots and verticals possible. Gives a few extra inches of height to the stick for tall shooters.
Bogen Magic Arm w/ 3299 Quick Release
Bogen Quick Action Super Clamp
Bogen Rapid Connect Mounting Plate (1/4"-20 Thumb Screw)
Get one for each body, one for each large lens and one more for pool lenses.
KS-2000 Camera Stand lighted camera stand for macro imaging
Tiffen Table-Top Tripod
This is small, light and can sometimes save a shoot. It's also helpful with remote infra-red (IR) tripbeams.

Light stands

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Bogen 13' Air Damped Stand w/Casters - Black
Get two for backdrops.
Bogen 8' light stand
The best starter height.
Bogen Convertible Boom/Stand 420 - Black
For serious studio work, both the boom and stand are included.
Bogen Back-Lite Stand
Small, durable and effective as part of an infrared trip cord system.
Bogen adjustable pole for back light stand
Chimera Manfrotto Stand Adapter


Flash - Studio flash (strobe) - Constant light - Lighting Accessories
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Nikon - Canon - Universal
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Nikon flash

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Nikon SB-900 AF Speedlight flash
Commander mode controls up to three speedlight groups. Four wireless channel options.
Nikon SB-800 AF Speedlight (flash) for most Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
Nikon SB-600 Speedlight Flash
Speedlights can be controlled by commander units.
Nikon SU-800 Speedlight Commander
Nikon R1C1 Wireless Close-Up Speedlight Kit for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
Nikon R1 Wireless Close-Up Speedlight System
About half the cost of the R1C1 close-up speedlight, but can only be used with i-TTL cameras (D200 or greater).

Canon flash

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Canon Speedlite 580EX Flash for Canon Pro1, Pro 90, G Series, and EOS SLR Digital Cameras
Canon Speedlite 550EX - Hot-shoe clip-on flash - 55 (m)
Canon Speedlite Flash
Canon's newest flash (released 4 Feb. 2007). It features E-TTL II evaluative flash metering as well as built-in slave and transmitter.
Canon Speedlite 540EZ
Canon 430EX Speedlite Flash for Canon Pro1, Pro 90, G Series and all EOS SLR Cameras
Canon Speedlite 420EX Flash for Canon EOS SLR Cameras

Canon STE2 Speedlite Transmitter for 580EX/550EX/420EX Speedlites
Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash for 5D, 1DS, 20D, G3, G5, G6, Pro 1 & Rebel XT
Canon MR-14EX Macro Ring Lite for 5D, 1Ds, 20D, 30D, G2, G3, G5, G6, Pro 1 & Rebel XT

Universal flash

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Metz 70 MZ-5 TTL Handlemount Flash #70251
Quantum Qnexus , wireless TTL interface for Canon and Nikon flashes
Quantum D12W QTTL Flash Adapter
for Nikon N90s, F100, F5, D1, D1H, D1X, D100, D200, D2H, D70, D70s, D2X; Fuji S2, S3; Kodak SLR/n

Studio flash (strobe)

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Norman ML600 Monolight includes 7" reflector, FQ8 Flashbulb, 250w modeling light, sync cable, AC power cord, &Flashcube cover

Constant light
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Lighting accessories

Meters - Nikon - Canon - Universal - Light control - Color modification - Connectors - Heads/Bulbs

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Please read "Meter the light" to understand the need for a quality meter.
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Sekonic Flashmate L-308S digital flash meter

Gossen Color-Pro 3F Digital ColorMeter
This meter measures ambient, flash, incident and reflected light as well as color temperatures in Kelvin degrees as well as correction filter suggestions and displays the results on an LCD read out.

Nikon lighting accessories

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Nikon SC 29 coiled flash sync cable- flash terminal
Features AF illuminator at the mounting point to ensure accurate focus in low light.
Chimera SpeedRing for TTL Twin Strobe (twin flash)

Canon lighting accessories

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Chimera On Camera Speed Ring for Canon 540EZ & 550EX Shoe-Mount Flashes
Chimera SpeedRing for TTL Twin Strobe (twin flash)
Quantum Qnexus, Wireless TTL Interface for Canon and Nikon flashes
Quantum D13W QTTL Flash Adapter for Canon EOS1, EOS3, D30, D60, 10D, 20D, 5D, 30D, 1D,1Ds, 1D 1Ds Mark II, Rebel 300D/350D
Quantaray - QDA-CAF Flash Module for Canon EOS Auto Focus

Universal lighting accessories

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LPA Pocket Wizard MultiMAX Transceiver Remote Control
PocketWizard PWP-TR 801-125 PLUS II Transceiver (Black) with a Range of up to 1600 Feet
Pocket Wizard Submini Male to Miniphone, 3' #804-411
Pocket Wizard Locking PC to Miniphone , 5' coiled #804-304
Stroboframe Pro-T Flash Rotating Bracket
Stroboframe Press-T Flash Rotating Bracket
Stroboframe Anti-Twist Plate for Canon EOS1 and Nikon N90S Cameras
Stroboframe Anti-Twist Plate for the Nikon SC-29 Off-camera Flash Cord
Stroboframe Anti-Twist Plate for 35mm Cameras
Adorama Rotating Flash Bracket with iTTL Cord for Nikon digital SLR cameras with 10 pin connectors
Wein PN Peanut Slave (100' Range) set of 3 - for digital cameras #W940003D
Hoodman Professional LCD Screen Loupe for Canon & Nikon
Paramount 5' Coiled Sync Cord Metz 6 Contact to PC for the 45CT-3/4, 45CL-3/4, 60CT-4 and 32CT-4
Paramount 5' Coiled Sync Cord, Sunpak to PC
Paramount 18" Straight Sync Cord, Household (AC) Male to PC
Paramount 16' Coiled Sync Cord, PC Male to PC Female
Paramount 1' Straight Sync Cord , household (AC) male to Nikon screw lock

Light control

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Chimera SpeedRing for Norman LH2 / LH52
Chimera Metal Quick Release SpeedRing for Norman LH-2000, 400, 4 & Allure Units.
Chimera SpeedRing for medium shoe mount flashes like the Vivitar 283
Chimera Super Pro Plus White Large
Chimera PRO II Lightbanks - Large White
Chimera PRO II Lightbanks X-Small White
Chimera Mini Bank White 12x16" Softbox
Chimera Super Pro Plus White Small
Chimera Super Pro Plus White X-Small
Chimera Speed Ring for extra large handle mount strobes like Metz 60CT-4 & 50MZ-5
Chimera Speed Ring for White Lightning Ultra Series / X Series
Chimera 3" Metal Quick Release Speed Ring Attaches the Video Pro Bank to the Arri Plus 150, Dedolight, and similar hot lights.
Chimera Metal Quick Release Speed Ring for Norman LH-2000, 400, 4 & Allure units.
Chimera Super Pro Plus White XX-Small
Chimera 20" Lantern Light Bank w/Skirt
Chimera Replacement Internal Baffle for the Medium Sized Super Pro Plus, Super Pro Plus Shallow and Pro II soft boxes.
Chimera 30 Degree Honeycomb Grid Set for small soft boxes
LumiQuest ProMax SoftBox
I can't shoot without mine.
Lumiquest Promax System
LumiQuest Snoot
Sto-Fen Omni Bounce
Some folks really love these. If this is your softener of choice, you'll need a white, green (for Fl) and gold (for tungsten) one to match your specific flash.
XPRO 24"x24" Studio Photography Light Tent - Dome - Cube - Box
XPRO 36"x36" Studio Photography Light Tent Dome - cube (box)
XPRO Sell-it Black 20"x20" studio photography light tent / dome cube (box)

Color modification

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Lighting filters (often called "gels") modify the color and/or intensity of light. It's common to use these filters to color balance artificial light to available light or to restrict the output of artificial light. Another use is to create theatrical moods with artificial light for illustrations.

To learn more about light filters, please read "Balance the light."

Roscolux Swatch Book , small sampler of almost every filter
This is extremely inexpensive and very useful for flash filtration. The samples fit over most flash heads. Get two books and have a spare to replace damaged gels.
Rosco Color Correction Kit , sixteen 10" x 12" light correction filters
This is a good kit for almost all cc needs. Gels are large enough to filter studio flash or can be cut to fit hand-held flash heads.
Rosco Cinegel Tough PlusGreen 20" x 24" color correction lighting filter
This is the best gel to correct for fluorescent light.
Rosco Cinegel Roscosun 3/4 CTO, 20" x 24" color correction lighting filter
This is the best gel to correct for tungsten light.
Rosco Cinegel Half Blue (1/2 CTB), 20" x 24" Color Correction Lighting Filter
This gel corrects for overcast weather and works in shadows. It keeps yellow and red in the image after color correction.
Rosco Color Effects Kit , ten 10" x 12" assorted color filters
This kit is for illustrations and other "fun in the studio" assignments.
Norman Neutral Density Filter Pack with 3 High-Temperature 5" Square Filters
These filters restrict the output of powerful studio lights. They also won't melt in the middle of a shoot.

Lighting Connectors

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Norman R500 20 ft. Lamphead Extension Cable for the 500 Series Power Packs.
Norman 15' Straight Sync Cord 1/4" Mono Plug to PC Standard Tip.

Lighting Bulbs/Heads

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Norman Illuminator Studio Head
rated to 2500ws, built-in blower
Norman 650 watt Tungsten Lamp for the Allure C1000
Norman 350 watt Tungsten Lamp for the Allure C1000.
Norman R9109 Metal Flashtube Cover


Backpacks, Vest Harnesses, Hip bags, Shoulder bags, Photo vests, Disk wallets, Hard cases
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Backpacks are for PJs who have a lot of gear and must move it a considerable distance. Although it's marketed as a primary camera bag, consider a backpack as a secondary bag to suppliment a hip bag or vest.

Lowepro Stealth AW backpack
This is the best backpack for deadline PJs. It can hold a laptop, a camera body and power inverter (or two bodies) as well as maps, paperwork and some clothes. It features ballistic nylon, TXP ripstop and doesn't scream "steal me."

Vest harnesses

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Vest harnesses have become popular in recent years. It give the advantage of a photo vest with better gear protection and weight distribution.

Newswear Womens Digital Chestvest *** Digital SLR camera and lens carry system, black.
Newswear Mens Digital Chestvest digital SLR camera and lens carry system, black
Newswear Telephoto Press Pouch padded 11.5" long lens carry pouch, black
Newswear Strobe Press Pouch padded on-camera flash carry pouch, black

Hip bags

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Hip bags aren't as fast as a vests, but protect equipment better. They allow a greater equipment change speed and range of movement than other bags. It also provides a much lower profile for PJs who prefer to work unobserved.

Kata W-94 GDC Waist-Pack for complete DSLR camera system
I just got mine and already love it. It comes with a small elastic rain cover for the entire bag. It's not deep, but it's long enough for a 200mm. It's still better to add a 200mm pouch.
Tamrac Deluxe Convertible Camera Gadget Bag, Model 706

Tamrac 5735 Pop-Top Convertible Hip Pack
This is like my daily bag with a daypack addition.

Shoulder bags

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Lowepro Stealth Reporter 400 AW
A good daily shooter's bag.
Tamrac Super Pro 14 Model 614 Case ( for camera and notebook ) - black

Photo vests

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Vests allow fast lens changes and freedom of movement. Not as protective as other portability products. Although they help camoflage the PJ, these are often a high profile item (people immediately know you're a PJ). This is an advantage for new PJs, it's a disadvantage to PJs covering gang violence.

Domke PhoTOGS vests
These vests were designed for PJs. Mostly film shooters use vests anymore, however new PJs may opt for a vest to be easily "recognizable."

Disk wallets
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These protect and organize memory cards, small batteries, color correctoin gels and business cards.

Pelican Case 1020 Black
Technically, it's a case, but use it as a waterproof, crushproof, airtight disk
Power 2000 COMP-1 Aluminum Compactflash Card Case wallet.
Tamrac MXS536901 Memory & Battery Management Wallet 8
Lowepro DMC-Z for memory cards. Made of neoprene - black

Hard cases

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Hard-sided cases are for serious pros with high-value investments. These are typically used to transport equipment to location or to remote areas of the planet. They're designed to withstand most potential problems from salt water to dust and are often reenforced to prevent crushing.

Pelican 1650 Watertight Hard Case with Dividers & Wheels
A serious, battle-ready case for serious photographers. Get the lid organizer as well.
Pelican Photographer's Lid Organizer for 1500 & 1520 series cases
Pelican 1610 Case w/foam, wheels and pull handle
Case is battle ready and used for transporting studio lighting systems, or entire DVR rigs. Interior dimentions are 22.2" x 17.1" x 10.6".
Canon HC-3500 Hard Travel Case for XL1/XL1S

Camera accessories

Nikon - Canon - Universal - Lens shades - Underwater/Rain - Filters
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Nikon Accessories

Camera accessories

Nikon MC 21 Remote control cable - 10 ft
Extension cable works with all advanced Nikon peripherals.
Nikon MB-D200 Multi-Power Battery Pack for D200 (Also requires the Nikon EN-EL3e Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery to go with the unit.)
Nikon DR-6 Right Angle Viewfinder (rectangular slip-on)
Nikon MB15 AA High Power Pack f/F100 IMP
Nikon DK-21 rubber eyecup

MD 12 speedwinder Nikon / MD 12 for FM cameras
This is an automatic, high-speed frame advance for FM cameras (no longer made and wouldn't work after nuclear blast anyway).

Remotes / cable releases

Nikon MC 20 remote control cable (cable release)
Nikon MC30 remote cable release (31.5 in) for D100 and D200
Adorama Digital Remote Release with 36" cable for Nikon D200 & D2x digital cameras

Canon accessories

Camera accessories

Hoodman H-C5D Canon 5D Flip Up LCD Cap and Hood
Plastic Rear Lens Cap for Canon EOS Cameras
Canon Lens Rear Cap for Canon EF SLR Lenses
Canon RF-3 Body Cap for EOS SLR Cameras
Novoflex - Reverse ring - Canon EF
Canon PBE2 Power Drive Booster for EOS1V, EOS1N & EOS3
Canon CPE3 Compact Battery Pack for Speedlite 420EZ/540EZ/550EX/580EX
Canon BG-E4 Battery Grip for EOS 5D Digital SLR Camera
BG-ED3 Battery Grip
Canon BGE1 Battery Grip for use with the Digital Rebel Camera
Canon BGE2 Battery Grip for the EOS 20D and EOS 30D Digital SLR Cameras
Canon BG-E3 Battery Grip for EOS Digital Rebel XT Camera
Canon BME2 Battery Magazine For Digitel Rebel Cameras
Canon BM-1 Battery Magazine for Battery Pack E1
Canon CPM-E3 Battery Magazine
Canon BGM-E2 Battery Holder
Canon Pro Neck Strap 1 for all EOS Cameras
Camera Armor Protection System, Black Color, for Canon 5D SLR Camera Body
Camera Armor Protection System Black Color, for Canon Rebel XTI SLR Camera
Camera Armor Protection System Black Color, for Canon 30D SLR Camera Body
Camera Armor Protection System Black Color, for Canon 5D SLR Camera Body

Remotes / cable releases

Canon LC-5 Wireless Controller for select EOS Digital SLR Cameras
Pocket Wizard Canon N3 Motor Drive Cable
Microsync Cable Release Cord for Canon Pro SLR's
Canon T3 Cable Release Adapter for EOS SLR Cameras
Canon RS-80N3 Remote Switch for EOS-1V/1VHS, EOS-3, EOS-D2000, D30, D60, 1D, 1Ds, EOS-1D Mark II, 10D, 20D
Canon RAN3 Remote Switch Adapter for EOS SLR Cameras
Canon 1000T3 Extension Cord for EOS 1D, 10D, D30, D60, 1v & A2 SLR Cameras
Canon TC80N3 Timer Remote Control for EOS D30, D60, D10, 1D, 1V & 20D SLR Cameras
Canon Remote Switch RS60 E3 Canon EOS: Rebel 2000, Rebel X/XS, Rebel G, Elan II, Elan IIe, and EOS IX

Canon eye pieces

Canon Anti-Fog Eyepiece EC for EOS-1/1N/RS/1V/1VHS EOS-1D/EOS-1D Mark II
Canon Anti-fog Eyepiece for Canon EOS and ELAN Cameras
Delkin Pop-up Shade & Protective Cover for Canon EOS 1D Mark II N LCD Screen, Snap On.
Canon Angle Finder C for Canon EOS SLR Cameras (right angle viewer)
Canon Eyecup-EF for Digital Rebel, XT and XTi DSLR Cameras

Universal accessories

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Bogen LR1250 Lastolite Easy Balance folding gray card exposure balancer

Underwater (protection)

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Underwater protection

Nikon Nikonos V Underwater 35mm Camera Body UW NEW
IDX-D200 underwater housing for the Nikon D-200 digital camera , black by Sea & Sea
Features a large back window for a clear view of the LCD display, leak sensor, two type-N strobe connectors and made of corrosion-resistant aluminum alloy.
Ikelite SLR Dome Port for Canon 17-85 EF-S lens
Ikelite Flat Port for the Canon 100mm F2.8 EF USM Macro Lens
Ewa-marine Hurricane Hood Large
Ikelite SLR Flat Port for Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Micro Nikkor Lens
Ikelite SLR Dome Port for Nikon 28-105mm D Macro
Ewa-Marine Underwater Housing for Nikon Digital Cameras Fits D1, D1H, D1X, D2H, D2X, D50, D70, D70s, D80 D100 & E3, 50 Meter / 150' Depth.

Rain protection

Ewa-marine Pro Hurricane Hood Telephoto Cape
AquaTech SSF Sport Shield Flash Rain Cover for Canon, Nikon & Metz Shoe Mount Flashes.

Lens shades and hoods

Nikon - Canon - Universal
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Lens shades (also called lens hoods) are the least expensive and fastest way to improve image quality while providing some protection to most photographers' most expensive investment.

To learn more about the importance of this item, please read "Look cool with lens shades."

Nikon lens shades

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Nikon HB 7 lens hood

Canon lens shades

Zoom - Prime (by lens focal length) - Canon generic
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To avoid problems created by using the wrong lens hood (lens shades), Canon makes a specific hood for each lens. This list only includes those Canon lenses most likely used by PJs.

Canon zoom lens shades

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EW83E Lens Hood for EF 16-35mm f/2.8L
EW-83J Lens Hood for EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS
EW-83CII Lens Hood for EF 17-35mm f/2.8L
EW75II Lens Hood for EF 20 f/2.8 & EF 20-35mm f/2.8L
EW83F Lens Hood for 24-70mm f/2.8L
EW83BII Lens Hood for EF 28-70mm f/2.8L SLR Lens
EW63II Lens Hood for EF 28 f/1.8, 28-105 f/3.5-4.5 & 28-105 f/4.0-5.6
EW63B Lens Hood for EF 28-105mm f/4-5.6
ET-86 Lens Hood for EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS
ET-83II Lens Hood for EF 70-200mm f/2.8L
ES-79II Lens Hood for EF 85mm f/1.2L & EF 80-200mm f/2.8L

Canon prime lens shades

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ET-78II Lens Hood for EF 135mm f/2L USM & EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro
EW75II Lens Hood for EF 20 f/2.8 & EF 20-35mm f/2.8L
ET83BII Lens Hood for EF 200 f/2.8L II
ET67 Lens Hood for Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro
EW-78C Lens Hood for EF 35mm f/1.4L
ET-67B Lens Hood for EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro digital
ES71II Lens Hood for EF 50mm f/1.4
ES-65II Lens Hood for TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Lens
Lens Hood ES-71-II for EF 50/1.4
EW65II Lens Hood for EF 28mm f/2.8 & EF 35mm f/2
EW60II Lens Hood for 24mm F/2.8

Canon generic lens shades

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ET65III Lens Hood
ES 65III Lens hood
EW60 lens hood

Universal shades

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Nikon filters - Canon filters - Other maker filters
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Nikon filters
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Canon filters

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Canon PL-C 52mm Drop-in Circular Polarizing Filter
Canon PL-C 48mm Drop-in Circular Polarizing Filter
Canon PL-C 72mm Circular Polarizer
Canon 77mm UV Haze (L-39 Sharp Cut)
Canon 500D 77mm Close Up Lens

Other maker filters

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B+W IR special effects filter for Canon EOS , 20D , 5D SLR Lenses

Batteries & adapters

Batteries: Nikon - Canon - Universal
Adapters: Nikon - Canon - Universal
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Nikon batteries
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Nikon EN-EL3e Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery for D200, D300, D700 and D80 Digital SLR Cameras
Nikon EN-EL4a rechargeable Li-Ion battery for MB-D10 battery pack and Nikon D2 and D3 digital SLR cameras
Nikon EN-EL4 rechargeable Li-Ion battery for MB-D10 battery pack and Nikon D2 and D3 digital SLR cameras
Nikon BL-3 battery chamber cover for Nikon EN-EL4 and EN-EL4a for the MB-D10
Nikon EN 4 - camera battery 1 x NiMH 2000 mAh
for D1 series DSLRs.

Nikon MH-18a quick battery charger for the EN-EL3e battery
compatible with Nikon D80, D200, D300 and D700 digital SLR cameras
Nikon MH-21 Quick Charger
for Nikon EN-EL4 and EN-EL4a rechargeable Li-Ion batteries

Nikon MB-D10 multi power battery pack for Nikon D300 & D700 digital SLR cameras
Nikon MB-D200 Multi-Power Battery Pack for the D200 Digital Camera
Uses En-EL3e rechargeable Li-Ion batteries.
Nikon BL-4 battery chamber cover for EN-EL4/EN-EL4a and D3 DSLR Camera
Nikon SD-800 quick recycling battery pack for SB-800 AF Flash
Nikon MS-D10
Accepts 8 AA batteries replacement for Nikon MB-D10 and D1 series DSLRs.
Nikon MS-D10EN
Replacement holder for Nikon MB-D10 to use EN-EL3e rechargeable batteries.

Nikon adapters

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Quantum Cable CK-E for Turbo Battery
Connects to Contax TLA360, Nikon SB28 European, Nikon SB28D, Nikon SB28DX, Nikon SB80DX
Quantum Cable SD10
Connects the Turbo 2x2 Battery to the Nikon D2H Digital Camera
Quantum Cable CCK for the Turbo Compact Battery
Short Cable from Turbo Compact Battery mounted under camera to flash, for Nikon SB28 / SB27 / SB26 / SB25 SB24 / SB11
Quantum Cable YDC100 for the Turbo Compact Battery to fit Nikon D100 digital cameras.
Quantum Cable YDC10 Connects the Turbo Compact Battery to the Nikon D2H Digital Camera
Quantum Module XKZ3 for QB1c Compact Battery & Bantam Battery to fit Nikon SB800AF

Canon batteries

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Canon NCE2 NiMH Battery Charger for EOS-1D & EOS-1v SLR Cameras
Canon CPE3 Compact Battery Pack for Speedlite 420EZ/540EZ/550EX/580EX
Canon Rechargeable Battery for XHA1 - XHG1 - GL1 - GL2 and XLH1
Canon BP-310G Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack
NB-2LH Lithium Ion Battery

Other brands

Canon adapters

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Canon TTL Hot Shoe Adapter
Canon TTL Distributor
Canon Connecting Cord 60 (flash)
Canon EOS Dedicated TTL Off-Camera Shoe Adapter 2
Canon OA2 Off Camera Shoe Adapter
Canon ET-1000N3 Remote Extension Cord for Canon EOS SLR Cameras
Quantum Cable CZ f/Turbo Battery Connects Canon 430EZ, Canon 480G, Canon 540EZ, Canon 550EX, Canon MR-14EX to Turbo.
Quantum Cable YDC6 for Turbo Compact Battery to fit Canon 1D & 1Ds Digital Cameras
Quantum Cable YDC1 for the Turbo Compact Battery to fit Nikon D1, D1X & D1H Digital Cameras.
Quantum Cable SD6 for connecting Turbo 2x2 Battery to the Canon EOS 1D
Quantum FW-53N Freewire Wireless TTL Adapter for Canon
Quantum Cable YDC30 for Turbo Compact Battery to fit Canon D30, D60 & 10D Digital Cameras

Canon ACK-E2 AC (power) Adapter for EOS 5D, 10D, 20D, D60, D30 & Digital Rebel Cameras

Universal batteries

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Turbo Battery with Charger
Will need appropriate adapter.
Quantum Turbo C Compact Battery Power Pack
Will need appropriate adapter.
Quantum Battery 1 Compact (QB1c)
Turbo 2x2 Battery
Will need appropriate adapter.

Universal adapters

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Off-Camera Shoe Cord 2
Quantum Locking Module G
Quantum Motor Drive Cord for Nikon
Quantum Module MA2 f/Battery 1
Quantum Cable CCK for the Turbo Compact Battery for Nikon Speedlights
Quantum Cable CZ for Turbo Battery
Quantum Cable CK for Turbo Battery
Quantum Cable CCKE for the Turbo Compact Battery to Nikon SB28 Euro SB28 / SB28DX / SB80DX.
Quantum Cable YDC10 connects the Turbo Compact Battery to the Nikon D2H digital camera
Quantum QT42 Euro Charger, 220/240 VAC for Quantum Turbo Battery

Safety Gear

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ANSI Class II safety vest with 2" Reflective Tape
MSA Advance Vented Hard hats with Ratchet Suspensions, white
Hodgman® chest waders Bantam weight 2-ply nylon / rubber chest waders w/ cleated soles green
I paid almost double this price locally. These waders work great in floods. They also have quick disconnect suspenders to keep PJs from drowning if they fill with water (or fire ants).
Coleman Float Head Lamp , battery operated
A vital accessory after a hurricane or other major natural disaster.
Purell 9011-12 hand sanitizer wipe , pk 35
Off! Deep Woods insect repellent V , 6 oz. can
Freeze-dried food
This is a general search for freeze-dried food for a PJ's trunk and emergency box.
Fix-A-Flat Super Tire Inflator 20 oz.
Only use this product in an emergency. Many tire warranties are voided if this product is used on the tire.
Key Parts HV40 portable air compressor DC (12 Volt) powered
This is another vital item before heading into a natural disaster area. If there has been any wind or water damage, nails are everywhere. So are flat tires. If it's a slow leak, fill up as needed and save the spare tires for when there's no other option.


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Apple MacBook Pro MA611LL/A 17" Notebook PC (2.33 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM, 160 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD SuperDrive)
Apple Mac Pro MA356LL/A desktop PC (Two 2.66 GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon Processors, 1 GB RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive, SuperDrive)
Apple Cinema 30" HD Flat-Panel Display
Epson P-2000 Multimedia Storage Drive, Viewer, and Audio/Video Player (B31B174011)
Lexar 4GB Professional Series CompactFlash Card 133x ( CF4GB-133-380 ) (Retail Package)
Memorex 700MB/80-Minute 52x CD-R Media (100-Pack Spindle)
PNY All-terrain Attaché USB 2.0 Flash Drive
PNY All-terrain Attaché USB 2.0 Flash Drive
Nikon WA-S1 Wi-Fi antenna - digital camera wireless transmitter
Nikon WA-E1 Extended Range Antenna for Nikon WT-3A D200 Wireless Transmitter

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Apple Final Cut Studio 2
Apple Final Cut Express HD 3.5 (Mac)
Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended [Mac]
Adobe Photoshop CS2
Microsoft Word 2004 Upgrade (Mac)
Adobe Creative Suite CS3 Production Premium [Mac]
Apple Shake 4 Mac OS X
Apple iLife '08 .
Microsoft Word 2007 Version Upgrade (Windows XP)
Microsoft Works Suite 2006 (Windows)
Lexar Media IR437 Image Rescue Software (OSX Retail Package)
Adobe Acrobat Professional 8 (Mac)
for Mac OS X.
Macromedia Flash Pro 8 (Win/Mac)
Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 Win/Mac
Final Cut Pro 3.0
for PowerMac
Apple Final Cut Studio 5.1 Upgrade from Final Cut Pro 1-3 (Mac)
QuarkXPress 7 for Mac
QuarkXpress 6.5
for Windows XP
Adobe Illustrator CS
for Windows XP.
Winzip 10.0

Reporter Electronics
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2500-Channel Compact Hand-Held Scanner with TrunkTracker III Technology
Uniden BR330T Nascar Scanner TrunkTracker 3 with 2500 channels
Works for everything from police to coaches' headsets.

Sony TCM-400DV Pressman Standard Cassette Recorder
Sony TCM-5000EV Pressman Professional Portable Cassette Recorder
Tape Recorder to Telephone Adapter
Sony ECM-T6 Clip-On Microphone with an Omni-Directional Pick-Up Pattern
Not recommended for audio/video broadcast. Requires a LRI CR-2032 Lithium 3V Battery
Bell Sonecor BE310VTR Micro-Cassette Voice and Telephone Recorder

Black and Decker VEC1046BD 400 Watt inverter
Powerful enough for most uses.
Black and Decker VEC1047BD 750 Watt inverter
Useful for high power items. Connects directly to car battery if needed.
Xantrex 852-2000 XPower Powerpack 600HD Portable Backup Power Source
Charges from AC or DC. I'm getting one.

Kipor Sinemaster Quiet 2600 Watt Portable Inverter Generator
Low noise (54 dB)
Briggs & Stratton Power Products 5,550-Watt Portable Generator #30241
Think hurricane.

Office Supplies

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HP Officejet 5610 All-in-One Printer, Copier, Scanner, Fax
HP Officejet 5610 All-in-One Printer, Copier, Scanner, Fax
A fax machine that doesn't destroy photo prints. Understand its limitations vs. cost.
Royal 8-Sheet Paper Shredder - JS800
Every PJ needs a shredder since SS# is on most documents. This is a very low cost option. There's better ones on the market for much higher prices.

PNY All-terrain Attaché USB 2.0 Flash Drive
Two gigs and designed for some abuse.

Memorex 700MB/80-Minute 52x CD-R Media (100-Pack Spindle)
CASE-IT Ring-200 Nylon CD Organizer (200-Disc)
To organize CD archives.

Print File Archival Photo Pages Print File Archival Photo Pages Holds Two 8" x 10" Prints, Pack of 25
Print File Archival 35mm Size Negative Pages Holds Six Strips of Six Frames, Pack of 25
Unless the film is squeezed, there's 36 frames per roll.
Print File Archival 35mm Slide Pages Holds Twenty 2" x 2" Mounted Transparencies, Top Loading, Pack of 25

Avery Label MARKS-A-LOT - chisel tip, 2PK, black ( 07902 )
Sharpie Industrial 3 pack , black
Universal Clipboard ( 40305 )


Chemistry - Film development - Printing - Aftertreatments
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Chemicals - Chemistry tools
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Kodak T-Max developer black & white film developer, 1 gallon bottle, liquid to make 5 gallons.
Kodak Indicator Stop Bath for black & white films and papers, 1-pint bottle to make 8-gallons
Kodak Fixer (sodium thiosulfate) for paper and film, 1Gallon mix
Photographer's Formulary Sodium Thiosulfate (Pure Hypo) pentahydrate, 1 pound
Kodak Dektol developer black & white paper developer, powder to make 5 gallons
Orbit Bath one pint
Edwal Hypo-Check chemical test for exhausted film & paper fixers, 4 oz.

Chemistry tools

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Adorama plastic graduate one (1) gallon (128 oz.)
Adorama mix-up cups , set of 10 different measuring and mixing cups (600 ml)
Adorama plastic funnel 16 oz. size (500 ml)
Chem-Seal photographic chemical storage container 1/2 gallon (64 oz.) plastic
Premier 2 gallon storage tank
Ethol spigot for 5 gallon plastic container
Kalt - 128oz Datatainer
Adorama chemical stirring paddles package of 2 plastic mixing paddles
Quantaray dial chemical thermometer

Film development

(Arranged by order of use)
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Watson 100 35mm Bulk Loader
Reloadable Plastic 35mm Film Cassettes (4pk.)

Adorama film leader retriever 35mm
Adorama glow-in-the-dark tape 1"X 5 Yards
Hewes heavy duty stainless steel film developing reel for 35mm size film
The speed prongs on this reel eliminate accidental chemical burns. They also fit better in the tanks to reduce surge.
Adorama stainless steel daylight film developing tank for four rolls of 35mm film or two rolls of 120/220 film
35mm quadruple/120 double stainless steel tank
Gralab 300 darkroom timer
Adorama stainless steel film clips , pack of four, with weights
replacement lift rod (12 inch)
Adorama soft photographic sponges pack of two
13 (33cm) roll film washer
Adorama Color Corrected AC Light-Box , 8.5" x 11"


Dry Printing steps - Wet Printing steps
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Darkroom printing is where the "magic" happens. PJs can see the results of their work quickly appear in a tray of fluid.

The darkroom printing has two distinct processes. The first is a dry process. During these steps, PJs use the enlarger to expose dry paper with light from the enlarger. The exposed paper is then taken to a different area of the darkroom for the wet process.

During the wet process, exposed photosensitive paper is placed into a series of baths to develop the latent image, stop development, fix the image onto the paper and wash away the residual chemistry.

The items listed below are arranged by order of use.

Dry Printing steps

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Adorama darkroom safelight 5"x7" size , light amber (oc) filtered, wall or ceiling mountable or free standing
Kodak 5 1/2 circular safelight
Beseler Cadet II black & white 35mm film enlarger with Lens & Negative Carrier.
For personal (light) use, get the heavier grade enlarger for schools and pro use.
Beseler 67 XLC Condenser Black & White Photo Enlarger , 120 Volt
This unit is built to withstand heavy usage. It's a good choice for pros, schools and industrial applications.
Enlarger lamp bulb
Better to have a spare than to need one on a deadline.
Omega under lens fiter holder w/ red filter
Beseler DustGun 100 Compressed Air , 8 OZ. disposable can
EL-Nikkor 50mm f/2.8 enlarging lens
The lens directly affects print quality. Get the best glass available with a focal length of 50mm or greater.
Gralab 451R timer/ intervalometer
Gralab 560 timer footswitch
4x5 Anti Newton Glass for glass sandwich carrier
Omega/LPL Universal Anti-Newton Glass type negative carrier for all 4"x5" photographic enlargers, #245-100
Ilford Multigrade IV FB fiber based VC variable contrast doubleweight black & white enlarging paper 11x14", 10 sheets, glossy surface (F surface) for printing from conventional negatives and from XP2 SUPER negatives
If you live in a warm state, don't order printing paper during summer months. It'll arrive heat-fogged and useless.
Ilford Multigrade IV RC Deluxe resin coated VC variable contrast black & white enlarging paper 8x10" - 100 sheets - glossy surface (F surface)
Premier 12" x 16" paper safe light-tight protection for film and paper
Print File CP-1 film to paper contact proof printer
Saunders 14x17" universal adjustable easel (U1417)
Grain focuser
Kodak Polymax Poly Contrast Filter Kit 3.5" individual filters for above the lens use

Wet Printing steps

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Adorama plastic print developing tray with ribbed bottom, 11"x14"x3" deep, set of three white trays
Adorama print processing bamboo tongs package of three (3)
Calumet 19 (48cm) Smoothee Squeegee
Adorama 11"x14" rapid photo print washer fast, efficient, economical
Gravity Works 11"x 14" archival print washer for twelve 11" x 14" or twenty-four 8" x 10" prints.
Premier thermostatic chromed dryer for RC and fiber based papers. It features twin chromed drying surfaces 12x17" (350 watts).


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Adorama sable retouching brush #10/0 size, for retouching & hand coloring black & white and color prints
10-Well Round Plastic Palette w/Cover plastic palette for hand coloring and spotting
Spot-All Kit 3B
Kodak Rapid Selenium Toner for black & white enlarging papers, 1 quart bottle
Kodak Sepia Toner for black & white photographic enlarging papers, powder to make 1 quart.
Berg Color-Tone Professional Multi-Color Toning Kit for black & white prints or transparencies, #bct-pr2
Berg Color-Tone, brilliant blue toner for black & white prints, makes 1 quart, #bct-bb32
Edwal Green Color Toner for black & white prints and transparencies, 4oz. bottle makes 64oz.
Marshall's Advanced Oil Set for hand coloring black & white and color photographs
Marshall's Vinyl Eraser for removing oil color from hand colored prints
Marshalls Artist Portrait Pencil Set for hand coloring black & white and color prints, #MS-MM-PP

Art Supplies

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white cotton gloves They make fancier ones, but these are fine for working with prints.


Film scanners - Flat-bed scanners - Police scanners
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Film scanners

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Nikon Super CoolScan 9000 ED Film Scanner
Pro quality. Handles 35mm and medium format.
Nikon Super CoolScan 5000 ED Film Scanner
Pro quality for 35mm film.
Nikon SF-210 Auto Slide Feeder
This is a must-have item if handling archive images. There's a known feed problem, but there's a fix in the comments section of this item's description.
While it's good to have a backup, it's more efficient to use two holders. Use the second holder to prepare the next negative while the first is scanning.

Flatbed scanners

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Canon CanoScan 8400F Flatbed Scanner
Canon CanoScan LiDE 80 Color Scanner
Canon CanoScan 5000F Scanner
Canon CanoScan 4200F Flatbed Scanner
Canon CanoScan N670U Flatbed Scanner
Canon CanoScan LiDE 35 Scanner
Canon CanoScan D1250U2F USB Flatbed Scanner
Canon FB630U CanoScan USB Flatbed Scanner
Canon CanoScan LiDE 25 Color Image Scanner (0307B001)
Canon CanoScan N1240U Flatbed Scanner
Canon CanoScan N1220U Scanner
Canon FB630Ui CanoScan USB Flatbed Scanner (PC/Mac)
CanoScan D646U FBSCAN USB-600X1200PPI 42BIT PC/MAC

Police scanners

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I know these don't belong here, but you were looking. :-)

2500-Channel Compact Hand-Held Scanner with TrunkTracker III Technology
Uniden BR330T Nascar Scanner TrunkTracker 3 with 2500 channels
Works for everything from police to coaches' headsets.


Multimedia - Digital projection - Film projection - Accessories
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Canon Realis SX-50 Multimedia Projector
2500 ANSI Lumens, SXGA+ (1400 x 1050) Resolution, LCD, LCOS & AISYS Technology
LV-7575 LCD Multimedia Proj

Digital Projection

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Canon REALiS SX60, LCOS projector - 2500 ANSI lumens - SXGA+ (1400 x 1050) - 4:3 - High Definition

Film Projection
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Presentation Accessories
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Learn photojournalism - Earn money - Reference - Examples
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These are books all PJs should read or have in their own library (preferably sitting on their desk). There are many others, but these are the cornerstones. In addition to books, subscriptions to Magazines & Newspapers are a business expense (tax deduction) for working pro PJs. They are our potential clients and provide fresh examples of PJ work each month.

Books, learn PJ

Understand how to make images.
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by Barbara London, John Upton
The Negative
by Ansel Adams, Robert Baker
AP Photojournalism Stylebook
by Brian Horton
The Nikon School Handbook
by William Pekala (Editor), Harvey Johnson (Editor)
National Geographic Photography Field Guide
by Peter Burian, Bob Caputo
Major Principles of Media Law
by Wayne Overbeck

Books, earn money

Earn money with your camera for your work.
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Photographers Market(changes annually) by Editor
ASMP Professional Business Practices in Photography
by American Society of Media Photographers
Photographer's Market Guide to Building Your Photography Business
by Vik Orenstein
Negotiating Stock Photo Prices [Student Edition] (Paperback)
by Jim Pickerell & Cheryl Pickerell Difrank

Books, reference

Keep these books on a desk at all times.
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AP Stylebook and Lible Manual (spiral edition)
The Associated Press
Webster's New World College Dictionary
by Michael E. Agnes

Books, examples

Get these images into your brain.
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Deeds of War
by James Nachtwey, Robert Stone
Moments: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs
by Hal Buell


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Crazy Creek Sports Chair
This is useful for most indoor sporting events. It won't damage the floor (or out-of-bounds players) while saving PJs a chiropractic visit after a hoops tournament.
USB Missile Launcher
It's costs more than it should, but what's fun worth?

Under $20

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Probrella Portable Compact Umbrella
Moderately protects against sun, heat and rain damage as well as lens flare.
Bottle Top Camera Pod
Beseler DustGun 100 Compressed Air , 8 OZ. disposable can
6" Length Nylon spring clamps
Stanley 66-039 6-Piece Jewelers Precision Screwdriver Set
14" Hemostat Forceps
Boonie hat

Enough for now,


Wanderlust Scarlett said...


I know this list has been here a while, but please leave it all up indefinitely.

It's my shopping list, and I am slowly getting several things on it... such great info.

I'd be sorry to lose this, and all the links and posts that you wrote.

Thank you!


Mark M. Hancock said...

I try to update the PJ Candy Store every six months and after important equipment releases. I get a few pennies from sales. :-)

Ed Starr said...

Greetings All,
Your opinions please on the Nikon D40x as a starter for PJ.
Thanks for your cooperation.

Mark M. Hancock said...

I'd need to read more about the actual sensor size of the D40x, but the 10.2 effective Mp sets off an alarm. I'd guess it's interpolating (inventing pixels) the images to increase effective size.

Matthew Baltrusitis said...

Just so you know, you may want to update your links as many of them are broken.

And this is such a long list! What ever happened to PJs traveling light?

Mark M. Hancock said...

The list is long to handle the "always be prepared" and "have a back-up plan" aspects of PJ. Have a crisis go bag covers traveling light (which is difficult in the digital age).

Between f/t editing and almost f/t shooting along with my other two major projects and a very cute wife... time has been short for the last two years. I'll try to cull through it after I get my first major project out the door.

David Meadows said...

I was wondering your thoughts on the Nikon D90 and the Canon 5D Mark II. Nice blog you have, and if i posted this twice sorry about that.

Mark M. Hancock said...

You should chose the best system for your needs. The body is often inexpensive compared to the lenses and accessories you'll need.
Of these two bodies, the 5D MkII has the advantage of being able to counter the Bayer interpolation if you set the resolution low enough.
Otherwise, both bodies interpolate to get higher resolution and essentially destroy the capture.

If you just wanted a "family camera" with video options, either is fine. If you plan to sell images, neither is a great option.