As I was recruited to take some of the pictures for Jalopnik at this year's Detroit Auto Show, I figured I should take some time out and show you what I brought to the nation's largest automotive event.
Any crafstman worth his salt is only as good as the tools he uses. Or something like that. To take halfway decent pictures, I use a Canon 6D full frame DSLR with extended battery grip. It has 20.2 megapixels, and can upload pictures via Wi-Fi - important when you need content up as quickly as possible.
As a backup, I also have a Canon EOS Rebel XT DSLR with extended battery grip. It's a crop frame camera, which means that it's sensor is smaller than the 6D's full frame sensor, but that also means that it can basically double the lens options that I have, since the focal length on any lens is now effectively magnified. It has an eight megapixel sensor and it has particularly good picture quality for such a small camera. I use a bottom mounted heavy duty strap, as it doesn't get into shots and it can wrap around my body, rather than simply resting on my neck.
For lenses, I'm using a Canon 24-105 f/4 L lens, Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 manual aperture and focus wide angle, and 50mm f/1.8. They're not the sharpest things in the world, but they're absolutely spectacular in usability, affordability, and durability. With the lenses, I have a set of interchangeable filters and shades in various sizes.
The flash I use is a Canon Speedlite 540EZ, with a Gary Fong Lightsphere diffuser. I use rechargeable NiMH batteries, as they tend to recharge the flash faster.
I'm using a Davis & Sanford BHQ8 tripod with metal ball head. It's incredibly stable and resilient.
When shooting video that can't be recorded with the Canon 6D, I use my GoPro Hero 3 Black edition, and Sony HDR-AS100V. They both record in 1080P, and I have multiple batteries for extended use. They also both have articulating suction cup mounts and waterproof cases for heavy duty use. I also have two retractable arms, or as normal people refer to them, "selfie sticks".
For audio, I use a Zoom H4N audio recorder, with an HTDZ HT-81 active shotgun microphone, along with two lavalier microphones. It's one of the best on-the-fly audio setups you can use, on a budget.
The laptop I use is an ASUS G75. It has a 2.3 Ghz Pentium Core i7 PROCESSOR AND GeForce GTX 670M video card. It has a terabyte of on board storage over two hard drives, one being solid state. It's built for gaming, but it's a spectacular video editing rig when on the go. It is a heavy addition to my gear, but a necessary one.
I'm using a Caselogic Kilowatt KSB-102 backpack. Things may get a bit cramped, but it holds all my stuff with no real issue, and comes with a waterproof cover. It also fits in most overhead bins
I have three 95MB/second 64GB SD cards, one 45MB/sec 128GB SD card a 16GB SD card for audio, two 64GB Class 10 microSD cards, a 2GB microSD card for emergencies, a 4GB CF card, and a 2GB CF card.
Add to that all of the chargers, usb cables and adapters I use, that's the extent of my travel carry. Let me know what you think!