19 Mar What’s in my bag?
I don’t like to shlep tons of gear around with me. In this day and age, when gear is getting smaller and more powerful every few months, it makes sense to take the weight off, and so I’ve shed the bulky, cumbersome Canon/Nikon DSLR bodies for something much smaller, lighter, and more powerful.
My main camera is the Fujifilm X-T3. It’s a fantastic little camera that looks and works like an old school film camera. I originally learned to take photos on those old school cameras, and I just love the way it handles. It’s small, very lightweight, and the picture quality is of amazingly high standard. It also takes some phenomenal 4K video!
The lens I use on my fashion, portrait and erotic shoots most of the time is the 50mm f/2 lens. It’s also very small, very lightweight, and amazing image quality. I also use the very excellent 23mm f/2 lens, that lets me get real close and personal with my models, and has a really pleasing focal length for video. Both of these lenses remind me a lot of old SLR lenses, or even those great Leica lenses that date from today all the way back to the 1950s or earlier. We are fans of small yet powerful and potent gear, so these are right up our alley.
Another great accessory is the Aputure M9 LED light, a tiny battery-powered light that you can hide anywhere on set to get that last bit of light on the subject. This little guy can save a shoot! It can be mounted on the camera, on a tripod, or just placed anywhere you need it to go. I have two of these in my bag at all times, and for larger projects I rent the Aputure Amaran lights, which are very bright, small, and portable.
I have a Fujifilm Instax Mini camera in my bag, as well, for some spontaneous shots that clients can take home as a little taster. I also do a lot of our private work in Instax, much of which can be purchased soon in my webshop at lanoctambule.com, my outlet for my more erotic work.
And all of this gear, plus memory cards, cleaning tools, etc, fits inside a Patagonia backpack. Glossy black, of course, I’m into black.