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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

25 Pro Gear Choices

All of us have a special piece of equipment that we never leave home without. Here, OP’s pro contributors share their key tools for getting great shots in the field.

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Ikelite Underwater Camera Housing And Strobes
The relatively inexpensive Ikelite heavy-duty housing for the Canon EOS 5D Mark II lets me expand my shooting horizons to include underwater scenes and subjects. The unit allows for operation of all camera controls, and travels easily. To get good colors underwater, I add Ikelite Substrobe underwater electronic flash units, which recycle quickly and retain my camera’s E-TTL exposure control. —Jon Cornforth

Canon TC-80N3 Intervalometer
This little piece of equipment is essentially a standard cable release on steroids. An intervalometer possesses the function of a standard shutter release, which allows me to keep my hands off of the camera and vibration to a minimum during an exposure, but that’s only the beginning of its functionality. I get to control the number of exposures I take of a given sequence, and I can control the time apart of those exposures from seconds to days. The TC-80N3 lets me shoot time-lapse sequences, star trails and exposures longer than 30 seconds. It truly allows the creative process to come alive. —Art Wolfe

Epson P-7000 Multimedia Digital Viewer
When on a photo shoot or leading a workshop, the Epson P-7000 with its 160 GB hard drive serves as my reliable backup. With a 4-inch LCD that displays over 16.7 million colors, I can scroll through my photographs and show potential clients a gallery of my images. —Jim Clark

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm ƒ/4G ED VR
As a wildlife photographer, the 600mm VR defines my style of photography. Quite often, to narrow the angle of view a little more while providing more isolating power, I add the 1.7x to the 600mm. This combo permits me to surgically extract my subject and include enough of its world to tell the story. —Moose Peterson

Kirk L-Bracket
My Kirk L-Bracket allows me to quickly switch between horizontal and vertical shooting without having to readjust the tripod head or my shooting position, especially handy when using shorter macro or tilt-shift lenses. The 3.6-ounce aluminum unit maintains access to the battery pack and I/O ports, and doesn’t require removing the camera strap. —Jon Cornforth

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
I always carry my 5D Mark II. I use it to capture action and landscape shots, and to create large stitched files. It’s dependable, small and lightweight enough to carry in a small chest pack so it’s easily accessible. The full-frame sensor lets me use my wide-angle lenses as wide-angle lenses. Of course, the camera also has HD video shooting capability, which I’ve been experimenting with. It’s the perfect all-around nature DSLR for me. —James Kay

FotoSharp Raincover
This cover is simple, compact and keeps my equipment dry. I can carry it in my back pocket, and it’s ready to deploy if the rain should come. I also like to have it for early-morning shooting. I can kneel on the cover when there’s heavy dew on the ground. —Tom Bol

Gitzo GT3541XLS Carbon-Fiber Tripod
This tripod doesn’t have a center column, which lets me get in much lower and closer to a lot of subjects. In addition, the XLS has an extra-long leg system, allowing me to get higher than my standing height to achieve a different perspective. The other important aspect of utilizing a tripod is stability. I can fine-tune my composition to eliminate even the slightest of distracting elements from my frame. —Art Wolfe


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