Let’s take a look at a basic package of photographic equipment
required for a typical news or on-location assignment.
Starting from upper left:
- A Black Sharpie Marker (for labeling film,etc) with some plumber’s tape wrapped around it.
- Two rapid chargers.
- A pack of rechargeable batteries.
- Pencil flashlight
- Extension Bellows w/copier
- Pocket point&shoot camera
- White bounce reflector card
- Vivitar 283 strobe with extension cord
- Gerber all-purpose tool
- 50mm Nikkor macro lens
- Nikkor 2x tele-extender
- Vivitar 283 w/remote sensor
- Camera bag with filters, film, batteries, cords,
clamps, close-up lens, Universal filter holder, pen and pencils, etc. Also
a monopod camera support and telephone change.
- Motorized Nikon FA with a 70-300 zoom lense with
- Nikkormat with 18mm Super Wide
- Motorized Nikon 2002 with a Sigma AF 28-200mm zoom.
- Strobe unit with a camera bracket and extension cord.
Some optional extras:
- Polaroid camera for testing and giving out pics to folks who have helped.
- Pack of photo releases.
- Travel alarm.
- Good laptop with image editing software and Internet capabilities.
- Tape measure.
- 7- 180mm f2.8…. “old standby” telephoto.
- Cell phone.
All the cameras, motors, strobes, etc. use “AA” rechargeable batteries. Film ranges from 100 ASA to 800 color negative, plus a few rolls of slide film and B&W (100 – 3200).
Filters– Various color filters, a 20Magenta (for correcting flourescent lighting), special effects, and a UV filter for each lens (no lens caps are used).
This should be sufficient for a day’s worth of shooting and allow you to handle most every type of situation.