Who is this Guy? What’s in his Bag?

One question I get asked often is, “What camera gear do you use?”. So I decided to make a short post showing my main gear. Well, you can see that I am a Canon type of guy. My shooting style often includes running two camera bodies so that I have quick access to a 2nd lens option quickly. I use a Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 7D as my main bodies with a Canon 40D as my main back-up. I also use the battery grip for each body for the better balance and hand feel they offer along with extra battery compartment.  I love pairing my crop bodies to my telephoto lenses to gain that extra reach a 1.6X crop sensor gives you. I also use a lot of top end red ring “L” glass for their large apertures and image quality. The better the image quality you get out of camera will equal better image quality overall plus less post processing work in Lightroom or Photoshop. Some non-L lenses produce very high quality results which are sometimes even better quality than “L” glass. Two examples I have are the 50mm 1.4 and 85mm 1.8 prime lenses. I do not use UV filters on my cameras as all I believe they do is degrade image quality but I do use other filters. All of my lenses have lens hoods for front element protection and helping with lens flare. The Canon 580EX II is the workhorse of my speedlights but I often use many speedlights to light a scene. I use a lot of Sanyo Eneloop AA High Output Batteries in my speedlights since they perform so well and have great reviews on Amazon (see below). I use a lot of 4GB CF cards which I go through quickly since I shoot RAW files. I shoot smaller CF cards as a safety precaution to a card failure. With all those cards to keep track of, the Think Tank Pocket Rocket is a great high quality card holder. I run multiple camera bags for different assignments and to carry all of my lighting gear. My Think Tank Retrospective shoulder bag is the most versatile, highest quality, go to bag I have, hands down.  Well, if you want to read more reviews of the items I use, feel free to click the links below.

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  • Sharon Wylee Scheel - October 6, 2012 - 12:53 pm

    So PC, I was hoping to see you address why you choose to shoot Canon over Nikon. 😉 What is the backdrop on the first shot? My brain can’t decide if it’s paper, vinyl, countertop? It’s a nice looking group of equipment.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki Rice - May 4, 2013 - 12:33 am

    Hey Travis. I also shoot Canon but not the class that you shoot. You do fantastic work. I went to Altoona High School with your dad. I am looking for a used macro lens. My passion is flowers, bugs & butterflies. Do you have one that you no longer need, like a 90-105mm. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Jermaine - June 2, 2015 - 9:19 am

    Im so encouraged by this website. Thanks for what you have shared!ReplyCancel

  • Travis Dewitz - October 6, 2012 - 1:18 pm

    I will start with the simple one. The backdrop is a black foldable craft cardboard plus photoshop to pull it to the edges. I got it at Michaels.ReplyCancel

  • Travis Dewitz - October 6, 2012 - 1:20 pm

    I shoot Canon because Canon was the coolest camera when I bought my first 35mm film body Rebel when I was 13. When I switched to digital, all of my old lenses worked so I saved money when I started. Debating Canon vs Nikon is like debating Chevy vs Ford. We all know that Canon and Chevy are the better of the two.ReplyCancel

  • Travis Dewitz - October 6, 2012 - 1:24 pm

    Canon and Nikon go back and forth with which is better at what. It seems Nikon is winning the body battle but the 5dmk3 is far off and the 6d is going to be a crazy camera that Nikon has no way to compete against at its price point. Both have lenses which are the best but I believe Canon has a much better lens lineup.ReplyCancel

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