Our Photo and Video Gear – 2013 Edition

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[2014 Update: The photo gear listed below still rocks, but we’ve been testing new tools and toys. For a preview, check out our new flash recommendations here.] [Updated 20130823: below is our 2013 shooting season gear list.]


Hi Friends!!

If you’re wondering what photography and video gear we use, wonder no more 🙂 Here’s a list and links to goodies we love and use to make the images and videos you see on this website.


  • 2x Nikon D4 camera bodies (lovingly referred to as “the Beasts”)
  • 4x Nikon D4 spare batteries (you can never have too much power, right?)
  • 4x 64GB Sandisk Compact Flash cards (reputable and bullet-proof. Big enough to record lots of out-takes)
  • Nikon 24mm f2.8 lens
  • Nikon 24mm f1.4 lens
  • Nikon 35mm f2 lens
  • Nikon 35mm f1.4 lens
  • Nikon 50mm f1.4 lens
  • Nikon 85mm f1.8 lens
  • Nikon 105mm f2 lens
  • 2x Fuji X100s’
  • 2x Holdfast Moneymaker dual-camera straps


  • 4x Nikon SU800 Commanders 
  • 4x Nikon SB900 flashes (always off-camera)
  • QuiKlips Flash belt clips – for instant flash access
  • 8x Radiopopper PX radio transmitters/receivers
  • 2x Honl strobe grid systems
  • 2x Zoot Snoot
  • looooots of AA and AAA Sanyo Eneloop rechargable batteries
  • 3x Ansmann 12-up chargers
  • 4x La Cross battery chargers


  • Sennheiser shotgun mic with windscreen (connected to D4 mic input)
  • Velbon quick-release carbon fiber tripod (rock solid and super-light)
  • K3 Slider (for those oh-so-nice slide movements)
  • Manfrotto 701 video head (for the above slider)
  • Manfrotto video monopod (skinnier, taller and faster to setup than our tripod)
  • New: Switronix Video Light

*Update on the video slider: Was using a cheapy one and replaced it with the K3 and couldn’t be happier.  It’s smooth, has bumpers, can be mounted for vertical slides.  Super-smooth compared to the old one.


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  • andrewmejia April 22, 2013 - 11:47 am

    I just switched to Nikon, Katrina is still Canon…. Thank you for sharing this as I’m just learning about the lighting system and want to switch us from Canon to Nikon on that as well ( for reception lighting)… 🙂 🙂

    • Dave April 22, 2013 - 12:10 pm

      Cool! Can’t imagine your workload having to prep/charge/pack two systems! Loving Nikon but can’t wait for them to play catchup and offer wireless RADIO flash 🙂

  • Justin Uriah April 22, 2013 - 3:13 pm

    Love the new stuff. God bless!!

    • Dave April 22, 2013 - 4:04 pm

      Thank you Justin! Blessings back atcha 🙂

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  • Derrick May 28, 2013 - 3:04 pm

    Hello!!! Do you guys ever use softboxes/umbrellas on you flashes?

  • Derrick May 29, 2013 - 12:17 am

    Dave thanks for your reply!!!! When is the next time you guys will be in the Atlanta area…. I would love to attend one of your workshops? We missed you guys at Imaging…. I’m still kicking myself!!! LOL!

  • Tiffany June 19, 2013 - 3:09 pm

    Amateur photographer here wants to know if you’ve got any tips on a polarizing filter for my Olympus OMD 🙂 Bought the camera before our trip to Bali but am now wishing that I would have had one of these filters. Seems to be the next item I should get. Thoughts?

    • Dave June 22, 2013 - 11:47 am

      Tiffany!! Polarizing filter can be a great addition if you’re looking for more saturated skies and reduction in reflections in water and glass. Go for it!! 🙂

  • Caryl November 30, 2013 - 7:19 pm

    Hi Dave and Quin

    what travel bags do you guys use to transport all your stuff – I don’t want to have to check-in my bags so am looking for ideas on the best carry-on


    have a great day

    bye for now

    • Dave December 9, 2013 - 7:02 pm

      Hi Caryl,

      Great question and one that deserves its own post 🙂 When we get past wedding season it’ll be a priority to get this post done 🙂

  • Amit Barot December 9, 2013 - 10:11 am

    Hey Dave, do you guys ever use Polarizing filters, if yes then which one?

    Thanks and Regards,

    Amit Barot, Ahmedabad, India

    • Dave December 9, 2013 - 7:01 pm

      Yes: I use this Variable Neutral Density + Polarizer from Singh-Ray: http://bhpho.to/1e23mwe We have 77mm step-up rings on all our lenses so we can put this in front of any of them. Cheers!

      • Amit Barot December 18, 2013 - 5:20 am

        Thanx Buddy 🙂 Cheers!

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  • Mansi Thakkar January 6, 2016 - 8:30 am

    Hi Dave and Quin,
    I am a great fan of your work and have falled in love with every photograph that you people click.Will you please share some tips on the best way of post processing wedding and pre wedding photographs

    • Dave January 6, 2016 - 6:40 pm

      Thanks for the kind words Mansi. We actually created a product for retouching called Motibodo. Not only is a keyboard that gives you all the retouching tools of Lightroom and Photoshop at your fingertips, but it includes a suite of private tutorials that walks you through our thought process and how we retouch. You can’t really fix a bad photo with great retouching, so we also aim to get the best possible capture whether it be the use of natural or off-camera flash. We of course also do workshops, seminars and private lessons. You can find our more about what we offer by clicking here. Cheers and happy shooting!