By Richard Shoaf
The gear bag (or bags) are ever adapting. In fact since spring I have made some additions, subtractions and alterations. The lens added was an AF-S NIKKOR G ED N 14-24mm f/2.8 which for the full frame photographer is an exceptional ultra-ultra wide zoom. Please note this is not a fisheye. I purchased mine at Creve Coeur Camera who does a great job of keeping harder to get items in stock. Just to note that your local camera shop is a great resource for product info and sales. You may pay a little bit more than the online stores but the level of service is far greater and well worth the premium on some items. Watch for price matching as well as they may meet the pricing you find other places. I always like to keep my $$ spent local to support local businesses.
The important things to me are the following:
Lighting – Nikon SB 900 Speedlight ($400-500)
Pro i-TTL Speedlight compatible with both my FX and DX format SLRs. Also part of the Nikon Creative Lighting System.
PocketWizard Mini TT1 (transmitter) and Flex TT5 (transceiver) Since my D3s does not have an integrated flash, with experiences with other interference with the IR triggering systems, and the love of the ability to fire a flash at a distance these are the remote workhorses. Make sure you order the right make for your camera (for me it was Nikon)
Westcott 5 in 1 reflector/diffuser for field use – a great took to use natural light and knock down light in the noon sun.
SEKONIC L-758DR (about $600) for exposure profiling and wireless triggering of that PocketWizard above.
As an aside please note that this series of articles (and any other by Richard Shoaf for that matter) should be taken as opinion pieces. When the title states “What SHOULD be in your gear bag” it is giving you my opinion of what should be in it. It is “a way” of completing your gear package and should not necessarily be construed as “the only way”.