Pete Tasker

What’s in the Camera Bag(s)?

08/09/2021
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Probably the question I'm asked most frequently is ‘what gear do you use'? Cameras come and go especially in this digital age but the following is current as of September 2021. I’ll stick to the basic camera bodies, lenses, camera bags, tripods and filters. I still have Ebony and Hasselblad film cameras but I'll be honest and say I can't now remember the last time I used them. That said they're going no where. They usually sit in a display cabinet but I'm sure they'll find their way back onto the fells at some point.


Fuji System (Digital)

Fujifilm GFX100S Body (102 mp)
Fujifilm GF 23mm f/4 R LM WR
Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f/4 R LM WR
Fujifilm GF 45-100mm f/4 R LM OIS WR


Nikon System (Digital)

Nikon D850 Body (45.7 mp)
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E AF-S FL ED VR
Nikon 300mm f/4E AF-S PF ED VR
Nikon 500mm f/5.6E AF-S PF ED VR


Large Format System (Film)

Ebony RSW45 body
Rodenstock 150mm f/5.6
Horseman 612 Panoramic Roll Film Back


Hasselblad XPAN Panoramic System (Film)

Hasselblad XPAN 11 Body
Hasselblad 45mm f/4 with Hasselblad ND Centre Spot Filter.
Hasselblad 90mm f/4


Camera Bags

BackLight Elite 45L
Backlight 26L
Mindshift Backlight 18L


Filters

I recently changed my filter system from Lee to Kase. Essentially the same size etc as the Lee 100 filters I've used for the past 25 years the Kase filters are however made from optical grade glass rather than resin. I currently have 0.6 & 0.9 Hard and Medium ND grads, together with a 1.2 'reverse' and a 1.4 Centre ND Grad. I also have the Kase 6 Stop ND and Circular Poloariser. The beauty of a filter manufacturer like either Kase or Lee is that one filter system can basically be used on any of my cameras and lenses regardless of manufacturer or format. I used to use a lot more filters than I do today especially ND Grads but as the dynamic range of digital cameras has increased I've found that some filters such as the 0.3 (1 Stop) Hard and Medium Nd Grads are now rarely if ever used. I also can't remember the last time I used a soft ND Grad so for now at least Ive dropped these filters from the camera bag.


Tripods

Gitzo Series 4 GT4542LS Systematic Tripod with Arca Swiss D4 Geared Head (Quickset Classic)

Gitzo Series 2 GT2531LVL Levelling Tripod with Arca Swiss Z1DP Ball Head (Quickset Classic)

Gitzo GM5541 Series 5 Monopod

All use the Arca Swiss Quickset Classic release system and the cameras permanently wear either Kirk or Smallrig L Brackets.