- Focal length: 65mm
- Format: Full Frame 135
- Shutter speed: 1/200 second
- Nominal Aperture: f5.6
- Effective Aperture: f33.6
- ISO: 100
- Magnification: 5:1
- Field of View: 6.5mm x 10.4mm
- Misc info: Crop from 556 image pano/stack.
- Canon 5D Mark II (Buy from Amazon)
- NOTE: This model has been superceded by the 5D Mark III. The purchase links point to that model.
- Canon 65mm f2.8 MPE Macro (Buy from Amazon)
- Really Right Stuff TVC33 Tripod + BH-55LR Ball Head (Buy from Really Right Stuff)
- Really Right Stuff TA-3-QC Quick Column (Buy from Really Right Stuff)
- Really Right Stuff Macro Rails x2 (Buy from Really Right Stuff)
- Vello Shutterboss Wireless Release (Buy from B&H Photo)
- IMPORTANT NOTE: The internals for this shutter release are used by a number of different companies. It's quirky and not too sturdy (I'm on my third one), but it's the best I've used so far. You can probably find the same thing cheaper on ebay or Amazon, but I strongly recommend buying the Vello-branded model from B&H because of B&H's no-hassle 1 year warranty. Dealing with B&H is always a snap and the same may not be true of Generic Hong Kong Camera Accessories Internet Company Incorporated on ebay.
- Upstrap Pro SLR Quick-Release Strap w/Kevlar ends (Buy from Upstrap)
- Comfort and utility very subjective things. I find this particular strap to be both comfortable an useful. I prefer shoulder straps to neck straps and like a quick release system so I don't have a strap dangling off my camera when I'm on a tripod or in the studio. The rubber shoulder pad is very grippy and I haven't had any problems with the camera slipping.
- Gitzo Tripod Strap (Buy from Amazon)
- I've tried a lot of different tripod straps and bags, and they've all been terrible. This one is the least-terrible I've used so far. If it sounds like I'm damning it with faint praise, I am. This strap isn't terribly comfortable when used as intended, but if I wear it cross-back with the tripod head resting at the lower left (i.e. upside down from Gitzo's intended position) and the incredibly painful shoulder pad shoved all the way down, it's acceptable. The position of the tripod will have to be adjusted regularly for comfort, and after four hours a day, six days a week, my shoulder is still pretty sore...but like I said, this is the least-terrible strap I've used.
- Canon ST-E2 Flash Controller (Buy from Amazon)
- IMPORTANT NOTE: This has been superceded by the ST-E3-RT for Canon's new line of radio-triggered flashes (at the moment only the 600EX RT). The ST-E3-RT is not backwards compatible with Canon's optically triggered flashes (i.e. the 430EX II, 580EX II, etc.) and the ST-E2 is not forwards compatible with the new RT units.
- Canon 430 EX II (Buy from Amazon)
- IMPORTANT NOTE: This model is at the end of its life and will be replaced with a new radio-triggered model soon. Read the note for the ST-E2 for more information.
- Westcott Apollo 5x8" Softbox (Buy from Amazon)
- Avenger Baby Combi-Boom Stand (Buy from Amazon)
- Manfrotto Nano Light Stand (Buy from Amazon)
- Manfrotto Umbrella Mount (Buy from Amazon)
- Frio Flash Shoe for umbrella mount (Buy from Amazon)
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2015 shooting days: 42/365
2014: 158/356, 2013: 203/365, 2012: 234/366, 2011: 224/365, 2010: 144/346