What makes a great photographer? Besides a good pair of eyes, great intuition, some technical know-how, and sometimes sheer luck, no great photog can do what they do without their gear. And the contents of a gear bag can say a little, or a lot about a person.
The What's in Your Bag series features remarkable photographers from the 500px community and gives us a peek into what they consider their essential tools on the go. This week's feature is Peter Crock.
Who are you, Peter?
I am an amateur photographer based in Toronto, Canada. Photography has been a part
of my life since I was 16 years old and took a photo course in high school. Since then, it has
allowed me an outlet to express myself creatively in a way that would have been difficult
in any other medium.
What do you shoot?
Streetscapes, landscapes, abstract, and portraits are my favorite
subjects to capture, but I don’t allow any of them to limit what I do. The more creative a
perspective I can find in things, the better.
What's in your bag?
Lowepro shoulder bags. These are older models, so I can’t reference which ones
they are specifically. 1 is my primary bag, which holds a camera and two lenses easily. 2 is when I only feel like carrying one camera and a small lens.
Nikon MB-10 vertical grip. I rarely use this anymore, but serves its purpose well for
constant shooting in portrait.
Manfrotto tripod. Purchased 5 years ago and still holds up well for night shots, or
Nikon D700. My only camera in my gear at the moment. Acquired last year after
trading in my D300 for it. Excellent build and versatility, and love the flexibility it gives
with the full frame sensor.
Sigma 12-24mm f4.5-5.6 DG. Anybody who is familiar with my work knows that I
love to shoot wide angle, and this lens delivers in spades. Great for interior architecture,
tight spaces, landscape, even streetscapes. What it lacks in the aperture department
makes up for in range.
Nikkor 50mm f1.8 MF. A used manual focus lens I purchased a number of years ago.
Great for street and portrait shoots. Found that using this manual focus was better for
depth of field than my previous auto focus primes, so I kept it.
Nikkor 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 AF DX. A non full frame lens which gives an unfortunate
crop factor. Still great for up close street shots and wide enough for landscape. I also
bought this used, but has held up well after many years.
As you can tell from my gear, I am an extreme minimalist. I travel very light and take
only what I need whether I go out for a few hours, or a whole day of shooting. This
forces me to focus on my subject(s) rather than my equipment.
For more of Peter's photography, check out his 500px page and his website.