During the camera prep for Createasphere Expo 2010, we decided to show what was in our kits. We get asked all the time what equipment to buy. Well, I really can’t tell you what you will need for your kit, however I can tell you what I have in mine. Here is a breakdown of the gear mentioned. We have been using the Redrock Micro Eyespy rig for quite some time with out any problems whatsoever. The Follow Focus works but we prefer the Chrosziel for a little more precision and longer focus throws. The big knob makes all the difference. The RRM cheese plate is a very quick solution to go from hand held to studio mode.
We have always been huge fans of Zeiss Glass. Here we have two examples, older Contax Zeiss Lenses and the newer Zeiss ZE lenses. We have the 21mm, 50mm, 85mm and 100mm Macro in the ZE line and we have a 25mm, 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm in the Contax mount Zeiss line. The Contax /zeiss is manual focus and Iris. This can be de-clicked for smooth iris pulls. We use Fotodiox adapters to mount to Canon cameras. The Contax glass can be purchased from KEH camera. An entire set of primes will cost you less than 2K. We have been using the Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 zoom for a few reasons. It is a great wide lens for crop sensor cameras like the Canon 7D, it has hard stop manual focus and color matches with the Zeiss Glass very well. We just added the Tokina 28-80mm F2.8 Zoom it has the same features and unlike the Canon 24-70 the front element does not protrude beyond the front of the lens making this a great lens to use with a matte box. We do love the IS system on the Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS and use it all the time. We are not huge fans of Canon Glass but this lens is the exception.