4 professional adventure photographers share their photo kits – Gear Patrol | Ad On Picture

The hinterland hates technology. It wants to dent it, crush it, freeze it, burn it and drown it. But damn, does it look good on camera. Visual storytelling in the wild isn’t easy—aspiring photographers have to add weight to their already heavy bags, shell out thousands of dollars in gear for unforgiving environments, and spend long hours waiting in harsh conditions for the perfect shot. An adventure photographer can’t afford that Not having a kit you can trust that is both versatile and highly specialized, and as with all outdoor gear, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Instead, here are four photo kits that stand up to the challenges of adventure – tried, tested and used by the best names in the game.

Jimmy Chin

“I carry a variety of gear depending on what type of shoot I’m doing. It’s always a matter of finding a balance between weight, versatility, the difficulty of the location, the difficulty of the activity, and whether I’m shooting video, stills, or both. Most recently, I was working on my current documentary film project, which I directed and filmed, but was also asked to shoot the printed feature story at the same time. I generally try to avoid such scenarios because I feel like I have to make a lot of compromises and end up not doing any of them particularly well. But in this case I had no choice. The shoot required a wide range of coverage, including vérité film scenes, photojournalistic coverage of daily life, and filming and photographing stills while high-angle big wall climbing. I think it’s a good example as I needed a quiver that would allow me to capture video and stills in multiple environments. Here’s the basic gear I traveled to the location with. This gear was paired depending on what I was shooting that day.” – Jimmy Chin

cameras
EOS-1DXMark II from Canon $5,699
EOS 5D Mark IV (rear camera) from Canon $3,299

lenses
24-105mm f/4 from Canon $1,099
16-35mm f/4 from Canon $999
70-200mm f/4 from Canon $1,099
35mm f/1.4 from Canon $1,649
50mm f/1.2 from Canon $1,299
24-70mm f/2.8 from Canon $1,699

Krystle Wright

Pro Camera Setups Gear Patrol Wright

“As an adventure photographer, my gear is constantly evolving thanks to the variety of environments I shoot in. I call the street my home worldwide; However, I return to Australia quite often to reset my bags for upcoming adventures. I usually prefer wider lenses as my work often takes up a lot of space in the frame. It’s not about creating a pretty image with a small character in a great landscape that is often seen on social media. It’s a desire to tell a story about that person or athlete around them, while waiting for that subtle moment for things to fall into place. I try my best to shed my gear as it has to be carried on my back, but I also prefer simplicity and focus on the important things like creativity. My dream setup is just the Canon 5DS R and the 35mm f/1.4. Sometimes this was the only thing I had in my bag, but when I work for clients I need to take a few more options with me to make sure the job gets done.” – Krystle Wright

cameras
EOS 1DXMark II from Canon $5,699
EOS 5DS from Canon $3,699

lenses
70-200mm f/2.8 II USM from Canon $1,899
24-70mm f/2.8 II USM from Canon $1,699
85mm f/1.2 II USM from Canon $1,849
35mm f/1.4 II USM from Canon $1,649
24mm f/1.4 II USM from Canon $1,549
24mm cine lens from Canon $4,220
14mm f/2.8 II USM from Canon $2,099

Accesories
2x Extender III from Canon $429
Speedlite 600EX II-RT from Canon $479
ST E3 remote control from Canon $285

underwater accessories
Elite 5D3 Canon waterproof case from AquaTech $1,595
LP-1 dome from AquaTech $395
LP-3 dome from AquaTech $495
P-30Ex 30mm extension ring from AquaTech $195
pistol grip from AquaTech $395
Sport Shield Small rain cover from AquaTech $130

bags
Tilopa from F stop $319
Cashmere UL from F stop $189
Florentine from F-Stop $119

jeff johnson

Pro Camera Setups Gear Patrol Johnson

“I shoot most of my work related stuff on Canon and a lot of my personal stuff on Leica. For me, simple is better. That’s why I always mention Leica – the Leica cameras are so simple in how they work. If I get a new Leica I can shoot the thing in ten minutes whereas with some cameras – I’ve gone through a few different companies – I have to call some of them to call friends and ask what menu they use for this and use that; I don’t even shoot with the camera for a day because I’m trying to figure out how to use it. With a Leica, I just put the battery in, turn it on and shoot. In photography you look at some of the best photos in the world and some of the best photos from the 60’s, 50’s and even 40’s and they use old single lens cameras and they get beautiful things. It somehow depends more on the photographer than your equipment. You can get really good stuff with really basic gear. I’m constantly trying to simplify my business a bit and have fewer options. But I have a lot of camera gear and a lot of options. Sometimes I just like to narrow that down a bit.” – Jeff Johnson

cameras
M10 from Leica $6,895

lenses
50mm f/2 Summicron-M from Leica $7,795
35mm f/1.4 Summilux-M from Leica $4,995
24mm f/2.8 Elmarit M Discontinued by Leica
16-18-21mm 1:4.0 Tri Elmar-M from Leica $5,395

Accesories
leash camera strap by Peak Design $35
Cuff wrist strap by Peak Design $30
everyday backpack by Peak Design $290

Angela Parzival

Pro Camera Setups Gear Patrol Percival

“I spend a lot of time shooting in pretty uncomfortable, wet and cold conditions in the mountains, so I really need my gear to compete outdoors. I take care of it, but I don’t have time to babysit it. The Canon 1DX Mark II and Canon 5D Mark IV are both tough, reliable and weatherproof bodies and will withstand whatever I throw at them.

Since I’m often without power for several days, I also appreciate the battery life of the Canons. I recently did a backcountry ski shoot at basecamp in -40 degrees Celsius in northern British Columbia and although the batteries spent a lot of time in my jacket between shoots, I was so impressed with how well they held up in the cold .

Weight is an important factor and often a daily balance as I carry all my own gear on my back while chasing athletes through the mountains. I always prioritize the quality and speed of the 1DX for action shots like skiing, trail running or mountain biking, even if it means suffering a little more uphill with a heavier pack.

When efficiency in the mountains is an absolute priority, like when alpine climbing or long multi-day missions, I go for the lighter kit like the Canon 5D Mark IV. My standard lens set when I’m out there is 24-70, 70- 200 and a wide-angle option like the 16-35 or the 15mm Zeiss. I use prime lenses when I can handle the extra weight, or when I know I’ll be starting out early at 3am in the dark and need a few more stops to work with, I usually throw the 24mm 1 ,4 in.

Backpacks are the most important piece of gear for me, my backpack not only needs to carry my camera gear but also needs to fit my personal gear for the activity like climbing gear or avalanche gear and still be able to carry my skis, ice axe, crampons etc on the outside. For multi-day missions, I use a custom backpack that Arc’teryx made especially for me.” – Angela Parzival

cameras
EOS 1DXMark II from Canon $5,699
EOS 5D Mark IV from Canon $3,299
a7RII by Sony $2,398

lenses
24mm f/1.4 from Canon $1,549
24-70mm f/2.8 from Canon $1,699
50mm f/1.2 from Canon $1,299
70-200mm f/2.8 from Canon $1,899
100mm f/2.8 from Canon $749
15mm f/2.8 by Zeiss $2,950

Accesories
Mountaineer Series 3 carbon fiber tripod with center ball head by Gitzo $1,250
leash camera strap by Peak Design $40
Venture 30 charger from Goal Zero $100
Nomad 14 solar panel from Goal Zero $150

bags
lotus from F-Stop $239
Cashmere UL from F stop $189

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