We’re often asked about the gear we use, so we’ve compiled a list of our must-have items. 

Our Favorite Bags

The Ona Brixton is a fine looking bag! Providing a stylish and low-key approach the ONA bag provides while shooting weddings, engagement sessions and general walk around town. And this is no form over function- the bag is built to last. Shop ONA

When Toby needs to travel and carry all his photo AND video gear the ThinkTank Photo Airport TakeOff provides plenty of room and the convenience of a backpack or rolling bag. Like all of ThinkTank bags it is built to last.  Find it at B&H

The Think Tank StreetWalker HD offers you a strong, functional and convenient way to carry around your gear and 15″ laptop. The pack holds all my lenses seen below along with extras a 15″ laptop fits neatly in its own separate padded compartment. Find it at B&H

The MindShift Gear Backlight 26L bag has a neat trick that has blown my mind- it is travel friendly with loads of useful features.  Watch my full review – Shop B&H Photo

What's In Roy's Bag?

Canon t4i

The Canon T4i might seem like an odd choice that’s a bit long in the tooth for a main camera but it’s what I use everyday. Professionally with Lens Pro To Go I can rent larger bodies when needed at any time with quick delivery so this is all I need for my personal day to day use.

18-135 STM

The Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens was the first STM lens available and has great sharpness for an entry level lens. Is it the best? By far no considering Canon’s L range of lensees. But it does do a great job at getting the photos I need. Check out Toby’s Review of this lens and find it at B&H.

55-250 IS II

After getting their first lens the question many people ask is what’s next? For me that’s the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II lens. By going telephoto it cover’s the other half of the primary focal range, making it good for sports or wildlife starting out. With a 3.6′ minimum focus distance it can also reach half macro power to get somewhat close to subjects as well.  Watch Toby’s Review of the newer STM version of this lens and find it at B&H.

Canon 24mm

If you want a lighter setup when you need it or just a lens your not going to bump into things the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lens can be a nice, lightweight, and discrete option. I call it the lens that cut’s my camera in half as it reduces the bulk making it a nice walk around lens with a nice focal length when I want to cut down on gear. Toby’s review has it all and find it at B&H.

50mm stm

When dreamy bokeh (background blur) is key or I’m shooting in lower light my go to lens is the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens. It’s a nice small lens with a fast aperture that is great for portraits, indoors, or great bokeh. Find it at B&H and get Toby’s thoughts on this lens.

Black Rapid Sport

True Fact. I hate neck straps on cameras to death. That’s why I either go without a strap or use my BlackRapid Sport. I do quite a bit of hiking and it’s the perfect go to strap when I need to have my camera ready to shoot.  Get the new and improved BlackRapid Sport Breathe if your looking for a secure strap when your on the move, find it at B&H.

op/tech usa raincover

When your out the rain doesn’t always give you a choice in what your going to shoot in that day. Op/Tech raincovers protect my gear from harsh rain even when I’m out shooting thunderstorms. Find it at B&H

Like any good shooter you need enough memory plus a little extra for when you go shooting. I can always have too much but if I run out, well that’s it for the day unless you I like formatting a card. Find them at B&H

Hoya 67mm Pro1 Digital DMC Circular Polarizer Filter

Between nature and cars I’m always outside shooting with the sun. Something that helps out on a day to day basis is my Hoya 67mm  Circular Polarizer Filter for removing reflections when needed and giving an overall boost in saturation to some of my photos.

Find out more about circular polarizers here. 

Yongnuo Wireless

On a good day you can use your pop up flash to set off another flash. In reality not so much and there are more than a few issues that pop up. So I carry a Yongnuo wireless transmitter and receiver which run on Canon’s new RT wireless system.

Canon 430EX II

I’m always running into situations where the light is getting low whether it’s a nightime 5k, a wedding, or just indoors. My Canon Speedlite 430EX II is just the key and gets my photos perfect when I need it. For something a bit cheaper, newer, and can use Canon RT wireless check out the Yongnuo 600RT from Toby’s review for Canon cameras and find it at B&H.

Unless you like buying batteries all the time rechargeable batteries are a must. I carry two sets of eneloop batteries minimum to power my remotes and flash. Find these at B&H

What's In Toby's Bag?

The Canon EOS 5D MKIII is still my main go-to camera for wedding & event photography. There may be better cameras, I know I have reviewed them but it remains excellent and provides that professional reliabiltity and matching with Canon lenses makes it hard to beat. Find it at B&H

The Canon 24-70 F/2.8L is one of my most-used lenses. It’s versatile so I can capture a wide range of photos in a pinch and it’s incredibly sharp. Find it at B&H

The 70-200 F/2.8L is a lens that is on my camera for most of the ceremony and much of the reception at weddings. It gives me an additional stop of light over the F/4 version in low-light situations and offers excellent image quality. Find it at B&H.

I also own and love the Sigma 50mm F/1.4 Art Series lens for portraiture and for some low-light shooting conditions. Its image quality is unmatched by any Canon or Nikon-equivalent lenses. To find anything sharper you have to buy a $4000 Zeiss that is manual focus only. Truly an amazing lens. Find it at B&H

The Panasonic GH4 is our go to camera for video work. Nicely portable with stunning 4k quality and packed with features. Battery life is awesome. Find it at B&H.

For all photography that isn’t wedding and events you will find the Sony A7RII in my hands. I love that awesome stabilized sensor and dynamic rane.  Find it at B&H

Last year I did an extensive review of Macro photography options and was really surprised with how well these affordable Macro Extension Tubes from Vello did in the review. We now bring these with us to all shoots. Find them at B&H