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What is the one piece of gear you can't live without?
Jeffery Patch, Student/Intern, Photographer
Huntington Beach | CA | USA | Posted: 3:41 PM on 02.11.07
->> I'm just curious what people feel is their most valuable piece of gear that may be easily overlooked.

I'm sure everybody has something that they absolutely cherish, but for some reason it doesn't get much love from others.

For me, it's my Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 lens. The basketball & ice hockey images on my page were shot with it. I love it because I'm able shoot at ISO 800 instead of 1600 in the basketball gym or at the ice rink. Best $400 I've ever spent. Although they each have their own uses, I'd take it over my 80-200mm f2.8 any day if I had to make a choice.

Be creative :) we all know you can't live without your 300 or nice digital bodies.
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G.J. McCarthy, Photographer
Columbia | MO | USA | Posted: 3:55 PM on 02.11.07
->> http://www.poolmart.com/swimmies.htm

Looks a little weird, but then again, I've yet to drown at an assignment ...

- gerry -
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John Green, Photographer, Photo Editor
Northern | CA | USA | Posted: 4:05 PM on 02.11.07
->> any type of remote
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Michael McNamara, Photo Editor, Photographer
Lincoln | NE | USA | Posted: 4:15 PM on 02.11.07
->> The magazines I subscribe to, the newspapers I get, the websites and blogs I look at, the movies I watch (especially the ones by Michael Mann), the books on my shelves. Basicaly anything that helps me come up with ideas.
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Andrew Mo, Photographer, Assistant
Manhattan Beach | CA | USA | Posted: 4:23 PM on 02.11.07
->> Gaffer's Tape :)
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Craig Mitchelldyer, Photographer, Assistant
Portland | OR | USA | Posted: 4:29 PM on 02.11.07
->> Pocket Wizards.....and a gray card. two things I cannot live without.
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Walter Calahan, Photographer
Westminster | MD | USA | Posted: 4:30 PM on 02.11.07
->> As weak and pathetic as it is, my brain.
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Brad Wilder, Photographer, Assistant
Lexington | Ky | USA | Posted: 4:47 PM on 02.11.07
->> basketball chair
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Matt Barton, Photographer
Lexington | KY | USA | Posted: 4:56 PM on 02.11.07
->> Sorry Brad, I think a good cellphone is a bit more important than a basketball chair.
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Jonathan Castner, Photographer
Longmont | CO | USA | Posted: 4:58 PM on 02.11.07
->> Physical gear: my AF28mm f/1.4
Non-physical: my "terminal curiosity"
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Evan Dyson, Student/Intern, Photographer
Harrisonburg/Va Beach | VA | United States | Posted: 5:07 PM on 02.11.07
->> I'm a big fan of my gps (tomtom) and police scanner lately. Nice knowing whats going on and how to get there without messing with maps.
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Roger Ogden, Photographer
Brookline | NH | USA | Posted: 5:15 PM on 02.11.07
->> My Marketing department, aka, my daughter, Lindsay. She doesn't speak and is developmentally delayed, but boy does she love sports! It's hard not to notice her and therefore, me, at games. Check out some shots I've taken over the past month.

http://www.sportsshooter.com/rogden/lindsay/
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Dave Prelosky, Photographer
Lower Burrell | Pa | US | Posted: 5:25 PM on 02.11.07
->> Matt: either you don't shoot much basketball or you've got one increidible cellphone. My 52 yr old fanny can't sit on a bare floor anymore

Walter; I also hate when I leave my brain at home.
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Jack Megaw, Student/Intern, Photographer
West Chester | PA | United States | Posted: 5:51 PM on 02.11.07
->> Right index finger
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Richard Denham, Photographer
Toronto/Buffalo/Niagara | On | Canada | Posted: 5:58 PM on 02.11.07
->> My underwear, it hides my but crack when I am bending over.
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Steven E. Frischling, Photographer
New England | | USA | Posted: 6:32 PM on 02.11.07
->> Well, I'd say my camera, but my camera is useless without a lens. If I say my 16-35f2.8 but don't say a camera, what good is the lens without the full frame camera attached to it?

What good is the body and lens without a CF card and a battery?

Oh man this is just to hard, so I'm going to say Gaffers Tape
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Adam Vogler, Photographer
Pittsburg | KS | USA | Posted: 7:22 PM on 02.11.07
->> The good ol' Mark I Eyeball.

I never leave home without it. You can't shoot what you don't see.
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Jean Finley, Photographer, Photo Editor
Iowa City | IA | USA | Posted: 8:12 PM on 02.11.07
->> A pencil.
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Drew Broadley, Photographer
Wellington | NZ | New Zealand | Posted: 8:36 PM on 02.11.07
->> My head, if it wasn't screwed on, people say I'd lose it. So thank god for that.
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Alex Menendez, Photographer
Orlando | FL | USA | Posted: 8:50 PM on 02.11.07
->> My card carrier so that I won't lose them and Goodys headache powder...
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Steevens Alconcel, Student/Intern, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | USA | Posted: 9:00 PM on 02.11.07
->> My seven senses. I'm thankful that I have the physical tools to actually use a camera and understand what I am shooting.
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Jeff Bennett, Student/Intern
Livermore | CA | USA | Posted: 9:32 PM on 02.11.07
->> my camera bag. without it lugging my stuff around wouldn't be nearly as easy
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Chris Ivin, Photographer
Sydney | NSW | Australia | Posted: 9:32 PM on 02.11.07
->> My GroundEffect DoubleHappy MTB shorts - rugged, baggy and brutally handsome shorts with an integrated liner providing all day riding comfort for serious pedal heads. Loose fitting but not excessive - so you won't get tangled with your seat on those steep descents but still maintain composure when ordering up a short black.
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Marcus Yam, Photographer
Buffalo | NY | USA | Posted: 9:48 PM on 02.11.07
->> Water bottle - a photographer needs to hydrate.

Marcus
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Kirby Yau, Photographer, Assistant
San Diego | CA | USA | Posted: 9:48 PM on 02.11.07
->> Emotional: Being a nice guy. I don't know how many gigs I've gotten just because I'm a nice guy!

Physical: I love be 17-35. "I know Nick, I'm starting to use my long lenses more often. =) "
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David Templeton, Assistant, Photographer
Hammonton | NJ | USA | Posted: 10:18 PM on 02.11.07
->> My SB-800. Its always done everything I've ever asked it to do.
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Bruce Twitchell, Photographer
Coeur d'Alene | ID | USA | Posted: 10:23 PM on 02.11.07
->> My laptop. Even though it is an old iBook, I have to have my laptop. Not a desktop to work off of, I need the touchpad, crappy speakers, and ability to work while peering over the top of my screen to catch the latest development on the reality show that is on at the moment (Grease right now).
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Jim Colburn, Photographer
Omaha | NE | USA | Posted: 10:26 PM on 02.11.07
->> "I'm just curious what people feel is their most valuable piece of gear that may be easily overlooked"

A camera.

#2... A lens
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Mark Bolton, Photographer
Rochester | NH | USA | Posted: 10:29 PM on 02.11.07
->> Gear:MKIIN body. Love it!
Non gear:to do better than the last time.
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Jody Gomez, Photographer
Murrieta | CA | USA | Posted: 2:32 AM on 02.12.07
->> ThermalCare heating pads for my back. I never leave home without at least one in my bag.
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Shaun Ward, Photographer
Perth | Tayside | Scotland UK | Posted: 4:17 AM on 02.12.07
->> A good pair of boots. All the equipment in the world is no good if my feet are cold and wet. (I live in Scotland ,it rains alot!)
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Rodrigo Pena, Photographer
Palm Desert | CA | USA | Posted: 5:15 AM on 02.12.07
->> Film!....oh wait, I'm digital now. Nevermind
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David M. Russell, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 8:15 AM on 02.12.07
->> My glasses.
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Jeff Brehm, Photographer, Photo Editor
Lancaster | OH | USA | Posted: 8:45 AM on 02.12.07
->> A paycheck.
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Kyle Edwards, Photographer, Assistant
Lafayette | Ca | USA | Posted: 12:25 PM on 02.12.07
->> Water... I rarely think of this when I'm leaving. Sometimes I wear my camelbak.
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Joel Kowsky, Student/Intern, Photographer
Columbia | MO | United States | Posted: 12:46 PM on 02.12.07
->> my can-do attitude
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Tom Sperduto, Photographer
Piscataway | NJ | USA | Posted: 2:05 PM on 02.12.07
->> I am going to second the GPS. My Tom Tom gets me there on time, and I can focus my ADD on more important things while driving.
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David Seelig, Photographer
Hailey | ID | USA | Posted: 2:12 PM on 02.12.07
->> A leica M camera since switching to digital I have felt lost cannot wait till I get my M8
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Nic Hume, Photographer
Victoria | BC | Canada | Posted: 3:32 PM on 02.12.07
->> My bread-and-butter kit... D200 w/ 17-55 and D2H w/ 70-200 ... one slung on each shoulder. There isn't a thing in the world you can't shoot with this combo... Sure, some things are tougher than others without longer or wider glass, and a flash-and-umbrella kit adds a LOT sometimes, but everything beyond these two bodies and lenses is really icing on the cake...

--N
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Colin Corneau, Photographer
Brandon | MB | Canada | Posted: 3:57 PM on 02.12.07
->> Have to say my 17-35. When I was overseas it was the one lens I used constantly (wish I would have realized that before I packed that heavy 80-200).

It just fits with my approach to shooting - getting close to people and just interacting.
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Jim Bounds, Photographer
Raleigh | NC | usa | Posted: 3:57 PM on 02.12.07
->> a client......................
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Kristin Nichols, Photographer, Student/Intern
Gainesville | FL | USA | Posted: 4:08 PM on 02.12.07
->> I'll third the GPS system... I recieved a Garmin StreetPilot for Christmas and man, it just makes getting around a whole lot easier (and gives me a much better sense of how long it takes to get places, too).

As far as strictly camera gear...? I'd have to say my 50mm 1.8. It doesn't get used quite as much as my zooms but it certainly earns its keep, and for being an $80 plastic lens, I'm constantly amazed at its quality and versatility.
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Rick Burnham, Photographer
Enfield | CT | USA | Posted: 7:48 PM on 02.12.07
->> my Lowe Pro Roller.
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Damon Moritz, Photographer, Photo Editor
Woodbridge | Va. | USA | Posted: 7:57 PM on 02.12.07
->> photojournalist tool: fire pager

editor tool: Google

personal life: foolding box cutting knife
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Matthew Apgar, Photographer
Bridgewater | NJ | USA | Posted: 2:39 AM on 02.13.07
->> hands down:

My car (
http://www.sportsshooter.com/mapgar/bestof2005/pages/1.html)
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William Hallstrom, Student/Intern, Photographer
Pasadena | CA | USA | Posted: 3:28 AM on 02.13.07
->> Hmmmmm...My 70-200. I use it constantly for bball and I even try to make it work for bigger field sports like soccer and football. It's also a great portrait lens. I'm always trying to find more ways to use this one.
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Tim Poulsen, Photographer
Tacoma | WA | United States | Posted: 11:02 AM on 02.13.07
->> Dentyne Ice Arctic Chill=GUM
its the cure all.
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Wendi Kaminski, Photographer, Assistant
La Mirada | CA | USA | Posted: 8:49 PM on 02.13.07
->> Physical gear: my 70-200
Non-physical: my ambition to succeed
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Michael Fischer, Photographer
Spencer | Ia | USA | Posted: 8:59 PM on 02.13.07
->> This is so easy:

My wife's unconditional love...

She loves me enough to let me feed my addiction to make good images.
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Kevin Novak, Photographer, Assistant
Bel Air (Baltimore) | MD | USA | Posted: 9:00 PM on 02.13.07
->> I'm in my busy season of shooting cheer and dance nationals, so I'd have to say earplugs.
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