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I Need some help...
Les Stukenberg, Photographer, Photo Editor
Prescott Valley | AZ | USA | Posted: 2:29 PM on 06.19.14
->> My publisher has asked me to find out what the industry standard camera equipment being bought by and used by a 15,000 circulation newspaper is today.
So if you work or have worked for that size of paper recently please send me an email on what was in your standard kit.
If they didn't provide anything send me that information as well, if they used iPhones or smart phones send me that as well.
I am not here to judge what or who's using what I just need to get her the information..
BTW I don't need a wish list I already have one of those..
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Will Powers, Photographer
Denver | CO | USA | Posted: 2:57 PM on 06.19.14
->> I worked for a small newspaper in No. Calif. and had to provide my own gear. It was film at the time. The provided a large lens, but it was a small aperture, little use for badly lit high school football field. Fortunately, I also owned big glass with a 2.8.
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Les Stukenberg, Photographer, Photo Editor
Prescott Valley | AZ | USA | Posted: 3:11 PM on 06.19.14
->> I may also need it broken down into what the photographers (if you have one) use and what a reporter shooting their own photos use.
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Peter Lockley, Photographer
Denver | CO | usa | Posted: 4:16 PM on 06.19.14
->> I'm not sure there's an industry standard. I've worked at small newspapers that outfit smaller staffs with top of the line gear and I've worked at large newspapers that used prosumer cameras (D300's instead of D3's) to cut costs. It's been a deciding factor in choosing where to work for a lot of people.

I've always felt that the best arrangement (short of your employer buying everything top of the line) is one where the newspaper buys the camera bodies, the long glass, and lighting equipment (if necessary) and the photographer is responsible for the zooms and primes.

That gives the photographers the freedom to outfit themselves with the kit that best fits their shooting style, without forcing them to buy the big ticket lenses or buy bodies which will be out of date in a few years.
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Chris Peterson, Photographer, Photo Editor
Columbia Falls | MT | USA | Posted: 4:36 PM on 06.19.14
->> We have a D7000s (or D300s) , a 300 f2.8, a 80-200 f2.8 (or 70-200) plus a standard 50 mm, an 85 mm f1.8, a wide angle zoom and a set of Pocket Wizards, plus SB600 flashes. Hope that helps. Plus staff photogs also own a lot of their own gear that they use above and beyond what the company provides. Does that help?
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Joey LoMonaco, Photographer
Woodbridge | VA | United States | Posted: 5:12 PM on 06.19.14
->> Sent you a message, bro.
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Jim Colburn, Photographer
Omaha | NE | USA | Posted: 9:53 PM on 06.19.14
->> There is no "standard". Just be reasonable and figure out what you need to do your job properly and submit that list.

Be prepared to defend your choices.

I might suggest:

2 x full frame bodies
1 x 24-70mm/2.8 zoom
1 x 70-200mm/2.8 zoom
1 x 1.4 converter
1 x good on-camera flash
4 x good-sized CF (or SD) cards
1 x camera bag for the above.
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Doug Strickland, Photographer
Chattanooga | TN | USA | Posted: 9:14 AM on 06.20.14
->> To echo what others have said, there are no real industry standards but the most common thing I've heard across the board from other shooters is the model where the company provides the camera bodies and long glass while the photographer uses their own lenses. It just makes sense, because the lenses will continue to be used for years while camera bodies need to be replaced far more often thanks to the high shutter actuations and general wear and tear that comes with doing what we do.

I would push hard for a minimum of 2 provided camera bodies and use the argument that it is more for the safety of having a backup if one fails than it is for convenience. What will you do if you only have 1 and it has an operational error while you are in the field?
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Bob Ford, Photographer
Lehighton | Pa | USA | Posted: 2:41 PM on 06.20.14
->> I feel my paper (13-14,000 circulation) is very generous with equipment. At least they have been up until now. They tightened the purse stings a bit in the last few years.

My equipment list is now.

2- Nikon D3 bodies
1- D7000 body
1- 28-70 2.8
1- 70-200 2.8
1- 200 f2
1- 400 f2.8
1- 200-400 f4
several SB-800 speedlights
Tamrac shoulder bag
Think Tank roller
I also have a company issued iPhone.

I supplement this equipment with some of my own.

I'm the only photographer at the paper, however all of the staff reporters have Nikon D50s or equivalent that they use.
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Scott Serio, Photo Editor, Photographer
Colora | MD | USA | Posted: 5:36 PM on 06.20.14
->> If you can get them to go for....

(1) D3s or better (you need something that can handle night high school sports)
(1) Full frame #2 body (D700, D3 or, if they want video a D7000/D800)

(1) Wide zoom (24-70/2.8 or 24-120/4)
(1) Medium/tele zoom (70-200 or 80-200 AF-S)
(1) 300 2.8
(1) 1.4 or 1.7 converter ( I love my 1.7x)
(2) Decent strobes that you cameras will TTL with if needed (SB600, 700 or 800, but the 800's are great workhorses with nice pop)

As for writers getting cameras....don't give them an answer. Tell them that is why they are paying you.
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Andrew Link, Photographer
Winona | MN | USA | Posted: 5:40 PM on 06.20.14
->> I'm at a 9k paper with myself as the only full-time photographer and three part-timers. Here's what we currently use:

2- Nikon D3s bodies
2- 17-35 2.8
2- 24-70 2.8
2- 70-200 2.8 VR
2- 80-200 2.8
1- 300 2.8
1- 300 f4
2- SB-800 Speedlights
3- PocketWizard Plus II
A couple Domke bags

The lenses are getting old and each have been in for repairs many times but they are holding up. We just got the second D3s in March. Before that I was using my own gear when I needed to.
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 8:22 PM on 06.20.14
->> Great topic!

Lot's of info... Hope you get more input.
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