Canon 1Dx

The Canon 1Dx is my "go to" camera for most all of my event photography, and is imperative to my sports photography. This full frame camera is amazingly fast and can focus on subject at lightning speed. 

Canon 5D Mark III

The Canon 5D Mark III is my favorite camera for everyday use. It is smaller than the 1Dx and easier to handle all day. I especially like this camera for photographing in a church or temple since it has a very quiet silent mode. 

Canon 7D Mark II

The Canon 7D Mark II is my backup camera for any of my sports photography. It is smaller than the Canon 1Dx and has a crop sensor. This extends the reach of my lenses for those situations when that is an advantage.








Canon 70-200 2.8 IS II

The Canon 70-200mm lens is my favorite lens of all. This is my "go to" lens for most of my portrait and event photography. I still think it is one of Canon's sharpest lenses in their collection. The zoom range if perfect for so many different types of shooting. If you are serious about photography, you need to have this lens!

Canon 100-400 II

For all those times when I need to photograph something from a distance, I rely on the Canon 100-400mm II lens. This is the second revision of this lens and much much sharper than the first version. Unlike the first push/pull version, this new 100-400 is a twist zoom lens. I use this lens on a tripod at the back of almost every temple and church. I also use this lens for a majority of my sports and wildlife photography when I can not get close to my subject.

Canon 28-300

This Canon 28-300mm lens has a really great focal range letting me shoot really wide and also have the option to zoom in tight when I need to. This is a great lens for shooting sports in a location where I do not want to change lenses (keeping dust off my sensor).

Canon 24-70 II

The Canon 24-70mm II lens is one of the newer lenses in my collection and rivals the 70-200mm for clarity. This lens is my most used lens when photographing wedding and mitzvah receptions. I was not a big fan of the original 24-70mm lens from Canon, but this new and vastly improved lens changed everything for me.

Canon 16-35

The Canon 16-35mm lens is perfect for wide shots. I primarily use this lens for large group shots at parties and when capturing vast landscapes.

Canon 24-105

The Canon 24-105mm lens is my lens of choice for walking around a city. Why? Because this lens is very sharp and gives me a good focal range. I can shoot wide and still zoom into details with this one lens.

Canon 100 Macro

The Canon 100mm Macro lens is not one of my most used lenses, but it is essential for when I photograph weddings and need that tight shot of the rings. I also like this lens for my macro nature photography (flowers and insects).

Sigma 50 1.4 Art

The Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art lens is a new and amazingly sharp lens. If you think that you can only get sharp images for a lens from the camera manufacturer, think again. This lens is exceptional! I use this lens at almost every wedding reception or mitzvah party to separate my subject from the background. This lens is perfect for that first dance where you want to isolate the couple and have everything else fall into the foreground or background.

Sigma 85 1.4

The Sigma 85mm 1.4 lens was one of my first Sigma lenses and still remains in my camera bag. It is not as sharp as the new Art series from Sigma, but it is still a very good lens for the money.

Sigma 15 Fish Eye

The Sigma 15mm Fish Eye lens is really small and a ton of fun to use. I have used this fish eye lens at the last 3 Olympic games and it has yielded me some of my best selling images. I use this for really unique shots at sporting events and usually break it out at parties. Whenever I get "shot out" at parties (you know - I have endless photos of the guests dancing), I put this lens on my camera and get something totally different.













Mac Pro

The Mac Pro is the power behind my editing workstation. When upgrading to a new editing station, I wanted a super fast computer which had a lot of expandability, but stayed small and out of the way. This little machine fits those needs and runs cool on my desk.

Samsung 32" Pro 4K Monitor

After years of searching for the ultimate 4K monitor for Mac Pro, I found the Samsung 32" Pro 4K Monitor. This display is amazingly sharp and lets me see exceptional detail in all my photos. This monitor holds it's calibration and can be viewed from different angles without degradation of brightness or color. It is not cheap, but it is worth every penny.

Datacolor Spyder5ELITE Display Calibration System

In order to keep my photos color accurate, I use the Spyder5Elite Display Calibration System to keep my monitor calibrated. Without this piece of equipment, I would not know whether my images were accurately retouched for color and brightness.



Wacom Intuos Pro

For the last 10 years, I have relied on the Wacom Intuos graphics tablets for almost all of my retouching. I love these tablets so much that I carry more than one to each Olympics. This pressure sensitive tablet will cut your retouching time down for sure. Heck - my main machine does not have a mouse anymore. I use the Intuos Pro for all my applications, even email.

Crucial DRAM

My Mac Pro is filled with 64GB Crucial DRAM. This is top quality memory at a fraction of the price of Apple's memory.

Adobe Photoshop

All of my retouching is done in Adobe Photoshop, the undisputed king of photo editing software. 

Photo Mechanic

Although Photo Mechanic is not as well known as other applications, it is as important, if not more than Photoshop to me. I use Photo Mechanic to cull through all my photos to determine which images are removed and which ones are saved and retouched. This program is one of the biggest time savers for me and helps me make my crazy fast deadlines at the Olympics. If you want to try it out, they offer a 30-day trial here.

Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 Printer

I used to use a printing service to print my images, but then recently switched to the Canon PRO-1000 printer. I now do my printing on this amazing printer. It prints both glossy and fine art papers all the way up to 17" wide and has massive ink cartridges, so I am not changing them all the time. 

Drobo 5D and 5N

As you can imagine, I have accumulated a massive collection of photos and videos over the years, and with that comes a need to store them all. I use the Drobo 5D RAID systems with 5 4TB hard drives for massive storage. I also use the Drobo 5N for my network drive.












Gitzo GT2532 Tripod

I never show up to an event without my Gitzo GT2532 tripods. Whenever I am taking photos from the back of a temple or church, I have my cameras mounted on this tripod. Why this model? Because it provides the best stability with light weight.

Gitzo GT2540 Travel Tripod

Whenever I travel, I pack my clothes, shoes and my Gitzo GT2540 travel tripod. I rarely travel anywhere without these legs. What makes this tripod so great is the combination of rigidity, light weight and the ability to fold into itself to make it so easy to pack and take with me, even in my carryon bag. 

Gitzo GM5561 Monopod

I use the Gitzo GM5561 Monopod for all my sports shooting with a big lens. This is probably one of the most important pieces of equipment for me at the Olympic Games, since I am constantly using large lenses. This Gitzo monopod is my back saver. What I love about this particular model is the light weight and the fact that it collapses down to almost nothing.

Acratech Ballheads

I spent years looking for the right ballhead for me. After an exhaustive search, I found the Acratech ballheads and now use them for all my tripods (and even for my monopod in many situations). These heads are built like a tank and work flawlessly.

Lexar Memory Cards

I use Lexar Memory Cards exclusively and have for the last 12 years. I use all 128GB and 64GB 1066x CF cards in my DSLR cameras and 1000x microSD cards in my DJI drones.

Lexar Hubs and Readers

People really underestimate the importance of card readers. I use the fastest memory cards and fastest readers to speed up my workflow. For this reason I rely on the Lexar HR2 hub and readers so that I can download my photos at a blistering pace. 

Canon 600EX-RT Flash

When I head off to photograph an event, my bag is full of Canon 600 EX-RT Flash units. These are not only high powered flashes but they talk to each other. The older flash units communicated to each other with infrared which did not work reliably. With the 600 EX-RT flash units, Canon introduced a true wireless communication that is easy to use and reliable. When I switched to these new flashes, it was a game changer for my event photography. 

ThinkTank Rolling Bags

When I need to take a lot of camera gear with me (which is quite often), I use the ThinkTank Photo Airport Security v2.0 rolling bags. I put a ton of miles on my rolling bags and this one just keeps going. It is versatile and built with the best quality materials. If you click on the bag or the link above you will automatically get a discount and an extra gift from ThinkTank.

ThinkTank Photo Backpacks

I have a lot of people who email me asking about cameras and lenses, but rarely do they ever ask about what camera backpack I use. You know what? They should. They are a critical piece of equipment. I use the ThinkTank Photo StreetWalker HardDrive backpacks almost every day. This backpack is comfortable, holds tons of gear (and my laptop) and is built to last. I also love the extra pockets for my wallet, passport, charging cables and other little goodies. If you click on the bag or the link above you will automatically get a discount and an extra gift from ThinkTank.

ThinkTank Drone Backpack

Whenever I transport my DJI Phantom 3 Pro, I use the ThinkTank Photo Airport Helipak Backpack for the DJI Phantom 2 and Phantom 3 Quadcopters. This backpack is lightweight and holds my drone, extra batteries, all the other accessories I need. There is even space for my laptop and iPad. If you click on the bag or the link above you will automatically get a discount and an extra gift from ThinkTank.

Manfrotto Light Stands

Ever since using the Canon 600EX-RT flashes, I set up Manfrotto Alu Master Air-Cushioned Stands at events to have remote flashes in different corners of the room. These stands are sturdy and raise to 12' tall. You can even buy them in a 3 pack and they snap together for easy transport.

BlackRapid Camera Straps

Like photo backpacks, people tend to overlook the importance of a good camera strap. For many years I used a neck strap and finally got tired of the neck strain and discomfort. Then I came across the BlackRapid camera straps and have sworn by them ever since. These shoulder straps are comfortable and so easy to use. I can swing my camera into position in no time and never miss a shot. Most importantly, I can wear this all day long, even with a big camera and lens and not feel strained in any way.

Tiffen Circular Polarizing Filters

There is one filter that can not be replaced with software, and that is the circular polarizing filter. I always carry the Tiffen Digital HT Circular Polarizing Multi-Coated Filters because it does not degrade the quality of my lenses and works great for those great blue sky days and around water.

Tiffen HT UV Filters

For the longest time, I refused to put UV filters in front of my lenses. I did not want to degrade the quality of my images. But then I saw the Tiffen Ultra Clear Digital HT Filters which are perfectly clear. I now use these to protect the front of all my lenses.

Eneloop Pro Batteries

I have used many different brands of rechargeable batteries over the years, but have now standardized on the Eneloop Pro AA Rechargeable Ni_MH batteries. They charge fast, work well and last a really long time.

Powerex Battery Charger

Many years ago I used a charger that would recharge AA batteries in hours. This meant that I had to plan far in advance before a big event. Then I switched to the Powerex MH-801D 8 Cell 1-Hour Charger and my life got easier. This charger is the best! It recharges batteries in less than an hour, and can recondition the batteries as well. I also like that each cell is charged independently, not in a group of four.









DJI Inspire 1

The DJI Inspire is one amazing flying machine. It can handle high winds and even has retractable gear so that I can fly and shoot 4k video or stills with ease. 

DJI Phantom 4

The DJI Phantom 4 drone has great bang for the buck. I really like taking the Phantom 4 with me when I travel to new locations. It packs up in a small case and is light weight. If you have seen any of my latest aerial videos on YouTube, chances are the video was shot on a DJI Phantom.