My Gear - Casey Grimley Photography

MY GEAR

Below is a list of the gear I currently use or have used in the past. These are also my recommendations for fellow photographers. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me via FB Messenger, Instagram DM's or e-mail.


BAGS

Ogden Made Two Bit Klettersack - First up in my gear bag is, well, my bag. Ogden Made is a local company that makes bags and clothing that have that Ogden flare. Check out my review video on this bag here.
Along with the bag I have two of their Monte modules that fit nicely inside to store my gear.


LowePro Urban Reporter - I use an older version (LowePro Messenger) of this bag for when I'm not hiking. It fits my 3 lens kit (16-35, 70-200, 85) and my A7RIII along with all the batteries, SD cards, etc.


CAMERAS 


Main Camera for the last two years: Sony A7RIII

Pros- high resolution, fast autofocus speed and autofocus points, excellent dynamic range, low light, battery life, small size, IBIS, dual card slots, upgraded color science. Price drop since A7RIV has been released.

Cons- large file size can be troublesome for older or slower computers, requires lots of storage. AF isn't as snappy as A9 or A7III. Expensive (except it's on sale now and less than Nikon and Canon equivalents.

If you have the budget and hard drive space, take a look at the newly released A7RIV.

Alternative Full Frame: Sony A7III

Pros- All the same pros as the A7RIII except the resolution. Slightly faster, more consistent autofocus than the A7RIII, especially for fast moving subjects. More Autofocus points than A7RII (Phase detection: 693 vs 399; Contrast detection: both have 425 ). Low light sensitivity is slightly better as well.

Cons - Less resolution than A7RIII means less cropping capabilities. Fear not, you can still print very large with 24MP. I’ve printed 30x40 with absolutely no problem. Has lower resolution viewfinder and LCD screen than A7RIII. Has an Anti-Aliasing (AA) filter to reduce distortion but makes the image slightly less sharp.


APS-C Camera: Sony A6400
While I haven't used this exact model, I highly recommend it.

Pros:Incredibly fast autofocus, enhanced subject detection and tracking, flip up screen, and more. This one is great for vloggers and videographers. Small and lightweight and feature packed.

Cons: Still uses the older batteries so battery isn't great but improved over older models. No IBIS, small form factor can be a turn off for some but advantageous for others.

Alternative APS-C Cameras:

Sony A6000 or A6100 (great for beginners)

A6500 or A6600 (great for advanced users and videographers who demand IBIS)


LENSES


Full Frame
Sony 16-35 f/2.8 GM - This is on my camera a large majority of the time.

Pros - Fast ultra wide zoom that performs excellent. 
Cons - Relatively heavy and expensive, no stabilization (non-issue if using a body with IBIS).

Sony 85 f/1.8 - My favorite portrait lens.

Pros - Fast aperture and focus, lightweight and compact, sharp as a tack.

Cons - slight aberration when shooting wide open on high contrast. Football shaped bokeh in the corners (which I don't mind, but some might), no stabilization.

Sony 70-200 f/4 - The essential workhorse for events or landscapes.

Pros- lightweight, compact, doesn't extend when zoomed. Has stabilization. Fast to focus. Fairly sharp wide open through most of the zoom range.

Cons- a touch soft wide open on the long end (200mm), a bit expensive for an f/4.

If you need the f/2.8 for events you can find it here. I've played around with it and it is incredibly fast to focus and the extra stop of light is nice in low light situations, the only downside is the price tag.

Sony 200-600 f/5.6-6.3 - A super telephoto that has received great reviews so far. I haven't used it personally but plan on adding it to my arsenal in the future.

Sony 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 GM - A great telephoto I've used for a short time. Lightweight and super sharp.

Sony 24mm f/1.4 GM - A coveted lens for nightscapes and landscapes. Like Wayne said in Wayne's world, "Oh yes, she will be mine." This lens is high on my wish list. The review for it are nothing but positive.

Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 - My favorite normal zoom for Sony FE. Check out my review.

Pros- sharp images throughout range when shooting wide open. Fast aperture. Good range for family/portrait shooters. Macro is a plus for wedding and product photographers. Lightweight and compact. Price is great.

Cons- Not as wide as a 24-70, not as good for landscape shooters. Zoom ring is opposite to Sony lenses, can be confusing. Material feels a bit plasticky.

Rokinon 35 f/1.4 - I borrowed a friends Samyang 35 for a weekend and found it to perform quite well. I used it specifically to photograph Dancing with the Stars and it worked like a dream.


APS-C

Sigma 16 f/1.4 - Wide, fast, sharp. There's a reason this is the only APS-C lens I kept after selling my A6000.

Sigma 30 f/1.4 - Fast, sharp, normal view prime. Probably the most regret I've had selling a lens was when I sold this one.

Sigma 56 f/1.4 - If I only shot APS-C and needed an 85mm equivalent this would be the lens I'd get based solely on my experience with the aforementioned Sigma lenses.

Sony 18-135 - The all arounder with a bit of extra zoom. If I had to choose a walk around lens for travel it'd be this one or the Sony 18-105 f/4.


LIGHTING EQUIPMENT

Godox AD600 - Powerful, mobile, dependable. I've had this light for nearly 2 years and really beat the crap out of it and still works great, despite taking some pretty nasty falls.

Godox V860II - These speedlights are great, I've used them on a single battery charge for over 6 hours of continuous shooting. Only downside I've seen is the hotshoe foot is plastic. I've broken one.
Godox XPro-S - Wireless trigger for Sony E cameras. This trigger is awesome. Get it over the cheaper X1T-S or X2T-S

Lightstands - PBL 10' lightstands. I have this pair along with some super cheap ones I first bought 6 years ago. They've held up pretty well over the years.

16" Beauty Dish - I use this beauty dish for most of my shoots because it's small and portable and mounts to the Godox AD600. 

26" Octabox - This is my preferred softbox for using with my speedlights. It's small enough to take with me to most locations. If you don't do a lot of hiking to locations, get a larger softbox like this one.




TRIPODS AND ACCESSORIES

Tripods

Current love: Vanguard Veo 2 - Carbon fiber so lightweight. Nice and compact fits my style.

Past loves (and still use as a backup):

Dolica AX620B100 - Takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'. I've had this tripod since 2014 and it's held up great.

Dolica LX600B502DS - A little more heavy duty than the AX620B100 which is great for long exposures. I broke it last year jamming the legs down into 3 feet of snow in 15º weather, it didn't like that. I still use the integrated monopod though, which is a great feature.

Joby Gorillapod - A handy tripod for vlogging and travel.

Filters

PolarPro PM 2-5 stop ND - The cream of the crop. This filter is great for videography as well as long exposure landscapes. Based on the quality of the Polar Pro filters I'd recommend all of them. The only downside is the price, but when it comes to filters the higher price is justified.

B+W Circular Polarizer - If you're on a budget but still want a quality filter, I'd recommend the B+W line. I've got a polarizer and a 10 stop ND and have loved both of them.

Misc

SmallRig L-Bracket - Having tried some cheaper Amazon L brackets, I'd only recommend the SmallRig bracket. Check out my video review here.


Fast SD Card for A7RIII - Sony UHS-II 32GB SD card. R: 300, W: 299. I use this one in my Slot 1 for fast write speeds.


High Storage SD Card - I use these for Slot 2 for video and extra storage.


Extra Batteries for A7RIII/A7III - I use these batteries for my A7RIII


Extra Batteries for A6x00's - I use these for A6000/A6100/A6300/A6400/A6500



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