Here’s What We Take on Assignment

What gear do you take with you to tell stories around the world? We hear that question often. Here’s a look at the equipment Spencer and I are taking on the road. Most of it is the photography gear to shoot great photos and video. It looks like a lot—and it is—but we could bring lots more. The specifics:


  • (2) Canon 5D MkIII bodies
  • (1) Canon C100 body
  • (3) GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition
  • (2) GoPro LCD bacs


  • (2) Rode Video Mic Pro
  • (1) Sennheiser wireless LAV kit
  • Sennheiser mke 600 shotgun microphone


  • Sachtler video tripod
  • Aviation travel jib
  • Edelkrone slider plus
  • Glidecam hd 2000


  • Sigma 18-35mm 1.8
  • Canon 24mm 1.4
  • Canon 35mm 1.4
  • Canon 50mm 1.2
  • Canon 100mm 2.8
  • Canon 24-70mm 2.8
  • Canon 70-200mm 2.8


  • Gura gear 32L backpack
  • Intervalometer
  • Lite panel LED light


  • (4) 1 TB Lacie rugged hard drives

As for me, I’m a writer. All I generally need is a laptop and a few notepads. I’m well aware of which collection is more impressive. No one grows up dreaming of carrying a notepad on his back. Being a photographer is the best job in the world, according to the National Geographic Channel. Although I ask you this: over thousands of miles, without caddies or sherpas, which load of gear would you rather carry?