Sunday, January 1, 2012

When a CPS photog travels to typhoon disaster zone!

Disaster Zone Equipment List

Don Sausa, a contributor, traveled to Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City, Philippines to help document the humanitarian crisis there. Here's his quick short list of what he brought with him:

You can his stories / web galleries here:

1. Aid groups and military mobilize in relief efforts - Cagayan de Oro
2. Typhoon victims mourn and attempt to Rebuild

Camera and lens:
* Canon EOS 1D Mk II
* Canon EOS 7D camera
* Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS lens - For close-ups or hard to reach subjects
* Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L Lens
* Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L Lens
* Vivitar 7mm fisheye lens for Canon EF

Camera storage, misc gear, tripod:
* LowePro camera bag
* Tamrac TR406 ZipShot Compact Ultra-Light Instant Tripod - For quick stability/P&S opportunities
* Manfrotto 055XPROB Pro Tripod Legs
* Camera vest
* WD 1 TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive - Backup all my images in the hotel. I don't remove them off the CF cards until I get home.
* Various 32GB CF cards + external CF card reader
* Extra batteries for cameras
* Lens cleaning kit

Videography tools:
* Stanley 3-in-1 Tripod LED Flashlight - Helpful for emergency lighting needs.
* Azden WMS-PRO Wireless Microphone
* Rode SVM Stereo Condenser Microphone
* Canon Speedlite 320EX Flash for Canon SLR Cameras - Canon flash unit with video light.
* ePhoto Shoulder Rig + Follow Focus

Special / Medical
* Press badge
* Notebook/pen
* Antibiotics
* Tylenol/fever reducer
* Class II ballistic armor for bag

* Samsung Galaxy Tab (unlocked) - I convert to a wireless Internet router using 3G networks.
* Blackberry 8900 - Work emails. Always on the go.
* Dell Studio laptop for image editing.

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