A Comprehensive List of Tools
that Ben uses on a Daily Basis


  • Sony A7Rii with three batteries
  • Canon 5D Mark III
  • Canon 5D Mark II (eventually to be converted for infrared shooting)
  • Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver


  • Canon 8-15mm F4L Fisheye
  • Canon 14mm f2.8L II
  • Canon 17mm d4L TS-E
  • Canon 16-35mm f2.8L II
  • Canon 24-70mm f2.8L II
  • Canon 70-200mm f2.8L IS II


  • Canon 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS
  • Canon Extender 1.4x II
  • Lensbaby Creative Effects Kit
  • Lensbaby Pro Effects Kit
  • Note: The Canon lenses are used on the Sony A7Rii via an adapter


  • Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite
  • Canon ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter
  • PocketWizard II Plus Transceivers
  • Eneloop Rechargable Batteries
  • Various HonlPhoto speedlite accessories
  • Various Rogue speedlite accessories (
  • Various gear from Westcott (softboxes, reflectors, backgrounds, light stands, etc.)


  • Really Right Stuff TA-3-FS Versa Foot Spike
  • Really Right Stuff TA-2-LC Versa 2
  • Leveling Base with clamp
  • Really Right Stuff TVC-24L Versa Tripod
  • Really Right Stuff B5D3-LA L-plate
  • Really Right Stuff BA7-L L-plate
  • Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ballhead
  • Really Right Stuff PG-02 LLR Pano-Gimbal Head
  • Really Right Stuff MPR-CL II Multi-Purpose Rail
  • Manfrotto 684B Monopod (discontinued, but similar to 334B or 685B)
  • Really Right Stuff MH-01 LR monopod head (Manfrotto 234 head is a much cheaper alternative)

Flashlights (For Lightpainting)

  • Thor X Colossus 18 Million Candlepower Spotlight (I have the older Cyclops version)
  • Brinkman Max Million II 2 Million Candlepower Rechargeable Spotlight
  • LedLenser M7R 220/30 lumenRechargeable Flashlight (myfavorite flashlight by far)
  • Inova Bolt 2L 120 Lumen Flashlight
  • Duracell Daylite 80 lumen flashlight
  • Streamlight Stylus Reach Pen Light
  • Streamlight Nano MiniatureKeychain
  • Coast LED Lenser 77364 4 ColorSignal Light


  • Electroluminescent Wire (EL Wire for short) various lengths and colors
  • Photon Microlight keychain lights
  • MaxForce Backscratcher (really… tape a flashlight to it for extra reach)

I lust after the following flashlights, but have not been able to talk myself into buying them:

  • Led Lenser X21R 1600 lumen rechargeable
  • JetBeam RRT3 XML 1950 lumen seven output levels (rechargeable with accessory)
  • JetBeam RRTO XML 550 lumen continuously variable (wish it was rechargeable)

Camera Bags

  • ThinkTank Photo Airport International Roller Bag
  • ThinkTank Photo Airport International Low Divider Set
  • ThinkTank Photo Strobe Gel Wallet
  • ThinkTank Photo Cable Management 50 (for speedlites)
  • ThinkTank Photo Cable Management 20 (for flashlights)
  • ThinkTank Photo Pro Speed Belt
  • ThinkTank Photo Pixel Racing Harness
  • ThinkTank Photo Artificial Intelligence
  • ThinkTank Photo Whip It Out (discontinued)
  • ThinkTank Photo Lens Changer 50 V2.0 (quantity 5)
  • Sony LCS-SB1 Sling Camera Bag


  • Pearstone ShutterBoss Cable Release
  • Phottix WXD-188 Wireless Receiver
  • Phottix WXD-188 WirelessTransmitter
  • Tamrac S.A.S. Compact Filter Case
  • Heliopan 77mm circular polorizer
  • B+W 77mm 1.8 ND Six Stop Neutral Density Filter
  • B+W 77mm 0.9 ND Three Stop Neutral Density Filter
  • Hoodman RAW 16GB CompactFlash Cards
  • 3x 64GB SD cards
  • Hoodman Loupe
  • Camera cleaning supplies and tools from
  • WhiBal white balance card
  • X-Rite Color Checker Passport
  • Eye-Fi Wifi SD Card

  • Painters Pole from Home Depot
  • Kacey Enterprises Pole Adapter (for attaching a speedlite to painters pole)
  • Kacey Enterprises DSLR Camera
  • Paint Pole Adapter (for attaching camera to painters pole)
  • Cinefoil by Rosco
  • Various accessories from Op-Tech USA such as camera straps, neoprene pouches for CF cards, etc.


  • Adobe Photoshop CC 2015
  • Adobe Lightroom 6
  • HDRSoft Photomatix
  • Nik Software HDR Efex Pro 2 and Silver Efex Pro
  • OnOne Perfect Resize
  • Dark Sky iOS app for finding good locations to shoot the milky way and startrails
  • LightTrac iOS app to figure out what angle the moon will be at
  • Sun Seeker iOS app to see exact where the sun will be at any time of day
  • Abandoned iOS app to find abandoned locations to light paint
  • Roadside (from roadside america) iOS app to find unusual locations to photograph
  • Easy Release iOS app for model and location releases
  • Everplaces iOS app to keep track of locations I’d like to shoot in the future
  • MoonPhase iOS app for a simple moon phase calendar
  • Field Tools iOS app to calculate depth of field
  • Holographium or Holo-Paint iOS app for text in light paintings


  • Apple MacBook Pro 15” 2.8 GHz Core i7 (16 GB RAM, 750GB Internal SSD Drive)
  • Apple 27” Cinema Display
  • Lexar Firewire Compact Flash card readers
  • Wacom Intuos 5 touch Small
  • 13” Wacom Cintiq Companion Hybrid Tablet
  • Drobo Pro


  • I rent lenses from
  • The “Photographing the Southwest” book series from PhotoTripUSA is a must have for shooting landscapes in the U.S.A.