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My name is Dave Evans and I have been a professional photographer for about 15 years. During most of my career I have worked as a sports and commercial photographer, while having done just about every type of photography under the sun. My studio Six Visuals specializes in macro and close-up work but this is not the only type of work I do. This section “What’s In The Bag” includes the gear I use for all manner of assignments and types of photography. I like to include macro images in my body of work regardless of the subject matter I am working with, so as I talk about the different gear I use I will try to point out how I use it specifically for macro where possible. A photographer’s gear is his toolbox and like any toolbox you need the right tools to get the job done.

Camera Bodies

My cameras take a lot of tough use as I work. Anything you can think of I have probably put a camera through in one way or another. I need my camera to be rugged, dependable and durable. They don’t need to be able to win beauty contests and they won’t after I am done with them. They travel a lot and they get used in all types of weather. I need them to be workhorses that will perform day in and day out.

Canon 7D

The 7D is a great camera. The auto focus will take a little practice to perfect using but the effort is well worth it. It is built on a metal chasse and sealed for weather resistance. The camera will deliver 8 shots a second, which is great for sports work and insects. It has a 60% magnification effect also great for sports when you need a little extra reach. This reduced sensor size can be helpful in filling the frame when working with very small subjects at 1:1 since magnification is independent of sensor size.

Canon 5D II

The canon 5D II has been a workhorse camera, with a full frame sensor making it great for both commercial work and macro as well. It is professionally built with great auto focus and rugged construction. It has good color reproduction and is a stellar camera to shoot video with. The full frame sensor is very useful for wide angle and fisheye close-up work. I like to be able to take the extended grips off of my cameras when I am working with focusing rails and similar devices.

Camera Lenses

Lenses are the heart of a photographer’s tools box. There is nothing that can replace great glass and lens coatings. My lenses need to be fast, sharp and durable. When ever possible I want lenses to have constant aperture as well. Some of these are everyday lenses and others are for specific purposes. Regardless of their use there is no substitute for great optical performance.

Canon 70-200 F/2.8

The Canon 70-200mm is one of my everyday lenses. The short to mid range telephoto is useful for many different types of assignments and jobs. I can cover a variety of subject matter from sports to product photography. For indoor sports work this is my go to lens. For macro work it is very useful when used with extension tubes or the Canon 500D close-up filter.

Canon 24-70 F/2.8

This is the second of my three everyday lenses. It is indispensable for many commercial types of shoots and full body sports portraits. It makes an excellent walking around lens if you are not sure what pictures you might want to take at a new location. You can use this lens for wide-angle close-up work with a full frame sensor camera.

Canon 16-35 F/2.8

This is the third of my everyday lenses. I love the effects you can get when using a wide-angle lens at close focusing distances. When I want to get wide this is my lens. I use this lens frequently on sports sidelines as well as just about any other job. There are countless ways to use this lens for close-up work. With its close minimum focusing distance you can get right on top of flowers and other subjects.

Canon 50mm F/1.4

Having a set of fast primes is always a good idea. You never know what kind of lighting conditions you may encounter especially when working with high school sports facilities all over the place. This lens is the classic 50mm prime every photographer should have in the bag. Even in the age of great high ISO performance fast primes still have their place.

Canon 85mm F/1.8

Although not an L series lens it has optical performance right up there with them. This is a great lens for indoor sports; I use it for volleyball especially. It also makes a great portrait or product lens. For macro photography it can be paired with extension tubes to produce some nice looking close-ups.

Canon 24mm F/1.4

The fast aperture on this lens makes for some incredible low light shots. Like the other fast primes I often use this lens for low light sports work. I have also used it for low light wide-angle close-up work as well.

Canon 300mm F/2.8

This is one of the best lenses canon makes. I use it for almost all of my sports assignments. When paired with the 1.4x or 2x converter I can get the reach needed for most field sports. For macro work you can use extension tubes for close-up of small bird, reptiles and other animals.

Canon 100mm F/2.8 Macro IS

The 100mm is the macro lens I use more than any other. You can shoot just about any subject with it. It is extremely flexible, easy to handhold and doubles as great portrait lenses with its excellent out of focus blur. This lens is extremely fast focusing and has built in image stabilization. If I could only have one macro lens this would be it.

Canon 180mm F/3.5 macro

The 180mm macro lens is perfect for times when you want a longer working distance from your subject. This lens has great optics and overall performance. Insects and industrial work are two of its strong points. When photographing welding, soldering and the like this lens really shines.

Canon 65mm F/2.8 macro

Sigma 50mm Macro

This is the lens to pull out of the bag when you want a wider angle of view. One of the strong points of this lens it allows you to do 1:1 images without accessories. The lens will also work with full frame sensors. It is always useful to have a 50mm prime lens whether it is a macro or not.

Canon 1.4X Teleconverter

Teleconverters allow you to increase the focal distance of your lens. For sports work the 1.4x is my favorite. I lose a stop of light with my 300 2.8 but get a 420 F/4, a good trade in my opinion when the extra reach is required.

Canon 2x Teleconverter

The 2x converter is an awesome tool for the macro photographer. Teleconverters work by changing the focal length of your lens through an optical system. They will also change the magnification from 1:1 to 2:1. Having the ability to make my macro lenses into a 2:1 reproduction ratio is nothing to sneeze at.

Canon 12mm Extension Tube

Extension tubes are used to increase the distance between the lens elements and the camera sensor, which increases magnification. You can use them individually or stack them. The Canon tubes allow you to retain auto focus function as well as auto exposure.

Canon 25mm Extension Tube

The 25mm tube has the same features as the 12mm above. They preserve auto focus and auto exposure function. These tubes are solid, well built pieces of gear. I have used them with lenses handheld and had no problem with them bending or otherwise moving.


Canon 580EX II

Canon MT-24EX

Canon AA battery packs

Dot Line LED Ring Light

Powerex rechargeable batteries

Powerex Battery Charger

Paul C Buff Alien Bee Flashes

Paul C Buff Accessories

Mole-Richardson Mini Moles and accessories

Wimberley Sidekick

Photoflex Softboxes and grids

Westcott Appollo Softboxes and grids

Westcott Circular Reflector

Lumodi Beauty Dishs

Honl Light Modifiers

ExpoImaging Grids

Radio Transmitters and Receivers

Pocketwizard MultiMAX

PocketWizard TT1

PocketWizard TT5

Tripods, Heads and accessories

Really Right Stuff BH-55

Really Right Stuff Camera Plates

Really Right Stuff Lens Plates

Really Right Stuff bracket

Really Right Stuff Multi Purpose Rails

Manfrotto tripod 055CX Pro

Manfrotto Geared Tripod Head 405

Manfrotto Monopod 681B

Gitzo Explorer Tripod

Macro Specific Gear

Really Right Stuff focusing rails

Velbron Focusing Rail

Wimberley Plamp

Wimberley Macro Extension flash bracket

Canon Right-angle Finder


Grip Gear

Manfrotto Super Clamp

Manfrotto Magic Arm

Manfrotto Justin Clamp

Manfrotto Heavy Duty Flex Arm

Avenger C-stands Kit Black

Avenger Light Stands

Avenger Mini Boom

Frio Cold Shoe

Camera Bags

Think Tank Photo Airport Security

Think Tank Photo Shape Shifter

Think Tank Photo Street Walker Hard Drive

Think Tank Glass Taxi

Think Tank Photo Modular system

Think Tank Photo Speed Series

Lowepro Dryzone Rover

Memory Cards and Card Readers

Lexar CF Cards

Lexar Card Reader

Computers and Hardware

Apple Macbook Pro

Apple Pro

Apple iPhone

World Computing External Hard Drives

Tether Tools USB

Tether Tools Kit


Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Production Premium

PTGui panoramic software


Zerene Stacker Photo Stacking Software

On The Interwebs


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