It takes a lot of equipment and expertise to capture cosplayers in their element. This is a list of the tools of my trade. (There are no affiliate links below)

Camera & Lenses

Canon 5D mk. IV

When I decided to get a full frame, this is what I decided to get between this and the 1XD. Its heavy compared to the old T5. Buy Now

Canon Battery Grip BG-E20

A grip to add some battery power and allow portrait shooting that’s much nicer. Buy Now

Canon 28mm f/1.8 USM

Slightly longer than the old 24mm, but still great for those close quarters shots. Buy Now

Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM

A classic, but with a huge aperture. Buy Now

Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM

For stylistic depth of field shots. Buy Now

B+W 58mm Clear UV Haze Shield (3x)

UV Filters Buy Now


4x Godox V860II-C

Speedbulb Buy Now

Godox Xpro

Flash Remote Buy Now

2x K&F Concept Aluminium Tripod

Light stand with no fancy features or head. Buy Now

2x SIRUI AM225 Carbon Fiber Tripod

Mini Tripod for putting flashes in odd places or to mount my side throwers. Buy Now

2x Westcott 2016

Flash Umbrella, cover is useful on or off. Buy Now

2x Godox 40cm x 40cm

Medium Softboxes, used for the overhead lights. Buy Now

2x Godox 60cm x 60cm

Large Softboxes, used when the lights are deployed. Buy Now

2x Godox 18cm reflector bulbs

These are used for the side throwers with a diffuser sock. Durable and safe for people to bump into. Buy Now

4x Selens SE-CG20

Flash gels. Wide colors, easy to use. Funnily enough, after buying these more people I know bought the same thing right after me! Buy Now


3x Peak Design Capture Camera Clip V3

Camera adapter to clack on to my backpack or waistbelt. Buy Now

SmallRig 78" Camera Tripod, Foldable Aluminum Tripod & Monopod

Tripod that I can attach my camera to without changing out the Peak adapter Buy Now

Pelican Air 1615 with Divider Set

Black hard case for all my photography equipment. Most importantly useful to fly with. Buy Now

Osprey Packs Atmos AG 50

A camping backpack I use to hold everything I carry around at cons. Buy Now

CamelBak Glide Belt 50

For when the backpack is inappropriate, this allows me to carry the hydration and gear easily. It does feel like it could use more padding though. Buy Now

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