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

Haven’t used this yet, hoping to try for some outdoors stuff. Buy Now

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

UV Filters Buy Now


Godox V860II-C

Speedbulb Buy Now

Godox Xpro

Remote Buy Now

2x Manfrotto 5001B

Light Stand Buy Now

2x Manfrotto 026

Umbrella Adapter Buy Now

2x Manfrotto MTPIXILE

Mini Tripod for putting flashes in odd places. Buy Now

2x Westcott 2016

Flash Umbrella, cover is useful on. Buy Now

2x Neewer 16? x 16?

Medium Softboxes, for carrying around. Buy Now

2x Neewer 9? x 9?

Small Softboxes, suitable to mount directly on flash with no support. Buy Now

2x Handgun Grips

Use to mount a flash kit to and aim with stability and focus. 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

4x Neewer Metal Shoe

Flash Adapter Buy Now


Promaster Telescoping Background Stand

Backdrop Frame Buy Now

Square Perfect 4060

Muslin backdrops Buy Now


2x Peak Design Capture Camera Clip V3

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

Vanguard VEO 265AB Aluminum Travel Tripod

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

HPRC 6300W

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

Osprey Packs Kestrel 38 Backpack

This sounds like nonsense but it is a very comfortable carrying pack for equipment walking around cons. Buy Now

CamelBak Repack LR4

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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