GEAR / by Katherine Yaksich

A lot of photographers and filmmakers that inspire me have blogs that give back to the community, like Vincent Laforet and Chase Jarvis. I’ve decided to adopt a similar approach.

Lately, I’ve been receiving several questions about what kind of gear I use so I’ve decided to create a gear/resource page to help anyone out unsure of what tools to use on projects. I am not endorsed by any brands, I simply take the approach of using the best tools available within my budget to get the job done and deliver the best quality work possible. 

So without further ado, here is the gear that I currently use (bold items are favorites):

Cameras and lenses

  • Canon 5D mark II
  • Canon 7D
  • Canon 5D mark III
  • Bauer super 8 mm film camera
  • iPhone 4S
  • Canon 24 - 105 IS f4L lens
  • Canon 24 - 70 f2.8L lens
  • Canon 35 f1.4L lens
  • Canon 100 f2.8L macro lens
  • Canon 70-200 IS f2.8L II lens
  • Canon 50 f1.4 lens
  • Canon 85 f1.2L lens
  • Zeiss 85 f1.4 Planar T* ZE series lens


  • Manfrotto 055XB tripod legs
  • Manfrotto 701 HDV video fluid head
  • Manfrotto 561BHDV-1 fluid video monopod with head
  • Manfrotto Magic Arm
  • Cowboy Studio shoulder support rig
  • Steadicam Merlin
  • Glidecam HD 4000


  • Zoom H4N digital recorder
  • Sennheiser HD 280 pro headphones
  • Sennheiser MKE 400 shotgun mic
  • Sennheiser EW 112-p G3 wireless mic system


  • Kino Flo Diva-Lite 400
  • Bescor LED light
  • Excalibur 3200 light
  • Canon 580 EX II flash


  • GGS Perfect LCD viewfinder
  • Neewer intervalometer
  • Tiffen ND filter (3 stops)
  • Crumpler 6 million dollar home
  • Lowepro Computrekker EW
  • Lowepro Transporter strap