Whats in our kit?

I often receive e-mails with questions from other photographers and videographers, so I have posted some of the more frequently asked questions here:

What kind of equipment do you shoot with/recommend?

Price Guide 469A Whats in our kit?


Its important to note that these are all tools to tell stories.  In most cases, more gear creates more problems. Whether you shoot on your cell phone or an Arri Alexa, it all comes down to your personal vision and the story you want to tell. These are are just tools to further your stories.

Cinema and Still Cameras:

Canon Cinema EOS C300 – Our digital cinema camera for commercial work. Absolutely lovely image that retains optimal highlight and shadow detail for postproduction.

Canon 5D Mark III – Our primary still/cinema body. Full frame with gorgeous coloring.

Leica M9 – Digital Rangefinder. Simply unbelievable images and a different way of shooting. Its not for everything or everybody, but it fits perfectly into my workflow and look.

Leica M6 TTL 0.85 – My personal film rangefinder. Its light, silent, and produces beautiful images. Its the perfect camera for travel.

Canon EOS 3 – My workhorse film camera. Used for the ceremony and reception. Its like a 5D, but film based.

Cinema Gear:

Manfrotto Video Monopod – This is hands down our best investment. 90 percent of our shots are with this.

Steadicam Flyer LE  - (I love this setup. You can achieve incredible shots, although its very pricey. The arm and vest is very nice).

Cinevate Atlas 30 Slider – The best slider I have ever used. We use this for all of our dolly shots.

Miller DS-20 Solo – (This is the primarily tripod setup that I use. Its completely rock solid and the head on it is amazing. It feels like you are moving a much heavier camera, which in turn makes for super silky movements. Ever since I messed with Philip Bloom’s DS-20 at WEVA, I knew I had to get one and I am so glad I did.)

Zacuto Z-Finder - (This piece of kit is essential for shooting on the 5D Mark II. It turns the LCD into a proper viewfinder and is a MUST HAVE for critical focus.


Canon – Each lens has a special purpose. We use primes for their speed, image quality, and durability. I also think zooming with my feet creates better images.

24mm 1.4 – A beautiful wide angle lens used for receptions and establishing shots. Its my go to Steadicam lens. 

35mm 1.4 – This lens produces a really editorial look. Little distortion and great for formals/journalistic shots. Its on my Mark IV 70 percent of the time. 

50mm 1.2 – My go to lens for just about everything. It produces beautiful portraits and detail shots with lovely bokeh. You should own this and the 35.

85mm 1.2 – The best portrait lens ever made. Its simply perfect for knocking down backgrounds. Not so great for video because of the loose focus ring, but still a great lens.

100mm 2.8 IS – Essential for close detail shots. I wish I had more uses for it.

135mm 2.0 – A fantastic lens to compress your subject. Its small and light. Its much better to carry than the 70-200.

70-200mm 2.8 IS – The only zoom I carry. Its used for the ceremony only due to its quick flexibility. If you want to own an amazing zoom, this is it.



35 Summilux ASPH FLE – Hands down the best 35mm lens I have used. The colors and the way it renders is remarkable. Its very expensive and if I had to choose one Leica lens to invest in, it would be this one.

50 Summilux ASPH – An incredible lens for portraits. Insanely sharp with amazing rendering.

Cinema – FS100:

35 2.8 Elmarit – Great length for the FS100. Becomes a 50 on the FS100.

50 Summicron – A little tight on the FS100, but great for interviews. Extremely sharp.

35-70 3.5 – Great ceremony lens for processional/recessional

70-200 F/4 – Three shot lens for the ceremony. Its a little bit slow, but the FS100 makes up for that.


Canon 580EX II Speedlights (Great speedlights in combination with the Pocket Wizard Flex and Mini) – We prefer natural light whenever possible.

Arri Fresnels – The big guns. We have these in a few wattages. Perfect for creating depth and separation.

Lowel Pro Lights – A tungsten based source thats great for reception lighting. We rig up two of these usually.

Litepanels Micro LED video light (Used in receptions and for ring shots to get a soft light on the diamond)

Pocket Wizards (Radio transmitters used to fire the flashes. MUST HAVE.)


Pelican Cases (I use these cases for my video equipment, memory cards, and computers. They are dust-proof, waterproof, and bomb proof. They are the best and I cannot recommend them more for protecting your gear).

Shootsac - Essential for shooting with all primes. This bag keeps things light and close. MUST HAVE.

Post Production:

Adobe CC- Premiere & After Effects have replaced our FCP based workflows. Its a great solution.


  • March 19, 2010 - 6:05 am

    Mark Thompson - Josh, I am in awe of your gear.
    I have been in the Industry for nearly 6 years and I have only amounted a third of the gear you own. How do you manage to make a living and buy all this EPIC gear at the same time?

  • March 19, 2010 - 11:24 am

    Josh Gooden - While I own a lot of the gear, some of the more expensive items are ones that I rent out or the client provides. I also own just the EX1 and not the EX3, but have used both enough to recommend them. So its a mix of gear that I own, have used, and have access to regularly. In the end its about what you make with it that counts.

  • December 22, 2011 - 9:33 pm

    Emily Troutman - Hi Josh,
    I am a photographer in the Delaware area and was just curious how far you travel as well as package information. I am curious because people are always asking for video but I only do still photography. Always looking to connect with other great vendors. Your work is beautiful!


  • May 29, 2014 - 12:01 am

    Chris - Hello Josh!
    I see you don’t have your color correction program listed. Do you just do in house editing through premier? I love the color your work has, and would find it hard to believe if you just do it all through premier!

  • June 11, 2014 - 1:00 pm

    Josh Gooden - I use Davinici Resolve.

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