Paparazzo Night Gear...

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Anyways, I'm posting this due to interest from some of the forum members regarding my night setup. My usual night street setup is this: Nikon D2H, Nikkor 18-70 DX lens (the best cheap street lens on the market), SB-80DX Flash (I haven't bought a new flash yet!), Stroboframe VH2000 (sucks, but I still use it), Nikon SC-17 cord (still works), Quantum Turbo pack and cord, 1gig Sandisk card, standard Nikon neck strap (the best neck strap to use), and a Sunpak video light mounted on to the bracket itself. I also use a a straight video bracket, but lately I've been preferring this setup.

I prefer the Nikon strap because I use it to wrap around my arm, since I do not hang the camera from my neck (it'd be too heavy!). I do this just in case I get bumped and do not want to drop my camera. The Nikon strap is far more sturdy for this kind of use.

Once it's all together, it's rather heavy. This setup could also be applied to other forms of event photography and weddings.

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Quite a set-up...it looks more like a weapon than a camera. Thanks for showing us how you do things at night.
 
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I note that you have both a video light and a flash. Why both? Are these used independently in different situations or together?

Thanks for a look at a whole different venue.
 
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I shoot on continuous mode in complete dark. In order to guarantee focus, I use the video light in tandem with my setup in order to get a faster focus lock. A faster lens might help, but with absolutely nothing to lock on to in the dark, a faster lens will still hit the limitations of the camera focus mechanism. Many times I only have about 10 seconds or even less to get my shots, so the video light helps improve the chances of getting a quick lock and hose down.

Unfortunately it's also very blinding, possibly agitating your subject...but depending on who it is, I sometimes like to annoy them! :)

PS - I've considered shooting without the bracket, but I am paranoid of slipping and busting the flash mount which has happened to me before. It thoroughly sucks! A bracket helps minimize shadows, protect the mounts and is like added armor to your camera.
 

gho

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Hey that video light is a cool idea. Have you tried the SC-29 with the AF assist lamp? I just got one, and it kinda helps when shooting landscape, but I find that the bracket blocks the lamp output when shooting in portrait.
 
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Just wondering can you fit a larger lens, like the 24-120Vr, with the VH2000 on the camera?
 
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