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Gear Kit: Oscar Durand (on traveling light)

Oscar Durand, a Peruvian video journalist based in Istanbul, shares what he brings along when working solo.

Gear Kit: Oscar Durand on traveling light

Oscar Durand: I recently had to fly to La Paz, Bolivia, where I had to produce a series of portraits as well as a video interview. Although my preference would have been to have an assistant, the circumstances didn’t allow for that.

I had to do the work solo and in a short amount of time.

I am not a fan of checking my equipment so it is a big plus that all of this gear fits in a carry-on. When working by myself, this is the best kit to bring along for its portability and high photo and video production quality.
I brought along the kit you see in the picture, plus a light stand, umbrella, reflector and 2 flashes. The video and still cameras share the same lenses, and with the two XLR audio inputs on the C100 there is no need for an external audio recorder or syncing files later.

If I need to be extra light I would bring along only one camera body (5D) and for lenses I would bring the 24–105 and a 70–200 f4 instead of the 70–200 f2.8 in the picture. If I only bring the 5D, I also carry an external audio recorder (Tascam dr-100 mkII).

  • Canon C100
  • Canon 5D Mark III
  • Canon 24–105mm f4
  • Canon 24–70mm f2.8
  • Canon 70–200mm 2.8
  • Sennheiser wireless mic
  • Sennheiser mke-600 shotgun mic
  • Zacuto Z-Finder
  • Hoodman hoodloupe
  • extra batteries