Photo Gear-Mania + Shamwow

Dozens of you chimed in last week about wanting to see some of the gear we were using in New Zealand for the past 10 days, so here’s the bounty. Might sound funny, but it’s quite stripped down for us, based on the creative direction that you saw here.

Regardless, hope you get your fill here… and the Shamwow reference is just a funny pop-culture, infomercial joke. We like to soak up our spilled beers with Shamwow, but don’t clean your lenses with it! More NZ wrap up still coming…

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44 Responses to Photo Gear-Mania + Shamwow

  1. Photobby September 18, 2009 at 9:21 am #

    Thanks Chase! Dig that you are letting us into your world!

  2. Photobby September 18, 2009 at 9:23 am #

    That and it appears that you only took one shirt with you…. You were packing light.

  3. Will and Debbie September 18, 2009 at 9:30 am #

    that was a quick one

  4. Rockhopper September 18, 2009 at 10:09 am #

    Sod the camera kit, i want a shamwow, you could have used the mop as a cheaper lightstand, did I say wow?

    Picks up cola, wow

    Dont forget shamwow!

  5. Brian Solano September 18, 2009 at 10:19 am #

    Hard to beleive all this behind the scenes is not part of the Sandisk campaign. Definitely some added value you've been able to hook them up with. Good work Chase!

  6. the Dacus September 18, 2009 at 10:27 am #

    Gear lists are great, but most pros have a set of f/2.8 zooms and filler primes, however! the better question is why you use what lenses and when?

  7. Travis Johansen September 18, 2009 at 10:35 am #

    Thanks for always giving us great videos with cool random bits in them! All the information you share for free is really inspiring and I am very grateful. I hope every bit that you've "paid it forward" will continue to bless you 100x over!
    You do so much cool stuff it helps me get out and try new things and push myself!

  8. Paul Sherar September 18, 2009 at 11:17 am #

    good use of pop-culture icons!
    dig your work

  9. Carl Spring September 18, 2009 at 12:53 pm #

    Chase, I know I have seen it somewhere, but can't seem to find it. What bags are you using for your DSLR kit?

  10. Blinq Photography September 18, 2009 at 1:28 pm #

    Chase uses the Lowepro bags.,1992,14.htm

  11. GLENSCOLAN September 18, 2009 at 3:23 pm #

    very impressive

  12. The Cutters September 18, 2009 at 3:35 pm #

    I especially loved the enthusiastic way you narrated the exposition.

  13. Anonymous September 18, 2009 at 6:23 pm #

    The requested URL /video/video.php was not found on this server. ?

  14. Scott Shepard September 18, 2009 at 7:20 pm #

    What's the sling on the D-300 screwed into the tripod socket? Do you trust it completely? How about a Chase Jarvis edition of the Shamwow…with a color chart printed on it or even better a conversion table from ounces to liters so you can gauge how many beers you've had.

    Scott Shepard Photography

  15. The Leisurist September 18, 2009 at 7:24 pm #

    Would love to know your technique for the high speed synching of the strobes and camera to get those sequences. Obviously those packs can't keep up with the 10fps and your shutter speed wasn't 250th or below….

  16. myimagelife September 18, 2009 at 8:36 pm #

    love all your videos … please kindly keep them coming

  17. mat g September 19, 2009 at 6:16 am #

    chase, thanks for all your hard work …. but now you have to burn that shirt!!!!

  18. Fotografi September 19, 2009 at 6:34 am #

    Funny but useful. Thanks, it's always interesting discover youre gear.

  19. jason Grubb September 19, 2009 at 7:42 am #

    Great stuff. That's a ton of gear – heavy bag. Keep working out.

  20. car blog September 19, 2009 at 7:44 am #

    Pretty fast that is!

  21. Anonymous September 19, 2009 at 11:30 am #

    Tienes un equipo increíble y tus videos son divertidos e informativos gracias por compartirlos !!!!

    Great stuff. Thanks for always giving us great videos!!!!!

  22. VC Pigs September 19, 2009 at 3:55 pm #

    Negative Ghostrider, the pattern is full. The best (and probably most obscure) pop culture reference of them all. Gear aside, this one made me smile the most. Thanks!

    • Dina October 25, 2011 at 8:53 pm #

      Grade A stuff. I’m unquesiotbnaly in your debt.

    • ygymblm October 28, 2011 at 9:46 am #

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  23. Aaron C September 19, 2009 at 5:29 pm #

  24. Dave Keating Photography September 19, 2009 at 5:41 pm #

    This has been a great series Chase. Really appreciate your willingness to share.

  25. Gage Thompson September 19, 2009 at 6:43 pm #

    Thanks for sharing all this inside stuff man. Really appreciate it! You have some awesome gear with you guys. O and sorry about the stands man.

  26. Darren Wen September 19, 2009 at 7:33 pm #

    Thanks Chase! like your work :) keep it up!

  27. Anonymous September 20, 2009 at 10:09 am #

    Did you have a backup D3 body? Seems like it's the only body capable of getting the high frame rate shots you've been doing. I sometimes struggle with how many bodies to bring on a job…

  28. J. Harrington / Icon Imaging September 20, 2009 at 8:26 pm #

    Thanks for the all the videos and the behind the scenes from your recent trip. You brought the shamwow, but did you not bring your Slap-Chop with you too?

  29. Simon September 20, 2009 at 8:45 pm #

    Greatly appreciate you sharing your experience & insights with us – look forward to seeing the results with Sandisk now… your personal landscape stuff is great too – I'm a big fan of dramatic B&W; images

  30. JJ September 21, 2009 at 7:25 am #

    It was quick video but realy interesting.

  31. Gallo September 21, 2009 at 12:26 pm #

    Thanks for sharing!!!

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  33. jordax September 23, 2009 at 9:47 am #

    What I found most interesting is that Chase actually seems a little unfamiliar with the kit and uncertain what all of it is. I don't view this as a negative, rather it highlights Chase's initial comment that he's more interested in the creative side than the gear side.

    Kit is great but it's the creative side where it's at.

    That said, I broadly agree with Dacus' comment above – I'd like to know more about when you choose to use certain kit over other kit. Obviously for high-speed sports you'll need fast gear, but what else makes the difference?

  34. tatcom September 28, 2009 at 2:44 am #

    Now, honestly: "Negative Ghostrider" – how many times have you guys watched Top Gun!? :)

  35. MacGyver September 29, 2009 at 11:44 am #

    Great info as always. Thanks for sharing.

    The SSDs you have mounted on the lid of the laptop case – are they linked by USB or Firewire and are they fast enough to do video editing or do you use them just for photo backup?

  36. Sarah October 5, 2009 at 3:04 pm #

    Ok…maybe I'm a bit slow…what are you using the Shamwow for??

  37. Ken Butti October 6, 2009 at 8:44 am #

    haha. Chase i love how you corrected yourself from the Image Stabalizer (Canon) to Vibration Reduction (Nikon VR system)

    love the videos.
    Ken Butti

  38. jz October 12, 2009 at 12:54 am #

    HI Chase. I Admire your work. I was wondering if the Lowepro aw trekker 2 will fit as a carry on?

  39. Chase Jarvis October 15, 2009 at 10:05 pm #

    @jz. yes.

  40. Miklós January 30, 2010 at 6:01 am #

    HI Chase,
    Your gear arsenal is amazing. SOrry for bothering you with my question but I think you could give me a valuable advice.

    I'm a photo dreamer and I collected a nice gear – Nikon D700 with good lenses, but its still a hobby for me. Last week I created a first studio shot and it was very successful. It gives me a big boost

    My dream is a location work with quality lights.
    And now I decided to follow my dreams.

    In Hungary there is no chance for renting so I would like to buy a studio light for location portrait and action work.
    (I think I have to go for a battery pack thing..)
    My budget is totally 1500-2000 USD.

    Could you suggest me a good solution?
    Which is the minimum gear I need?
    (ok I know my SB900 is the minimum:)) but I cannot afford a mistake:)))
    Thanks in advance!

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    Ashara’s post is very very helpful…good work girl

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