6. Gitzo GT2532 Mountaineer Series 2 Carbon Fiber Tripod
As a COVID precaution, the stages at Bar Mitzvahs are typically surrounded by plexiglass so when the boy being bar mitzvahed sings, the audience is not put at risk. For these situations, Cable will use a Gitzo GT2532 Mountaineer Series 2 Carbon Fiber Tripod so he can elevate the camera to remotely shoot over the plexiglass while remaining protected.
He also uses the tripod during weddings to shoot from the back of the ceremony and to later get macro shots of the wedding rings. “These Gitzos are solid. I have about seven on them. They’re expensive but they just work.”
For the head, he uses an Acratech GP-ss Ballhead with Lever Clamp. “It’s a really well-built ball head made in the USA. It’s literally a metal ball, so you can just put it in the sink and wash it off afterwards.”
7. MagMod MagGrip
A handy, relatively inexpensive product that helps you secure lighting modifiers to your flashes via magnets, the MagMod MagGrip has become indispensable to Cable’s work.
“It’s a simple little product,” he says. “I started with just one, went to two, and now I have six. When you put your flash in, there’s a twisting lock to it so I know it’s not going anywhere. The useability is great.”
8. ProGrade Memory Cards
Cable used to work for Lexar, so he knows the value of a good memory card. And so do the folks who started ProGrade; they are the guys who previously ran Lexar and SanDisk. That’s the sort of experience that’s hard to beat in the memory card business, which has become fragmented in recent years.
“They just work,” Cable said about ProGrade cards. “I’ve never lost an image with them.”
Cable also recommends ProGrade’s card readers, which have become “the memory card reader of choice by any pro.” The reason? “They’re fast and reliable.”
9. Apple MacBook Pro (16-inch version)
In case you haven’t noticed, efficiency and reliability are critical attributes of the gear Cable brings to an event. But so is raw speed and that extends to his laptop of choice.
“It’s all about speed,” Cable says of his affinity for Apple’s MacBook Pro. “When an event is over, I want to be able to download the images to my MacBook, find the best 100 shots and have a slideshow looping at the reception. That’s why it’s important for me to have the fast memory card, the fastest reader, and the fastest computer at an event.”
10. Think Tank Photo Airport Security V3.0
To cart all this photo gear from event to event, Cable turns to his trusty Think Tank Photo Airport Security V3.0 roller bag.
“With a bag, I’m looking for size and quality and this roller has both,” he says. “These bags roll correctly, the zippers never fail, and there’s enough room for my laptop, cameras, lenses and everything. They’re built like tanks.”
You can view more of Jeff Cable’s work on his website.