This Olympic Photographer Is Carrying $50k In Camera Gear To Sochi


The winter Olympics started today in Sochi, Russia. San Francisco-based photographer Jeff Cable was there, and will be for the next three weeks, capturing the highlights of all the big events.

Cable is one of hundreds of photogs to descend on the Russian city, one of the furthest western points of the country. It sits on the Black Sea and has a population of nearly 350,000. What kind of gear is he taking with him, you ask? A lot.

Between his LowePro Pro Roller X200 bag and a LowePro backpack, you’ll find:

  • Three (3) Canon 1DX cameras
  • One Canon 5D Mk III camera
  • Canon 100-400mm lens
  • Canon 70-200mm lens
  • Canon 24-105mm lens
  • Canon 24-70mm lens
  • Canon 16-35mm lens
  • Canon 8-15mm fish eye lens
  • Canon 1.4x teleconverter
  • Various PocketWizards
  • Gitzo GM5561T monopod

But it doesn’t stop there. All that gear is just for shooting photos. When it comes time to store them and edit them all (he estimates he’ll take more than 100,000 images at Sochi), there’s even more gear.

  • Six (6) 128 GB Lexar Professional 1000X CF Cards
  • Five (5) 64 GB Lexar Professional 1000X CF Cards
  • One 32 GB Lexar Professional 1000X CF Card
  • Four (4) 128 GB Lexar Professional SD Cards
  • Five (5) 64 GB Lexar Professional SD Cards
  • Three (3) 2 TB Western Digital USB 3.0 External Hard Drives

When it comes time to sit down and edit his images, he’s bringing along:

  • 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display
  • Wacom Intuos Pen and Touch Tablet
  • Wacom Clintiq Companion Tablet

And how does he stay connected in Sochi? An iPhone 5s and iPad Air, of course.

No doubt a professional photographer has insurance on all his gear, and we’re assuming Jeff does, since some quick math shows well over $50,000 worth of gear in these two bags. Have a look for yourself.




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Source: Gizmodo


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  • Holmes

    That’s how you do it.

  • MikeA

    I don’t understand what the big deal is… He’s a photographer. No one expects him to carry a polaroid camera.

    • Chee

      I don’t know what the defensive attitude about. It is like, I don’t know why you all so excited bout the new founded whale species, it’s ocean, of course you will find a whale. No one expects to see a tiger in there.