My name is Andrew Eggers. I grew up in Monterey County in Northern California and currently reside just south of San Francisco.
I’ve been a member of the Sony Alpha Collective for the last three years with photography as my main hobby and passion outside of being a family man.
Photography didn’t interest me until after I got sober from alcohol close to six years ago and needed something to help pass the time.
I started out on my iPhone and long exposure photography caught my eye on Instagram.
At first, I made it a goal just to learn to take light trail photos over the freeway. That evolved dramatically into an obsession for light trails, nightscapes and astrophotography mostly, but I try to shoot all things outside in city and nature.
Below is a list of all my gear with brief explanations on its importance to me and my shooting style.
Sony A7ii – I’ve had this camera for almost four years now. It was an upgrade from the Sony NEX-5N that I had learned to shoot on after borrowing it from a friend. It felt natural at the time to stick with Sony, but I couldn’t be happier with my decision based on the performance of the body partnered with awesome lenses. It’s so lightweight and effective at getting super sharp images.
Sony RX100 Mark V– This camera is convenient, being able to fit in most jacket pockets and still with a 20.2 megapixel sensor. I use this camera a lot when taking photos of my kids at the park in Continous Shooting: High mode and it’s really good at getting the focus right.
Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 GM – My go-to lens is the 16-35 GM because it allows me to capture the whole scene while out shooting astro or in the city. It is super sharp, from corner to corner, even at f/2.8 when capturing the stars (see guide). I also love how it produces crisp, 22-blade flares when shooting something like street lights as well. I could use this lens for the rest of my life and be just fine.
Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 GM – This bad boy comes out fairly often because it gives me a chance to zoom in and add some compression to my shots when needed. It is certainly the workhorse lens and I’ve used it a lot, especially whenever doing family or event photos.
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Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 – Having a wide prime lens of this caliber is great because it is super sharp, but also extremely light. In this case, you can barely tell it is on the camera. It is nice to have in rotation whether in the city with the big buildings or out in nature, maybe under the stars.
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 – I love having the telephoto lens in the kit because it allows me to do street shooting, make cool portraits or get even more zoom on a cityscape to change the perspective. They say this lens has a 3D-like effect when producing bokeh and I’ve had lots of fun using it myself.
MeFoto Globetrotter S Carbon Fiber – The look of this tripod always catches my eye being all black and carbon fiber. I’ve used MeFoto tripods for the last few years and have three total, this being my main one. All of them still work perfectly fine and are in my rotation. This one gets used most in the city, whereas my MeFoto Road Trip Classic Carbon Fiber is used for travel and my MeFoto GlobeTrotter Aluminum is my backup and used mostly at the beach.
Manfrotto Mini Tripod – You never know when you will need to get super low for a shot, so having this on hand is a must and I use it a lot with my RX100 mentioned earlier. The combo itself is easy to transport in a small bag/backpack or even tucked in a big jacket pocket.
Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch 2017 – As a Mac user for over 10 years now, I don’t see myself using anything else because of how user-friendly it is in lots of ways, but especially the AirDrop feature. This makes editing and getting pictures onto my phone seamless.
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Sony PSZ-HC2T//C 2TB Ruggedized External HDD – This hard drive is super handy when on the go because it is more rugged than your standard portable drive, many of which I’ve gone through in the past just from being too rough or accidentally dropping them.
Sony Tough/G/M Series SD Cards – My favorite of the trio is the Tough card because of how sturdy it is, but both the G and M Series cards are also very reliable and effective.
VultaVulcano Multi-Spectrum LED Flashlight – With a max output of 880 lumens, this torch can light the way no matter how dark it is out there.
Pelican 2760 Gen 3 LE Headlamp – Every night photographer must have a reliable and powerful headlamp for those dark nights and places in the city you need to explore being hands-free.
Peak Design Neck Strap – This is one of my favorite and must-have items in my bag! This being the Sony Pro Support version makes it even better as this strap is super versatile as a neck strap or shoulder strap. It is also very comfortable and easily adjustable. I would recommend this Peak Design strap to every photographer.
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Zeiss Cleaning Kit – Filled with an air blaster, microfiber lens cloth, cleaning fluid and lens wipes, this kit really comes in clutch when out shooting and/or traveling. This will always be in my camera bag.
Thanks for taking the time to read through the details of my kit and feel free to check out my website at the link below.