Matthias Fast

I’m a wedding photographer based on opposite sides of the globe. My family and I chase the sun, spending summers in Vancouver, Canada and Cape Town, South Africa.

To be perfectly honest, I’m not much of a gearhead but there are a two things that are important to me when it comes to my camera kit. Because of the extensive traveling I do, I need all my gear to fit easily into a carry-on bag. The other important thing to me is having equipment that I can rely on to do the job. Going into a shoot or wedding, I need to have full confidence that my gear isn’t going to let me down. Here is what’s in my LowePro Roller X100 AW:

Nikon D750 bodies – Nikon was the first brand of camera I ever used and I haven’t turned away from them since. I could cut down on size/weight by going mirrorless but it goes back to the confidence I have in my equipment. Nikon has never given me a reason to switch. There isn’t anything to say about this body that hasn’t been said already but my favorite feature is the insane low light capabilities.

Nikon 85mm f/1.8 – Weighs little and does the job. Along with my 35mm, this rarely leaves my D750. I prefer this lens for shooting candids.

Nikon 50mm f/1.8 – Have it in my bag more as a backup. Extremely light, inexpensive and again, does the job. I use it most often for details.

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 – My workhorse. I absolutely love this lens and am very comfortable shooting it at f/ 1.4. Most of the images I take are with this lens.

Pioneer Photo Albums Memory Card Holder – Thin, durable and see through. I have two of these – one in my bag and one in my pocket. I’m a little paranoid about losing cards so as I shoot a wedding, I put completed cards into each so they are never both in the same place.

Yongnuo YN-560IV – I most often use these as a third light source for creative effect. For that reason I don’t need them to it have a ton of features. It’s also inexpensive which is always a bonus.

Nikon SB-700 – My primary flash. Has solid build quality but doesn’t weigh very much.

GorillaPod (not pictured) – Saves me from having to drag light stands around. They fit nicely into my bag and allow me to hang or stand flashes almost anywhere.

Yongnuo YN-622NII – Inexpensive and was a huge fan at first. They will probably be the next gear to go however as they’ve recently proven to be a little unreliable.

Socks – I never shoot a wedding without a second set in my bag. Putting on a fresh pair halfway through a long day is amazing! My preferred brands are Happy Feet and Stance.

Memory Cards – I always shoot with 32GB cards (the faster the better) but don’t have a brand preference. Usually end up purchasing whatever is on sale on Amazon.

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Inside Mathias’ camera bag:

  • I love this minimal kit and the fact that you can see the benefits of what many would consider relatively humble cameras and lenses. When they write the history of full frame digital photography, the D750 will be a star of the first 20 years! The Sigma 35mm f1.4. What can I say. This lens changed the way I take photos forever.