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Trey Ratcliff

Fine Art | Last Updated: July 14, 2021

Hi Shotkit Lovers! I’m a pretty zen guy, as you can probably tell from my kit photo. I am completely addicted to taking photos and post-processing photos! I live in Queenstown, New Zealand. But you don’t want to know about me; you want to know about the gear!

I recently switched from my Sony A7Rii with several Leica lenses (Leica 21mm f/1.4, Leica 35mm f1/4, Leica 90mm f/2) to the new medium format mirrorless camera from Hasselblad – the X1D. I love it! Also, in all disclosure, I’m Hasselblad ambassador. This means I get free cameras and stuff, but I get free cameras from everyone (and I’m grateful) – and you should know that none of that colors my opinions on if I use a camera or not. I just choose the best.

The Hasselblad X1D is a great camera. It has a few flaws… like it’s slower than Christmas and sometimes the software is buggy. Maybe there’s a firmware update coming. And I wish I could articulate the screen, but everything else is great.

You can see I only have 3 lenses. The Hasselblad XCD 30mm f/3.5, Hasselblad XCD 45mm f/3.5, and Hasselblad XCD 90mm f/3.2. It’s all I really need and it keeps things simple. Sometimes the 30mm is not wide enough, but that’s not a problem because I just make a little 4-panel grid panorama that gets me more than enough real estate. Then I can just easily stitch them up in Lighroom. This camera is just a bit bigger than the Sony A7rii I used previously.

Oh, I also use the DJI Phantom 4 Pro. I love that machine. I also have the “Pro Plus” – the one with the built-in screen, but I find that one to be quite buggy. Buggy things that fly worry me.

And I use Peak Design bags. Also full disclosure – I teamed up with them to work on FOUR different bags and we put them on Kickstarter. See more about them here. [Editor: Click here for some great camera straps by Peak Design.]

Thanks Shotkit!

Oh, hey can I mention our new “Passport” thing on the blog – it’s a new offering that shows all sorts of behind-the-scenes stuff as well as other goodies. Check it out! :) In fact, comment below and we’ll pick 3 random people to get a free year’s subscription!

Hasselblad X1D
Hasselblad XCD 30mm f/3.5
Hasselblad XCD 45mm f/3.5
Hasselblad XCD 90mm f/3.2
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Peak Design Everyday Sling Bag

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  1. Peter on July 27, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    Great kit, dude!

  2. Alfredo Mora on May 22, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Minimal gear for an excellent artist. Greetings again Trey from San Antonio. Love the Peak design gear!

  3. Tim on May 22, 2017 at 4:15 am

    Trey, Nice gear. I apprciate how you draw us into ur world with the photos u post.

  4. Rebecca Pratt on May 20, 2017 at 2:18 am

    I like that you don’t let free equipment cloud your judgment of what works well and what can be improved. I have a Rebel t3i with a few lenses and I need to find an affordable class to learn how to use them. I would love a year of passport to get some help.

  5. Radet on May 19, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Thank you very much for sharing info^, seeking knowledge and inspiration ✌️❤️

  6. Anna on May 19, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Interesting gear, I wonder about your limited lens, and what do you think about the goal to always have brighter and brighter lenses. f/3.5 seems quite dark for some people.

    • Trey on August 9, 2017 at 6:57 am

      3.5 is a bit slow on full-frame, but it’s pretty fast on medium-format. The optics are just… different!

      Also, I do wish I had wider lenses, so I end up needing to take panoramas of the very wide things.

  7. Navin Sigamany on May 19, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Oh wow! I’m so thrilled that you use the same bag I use :)

  8. Patrick on May 19, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Love the gear insight Trey, but I thought you used to not accept free gear from companies to stay objective. I’d love to hear your thoughts on being an ambassador for Hasselblad and some of the differences between your Sony kit and your current kit. Thanks!

    • Trey on August 9, 2017 at 6:56 am

      Well hehe, you are right, that USED to be my policy. But then two things happened… EVERYONE offered me free gear (which I am full of gratitude for), so that evened the playing field. Also, I think over time, the audience realized that I just say the raw truth whether or not I get free stuff.

  9. Florence Tan on May 19, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Thanks for sharing, Trey.I love all your shots! I have always been told its not the gear but the man behind the camera that produces good pictures. ..I have often doubt it…..Haha!!

  10. Donna M. on May 19, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    I never heard of Shotkit until Trey’s post. What a great concept! I love seeing which equipment other people are using, so I will definitely spend some time on this site.

    • Mark on May 19, 2017 at 8:30 pm

      That’s great Donna! Welcome ;-)

  11. Marie Moremon on May 19, 2017 at 11:17 am

    I’m new to photography, saw your photos and was inspired to try & take better photos on a recent Queenstown holiday

  12. Steve on May 19, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Nice selection of gear… Hasselblad way out of my price range! Love that you only carry 3 primes

  13. Logan on May 19, 2017 at 9:52 am

    I accidentally clicked on the next guys “shotkit” and It looked like HE needed to take a 4 panel shot just to get all his gear in. Awesome gear Trey… I need to save for that tripod. ?

  14. Barbara Beal on May 19, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Starting out in the pink clouds and exciting world of photography …at this time having plenty of fun, peace and awareness. Looking and learning what I like and why and what tools I may need…Trey and friends from around the world are a fantastic gift…sharing with my family and friends too…?❤

  15. Taylor Bowden on May 19, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Nice to see a photographer only using the minimal amount necessary. Great work Trey

  16. Michael on May 19, 2017 at 5:36 am

    Always interested in your comments Trey. Thanks for sharing

  17. Raj Passy on May 19, 2017 at 5:08 am

    Awesome to meet you in London Trey!

  18. Kat on May 19, 2017 at 3:34 am

    Thanks Robot Trey, I’m currently looking for a new camera and always value your info!

  19. Toby on May 19, 2017 at 3:00 am

    I don’t have a Hasselblad, that’s way out of my reach, but I’d love a passport to help me make the most of the gear I have ?

  20. Pedro on May 19, 2017 at 2:14 am

    I’m glad he’s here on Shotkit! Trey is a great teacher and I enjoyed the photowalk in Lisbon! Cheers.

  21. Kim Gray on May 19, 2017 at 2:13 am

    Thanks for your info Trey!

  22. Wolfbrat on May 19, 2017 at 2:09 am

    Nice gear, I’ dnlikr zo have a Phantom once. Cheers!

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