What are the specific prizes?
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV SLR Digital Camera: What Nikon’s D3s is to ISO performance, the Mark IV is to autofocus. With a new system employing 45 AF points, 39 of which are cross-type. New AI Servo II AF uses advanced algorithms to track moving subjects with precision and accuracy, even under the most difficult shooting conditions. This camera is lightning fast! Ideal for sporting events, weddings, and anything else moving at the speed of light.
Nikon D3S Digital SLR Camera: This is currently Nikon’s top sports camera and the only full frame camera capable of taking video. It has pretty much the same IQ of the smaller D700 but the extreme high ISO quality makes it great for low light stills AND video. Owning the best comes with a price and unless of course you take 1st place in our contest.
Canon EOS 60D DSLR Camera: Digital Inspiration. That’s how the good folks at Canon define their EOS 60D DSLR Camera. With an 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor, a 3″ Clear View LCD, and HD video capture, among other mouth-watering features, perhaps you will agree. The 60D is more than your run-of-the-mill DSLR camera, it doubles as a 1920 x 1080 HD video camera. With the built-in video camera you’ll be able to capture MOV video clips up to 4GB in size.
Nikon D7000 DSLR Camera: The low light capabilities for both still shots and video are among the best of any Nikon camera and for its price it really bridges the gap between entry level camera and professional camera if you make such a distinction. It uses a new grip and battery so I have to believe the D7000 is the first of a series of changes coming to Nikon’s lineup and so far we love what we are seeing!
Canon EOS Rebel T2i Digital SLR Camera: This is one of the best budget cameras out for both still photography and video. It can be a little tough to use manually because it has far fewer buttons than the 7D but if you are investing in your first camera this is a great choice. We only really use the T2i for slow motion video with its 60 fps mode and with this adapter we can even use all of our Nikkor Lenses.
Nikon D5100 Digital SLR Camera: This camera has a galaxy of professional features not commonly found in a consumer digital camera. A high-resolution 16.2MP DX-format CMOS sensor and an EXPEED 2 image processing engine guarantee superb quality and high performance. Full 1920 x 1080p video with full-time autofocus and stereo sound is available with in-camera editing and creative controls to activate your inner movie director.
Canon Speedlite 580EX II: If you are a Canon shooter looking for the top of the line flash look no further. The 580EX II has all of the bells and whistles including the all important PC sync slot for hooking pocket wizards to your flash. As the Canon top-of-the-line flash for the EOS-system, the Speedlite 580EX II takes the best features from existing models and adds functionality that enhances digital photography.
Nikon SB-900 AF Speedlight i-TTL Shoe Mount Flash: This flash has more features than you will ever be able to use, tons of power, and very fast recycle time. I honestly never purchased any SB-900′s because I’m happy with my (5) Sb-800s. If you are lucky, you might be able to find a used Sb-800 but if you want the best new gear, the 900 is your only option.
Canon 430EX II Speedlite TTL Shoe-Mount Flash: If the 580 is a bit too much for you, there is really only one other option for on camera ETTL flashes. The 430 has slightly less power than the 580 and is missing the PC sync jack but for many shooters it has more than enough features to get the job done.
Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash: is Nikons replacement to the SB-600. The 700 did add a huge feature that the SB-600 did not have; SU-4 slave mode (it flashes when it see’s another flash). This feature alone was a huge upgrade from the 600 but the 700 still does not have a PC sync jack which makes syncing with a standard pocket wizard more difficult.
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens For Canon or Nikon: When you need a medium-telephoto standard lens for everything from portraiture to sports, the fast Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens for Canon EOS Digital SLRs is a great solution. This large aperture beauty is designed with an SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass element and a glass mold element which yield first-class, sharp image captures with high contrast.
Sigma Normal 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Canon or Nikon: The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens is a standard lens that provides a large maximum aperture of f/1.4. Its large f/1.4 aperture allows for sharply defined contrasty images against a nicely blurred background. The lens offers superior peripheral brightness even at the maximum aperture, and corrects for possible flare.
Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Autofocus Lens for Canon or Nikon: The Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM is a large aperture lens that provides a standard angle most similar to the human eye. The 30mm focal length translates to approximately 50mm in 35mm format. A glass mold aspherical lens element at the rear group of the lens reduces color aberration and provides high-quality image results.
Profoto D1 Air 500 W/S 2 Monolight Studio Kit: The kit includes 2 D1 Air 500 monolights, 2-D1 Small White Umbrellas, 2-D1 Light Stands, 1-D1 Studio Kit Case and a Profoto Air Remote. No stone has been left unturned in the provision of tech and convenience features that seem to derive from professional photographers’ wish lists. With features that we’ve come to expect from Profoto over the years: short flash duration, rapid recycling, a bright 300W modeling lamp and heavy-duty cabling are all on-board.
PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon or Nikon: Use the camera, on-camera flash, or flash commander controls for flash compensation, zone and ratio control. It supports single or multiple dedicated flash units. The MiniTT1 is the ideal addition to any flash system. It works in combination with the FlexTT5 Transceiver, and since this system works on digital radio technology, it can support E-TTL around corners, out-of-sight, or in bright sunlight.
PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon or Nikon: A part of an ultra-versatile radio slave system, and is dedicated specifically to the Canon or Nikon flash control systems. It simply slides directly into the camera’s hot shoe, and there are no special settings to make or modes to call up.
PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Canon for Nikon: When you add the Pocket Wizard AC3 ZoneController for Canon or Nikon to your on-camera MiniTT1 Transmitter or FlexTT5 Transceiver, you instantly have three zones of flash control. Put your flashes wherever you want, without worrying about having to access them during a shoot.
Induro PHQ3 PHQ Series 5-Way Panhead: The Panhead features patent-pending Quintaxial positioning which allows for dual tilts, base and top plate rotation. This panhead features an Arca-Swiss style quick release system with a dovetail QR plate design. This head offers photographers full repeatable indexing on five axes for maximum control and flexibility.
Induro Carbon 8X CT313 Tripod: This Tripod features carbon-fiber legs and a wide-stance, cross-braced magnesium alloy spider–the strongest, most stable tripod configuration available. An oversized center column lock, enhanced leg angle locks, a reversible locking center column, interchangeable rubber feet and stainless steel spikes, and a bubble level add up to a sturdy, versatile tripod for rock-solid support. Includes a tool kit and deluxe carrying bag with strap.
Creative Light Recessed Front Softbox: Take control of your lighting! The Creative Light 2×3′ Softgrid can help by reducing the angle of light from a softbox to 50 degrees, to precisely direct your light to where it’s needed, and nowhere else. This Softgrid is designed to fit into the front of the Creative Light RF (Recessed Front) 2×3′ (60×90 cm) softbox, using touch fasteners. Foldable design makes it totally portable. All Softgrids come with a soft-sided storage case.
Creative Light 2×3′ Softgrid: The 2×3′ Softgrid can help by reducing the angle of light from a softbox to 50 degrees, to precisely direct your light to where it’s needed, and nowhere else. This Softgrid is designed to fit into the front of the Creative Light RF (Recessed Front) 2×3′ (60×90 cm) softbox, using touch fasteners. Foldable design makes it totally portable. All Softgrids come with a soft-sided storage case.
Creative Light 1×4′ Recessed Front Softbox: The softbox is one of the basic tools of lighting–softening, diffusing and directing the light in a controlled way. This softbox has an external and an internal diffuser, both attached with touch fasteners.
Creative Light 1×4′ Softgrid: The Creative Light 1×4′ Softgrid can help by reducing the angle of light from a softbox to 50 degrees, to precisely direct your light to where it’s needed, and nowhere else. This Softgrid is designed to fit into the front of the Creative Light RF (Recessed Front) 1×4′ (30×120 cm) softbox, using touch fasteners. Foldable design makes it totally portable. All Softgrids come with a soft-sided storage case.
Creative Light 5′ Octa softbox RF: This octagonal softbox has a high efficiency silver lining for superior light output, and a removable interior and front diffuser to provide a broad, soft edge-to-edge light that provides natural round catchlights in eyes for beautiful portraits. The recessed front can accept a variety of softgrids for further light modification which help to control light spill and fall-off.
Creative Light 41″ Umbrella/Softbox: This 41″ Umbrella/Softbox is a hybrid that really works, a refinement of the umbrella as a light modifier. It combines the directional light of an umbrella with the softness of a softbox: as light reflects from the umbrella, it passes through the non-removable translucent fabric covering the “open” side of the umbrella, diffusing the light while maintaining the directionality of umbrella light. Light modification taken to the next level.
Creative Light 1.3×1.3′ Flat Front Softbox: These small softboxes are great for location shooting when paired up with the speedring below. The quality of light from a small semi-soft light source is great and has been our goto lighting for wedding portraits for years. You can also use it as a small fill light or an accent light in the studio. This softbox offers a lot of versatility and comes with all-steel support rods.
Creative Light Softbox Speedring for Portable Speedlights: If you want to mount a softbox on your Canon or Nikon portable speedlight, this Softbox Speedring from Creative Light will make it happen. The speedring comes with a solid aluminum softbox collar, which mounts to your light. The speedring rotates 360° for maximum flexibility and control. The rods, speedring and softbox are color coded, just to keep it simple.
Creative Light 100821 Speed Ring for Profoto: You are going to need a way to connect your new strobes to your new softboxes. The Creative Light 100821 Speed Ring is a dedicated speed ring designed to attach Creative Light softboxes to Profoto flash heads. An aluminum collar and individual mounting flange allow the softbox to be rotated 360°.
Lowepro Pro Roller Attache X50 Case: A two-bags-in-one design that provides a rolling case combined with a removable Reserve Shoulder Bag. It is designed to carry a pro D-SLR camera without grip and attached lens, 2-4 lenses (up to a 70-200mm f/2.8) or accessories and personal items. It can also hold a laptop computer with a screen up to 14″ in either bag. The shoulder bag has a reverse opening courier-style flap to access the main camera compartment.
Lowepro Pro Roller x300 Case: A water-resistant 1680 denier ballistic nylon mobile studio designed to carry 1-2 pro D-SLR cameras with grip plus 8-10 lenses and accessories. It has a Reserve Pack backpack insert that unzips from the roller case. A zippered front panel secures the hard case for storage while it is in use. There is a Lock and Go System that is a retractable cable connecting a TSA approved Travel Sentry lock that secures all components and pockets.
Lowepro Pro Trekker 400 AW Backpack: A lightweight, rugged, hydration-ready, expedition camera backpack designed to carry 1-2 pro digital SLR camera bodies with grip and lens attached, 4-6 additional lenses, 2 lash units, a tripod or monopod, accessories and personal gear and a widescreen laptop computer up to a 15.4″. The pack is made from AZ Dobby ballistic nylon polyurethane exterior with Hypalon trim, a Velex brushed nylon and polyurethane lining and HDPE interior foam padding.
1 Year Animoto Pro Membership: Both Lee and I are full time wedding photographers when we are not managing Fstoppers. A huge part of our marketing entails making a public slideshow for every wedding that we shoot. Animoto.com is our favorite choice not only because it has a large selection of templates but because it also easily incorporates video. This bit of software has perhaps made our businesses more successful than any other piece of gear on this page.