Big-Way Skydiving Cameramen Equipment

A big thank you goes out to Chris for writing in on my last post, Skydiving Event photography,  and asking about skydiving cameramen equipment.  I always think about doing this, listing equipment, so here you go.  This is a great camp to go check out what the common, regular cameraman is shooting for big-way photography.

This is the line-up of cameramen for the camp.  This will change as we move into the 100-ways this week.  And, there are many Big-Way Cameramen out there, way too many to list.  But, this is a real sample from a real event for the PRO Skydiving Photographer.

Most changes on equipment set-up will be quality of equipment, and amount of equipment carried.

Below you will find an image of the cameramen themselves and the equipment they use.  The only thing I missed,  the suits.  Everyone wears a winged camera suit. It’s standard.  One need’s this for the wide amount of range needed to ascent, descent and unhindered flight through large multi-person burbles.

I personally use a custom Kurupee suit.  Get in touch if you would like one.

Montana realized the need for a steady platform helmet.  You will rarely, if at all, see a big-way cameraman without a solid platform for shooting.  Montana is well on his way to upgrading his gear for this specific purpose and style of shooting.

My questions to you are:

  • What are the similarities and differences?
  • How does your equipment stack up?
  • What changes would you make based on what you are learning?

Check out the photo below of the cameraman and their gear.  Make sure to leave a comment!

Thanks for tuning in!


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Craig OB

  • Helmet: BoneHead
  • Stills: Canon 6D – Canon 24mm Prime
  • Video: CX-100 Raynox .3
  • JumpSuit: Custom FireFly

George Katsoulis

  • Helmet: BoneHead
  • Canon 5D – 35mm “L” Series Lens
  • Cx100 – Raynox .5 & L canon 35, with full sensor

Juan Mayer

  • Helmet: BoneHead
  • Stills – Nikon: D5100, D600, D700 – Changes bodies all the time, Nikon 16mm lens
  • Current set up – Nikon D5100, .6 sensor, 16mm Nikon Prime
  • Video:  CX-150 – Century .5 Lens
  • Video2:  Go PRO HD3 Silver – For Backup and creative editing, especially slow-mo

Harry Parker

  • Helmet: Custom Full Face Lrg Platform
  • Still: Canon 40 D, Sigma 15mm Prime on a .6 Sensor
  • Video:  CX100 – Raynox .5 Lens
  • Suit: Kurupee Signiture suit

Russell Roegels

  • Helmet: Skysystems Vapor
  • Stills:  Nikon D5000 Sigma 10-20 Zoom on 20mm on .6 sensor
  • Video:  CX-100 Raynox .5

Montana Miller

  • Helmet : ? forgot to ask
  • Stills: T2i – Canon 8-24 Zoom on 15
  • Video: CX-100 – .3 Lens

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LeeMay 13, 2013 - 8:51 pm

Hey Harry. Its awesome to learn a new things every day, but I wanted to ask you about a night shots. What kinda lenses are the best for the nite shot? Is video possible to do as well, or only a songle photo shots? What lenses I should have and prefer for what purpose? and I know that a camera suit has to be tight and proper wing size, how do I figure the right one for me? ps. as you may noticed in Lodi I love Kurupee, I just want to know the right set up for me. Thanx for everything Harry and I’ll see you up in the skies again…

ChrisMay 14, 2013 - 2:12 pm

hi Harry,

WOW ! 🙂

Great Article Harry, Many thanks for writing and photographing it all.
Super Nice to see what kit the top flyers are using.

Do you think the Century .55x on the cx115 is to tight for 4 way RW jumps in competition ?

Thanks again mate,
all the best.

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