Photo Gear

Glenn & Malinda Hartong's gear

Camera Bodies

Chosen for weather-resistance & high speed flash sync, & high ISO.

  • D610 Nikon full frame – Glenn
  • D600 Nikon full frame – Glenn
  • D500 Nikon crop frame High ISO – Malinda
  • D7000 Nikon crop frame – Malinda
  • iPhones with Olloclip lenses

Nikon Lenses

  • 70-200mm f2.8 – Glenn
  • 200-500mm
  • 70-300mm ED – Malinda’s favorite on the D500!
  • 16-80mm f2.8-4 – D500 kit
  • 35mm prime – perfect for video
  • 50mm f1.8 (yeah I know folks like the 1.4 but this is so much lighter, fits in my pocket, i rarely take it to less than 2.8 anyway, save $$!, and PERFECT on the D500!
  • 85 mm f1.8 – another great portrait lens, especially on full frame
  • 24-85 AF-S – D610 kit


  • Nikon SB700
  • Nikon SB800’s (2)
  • Nikon SB500 – pocket size, with video light
  • White Lightning Ultra 1800 in Octobank for studio work
  • Alien Bees
  • Pocket Wizard Flex TT5 (2) Radio Transceivers (2)- work with Nikon SB800s ttl AND WL & Alien Bee


video geek toys for hubby like matte boxes, 10′ crane, cineslider…

For me – Joe McNally EZBox, various reflectors, soft boxes, light stands, foldup backgrounds…. Favorite bag? Domke F2 Journalists bag – lasts for decades of hard use!

Favorite camera strap? Domke swivel 1.5″ gripper strap (Roberts). Swivels are critical to avoiding tangles and gripper coating helps keep camera on shoulder. Plus they’re comfortable canvas and last for decades.

Where do we “shop”?

Roberts Camera in Indy – Call Nick or Jody! (800) 726-5544.

Renting? Check the banner below for a discount!

Favorite media: Lexar pro sd cards class 10 600x. Super fast, professional grade, comes with rescue software.

And you know what my all-time favorite lighting set up is? 1 big window! Done! LOL Nothing beats Mother Nature! Maybe a large piece of foam core for fill light.

Nikon Vs Canon

Nikon VS Canon

A word about brands & gear! I’ve used BOTH Canon & Nikon professionally. I personally prefer Nikon, as does my photojournalist husband Glenn Hartong. Given the option, we prefer Nikon’s flash system as well as their predictable & consistent exposure response, as well as thoughtfully-organized ergonomic buttons. We also love the D600 & D7000 for video – especially with prime lenses. We’ve both used a Canon 5DMkII for news. Not only does it take a bit of getting used to having things “upside down” but we’ve found Nikon menus and buttons to be easier to access – both in “the heat of the moment” and just in general.

Bottom Line!

it’s all about the camera you have (even iPhone) and what you do with it. Make the most of it! Whether it’s a Ford or Chevy, you can reach your destination…

NOTE! If you’re using Nikon D3000 or 5000 series cameras – BE SURE you get AF-S lenses only! The older lenses will NOT autofocus! Don’t buy something online if you’re not sure. I can’t tell you how many times folks have come to me with “less than optimal” gear.

If you’re just starting to shop – check out this blog post first!

Choosing a Camera


Both Canon & Nikon offer top quality products. We do suggest that you stick to their lenses and more importantly their flashes to obtain the best results regardless of which system you use. “Off brand” just doesn’t give us the best results, in our opinion. I’ve personally used Tamron & Tokina lenses and been happy. Personally I do still prefer “name brand”. There’s a reason professional photographers spend $2000 on a telephoto f2.8 lens. Trust me! When choosing a SYSTEM – be sure to add everything up together and see what best fits your budget.


If you’re going to spend the money on the body – invest in a great quality flash! The Nikon SB700 is amazing! It comes with wonderful accessories for a ton of flexibility, and it tilts and swivels, plus it does REMOTE with 1 click! I’ve had my SB800’s for years and put them through a ton of daily work in all sorts of environments. They really perform – TTL (through the lens – matching exposure without a 2nd thought!). I’ve assisted a bunch of 1:1 clients who have tried to use off-brand products and just are not happy with the results – they’re not consistent!

Bottom line – stick with your brand. Invest in TTL with flexibility! For Canon check out the 430EX & 600EX


  • UV or Skylight filter for lenses (unless you’re shooting video) – mostly for protection.
  • Circular Polarizer filter for largest filter size & rings to adapt to other lenses*
  • Closeup filter set – great if you don’t have a macro lens. Comes in various strengths.
  • SB800 flash feet and Bogen Justin clamps for flashes
  • a light stand and translucent reflector

Circular Polarizer filters are great for removing reflections from leaves, especially fall color, water, glass, and more. ALWAYS get the best glass you can afford. We personally like B+W and Tiffen filters.

We only use 3 kinds of  filters – the circular polarizer is awesome!

A quick word of caution – just because you’re buying gear in the US does NOT mean it’s for the US market. “Gray Market” products are even available at B&H. They don’t have a US warranty! Get gear from a real person you trust! Always! Even if there’s a problem, Roberts Camera is there to help. And they won’t “sell” you something that’s not right for you! (800) 726-5544 Call Nick or Jody. Really!


You could rent gear if you’ll only need it for a short time, or want to it out before investing… Click the lens photo & enter code TAXDAY15 – expires April 17th, 2017, at 11:59PM PST!