Tools and Supplies

Camera Bag Requirement

In order to utilize and protect the camera equipment available for qualified RCC Photo students, there is a camera bag requirement.

The bag must be large enough to safely contain and carry a medium format camera. This results in having the minimal interior dimensions of 12″ x 9″ x 6″. The bag must be fully padded, have a sturdy handle or strap system and have space enough for a light meter and film to ride along.

There are many bags on the market from which to choose. A good strategy is to consider getting a quality bag that will last for many years and will adapt, by way of moveable internal dividers, to other camera gear as you progress through the program.



Manufacturer and Model Price Range +/-
LowePro Magnum 650  $240
LowePro Magnum 400  $225
LowePro Pro Roller x100 AW  $250
 LowePro Pro Roller x200 AW $300
Manfrotto Advanced Tri Backpack – Large  $130
 Manfrotto Pro Light 3N1-35 Camera Backpack $200
Manfrotto Pro Light RedBee-210 Reverse Access Backpack $180
Porta Brace DCO 2R Digital Camera Organizer  $285
Tenba 638-381 Messenger DNA 15 Camera and Laptop Bag  $170
Think Tank Retrospective 10  $165
Think Tank Retrospective 30 $195
Vanguard – The Heralder 38 Messenger  $150

Of course, it’s not possible to list all of the camera bags that meet our specifications and prices may vary depending on the vendor.

For more information about camera bags, check the manufacturer or vendor websites.

LowePro  Porta Brace   Manfrotto   Think Tank  Tenba Vanguard

Recommended Light Meters


In the beginning of the fall semester of the first year in RCC Photography Technology program students are required to have a light meter. There are several light meters in the marketplace from which to choose and more expensive or bigger isn’t always better.

The specifications for the light meter you will need for the RCC photography program are as follows:

  1. The meter must be able to take both ambient and flash readings.
  2. The meter must be able to take both incident and reflected reading.

Many of our students have found the Sekonic FlashMate L-308S series to be an easy to use and good meter to start with.

If you already have a light meter from another manufacturer please consult with us on the first week of the fall semester.

Below are some suggestions and price points.

Mfg. Model Price Point +/-
Sekonic L-308 Series $200 – $280
Sekonic *L-478 Series (see below) $340 plus $100-$125
Sekonic L-758 Series $550
Hensel Strobe Master Light Meter $600-$625
Shepherd Polaris Karat Flash Meter $285 – $300
Gossen Digisky Digital Exposure Meter GO 4039 $380 – $480
*Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D/L-478DR 5 Degree Spot Viewfinder (must have for reflective meter reading) Additional $100 – $125

You can learn more about the above meters on the Sekonic, Gossen, Hensel, Polaris,  web sites.

Rev. 3-20-2016



Tripod List

One of the tools that is very important and one that you will use a lot in the RCC photo program is a tripod. In fact if you purchase a good one it will last for many years to come.

There are many out there from which to choose, probably too many, so we have compiled a list of sorts to help you navigate to a good purchase.

Below are the tripods we consider to be a good investment and are able to do everything you will need them to do.

Medium format film cameras are heavy! We highly recommend the Bogen-Manfrotto, Slik, Induro or Benro brands. 3 way pan/tilt heads are preferred, ball heads are not recommended. Standard or quick release plate heads are both acceptable.

Tripod Legs

Load Cap.

Max Height

   Folded Length

 Price +/-

Benro TAD27A  26.6 Lbs. 63.8” 24.2” $120
Benro TMA27A
26.5 Lbs. 63.6 24.6 $150
Benro TMA28A 30.9 Lbs. 61.2” 20.7” $160
Benro TMA37AL 35.3 Lbs. 70.5” 26.8” $185
Benro TMA38CL 35.3 Lbs. 69.7” 23.2” $410
Induro CLT303L  44.1 Lbs  70.7″  27″ $450.
Induro CLT304L  44.1 Lbs  69.3″  23.2 $525.
Gitzo GT2542 Mountaineer  39.7  65.7″  22″ $820.
Manfrotto MT190X3 15.4 Lbs. 63” 23.2” $180
Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 Aluminum 19.8 Lbs. 66.9” 24” $230
 Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 Carbon Fiber 19.8 Lbs  66.9  24″ $500
Sirui W-1004 Waterproof Aluminum 33.1 Lbs. 65” 19.3” $160
Sirui W-1204 Waterproof Carbon Fiber 33.1 Lbs. 65” 19.3” $300
Sirui W-2004 Waterproof Aluminum 39.7 Lbs. 70.9” 20.5” $185
Sirui W-2204 Waterproof Carbon Fiber
39.7 Lbs.  70.9”  20.5” $330
 Slik 700DX  15 lbs. 70.1 26.2” $100

Tripod Heads


Manfrotto MHXPRO-3W

3 Way Pan/Tilt Head


17.6 Lbs.     $150.
Manfrotto 808RC4

3-Way Pan/Tilt Head w/ RC4 Quick Release

17.6 Lbs.     $170
Induro PHT1

3-Way Panhead

17.6 Lbs.     $49.95

Prices and availability vary.

REV. 7/25/17