With summer in full swing, it’s quite befitting that the theme of the week, at least on the celebrity gossip websites, are bikini photos of female celebrities, such as Uma Thurman, Jessica Alba, Courtney Cox, Jessica Biel, Kristin Cavallari, and Lindsay Lohan (here, here, here, here, here, and here).
From a shutterbug’s standpoint, I’ve always wondered what kind of gear the paparazzi arm themselves with to get the kind of photos that are now standard blogger fodder for Pink Is The New Blog, Perez Hilton, Just Jared, Hollywood Tuna, Egotastic, and The Superficial. I had assumed it was some major artillery, but it took some photos from Mark “The Cobrasnake” Hunter‘s coverage of La Lohan’s 20th birthday party earlier this week in Malibu for me to realize just how determined they are to get those photos.
Judging by these photos of the paparazzi’s camera strap, it appears to be a Nikon. That monster of a lens looks exactly like a 500mm f/4D ED-IF AF-S II Nikkor (which retails for around $7,100.00, while the grey market version retails for about $6,200.00). And as for the camera body, it looks like a D2X (which retails for about $3,800.00) due to the white balance sensor, and its high speed crop mode would be a very useful feature since it doubles the range on the lens.
So all told, he’s trotting around with about $10,000.00 worth of gear. And on the beach no less. That can’t be good for the longevity of his gear. Yowsa.