Photography Spotlight: Ed Cheeney - Marathon Coach

Photography Spotlight: Ed Cheeney

With equipment to cover any situation, Ed doesn’t believe in traveling light. “It may seem like a lot to people,” said Ed, “but I am shooting both stills and video. There is always the ‘right tool for the job,’ so my selection has to have some variables in order to keep me happy.”

Even simple point-and-shoot cameras provide surprising results when equipped with the right lenses. “I have a number of lenses ranging from fixed focus, zoom and specialty (PC, Tilt-Shift, SFX),” said Ed. “If you want one lens to start with, I would suggest having a 24-70mm zoom to give you good range of focal lengths. Pay as much for it as you can as lens quality has a direct relation to the cost of the glass.”

Ed’s essentials:

  • Camcorder: Sony PXW-FS5 4K XDCAM
  • DSLR camera: Canon 5D Mark II
  • 3 or 4 GoPros
  • Phone: Samsung S8+ 4K UHD
  • Aerial platform: DJI Phantom II 4K UHD
  • Handheld camera stabilizer: Zhiyun-Tech CRANE 3S PRO
  • Handheld gimbal stabilizer: Zhiyun-Tech Smooth 4
  • High resolution audio recorder: Tascam DR-60D mkII Digital Multitrack Field recorder with Sennheiser Stereo Shotgun Microphone
  • Tripod System: Sachtler Video 18 Fluid Head and Manfrotto 504HD Carbon Fiber System

Ed’s favorite photo: “Ah! The Florida Keys: What could be better than to pull your Marathon Coach alongside the cerulean blue ocean? Having a coach with such luxury sleeping and living accommodations and right next to the water is our ultimate dream. During the Marathon Coach Club’s Florida Keys Rally, we were able to do just that. Stepping out our door, just three or four steps from the dock, is always a thrill for me. I love to go to bed at night and be lulled by the sound of water out my master bedroom window. It doesn’t get any better than this.”


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