Always dreaming about gear? See out how much camera gear this photographer took to Kentucky


posted Monday, May 8, 2017 at 3:30 PM EST


This Saturday marked the 143rd running of the historic Kentucky Derby and the odds-on favorite Always Dreaming crossed the finish first. Veteran photographer and Nikon Ambassador Bill Frakes was there to capture all the action. He brought with him nearly 50 Nikon DSLR cameras, including Nikon D500, D810 and D5 bodies and dozens of lenses, including many exotic supertelephoto primes in addition to an array of shorter zooms and wide angle optics.

Frakes said that the image below shows off his entire collection of cameras, except for a handheld camera, and that he is “pretty sure” he has everything needed to shoot the race. The gear was supported using 35 Manfrotto Magic Arms, various tripods and “a mess of superclamps.”


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In the comments for the image above, a poster asked how long it took Frakes to set everything up. He replied that it took about 26 hours. That’s a lot of hard work and preparation for a race that lasted just over two minutes.

To see the photos Frakes captured of the "fastest two minutes in sports,” click here. Can you guess the gear used to capture some of the shots? 

(Via PetaPixel)