The following list of photography equipment and accessories is recommended for photography tours. You are not required to bring all these items with you on a photo tour but it is a well-rounded assortment that meets the various and changing demands of every location and environment. Of course, other brands are fine, I'm just partial to Nikon.
Hold in your hands an HD-SLR able to capture images rivaled only by those produced with a medium-format camera: extremely low noise, incredible dynamic range and the most faithful colors. Meet the Nikon D800, a 36.3 megapixel, FX-format, HD-SLR for professional photographers who require end results of the highest quality, who demand superior performance, speed, handling and a fully integrated imaging system. For cinematographers and multimedia professionals, 36.3 MP means true 1080p HD cinematic quality video and includes inputs for stereo microphones and headphones, peak audio meter display, DX crop mode to maximize Nikkor lens selection and angle of view and much more. Full description from NikonUSA.
Nikon AF Nikkor 28mm f2.8 Lens
The Nikon AF Nikkor 28mm f2.8 Lens offers exceptional versatility, from shooting landscapes to cramped interiors to magnificent star trails. This standard wide-angle lens has a 74° angle of coverage on FX format DSLRs and 53° on DX format cameras, which is equivalent to a 42mm focal length in the 35mm format. The lens will also let you capture beautiful environmental portraits, street and documentary style shots and candids. For getting in close to your subjects you can focus down to 10.2" to capture images with a dynamic perspective. Full description from B&H Photo Video.
A supremely lightweight lens that offers a f1.8 maximum aperture for effective low light shooting and shallow depth of field control. A standard 50mm focal length on FX format cameras, it provides a 75mm focal length equivalence when used on DX format Nikon DSLRs. With a simple and time-tested optical design it weighs in at just 5.5 oz making it a great lens for travel and everyday use. Nikon's Super Integrated Lens Coating improves light transmission, reducing ghosting and flare, and it accepts 52mm filters. An integrated aperture control ring enables manual control of exposure in addition to AE control through the camera body. Full description from B&H Photo Video.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8G ED Lens
A fast aperture standard zoom lens designed for photojournalism and general photography with wide-angle to portrait length perspectives. Optimized for edge-to-edge sharpness on both the Nikon FX (full-frame) and DX-format image sensors it provides the 35mm focal length equivalence of 36-105mm on DX-format cameras. The f2.8 maximum aperture is effective in low light and creates a shallow depth of field with pleasing out-of-focus highlights enhanced by a rounded 9-blade diaphragm. The optical design includes three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) elements and Precision Glass Mold (PGM) aspherical lenses that help control chromatic aberrations while enhancing sharpness and contrast, even at the widest aperture settings. Nano Crystal and Super Integrated lens coatings enhance light transmission, reducing flare and ghosting. The internal focus system and Silent Wave Motor (SWM) feature provide swift autofocus with superior accuracy and ultra-quiet operation. Direct manual focus override enables fast and simple control over precise focus. Minimum focus is just 15" throughout the zoom range. This G-type lens does not feature an aperture ring on the lens body, resulting in a lighter and more compact lens. The filter diameter on this lens is 77mm and a large petal-shaped lens hood is included. Weather and dust resistant sealing add to its appeal as one of the most highly regarded and versatile lenses in the Nikon stable. Full description from B&H Photo Video.
Nikon AF Nikkor 80-200mm f2.8ED Lens
An FX-format, fast telephoto zoom lens with a constant f2.8 maximum aperture effective for sports and wildlife photography, photojournalism in dim light and general telephoto applications. Its 80-200mm focal length is equivalent to the angle of view of a 120-300mm lens when used on DX-format DSLRs. It features an Internal Focus system which means the front element does not extend or rotate during focusing. An M/A mode ring switches between auto focus and manual focus modes and a focus limiting switch enables faster focus. Three Extra-Low Dispersion elements reduce chromatic aberrations for sharp, color-accurate imaging and Super Integrated Lens Coating minimizes flare and ghosting and improves image contrast. A sturdy metal barrel brings confidence to shooting in difficult situations and a rotating tripod mount is integrated into the lens design. Full description from B&H Photo Video.
Hoya 52mm Circular Polarizing Filters
Hoya polarizing filters help to reduce reflections and glare by filtering out light that has become polarized due to reflection from a non-metallic surface. The light from the sun naturally becomes partially polarized due to reflecting off electrons in air molecules, causing the light to scatter into what appears as haze. A polarizing filter arranges, and filters, this directionally polarized light perpendicularly to the reflected light, allowing for the absorption of much of this light. This results in a noticeable reduction of glare and reflections from non-metallic surfaces and an increase in the saturation of skies and foliage. Full description from Hoya.
Tiffen 52mm Neutral Density Filters
The Tiffen 52mm Digital Neutral Density Filter Kit is a complete set of three filters (0.3, 0.6, 0.9) to help you get better shots in bright light as well as assisting you with some special effect images. Neutral Density filters have several uses and offer the possibility to achieve otherwise unachievable results. They enable the shooter to adjust exposure without affecting color balance. ND filters appear gray and reduce the amount of light reaching the film or sensor. Determining which neutral density filter yields ideal results for any given lighting situation takes knowledge, experience and a collection of such filters. Speaking generally, the 2-stop value (ND 0.6) effectively compensates average situations. Full description from B&H Photo Video.
B+W 77mm Circular Polarizing Filters
Known for reflection reduction and improved color, polarizing filters are valued tools, especially for ever-changing outdoor environments. The trade off historically has been light loss and use of standard polarizing filters comes with a loss of up to 2.5 f/stops of light transmitted, which can increase desired depth of field or shutter speed. However, the B+W next-generation HTC filters utilize a proprietary layer of specially selected, high-transmission polarizing foil, which reduces light loss to just 1-1.5 stops making them work much better in low light situations. Full description from B+W.
Tiffen 77mm Neutral Density Filters
The Tiffen 77mm Digital Neutral Density Filter Kit is a complete set of three filters (0.3, 0.6, 0.9) to help you get better shots in bright light as well as assisting you with some special effect images. Neutral Density filters have several uses and offer the possibility to achieve otherwise unachievable results. They enable the shooter to adjust exposure without affecting color balance. ND filters appear gray and reduce the amount of light reaching the film or sensor. Determining which neutral density filter yields ideal results for any given lighting situation takes knowledge, experience and a collection of such filters. Speaking generally, the 2-stop value (ND 0.6) effectively compensates average situations. Full description from B&H Photo Video.
Hitech Graduated Neutral Density Filter Kit
The 85 x 110mm Graduated Neutral Density Camera Filter Kit 5 from Hitech has several uses and offers the possibility to achieve otherwise unachievable results. This kit contains one 0.3, one 0.6, and one 0.9 Graduated Neutral Density filter. These filters enable the shooter to adjust exposure without affecting color balance. A Graduated ND filter appears gray and reduces the amount of light reaching either the sensor of a digital camera or the film plane of a traditional film camera. It is clear at the bottom with a gradual transition to darker gray at the top. Primarily, this filter is used to control exposure when shooting bright landscapes where your horizon line displays a great exposure difference between sky and foreground, and you need to balance them out for a pleasing exposure. A Graduated Neutral Density filter is also used to create some unusual special effects such as capturing the "blur" of the rippling water of a waterfall or the swirling effect of city traffic. Since the filter allows the use of slower shutter speeds in bright light, it becomes possible to create these special effects that would normally be impossible to capture without the filter. And since the ND filter can also help to control your depth of field, it permits you to shoot at wider apertures. Ultimately, its value is in helping to prevent bright, overly washed out images shot in bright light. Full description from B&H Photo Video.
TRIPOD & HEAD
Manfrotto 3001BPRO Professional Tripod
Incorporating many of the wonderful features found in its' larger professional brothers, the 3001 Pro is great for professional usage with 35mm systems. From macro work to low-level performance to ergonomics, improvements from the original 3001 are evident everywhere.
• Four leg angle settings, each independent of the other two legs
• Neck of center column allows for horizontal mounting for easy straight-down shooting
• Built in low angle adapter in the center column for ground level shots
• Rapid action leg locks with only 45° of movement
• Bubble level
Manfrotto 3047 3-Way Pan Tilt Head
The 3047 is a heavy-duty three way pan & tilt head with absolute rock-steady stops. Never again will you endure the frustration that comes with having your setup move slightly after tightening the controls. The quick release clamp closes with the strength of a vise grip. Full description from B&H Photo Video.
Lowepro Photo Classic BP 300 AW Backpack
The Lowepro Pro Runner 300 AW Backpack is designed to carry and protect a digital SLR camera body with attached lens (up to 70-200mm f2.8) plus 3-4 additional lenses or flash, accessories, tripod or mono-pod and personal items. It is made from weather-resistant 600 denier square rip-stop polyester with a padded interior plus removable, padded inserts and adjustable dividers. The pack has an All Weather AW Cover that protects the camera gear from the elements. It also has rain flap lids that covers the zippered closure and offers added weather protection. There is a Hideaway Tripod Mount with foldout holder that secures a compact tripod or mono-pod. The SlipLock attachment loops will allow the addition of optional accessories. The Pro Runner 300 AW has a front organization pocket that offers quick access to personal items such as, a light jacket, cell phone or an MP3 player, an inside lid with memory card and organization pockets and mesh side pockets. It is carried by adjustable, padded shoulder straps with a moisture-wicking, thickly padded back pad and a tuck-away waist strap. Full description from Adorama.
Tamrac 709 Pro Convertible Shoulder Bag
Loaded with features for the photographer carrying two cameras with grips and lenses attached a few extra lenses or flashes and accessories. The US-patented Lens-Bridge and LensGate divider systems work together to cradle the cameras and protect them from coming into contact with other photo equipment in the bag. A full-length LensHatch in back provides quick access to a long telephoto lens. The ZipDrop front pocket has a paraphernalia pocket with internal compartments to store personal items and a full-length zippered internal mesh accessory pocket holds other small easy-to-lose items. Features an EasyGrip carrying handle thickly foam-padded shoulder strap with non-slip patch or untuck the Tuck-A-Way hip belt to convert to a hip pack. Full description from Amazon.
Nikon MC-30A Remote Trigger Release
The MC-30A Remote Trigger Release from Nikon is a remote shutter release cable for select Nikon cameras. It features a trigger lock mechanism for unlimited time exposures. The MC-30A has a 10-pin plug and works with any Nikon with a 10-pin remote port. Full description from B&H Photo Video.
Nikon D800 Batteries
The Nikon EN-EL15 Lithium-Ion Battery is a rechargeable battery for Nikon cameras. Lithium-ion batteries will not suffer from the adverse memory effects that are normally associated with other battery types. Full description from B&H Photo Video.
SunwayFoto Custon L-Bracket
SUNWAYFOTO® brand Arca / RRS compatible PNL-D800R L plate for Nikon D800, D800E D810 cameras. Precision CNC machined from solid aircraft-grade aluminum. Mounting screw: 1/4-20″. Dovetail Width: 39mm. Upper Width: 60.49mm. Height: 83.5mm. Weight: 82g. Length 114.5mm All metal construction. Includes 1/4" screw 4 x Safety stop screws 2 & allen wrenches. Ideal for RRS Lever Clamps. See more from Amazon.
SunwayFoto Arca Clamp
SUNWAYFOTO brand Arca compatible MAC-14 60mm Clamp. Very versatile Jaw opening range of 37.25mm to 41.5mm will accommodate any Arca style plate from various makers including: Really right stuff (RRS), Wimberley, Arca, Kirk Enterprises, Markins, etc. Plus the Manfrotto Bogen slot lets you mount Bogen 3517N / Manfrotto 200PL-14 RC2 plates. 3/8" mounting hole and 1/4" adapter. Can be used on virtually any head, tripod or monopod. See more from Amazon.
Nikon DK19 Rubber Eye Cup
The Nikon DK-19 Rubber Eyecup allows for more comfortable viewing through the camera's viewfinder, especially for eyeglass wearers. Less stray light enters the viewfinder and a less flared, clearer image with which to compose your shot is provided. The DK-19 installs easily and is compatible with the Nikon D2 and D3 DSLR series, the D4, D700 and D800 DSLR's and the F6 SLR camera. Full description from B&H Photo Video.
SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash Memory Cards
The 16GB Extreme Pro CompactFlash Memory Card from SanDisk features enhanced data read speeds of up to 160MB/s along with data write speeds up to 150MB/s. This Extreme Pro CompactFlash Card is designed to support both full HD and 4K video as it is VPG-65 certified. VPG-65 (video performance guarantee) offers sustained data write speeds of 65MB/s ensuring a smooth flow of data keeping video streams crisp and clean. This CompactFlash card is also compatible with both RAW and JPEG file formats and comes equipped with an RTV silicone coating and writable label. Full description from B&H Photo Video.
SanDisk Extreme Pro SDHC Memory Cards
Designed for SD devices that can capture Full HD video, as well as RAW and burst photography, the 16GB Extreme PRO UHS-I SDHC Memory Card from SanDisk has a capacity of 16GB, is compatible with the UHS-I bus, and features a speed class rating of U3, which guarantees minimum write speeds of 30 MB/s. Read speeds are supported up to 95 MB/s and write speeds max out at 90 MB/s. Built for extreme conditions, SanDisk's 16GB Extreme PRO UHS-I SDHC Memory Card is water, shock, x-ray, and temperature proof to help protect your data. A built-in write protect switch further helps to safeguard your content, while advanced Error Correction Code engine offers improved data integrity and card reliability during read and write operations. This memory card includes downloadable RescuePRO data recovery software, which is good for one year of use and helps you restore accidentally deleted images. The card is backed by a limited lifetime warranty. Full description from B&H Photo Video.
Delkin USB 3.0 Dual Slot SD UHS-II & CF Memory Card Reader
The USB 3.0 Dual Slot SD UHS-II and CF Memory Card Reader from Delkin Devices can transfer data from Compact Flash and SD cards at the same time to your computer via USB 3.0. The USB 3.0 interface can download data at speeds up to 500 MB/s that is ten times faster than USB 2.0. If your computer doesn't support USB 3.0, this card reader is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1, but will transfer data at a slower rate. Delkin has designed the SD slot with a second row of connectors to improve speed and performance, while also allowing for backwards compatibility with non UHS-II cards. The other slot reads Compact Flash cards, which supports UDMA 7 and VPG. The Delkin memory card reader is plug-and-play compatible and provides a fast way to read and save videos, images, and more to SD and CF cards. Full description from B&H Photo Video.
Photographic Solutions Sensor Swab Ultra Cleaning Kit
Combining all of the necessary tools to keep your camera's sensor clean, this Sensor Swab ULTRA Kit from Photographic Solutions includes four Type 3 Sensor Swabs ULTRA, 10 PECPADs, 1 e-Wipe Pad packet, and a 0.5 oz bottle of Eclipse Optic Cleaner, all of which is neatly packed inside a nylon zippered travel pouch. The included Type 3 individually wrapped Sensor Swabs ULTRA that are specifically designed for image sensors measuring 24mm high, such as FX or Full-Frame sensors. Full description from B&H Photo Video.
B+W Photo Clear Cloth
Maintain your optical equipment in peak condition with this poly/nylon microfiber cloth woven into a thick, durable fabric. Free of chemicals and lint, the silky soft Photo-Clear Cloth cleans gently but thoroughly. Its microscopic texture is designed to cut through dirt and residue while lifting oil and moisture away from the surface via capillary action. An accessory of frequently underestimated importance for imaging performance, this cloth is suitable for use with photo equipment such as optical filters and camera lenses, as well as binoculars, telescopes and coated eyeglasses. The cloth comes with a protective plastic envelope and it can be washed in an environmentally safe manner and reused without losing any of its properties. Full description from B&H Photo Video.
Kata E-702 PL Rain Bag
The E-702 PL is a practical protective cover for a DSLR with up to a 70-200mm lens attached. Quickly slip it over your camera and keep shooting in rainy or dusty conditions. The simple intuitive design allows you to view and access all camera and lens controls. Full description from Kata.
Leatherman Wingman Multi-Tool
The Leatherman Wingman is just that: your go-to tool for projects around the house, on the job, or at the campsite. A great, lightweight, pocket-sized, stainless steel tool; the Wingman features an outside-accessible, one-hand opening blade and newly-designed spring-action jaws. With plenty of handy tools, and backed by a team of designers, assemblers, and manufacturing crew from Portland, Oregon, this is one amazing value. Covered by the Leatherman 25-year warranty. Full description from Leatherman.
Mini Maglite Flashlight
Small, Simple, But Scorchingly bright Introducing the all-new MINI MAGLITE AAA LED Flashlight. The heir to the original Mini Maglite 2AAA flashlight launched 25 years ago, this newest member of the family features the same classic look and size and the same simple operation just twist the head to turn it on, turn it off and focus the beam. But thanks to a latest-generation LED light engine, it produces a beam whose intensity is nothing short of amazing from a pocket-clippable flashlight that's not much bigger than a penlight. Full description from Maglite.
Lifeline UltraLight Survival Kit
At only 5.5oz, this ultralight survival kit is conveniently packed into a weather resistant roll-up bag to keep you safe without weighing you down. Full description from Lifeline.
LifeStraw is ideal for hiking, backpacking, camping, travel, and emergency preparedness. The straw-style filter design lets you turn up to 1,000 liters of contaminated water into safe drinking water. Full description from LifeStraw.
REI MultiTowel Lite
REI MultiTowel Lite is soft, highly absorbent, quick drying and ultralight! It's ideal for travel, backpacking, camping, yoga sessions, and the gym. Towel absorbs up to 8 times its weight in water, yet wrings out almost completely dry. Ultrasoft synthetic fabric is very light and compact, taking up very little space in your backpack or bag. Quick-attach loop makes it easy to hang the towel to dry. The REI MultiTowel Lite comes in a small carry pouch. Full description from REI.