Photography Gear

The following list of photography equipment and accessories is what I carry and is recommended for all photography tours.  You are not required to bring all these items but it is a well-rounded assortment that meets the various and changing demands of every location and environment we explore.  I'm partial to Nikon but whatever DSLR or mirrorless system you use is fine.  

CAMERA
  

Nikon D800 
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.

LENSES


Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f4 ED VR Lens 
Covering a versatile array of wide-angle focal lengths, the AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR from Nikon is a flexible zoom ideal for landscape, cityscape, and interior photography. Its constant f/4 maximum aperture maintains consistent illumination throughout the zoom range and suits working in a variety of lighting conditions. The optical design contains three aspherical elements and two extra-low dispersion elements, which greatly reduce distortion and aberrations for a high degree of sharpness, clarity, and accurate rendering. A Nano Crystal Coat has also been applied to control flare and ghosting for greater contrast and color accuracy in harsh lighting and backlit conditions. Additionally, this lens also sports a Silent Wave Motor for fast and accurate autofocus along with VR II image stabilization to minimize the appearance of camera shake by 2.5 stops.  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.

FILTERS 

NiSi 77mm Ti Enhanced Landscape Circular Polarizing Filter
The 77mm Ti Enhanced Landscape Circular Polarizer Filter Titanium Frame from NiSi helps 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 NiSi.

NiSi 100mm x 100mm Solid Neutral Density Filter Kit (3, 6, 10-Stop)
The NiSi Solid Neutral Density Long-Exposure Filter Kit contains three filters that are compatible with filter holders that can accommodate 100mm-wide, 2mm-thick filters. Each filter can be used individually or in various combinations to create a darkening of the entire image, allowing you to photograph with a wider aperture or slower shutter speed than normally required. By increasing your aperture or slowing your exposure time, you are able to control depth of field and convey movement more easily. Neutral density filters do not affect the coloration of the image and are ideal for pairing with other filters. This kit's NiSi 100 x 100mm Nano IRND 0.9, 1.8, and 3.0 Filters are ND filters that provide a respective 3-, 6-, and 10-stop exposure reduction. Full description from NiSi.

NiSi 100mm x 150mm Nano Soft-Edge Graduated IRND 0.6 Filter (2-Stop)
The NiSi 100x150mm Nano Soft-Edge Graduated IRND 0.6 Filter is a rectangular filter that helps to darken specific areas of an image, such as bright skies, while allowing for a normal, unaffected exposure in the other regions of the image. The filter is densest at the edge and tapers to clear by the middle, with a soft-edged line of transition between the dense and clear areas. A neutral density filter with a soft-edged line of transition is particularly useful for images that do not have a strongly defined transition between the sky and the foreground. Neutral density filters do not affect the coloration of the image and this filter provides up to a 2-stop reduction in light from entering the lens.  Full description from NiSi.

NiSi 100mm x 150mm Nano Soft-Edge Graduated IRND 0.9 Filter (3-Stop)
The NiSi 100x150mm Nano Soft-Edge Graduated IRND 0.9 Filter is a rectangular filter that helps to darken specific areas of an image, such as bright skies, while allowing for a normal, unaffected exposure in the other regions of the image. The filter is densest at the edge and tapers to clear by the middle, with a soft-edged line of transition between the dense and clear areas. A neutral density filter with a soft-edged line of transition is particularly useful for images that do not have a strongly defined transition between the sky and the foreground. Neutral density filters do not affect the coloration of the image and this filter provides up to a 3-stop reduction in light from entering the lens.  Full description from NiSi.

NiSi 100mm x 150mm Nano Soft-Edge Graduated IRND 1.2 Filter (4-Stop)
The NiSi 100x150mm Nano Soft-Edge Graduated IRND 1.2 Filter is a rectangular filter that helps to darken specific areas of an image, such as bright skies, while allowing for a normal, unaffected exposure in the other regions of the image. The filter is densest at the edge and tapers to clear by the middle, with a soft-edged line of transition between the dense and clear areas. A neutral density filter with a soft-edged line of transition is particularly useful for images that do not have a strongly defined transition between the sky and the foreground. Neutral density filters do not affect the coloration of the image and this filter provides up to a 4-stop reduction in light from entering the lens.  Full description from NiSi.

NiSi V6 100mm Filter Holder

The NiSi V6 100mm Filter Holder with Pro CPL is a new evolution that continues the success of our very popular V5 Pro Holder.  The NiSi V6 is the most advanced 100mm filter holder we have ever created, refined design based on feedback from photographers.

It is made from aviation-grade aluminum with single element processing by CNC machine. This V6 kit comes complete with an ultra-slim 86mm Pro CPL and 4 adapter ring for most popular wide-angle lenses (67mm, 72mm, 77mm, and 82mm). The matte black frosted finish on the surface to minimize reflection. With the unique rotation wheel design, the CPL filter can be rotated independently via a cog on the back of the filter holder.  Also included is a Soft Pouch that is mountable on a tripod.

It features superb built quality, Aluminium design and supports 3 x 100mm filters with a circular polarizing filter in any combination.  The V6 has no vignetting at 16mm on a full-frame and the streamlined design weighs only 120g.

The V6 features the following improvements over the V5 Pro:

  • New streamlined design – making it easier to insert and remove ND filters in any slot.
  • New Clip Design – Our unique clip system that holds the filter has been improved even further.  As well as the left to right pressed clips that hold the filter secure, filters are now easier to insert with guides along with the clips.
  • Optimized design of the CPL – The C-PL is easier to insert and remove with a raised design, noticeably higher than the V5 Pro.
  • The holder rotates 360 degrees as well as features a lock to fix the filters in a single position.
  • New Soft Pouch – The new soft pouch to hold the V6 can be mounted on a tripod leg for easy access.
  • Upgraded Lens Cap – The lens cap is now even easier to fit and remove while protecting the CPL and Lens.
Full description from NiSi.

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. 

• Three-faceted center column which eliminates column rotation 

• 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 

Full description from CNET.


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.

CAMERA BAGS 

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

ACCESSORIES 

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

MacBook Pro
Designed for those who defy limits and change the world, the 16-inch MacBook Pro is by far the most powerful notebook we have ever made. With an immersive Retina display, superfast processors, advanced graphics, the largest battery capacity ever in a MacBook Pro, Magic Keyboard, and massive storage, it's the ultimate pro notebook for the ultimate user.  See more from Apple.

G-Technology 5TB Portable G-Drive
Designed for those who need portable storage for their photos, videos, music, documents, and more, the space gray 5TB G-DRIVE mobile USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C External Hard Drive from G-Technology provides users with 5TB of plug-and-play storage and a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C interface that supports data transfer speeds of up to 140 MB/s. It comes preformatted HFS+ for macOS 10.11 and later and can also be used with Windows 10, 8.1, and 7 via a simple reformat. The G-DRIVE mobile is compatible with the Thunderbolt 3 interface, is powered solely using the USB or Thunderbolt bus, and comes housed in an aluminum case. Included is a USB Type-C to USB Type-C cable and a USB Type-C to USB Type-A cable that are compatible with USB 3.1 Gen 1, which is also known as USB 3.0.  See more from B&H Photo Video.

Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom Creative Cloud
Lightroom is the cloud-based service that gives you everything you need to create, edit, organize, store, and share your photos across any device.  Capture, edit, and share your photos all from one place.  Lightroom can manage any number of photos so you’ll always stay organized and on top of your game.  Photoshop is included with the $9.99/month Adobe Creative Cloud plan.  See more from Adobe.

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 
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.