It is my pleasure to share with you what is in my camera bag. With much trial and error, I finally managed to get a camera kit together that I’m happy with. I’ve learned that quality of the equipment does make a difference and the sharpness of my photos now demonstrate this.
Image quality is important to me and thus I have chosen to work with Canon full-frame sensor DSLR’s. In the growth of the mirrorless camera options. I had an Olympus OMD EM1 Mark II with a 300mm f/4 lens which I loved for a portable 600mm equivalent. But the overall image quality on the Micro four-thirds system just wasn’t up to par to the Canon gear. So the Olympus kit has been sold in anticipation of adding either the Sony one-inch sensor system to my collection or perhaps a Canon mirrorless once they introduce the new camera body in 2020 with in-camera image stabilization.
Granted any camera gear one may want is budget dependent. So please feel free to ask me any equipment questions you may have. I’d be happy to share what I know.
For prices and more technical information on this equipment, please click through to my favorite on-line website for camera equipment.
B&H Photo and Video is a superb company, and I love the on-line services that they provide. You can keep a wish list, as well as going back to review orders you have placed with them. If you call them, the technical advisers are meant to be just that, advisers. They are not product pushers, but rather spend time with you to determine what your needs are, then make recommendations on what would work best for you.
Canon 5D Mark IV / Canon 1DX II
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L USM Autofocus Wide-Angle
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM Autofocus Macro
Canon EF 24 – 105mm f/4 L IS USM Autofocus Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto
Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Autofocus Super Telephoto
Canon 1.4x EF Extender III Teleconverter
Wimberley Gimbal Tripod Head II
Induro GIT 304 Grand Series 3 Stealth Carbon Fiber Tripod
Mongoose 3.6 Gimbal Head (for travel)
Really Right Stuff Tripod TVC-23 (great for travel)
Really Right Stuff BH-25 Ball head (small for travel)
Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ball head (for local shooting)
Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash
77mm filters which fit the most used lenses.
B&W 77mm #110 Neutral Density 3.0
B&W 77mm #106 Neutral Density 0 .6
Formatt 77mm Graduated Neutral Density 0.9 soft edge
Hoya HRT 77mm Circular Polarizer UV
Singh-Ray Galen Rowell Graduated Neutral Density 3-stop Filter Rectangular
NiSi V6 Filter Holder System with embedded Polarizer Filter
Canon Remote Switch RS-80N3
PixelFlash USB 3.0 CF Card Reader
Toshiba Canvio Connect 2.0TB External Hard Drive USB 3.0
Pearstone Microfiber cleaning cloth
Lowepro Passport Sling Camera Bag
Gura Gear Bag Kiboko 22L + backpack (fits all my camera gear including the 500mm lens)
Adobe Lightroom Classic & Photoshop
Nik Collection Software by DXO
Other Play Toys
Asus Ultrabook UX305F for travel photo backup
There are times when there is a piece of camera equipment that I’m dying to play with, but there is NO WAY I could afford. Also, there are times when I have camera withdrawal when I have to send mine into Canon to be serviced. My favorite place to rent camera equipment is Borrow Lenses. Here is where I got my hands on a fantastic Canon 400mm f/2.8L IS Autofocus lens for my shoot during the winter of bald eagles. This $13,000 lens was mine for the weekend and I had so much fun playing with it.
Please click through to see the wide range of products they offer for rent for that special photo field trip you’ve got your heart set on.