Welcome to a page fully dedicated to all of the gear I use for photography, backpacking and world exploration. I post these lists because I think it’s helpful for others, allowing you to make informed decisions and buy gear that works, without wasting time and money on gear that doesn’t!
READ ME FIRST
My photography equipment / gear page is broken up into three pages as seen below. I’ve also provided a short overview of each.
- What’s in My Camera Bag ( Current Page ): Includes camera & photography gear only. Reference link below for backpacking, camping and travel gear.
- Ultimate Guide to Backpacking ( Trekking ) and Traveling with Photography & Camera Gear: Includes all camera, photography, camping, backpacking and travel gear, plus packing guide and video overview off why I chose certain gear and brands. This is the most in-depth backpacking for photographers resource you will find online. Guaranteed!
|Click for Gear List & Packing Guide|
- Roadtrip & Travel Gear for Landscape Photography ( Video ): An overview of how I pack my Nissan Xterra for 10,000 mile photography road trips.
What’s in My Camera Bag
- Nikon D810 ( Main & Video ) – Best dynamic range of any full frame camera on the market. Tough metal body perfect for mountaineering and backpacking. I highly recommend this camera to all landscape photographers who expect their gear to perform at the top level and take a beating at the same time.
- Nikon D800 ( Backup ). I feel the same about this camera as the D810. The dynamic range isn’t quite as good, but still all around a great camera. I don’t carry this backup for backpacking / traveling. This is a backup camera for long distance photo trips. This used to be my main camera and has worked perfectly for the past 5 years.
- Vello Camera Timer / Remote – Works great. You really don’t need to spend 160$ on the Nikon Timer, unless you really really want to. These both work just the same in my opinion:)
- EN-EL 15 Replacement Batteries – Awesome deal! Work just as well as the real Nikon batteries
|The Full Moon Lights Las Torres ( The Towers ) in Southern Chile – March 2015|
- Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G Wide Angle – Best landscape & astro photography lens on the planet.
- Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 Wide Angle Zoom – Decent lens, but overall the most versatile for landscape photography & backpacking.
Tripod, Ballhead & L-Bracket
- TVC-34L Versa Series 3 Tripod – Road Trips / Day Hiking – This is my favorite tripod in the world, but it’s very heavy.
- MeFoto Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod – Backpacking & International Travel – I shoot with this tripod 85% of the time. It does really well for being so small. That being said it’s nowhere near as sturdy or easy to use as the tripod noted above. I still recommend this setup to anyone that’s going to be doing long range backpacking and photography trips. The ball head is included in the cost.
|Backpacking in Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, Patagonia, Argentina|
The following set of “Best Filters” I highly recommend. I’ve also tried the Formatt Hitech filters and holder for the Nikkor 14-24mm lens and they were not up to par with the WonderPana Sytem. Both of these systems were tested in the field for a few months. WonderPana is top notch stuff & easy to pack for hiking & camping, as well as much higher quality.
The Best Filters ( In My Opinion )
- WonderPana 145 System Holder for Nikkor 14-24mm Lens
- Tiffen 77mm Circular Polarizer for Nikkor 28-300mm Lens
Computer & Home Office
- Macbook Pro Retina 2015 – 2.8Ghz i7, 32GB of Ram, Solid State 500GB HD.
- Wacom Intuos Pro Professional Pen & Touch Tablet ( SMALL )
- (2) WD 6TB Hard Drives
- Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System
|Shooting the Northern Lights in Alaska @ -20C|