What’s in My Camera Bag?

Welcome to a page fully dedicated to the camera gear & tech toys that I use in the field ( includes hiking, camping & exploration gear ), at home, for fun, & at the office.

All products in this section have my full approval, otherwise I would not be using or promoting them. I am in no way sponsored by any of these companies, nor do they pay me to put anything on this website. I post this kind of stuff because I think it’s helpful for others, allowing you to make informed decisions and buy gear that works, without wasting time and money!

I make notes on some of the products to help you learn a little bit more about them. For in depth reviews on most of these products check out the Camera & Lens Review sections of this website.There are also some recommendations for Star Photography Cameras & Lenses of different brands and price points on my Free Star Photography Tutorial.

Disclaimer: The following are affiliate links to B&H Photo, which is a company I trust, and also where I buy all of my cameras, lenses and other equipment. They ship nearly anywhere in the world, and don’t charge sales tax. An affiliate link will not increase the price of the gear, but will help to support my website and give me extra time to provide free resources such as this page.

Camera

  • Nikon D800
  • 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:)

 

Lenses I Currently Use

Lenses I’ve Owned in the Past
I have owned, used and really liked the following lenses. I sold them because I don’t like to own a lot of lenses that I don’t use to often. They are still recommended!

 

Filters

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 )

Other Filters I Own, but Don’t Use Anymore
These filters are not bad, it’s just really hard to use them and they don’t compare in quality to the system noted above. They are also plastic where the WonderPana System I noted above is all metal. The last thing I didn’t like is that they cost double the price of the WonderPana system and did not offer a Circular Polarizer Option.

 

Additional Camera Gear

Camera Backpacks

I carry my Lowepro on any trip in which I won’t be backpacking or camping and it’s a fantastic bag that I have really beat up over the past 2 years. It still holds up really well & I have no complaints. For all of my multiday backpacking and camping trips I use the Deuter Aircontact Pro.

 

Tripod, Ballhead & L-Bracket

 

Hiking / Exploration Gear

 

Computer & Home Office Photography Equipment

 

Tech Stuff & Software:

I use tons of software when I process photos & two of my favorites are Topaz Labs or HDR Soft the Makers of Photomatix.
If you would like a discount when purchasing either of these packages
just use the coupon code DAVEMORROWPHOTO when checking out to receive
15% off:) You can use the same code to receive a 10% discount from anything at the Stuck in Customs Store. Most of these packages have Free Trial Versions so I urge you to give them a run before buying!

iPhone & Android Apps + Desktop Programs

  • PhotoPills
    ( iPhone Only ) – If you want one amazing app that does it all for
    photography, THIS IS IT! I have been using it for the past few weeks and
    fell in love.Click on the link above for full functionality, there is a
    lot of it, packaged in a really nice & user friendly app.
  • Star Walk Astronomy Guide  ( Android & iPhone ) Recently this is my go to for finding where the Milky Way will rise
    on the horizon. Using this app and holding it up to the sky you will be
    able to see, in real time, where all the constellations & other
    planitary bodies lie within the sky.
  • The Photographers Ephemeris
    ( iPhone, Android & Desktop )- I use this program nearly every
    time I shoot for sunrise and sunset. For star photography it is always
    good to know when the moons rises and sets and how bright/big it will be
    on any given night, this program also provides that functionality. I
    have used both iPhone and Android versions, both are great.
  • Stellarium
    ( Desktop & Android )- You can get this program for free on
    your desktop and for a few extra $$ on your Android. I use it on both
    platforms and and find it to work great. The learning curve is a bit
    steep at first, but
    well worth the effort. Plus you learn a lot about our Universe in the
    process.
  • Google Sky Map
    ( FREE – Android ) – Google does a really great job with this app. It
    provides all of the planetary / star locations that Star Walk does but
    it’s just not quite as interactive. Then again it’s free! I still use /
    recommend this app as well.