My photography equipment is broken up into three different pages:
- Photography & Video Equipment is below, on this page.
- Backpacking & Hiking Equipment Checklist is here.
- Night Sky Photography Camera & Lens Recommendations are here.
Page Table of Contents
Use the links below to jump to the gear section of your choice, or scroll down to read them all.
Cameras (Photo & Video Equipment)
Nikon Z7 (Photography & 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.
Go Pro Hero 7 Video Camera (Main Video): I use this setup to make all my YouTube Videos. With the following audio, below, this is my favorite setup ever. Very compact. Easy to use and great stabilization without a Gimbal.
Audio Setup for Go Pro: The Go Pro in camera audio is not usable. Don’t waste your time! Here is what I use which works great for making outdoor, photography and backpacking videos.
- Go Pro Mic Adapter. It’s bulky but worth it so you do not have to sync external audio. The sound is very good! People complain about this adapter because they don’t set it up right, as denoted below.
- Attach Mic Adapter to top of Go Pro 7 Case using this velcro tape with sticky sides so you can remove it as required.
- Mic which plugs into Go Pro Audio Adapter
- Insert this Wind Screen on Mic First, and the next on top of it. This makes for great sound with no wind noise.
- Second Wind Screen for Mic
Charging the Go Pro in the Field:
- I carry 3 Go Pro Hero 7 Batteries and:
- (2) Anker Power Bricks which plug directly into the Go Pro, to charge batteries, when out on backpacking trips. This also charges my phone which I use for GPS navigation in the backcountry.
Go Pro Handle / Stick: This must be used with the audio setup above. If you use it without external audio it’s noisy! I like this handle because it’s very small and weighs nothing allowing the full camera to fit in my hip pocket on my backpacking bag
Nikkor 14-30mm f/4: Sharper & less distortion than the Nikkor 14-24mm that used to be my all-time favorite lens.
At first, I was worried that f/4 wouldn’t do well for night sky photography.
The Z7 has no problem increasing the ISO by an extra stop to compensate.
Nikkor 24-200mm f/4-6.3: Sharp, light & very versatile.
Shooting with large megapixel counts such as the Nikon Z7, I can crop this 200mm lens into 300mm with no loss in image quality.
There is not a reason to carry a 300mm anymore, especially for backpacking & landscape photography.
Tripod, Ballhead & L-Bracket
With the following head and L-bracket.
- Really Right Stuff BH-30 Ball head with Clamp.
- Really Right Stuff BD800-L: L-Plate for Nikon D800/800E. I keep one on each camera for easy use.
This is my favorite tripod setup to date. It’s sturdy, lightweight & takes a beating.
More Equipment Below
|Camping in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness – Washington|
Computer & Photo Editing Software
- Macbook Pro Retina 2015 – 2.8Ghz i7, 32GB of Ram ( after market install ), Solid State 500GB HD.
- Creative Cloud Photography Package ( Lightroom & Photoshop )
- Travel Backup Drives – (2) WD 2TB Hard Drives
- Home Drives – (2) WD 6TB Hard Drives
- Datacolor Spyder5 PRO Display Calibration System