While camera equipment itself does not take pictures — photographers do that — I am frequently asked as to what equipment I use. Here is a listing of my currently used gear. Don’t go out and duplicate this list; buy the equipment you need to take the photographs you like. I tailor the equipment I actually carry depending on the job at hand.
But be careful. Let me quote my friend Jack Dykinga: “Cameras and lenses are simply tools to place our unique vision on film. Concentrate on equipment and you’ll take technically good photographs. Concentrate on seeing the light’s magic colors and your images will stir the soul.”
I use Think Tank Photo backpacks to carry equipment in the field.
Here’s what I currently use:
Nikon D5, D500, and D810, all with Really Right Stuff L brackets
Lenses and filters (all Nikon):
24mm f/3.5 PC-E Tilt/Shift
45mm f/2.8 PC-E Tilt/Shift
85mm f/2.8 PC-E Tilt/Shift
70-200mm f/4 AF-S
80-400mm f/4/5 – 5.6 AF-S
500mm f/4 AF-S
600mm f/4 AF-S
Nikon 1.4X teleconverter
Nikon circular polarizing filters
Nikon SB-700 and SB-800 flash units + off-camera cord
Walt Anderson’s Better Beamer flash extender
Nikon remote releases
Photoflex LiteDisc diffusers and reflectors
I use a Nikon 200mm f/4 AF Micro, occasionally adding a 5T or 6T Nikon closeup filter.
My standard tripod is a Really Right Stuff Versa 24L carbon fiber model with a Really Right Stuff BH-55 ball head complete with an Arca-style quick release (all cameras and lenses have Really Right Stuff quick-release plates mounted on them). I use a RRS leveling base between the ball head and my tripod to facilitate my panoramic work.
For the latest Nikon information visit www.nikon.com.
See www.reallyrightstuff.com for tripods, the BH-55 ball head, L-brackets, and custom lens plates.
The Flash Extender is available from Nature Scapes, www.naturescapes.net.