My Gear

Below I have listed most of the gear I use for shooting, carrying, storing, processing and cleaning. I linked to the manufacturer’s websites where I could and otherwise to retailers that sell it. Since pages often change and products get replaced, over time links will become obsolete. In such cases you can just throw the name in a search engine or check the manufacturer’s website to find the (replacement) item.

Finally: I haven’t listed my gear to show off, to tell you what gear you should use or to tell you what gear is good. The list is simply intended to give you a bit of an idea of what I use to get the pictures you see on my site. And keep in mind that there might be items on the list I’m not entirely happy with – even after carefully reading reviews and first-hand experiences by other photographers, new stuff sometimes doesn’t live up to your expectations.

When you start getting gear, don’t get stuff just because others have it. Read reviews, ask people about their experience with certain gear and try before you buy if you can. At the end of the day you want to get equipment that suits your goals (what and how do you want to shoot), physique (some gear might be too heavy or small), style (do you like all the options of a high-end DSLR or do you prefer a retro-design viewfinder) and your wallet.

Body
Nikon D300 DX DSLR camera body
BD300-L: L-Plate for Nikon D300 For mounting the body onto a Really Right Stuff clamp
Cotton Carrier Hand Strap For comfortable 1 hand carrying

Lenses
AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Standard zoom lens
AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Tele zoom lens
AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Macro lens
AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Standard prime lens

Converters
Nikkor AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III Two times converter

Flash
Nikon Speedlight SB-700 TTL flash

Support
Gitzo 3541XLS Carbon fibre tripod
Markins Q-Ball Q20 Ball Head
B2-Pro: 60mm Really Right Stuff clamp for on top of the ball head
Really Right Stuff Panning Clamp For panorama stitching photography, for which a level panning action is critical.

Memory
Several Sandisk 8 and 16GB memory cards
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1 TB External Hard Drives

Carrying
Lowepro Pro Trekker 400 AW Photo backpack

Accessories
Phottix Cleon hybrid – Wired and wireless releaseUpgraded, see below. The non-standard battery, short range and unreliable triggering made me get the new one, which uses standard AAA batteries and has reliable radio triggered firing.
Phottix Wireless Flash Trigger/Shutter Release
Phottix offers competitively priced photo accessories, compared to the generally more expensive camera brand and other third party products. This remote/receiver combo would be great for macro photography and group pictures in which I want to roar my own ugly head as well.

Cleaning
Air blower
Lens pen
Visible Dust lens cleaning fluid
Several microfiber cloths

Processing Software
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 RAW editor
LRTimelapse Software for creating timelapse videos
Hugin Panorama photo stitcher

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3 thoughts on “My Gear

  1. We have similar equipment. The teleconverter is something I’ve been considering because it’s difficult to lug around my 80-400mm lens in addition to the 70-200mm.

    Are you happy with yours? I’ll probably rent one before I buy one, but I need to find the time to do a proper comparison.

    • I’m still undecided on the teleconverter. Even in decent light, with good technique, I have a relatively high amount of out of focus shots. Rather than motion blur, it seems to be the AF failing and locking in the wrong place.
      However, my latest session with it during my holidays in southern California yielded fairly good results. I should really take some time to do a thorough test.

      For now, I personally wouldn’t recommend it, but at the same time I’ve heard from others that are quite content with it. Renting it sounds like a good idea.

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