I get asked about the equipment I use fairly often, so I put together a general list of all the important stuff in my tool box/bag. Yes, I call them tools because that is exactly what they are. Just like any other artistic device, they are made with a specific purpose in mind.
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Camera & Lenses
I started out with a Nikon D80 and the kit lens that came with it, a 18-135 mm, and since then I have pretty much stuck with Nikon. Although now I mostly use my Nikon D7100 and D500. With the latter, I also use the additional MB-D17 battery grip, this makes it feel quite large, so this option may not be for everyone. The glass I use is usually made by Tamron, so here I have highlighted the ones I use most often.
- Tamron 18-400 mm – A good general purpose lens, I got this one as a replacement for my (now retired) Nikon 70-300 which came to me slightly used by the “Dean of Alligator Wrestling” himself, Time Williams. The Tamron has worked out surprisingly well, and I have come to rely on it quite a bit. You can read more about how I’ve been using it in Tamron’s eNewsletter here.
- Tamron 150-600 – This lens works well for wildlife photography, but has also been a great work horse for me with aviation as well. Again, you can read a bit more about that here on the Tamron website.
- Tamron 15-30 – When Tamron first gave me this lens, I admit that I was a bit skeptical. But it has definitely grown on me, and has actually become one of my favorite lenses. It’s spectacularly sharp, handles well, and has yet to disappoint me.
- Tamron 35mm – A fun, sharp lens, this is the one I use combined with my ND filters for longs exposures.
- Manfrotto Tripod
- Manfrotto XPRO Geared Tripod head – This thing is pretty awesome. I am constantly making micro adjustments, and this handles them well, and keeps my camera exactly where I put it!
- Manfrotto Monopod with feet – Because sometimes a monopod is just easier (at least until I get a carbon fiber tripod).
- Nikon Remote – This thing makes my life during long exposures so much easier!
- Triggertrap – Super easy to use timer that works with our cell phone.
- Hoya Filter – Because sometimes, I want to protect my lens.
- Lee Filters – I have only recently (as in within the last year) began using these. I currently own their Big Stopper, a few ND graduated filters, and their Landscape Polarizer. So far they have proved quite useful and I look forward to working more with them.
- Cleaning Cloth – There a number of little things that are of great use when I am out and about. Not the least of which are my cleaning clothes.
- Solar Battery Back Up – For when I’m not anywhere near an outlet.
- Garmin GPS Unit – I really, really, really, don’t like getting lost!
- Water Pack – I went through dehydration once, it’s not fun. Seriously, drink lots of water!
- Macbook Pro – I’m not fancy. I do my editing on 13″ laptop at the moment.
- Adobe Photoshop – There are a great many options available, and eventually I will learn some of them. But right now I just use what I am comfortable with.
- Topaz Labs Plugins – Topaz Labs has a variety of Photoshop plugins, I use for various projects as needed.