#1 Kit – The best kit is the one you have with you right? So I try not to burden myself with fixed zooms, big bodies, and 10lbs tripods. Sure, if I have a specific image in mind, working out of my car, or hiking to a remote destination to photograph a herd of unicorns I might take some bigger glass and a backup body. However, for most of my work I take this kit with me 75% of the time. It goes everywhere with me (running errands, commuting to work, family functions, etc). It also serves as a well rounded travel companion. The kit is light, modular, and doesn’t get in my way. I fashioned a shoulder strap to my tripod so it can hang from one shoulder, and my Lowepro from the other. It is easy to work out of and because it is light I can comfortably operate with it all day.
***Unless otherwise noted, everything listed below is in the bag at all times, just waiting for inspiration to strike!
Constant Carry Lenses
- Nikon 28-300mm VR II
- Nikkor 45mm PCE – Click for photos
- Nikkor 20mm AFD 2.8 – Click for photos
- Sigma 15mm Fisheye – Click for photos
- Lowepro Toploader 65 (discontinued)
- Lowepro 2S Lens Case (2x)
- X-Rite Color Checker Passport
- Cable release
- LensPen, cloth, and cleaner
- Hotshoe bubble level
- Lumiquest diffuser (if I’m packin’ a flash)
- Super compact yet highly absorbent towel (2x) – 1 for the camera and 1 for tripod mud.
- Extra batteries
- Mini-Mag flashlight
- Camera raincoat (cheap plastic bag)
- Stopwatch for long exposures
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- Gitzo Traveler
- Markins Q3T Ballhead
- Really Right Stuff L-bracket
- Nikkor 17-35 2.8 AFS – Click for photos
- Nikkor 80-200 AFD – Click for photos
- Nikkor 105mm 2.8AFS VR Micro – Click for photos
- Nikkor 60mm 2.8D AF Micro – Click for photos
- Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D AFS VR – Click for photos
- Lee Foundation System 4×6 filter holder w/ 77mm adapter ring
- Singh-Ray 3 stop RGND
- Singh-Ray 2 stop GND (hard edge)
- Singh-Ray 2 GND (soft edge)
- Singh-Ray 1 GND (soft edge)
- Nikon SB900
- Nikon SB600
Go-Lite Run/Hike/Bike Kit – When I’m out on a run, a Go-Lite hike, or a bike ride I am packing an full HDR capable kit including a tripod and a couple thousand songs (iPods are amazing). My camera of choice is the Panasonic Lumix LX5. You can find my review of it here. For support, I pack a Gorillapod SLR Kit.
Lastly, here are some images I have made with my gear over the years…..