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What's In My Camera bag

Updated: Apr 11

I sometimes get asked about the equipment that I use to make my images. I thought I’d put together a list of items that I use on a regular basis along with a brief summary of what I like about that particular piece of equipment.



My Camera

Canon 6D Mark II Camera - I love this camera. It is advanced enough to give me all the features I need but not as pricey as some of the more advanced models. The sharpness and the lack of noise in this camera is excellent.


My Lenses

Canon 17-40mm f4 L Series Lens - My super wide angle lens for when I need it.

Canon 24-105mm f4 L Series Lens - This is my work horse lens. I use this one probably 80% of the time.

Canon 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 L Series Lens - My big zoom lens. It is a great lens and a great price for what it does. Though I wouldn't suggest it if you are a full-time wildlife or sports photographer as it isn't fast enough for those situations.

Canon 100mm Macro f2.8 Lens - Love this lens. It is a lot of fun to work with macros and it is tack sharp. It also works well for portrait photography too.

Canon Extender 1.4x - I keep one of these extenders in my bag pretty much all the time in case I get in a situation where I need a little extra reach.

Canon Extension Tube - Sometimes I don't want to haul around my macro lens particularly when I am traveling. This little guy is a perfect substitute in those situations.



My Camera Bag

Atlas Pack Athlete Edition - I have a number of camera bags but I love this one the most. It is designed as a hiking pack as well as a camera bag. So it is super comfortable to carry and has a ton of storage. You can also remove the hip belt and frame so it can pack down even smaller and fit under an airplane seat. Couldn't recommend this bag more.


My Accessories

Hoodman Loop - Perfect when you need to see your screen on a bright sunny day.

Lee Filter Kit - Every landscape photographer needs a filter kit. Mine includes a polarizer, ND filters and graduated ND filters. LumeCube Light - This is one of my newest items. It is a super bright light that I can use in replacement of a flash. I can adjust the level of light as well as the color it produces. I can also use it to light paint at night. And as an added bonus it serves as a charging device if needed.

Peak Design Capture Clip - This little guy is another helpful tool. It clicks to my camera bag's chest strap and allows me to hook my camera to it when I am hiking around thus allowing me easy access to my camera.

Headlight - Another necessary tool of the landscape photographer.

Camera Rain Coat / Camera Bag Rain Cover - You never know when you will get caught in a downpour. Other Standard Accessories - This includes camera batteries, charger, SD cards, cleaning kit, remote camera trigger, and lens hoods.


My Tripod

Feisol CT-3442 Tripod - Great tripod particularly for the price. I love it as it packs down to 18.9 inches but extends to 54.3 inches and only weighs 2.5 pounds.

RRS BH-40 Ballhead - One of the best ballheads around.

L-Bracket - Once you start using an L-Bracket you will never go back.

Rock Bag - This attaches to my tripod as a little basket and allows me to juggle gear whilst doing such tasks as changing lenses and adding filters. It also is helpful if I ever need to weigh my tripod down (if it is windy or in the water).

PlatyPod Ultra - Another helpful tripod (though technically not a tripod) particularly if you are in a location that doesn't allow tripods.


For My Drone Photography

Mavic Air Drone - This is a great drone and a lot of fun. Unfortunately the laws have cracked down so much on drones that you pretty much can't fly it anywhere you would actually want to fly it. So I don't seem to carry it around much anymore.

For My iPhone

Selfie Stick & Remote - My wife and I always bring one with us when we travel.

Moment Lenses - These lenses hook onto the iPhone so you can take wider pictures or zoom in. I find the wide angle lens is the best and the zoom lens distorts the image some so I pretty much just stick with the wide angle lens.


Other Stuff I Carry With Me

Butt Pad - So I have someplace comfy and dry to sit.

Matador Mini Pocket Blanket - So I can spread it out on the ground to keep myself dry if I am laying down.

Essentials Kit – Advil, Kleenax, Band Aids, Hand Sanitizer, Multitool, Knife.

Water & Snacks - If I am hiking much I will toss in some snacks and water.

Light Rain Jacket / Umbrella - I just keep it in my bag along with my camera rain gear for when I need it. Vallerret Markhof Pro Model 2.0 Photography Gloves - If it is going to be cold, these are awesome to keep your hands warm. The finger tips for the thumb and index finger flip off so you can work your camera as needed.


Post-Production Work & Editing

Adobe Lightroom - My work horse where most of my editing occurs.

Adobe Photoshop - Sometimes you just need a bit more done to the photo and this is where Adobe Photoshop comes in.


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