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My Photography Equipment

One of the questions that I get asked all the time is what is in you camera bag and the equipment I use to take photos. This post covers everything I currently use and used in the past. It is updated periodically with new equipment as I upgrade to better my workflow so be sure to bookmark if you are in need of ideas and suggestions for landscape photography camera equipment.

The first question I get asked is my equipment. The same thing happens every time I share a behind the scenes on my Instagram Stories. So I thought it would be helpful to create a detailed post of the equipment I use for all the photography since I started it back in 2012. I plan on updating this post as I purchase and use new equipment.

Disclaimer: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links. I use all of the products listed below and recommend them because I own and use them on a regular basis.

Cameras:

  • Nikon Z7 (Full Frame, Mirrorless): I have been using this camera since June of 2020 and I cannot recommend it enough. I bought it when I decided to switch from DSRL to Mirrorless Camera. It takes incredible clean and sharp pictures at very High resolution.With 45 Megapixel this camera has a sensor with an amazing dynamic range.
  • Nikon D800 (Full Frame): This was my first DSLR camera. Every photo you see on this website until June of 2020 was taken with this camera. While they no longer produce this particular model, Nikon they regularly updates its D8xx series.I no longer use this camera for photography. Instead, I mainly use this as my second camera.

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Lenses:

  • Nikon  Z 14-30 mm F/4 S: Is ultra-wide lens for full-frame mirrorless system. It’s optically superb, has no distortion as shot, makes pretty good sunstars and it’s super light and compact. For landscape photography I would recommend this one.
  • Nikon AF-S 24-70 mm, F/2.8E ED VR: This zoom lens It is my go-to travel lens,  is a superb performer, very sharp.
  • Nikon AF-S 70-200 mm f/2.8E FL ED VR: This telephoto lens is very sharp.The high brightness is ideal for shots in low light. The large aperture is also very well suited for getting a beautiful background blur, for example in nature shots.
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G: This is a very compact lens that I only use when I want to travel very light, it is a very fast lens with a medium range.
  • Samyang MF 14mm F2.8 Z Nikon Z:  I recently purchased this lens , it is an ultra-wide manual focus lens and I most use when I photograph the Milky Way. I have been enjoying the details that I can highlight within my nightscape  photography using this lens.
  • Nikon Tc-20E Af-S Iii Teleconverter: Effectively doubles the focal length of select lenses, and is the world’s first teleconverter to feature an aspherical element to virtually eliminate coma and other aberrations even at wide apertures.
  • Nikon FTZ adapter: This is a must have item if you currently own F lenses you wish to use on a Z7 mirrorless camera. It has almost no impact on the photographic results of the lens being used.

Tripod:

  • Gitzo Systematic  series 3 GT3543LS: This is the most stable tripod I ever seen , it is a 4 section carbon fiber tripod.  It is a bit heavy but this is a my got to tripod when I need my camera to be stable also in very bad whether condition.
  • Giottos VGR8265-M2N Carbon Fiber Tripod/Monopod :with Arca QR Ballhead : This has been my first tripod since I started back in 2012. It is very durable, light weight, and gives me the perfect height. It is very small when folded making. This is my go to tripod when I travel or plan long distance hike.
  • Really Right Stuff BH 55 LR: This is the ball head I use with Gitzo tripod to hold the camera safely. Looking at the specifications, you might not realize the fact that the BH-55 is no small ball head. It is the biggest one Really Right Stuff makes. With a base diameter of 74mm. Regarding the quality the Really Right Stuff BH-55 is built to last, I love this Tripod head 
  • Leofoto MT-03+LH-25 Table Tripod: I bring with me this tripod when i travel, it is a table tripod but also very stable.
  • Leofoto Multipurpose clamp MC-100: This clam is very useful when I need to attach the camera to a hand rail or similar ,I used many time and I can guarantee that is very comfortable to have .

Camera Bag:

  • Shimoda Action X30 Backpacks with Core Unit: Is a 30L capacity Backpack expandable up to 37L . For me, the Shimoda Action X 30 had the perfect amount of storage. It can take on two camera bodies, four lenses,  and still have room for essentials Hike layers, food, and water.It is perfect   bag for  hike , landscape, astrophotography photography. The build quality is amazing.
 

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Memory Cards:

Remote Controls:

When I am on the field i always bring with me more than one remote control in case one stop to work or the battery go off

  • Pixel Pro 2.4GHz TW283-DC2: I use a remote control for most of my photography, This is a great and chip product with many function  that you can use if you are shooting with a Nikon mirrorless camera. This allow me to take a picture even if i am very far from the camera like when i scouting for new compositions. This wireless control I think it is a good investment, especially because not having the cord attached to the camera minimizes the possibility of camera shake, which could potentially be a huge issue when you are trying to shoot long exposure.

  • Photoolex T710N: This remote is compatible with both of my camera as well very cheap but good.
  • Cellonic: My spare compact controller

Camera Maintenance & Cleaning:

       I clean my camera bodies and lenses after each shot day, since i shot always in dusty and windy environment they get so dirty and require regular cleaning. The following is the kit I own along with the spray I use to clean my lenses. I find that they are a fairly inexpensive solution for keeping my equipment dust free and in top shape.

External Hard Drive For Data BackUp:

      Backing up your data is very  important  . And when you work with such big files then you need a reliable hard drive to store them. Over the year i used many hard drive, below is the list:

Accessories:

My Photography equipment

Batteries:

  • Nikon EN-EL15c: You do never want remain without battery especially when you are on a long hike , i have four of this that i can use with boot cameras

Lens Filters and Holder:

Recently with new  technologies the Camera dynamic Range has improved a lot, many photographer they do not use anymore filters for Landscape Photography to avoid to carry more weight in their bag. I still believe that filters are essential if you want to achieve specific results and as well very important during Long Exposure. On the market there are many good brand, in my opinion Nisi is one of the best Filters Brand you can find. This below is all Nisi equipment i use during my shots.

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Remember

It is not the Camera or equipment, It is the Photographer. 

Keep practicing and never give up.

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