WHAT'S IN MY CAMERA BAG?

Camera Kit

The cameras I use.

     1.  Nikon D800 Digital SLR 36.3 MP

      Major step-up from my D300s and 700.   Smooth and quiet shooting, and typically

      like to shoot raw, and then play with the pictures, but never manipulating beyond

      reality.

     2.  Sony Cybershot DSC - TX200V Digital 18.2 MP​

     Perfect waterproof camera for mountain trail running, shooting under water, and

     being out in the Pacific Northwest elements.  Has a great panoramic feature on it as

     well.

​     3.  Apple iPhone 5 - 8 MP

     I use a LifeProof case to keep it dry from moisture and ensure no dust gets inside. 

     Won't leave home without the case.  Takes great panoramic shots for a smart phone.

     Pro HDR  and Marksta (watermark) apps are great additions too.

The glass (aka lenses) that goes in front to make it all happen.

     1.  50mm f/1.4 SIC Nikkor Prime lens

     Great all-around portrait lens for indoor and outside shooting, with close-up subjects.

     2.  14mm - 24mm f/2.8G ED VR AF-S Nikkor Wide Angle Lens

     A superior lens for wide-angle and panoramic shooting outdoors, landscapes, depth

     of subject much further away, and great zoom-out perspective.

     3.  16mm f/2.8D ED AF Nikkor Fisheye Lens

     Like this for the special effects of 180 degree and aerial coverage.  Very lightweight

     lens, with choice of 4 filters (one on at all times), that go on the back end.



     4.  105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor Lens

     The aperture leaves a beautiful bokeh and a razor-sharp finish to the subject.  Must

     have for macro shooting and for showcasing lifestyle details.  Somewhat heavy lens

     (1.7 lbs), but worth it for vibration-reduction and smooth snapping.



     5.  28mm - 300mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED VR AF-S Nikkor Zoom Lens

     A great lens to take on the trail or downtown, that's great focusing on subjects in

     action, as well as working on distance, or in landscape.

     6.  135mm f/2.0D AF DC Nikkor Lens

     Very high quality lens built like a tank, sharp as a tack, amazing bokeh for portraiture.

     7.  200mm f/4.0D ED-IF AF Nikkor lens

     Heavy lens, and one that I use primarily on a tripod, macro shooting insects, flowers,

     mushrooms....and really anything that I'm looking to shoot detail on. This lens also

     provide beautiful bokeh behind the subject.

Next on the shopping list?

     1.  400mm f/2.8G ED VR AF Nikkor lens

     Ultrafast and quite telephoto lens that's quite robust and made of lightweight

     construction.  Great for birding and distance.

The "Dream" Lens

     1.  200mm - 500mm f/2.8 EX DG APO AF Sigma lens

     For the ultimate bird and nature enthusiast, this will pick up a Bald Eagle's eyelid

     wrinkles from half a mile away.  For the price of this lens, could buy a house and 20-

     acres.

Memory

     1.  SanDisk 32GB Memory Card Extreme Pro Class 10 UHS-I

     Fast and reliable.  It may be notworthy that this card is waterproof and x-ray proof,

     but doesn't specifcy that it's magnet proof as other brands' documentation does.

     2.  Lexar Professional 1000x 32GB CompactFlash Memory Card

     Works well, This is an excellent UDMA-7 CompactFlash card that is suitable for the

     most demanding, large and fast camera buffer, and high-frame-rate photo and video

     applications. 

   

Travel Pack

Lighting

     1.  Impact - Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 lamps)

     When shooting with these "wrap around" lights, I've been using primarly f/2 for

     extreme shallow depth of field and shutter anywhere from 200-400 depending on

     how many of the 9 bulbs are on, and how closse the subject is.  

    2.  Interfit Super Cool-lite 5 Two LIght Kit (120V AC)

    I like that the kits provide soft uniform diffused lighting.  I've been using them

    primarily light pop-up tents, for portrait and still shots of subjects

In the field I use...

     1.  Cotton Carrier Camera Vest

     Really helps to balance the weight, while I'm active snowshoeing, mountain trekking,

     or have two dogs on leash.

     2.  Really Right Stuff TVC-33 Tripod with BH-55LR Ballhead

     It's carbon fiber, rock solid, and beefy enough to handle the big glass (once my

     pocketbook  recovers).   Just 6 lbs, which strapped to a backpack for several hours, is

     easily managable.

     3.  Pentax 10x50 DCF Binoculars

     Waterproof and fogproof, ideal for use in the PNW for spotting wildlife.  Not as ideal

     for small birds.

     4.  Nikon Fieldscope ED 50mm Spotting Scope

     Like the straight viewing model (as opposed to angled).  Waterproof and dustproof.