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Equipment

 

I am frequently asked about my equipment. Good equipment gives you the chance to make a good photograph. You must do the rest. I use exclusively FUJI Mirrorless cameras as well as Nikon® equipment. That is not to say other manufacturers don’t make excellent equipment. Below is the list of my current equipment. Remember, you only need to buy the equipment needed to take the images you like to make.

The camera is only the vehicle that captures the image. Our eyes see what the camera captures. Having the best gear without the vision is useless. It is important to develop your personal vision and only then worry about acquiring top rated gear. I always remember how I felt when I was asked if my camera takes good pictures, or when someone said that I must own an expensive lens! 

 

FUJI MIRRORLESS (X series)

CAMERA BODIES:   XT-1  AND THE XE-2 (Battery Grip on the XT-1)

LENSES: All  Fuji ..... 14mm F2.8    18-55mm F2.8    55-200 F.3.5  60mm Macro

NIKON MACRO LENS  using adaptor for the Fuji X  Camera:  Nikon 200.f4 Macro

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At times I will still use my NIKON Equipment as well

NIKON

CAMERA BODIES:      NIKON D 700's & D200 Backup,  Canon G 10

LENSES: ALL NIKON  (I use the appropriate lens hoods for all lenses)
Nikon 17-35 f2.8
Nikon 28-70 f 2.8
Nikon 80-200mm f 2.8
Nikon 200.f4 Macro
Nikon 300 f4 ED-IF

My travel & street photography lens: Nikon 28-300 f3.5-5.0G ED VR

Nikon Teleconverter and extension tubes 

 

CAMERA BAGS

Are you like me … a member of the “Bag of the Month Club”? I hope not. I’ve been through so many camera bags it’s not even funny anymore. I have now settled on what I’ve found to be the best bags available. They are made by GURA GEAR, located in Logan, Utah.
 
WHY GURA GEAR? Last February at the North American Nature Photographers Summit in Jacksonville I came face to face with these products I have heard so much about from some of my fellow pro photographers. Like me, they tend to not be kind on camera bags, based on where we travel.  I had a conversation with Art Wolfe about these products and in a minute he was selling me on them. Well, if it’s good enough for Art (from my point of view the best photographer alive!) it’s good enough for me.  Are they the cheapest bags on the market? Far from it. However, like my tripods and ball heads, I believe in getting the best I can afford as it’s a saving to do so in the long term.
 
The other (and main reason) is that these folks really get it. They use the best material available, (fabric, zippers, etc.) without skimping to save a few pennies. And equally they are just good people.
 
You can read their press HERE. It speaks for itself.
 
My 1st go to pack is the UINTA, a modular design that is small, lightweight but extremely rugged and is made of perhaps the most water resistant material in the market. The harness ( the part that is on your back) is breathable which is really nice on warm days. The zippers are the best available and water resistant ( yes water resistant.  This bag is so well made I bet it would even stand a dunk in a lake( though Gura Gear wont actually make that statement.  I really love how you can customize the pack using the available modules. As well it looks more like an everyday backpack instead of screaming "camera Bag---steal me" An available ( not included) accessory goes on the front and will allow you to carry a water bladder and tripod easily.... Don't worry, your thin laptop fits in perfectly too.... Check  out the Uinta  HERE.You will love this bag.!!!!!!
 
My second main pack is the Bataflae 18L. In it I currently have my Nikon D700, 3 zoom lenses ranging from 17 to 200 mm, 6 Singh Ray Filters and holder, two polarizers, a Hoodman, extra batteries, remote radio controlled shutter release, 5 landscapes and more. My older bag, which was made by one of their competitors, wasn’t deep enough for my needs. The pack is comfortable on long treks and is great in the rain. There are 2 good sized pockets on the top where I store more accessories and protection (and some food as well!)  More importantly it’s only 4.2 lbs., which is essential for international travel.
 
Gura Gear bags use water resistant YKK RC FUSE zippers that are reverse sewn to maximize surface area and repel water. This keeps everything dry. And here in Oregon, that’s important to me.
 
The larger Bataflae 26L and 32L open two different ways to best suit your needs, butterfly and full. The butterfly opening is perfect for working in tight spaces or outdoors in the elements.
 

They make many other cool products. Please give them a close look. You will not be disappointed.

 

FILTERS

Singh-Ray Filters LogoI use exclusively SINGH-RAY Filters. Simply put--they ARE the best and the choice of most working pro's. www.singh-ray.com. Tell them Jack sent you!

Singh-Ray Warming-Polarizer
Singh-Ray 2 & stop graduated & 3 stop hard Graduated ND Filters
Singh Ray 3 stop Reverse Graduated ND Filter
Singh-Ray 8 stop Vari Pol. FilterSingh Ray 10 & 15 stop MOR-SLO ND Filters for long exposures
Nikon Circular Polarizers and Lens Hoods for all Lenses
Nikon Remote Releases 

 

MACRO:

NIKON 200mm f4 Macro.
I will at times use a Nikon 5T or 6T or Canon 500D Dioptors to gain closer magnification. 

PANORAMA

nodal ninjaDo you love PANORAMA images as much as I do? I am currently using the new M1.. panoroma system from NODAL NINJA. This, as well as all their systems solves the parallax problem! http://www.nodalninja.com/ .

Once a camera is properly mounted on a pano head the photographer is able to take multiple images, horizontally and/or vertically, without any subsequent parallax error. Parallax, simply put, is the apparent shifting of objects in the foreground to the background. There is a point inside every lens called the No Parallax Point (NPP). The proper technical term is "entrance pupil" but many refer the NPP as the nodal point, hence Nodal Ninja.

Eliminating parallax is key when needing to "seamlessly" stitch adjoining images together to form a single composite. From as little as 2 shots across the horizon, to dozens or hundreds of multi image shots, photographers are able to produce stunning mosaics and full 360 x 180 degree interactive panoramas. Nodal Ninja is a valuable tool for any photographer's camera bag. Learn more about panoramic photography
 

This is GREAT Panorama software  http://www.ptgui.com/

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At Outdoor Photo Gear, the employees ( from the owner on down!)  works right next to the products we sell.  Their  shelves are fully stocked. These folks can, either by email or personally on the phone...provide you information with our products in hand, so you can get answers to your most important questions. When you call or email  they can let you know about inventory status which may be crucial when delivery of a time-sensitive order is critical. At OUTDOOR PHOTO GEAR,they personally pick, pack, and ship our products to your door; according to your specifications.  As photographers, these folks actually use what we sell.....the bottom lines is that these folks "get it"! 

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I recommend a good quality, tripod and ball head. I currently am using the BH55 from The Really Right Stuff®  I also use their focusing rails when shooting macro.

 

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When shooting from my vehicle I always use the Window Mount with my BH55. from KIRK PHOTO 

 

TRIPODS

 

"There are two kinds of tripods, ones that are easy to carry, and good ones"  ... Bill Fortney, Nikon USA

I use a tripod virtually all of the time when photographing  the landscape. Handheld shots, when not using flash are few. My main tripod is a  Really Right Stuff TVS Versa 33 carbon fiber tripod along with aTA-3-LB  leveling base which greatly aids in making photographing panoramas.

NOTE: If your tripod does not accept the TA-3-LB you can accomplish the same thing by buying the PCL-1 from the really Right Stuff www.reallyrightstuff.com . This plate accepts the PCL-DVTL which mounts on the leveling plate. The plate is essentially an Arca Swiss plate that will fit into any ball head accepting Arca Swiss plates. The PCL-1 eliminates lots of steps in leveling your camera in order to make quality panorama images. For lots of info on making panorama images pleases read my article on Panorama Photography

ACCESSORIES:

FLASH:  NIKON SB900

Photoflex® LiteDisc diffusers & reflectors (various sizes) 

Walt Anderson Better Beamer Flash Extender 

I use the complete set of LENSBABY products 
 

MISC ACCESSORIES:

2 chamois,  Lens cleaning cloths,  Large bubble dust blower, Sensor cleaning material
Leatherman™, Small screwdrivers, Toothbrush, Insect repellent, Small first aid kit

 

IMAGE  PROCESSING

(Details of my image processing workflow are found in my current E-Book; Series 1 -- for sale on this website)

 

I currently am using the following software:

Adobe Photoshop CC7

Adobe Lightroom 5.3

NIK SOFTWARE ( VIVEZA 2.0, Define2.0, Sharpener Pro 3.0, Color Efex Pro 4 and Silver Efex Pro 2.0 for B & W conversion)

I use Breeze Browser Pro to do my initial sort and edit, then move into Bridge or Lightroom for more editing as well as Camera Raw conversion.

Eye One Display2 from X-rite monitor calibration systems are used to calibrate my 2 monitors.

Epson Printers along with either Ilford Gold Fiber Silk  or Epson Fine Art Matte Paper are used for printing. 



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