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 50-140 F 2.8 60mm F4 Macro 55-200 F.3.5 60mm Macro
NIKON MACRO LENS using adaptor for the Fuji X Camera: Nikon 200.f4 Macro
They make many other cool products. Please give them a close look. You will not be disappointed.
I use exclusively SINGH-RAY Filters. Simply put--they ARE the best and the choice of most working professionals. www.singh-ray.com. Tell them Jack sent you!
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. Filter
Singh Ray 10 & 15 stop MOR-SLO ND Filters for long exposures
Nikon Circular Polarizers and Lens Hoods for all Lenses
Nikon Remote Releases
IMAGE BACKUP in the FIELD by DIGITAL FOCI
AS YOU KNOW THIS IS IMPERATIVE. I use the Picture Porter 35. It allows me to view RAW images (+ all other formats) that I have backed up. I also can copy directly from a USB drive if I need to. It is really easy to import to a second backup hard drive when I get home. I can also rename or move images around in my folders easily. Add that to a 90sec/GB copy speed ... this is a winner!
NIKON 200mm f4 Macro.
I will at times use a Nikon 5T or 6T or Canon 500D Dioptors to gain closer magnification. I also use my 60.. ( 90 equil) Fuji lens on my Fuji Cameras
Do 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/
Are you looking for that special photo accessory that your local camera store (or even the big name catalog guys) don't carry?????......--LOOK NO MORE...Without question.....Outdoor Photo Gear offers these type of products as well as a wide selection of quality photo gear at great prices, while giving you the very best customer service you will find anywhere--online or in person.
At Outdoor Photo Gear, the employees ( from the owner on down!) works right next to the products they 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 the products to your door; according to your specifications. As photographers, these folks actually use what they sell. The bottom lines is ... these folks "get it"!
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.
When shooting from my vehicle I always use the Window Mount with my BH55. from KIRK PHOTO
"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
FLASH: NIKON SB900
Photoflex® LiteDisc diffusers & reflectors (various sizes)
Walt Anderson Better Beamer Flash Extender
I use the complete set of LENSBABY products
2 chamois, Lens cleaning cloths, Large bubble dust blower, Sensor cleaning material
Leatherman™, Small screwdrivers, Toothbrush, Insect repellent, Small first aid kit
(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.