I am frequently asked about my equipment. Good equipment gives you the chance to make a good photograph but the camera is only the vehicle that captures the image. Our eyes see what the camera captures. I use exclusively FUJI mirrorless cameras and FUJINON lenses but the most important thing is to develop your personal vision and only then worry about acquiring top rated gear.
FUJI MIRRORLESS (X series)
CAMERA BODIES: XT-1, XE-2, X-T10 (Battery Grip on the XT-1)
LENSES: All Fuji: XF14mm F2.8 R / F35mmF2 IS WR / XF18-55mm F2.4-4 R LM OIS / XF16-55mm F 2.8 R LM WR / XF18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR / XF 50-140 F 2.8 R LM OIS WR / XF90mm F 2.0 R LM WR / XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR / XF60mm F2.4 Macro (with extension tubes by Fuji) / XF55-200 F.3.5-4.8 R LM OIS
For Macro, at times, I will use a Nikon 5T or 6T or Canon 500D dioptors to gain closer magnification. I also use focusing rails made by Really Right Stuff.
TELECONVERTERS: XF 1.4X TC WR 1.4 XF 2X TC WR
CAMERA BAGS: I’ve been through so many camera bags it’s not even funny anymore. I have now found what I believe to be the best bags available, and they’re made by TAMRAC. Tamrac used to be GURA GEAR. My favorite absolute bags (though they don’t make them anymore) are the Bataflae 18L and the KIBOKO 22L.
FILTERS: I use exclusively SINGH-RAY filters. They are the top pick of most working professionals. Tell them Jack sent you! www.singh-ray.com
- 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. 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: DIGITAL FOCI, I use the Picture Porter 35. It allows me to view RAW images (and all other formats) that I have backed up. I also can copy directly from a USB drive if I need to. I can also rename or move images around in my folders easily. Add that to a 90sec/GB copy speed … this is a winner!
TRIPODS: “There are two kinds of tripods, ones that are easy to carry, and good ones” … Bill Fortney, Nikon USA
I recommend a good quality, tripod and ball head. I use a tripod virtually all of the time when photographing the landscape. My main tripod is a Really Right Stuff TVS Versa 33 carbon fiber tripod along with a TA-3-LB leveling base- a huge help in photographing panoramas. When shooting from my vehicle I always use the Window Mount with my BH55 from KIRK PHOTO.
PRINTING: MAGNA CHROME is without a doubt to leader in metal (aluminum prints). They also offer unique framing options. These folks really know how to print on metal. I totally trust them to fine-tune images as needed as well.
I am currently using the following software:
- Latest versions of Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom CC
- 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)
- TOPAZ –Noise Reduction
- ON ONE–some of their programs especially perfect Resize for resizing to bigger prints
- 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, though I actually do little printing myself
My absolute favorite place to get equipment is Outdoor Photo Gear, they carry items other don’t, they have great prices, great customer service and they are the most knowledgeable retailers in the field. The bottom lines is…these folks “get it!”