Before we get started with this, an important disclosure.
- Canon 5D Mark IV (Gear Check post)
- Canon 7D Mark II (Gear Check post)
- GoPro Hero 5 Black (Gear Check post)
- Fuji X100F (Gear Check Post)
At the moment I’ve been having something of a closet clean out. Simplifying my gear and taking stock of what gets used the most and what gets the job done. The 5D Mark IV is an incredible camera, a real do-it-all weapon. It has a world-class AF system that can track sports and wildlife with ease, and a high megapixel sensor that delivers enormous images for fine art prints and commercial campaigns. In addition to the 5D, I’ve also recently added the 7D Mark II to my arsenal. The main reason for this is to use it for wildlife photography with my 200-400 f/4. With it’s high FPS, and incredible AF system, this is a near perfect wildlife and sports photography camera. The Hero 5 Black serves as my occasional “behind the scenes” camera for YouTube and social media post content.
- Canon 11-24 f/4 L (Gear Check post)
- Canon 16-35 f/4 L IS (Gear Check post)
- Canon 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L IS II (Gear Check post)
- Canon 8-15 f/4 L
- Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L II
- Canon 100mm f/2.8 L IS Macro
- Canon 70-300 f/4-5.6 L IS
- Canon 200-400 f/4 L IS (Gear Check post)
- Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS II (NEW) (Gear Check Post)
- Canon 24mm f/1.4 L II
- Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM
- Canon 1.4x Extender III
- Canon 2x Extender III
- Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM
The majority of my camera carry solutions come from MindShift Gear which is Think Tank Photo’s sister company, dedicated to outdoor and adventure photography but I also use several of the Think Tank products. If you use my links to reach either the MindShift Gear website, or the Think Tank website, and then spend over $50, you’ll get a free gift at the checkout! For more details on these two special offers, please see the deals page of my site.
- MindShift Gear Ultralight Dual 36L
- MindShift Multi-Mount Holster 20
- MindShift Multi-Mount Holster 50
- MindShift Gear R180 Pro
- MindShift Gear FirstLight 30
- MindShift Gear FirstLight 40
- MindShift Gear Filter Hive
- LowePro Whistler 450 AW
- Think Tank Shape Shifter
- Think Tank My Second Brain Briefcase 15
- Think Tank Skin System
- 3 x Think Tank Pixel Pocket Rocket
NOTE: My Ultimate Adventure Photography Combo is the MindShift Ultralight Dual 36L, paired with a MultiMount Holster 20. This combination of bags provides an unparalleled amount of versatility in a lightweight combination that’s ideal for travel and adventure.
Sometimes a very specific situation calls for a pack with a laser-targeted purpose and when that happens, I usually turn to Arc’teryx’s lineup of adventure packs and convert them for camera usage by adding the previously mentioned MindShift Multi-Mount Holsters either internally or externally.
- Arc’teryx Altra 65 (for multi-day backpacking)
- Arc’teryx Khamski (for backcountry skiing)
- Arc’teryx Alpha FL 30 (waterproof backpack – for kayaking or torrential rain)
- Arc’teryx Alpha FL 45 (as above)
- Camelbak Skyline 10LR (for general mountain biking when carrying a point and shoot)
- 2 x Elinchrom ELB 400
- 2 x Elinchrom Quadra HS Heads
- Elinchrom Skyport HS trigger
- Elinchrom 10m (30ft) Quadra Extension Cable
- Elinchrom Quadra Reflector Adapter MkII
- 2 x Elinchrom Quadra 7″ Reflector
- Elinchrom High Performance Reflector
- Canon 600EX RT
- Canon ST-E3 RT
- Phottix Indra 500
- 3 x PocketWizard PLUS III
- PocketWizard Multimax
- PocketWizard TT5
Just for you guys: Use these links in this list and save 10% in the Peak Design store when you spend more than $19.95. Love their straps and the quick release system! I have their anchor quick releases on all my cameras and longer lenses to let me quickly add and remove straps as needed.
I have reviewed most of the Peak Design products here in the past.
- Peak Design Leash camera strap
- Peak Design Slide camera strap
- Peak Design Clutch hand strap
- Peak Design Cuff hand strap
- Peak Design Capture Camera Clip
- Peak Design Field Pouch
Photographer’s EDC (everyday carry)
No matter the subject, location, situation or location, these are the items that are in my pack, or in my pocket on a daily basis. If this stuff isn’t in my pocket then it’s in a Peak Design Field Pouch because it fits into the top pocket of any of my camera bags, has various carrying options and excellent internal organization with 6 small pockets.
- Leatherman Signal multitool
- Petzl Tikka R+ Headlamp
- MindShift House of Cards memory card wallet
- TriggerTrap shutter cable
- Peak Design Leash strap
- Peak Design Anchors on pretty much everything I own.
- Nite Ize S-Biners of various sizes
- Nite Ize BugLit (Gear Check post)
- DeLorme inReach SE (Gear Check post)
- Goal Zero Venture 30 battery pack
- Field Notes Expedition
- Fisher Space Pen (matte black)
- Really Right Stuff TFA-01 Ultra pocket tripod with BC-18 Microball
- Sony RX10 II
- Sony UWP-D11 Wireless Mics
- Rode NTG-2 Shotgun Mic
- Rode Lavalier Mic
- Rode VideoMicro (only $60!)
- Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Head
- Sound Devices Mix Pre-D Sound Mixer
My filter kit is an important part of my landscape and travel photography gear. My filter case comes on every trip I do because it’s impossible to predict which filters will be needed. In recent times I’ve switched to the Formatt-Hitech Firecrest filters which I find to be extremely neutral in colour. I also think that they’re just a great company, with some great folks working for them and that’s also an important thing for me! Whilst I do own the Hitech 100mm filter holder, I mostly use the Lucroit holder because it’s lighter weight and I often travel a long way with gear on my back.
Save 10% on Formatt-Hitech filters using the coupon code ShutterMuse10 in either their International store or their US store. Note that the linked items in the list below will take you to the products on B&H Photo, to give you another option, but you’ll have to buy direct from Formatt-Hitech to make use of my exclusive discount. They’re always a pleasure to deal with directly.
- Lucroit 100mm filter holder
- 2, 3 and 4-stop Formatt HiTech Firecrest 100x150 graduated ND filters (soft-edged)
- 3,6,10 and 16-stop Formatt HiTech Firecrest screw-on ND filters
- 3 and 6-stop 100mm Formatt HiTech Firecrest ND filters
- 2 x Formatt HiTech Firecrest Ultraslim circular polarizers
- MindShift Gear Filter Hive filter holder
- Canon 52mm drop-in super telephoto filter holder (for my Canon 200-400 f/4)
The Filter Hive from MindShift Gear is the thing that keeps all of this stuff organized, it’s simply brilliant. If you buy it from MindShift Gear using one of my links, you’ll get a free gift at the checkout. More details about this offer can be found here.
Tripods And Support Gear
- Really Right Stuff TVC-24L Tripod
- Really Right Stuff TFC-14 Tripod
- Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ballhead
- Really Right Stuff BH-30 Ballhead
- Really Right Stuff BC-18 Micro Ball
- Really Right Stuff PG-02 LLR Gimbal Head
- ReallyRight Stuff PG-01 Compact Pano/Gimbal Head
- Series 3 Leveling base
- Series 2 Leveling base
- Really Right Stuff B-150B Macro Rail
- LensCoat LensSack Jr bean-bag (Gear Check post)
- + many miscellaneous RRS clamps, plates and doo-dads
“Hey that’s a lot of Really Right Stuff gear you’ve got there Dan!”
Well yes it is quite the collection. Like many people I initially made the mistake of spending money on lower grade support gear. Eventually, pretty quickly in fact, it all failed on me. At this point I purchased my BH-40 ballhead and knew I was an RRS fan for life. The build quality of their products is simply second to none.
- 15″ Retina Macbook Pro
- Dell 4k 2715Q Monitor
- 2 x Drobo 5D
- Wacom Intuous Pro Small
- Lexar Card Reader
- LaCie Rugged RAID 4TB
- LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt 2TB
- 2 x G-Tech G-Drive ATC 1TB
- CalDigit TS2 Thunderbolt Hub
Good binoculars should be in every wildlife photographer’s kit.
This is my go-to bag for just about any time I leave for an extended period of time. At 130 litres, this is an absolutely gigantic bag, but the compression straps allow you to use it when it’s not full. The key thing for me is that it’s easily long enough for me to fit my tripods in, and I can even get umbrellas and softboxes in it as well. It has more pockets that you could ever need, and a lifetime warranty. A lot of my travel gear simply stays packed into this bag at all times so I’m ready to go. I use Arcteryx Index packing cubes inside it to further organise clothing.
I spend a lot of my time outside, so naturally I have amassed a fairly large amount of outdoor and adventure equipment alongside my photographic gear. There’s far too much to list all of it, but these days, the stuff on this list is what I find myself reaching for on a regular basis.
- MSR Guardian water filter (Great for travel too!)
- MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2-man tent
- MSR Fury 2-man tent (for winter use)
- Thermarest NeoAir Trekker sleeping mat
- Thermarest Camper SV sleeping mat
- Sierra Designs Frontcontry 600 sleeping bag
- Nemo Designs Fillo Pillow (Read Gear Check post.)
I’ve always been inspired by great climbing photography, so I’ve recently begun to learn this new discipline to allow me new freedom in the mountains to safely reach new locations.
- Arc’teryx FL365 Harness
- Petzl GriGri 2
- Black Diamond ATC Guide
- Petzl Ascension (left hand)
- Great Wall UAscend
- Arc’teryx Hakku rope bag
- Black Diamond Vector helmet
- Giant pile of carabiners – all shapes and sizes.
- 60m static rope (for ascending and rappelling only)
- 60m dynamic rope (for climbing)
Full disclosure: I get discounted, and sometimes free Arcteryx gear, but keeping warm and dry is such an important part of my work that I wouldn’t use anything that didn’t suit my needs 100%. Here’s my personal favourite pieces of outerwear. You get what you pay for, this stuff will last years and years of intensive usage.
- Arcteryx Beta Shell Glove
- Arcteryx Thorium AR Hoody
- Arcteryx Cerium LT Vest
- Arcteryx Theta SVX Jacket
- Arcteryx Alpha SL Pants
- Arcteryx Fortrez Hoody
- Arcteryx Bora2 Mid GTX Boots
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Where to buy the best gear ?
Once you’ve figured out what it is you’re looking to buy, a common question is “where should I order from?“. Typically I buy my gear from either B&H Photo or Amazon and occasionally Adorama if the other two don’t have it in stock. I’ve experienced exceptional customer service from all three at some point or other and can wholeheartedly recommend them all. Even though I live in Canada I still like to order from B&H in the USA because they allow me to pay all the applicable taxes and duties up front so there are no surprises. This is a service they offer for many countries worldwide, and they now ship to Canada for FREE on orders over $99! That’s a huge deal for me and many of you guys! If you happen to be looking for camera bags for general use or sports photography use then I would definitely recommend checking out Think Tank Photo. You’ll see in my gear list below that I have a number of their carrying solutions in my closet for when I’m traveling or shooting at sporting events which is where their gear really excels. I’m happy to tell you that as a friend of the site and follower of my work, Think Tank Photo will offer you a FREE gift of a small bag or accessory when you purchase more then $50 worth of stuff from their store after clicking through one of my links!
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