Gear I use

What to pack? ....shot at the DC Zoo
What to pack? ….shot at the DC Zoo

Packing for a vacation is tough already because you never know what might be in store for you.  We photographers have an even tougher element to figure out when packing:  never missing that perfect shot!

I am a Canon shooter, and chose from these items when packing:


Canon 1D Mark II (shutter broken – keep for sentimental value)
Canon 1D Mark III (590nm Infrared converted)
Canon 1Ds Mark III
Canon 7D Mark II
Canon 5DsR
Canon Rebel XSi (fiance’s)
Canon SD550 P&S for pocket
Canon S100 P&S for pocket
GoPro Hero3
Olympus TG-3 P&S for underwater
DJI Phantom 4
DJI Osmo


Canon 600mm f4L IS
Canon 400mm f4 IS DO
Canon 300mm f2.8L IS
Canon 180mm f3.5L Macro
Canon 90mm f2.8 TS/E
Canon 85mm f1.2L Mark II
Canon 50mm f1.4 USM
Canon 40mm f2.8 STM Pancake
Canon 24mm f3.5L TS/E Mark II
Zenitar 16mm f2.8 Fisheye

Canon 100-400mm f4-5.6L IS Mark II
Canon 70-300mm f3.5-5.6L IS
Canon 24-105mm f4L IS
Canon 24-70mm f4L IS
Canon 24-70mm f2.8L Mark II
Canon 16-35mm f4L IS

Canon 1.4x Teleconverter II
Canon 2.0x Teleconverter II
Kenko Extension Set


B+W 77mm Circular Polarizer F-Pro
B+W 77mm Neutral Density 3.0 #110
B+W 77mm UV for weather-sealing purposes
Formatt Hitech 4×6″ Soft Edge Graduated 0.6 ND
Formatt Hitech 4×6″ Reverse Graduated 0.6 ND
Formatt Hitech 4×4″ ProStop 1.8 IRND
Formatt Hitech 105mm Circular Polarizer
Singh-Ray 4×6″ Galen Rowell Hard Edge Graduated 3-Stop ND 4×6″
Singh-Ray 105mm(ish) Sprocket Gold-N-Blue Polarizer
Singh-Ray 77mm Gold-N-Blue Polarizer
Canon 52mm drop-in Circular Polarizer


Canon 430ex Speedlight
Yongnuo YN-560III x2
Yongnuo RF-603II C3 x2 pairs
Wimberly F-2 Macro Bracket
Vello Mini Soft Box
Canon Off-Shoe Cord 2
Better Beamer
Cowboy Studios Double Off-Camera Flash kit
Impact IMR122 5-in-1 Collapsible 22″ reflector


Markins Q-Ball M20
Markins Q-Ball Q3
Sirui K-40X Ballhead
Oben BC-139 Ballhead
Wimberly WH-200 Gimbal II
Wimberly Sidekick
Bogen 3232 Monopod Head

Gitzo GM5561T Monopod
Gitzo GT5542LS Tripod Legs
Gitzo GT3530S Tripod Legs
Gitzo GT1514T Tripod Legs
Bogen 3229 Monopod
Berlebach Mini-Sized Tripod in nutwood brown

Wimberly C-10
Wimberly P5, P10, P20, P30 Plates
Wimberly The Plamp II & 12″ extension
Kirk PZ-161 plate for Canon 7D MKII
Novoflex XD Cross Clamp for Q Mount
The Vest Guy’s Large Camera beanbag
Hoodman 3″ screen loupe
Novoflex Panorama VR System II (for panos and focus stacking macro shots)


Black Rapid Yeti and Acratech Swift Clamp x2
Op/Tech & LensCoat hood caps for super telephotos
Op/Tech POTN neck strap
Op/Tech Pro neck strap
Op/Tech Tripod Strap
Canon Remote Shutter Release cord RS-80N3
Opus BT-C2000 NiMH AA battery charger
AmazonBasics AA Rechargable AA batteries (for flash)


Mindshift Gear Horizon Rotation180 34L
Mindshift Gear Firstlight 20L
Mindshift Gear Filter Hive Mini
ThinkTank Urban Disguise 50 Classic
ThinkTank Digital Holster 20 + the Holster Harness V2
ThinkTank Speed Demon V2
ThinkTank Pee Wee Pixel Pocket Rocket
ThinkTank 8 AA Battery Holder
ThinkTank Pro Speed Belt V2
ThinkTank Pixel Racing Harness V2
ThinkTank Skin 75 Pop Down V2
ThinkTank Lens Drop
ThinkTank Speed Changer V2
ThinkTank Skin 50 V2
ThinkTank R U Hot?
ThinkTank Glass Taxi

F-Stop Tilopa BC & F-Stop Small Pro ICU x2 & Large ICU
Gura Gear Bataflae 32L
Pelican 1510
Pelican 1200 for GoPro
Lowepro S&F Filter Pouch 100
Lowepro Flipside 300
Crumpler 7 Million Dollar Home
Overboard 5L Waterproof Drybag
Forgot the name 5L Waterproof Drybag
Sea & Summit 13L Waterproof Drybag
Sea & Summit 35L Waterproof Drybag

DJI Osmo
DJI Phantom 4


Previously-Owned Stuff (feel free to ask about any of these items)

Canon 1D Mark IIn
Canon 1Ds Mark II
Canon 1Ds (wish I still had this body because it made very artistic photos)
Canon 350D (Rebel XT) w/ grip (too small)
Canon 50D
Canon 20D w/ grip
Canon 70-200mm f2.8L IS
Canon 17-40mm f4L
Canon 500mm f4IS
Canon 400mm f5.6(wish I still had this lens – it was sharp!)
Canon 50mm f1.8
Canon 24mm f3.5L TS/E
Canon EF-S 60mm Macro
Canon EF-S 18-55mm kit
Canon 100mm f2.8 Macro
Canon 35mm f2.0
Canon 20mm f2.8
Canon 550ex Speedlight
Sigma 70-200mm f2.8
Sigma 1.4x Teleconverter
Tamron 28-75mm f2.8
Tokina 12-24mm f4
Tamrac Expedition 5
Bogen 3021bn Tripod Legs
Bogen 488RC2 Ballhead
Sony DCS-F717 for IR
Bogen 3421 Heavy Telephoto Gimbal Head
Tamrac Velocity 9
Lowepro Photo Trekker AW II
Lowepro Sling AW200
Epson P-2000
Promaster 72mm Circular Polarizer
Hoya 58mm R72 Infrared
Bogen 2905 Swivel Umbrella Adapter
Bogen 3361 8′ Lightstand
Photogenic “Eclipse” 60″ Umbrella
Stroboframe Flash Mount
SBM Supreme Flash Diffuser
ThinkTank Digital Holster 40
ThinkTank Airport Acceleration
Burton Resolution 27L
Naneu Pro K3 Adventure