The Gear Box
I get asked often what gear I use for my photography. Over the years, the "gear box" has grown. It does get thinned out from time to time. I use every item on this page for my photography. Some are critical pieces of field equipment that go with me on every shoot. Others I use in the studio to edit my photos, make prints, or create my products. And there are a few specialty items, the kind of gear that isn't used as often, yet is the perfect tool when the job calls for it. Everything on this page has a place in my photography.
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CameraS & LEnses
I converted to Sony cameras around 2015 or so. I am incredibly happy with the photos these cameras help me capture. I've also grown very accustomed to mirrorless features like live histograms and zebra stripes.
SONY A7RII FULL FRAME CAMERAThe A7RII is my go-to camera now. I bought a pair of them I like it so much. It is the greatest hits of cameras. I chose to stick with the A7RII instead of the III for a few reasons.
Sony RX0 Ultra CompactI use the RX0 as an on-the-go video camera. I mount it in my car for behind the scenes footage for my In The Field series on YouTube It's also waterproof and shockproof - a big plus.
TripodS & BallheadS
I use Really Right Stuff (RRS) tripods, ballheads and bases. RRS gear costs more, but is well worth it in my opinion. Their equipment is built to last. I easily expect 10 years out of my current tripod and ballhead, maybe more.
TVC-34L TripodRRS tripods are built to last. The twist locks are smooth, the legs are sturdy, and for its size the 34L is light. This is my go-to set of legs paired with the BH-55 ballhead. Read my RSS review for more details.
TA-3 Leveling BaseI added a leveling base to my TVC-34L as my interest in panoramic photography grew. Setting up for panos is so much easier with the leveling base. Watch this video for my explanation of leveling bases.
Platypod MaxI use Platypods on scouting trips and for capturing additional video angles from field shoots. Watch how I am using Platypods in my photography for more ideas.
Platypod UltraThe slim footprint of the Platypod Ultra is amazing. I use this with my A6000 or RX0 to capture behind the scenes video. See other ways I am using Platypods in my photography. I also recommend picking up the accessory kit.
BH-55 BallheadI'm glad I have a hefty ballhead. Even after moving to mirrorless, good glass is still heavy. The level release really locks my camera in place. Read my RRS Review for more details.
MeFOTO Air TripodsI use the Road Trip Air for to capture B-roll in the field. I also have a Backpacker Air for studio work. Compact and lightweight, great for known, stable shooting conditions. Read my MeFOTO tripod review for more info.
I use the Formatt-Hitech brand filters. I continue to be very happy with the quality and durability of their filters, rings and holders. I selected to use 100x100mm filters to help future-proof myself if I buy a wider diameter lens in the future.
Camera & Accessory Bags
Lens Coat Hoodie
I don't fiddle with lens caps anymore. Each of my lenses has a Lens Coat hoodie. The lens is protected while it's in my bag or idle on my tripod. These elastic hoodies also let me keep my filter adapter rings on my lenses, too. They come in a variety of sizes and colors (the medium size fits my lenses).