Equipment

EQUIPMENT

I prefer Nikon equipment. My primary equipment includes Nikon DSLR bodies, and an assortment of Nikon lenses.  The lens and body that always comes with me is a Nikon 500mm VR FL coupled with a D810 or D500.

If you’re looking for advice on equipment, I strongly suggest sticking with a medium quality DSLR and spend more on your lenses.  When it comes to wildlife photography, get the longest, fastest lens you can afford.  You could try to get something sub-par but most people who have advanced their equipment have lost a lot of money just buying and the reselling at a loss.   I made the same mistake.

Good Nikon DSLR choices for those of you starting out are the older D300s, D7100.  Newer models I would suggest would be the D7200 or D610.   I prefer the reach a crop factor body offers, but the image quality tends to be better with full frame bodies.     For those of you with deeper pockets, pickup a D810, D4s, or the brand new D5. Their high frame rate and astounding image quality are bar none.

When it comes to lenses, the big primes are the best.   I prefer my 500mm f4 over the 600 f4 because the 600 is just too heavy to hand hold.   That being said if I was wealthy I’d happily lug around Nikon’s behemoth, the new 800mm 5.6.   If anyone wants to donate me one I would be eternally grateful!  haha ( a mere $21,000)

I’ve seen extremely good images with a mid range zoom like a 70-300, or 28-300 but they need to be stopped down. (Not used at 5.6 but at 7.1-f9)  A great choice would be a Nikon 200-500mm.  The 80-400 released in 2013 is a close second. Either will set you back a few thousand.

With a few exotic lenses and bodies still on my wish list, here is what I’ve managed to collect so far.

Currently in my Camera bag(s):

LENSES

Nikon 14-24mm


Nikon 50mm 1.8

Nikon 24-70 2.8


Nikon 105 VR Micro-Nikkor

Nikon 70-200mm F4 VR

Nikon 300mm 2.8 VR


Nikon 500mm F4 FL

 

BODIES

D500

D810

 

TELECONVERTERS

Nikon TC-14E II


Nikon TC-20E III

 

TRIPOD AND HEADS

Gitzo Carbon Fibre

Wimberley Head Version II

Markins Ballhead  M20

 

FLASHES

Nikon SB-900


Nikon C1 Macro Flash kit

 

MISCELLANEOUS – MUST HAVES

Wimberley Flash Bracket F1

Wimberley Plamp

Better Beamer Flash Extender


Harbor Digital Flash Extender – (the better of the two)


Nikon Circular Polarizers


Lee ND Grads both hard and soft

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