My Camera Gear

Primary Cameras and Accessories
  • Nikon D7000 digital SLR camera with MB-D11 Multi-Power Battery Pack
  • Nikon D90 digital SLR camera with Nikon MB-D80 Multi-Power Battery Pack
  • Nikon D60 digital SLR camera
  • Nikon ML-L3 wireless remote control
  • Nikon AF-S DX VR 18-55mm standard zoom lens
  • Nikon AF-S DX VR 55-200mm telephoto zoom lens
  • Nikon AF-S VR 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens
  • Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM standard zoom Lens
  • Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM telephoto zoom Lens
  • Kenko Uniplus Tube 12mm, 20mm, 25mm, & 36mm extension tubes for Nikon
  • Kenko Teleplus Pro 300 AF 1.4X DGX 1.4x Teleconverter for Nikon
  • Kenko M7 2x Teleconverter for Nikon

    Lighting and Accessories

  • Nikon SB-700 Speedlight flash unit
  • Nikon SB-600 Speedlight flash unit
  • Promaster Off-Camera TTL Cord
  • Visual Echoes Better Beamer Flash Extender
  • Cactus V4 Wireless Flash Slave
  • Impact SLS-LS8 Light Stands (2 ea)
  • Impact 3117 Umbrella Bracket (2 ea)
  • Impact UBBW30 Umbrella (2 ea)

    Computer and Software

  • Dell Inspiron 560 - Intel Core 2 Quad CPU - 6 gigabytes memory - 4 terabytes of disk space
  • Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium (I don't particularly like Windows but it beats the alternatives IMO)
  • Sansung SyncMaster 2033 LCD Monitor
  • NEC P221W-BK-SV LCD Monitor
  • Nikon Transfer file transfer software (I prefer this because I have control over the naming sequence)
  • Nikon Capture NX2 editing software
  • DxO Optics Pro Version 7 editing software
  • Corel Aftershot (formerly Bibble 5) editing software
  • Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X3 editing software
  • Noise Ninja 2 noise reduction software
  • Photomatix HDR software
  • FastStone Image Viewer for quick viewing of images (Freeware, very fast, works great with Nikon NEF files)
  • Picajet FX photograph cataloging software (Freeware version available but it has limited functionality)
  • Datacolor Spyder 3 Pro monitor calibration device
    Tripods, Bags, and Misc
  • Manfrotto 190XB aluminum tripod with Manfrotto 410 and Giottos MH-1001-652 heads
  • Manfrotto 679B aluminum monopod with 234RC head
  • Slik Sprint Mini II compact aluminum tripod (see paragraph below)
  • Joby SLR Zoom Gorillapod flexible tripod with a Sunpak 4300 aluminum ball head
  • Tamrac 5612 large shoulder bag
  • Lowepro Nova 5 AW medium shoulder bag
  • Loewpro Lens Case 2 Telephoto Lens Case
  • Hardigg Storm Case iM2050 waterproof case (see paragraph below)
  • Domke Gripper neck straps for cameras and gear bag
  • Black Rapid R7 shoulder strap
  • Skooba Design Superbungee Camera Strap
    Backup Camera
  • Sony DSC-H9 "Advanced" digital camera (non-SLR)
  • Sony DSC-P50 "Basic" digital camera (non-SLR)
    Really Old "Stuff"
  • Olympus OM2N 35mm SLR
  • Zuiko 50mm f1.8 "Normal" lens
  • Zuiko 28mm f2.8 Wide Angle lens
  • Olympus Winder 2 motor drive for OM2
  • Tamron 300mm f5.6 prime lens for Olympus
  • Tokina 75mm to 150mm f3.8 zoom lens for Olympus
  • Soligor 2x teleconverter for Olympus
  • Vivitar 3500 Flash with DM/O Dedicated Flash Module
  • Kiwi gadget bag to carry all my Olympus gear in
  • Kodak Signet 40 35mm rangefinder camera (circa. 1964)
  • Ansco Cadet II "Box" camera (circa. 1963)

  • I also carry the normal collection of miscellaneous accessories including lens cleaning gear, filters, sun shades, extra camera batteries, extra external flash batteries, extra camera memory, etc.  It still feels odd not having to carry rolls of film around though.  I guess I'll never get accustomed to that.

    I got the Ansco Cadet II box camera when I was about 14 or so.  I worked in a camera shop after school and on weekends, and that was my first camera.  My mother gave me the Kodak Signet 40 35mm for Christmas when I was 14, I think, and I shot miles of film through that poor camera. 

    In about 1979 I bought an Olympus OM-10 and started my first "Real" SLR system.  I had used a lot of SLR (and TLR) cameras in the preceeding years but I had never owned one of my own.  I bought a couple of lenses for it, and in 1980 I bought an Olympus OM-2N since it used the same lenses as all the other OM system cameras.  I still have that camera and wouldn't trade it for anything.  Because of the way I acquired it it has very special meaning to me.

    The Sony DSC-P50 was my first digital camera, and I think I purchased it in 2001 or so.  I don't use it any longer but I still have it around here somewhere.  I bought the Sony DSC-H9 in 2008 and still use it.  It takes up a lot less space on my motorcycle so it gets carried around the country quite a bit still.

    For the motorcycle guys out there who need a decent tripod the Slik Sprint Mini II (note the "II") is really nice for use on a bike.  It retracts to 14" long, extends to 42" with the center column extended, is all-aluminum construction, and comes with Slik's SBH-100DQ quick-disconnect aluminum ball head.  Not the best ball head I've used, there is no dampening, tension adjustment, or panorama scale, but it is all aluminum, has a good, solid lock and works pretty well.  The whole tripod only weighs about 1¾ pounds with the head.  It's not a tripod you'll want to mount something with a 500mm lens on, but it works fine with my 200mm zoom lens and I've used it with my 300mm lens (although it did feel a good bit nose heavy).  The center column is a 2-piece column and the legs fold outward.  Combined this will give you a tripod that will get you down to about 6" off the ground for those really low shots.  It even comes with a tripod bag to keep it in.  It won't take the place of my Manfrotto but for motorcycle trips it really is a great tripod.

    I also really like my Hardigg Storm Case iM2050 for use on a motorcycle.  It's well-padded with foam, waterproof, and shockproof.  The down side is that it is quite large for the amount of "Stuff" it holds because of all the foam padding.  Sometimes, depending on the length of the trip and how much other gear I have to carry, it gets left behind simply because of lack of room on my motorcycle.  If I have the room though you can bet it's going to carry my camera.  I can get my D60 with the 18mm to 55mm zoom lens mounted, a second 55mm to 200mm zoom lens, and a spare battery in it but that's about all.  My Lowepro Lens Case 2 is for my 300mm lens since it won't fit in that case.

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