WHAT'S IN THE BAG?
On this page you'll find an inventory of the equipment I currently own and utilize on a regular basis. I've used a variety of gear over the years (click here to learn more) and created this page as an insight for photographers into what I bring along for both my professional assignment work and my personal work. Note: there really are no poor camera systems today and one can truly make amazing images with any of them. Find the gear that works optimally for your particular use case and stick with it. Remember, the camera doesn't feel, nor can it see. Only the photographer can do that. As a general rule, I believe it's far better to familiarize oneself with one's existing system inside and out—so that it becomes an innate extension of one's vision—than make a wholesale switch to a new brand every two -to-four years.
For reasons upon which I elaborate a bit more below, Nikon and Fujifilm remain my primary systems of choice; Nikon for the past three decades, and Fujifilm since 2011. Suffice to say I've chosen my kit because as a motion picture and television still photographer I need to feel confident my gear is capable of shooting in a wide variety of circumstances that are oftentimes physically challenging and taxing on equipment. After image fidelity and technical functionality, dependability is of paramount importance to me. Nikon, in particular, has decades of experience and a storied history delivering that.
This list goes through periodic modifications—over the past decade a conversion from Nikon DSLRs to a combination of Nikon and Fujifilm mirrorless cameras, for example—so specific items in my camera bag this month might not be there next month (though, once again, switches are piecemeal and typically involve an occasional upgrade here or there). Moreover, this isn't necessarily a complete inventory of my kit, nor does every piece of gear come along for each and every assignment. For example, the film cameras in my possession are absent. All are well-loved, but seldom used professionally nowadays; digital having long since supplanted analogue in my workflow.
CAMERAS AND LENSES
FUJIFILM AND LEICA BODIES
STROBES AND SPEEDLIGHTS
Below are miscellaneous paraphernalia and software that round out my core kit. I've kept this list to the more significant supporting items and excluded the myriad widgets and grommets one accumulates over the years. They're too numerous to account for, and at this level each person will find adaptations that best suit their own individual shooting needs.
Nikon Z Teleconverter TC-2.0x
Allows for the doubling of focal lengths for select Z Mount lenses. AF and VR functionality, minimum focusing distances and weather-sealing are all retained.
Nikon FTZ/FTZII Mount Adapters
Enables adaptation of Nikkor F Mount lenses to Nikon Z Series bodies. Note: This adapter does not support the screw-drive autofocus mechanism required by older Nikon AF, AF-n or AF-D lenses. Only manual focus may be employed.
Wide angle adaptor for Fujifilm X100 series cameras, offering an equivalent 27mm focal length in full frame terms.
Telephoto adaptor for Fujifilm X100 series cameras that provides a 49mm equivalent focal length in full frame terms.
Benbo 1 tripod
Heavyweight Benbo tripods (manufactured in the UK) utilize a unique bent-bolt design mechanism, with legs that can be used both in a traditional upright tripod configuration, or spread to any angle of support by means of a single lock-handle.
Giottos VGRN 8255 - M3 tripod
Compact, lightweight carbon fibre tripod with removable centre column and head that can quickly be combined together to form a monopod.
Nikon SC-17 Remote Cord
Enables Nikon Speedlights to be operated up to one-and-one-half meters from the camera, with automatic shutter speed and ready-light indication in the viewfinder.
Lastolite Professional TriFlip 8:1 Reflector Kit
Indispensable 33" reflector and diffusion kit that offers 8 tonal options for reflection and 2 stops of diffusion.
An ideal carrying solution for mirrorless cameras, which takes the weight off one's neck and shoulders during a long day of shooting, while securely fastening the equipment to the waist.
Black Rapid Camera Sling
The original cross-torso camera sling that enables quick and secure access to your camera using a sliding carabiner and case screw that affixes to the tripod socket on the bottom of your camera.
Cameron lighting stands
6' medium-weight stands with collapsible pneumatic configuration.
SanDisk / Sony Memory Cards
PRO SD and SDXC / XQD / CFexpress cards ranging from 16GB to 128GB configurations.
Adobe Creative Cloud 2022
The complete photographic editing suite, including Camera Raw and Photoshop.
Topaz Photo AI
Complete suite that supports enhanced sharpening, noise reduction and resolution upscaling for imagery.
DxO - Nik Collection Six
Multiple image editing plug-ins and tools for digital image processing and enhancement.
Synology DiskStation DS920+
Network-attached storage that streamlines data management and productivity. Two built-in M.2 SSD slots and Synology SSD Cache technology with scalable storage.