My choice of gear tend to be practical and selective depending on the type of photography I will be shooting. At the end, the camera/lens is just a tool; it is the person behind the box that makes the image. The following are the tools I use:
- Canon EOS 7D Mark II:
My primary action/bird/wildlife photography body. It has a fast and responsive auto-focus system and it is highly customizable. With a 1.6x crop factor, it is like having a built-in teleconverter to get an extra reach with any lenses. The new sensor in the 7D2 is about one stop better in ISO than the older 7D.
- Canon EOS 5D Mark II:
My general-purpose DSLR body. While the auto-focus system is not the latest and greatest, it has an amazing full-frame sensor that gives me a good dynamic range, has an excellent low light capability, and produces sharp images. The performance is good enough for me such that I have not found the need to upgrade.
- FUJIFILM X100T:
My light-weight compact system camera for travel and street photography. With a choice of various film simulations, it can produce sharp and gorgeous coloured JPEGs without the need to process any of its RAW files. With conversion lenses, I can shoot at 28mm and 50mm in addition to its native 35mm equivalent focal length. With its Wi-Fi function, I can either shoot remotely with my phone or perform image editing via Snapseed and/or VSCO on my mobile devices.
- Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II:
Gotta love the "Nifty Fifty" because of its low price and very sharp glass!
- Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM:
A sharp and versatile lens for a full-frame body. I use this lens for general shooting.
- Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM:
A general purpose telephoto lens that I use mainly for ruralscapes, wildlifescapes, wildlife portraits, sports, and travel.
- Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM:
A compact, light-weight, fast-focusing, and sharp lens. It also serves as a backup action lens when I am shooting at 960mm. This lens, IMHO, is the best lens for birds in flight.
- Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM:
A versatile super-telephoto fast lens that is extremely sharp without any teleconverters (TC) at any aperture, very sharp with a 1.4x TC, and acceptably sharp with 2x TC. This lens allows me to shoot at 300mm (when mounted on a full-frame body) to 960mm (when mounted with a 2x TC on a 1.6x crop body) equivalent without any loss of image quality. This lens is the workhorse to most of my bird/wildlife photography.
- Canon Speedlite 580EX II:
A powerful speedlite in the Canon lineup at the time. For my portraits, I typically use it with the Omni-Bounce diffuser to spread-out the light. For my bird/wildlife photography, I use a Better Beamer to extend my flash output, so that I can send the light out farther or reduce the flash compensation for a faster recycle rate and decreasing battery consumption.
- FUJIFILM EF-X20 Shoe Mount Flash:
It is a light-weight and compact flashgun perfect for rangefinder style camera. This flashgun can also be used as an optical slave.
- Jobu Design BWG-J3K Junior 3 Gimbal Head:
A compact gimbal head that can support 10-12 lb of weight without any issue. With Jobu's Wide-Angle-Adapter2 (WAA2) attached, the gimbal head becomes a pan/tilt head for my landscape photography.
- Sirui R4203 Tripod:
A strong and high quality tripod, rated with a maximum load of 20 kg (44 lb), at half the price of an equivalent Gitzo tripod. Because it does not have a center column, the legs can be fully splayed, turning the tripod into a groundpod.
- Induro CM25 Carbon 8X Monopod:
A decently priced monopod for my telephoto lenses.