Equipment

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I am frequently asked about my equipment. Good equipment gives you the chance to make a good photograph. You must do the rest. I use exclusively FUJI Mirror less cameras as well only one selected Nikon® lens ( 200macro). That is not to say other manufacturers don’t make excellent equipment. I just love the Fuji “X” system. Its lighter, some of THE best glass you can find, highly functional and just plain fun to use. I can be a photographer insted of a menu searcher. Believe it or not the Fuji cameras do a lot more things than some of the big named manufacturers high priced cameras do. Why anyone would use a current Nikon or Cannon these days is beyond me. And now Sony has a full framed mirror less ! WOW!  well its about as big as a Nikon D500 and when you put on a full frame lens its almost as big and heavy as a normal DSLR.. no sense to me (plus the menus are noteay to deal with and more)… Fuji does it for me ( The argument between an APSC sensor and a full frame sensor is over. There are minimal, if any perceived differences.. Why does anyone need 56 + MP? Well if you are lazy and crop everything it might help. But be a real photographer and get it right in the camera. 56mp+ are kind of overload. The image above was the back cover of July 2015 Outdoor Photographer Magazine ( a Fuji Ad)–shot with the Fuji XT-1 and the 18-55 ( the one that came with the camera)–hand held at 35mm iso 2000 with the IOS on!

Below is the list of my current equipment. Remember, you only need to buy the equipment needed to take the images you like to make.

The camera is only the vehicle that captures the image. Our eyes see what the camera captures. Having the best gear without the vision is useless. It is important to develop your personal vision and only then worry about acquiring top rated gear. I always remember how I felt when I was asked if my camera takes good pictures, or when someone said that I must own an expensive lens!

 I shoot exclusively Fuji “X” Series cameras and am proud to be a Fuji “X”Photographer

FUJI MIRRORLESS (X series)

CAMERA BODIES:   XT-1  , XT-10 AND THE XE-2 (Battery Grip on the XT-1)

LENSES: All  Fuji ….. 14mm F2.8R  /  35mm F2.0 WR  / 90mm F2 R LM WR

  10-24 f4 R OIS,   /    16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR  /   18-55 R LM OIS WR

18-135MM f2.4-4 R LM OIS  /     50-140 F2.8  R LM OIS WR    /    55-200 F.3.5 R LM OIS

100-400MM F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR          /       60mm f2.4  R Macro

NIKON MACRO LENS  using adaptor for the Fuji X  Camera:  Nikon 200.f4 Macro

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CAMERA BAGS:—–  The Older ( and a lot better than what they are selling now !) bags from GURA GEAR are great–maybe the best bad ever made. There are still a few around. All the older inventory is being sold by my friends at outdoorphotogear .com ( see info on them below)

For sure the older Gura Gear bags use water resistant YKK RC FUSE zippers that are reverse sewn to maximize surface area and repel water. This keeps everything dry. And here in the Pacific Northwest, that’s important to me. I am not sure on the new stuff as its not as impressive to me.

The larger Bataflae 26L and 32L open two different ways to best suit your needs, butterfly and full. The butterfly opening is perfect for working in tight spaces or outdoors in the elements.

I also love the MIND SHIFT bags by THINK TANK. The FIRST LIGHT 30 & 40L bags are superb.and a lot better that what Gura Gear is turning out these days. Mind Shift also makes something called a  Filter Hive and Filter nest as well that hold my Graduated ND’s

FILTERS

I use exclusively SINGH-RAY Filters. Simply put–they ARE the best and the choice of most working professionals. www.singh-ray.com. Tell them Jack sent you!

Singh-Ray Warming-Polarizer
Singh-Ray 2 & stop graduated & 3 stop hard Graduated ND Filters
Singh Ray 3 stop Reverse Graduated ND Filter
Singh-Ray 8 stop Vari Pol. Filter
Singh Ray 10 & 15 stop MOR-SLO ND Filters for long exposures

AND …
Nikon Circular Polarizers and Lens Hoods for all Lenses
Nikon Remote Releases

 

MACRO: Yes I use the Fuji 60 Macro about 80% of the time. However I own and still love my NIKON 200mm f4 Macro.
I will at times use a Nikon 5T or 6T or Canon 500D Dioptors to gain closer magnification

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Are you looking for that special photo accessory that your local camera store (or even the big name catalog guys) don’t carry?????……–LOOK NO MORE…Without question…..Outdoor Photo Gear  offers these type of products as well as a wide selection of quality photo gear at great prices, while giving you the very best customer service you will find anywhere–online or in person.

outdoor photo gearCLICK ON THE BANNER TO START SHOPPING!!!!!!

At Outdoor Photo Gear, the employees ( from the owner on down!)  works right next to the products they sell.  Their  shelves are fully stocked. These folks can, either by email or personally on the phone…provide you information with our products in hand, so you can get answers to your most important questions. When you call or email  they can let you know about inventory status which may be crucial when delivery of a time-sensitive order is critical. At OUTDOOR PHOTO GEAR,they personally pick, pack, and ship the products to your door; according to your specifications.  As photographers, these folks actually use what they sell.  The bottom lines is … these folks “get it”!

 

I recommend a good quality, tripod and ball head. I currently am using the BH55 from The Really Right Stuff®  I also use their focusing rails when shooting macro.

TRIPODS
“There are two kinds of tripods, ones that are easy to carry, and good ones”  … Bill Fortney

I use a tripod virtually all of the time when photographing  the landscape. Handheld shots, when not using flash are few. My main tripod is a  Really Right Stuff TVS Versa 33 carbon fiber tripod along with a TA-3-LB  leveling base which greatly aids in making photographing panoramas.

NOTE: If your tripod does not accept the TA-3-LB you can accomplish the same thing by buying the PCL-1 from the really Right Stuff www.reallyrightstuff.com . This plate accepts the PCL-DVTL which mounts on the leveling plate. The plate is essentially an Arca Swiss plate that will fit into any ball head accepting Arca Swiss plates. The PCL-1 eliminates lots of steps in leveling your camera in order to make quality panorama images. For lots of info on making panorama images pleases read my article on Panorama Photography

ACCESSORIES:

FLASH:  NIKON SB900

Photoflex® LiteDisc diffusers & reflectors (various sizes)

Walt Anderson Better Beamer Flash Extender

MISC ACCESSORIES:

auto detailing cloths by 3M (microfiber is useless–these cloths have NO lint and absorb–micro fiber just moves water around!)
Lens cleaning cloths,
Large bubble dust blower,
Sensor cleaning material
Leatherman™,
Small screwdrivers,
Toothbrush,
Insect repellent,
Small first aid kit

 

IMAGE  PROCESSING

(Details of my image processing workflow are found in my  E-Book; Series 1 — for sale on my website)

 

I currently am using the following software:

Adobe Photoshop CC up to date

Adobe Lightroom CC up to date

NIK SOFTWARE ( VIVEZA 2.0, Define2.0, Sharpener Pro 3.0, Color Efex Pro 4 and Silver Efex Pro 2.0 for B & W conversion)

I use Breeze Browser Pro to do my initial sort and edit, then move into Bridge or Lightroom for more editing as well as Camera Raw conversion.

Eye One Display2 from X-rite monitor calibration systems are used to calibrate my 2 monitors.

Epson Printers along with either Ilford Gold Fiber Silk  or Epson Fine Art Matte Paper are used for printing.  I do little printing and have my prints done out.

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