April 24, 2016


As a relatively poor graduate student, my gear list is pretty short. However, in the long run I'd prefer to keep things minimal. For a landscape photographer like myself there's really no reason to be running around with multiple cameras and a full lineup of lenses. Less is definitely more, and the lighter the load that I have to carry the better.

For things like hiking, I only want to take one camera and one or two lenses anyway. Anything more and it starts to get heavy, making me miserable - and there are already plenty of other things capable of making me miserable on a mountain.

Why make a gear page? Because whenever I visit another photographer's site I always wonder what gear they use, and I figured I'm not alone. It doesn't really matter... as long as you're taking great photos, the gear is irrelevant.

I don't always look this ridiculous, I promise!


Canon 6D - get it from Amazon
(Replaced by the 24 megapixel 6D Mark II - Amazon)

Canon 16-35mm f2.8L II - get it from Amazon
(Replaced by the Canon 16-35mm f2.8L III - Amazon)

Canon 50mm f1.8 II
(Replaced by the Canon 50mm f1.8 STM - Amazon)

If you care to know, I also own the following items:
- GoPro Hero 7 Black for skiing and video trip reports
- Lowepro hiking bag (i.e., the fannypack-ish thing around my waist in the above photo... I've had it since 2012 and it's still in great condition!)

On a slightly different note, several years ago I somehow convinced myself to buy a 30-year-old 4x5 field view camera for shooting large format sheets of film (think of the camera Ansel Adams used). It's actually made of wood! However, I don't use it as much as I would like, especially since the price of 4"x5" film in the U.S. has almost doubled over the last few years.

There are still professional photographers who use such cameras, though, so I'm definitely going to keep it around for a while and see if I can motivate myself to start using it more. It would certainly be worth it since you can print large format film at ridiculous sizes (i.e., many feet wide)!


Canon 24-70mm f2.8L II - get it from Amazon
(Very popular professional lens for portraits and weddings. Really good, sturdy lens, produces nice bokeh, and was fun to shoot with!)

Canon TS-E 24mm f3.5L tilt shift lens
(Designed to allow for lens "movements", making it possible to get entire landscape shots in focus from the foreground to infinity. Replaced by the Canon TS-E 24mm f3.5L II - Amazon)

Canon 70-200mm f4L USM lens - get it from Amazon
(Borrowed this from BorrowLenses.com for a week-long storm chasing trip in 2015)