The tools of the trade vary, and great images can be created with the most unlikely of tools, so it is always interesting to look at the tools of the trade. Here is a quick look at my current arsenal.

Cameras – boxes that hold the light

DSLR + Mirrorless

  • Nikon D700 – My primary camera, this full frame camera provides uncompromised quality in a robust and versatile body
  • Nikon D300 – My secondary camera, this workhorse camera provides excellent quality in a robust and versatile body
    • Nikon MB-D10 – battery grip for the D300/D700, enhances speed, extends battery life and allows for a comfortable grip for portrait orientation
  • Fujifilm S5 Pro– A niche filler that provides stunning colour and dynamic range, perfect for portraits
    • Phottix BP-D200 Premium Series – battery grip for my S5 pro, provides extended battery life and a comfortable grip for portrait orientation
  • Nikon D80IR – A mid range DSLR which provides a unique mix of manual features in a lightweight body. This camera has been converted into a dedicated 720nm Infra Red (IR) camera.
  • Nikon D60 – An ultra lightweight DSLR that provides me with a high quality camera when weight is an issue.
  • Sony Alpha ILCE-7 – High resolution, full frame and mirrorless, for quality without the bulk.
  • Sony Alpha SLT-A65V – High resolution and great movie functions, a fun camera for days when I don’t want to carry a kit.
  • Nikon J1 – My lightweight camera, offering interchangeable lenses, speed and excellent image quality, quickly displacing my Samsung EX1 and Fuji F100fd.

Film

  • Leica M3 – This mechanical rangefinder provides a discreet film shooting option and a point of difference from my other cameras.
  • Nikon F80D– A very flexible film camera that is my main camera when film is the medium of choice
    • Nikon MB-16 – Battery grip for F80, allows the use of 4x AA in place of 2x CR123A and makes the camera a bit more comfortable to hold.
  • Nikon FM2n – A film classic that provides great backup for any occasion
  • Fujifilm Natura Classica  – This tiny film camera provides fully automated film fun
  • Fujifilm Klasse W – This premium film compact is small enough to go anywhere but provides excellent wide angle images with the convenience of manual control.
  • Olympus Mju II – This tiny film camera provides fully automatic film fun but has a handy spotmeter that provides some element of control

Compact Digital

  • Fujifilm F100fd– My compact camera and great companion, lets me shoot when I don’t have my SLRs with me, or when I travel extremely light
    • Fujifilm WP-FXF100 – Underwater casing for the F100fd, unlocks the world beneath the waves.
  • Samsung EX1 – My premium compact camera and companion to my film SLR and my IR DSLR. This workhorse provides quality even in low light with SLR-like controls.

Lenses – glass that focuses the light

Zoom Lenses

  • 1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 – This wide zoom is the standard lens for my Nikon J1, sharp and compact.
  • Tokina AT-X 107 AF DX Fish-Eye AF 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 – This special purpose lens can produce some interesting photos with large amounts of barrel distortion, the fun lens of my kit.
  • AF-S DX VR Zoom Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED – Great focal range, good image quality, this light weight wonder is a welcome addition to the kit. A single lens solution for travelling light.
  • AF-S Zoom Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D ED IF – This ultra wide angle lens is a constant companion for my D700, especially when there is any chance that there is a landscape or close quarters.
  • Minolta AF 17-35mm F/2.8-4 (D) – This ultra wide angle is light, fast and fairly sharp, used with my A65V and A7.
  • Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical(IF) Model A16N – The lens that I am most likely to be spotted with, sharp, fast and covering a very useful range, this digital only lens is my day to day workhorse.
  • Sony SAL1855 DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM – Kit zoom for the Sony A65V, not used very often but can be handy.
  • Cosina AF 19-35mm f/3.5-4.5 MC – A lightweight plastic wide angle zoom, lots of fun and surprisingly sharp.
  • AF-S Zoom Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED – My primary work lens, this zoom covers a useful range for portraiture and events.
  • AF Zoom Nikkor 24-120mm f/3-5.6D – The “street sweeper”, very good across a wide range but not bright.
  • AF Zoom Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G – A lightweight plastic wonder that is often found on my F80, nice and sharp and light in weight.
  • Tamron SP AF 28-105mm f/2.8 LD Aspherical (IF) Model A176DN – A beast of a lens, this old film wonder is found with my F80 and provides me with a lens that is fast and covers a good range.
  • 1 Nikkor VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 – This telephoto zoom for the Nikon 1 is tiny and effective, combined with the 10-30mm you have a great compact kit.
  • AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED– The perfect partner to the lens above, this workhorse provides stunning quality and versatility, useful for sports, portraiture and events.
    • AF-S Nikon TC-14E II 1.4x Teleconverter – Adds even more versatility to the workhorse 70-200mm and the 105mm Micro
  • Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD  Macro 1:2 Model A17N – A lightweight lens that is often found in my kit, giving me some reach and macro ability when I don’t carry the big Sigma.
  • Nikon Series E 75-150mm f/3.5A lightweight, sharp manual focus zoom, best matched with my film kit.

Prime Lenses

  • 1 Nikkor AF 10mm f/2.8 – This wide angle pancake provides a fast, light and sharp lens for my J1.
  • Zenitar 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye – This full frame fisheye provides heaps of interesting images and a unique perspective.
  • Tamron SP 17mm f/3.5 Adaptall 2 – This manual focus, wide angle prime provides a lightweight ultra wide option for my film and full frame cameras.
  • 1 Nikkor AF 18.5mm f/1.8 – This tiny lens provides a fast focusing, super bright normal lens for my J1.
  • Voigtlander Color Skopar 20mm f/3.5 SL II – This manual focus prime is tiny and lightweight and provides a genuine ultra wide option for my film kit as well as another wide prime option for my digital kit.
  • Tamron 24mm f/2.5 Adaptall 2 – This manual focus prime is sharp and bright as well as being able to be used on both my Nikon and Sony systems.
  • Nikon Series E 28mm f/2.8 – This manual focus prime provides a tiny, lightweight wide angle option for both my film and digital kits.
  • Pentax Super Takumar 28mm f/3.5 – This manual focus from provides a lightweight option for my Pentax K-01 and can be adapted to the Sony A65 and M4/3
  • Sony SAL30M28 DT 30mm f/2.8 SAM Macro – This compact macro is the only lens I need with my Sony A65V
  • AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.4G – This exotic prime is razor sharp, bright and fast focusing….needless to say it produces outstanding results.
  • AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G – This prime is sharp, fast and capable of producing incredible results.
  • AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G – This wide macro provides great versatility as a close up lens and as a standard.
  • Voigtlander Ultron 40mm f/2 SL IIN – This manual focus pancake provides sharp images full of character in a tiny package that is as home on a digital or film camera.
  • AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D – This prime is always in my kit, sharp, fast and capable of producing incredible results.
  • Helios MC 81H 50mm f/2 – This manual focus Russian lens provides another creative option, sharp and contrasty
  • Minolta Maxxum 50mm f/1.7 – This prime is another option for the Sony A65V
  • Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f/1.4 SL II – This manual focus prime is small, bright and extremely sharp, perfectly complementing my film and digital kits whilst being an absolute pleasure to use.
  • AF Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D – This micro (macro) is lightweight, compact and sharp, doubles nicely as a portrait lens, it is be likely to displace my 50mm when I don’t need f/1.8.
  • Tamron SP 90mm f/2.5 Macro 1:2 Adaptall 2 – This manual focus macro lens is magnificently sharp and a beautiful portrait lens that is usable on both my Nikon and Sony systems.
  • AF-S VR Micro Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED – This macro lens is sharp and provides an excellent portrait option. Heavier than the Tamron but the stabiliser makes this lens a valuable addition to the kit in low light.
  • AI Nikkor 135mm f/2.8 – This manual focus prime is small and lightweight, and provides an excellent portrait lens and short telephoto, especially on digital.
  • Pentax Super Takumar 135mm f/3.5 – This manual focus from provides a lightweight telephoto option for my Pentax K-01 and can be adapted to the Sony A65 and M4/3
  • Sigma APO MACRO 180mm f/3.5 EX DG IF HSM – This tele-macro is does double duty, close up work as well as distance work, it strengthens the long end of my kit.
  • Tamron SP 500mm f/8 Adaptall 2 – This manual focus mirror lens provides lightweight reach in a small package, perfect for still subjects at a distance and also doubles as a 1:3 tele macro.

What the alphabet soup means….

Speedlights – flashes that create more light

  • Nikon SB-900 – Providing more power, range and flexibility than my SB-800 this is my new primary flash, will be used for off camera flash as well
  • Nikon SB-800 – My old mainstay,  this versatile unit provides flexibility and power, used as a secondary flash and as an off camera flash
  • Nikon SB-600 – Most often used off camera, this unit allows me to be more creative with my lighting
  • Nikon SB-400 – The baby, this flash is carried with weight is a premium, but still provides more power and flexibility than the in built flashes on the cameras

Bags – to fit everything

  • Artisan & Artist ACAM 7100 – This plain black shoulder bag is perfect for a lightweight mirrorless/rangefinder kit. Stylish and stealthy whilst protective and rugged.
  • Billingham Hadley Pro – This shoulder bag does not look like a camera bag, yet carries and protects more gear than you would expect. Rugged, good looking and incredibly weatherproof, it is a great stealth option.
  • Lowepro Vertex 200 AW – This is a heavy duty backpack, it allows me to carry a vast array of gear comfortably
  • Lowepro Inverse 200 AW – This is a beltpack, it allows me to carry a camera a few lenses and a flash compactly, comfortably whilst providing great accessibility
  • Lowepro Fastpack 200 350 – This is a day to day pack, it allows me to carry a camera and a few lenses and a flash everyday
  • Lowepro Flipside 400AW – This is a lightweight backpack that allows me to carry a large amount of gear comfortably.
  • Lowepro Passport Sling – This lightweight shoulder bag allows me to comfortably and discreetly carry a camera and a few lenses.
  • Lowepro ILC Classic 50 – This small shoulder bag is perfect for a mirrorless camera.
  • Lowepro Terraclime 50 – This small, soft shoulder bag is perfect for a mirrorless camera or film compact.

Tripod/Monopod – Sticks that add stability

  • Manfrotto 055 Pro B – This set of three sticks if my source of stability for long exposures and often does double duty as a light stand
  • Manfrotto 680 B – My trusty monopod, gives me extra stability without the need for the tripod, a good companion for hiking and macro work
  • Manfrotto 234 RC2 – This is the head welded to my monopod, it provides quick release of my camera
  • Really Right Stuff BH40LR – This premium quality ball head provides quick and stable support for even my heaviest loads.
  • Sirui T2205X – This compact, lightweight Carbon Fibre tripod is both strong and portable, it has become my main tripod.
  • Sirui K10X – This compact ballhead is the perfect partner for my Sirui T2205X when weight is critical.
  • ThePod Green – a beanbag for when a tripod or monopod are too much to carry

Filters – to modify the light that reaches the glass

  • B+W XS-Pro UV Haze MRC-Nano 010M – Premium quality UV filters to protect my glass
  • B+W XS-Pro UV Haze MRC 010M – Premium quality UV filters to protect my glass
  • B+W XS-Pro Clear MRC-Nano 007M – Premium quality clear filters to protect my glass
  • B+W XS-Pro Clear MRC 007M – Premium quality clear filters to protect my glass
  • B+W Digital-Pro UV Haze MRC 010M – Premium quality UV filters to protect my glass
  • B+W Digital-Pro Clear MRC 007M – Premium quality UV filters to protect my glass
  • B+W F-Pro UV Haze MRC 010M – Premium quality UV filters to protect my glass
  • B+W 3.0 ND MRC 110M – Premium quality 10-stop ND filter for creative work (aka Big Stopper)
  • B+W Kaesemann C-PL MRC – Premium quality Circular Polariser for creative work
  • Citiwide IR 720 – 720nm cut off infra red filter for my Samsung EX1
  • Marumi Super DHG Protect – High quality UV filters to protect my  glass
  • Marumi DHG Protect – High quality UV filters to protect my glass
  • Marumi DHG C-PL – Circular Polariser for creative work
  • Rodenstock HR Digital C-PL – Premium quality Circular Polariser for creative work
  • Cokin ND4/ND8 – Graduated Neutral Density filters that are used when shooting landscapes
  • Cokin Portrait kit – Softener/Spot/Warm filters to enhance portraits
  • Marumi Close Up kit– 1/2/4+ filters to allow lenses to focus much closer
    • Step up ring – allows me to share my filters with lenses of differing filter threads

*NOTE: I have a few HOYA filters (67mm HOYA SUPER HMC UV, 67mm HOYA HMC C-POL, 52mm HOYA UV) but I do prefer the Marumi Super DHG/DHG as they have thinner rings and seem to attract less dust and fewer fingerprints and are easier to clean.

As of 2010 I have moved to B+W MRC XSP as my preferred filter as they combine all the great features of the Marumi Super DHG/DHG filters with even better quality.

Accessories – Random stuff that round out my kit

  • 75cm x 75cm x75 cm Light Tent – for those great product shots
  • Nikon ML-L3 – IR remote for Nikon D40/40x/60/3000/5000/70/80/90
  • Honl Photo 8″ Gold/Silver Snoot – Dual purpose snoot and bounce card with a warm tone
  • Honl Photo 8″ White Snoot – Dual purpose snoot and bounce card
  • Honl Photo Filter Sampler Kit – a selection of CTO and colour filters
  • Honl Photo SpeedStrap – velcro fastening attachment used to attach various accessories for speedlights
  • Phottix 32in 5-in-1 Reflector – infinitely useful, portaiture, product, available light or with strobe
  • Phottix 33in Reflective Umbrella – silvered umbrella for use with speedlights and strobes.
  • Phottix Cleon N8 – a wireless, radio frequency remote for my D300 and S5 Pro
  • Phottix Duo TTL Cord 1.5m – a flash sync cable that allows for two flashes to be attached, allows me to get my SB-400 off camera.
  • Phottix Geo One – a GPS unit that attaches to my D300 or S5 Pro that can embed GPS data directly into the exif data
  • Phottix N1 – a wireless, radio frequency remote for my D300 and S5 Pro
  • Phottix P200 – Lightweight lightstands for speedlights or studio strobes.
  • Phottix Strato – 4-in-1 radio trigger
  • Phottix TR-80 N1 – Timer remote for my D300 and S5 Pro
  • Phottix Varo – Swivel to attach a flash (or studio strobe) and an umbrella to a lightstand or tripod.
  • Skink Pinhole kit – 300nm/zone plate/IR filter this pinhole kit allows for some unconventional shooting
  • V-Tec Balance 30×30 cm Grey Card twist – helps to get correct white balance and exposure for those shots that count

Misc – Non photographic specific pieces

  • Wolf Eyes Defender 260 – a very bright, and useful tactical torch, always on my belt
  • Black/White Satin sheets – form useful backdrops and light modifiers
  • Sanyo Eneloop AA – Low self discharge, rechargeable batteries for my speedlights and MB-D10
  • Powerex Imedion AA – Low self discharge, rechargeable batteries for my speedlights and MB-D10
  • Powerex MH-C9000 Wizard One Charger-Analyser – Battery charger to keep all those AA’s in good shape
  • Victorinox Climber – a versatile Swiss Army Knife that will be great for those hikes

Retired – gear that is no longer used for various reasons

  • Manfrotto 322 RC2 – This head has been placed in storage and has not been used in a long time, replaced by the RRS and Sirui heads

From time to time I will have a number of items that are away (loaned out or sent away for service) so if you are interested check here to see where everything is.

UPDATED: 12 January 2015