Based on the rest of the site, by now it should be no suprise that as with every other hobby, I am becoming a real "gearhead" with photographic equipment. Over in the Nikonians Forum it is referred to as "NAS" (Nikon Aquisition Syndrome) and is indeed a terrible affliction.

  Weapon of Choice

Below is a table of the gear aquired to date. Surprisingly, the majority of this equipment travels with me everywhere I go (provided I'm in the truck - on foot, the load is lightened and thus the multiple bags).

Camera Bodies Two Nikon D2X both w/Kirk BL-D2H L-Bracket
Nikon D3 w/RRS BD3-L L-Bracket
Sony NEX-5 w/RRS BPnS-S Camera Plate
Lenses Nikkor TC-14E II (1.4x) AF-S, AF-I Teleconverter
Nikkor TC-20E II (2x) AF-S, AF-I Teleconverter
Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED AF DX Fisheye
Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S DX
Sony 16mm f/2.8 E-Mount
Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 ED-IF AF-S
Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount
Nikkor 28-70mm f/2.8 ED-IF AF-S
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D AF
Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro
Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR w/RRS LCF-10
Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED AF VR w/RRS LC-A11
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP AF Di Macro
Nikkor 200mm f/4D ED-IF AF Micro w/RRS B97L
Nikkor 200-400 f/4G ED-IF AF-S VR w/RRS LCF-14
Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 EX APO IF HSM w/Kirk LP-8
TripodsGitzo GT3530LS w/RRS BH-55 Pro Ball Head
                      Wimberly Sidekick
Gitzo 1500 w/Wimberly WH-101 Action Head
Gitzo 5540 monopod w/RRS MH-01 Monopod Head
RRS TP-243 Ground Pod w/RRS BH-40 Pro Ball Head
Bags Lowepro Micro Trekker 100
Lowepro Mini Trekker AW
Lowepro Omni Trekker
Lowepro Pro Mag 2 AW
Lowepro Stealth Reporter D650 AW
Tamrac CyberPack 8
Underwater Kinetics 821 dry case


Although I most frequently pack it into the larger bags, I also use a huge Pelican 1780 transport case so I can get it all in a single load:

Pelican 1780 Transport Case - heavy!


And this is my normal summer load:




Since I get asked often enough, here is the 800mm mounted:  

Nikon D2X + Sigma 300-800mm on Gitzo 1500

Obviously, this lens cannot be handheld.  

800mm mounted on RRS Groundpod


New for 2008, the 200-400mm f/4 was to be a fast focusing replacement for the screwdriver-driven 80-400mm:

Nikkor 200-400 f/4G ED-IF AF-S VR

However, it proved to be too bulky and heavy to pack as part of my normal hiking load and is only brought along when I know I'll need it.  

As you will notice from the Gallery section, the majority of my photography is macro. Below is the equipment I use to capture these images. These pics used to be part of the gallery but added clutter so I moved them here.

The 90mm Tamron is used for images where I have reduced working space.

Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro


Often I will combine it with Kenko's Auto-Extension tube set to get magnification ratios of approximately 1.75:1

90mm Tamron with Kenko Auto-Extension Tubes

Although I no longer own the Sigma 180mm f/3.5 Macro, the majority of the images captured in 2005 were taken with this lens.

Sigma 180mm f/3.5 Macro


The Nikkor 200mm f/4 replaced the 180mm Sigma in 2006 and is now is my workhorse and most used lens.

D2X with 200mm f4 Micro


I aquired this PB-6 bellows from eBay along with the 28mm f/3.5 MF. With it I can get magnification up to 7x (see the image "salt" in the "Everything Else" section of the gallery for an example)

28mm f/3.5 MF on PB-6 bellows

Because I often work handheld or off a monopod, most of my macro photography uses flash.  However, unless the background is very close, it will go black and I try to avoid that look.  To compensate, I use Nikon's CLS wireless flash system.   The camera-mounted flash is the Commander and both illuminates my subject and sends information to the remote(s) to light the background (either a single SB600 or a pair of SB800s).  Since quite often my subjects are perched on long-stemmed plants, I have to elevate the wireless flash.  To do that, I epoxied a spike to an old aluminum monopod.  This allows me to easily and quickly vary the height of the remote flash - very handy!

Monopod mounted SB600

Dual SB800s on spiked monopod

This is Sony's NEX-5 "Interchangable Lens Camera" with a 16mm f2.8 lens:

Sony NEX-5

I bought it specifically to carry on my motorcycle since the SLRs are too large and too expensive to leave with the bike at all times. I researched a number of different point and shoot type cameras and in the end I chose this particular camera based on the sensor's physical size. Underneath that removable lens is a full-sized APS-C sensor! The same size as you would find in most DSLRs!

Full-sized APS-C sensor!

Although all of my Adventure Riding photography is done with a wide angle, I also decided to add Sony's 18-200mm "Optical Steady Shot" lens for a bit more versitility (moose on the road type of thing):

NEX-5 with 18-200mm OSS lens

I'm not normally a fan of the "super-zooms" but I think I can make an exception for this little fellow.