One of the most frequent questions I receive is what camera gear I use to get my photographs. Instead of constantly repeating myself, I decided to create this page.

 

I will start with my most used setup for bird and wildlife photography:

As of February 2018, I'm shooting with:

- Canon 1DX mark II camera - http://amzn.to/2E0RIAV

- Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II Super Telephoto lens - http://amzn.to/2DWkDWz

- Canon 1.4x mark III teleconverter - http://amzn.to/2EcwVxn

- Canon 2x mark III extender - http://amzn.to/2DZGagZ 

- Gitzo 3543 XLS carbon fiber tripod- https://www.bhphotovideo.com/

Because I started to record more videos, I switched from a regular gimbal head to a proper video head: 

- Manfrotto Nitrotech N8 Fluid Video Head http://amzn.to/2FIs98a

If I go out with photographs only in mind, I choose my long time favorite gimbal head:

- Jobu Jr. 3 gimbal head http://amzn.to/2EFGdzX - I like it for its small and lightweight design when compared to other, full size, gimbals on the market like Wimberley WH-200 http://amzn.to/2FIX6sE

When taking low angle photographs, especially of shorebirds on the beach, I use a homemade "Skimmer Pod" - http://amzn.to/2E1GT1j with any of above tripod heads mounted to it.

 

When taking longer hikes or when long lens is not needed, I use:

- Canon 7D mark II camera - http://amzn.to/2E1KqAW

- Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II - http://amzn.to/2E2mYUc - this lens performs very well with a 1.4x mark III extender giving me lens options from 100mm (without extender) to 560mm (with an extender). This mounted on a 1.6x crop camera body, gives me effective lens of 896mm. Just keep in mind that using a f/5.6 lens with a 1.4x extender requires a camera that is able to focus at f/8. 

 

Since I'm mostly shooting with a 600mm lens, the perfect bag to carry it is a Gura Gear G32L backpack: http://amzn.to/2E1qH04 - the lightest backpack on the market than can fit this lens, as well as other items, and still fits carry-on restrictions. 

 

When scouting locations, I often use Nikon 7578 MONARCH 5 12x42 binoculars http://amzn.to/2DZQy8I image quality of these binoculars is very good considering their relatively low price. Just keep in mind that 12x magnification requires a very steady hand and might not be suitable for everyone. Therefore, I would suggest to start off either with a 10x42 or 8x42 binoculars from the same line: http://amzn.to/2GO33pO

 

If you have more questions regarding my gear, do not hesitate to leave it in the comments section below.