What's in my bag now...

My CAMERAS:

                            CANON 1D X II        Prime camera for my wildlife photography, my videography and backup camera for lands scape

                            CANON 5DS R          * NEW * Camera for my landscape photography

                            CANON 5D MK IV     Camera for my landscape photography, my videography and backup for wildlife photography

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                            FUJIFILM X-T2         *New acquisition For city shooting, inside scenes and portraits            

                            Fujifilm X20             For the "I don't want to bring the gear days " and for casual photography            

                            GoPRO 3+black        I am starting to use this camera to document places and workshops.                          

 

My LENSES:

                             FUJIFILM XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS For city photography and light travel

                             FUJIFILM XF 35mm f/2 WR For city photography, indoor scenes, portraits and light travel

                             FUJIFILM XF 56mm f/1.2 R For portraits, indoor scenes, landscape photography and light travel

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                             CANON 16-35mm f/4L IS for landscape photography

                             CANON 24-70mm f/4L IS for landscape photography

                             CANON TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II for landscape photography panoramas and architecture

                             SIGMA ART 50mm f/1.4   for city, art and indoor

                             CANON 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II for landscape and wildlife photography

                             SIGMA ART 85mm f/1.4   for portrait and landscape photography

                            CANON 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II for wildlife photography and landscapes

                            CANON 200-400mm f/4L IS - 1.4X for wildlife photography

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My Landscape Photography bag: 

CAMERAS : Canon 5D IV & Canon 5DS R

I am fully back to Canon cameras with the 5DS R and the 5D IV for my landscape photography. I have sold the Sony for practical reasons.

+ Canon EF 16-35mm F/4L IS              Very practical and very good and light Ultra wide angle zoom for situation where rapid  
                                                              focal change or landscapes lens is needed. Sharper than the f2.8L II in corners. In my bag
                                                              all the time.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS               Great walk around and landscape lens, almost as sharp as the 2.8L II and sharper at      

                                                              some apertures. Canon probably made a perfect lens with this one with the stabilizer.

                                                              And it is almost as sharp as the TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II  and some times sharper for

                                                              some areas in the frame.  In my bag all the time.          

+ Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II              Superb lens, very sharp from center to corners. Allows to get full depth of field in focus at f/8.

                                                              Best for architecture with tilt and shift functions. Shifting is great for creating panoramas.                      

+ Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II      One of my workhorse in landscape photography for areas like Bryce Canyon or the

                                                              Tuscan landscapes. Very, very sharp and excellent for portrait and wildlife

+ Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS  II Great lens, very sharp. I bring either the 70-200mm or the 100-400mm on the field

                             

My Wildlife Photography bag:

CAMERAS : Canon 1D X II & Canon 5D IV

+ Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II  Excellent lens for birds in flight or certain wildlife shot opportunities. This workhorse is sharp also with

                                                          the MK III versions of 1.4X & 2X extenders on a Pro camera like the 1D X. Used extensively.

+ Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II A new acquisition also for wildlife in environments when there is sufficient light

+ Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS+1.4x  One of the best Super tele  I had ever used. Hyper Fast and Hyper sharp. It is also outstanding with

                                                               the internal 1.4X and with a second 1.4X on top(784mm). Very versatile with its variable focal.

+ Canon EF 1.4 X Extender III

+ Canon EF 2 X Extender III

 

My city bag 1:   

CAMERA :  5D IV 

+ Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS  Great walk around lens, almost as sharp as the 2.8L II and sharper at some aperture

+ Sigma Art 50mm f/1.4    Superb for city photography and some portrait

My city bag 2:

CAMERA :  X-T2

+ Fujifilm XF 18-55 OIS  Great walk around lens, sharp

+ FUJIFILM XF 35mm f/2 WR Great walk around lens and great for scemes and portrait. Great bokeh

+ FUJIFILM XF 56mm f/2 R Great portrait lens and outdoor scene. Superb bokeh

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Over time, my gear choice has evolved based on experience, on my needs, on accuracy, what the material can produce and also base on the practical fact that I cannot carry a full house on my back anymore...

Nevertheless, you will find photographs on this site using all sorts of gear, Nikon and Canon. Unfortunately, Sony lenses as good as the Canon L lenses are outrageously expensive which does not represent a good ROI.

 

Other stuff I use

  • Canon speedlite 600EX-RT
  • Canon OE-C3 Off Camera Shoe Cord 3  for wildlife photography (mostly when shooting birds)
  • Better Beamer Flash Extender  for wildlife photography (mostly when shooting birds)
  • Canon TC80N3 Multi function Remote **   for landscape photography
  • HYPERDRIVE Backup Units Colorspace UDMA & UDMA2   Always with me on travel
  • HYPERJUICE100 : Powerful battery pack for Macbook Pro, iPads and iPhones
  • LEE AND SINGH-RAY NEUTRAL DENSITY FILTERS AND LEE HOLDERS
  • B+W POLARIZERS

 

Tripods & Heads

  • Gitzo GT5542 LS Carbon Fiber          A new acquisition for videography and very windy locations (Iceland)
  • Gitzo GT3541LS Carbon Fiber **      Every situation/trip where I can bring it
  • Gitzo Carbon Fiber Monopod             For restricted areas
  • SIRUI N2204 Tripod                           For travel with weight and size restrictions
  • Markins M10 Ballhead                        For travel with weight and size restrictions or expedition requiring lighter gear
  • Really Right ARCA SWISS:                 Really Right Stuff knob clamp on a ARCA SWISS MONOBALL Z1 sp  
  • Manfrotto 502AH Fluid head              For videography 
  • Wimberley Sidekick                            The travel alternative for wildlife with Super Tele 300mm f/2.8 to 600mm)

My Too numerous bags ...

Allmost all ThinkTank (the lightest, so best for flights) bags but more specifically:

  • ThinkTank StreetWalker HardDrive All the time plus traveling in North America (roomy) With Thinktank Steroid Speed Belt
  • Thinktank Airport Antidote  For when I have to carry the 200-400mm with other gear, fits in a CRJ plane
  • ThinkTank StreetWalker PRO When traveling with weight and gear restriction (Europe).  With Thinktank Steroid Speed belt
  • Thinktank Urban Disguise 3, 4 & 5 (The 5 often for travelling as a second bag)
  • Thinktank CityWalker 10 for small travelling or for my city kit
  • Nikon CL-L2 Soft Case bag for carrying the Canon 200-400mm with 1D X attached.

Lenses choice change overtime depending on my needs. I have made a choice of lens for the present time that allows me to travel relatively light and get excellent quality shots for landscapes, birding and wildlife in general. My gear choice also reflects the fact that I cannot carry as much gear as I did when younger.

If need be, I will tend to rent lenses (especially the super tele) I do not own when I need a specific one for a special project.

 

JD

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