What’s in my camera bag?

Nikon D5 XQD SLR

Nikon D5 XQD SLR

Nikon D850 SLR with MD-D18 Battery Pack

Nikon D500 SLR with MB-D17 Battery Pack ^

Sigma 15mm f2.8 DG Fisheye*

Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8 AF-S**

Nikkor 50mm f1.4 AF

Nikkor 85mm f1.8 AF-S

Tamron 16-300mm f3.5-6.3 VC (for use with D500) ^

Tamron 18-400mm f3.5-6.3 VC (for use with D500) ^***

Nikkor 24-85mm f2.8 - 4 AF

Nikkor 24-120mm f4 AF-S VR***

Nikkor 28-300mm f3.5-5.6 AF-S VR*

Nikkor 80-400 f4.5-5.6 AF-S VR with RRS replacement collar***

Nikkor 300mm f4E AF-S PF ED VR  ***

Tamron SP 150-600mm f5-6.3 VC G2  ***

Sigma 150mm macro f2.8 OS HSM **

Sigma 135mm f1.8 HSM Art**

Nikkor 60mm macro f2.8 AFS

Nikkor 70-180mm macro f4.5-5.6 AF (no longer produced)

Nikkor 600mm f4E FL AF-S VR***

Nikkor Teleconverter TC-14E III 1.4X**

Nikkor Teleconverter TC-17E II 1.7X*

Nikkor Teleconverter TC-20E III 2.0X

Venus Optics Laowa 24mm f14 Probe Lens (wide angle 2:1 macro lens)

Kenko Auto Extension Tube Set DG (12, 20 & 36mm)                                                                  

                                                                        * Preferred Lenses

                                                                        ^ DX Lens / Camera

Nikon SB-5000, SB-900, SB-700 and SB-500 Speedlights

Better Beamer Flash Extenders (FX-3, FX-4 & FX-6)

        in LensCoat BeamerKeepers

Westcott Micro Apollo 2200 Flash Diffuser

Fotodiox 6x9” Softbox for speedlight

MagMod MagBounce

Rogue Flash Bender (large)

Nikon SD-9 high performance battery pack

Nikon SC-28 Coiled Remote Flash Cord

Really Right Stuff flash brackets

Nikon R1C1 Wireless Close-Up Speedlight (Two SB-R200

    Speedlights and a SU-800 Wireless Commander Unit)

Nikon Wireless Remote Controller WR-R10 / WR-T10

Photoflex LiteDisc reflectors and translucent diffusers

Sekonic L-358 Flash/Light Meter

Promaster LED-120SS Rechargeable LED Light - Daylight

Nikon ES-2 Film Digitizing Adapter Set

Singh-Ray Variable Neutral Density filter 77mm - up to 8 stops

ND filters 77mm  - 2 stop    3 stop    4 stop    6 stop     10 stop

Singh-Ray Gold-N-Blue Polarizer 77mm

Singh-Ray LB Polarizing filter (2/3 stop brighter than others)

Singh-Ray Reverse Neutral Density Graduated filters

Canon 500D close-up filter  77mm

Protective high quality UV filters for lenses when photographing

        in wet or dusty environment.

XUME Quick Release 77mm filter adapters

B+W step up adapter ring 72-77mm, 67-77mm

Filter stack caps 77mm

Tiffen 4 pocket Belt Filter Pouches and 6 pocket Filter Pouch

Uniqball iQuick3Pod T36.4 Tripod - with built in leveling base

Really Right Stuff TVC-33 series 3  Carbon Fiber Tripod

        with TA-U-LC Leveling Base with quick release clamp and plates for BH-55   ballhead,  Wimberley and other heads.  Without leveling base when used with Uniqball head.

FLEXSHOOTER PRO BALLHEAD *** - my new all purpose tripod head

  1. -performs as a gimbal head, better than the Wimberley and also as ballhead.  Lightweight and very stable. 

             Twinshooter Clamp - use the Flexshooter with 2 cameras at once.

Really Right Stuff BH-55 ballhead with lever release clamp

Really Right Stuff BH-40 and BH-25 ballheads

Wimberley Gimbal head, version II with F9 Flash Bracket

Wimberley Sidekick with AK-100 adaptor & F6 Flash Bracket

Wimberley F1 Flash Bracket, M6 extension post, M4 Macro Arm,

        M7 Flash Flipper and M8 Perpendicular Plate

Uniqball UBH 35 leveling ballhead

Uniqball UBH 45 leveling ballhead-COMBINATION BALL HEAD, GIMBAL HEAD AND

                                                                                              PAN & TILT HEAD AND LEVELING BASE

Uniqball PanoClamp

        Uniqball head does it all.  And it is so lightweight.

       RRS TVC-33 Tripod + leveling base + Wimberley head = 8.3 lbs

       RRS TVC-33 Tripod + BH-55 ballhead =  6.1 lbs

       RRS TVC-33 Tripod + Uniqball head 45 = 5.8 lbs (and does it all)


Induro CLT203 Carbon Fiber Tripod with Really

        Right Stuff BH-40 or Uniqball Ballhead

    For a really light weight option for wildlife photography:

     Induro CLT203 tripod + Uniqball 35 head (wt=3.9 lbs) paired with D500 + Sigma 150-600. With the dx sensor this gives equivalent of 900mm lens on a gimbal type   head which also functions as a regular ballhead with shorter lenses.

Induro CM24 Carbon Fiber monopod with Surui L-10 Tilt Head

Benro S4 Video Head

Manfrotto Nitrotech N8 Video Head

Really Right Stuff quick release camera and lens plates and

        L plates for the D5 and D850

Skimmer Ground Pod (for ground or sand level photography)

Op-Tech Tripod Strap

Wimberley Plamp II and Plamp Stake

Olympus Dot Sight EE-1 + Pixel TF-322 Flash Hot Shoe Adapter

     Used for finding distant subject with long telephoto lens

Nikon MC-30A  Remote Camera Trigger Release

Nikon MC-36A Multi-Function Remote Cord

Nikon DR-5 Right Angle Viewfinder

Nikon ME 1 Stereo Microphone


RRS Strap-Clamp

Black Rapid Double Breathe camera strap with Kirk 1” universal QR clamps

Domke 1.5 inch detachable web strap with swivel for attachment to 600mm lens

Tamrac N45 Leather Padded Quick Release Camera Straps for

        D5, D850 and D500 camera bodies


Peak Design Slide Camera Strap with quick release anchors

Bean Bags - Kinesis Safari bag, Molar bag, Gura Gear Sabi bag

Buckwheat Hulls to fill bean bags

Black Diamond Knee Pads

Kahtoola Microspikes Traction System (for walking on ice/snow)

Outdoor Research Ultralight Stuff Sacks to cover cameras when

        coming in from cold to avoid condensation or to hold cameras if forced to

        gate check camera bag on airplane

Lowepro photo gloves (unfortunately, no longer being sold)

Aquatech Sensory Gloves

Heat 3 Smart gloves (ultimate cold weather shooting gloves)


JIS (JAPANESE INDUSTRIAL STANDARD) MINI SCREWDRIVER SET (Phillips Head slightly different and might strip screw head used in Japanese products)









Sensor cleaning stuff - Eyelead Sensor Gel Stick,  Sensor

        Loupe (from Carson or VisibleDust) and Hurricane or    

        Giotto Blower and Delkin Cleaning Swabs + Solution

Hoodman Lens Cleanse lens cleaning kits

ThinkTank Emergency Rain Cover - Medium

Camera/lens rain covers - LensCoat RainCoat Standard & Pro

Hoodie Lens Cap for  600mm lenses

Aqua Tech Soft Hood and Soft Lens Cap for Nikkor 600mm lens

LensCoat large TravelHood (to replace lens hood for Nikkor 600)

Polar Fleece Camera/Lens covers

LensCoat neoprene pouches for lens and camera bodies

LensCoat Travel Coat for long lenses

Hoodman Compact HoodLoupe 3.2

Fenix LD01 LED flashlight

Coast HP7 high performance focusing 251 Lumen LED flashlight

Black Diamond Storm LED headlamp 160 Lumen/red LED

Zebralight H52w headlamp

Bubble level for camera flash shoe

Cat Crap (anti-fog lens cleaner for glasses and camera eyepiece)

Spare camera body and lens caps

Large plastic bags (black and clear) and Ziploc Bags

Bug Shirt (Elite Edition) and Bug Hood

Coolibar fingerless sun gloves (also protect from mosquitoes)

Neos waterproof Overshoes

Hand and foot warmers

Hand held Whisk Broom and soft paint brush (for sand removal

        when beach shooting)                   

Canon 12x36 Imaged Stabilized Binoculars

Nikon 10x25 Trailblazer Binoculars

Yukon 2x24 Tracker LT Night Vision Binoculars

Think Tank Airport International rolling camera bag

Think Tank Urban Disguise 60 computer bag

Mindshift Gear Backlight 36L Backpack (my new favorite bag)

Mindshift Gear Multi-Mount Holster 20 (for D500 without battery pack     +18-400mm lens)

Gura Gear Bataflae 32L bag for use in the field as backpack or

        with Accessory Straps for attachment to cart.

Gura Gear Bataflae 26L bag  (when not travelling with 600mm lens)

Gura Gear Et Cetera Pouches and Cases, Kooh Utility Cords

         and Tembo Memory Wallets

Gura Gear Chobe 19-24L expanding camera/computer shoulder bag

          which has sleeve for sliding over handle of rolling bag.

Eagle Creek Convertabrief Bag camera/computer shoulder bag - also has

          sleeve for sliding over handle of rolling bag and backpack harness to wear as

          backpack.  Laptop compartment opens as a book to allow placement on belt

          for TSA inspection without having to remove computer from bag.

         When traveling by air with lots of gear including  large 600mm, I use the

            Gura Gear Butaflae 32L (or if not carrying the 600mm, the Gura Gear 26L or

            the Mindshift Gear Backlight 36L), either as a back pack or attached to a

            Samsonite compact cart, as my primary carry on bag.  For a second bag,

            the Eagle Creek Convertabrief bag worn as a backpack - or can slide over

            Samsonite handle on top of Butaflae bag but this is heavy and makes

            wheeling through airport difficult.  The Convertabrief bag if necessary holds

            the 150-600mm or other extra camera gear, as well as my laptop, cords,

            glasses, medications, etc.  Could also use Gura Gear Chobe as 2nd bag, but

            Chobe can’t be used as backpack.  This setup has allowed me to travel with

            my gear on most commercial jets.

            Another option is to use a 4-wheeled cary on for easy rolling through airport

            and down isle of plane - vicotorinox Avaolve 2.0 22-inch suitcase filled with

            photo gear wrapped in LensCoat pouches/travel coats or polar fleece covers.

            Chobe bag or Eagle Creek Convertabrief gag filled with additional gear slides

            over handle or the suitcase.  Convertabrief bag can also be worn as a

            backpack.  Butaflae bag needed for field use is filled with clothes and packed

            in checked luggage.


Think Tank Speed Belt and Modular Component System

Think Tank Compact Flash Card Holders & AA Battery Holders

Vertex Big Lens Bag for 600mm

OutPack ScopePack (long lens bag - no longer in production)

LensCoat 4x expandable Long Lens Bag

Lowepro Flipside 500 AW Bag

Eckla Beach Rolly with Multi Holding Bar and Cargo Net

15” MacBook Pro (2017) computer w Retina display & 1 TB SSD


12” MacBook computer w Retina display & 500GB flash storage

        macOS High Sierra

        PhotoMechanic (for downloading and editing (culling)

             images before importing into Lightroom

        Photoshop CC 2018

        Lightroom Classic CC

        Macphun filter set including Aurora HDR Pro and Luminar

        NIK filter set, PhotoRescue,  FotoMagico 5 (for   

        creating slideshows), DXO Viewpoint, Portrait Pro,

        Topaz Labs filter set, Carbon Copy Cloner 

Western Digital My Passport 1TB USB 3 external hard drives

Samsung T3 Portable SSD 250GB and 1TB

Samsung T5 Portable SSD 500GB

Think Tank Photo Powerhouse Pro, Powerhouse Air and

        Powerhouse Tablet

BUBM Universal Wrap Electronics Accessories Organizer

Mindshift Gear GP4 case

Sony XQD/SD Card Reader

Sony XQD G series 440 MBs 32GB, 64GB & 128GB  Cards

Sony SF-G series 300 MBs UHS-II SDXC 64GB Cards

Nikon  EN-EL18/18a camera batteries (8) & battery chargers (2)

Nikon EN-EL15 camera batteries (2) and charger

Assortment of AA and AAA alkaline and lithium batteries

Lithium CR2025 Coin and CR123A 3V batteries

AG5 1.5V Button Cell batteries

CR1616 lithium battery (this is the clock battery in the Nikon D5)

PowerEx  2700mAh NiMH rechargeable AA batteries

Travel charger for PowerEx batteries

ZTS Mini Multi-Battery Tester

Dual Voltage Power Strip 120/240V (from Magellans.com)

Plug Adapters for foreign travel (from Magellans.com)

6 inch 3-outlet extension cords (from Radio Shack)

Camera and Flash manuals - never leave home without them

    I have all manuals in PDF form on my MacBook