Jon's Gear Bag


I am often asked what kind of gear I use, or what I gear recommend.  There are currently several excellent digital camera systems by a number of manufacturers, and they all have their strengths and weaknesses.  This is true of almost all camera gear.  You should buy what works best in your hands and which you can reasonably afford.  I personally use Canon equipment because the menus and controls are more intuitive for me, but in some aspects, such as low noise at higher ISO's, Nikon is better.  In my opinion, the perfect camera would probably be a NiCanon, or CaNikon, as the case may be.  Since that is not currently possible, I use what I have, which is as follows:


Canon 5D Mk III w/ Really Right Stuff L-bracket

Canon 7D Mk II w/ Really Right Stuff L-bracket



Body Accessories:

Hood Loupe by Hoodman

Canon Remote Switch RS-80N3

Aputure AP-TR3C Intervalometer Remote Switch (Canon-clone)

Lightning Bug Lightning Trigger

Marshall 5" Video Screen with HDMI cables (up to 10' length)

CamRanger Remote Controller, used with iPad or Smartphone





Canon EF 16-35mm f2.8L IS USM Wide-angle Zoom

Canon TS-E 24mm f3.5L II  (Tilt/Shift)

Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM Wide-angle to Telephoto Zoom

Canon EF 100mm f2.8L IS Macro USM

Canon MP-E 65mm f2.8 Supermacro (1x-5x mag.)

Canon EF 70-300 f4-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom 

Canon EF 300mm f2.8L IS USM Supertelephoto 

Sigma 15mm f2.8 EXDG Fisheye 

Rokinon 14mm  f2.8 Rectilinear Superwide (for night landscapes/stars)




Lens Accessories:

Canon 1.4x II and 2x II Extenders

Canon 12mm and 25mm Extension Tubes



Flash Units:

Canon 580EX II

2 - Canon 430EXII's

Canon MT-24 Macro Twin Lite with Stofen Omni-Bounce Diffuser Set

Canon 430EZ

3 - Vivitar 285's

4 - Yongnuo YN560III Speedlights for studio water-drop photography

Better Beamer Flash Extender



Tripods & Heads:

Gitzo GT2530 LVL Carbon Fiber Leveling Tripod

Gitzo GT3542 XLS Carbon Fiber Tripod with Gitzo Leveling Base

Kirk BH-3 Ball Head (medium) w/ Really Right Stuff Quick Release Clamp (Arca-Swiss style)

Induro BHD3 (Arca-Swiss style)

Jou Jr. 3 Gimbal Head w/ Arca-Swiss style clamp

Acratech Ultimate Ballhead w/ Arca-Swiss style clamp

Benro KS-1 w/ Arca-Swiss style clamp

Joby Gorilla Pod (large)

Manfrotto 224 Magic Arm

Soligor Universal Micro Focusing Rail



Sherpa Gear:

Gura Gear Battaflae 32L Camera Bag  

Gura Gear Uinta Camera Bag


Xtrahand custom-designed Khumbu Camera Vest

Optech Camera Strap system



Image Processing:

Apple Mac Pro desktop with dual quad processors/16 GB RAM & 27" Apple Cinema Monitor

Apple MacBook Pro with 8GB RAM for travel & presentations

Adobe Lightroom CS & Photoshop CS. 

Photomatix Pro for HDR.  

Nik Software Suite

Star Stax (for night/star trail images)