Gear

Camera gear doesn’t guarantee great images, but it is a big help.  Although gear choices are generally in a state of flux this is what’s in the bag at the moment.

Bodies

Canon  1Dx                           Fuji X-E2
5D MkIII
Lenses (Canon)                    Lenses (Fuji)

16-35mm f/2.8 L                   8mm f/2.8 Fisheye
24-105mm f/4 L IS                18mm f/2
70-200mm f/2.8 L IS             18-55mm f/2.8 IS
100-400mm f/4.5 L IS II        35mm f/1.4
400mm f/5.6 L                       60mm f/2.4 Macro
500mm f/4 L IS                     55-200mm f/3.5 IS

Teleconverters, extend the focal length of telephoto lenses.  Canon makes two of them, a 1.4 x TC and a 2 x TC.  Teleconverters attach between the camera body and lens and as they absorb some light they reduce the maximum aperture by one stop with the 1.4x and two stops with the 2x.  So when adding the 1.4x TC to the 500mm f/4 lens it effectively turns the lens into a 700mm f/5.6 lens while by adding the 2x it becomes a 1000mm f/8 lens.  Extenders also affect the image quality of the lens however in my experience that effect is negligible with the 1.4x and really not bad with the 2x either.  The addition of the TC’s also slows the auto focus speed of the lens which does create some difficulties when shooting birds in flight.

Flashes 580EXII and ST-E2 off camera flash transmitter.  I also use the Better Beamer flash attachment to extend flash range when using flash with long telephoto lenses.

Pods
Gitzo GT1542T Tripod with Markins Series 1 Traveler Ball Head
Jobu Algonquin TCF-36 Tripod with Jobu Pro2 Gimbal head
Jobu Monopod with Jobu Jr.3 Gimbal head

Filters, especially Circular Polarizing and Neutral Density Graduated Filters are essential tools of the trade for landscape photography. Although filter effects (except the polarizing filter) can be largely duplicated in PhotoShop, I believe better results are obtained with less of an investment in time by using filters to help get the perfect landscape photograph.

I use a Lee 4×6″ filter holder and either Lee or Singh-Ray 4×6 ND grad filters. I have included links to the suppliers as I highly recommend both to you. Once you start using ND grad filters you will never leave home without them.  I also recommend Singh-Ray polarizing filters.