For all who are interested, my arsenal of photographic goodness is listed below. Please let me know if you have any questions or want recommendations/advice!
Nikon D800: My new love. This camera does everything except cook you dinner. 36.3 MP, Full Frame, Video, awesome ISO performance, tremendous dynamic range, etc… For only $3,000 it is an absolute steal. For even more detail, the D800e comes with the AA filter removed, allowing the sensor to capture even more sharpness! BUY HERE
Nikon D7000: My secondary camera, this baby is awesome. Highly recommended for the beginner/amateur photographer. Many pros even use it. Costs around $1200 for the body only, or you can buy with included 18-105mm Lens bundle. Tremendously crisp, tons of functions, and even full HD video. BUY HERE
Nikon D90: My backup camera, as well as a camera I usually keep my 105mm Macro Lens on (mostly because I am lazy and don’t want to bother changing lenses all the time). This camera came out about 3 years ago and is still one of the best. I have put mine through all types of wear and tear, bumps, drops, rain… It still works like a dream. BUY HERE
Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 Wide Angle: This is my go-to lens for all landscape and seascape work, and has its place is almost all other aspects of my photography. If you have a DX camera, this is a wonderful FX lens to own. It really shines on a Full Frame camera; the angle of view is staggeringly large… BUY HERE
Nikon 28-300mm Lens: My primary travel lens. extremely versatile and travel friendly, this does a great job covering a very wide range of zoom. Not as fast a lens as a fixed focal length, but very crisp and versitile. This can be used with both DX and FX sensor cameras and produces tremendous images with both! BUY HERE
Nikon 10-24mm Wide Angle Zoom: My favorite lens, this offers the ability to create truly stunning images. The amount of info this can capture is amazing. Where it really shines is taking shots of Landscapes and Cityscapes. Not exactly an “inexpensive” lens, I found it for around $900. BUY HERE
Nikon 105mm Macro Lens: I love using this lens. The clarity, versatility, and 105mm zoom make it the obvious choice for capturing vivid, clear photos of beautiful flowers and creepy little critters. It is also a very fast medium range zoom, useful for facial close-ups, tightly focused landscapes, and nature photography. Pretty pricy, around $900, but highly recommended. BUY HERE
Nikon 70-300mm Telephoto Lens: A great alternative to the 28-300mm. Not as sharp, but for the price, you cannot beat this lens. It is very sturdy and will last forever. A great entry-level zoom, with a great price tag. BUY HERE
Nikon 35mm Lens: Uber-sharp and fast fixed focal length lens (say that 5 times fast), this provides me with the most enjoyment of all. You really need to get up close and personal in order to get a compelling shot, a result of the traditional 35mm focal length. When I am feeling lazy, this is the lens I avoid. So how much could this awesome piece of photographic equipment cost you ask? $199. BUY HERE
Gitzo Traveler Carbon Fiber Tripod: THE perfect travel companion for a photographer. Light, compact, and sturdier that most tripos twice its size. The only down side of this tripod is the price. With that being said, why would you put 4,000+ dollars worth of equipment on a tripod that isn’t quality made?? HIGHLY recommended. BUY HERE
Slik Pro 780DX Tripod: A bit costly for a tripod ($235), but sturdier than some of the tripods twice as much. It will collapse to about 1.5 feet, and though it is a bit heavy, can fit nicely into a checked bag for traveling. In order to keep a camera still for 30+ seconds to catch that precious light at night, a good tripod is essential. This is also a must if you are bracketing for HDR shots (drop me a line if you want me to talk more about this). Highly recommended. BUY HERE
Joby “Zoom” Gorrillapod: It may look a bit quirky, but I have gotten some of the most unique shots with this little guy. Incredibly sturdy when properly mounted (you can fix it to about anything), this tripod offers some amazing versatility you just cannot get with a traditional tripod. These come in about 8 different models, ranging from little point and shoot holders to Full HD Video Recorders they use to film blockbuster movies. The best for DSLR photography in my opinion is the $75 “Zoom” edition. BUY HERE
Lowepro Photo Sport Backpack: My go-to bag for all daily photo excurions. Light as a feather and able to store much more than you would think, this thing is built to take a berating. As advertised, it is a perfect biking/running photo bag, but can even be used for weekend getaways. Comes in 2 sizes and colors. For taller people, I recommend the bigger bag. BUY HERE
Tenba Camera Bag: It seems when you start getting serious about a hobby, you (or me anyways) have to have every new, unique, useless thing available. Well, I can tell you this bag is anything but. Enough room for 2 DSLR’s, 4 lenses, a plethora of batteries, memory cards, cleaning supplies, and other odds and ends. All this contained inside a professional looking bag with customizable straps, compartments, and a silent opening top . Sells for around $125. BUY HERE
OP Tech USA Pro Strap: Nothing screams “tourist!” like a stock Nikon or Canon strap around your pricey DSLR camera. Not a must have by any means, but besides being a useful addition, it comes with a bunch of perks that will make you happy you bought it. Comfortable, long and flexible, quick disconnects, and all made in the US of A. BUY HERE
Nikon Remote: Get one of these in your bag of tricks. I personally like this one because it is so small, wireless, and less than $15! If you are shooting night photography, this is a must to prevent camera shake from depressing the shutter. It is also cool to have so you aren’t running back and forth pressing the time release shutter if you want to be in the picture. The battery lasts forever too (I think I am over 8000 exposures with it and it still hasn’t failed me). BUY HERE
Giottos Rocketair: This lens/sensor cleaner is effective, cheap, durable, and looks pretty cool to boot. Made with a filter for incoming air, this blows off annoying dust without introducing anything new. Cuts out all the spittle and leftover food that you blow on to your lens when trying to get rid of dust. It sells on Amazon.com complete with cleaning kit for only about $10.
Opteka Green Cube: More flashy than actual function, this cube sits above the camera’s retractable flash and provides leveling assistance with 3 levels (2 horizontal, 1 vertical). It can assist when using a tripod to position either vertical or horizontal, or you are shooting without looking through the view hole. It is completely unnecessary, but it looks so cool! I know, I am a huge nerd, but these little things in life make me smile. Costs around $10.
Along with all these cool gadgets, I have a variety of memory cards (I recommend 8GB and 16GB cards), batteries, cleaning supplies, chargers, flash units, small tripods and filters. If you own lenses, why not protect them? You should get UV filters for all your lenses; they do not provide much other than protection, but that is priceless when you bang your lens into a wall or handrail (well not priceless, but worth as much as your lens you protected…). There are other odds and ends here and there, but this is the bulk of my arsenal. If you have any questions, want recommendations please feel free to post below! thanks for reading (for those that still are…) Check out B&H Photo for the best deals on all this equipment!