I know that most have heard it before but it's relevant enough that I, too, will repeat it.  It is not the camera or gear that you have that makes the image but rather what you do with the equipment that you use.  Again old news but, there have been many great images created with extraordinarily simple cameras.  Of course, it is also known that the right gear can improve an image, make it easier to get, and yes sometimes having certain gear is the only way to get a particular shot.  It is that endless, contradictory conundrum that will always exist.  I could go on with a detailed essay but this subject has been dealt with by many writers more talented and effective than I could ever be.  With that said, it seems everyone wants to know what's in your camera bag or studio and rather than answering each person one-by-one, I can now direct the interested parties to this page.


Without further ado, here are my tools-



NOTE:  For further information I have now added links to most items, where appropriate.


Main Gear


  • My camera body's are

a Canon EOS 7D  w/ Really Right Stuff L-plate

a Canon EOS 5D Mark III w/ Really Right Stuff L-plate


  • My lenses are as follows-

Canon EF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM (67mm filter)

Canon EF 17-40 f/4L USM (77mm filter)

Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L USM (77mm filter) - (now discontinued)

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM (77mm filter)

Canon EF 70-200 f/4L IS USM (67mm filter) w/ Really Right Stuff B82 Lens Plate

Tamron SP 150-600 f/5.6-6.3 Di VC USD (95mm filter)  w/ Really Right Stuff L84 Lens Plate

Canon EF 100-400 f4.5-5.6L IS USM  (77mm filter)  - traded

and also a Canon Extender EF 1.4 III


  • Memory Cards​​​​​​​

​                      1) SanDisk Extreme Pro 160MB/s - 64GB CompactFlash Card

2) SanDisk Extreme 60MB/S - 16GB CompactFlash Cards

2) SanDisk Extreme III - 8GB CompactFlash Cards

1) SanDisk Extreme III - 4GB CompactFlash Card

outgrown and unused

1) SanDisk - 1 GB CompactFlash Card

2) Lexar Platinum II 80x - 2 GB CompactFlash Cards

1) Lexar 512 MB 80x Professional CompactFlash Card

1) SanDisk Extreme Pro SDXC UHS-1 95 MC/s - 64 GB Memory Card

1) SanDisk 32GB SDHC Extreme Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card


  • Speedlites and related

2) Canon 600EX-RTs

4) Yongnuo YN600EX-RT Flashes

Canon ST-E3-RT Flash Transmitter

LumiQuest Pocket Bouncer w/ Ultra Strap 

Rogue FlashBender 2 - Large

Rogue 3-in1 Flash Grid w/ 3 gels

2) LumoPro LP605 5 section light stand

4) LumoPro LP633 Umbrella Swivels

Neewer 3-Way Triple Coldshoe Mount

2) Westcott 43" Umbrellas with removable black covers

Impact IMRD12WT Refector

Westcott 14" 1-Stop Diffuser

Hakuba PSTC-100 Pro Case (medium) black


  • Batteries

​for camera

​2) Canon LP-E6 camera batteries

1) ​Lenmar DLCE6 camera battery

4) Wasabi BTR-LPE6 camera batteries

1) Watson LP-E6 camera battery

1) Delkin Power LPE6 camera battery

for flash and misc

         80) Panasonic Eneloop AA rechargable Ni-MH - 2000 mAh batteries

         many rechargeable Powerex AA's and a few other brands (retired)

        many various non-rechargeable AA's (rarely used)


  • Battery Chargers

for camera

2) Canon LP-E6 chargers

1) Pearstone Mini AC/DC Battery Charger

2) Wasabi Power Mini Rapid A/C Chargers

for flash and misc.

            1) Kodak K200 charger for AA/AAA (probably discontinued)

1) Sanyo Ni-Cd charger for AA/AAA

1) Powerex MH-C401FS charger for AA/AAA

3) Powerex MH-C801D chargers for AA/AAA


  • Bags, Cases and Carry Gear

Lowepro Mini Trekker AW Backpack

Canon 200DG Deluxe Gadget Bag

L.L. Rue Photographic Vest (discontinued)

Lowepro DMC-Z CompactFlash Card Case

Pelican 1610 Black Case w/Dividers 


Retired: several bags and cases of various sizes


  • Protective and Cleaning Gear

Promaster Soft Clean 9286 Cleaning Cloth

Pearstone Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, 18% Gray (7 x 7.9")

4) Zeiss Jumbo Micofiber Lens Cloths

Several other Micro-fiber Cloths

Promaster Hurricane Blower

Zeikos Dust Blower

Vello Snap-On LCD Screen Protector for Canon 5D Mark III

Vortex Media Pro SLR Storm Jacket Camera Cover, Medium (Black) 


  • Camera Supports and Straps

Black Rapid RS-7 Strap w/ extra Fastenr

Manfrotto 3021BPRO Tripod (discontinued)

Bogen 3022 Tripod (probably discontinued)

Ergo Rest MultiTripod/Window Pod (discontinued)

Vanguard Elite CP-364 Monopod (discontinued)

Really Right Stuff BH-55 LR Full-sized ballhead with LR

Hakuba Case (large) black for tripod

Retired: Slik SBH-280 Ballhead, Slik SBH-550 Ballhead, and Quick releases


  • Filters

System Filters

LEE Filters Foundation Kit

LEE Filters Adapter Ring -77mm - for Wide Angle Lenses

Lee Big Stopper

retired - Cokin Filter System

Cokin P Series Filter Holder w/ 77mm Ring

Cokin P Series Filter Holder / no ring (CBP400A)

Cokin P Series Holder w/ 77mm Ring Filter Holder Cap

Cokin 67mm Adapter Ring P-Series (7515)

Cokin P Series Adapter Cap

Cokin Modular Hood  P 255

Cokin Neutral Gray ND4  P 153

Promaster Vectra Graduated  P - ND8 (9643)

Screw On Filters

B + W 77 MM (MC) Kaesemann Circular Polarizing Filter

Promaster 67mm Skylight Filter (never use)

Promaster Stepping Ring 67mm-77mm (5110)

B + W 67EA-77EI Step-up Ring #1

Luminesque UV Circular Polarizer Multi Coated Pro Filter - 77mm (never use)



Studio Gear


Ravelli Background Stand with several various background fabrics

Alien Bee B800-B Black Studio Flash w/ carry bag

Alien Bee U48SW Studio Flash Umbrella

Alien Bee LS3050 General Purpose 10 ft. Light Stand

Wescott Halo Round Softbox 45"

Westcott 28" x 28" Medium Apollo Softbox

          Westcott 40 Degree Fabric Grid for 28" x 28" Apollo Softbox

Westcott Adjustable Shoe Mount Umbrella Bracket 5051

Westcott Light Stand (Black, 8') 9908

Impact 42" Reflector (5-in-1)

Impact Lightstand w Boom Arm and Reflector Holder Kit

​Interfit 42" Reflector (5-1)

​2) Intermit Reflector Bracket Arms (42")

​Interfit 4-Section Air-Cushioned Light Stand (8.5') COR751

ProMaster LS-6 Multifunction Boom Light Stand

Sekonic Flashmate L-308S Exposure Meter

Neewer Shooting Table - 40" x 80"

Easy Home Handheld Steamer

Cable Matters® High Speed Mini-HDMI to HDMI Cable - 15 Feet

Vivitar Micro HDMI to HDMI Cable 6'

CowboyStudio 3-Roller Wall Mounting Background Support System

PhotoTools 25mm Twin Grip Head

Manfrotto 027 Light Stand Holder for 8 stands

Promaster - Pro LS_B Dual Light Stand


Computer Related


15" Apple MacBook Pro Laptop w/ 8GB

2) Seagate Backup Plus 4TB Portable External Hard Drives

2) Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1-TB Portable Hard Drives

Apple Magic Mouse

Datacolor Spyder5Pro

Wacom Bamboo Tablet (discontinued - I believe)

SanDisk Extreme IV Firewire Reader Card Reader

SanDisk USB 3.0 All-in-One Card Reader

Sunpack 72-in-1 High Speed Reader

 Epson Picture Mate Zoom Portable Printer w/ case

also, a Desktop Computer (27"  iMac w/8GB ) and an AOC external 27" monitor with several Hard Drives and Canon i9900 Photo Printer  

(I list this separately and non-itemized because it never travels with me)

As far as software, I have Adobe Photoshop CS4 but I find myself using Adobe Lightroom 6 for 99% of my work.

                   I am now, also, starting to explore Perfect Photo Suite 9.




Other Equipment


Canon TC-80N3 Remote Controller/Timer

Canon RC-6 Wireless Remote Controller

Vello FreeWave Plus Wireless Remote Shutter Release

Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2

Field & Stream Ultimate Blind

2) Cabela's Padded Tripod Chairs

Kodak Gray Card Set R-27

DGK Digital Grey Card Set 2"x3" w/ lanyard

Black Diamond Spot Headlamp