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What’s in Your Bag? with Landscape and Street Shooter Andy Williams

Do you know all those times when you’re out shooting and you run into another photographer? You sneak glances at their gear to see if they measure up to what you’ve got (or because you covet thy neighbor’s glass.) Don’t worry, we all do it!

Now we’re letting you do it shamelessly and without fear of getting caught. Let’s see what SmugMug’s House Pro Andy Williams of Moon River Photography puts in his bag. Read all the way to the bottom — you may just win something…

I’ve owned lots of gear, but my collection has actually shrunk over the years and now I only keep and carry what I actually use.

Bag

Let’s start with the bag itself.  For years and years, I’ve been using the Crumpler Farmer’s Double and I still love it.  It’s my bag of choice for a day trip or short outing. Look for it used, because Crumpler doesn’t make it anymore. :)

Crumpler Farmer's Double

For longer trips, I’ve recently settled on the Kiboko bag from Andy Biggs’ Gura Gear.  I’ve had the opportunity to try a whole lot of bags – top of the line models from Lowepro, Crumpler, Tenba and Think Tank – and I chose the Gura Gear bag:

It’s super light, made from the same fabric used in America’s Cup sailboat sails!  It’s less than half the weight of the big bags from the other guys, and when you carry it all day that makes a big difference. It holds plenty: two bodies, plenty of glass, accessories and more.  You can even put a 500mm f/4 in it!

The suspension system is awesome, it rides well, and you feel like you’re carrying much less weight than you actually have.  And, it hides when you don’t want to use it.  This bag will easily swallow up 35lbs of gear with room to spare. Everything about this bag screams attention to detail – the way the suspension system tucks away out of sight when you’re not using it, the built-in raincover, the zipper pulls that are glove-friendly. They’re out of stock most everywhere right now, but Andy Biggs assures me that he’s got some really cool stuff in store for his fans really soon.

Tripod

As a landscaper, this is without a doubt one of the most important pieces of gear I own.  I recently started using the newest carbon-fiber kit from Really Right Stuff, their TVC-23. Expensive? Yup. But the stability of this rig just can’t be matched by any tripod I’ve used (including the top of the line Gitzos). It’s super strong and super lightweight at only 3lbs.  I pair this tripod with the Really Right Stuff BH-40 ballhead which also supports the lenses that I use regularly (up to 300mm).  I do own the larger RRS BH-55 ballhead for when I need to support a 400mm or 500mm lens. For years, I was using the Gitzo 2530, and what I like about the new RRS ‘pods is their stability, and the way the head comes together with its “Apex Lock” system. It is without a doubt the sturdiest, lightest tripod I’ve ever owned.

For traveling, and lightweight (like backpacking), I also have the Gitzo 1541 and a RRS BH-30 which is a super lightweight combo!  I shoot lots of panoramas, and so a very important piece of my kit is the Really Right Stuff Pano Head, which I use for stitched panos in the landscape.

Glass!

I admit I’m a bit of a glass snob. I’ll use primes when I can, but I do love a couple of zooms I own.  Let’s go from small to big.

  • First off, the Tokina 10-17mm fisheye zoom – super ultrawide on the full-frame 5DII and for really fun landscape videos on the 7D.  Sharp and reliable!  But… I do have my eye on Canon’s newly announced 8-15mm fisheye zoom though, and expect to be shooting with it this summer.
  • Canon’s 24 f/1.4L Mark II – a fantastically sharp wide angle lens, I’m so in love with this glass that I gave up the supremely sharp Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 for it!
  • For all-around use, I have one of the very first copies of Canon’s 24-105L and it’s a workhorse lens for me.  If I’m out for a day and I can’t take a lot of glass, I’ll grab this.
  • For portraits, I have a couple of excellent choices: Canon’s 50 f/1.2L and Canon’s 135 f/2L. Given enough room, I love shooting portraits with the 135L, it’s one of the sharpest lenses ever, bar-none.  Love the 50mm 1.2 for it’s ginormous lens opening – and it’s my go-to lens for extreme low-light work.
  • More reach?  I’m not the first guy to say that Canon’s 70-200 f/2.8L IS Mark II is a favorite.  I own it, have owned the prior model, and won’t ever be without it.  Super sharp, great IS so you can shoot in low-light when needed.  Fast on the AF.  And yeah, I use it in the landscape, too.
  • Recently, I’ve been using Canon’s newest zoom, 70-300 L IS. It’s not fast (f/5.6 at the long end) but boy is it sharp and what a convenient little package.
  • If  you’re wondering about birds and wildlife: I don’t own really long glass but when I need it, I usually rent a 500mm f/4L or 600mm f/4L from BorrowLenses.  When I travel to Africa for three weeks this October, I’m doing just that!

Bodies

No surprise here – I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark II and a Canon 7D.  The 5D Mark II is a super landscaper’s camera, great performance, high pixel count, HD movies, and more.   When I need a faster frame rate and a bit faster AF, I reach for the 7D.

Funny, I used to be a 1Ds Mark III snob… but I cannot for the life of me figure out why one would buy that camera body at nearly 3x the cost of a 5D Mark II.  Sure, I’m awaiting the rumored 1Ds Mark IV like most Canon shooters, but the sane part of me says, “why”?

(Those of you that know me are probably laughing right about now!)

Filters

Guess what?  I own only two, a circular polarizer and a neutral density filter.  I use the CPL when I want to get the best sky possible 90 degrees or so from the sun.  I will also use it in certain circumstances like fall foliage to get richer colors, and of course to lose reflections when shooting water.   I love my 6-stop ND filter, to smooth out the water in a waterfall or running stream in daylight.

Miscellany

On my 5DII and 7D bodies, I add a Camdapter Hand Strap – super comfortable! I always carry my Infrared-converted Canon SD-980IS, camera manuals (you never know!), extra batteries, an intervalometer for timed exposures, a remote shutter release, headlamp, flashlight, shooting gloves for the cold weather, plenty of CF cards, lens cloth, lens cleaner, a mink brush, Giottos mini-Blower,  The Photographer’s Rights, my business cards and a leatherman for when things go wrong.

Everything Else

After I shoot there’s plenty to do!   I use Adobe’s Lightroom 3 (and SmugMug’s awesome built-in uploading), Photoshop CS5, Auto Pano Pro for my stitches, all on an Apple Mac Pro with two 30″ HP Monitors.

Win This MetalPrint

It’s not all work, and no play though. Now that you’ve gotten a close look at my gear bag, here’s your chance to take home something fun (note: Ts and Cs here). Comment on our blog post below and “Like” us on Facebook. One winner will be randomly selected on Monday, April 18 at Noon PDT to win a big and beautiful MetalPrint of this Mono Lake Tufa photo. You can see how it will look on your wall here.

Enjoy (looking into other photographers’ bags) photography,
- Andy

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UPDATE! We were totally blown away by the response to this giveaway, so we are sharing the love and randomly selecting THREE Winners!

First place, and the winner of the MetalPrint, goes to Darlene Buck. The two Runner Ups, and the winners of a free year of SmugMug Pro each, are Jordan Van de Vorst and Jenny Sipes. Congrats!! Katherine from our team will be emailing you each shortly with details of your prize.

Thanks to everyone who participated. There is a lot more goodness where this came from, so keep yer eyes on this blog, Facebook, and Twitter for many more giveaways to come.

Categories: Andy Williams, photography
  1. April 13, 2011 at 9:03 am | #1

    I never thought of using my feet to check out flesh tones in an image!

  2. Ian
    April 13, 2011 at 9:05 am | #2

    You left out one item from your bag…it is “hey, you gonna bring that 300 f/2.8? Can I borrow that?” LOL

    Great post Andy!

  3. Craig Monroe
    April 13, 2011 at 9:37 am | #4

    Hi Andy,

    What about the coveted knee pad? :-)
    Gorgeous shot!

  4. April 13, 2011 at 9:38 am | #5

    Never heard of those grips..got to get me that python one. Awesome selection of glass too…hope he doesn’t leave that bag sitting alone…I might take it.

  5. April 13, 2011 at 9:47 am | #6

    I love finding out what other people shoot with! Guilty! I’ve sneaked a peek at other photographers to see what their shooting with! Your gear is impressive to say the least!

    • April 13, 2011 at 11:52 am | #7

      I was out shooting at the local botanical gardens last year and saw another photog shooting a wedding there. I had my 80-200 on me so I shot a picture gear when I was at a good angle so I could see what he had. I was disappointed to see yet another “pro photographer” toting a $600 body/lens kit with a cheap brand flash.

      • April 15, 2011 at 7:43 pm | #8

        As long as the pictures are pro quality, I don’t care if they were shot with a pocket instamatic, but it sure as hell depresses me to see someone with incredible gear that still can’t manage to turn out anything more than marginally passable on either a technical or an artistic level.

  6. April 13, 2011 at 9:48 am | #9

    Hey Andy- would love to know what intervalometer you’ve settled on. :-) Awesome write up- think I’m going to need to take a serious look at the tripod and bag…

  7. Jeremy Powlus
    April 13, 2011 at 9:50 am | #11

    keep up the great work! I’d love to see more favorite lenses.

  8. April 13, 2011 at 10:03 am | #12

    Once I hit 60, my favorite bag item became Aleve Gel Caps. I don’t go anywhere without them.

    • April 13, 2011 at 10:08 am | #13

      Bruce: I didn’t mention the meds :) But yeah, I do have a little baggy of Vitamin “M” – Motrin!

  9. Toan Do
    April 13, 2011 at 10:33 am | #14

    Thanks for the info. Thanks for the link to the Photographer’s Rights :)

  10. April 13, 2011 at 10:38 am | #15

    Thanks for the breakdown!

  11. joe papagoda
    April 13, 2011 at 10:54 am | #16

    Fancy

  12. April 13, 2011 at 10:57 am | #17

    Thanks for the sneak peek!

  13. Darren Swim
    April 13, 2011 at 10:57 am | #18

    Awesome breakdown!

  14. April 13, 2011 at 10:59 am | #19

    Beautiful Image! :)

  15. April 13, 2011 at 11:01 am | #20

    Love your images! It’s always great to see what other photogs are toting around. Definitely having some lens envy =P

  16. April 13, 2011 at 11:02 am | #21

    Really insightful – thanks!

  17. Haseeb Omar
    April 13, 2011 at 11:02 am | #22

    Bag lust. Of all things… I now have bag lust.

  18. April 13, 2011 at 11:04 am | #23

    Fantastic. May have to look into some of those things myself.

  19. Andrew Henderson
    April 13, 2011 at 11:05 am | #24

    Thanks for the peek in your bag – I love this kind of thing. Where does the Leatherman travel when you need to get through TSA?
    Oh, besides the tylenol/immodium/antacids baggie I never leave home without a couple of protein bars in my bag.

    • April 13, 2011 at 11:42 am | #25

      Hey Andrew, I only carry the Leatherman in checked bag when traveling by air. If I’m carrying everything on, then sadly, no Leatherman.

  20. April 13, 2011 at 11:08 am | #26

    I always enjoy when photogs show what’s in their bag, thanks Andy.

  21. April 13, 2011 at 11:13 am | #27

    I lust the bag! And I lust the toys. However, it looks like you photoshopped your feet. No wrinkles or hang-nails!! They is just way too smooth! :)

  22. April 13, 2011 at 11:18 am | #29

    Oh my! And seriously I’ve just been drooling over getting a couple of prime lenses and a step-up from my T1i… LOL. This newbie has a long way to go. Now I’m off to go figure out what an intervalometer is.

    • April 13, 2011 at 11:38 pm | #30

      Yes it’s great to hear these pro stories because it’s insightful and a great learning perspective!
      I shoot with the same camera as you as well. How do you like it so far?

      • April 15, 2011 at 12:06 pm | #31

        Hi Jack! It’s def insightful. I like the camera – but I HATE the on-camera flash. Wish I knew what I know now about lighting and kit lenses before I started. That being said, I’m forcing myself to learn exactly what I need to know to take great pics. Some people judge pro-photogs using remedial gear. I think it’s worse to use rad gear and produce remedial work. :) (The upgrade on stuff will come eventually!!)

  23. TimS
    April 13, 2011 at 11:23 am | #32

    Nice bit of gear there… The glass alone makes me jealous!

  24. April 13, 2011 at 11:25 am | #33

    Great stuff! That kiboko looks very nice. I am on the upswing of collecting equipment, I suppose starting to weed stuff out now might be the best idea! But we all love toys. Thanks for sharing Andy. (sidebar- I always wondered about that big ol’ expensive 1Ds…)

  25. April 13, 2011 at 11:32 am | #34

    That would look perfect on my bare wall!

  26. Phil Bowser
    April 13, 2011 at 11:39 am | #35

    Besides seeing the gear, it helps to read why it was jammed into the bag. Thanks!

  27. April 13, 2011 at 11:39 am | #36

    I hate reading, I just look at the pictures.

  28. April 13, 2011 at 11:40 am | #37

    Does Any mind that you’ve stolen his print from his wall?

  29. Tammy
    April 13, 2011 at 11:41 am | #38

    Thanks for sharing!\
    Great post!

  30. April 13, 2011 at 11:41 am | #39

    Wow really like all of your stuff! glad SmugMug posted to facebook you have ALOT of helpful tips and amazing work! I’m going to be using these tops while I’m visiting Nevada for some awesome mountain shots :)

  31. April 13, 2011 at 11:41 am | #40

    Beautiful picture! Very envious of the bag as well!

  32. Mike McDonald
    April 13, 2011 at 11:42 am | #41

    Interesting to read about the filters. I really want to learn how to put those to good use.

  33. Landon Lewnes
    April 13, 2011 at 11:42 am | #42

    prints, damn that ones nice

  34. Devin
    April 13, 2011 at 11:42 am | #43

    Thanks for the great article! Nice glass btw :)!

  35. Sharon
    April 13, 2011 at 11:42 am | #44

    Love to see what other people carry in their bags…..and I also have a “bag” fetish.

  36. Tammy
    April 13, 2011 at 11:43 am | #45

    “O”! BEAUTIFUL PRINT!!!!
    I WOULD <3 TO HANG IT ON MY WALL!!! =)
    LOL

    THANKS!

    WITH LOVE
    TAMMY
    XOXO

  37. jay bergeron
    April 13, 2011 at 11:43 am | #46

    Thanks for the insight to your gear.

  38. April 13, 2011 at 11:43 am | #47

    Great post, Andy. Thanks for the look at your gear!

  39. Derek Kennedy
    April 13, 2011 at 11:43 am | #48

    All that nice glass, left you with out the cash to buy some shoes…

  40. April 13, 2011 at 11:43 am | #49

    I want to be first in line when you start giving away the stuff inside of the bag!! :0D That print would look fabulous in my new studio!! Smugmug ROCKS!! seriously!!

  41. erin sierra
    April 13, 2011 at 11:44 am | #50

    I love the gear and the bags.. but i LOVE the Lapel Pins….

  42. Jummel Hidrosollo
    April 13, 2011 at 11:44 am | #51

    Nice bags and print! Which reminds me…I sure need to organize by gear better.

  43. April 13, 2011 at 11:44 am | #52

    I always love hearing what gear other photographers use!

  44. Felicia
    April 13, 2011 at 11:44 am | #53

    Love all the pins!

    • April 13, 2011 at 11:52 am | #54

      Felicia – me too! It’s the first thing I look for when I’m in a cool new place.

  45. April 13, 2011 at 11:45 am | #55

    ohhh nice!

  46. James Mayo
    April 13, 2011 at 11:45 am | #56

    I agree all great stuff. The bag was very interesting to me. I have tried metalprints on a small scale and was very impressed.

  47. April 13, 2011 at 11:45 am | #57

    Ive looked at Nikon’s 10-24mm lens, I didnt even think of doing video with a fisheye!!! def something I’ll need to try.

  48. April 13, 2011 at 11:45 am | #58

    Great blog! Im tempted to get a wide prime also… Pick me!!!

  49. April 13, 2011 at 11:45 am | #59

    Great blog! Although I must say after reading through all the different types of gear, your setup for editing has me the most impressed. I just love that great shot right above your desk with the sun peaking through the rocks!

  50. jason
    April 13, 2011 at 11:45 am | #60

    oh….great stuff in your bag…yeah I can’t rationalize the price differences in the full frame bodies either.

  51. April 13, 2011 at 11:45 am | #61

    Ahhh the screen real estate with 2, 30″ monitors. I thought I was doing good with a 27″ iMac and 27″ cinema display. Thanks for the peak into the bag. I’d love to have some of that gear to carry with me all the time!

  52. April 13, 2011 at 11:46 am | #62

    Do you carry a point and shoot as well?

    • April 13, 2011 at 11:53 am | #63

      Keith – always! I have an IR-converted SD-980IS from Canon for my Infrareds, and I have my iPhone for color P&S.

  53. Michelle H.
    April 13, 2011 at 11:46 am | #64

    Thanks for the peek into your bag! I always like reading about what others carry around with them :)

  54. April 13, 2011 at 11:47 am | #65

    What a nice print!

  55. Robert Dyet
    April 13, 2011 at 11:47 am | #66

    Awesome setup an gear you have, super jealous at your rigg an your landscapes rock.. All the Best

  56. Lis
    April 13, 2011 at 11:47 am | #67

    Thank you soooo much for sharing! I am SO guilty of trying to see what other people are using. We can all learn so much from each other.

  57. Nicole Lefebvre
    April 13, 2011 at 11:47 am | #68

    Thanks for the breakdown, just getting started in photography and every little tip helps! Thanks Andy!

  58. April 13, 2011 at 11:47 am | #69

    Good stuff Andy! I’ve heard a lot of good things about Really Right Stuff tripods. I have one of them on my short list of things to purchase, right after one of the new Canon 24mm T/S lenses. :)

  59. April 13, 2011 at 11:48 am | #70

    I’ll have to check out this Auto Pano Pro!

  60. Eric Shellman
    April 13, 2011 at 11:48 am | #71

    No flash?

    • April 13, 2011 at 11:55 am | #72

      Hah, yeah I have ‘em. 2x Canon 580EX II. And a few other things I bring along, in my portable lighting kit.

  61. Carrie
    April 13, 2011 at 11:48 am | #73

    Wow. Amazing gear!! Yes, I’ll take one of each, please!!

  62. April 13, 2011 at 11:48 am | #74

    I love gear posts.

  63. April 13, 2011 at 11:48 am | #75

    I’m a fan of Andy’s. I specially like the image of him with feet on the table – hahahaha – so funny. No worries Andy; I do the same thing when I work and need to stretch my legs. Loving your work Andy!

  64. April 13, 2011 at 11:49 am | #76

    I’m thinking about picking up a 24L prime as well.

    btw that metalprint is amazing!

  65. Barry
    April 13, 2011 at 11:49 am | #77

    Thank you! Always interesting to hear what other people use and why.

  66. April 13, 2011 at 11:49 am | #78

    I don’t have anywhere near enough gear to have any bags that large, but they all look very functional.

  67. Jessica Spragg
    April 13, 2011 at 11:49 am | #79

    Love the bag, just need the stuff to put in it. One day all have a great collection of lenses and a great camera to go with them!

  68. April 13, 2011 at 11:50 am | #80

    Cool, first time to read your blog and I enjoyed it. Loved the link for renting lens! Awesome

  69. Rebecca Poe
    April 13, 2011 at 11:50 am | #81

    Awesome info. Thanks for sharing! <3

  70. April 13, 2011 at 11:50 am | #82

    Looking for the best gearbag I can get. It had to hold my Canon7D and several lenses. Backpacking into to remote area with this much gear is hard enough, need a lighter yet durable bag. I am going to look at the bag you have mentioned here. i almost went to Mono Lake with my kid (17yr old budding shooter, with an incredible eye) but we opted for a beach vaca.. limited shooting ops this trip ;{.

  71. April 13, 2011 at 11:50 am | #83

    I really like that print. Since I’ve not won anything from y’all, let’s have this be the first thing, k? Many thanks.

  72. Sara
    April 13, 2011 at 11:50 am | #84

    Thanks for this post. As a newbie in the photography world, it’s always really helpful to know what people are shooting with and what sort of gear they actaully use/cart around. Think I’ll go shopping for a new bag…

  73. April 13, 2011 at 11:50 am | #85

    wish i had a nice gear bag like that!! gues si will have to hope to win many prizes from smugmug until business picks up!

  74. Arian Hormozi
    April 13, 2011 at 11:51 am | #86

    As a noob to photography, it is always nice to learn little bits of new things and insight. Thanks!

  75. Brian Coffey
    April 13, 2011 at 11:52 am | #87

    Nice Post! nice photo!

  76. April 13, 2011 at 11:52 am | #88

    Love the metal prints and the wide pans – keep it up! Have been looking at Tri-pod and bag combos for a while, so far using a non camera bag for the gear but looking to get into “the good stuff” ;-)

  77. Nicholas Whittall
    April 13, 2011 at 11:52 am | #89

    Great post Andy! Thanks for the inside peek! And yes… I do covet thy glass!

  78. Dan Smith
    April 13, 2011 at 11:53 am | #90

    how did you sneak that into my house to show me how that would look on my wall?! Gumby help edit the pics?

  79. April 13, 2011 at 11:53 am | #91

    Thanks …

    What I was thinking is … since it’s tax time and I owe this year ( :-( ), what could I read that would give me gear envy and a good glass shopping list this year and here you are :-)

    Nice breakdown, haven’t seen the Canon’s 24 f/1.4L Mark II so that is definitely on my hit list to try out at the local camera store!

    Paul

  80. Brianlibranda l
    April 13, 2011 at 11:53 am | #92

    Lovin the glass n body selections

  81. Jackie S.
    April 13, 2011 at 11:53 am | #93

    Great post – was interested to see that the 24-105L is a workhorse for you, it’s mine “go to” as well! Thanks for sharing!

  82. April 13, 2011 at 11:53 am | #94

    I cannot hold the fact that you usea Canon against you…

  83. April 13, 2011 at 11:53 am | #95

    Thanks for the insight! I’m just starting out but have a Nikon 300s. Which I love but need to get better lenses!

  84. [email protected]
    April 13, 2011 at 11:53 am | #96

    I have been checking out a new bag liked the comparison

  85. chris
    April 13, 2011 at 11:54 am | #97

    looks like you have the perfect set-up – a real dream collection with skills to match

  86. lynde
    April 13, 2011 at 11:54 am | #98

    i guess i’m second in line for the 8-15mm fisheye zoom…geece. how long will they torture us with that thing, anyway?
    ~L

  87. April 13, 2011 at 11:54 am | #99

    Great post! Good luck to everyone on the contest!

  88. April 13, 2011 at 11:54 am | #100

    Got to be a great feeling to wake up and do the thing you love to do. Got to love SM!

  89. April 13, 2011 at 11:54 am | #101

    Thanks for sharing all of this! I’ve always wanted RRS gear but never dreamed of paying for it – now you make me feel like I should… bummer. Sorta.

  90. Aaron
    April 13, 2011 at 11:54 am | #102

    I am not being too overly critical, but I think that you need to get out of the office more. Both bags look entirely too clean and the same could be said of the gear :)

    I love the desk set up though!

    • April 13, 2011 at 11:57 am | #103

      I wish I could travel around as much as you! :D

      • Aaron
        April 13, 2011 at 12:47 pm | #104

        I don’t really get out that much, I am just jealous and used some Internet bullying to try and make myself feel better :)

  91. April 13, 2011 at 11:54 am | #105

    i love the sound of this gear package – and i’m definitely keeping my eye out for a kiboko bag, it sounds like exactly what i’ve been looking for!

  92. April 13, 2011 at 11:54 am | #106

    I always love to see what other people are shooting with and what they are doing with it. I’m a new student trying to pursue a BFA in Photography and Graphic Design so I’m always looking for ideas, gear information, etc. Please keep up these posts to help those of us just starting to learn.

  93. Jimmy
    April 13, 2011 at 11:54 am | #107

    great looking print and informative post. thanks!

  94. Rudy Konig
    April 13, 2011 at 11:54 am | #108

    Great post. It’s interesting to hear that the RRS tripod is well work the money.

  95. April 13, 2011 at 11:55 am | #109

    Still on the hunt for a 70-200 of my own for the kit, although my bag is heavy enough. hrmm. Nice print =) I love metal prints.

  96. Heidi Wheeler
    April 13, 2011 at 11:55 am | #110

    You seriously have me drooling over all that nice gear and lenses in that bag!! Coupled with some awesome skill, I’m guessing! ;-) I’m starting to think about what to get when I upgrade for body, and it was between the 7D and 5DII… If you could only have one, which would it be??

  97. rcmckee
    April 13, 2011 at 11:56 am | #111

    Somehow this just doesn’t look right. All those lenses, bodies… not a scratch, not a scuff, not a ding on `em. Not even DUST. Those aren’t cameras, they’re museum exhibits.

    And you appear to have lost your lens hoods.

    Something Is Not Right Here. ;>)

    • April 13, 2011 at 11:58 am | #112

      Great point, re: lens hoods. I *always* use mine, they provide amazing protection.

  98. melinasphotography
    April 13, 2011 at 11:56 am | #113

    Love this! I hope to have Andy’s setup one day :)

  99. April 13, 2011 at 11:56 am | #114

    Great reading. I enjoy learning from others what they have learned over the years. A couple things I add is a rainsleeve, model release (portrait photographers).

    • April 13, 2011 at 11:58 am | #115

      Hi Kristie, my releases are all done via my iPhone (Easy Release) :)

      • April 13, 2011 at 12:57 pm | #116

        Nice! I don’t have an iPhone, but maybe I will have to look into that! (or see if they have something for Android) Thank you!

      • Jay Kleinrichert
        April 13, 2011 at 5:32 pm | #117

        Andy, have you compared Easy Release to other contract makers on the iPhone? I have “Photographers Contract Maker” that I like, but I was curious about others.

        Also- here’s a couple of other good Photography apps to check out:
        -Depth of Field Calculator (self explanatory)
        -LightTrac (very cool app, let’s you “find the perfect light conditions, time and location to photograph their subjects anywhere in the world.”…basically, it’s light maps, but witht he position and angle of the sun built in).
        -and of course, SmugShot ;D

  100. April 13, 2011 at 11:57 am | #118

    Do you know what? I never got those replacement straps that I sent in for after your big “recall” last year. Anyhow, I like stuff…

  101. April 13, 2011 at 11:57 am | #120

    I needed this…thanks….

  102. April 13, 2011 at 11:58 am | #121

    Andy, I just love your bag of goodies. It sucks to drool over other’s things. I need to find me a great to get some of the goodies you have in your bag. :) Thanks for the insight! Love the photos on your wall. One day when I get the lens for it, I will take some landscapes to cover my walls :)

    Thanks again for a glimpse into your world.

    Kim

  103. April 13, 2011 at 11:58 am | #122

    What a beautiful photo!
    I never leave home without The Photographer’s Rights or my business cards. You never know when you may need either of them.
    You have some very nice toys there. ;) I’m working my way up to equipment like that. Slowly but surely.

  104. Mindy Dixon
    April 13, 2011 at 11:59 am | #123

    I love it! Thanks for all the great info. I love getting to know what people use!

  105. April 13, 2011 at 11:59 am | #124

    I love seeing what a fellow Canon shooter has in his/her bag. Gives me ideas and makes me rethink my own collection of “stuff.”

    Great info on the backpacks too – and the tripod.

    Lots of great info here. :-)

    Thanks.

    Va

  106. April 13, 2011 at 11:59 am | #125

    Nice kit Andy! would love to have a 5d mkii, Maybe somday when I actually make money at Photography!

  107. April 13, 2011 at 11:59 am | #126

    Love the picture above your computer screens! Thanks for letting us look in your bag!

  108. Melissa
    April 13, 2011 at 12:00 pm | #127

    I have major glass envy. :P

  109. April 13, 2011 at 12:01 pm | #128

    Thank You..as an amateur, peeking into others’ bags can teach alot…just reading blogs can be so educational. I love shooting landscapes too…wish so much that I could afford to go someplace exotic, but, the good thing about landscape is….no matter where you are, there is one. It’s just in how you look at it.

  110. April 13, 2011 at 12:02 pm | #129

    Envy.

  111. April 13, 2011 at 12:03 pm | #130

    You have an awesome set up. The thing about photography, you can never have all the stuff you want unless you’re totally loaded or you live with your parents.

  112. April 13, 2011 at 12:03 pm | #131

    Note, get a 7D to keep the 5D2 company.

  113. April 13, 2011 at 12:03 pm | #132

    Thanks for great information

  114. April 13, 2011 at 12:03 pm | #133

    You have a chiropractor in that bag too?!

  115. susan
    April 13, 2011 at 12:03 pm | #134

    I just love that SmugMug has a blog and cares enough about all the members to keep it interesting and fun! It’s just stinkin’ awesome! :) I’ll keep shootin’ for the stars…..

  116. April 13, 2011 at 12:04 pm | #135

    Hi Andy! As a new Photographer, this is a dream!!! Loved seeing the equipment that you use, not just carry around. Give me some wonderful ideas!! Thanks, I love your work!!!

  117. Brian Caffarel
    April 13, 2011 at 12:05 pm | #136

    I felt like I was caught red-handed when reading your intro, I do enjoy checking out other people’s gear. Thanks for sharing your setup with us! I’ve been wanting to buy a Canon 24-105L for a great all-around lens for traveling light.

  118. April 13, 2011 at 12:05 pm | #137

    Your bag = awesome. My bag = not nearly as awesome. Great prints though :)

  119. April 13, 2011 at 12:05 pm | #138

    LOVE the gear bag and contents!!!! Thanks for sharing!!! Would love the metal print too!!!

  120. Quynh N Nguyen
    April 13, 2011 at 12:05 pm | #139

    Andy, thanks for the blog! “…Vitamin “M” – Motrin!” :)

  121. Ben Wittbrodt
    April 13, 2011 at 12:05 pm | #140

    Unfortunately I can’t get anything out of this post since I shoot Nikon…shame. Just kidding! great post, will help guide me in some needed condensing when I am just out and about.

  122. April 13, 2011 at 12:07 pm | #141

    Nice shot. Really well done!

  123. Damon Wilds
    April 13, 2011 at 12:07 pm | #142

    Awsome stuff might just have to pick me up one of those tripods…. I like your bag too……

  124. April 13, 2011 at 12:08 pm | #143

    Wow, those HP monitors look tiny in that pic, haha

  125. April 13, 2011 at 12:08 pm | #144

    I love all the things you have in your bag! I would love to add to mine! I have been wanting “better” gear than what I have now! I am a new photographer. . .usually I do photos as a hobby but love to learn more and more! Thanks

  126. April 13, 2011 at 12:08 pm | #145

    Thanx for the peek behind the professional curtain

  127. April 13, 2011 at 12:09 pm | #146

    Wow…What a stunning image.

  128. n7xyr
  129. April 13, 2011 at 12:09 pm | #148

    Thanks for the peek inside the bag – I love the bigger backpack, and I think you inspired me to go take more landscapes and get a metal print panoramic of my own – gorgeous!

  130. Al McPherson
    April 13, 2011 at 12:10 pm | #149

    Nice contents

  131. April 13, 2011 at 12:11 pm | #150

    Wow, I guess I have a lot more stuff to buy! I shoot with a Nikon. Any suggestions for a good zoom lens? I also keep a fresh pack of mint gum so as not to overpower my subjects :)

    • April 13, 2011 at 12:22 pm | #151

      Hi, Nikon really has some awesome zooms. My faves: the 14-24 f/2.8, the 70-200 f./2.8 and the 200-400 f/4VR

  132. jerry
    April 13, 2011 at 12:11 pm | #152

    all very cool

  133. April 13, 2011 at 12:12 pm | #153

    I always love to hear about what gear others use and love. Thanks for sharing!

  134. Michelle
    April 13, 2011 at 12:12 pm | #154

    Thanks for the fun post. Off to get a kleenex to wipe up the drool :)

  135. April 13, 2011 at 12:14 pm | #155

    It was really great to see a good breakdown of the gear. it helps give me hope and excitement to know I am on the right track in filling my bag.

    I also wanted to know, does the metal rpint include the nifty photographer reflection on my wall to? :D

  136. Elise T
    April 13, 2011 at 12:16 pm | #156

    Thanks for the blog, It is true when you start out we want to carry EVERYTHING! Nice to see the breakdown!:)

  137. April 13, 2011 at 12:17 pm | #157

    I have been wanting the 24-105L for awhile because of it’s vast variety of use. One filter I do enjoy using apart from the CPL and ND filters is the Reverse GND for sunrise/sunset shots. It has really made some great shots happen!

  138. Pete Maxwell
    April 13, 2011 at 12:17 pm | #158

    Thanks Andy,
    This is such a gear head activity, fun to see what gear the pro’s use. I’ve been looking at the Crumplers bags, what do you like about the Farmers over the current model?

    • April 13, 2011 at 12:23 pm | #159

      I tried the C-List, and also both “Barge” models – they were too-big and heavy for my taste.

  139. April 13, 2011 at 12:20 pm | #160

    Really you have a nice set up! I was thinking the same thing that others have said, that it looks too clean to have been used so much out in the field. Although I was also thinking as I was reading that there must be something wrong with me that I must not be taking care of my equiptment very well! Its good to know that others are like me! Great peak into your bag, although I shoot with Nikons at this time but have wondered about going back to Canon. I use to shoot Canon back in the film days.

  140. April 13, 2011 at 12:21 pm | #161

    Great article. I really enjoy taking landscapes and will have to look into some of the great gear you have!

  141. Brian grumpy Gibson
    April 13, 2011 at 12:21 pm | #162

    Did you ever do what your Mum UK (Mom US) told you, Its bad manners to put your feet on the table. Get your bl**dy feet off the table and do as you are told. ;-p
    And its a shame your a Canon user…… suppose Ive blown my chances of winning the print :-D lol

  142. Alamelu Sankaranarayanan
    April 13, 2011 at 12:21 pm | #163

    Droooool!

  143. Jae
    April 13, 2011 at 12:24 pm | #164

    Reserved a space on my wall.

  144. Gabriel
    April 13, 2011 at 12:25 pm | #165

    I have the Nikon version of the 135 f/2.8, and it’s a lot of fun. Very creamy bokeh, and easy to focus. Crumpler is also my bag vendor of choice. I love their stuff. Thanks for the post, and the chance at free stuff. ;)

  145. April 13, 2011 at 12:26 pm | #166

    I read the entire post and not just skimmed over it neither. Thanks for sharing.

  146. Zach B
    April 13, 2011 at 12:28 pm | #167

    That photograph is absolutely amazing!! While I don’t have the budget yet to have a setup like this, I am just taking my first steps into photography with my D3100. It’s definitely nice seeing what other people use for lenses and what they are indeed good for.

    This was a great read, Thank you.

  147. Janice
    April 13, 2011 at 12:28 pm | #168

    If I was wealthy and could go buy a dream camera, would I choose Canon or Nikon? Why? (Thank you…)

  148. Joel Dellosa
    April 13, 2011 at 12:28 pm | #169

    Great write-up Andy! I’m also in the process of switching to primes although it would be hard to keep the 24-70 in the bag. Thanks for the Photographer’s Rights link too!

  149. Lera Pakhomova
    April 13, 2011 at 12:29 pm | #170

    Nice write-up. I’m still working on my “perfect” all around day pack setup – this is pretty ideal!

  150. April 13, 2011 at 12:29 pm | #171

    Very interesting article and some really great gear — I am drooling over either of the wide angle lenses, and the Kiboko bag. The gear bag give-away is a fantastic event. I love photography and all the neat gear!

  151. Brian Powell
    April 13, 2011 at 12:30 pm | #172

    Andy – cool. I collect fortune cookie fortunes :) I have some pins – maybe we can make a trade? There’s not any good places with fortunes where we moved :(

    Would love a metal print for the wall to show off to clients!

  152. uknelly
    April 13, 2011 at 12:32 pm | #173

    i wish i had your gear and the bag to hold it all!! i covet the 24mm….

  153. April 13, 2011 at 12:33 pm | #174

    Nice write-up. I think arriving at the “perfect” gear carry/setup is as elusive to me as the holy grail was to the knights of the round table :).

  154. April 13, 2011 at 12:33 pm | #175

    I only wish I had the stuff in your bag in my bag. Hey, If I can remember all my memory cards and extra batteries, I’m doing well.

  155. Karen
    April 13, 2011 at 12:34 pm | #176

    Thanks for letting us into your bag =) What an experience! Just got a 60D and now looking for more GLASS…Rodeo and horse events are my favorites!!! Can’t wait to have more photos up on Smug Mug!

  156. adam baxter
    April 13, 2011 at 12:37 pm | #177

    love your setup, so jealous!

  157. April 13, 2011 at 12:37 pm | #178

    Your equipment comments with the “why” in addition to the “what” is very helpful – it’ll save a lot of time in shopping for similar use. Thanks

  158. April 13, 2011 at 12:39 pm | #179

    I think you need a caddy! Nice set up with great gear! Thanks for the info.

  159. April 13, 2011 at 12:40 pm | #180

    I bought a “Crumpler 5 Million Dollar” photo bag last year. Not big, but fit in 5DII and two lens. Perfect for city trips.

  160. April 13, 2011 at 12:40 pm | #181

    I can’t help but to notice you didn’t mention what kind of film you pack ;)

  161. April 13, 2011 at 12:40 pm | #182

    Great bag and great contents. HHMMM, I have the 7D, now I just need the 5D MKII.

  162. April 13, 2011 at 12:41 pm | #183

    I am super guilty of checking out other photographer’s gear so when I saw this post I couldn’t wait to read it. You mentioned above that you are a landscaper, what do you use for rain or bad weather gear? I shoot a lot of sports photography and have been caught in quite a few storms. I have a couple of camera covers/sleeves but I’m not completely happy with them. Any recommendations?

    • April 13, 2011 at 12:54 pm | #184

      Maria, honestly- nothing fancy – just a few large ziplocks and I always have a great big hefty bag as well, to cover things up in-between uses. I also have awesome raingear from ems.com for myself!

  163. April 13, 2011 at 12:42 pm | #185

    The image is stunning!

    Personally I would rather have the very retro stylish Gumby figurine on the monitor.

    –Shawn

  164. April 13, 2011 at 12:43 pm | #186

    I found your information very helpful, I also use Canon equipment and never what to carry.

  165. April Andrews
    April 13, 2011 at 12:43 pm | #187

    Great Green Gear envy

  166. Didi
    April 13, 2011 at 12:44 pm | #188

    Beautiful print thank yo so much for the giveaway. Have a great day. :0)

  167. April 13, 2011 at 12:44 pm | #189

    I work with Nikon, but it is always interesting to see what other people carry around in their bags!!!!

  168. April 13, 2011 at 12:44 pm | #190

    Hey….where is MY SmugmugPRO strap!

    I love my 7d too, now to check out that 70-300!

  169. Sheryl Barbian
    April 13, 2011 at 12:45 pm | #191

    I am always looking at other people’s camera equipment and even ask them what they have and what settings they use for different events.

  170. Lex
    April 13, 2011 at 12:46 pm | #192

    This metal print will look great above my desk!

  171. April 13, 2011 at 12:46 pm | #193

    It is always interesting to see what others put into their bags. I walk around with a CompuTrekker laptop bag a lot, and that carries almost everything I’d need anywhere.

  172. April 13, 2011 at 12:46 pm | #194

    what a great lineup! sure makes mine look inferior… but it works for now :)

  173. April 13, 2011 at 12:46 pm | #195

    Hey nice write up. I’ve been wondering about tripods now I have a couple suggestions to look at. Thanks for the info.
    JJ

  174. Mara
    April 13, 2011 at 12:47 pm | #196

    i’m not even a photographer & I’ve now followed you on twitter and facebook and loving every minute of it. i’m an artist who is enamoured by images and fascinated by the process of creating them. The bag & equip now are on my Serious Bucket List!

  175. Justin L
    April 13, 2011 at 12:47 pm | #197

    Can we trade bags?

  176. April 13, 2011 at 12:47 pm | #198

    That kinda thing aint my bag, baby… Oh wait yes it is!

  177. Rhonda Pagano
    April 13, 2011 at 12:48 pm | #199

    I need a new bag to carry all my equipment, so was interested in why you chose the ones you did. Weight is an important selling point for me.

  178. April 13, 2011 at 12:48 pm | #200

    Great insight. If you have any of those Tokina wide angle zooms in a Nikon mount you can send one my way.

  179. April 13, 2011 at 12:48 pm | #201

    Love the little “peak” into your bags….I kinda feel a bit naughty now! ;-)

    This little journey gives me ideas….and I’d sure like to win!

  180. April 13, 2011 at 12:49 pm | #202

    Hey, I also carry a trial size toilet paper in my bag because the best shots are usually not close to a potty! I’m just sayin’…I was a Girl Scout and was taught to be prepared! (-:

  181. Jeff Kriese
    April 13, 2011 at 12:50 pm | #203

    Nice kit. I haven’t heard of Gura Gear but that looks like a nice, light pack.

  182. April 13, 2011 at 12:50 pm | #204

    I’m envious of your gear! I wish I had a Canon. PS:I really love the metal print, too.

  183. April 13, 2011 at 12:51 pm | #205

    Thanks for the great gear info and ideas! I think I want to find out more about the bag!

  184. Cuong Nguyen
    April 13, 2011 at 12:52 pm | #206

    Andy, do you mark or tag your equipment in any way?

    • April 13, 2011 at 12:55 pm | #207

      Cuong – you bet I do. My name and number are on everything – good old-fashioned P-touch labeler :)

  185. April 13, 2011 at 12:52 pm | #208

    Nice setup

  186. April 13, 2011 at 12:53 pm | #209

    I have a hard time thinking you ever get gear envy! :)

  187. Jamie
    April 13, 2011 at 12:54 pm | #210

    Nice pack!! I am always on the lookout for a pack that is good for my equipment and for the trek! I hope to be able to find one!!
    Beautiful metal print!!!!!

  188. Jerry
    April 13, 2011 at 12:54 pm | #211

    I take you like the primes for the sharpness and ligh gathering. I use a Nikon and also really enjoy landscape. Do you have any info about the sharpest Nikon primes in a reasonable price range?

  189. Bobby Sintas
    April 13, 2011 at 12:55 pm | #212

    Nice setup!

  190. April 13, 2011 at 12:55 pm | #213

    OHOHOHOH! *Jumping Up and down with hand waving in the air* Pick me for the print! I love it and I am stuck in the concrete jungle for the foreseeable future.

  191. Jill Jenkins
    April 13, 2011 at 12:57 pm | #214

    Great post and I love that print!

  192. Lila
    April 13, 2011 at 12:57 pm | #215

    That is so fancy.
    I could have the same gear and bag and it would never look as good as someone else s bag. I always want what others have.

  193. Andy
    April 13, 2011 at 12:59 pm | #216

    Thanks for letting us take a peek at your gear! I’m visiting the west coast this summer, so hope I can make it to Mono Lake!

  194. Milan
    April 13, 2011 at 12:59 pm | #217

    Thanks for sharing, that picture is great BTW.

  195. Ed
    April 13, 2011 at 12:59 pm | #218

    Hi Andy,

    It is interesting to see what gear you use. I have a Gitzo tripod (CF) which is my favorite for light duty. A question, unrelated to your post – what service/technology are you using to run your short url service?

    Thanks.

    Ed

  196. Elaina
    April 13, 2011 at 12:59 pm | #219

    hmmmm, I just purchased the 24-105L IS and have only had a chance to use it a few times. But so far, I am in love and it was the best purchase I’ve made! Next on my list is the 70-200 2.8L IS, but I’ve a lot of saving to do…sigh.

  197. Josh Rodriguez
    April 13, 2011 at 1:00 pm | #220

    Fantastic post

  198. April 13, 2011 at 1:03 pm | #221

    very nice photos, and great bag setup!

  199. April 13, 2011 at 1:04 pm | #222

    These types of posts are great. As a hobbyist, I will never have such an envious collection of glass, but I do enjoy shooting with my new 50mm 1.4 on my 60D.

  200. Lloyd Ladrillono
    April 13, 2011 at 1:06 pm | #223

    That’s a nice looking print. I hope I can put it on my wall. Thanks for sharing your gear with all of us.

  201. April 13, 2011 at 1:08 pm | #224

    I feel like an interloper, dropped in from another planet. A poor neglected step child, a spider from Mars. I could never imagine having a wonderful camera bag…much less all the beautiful equipment stashed in it.

    But I’m a great dreamer of dreams, and I love to see how “others” live! I’m lusting after you, Andy Williams. (perhaps I should say your gear bag?). What a wonder of goodies you have just invited me to leer upon! Heaven

  202. April 13, 2011 at 1:08 pm | #225

    Love the lake shot. Breathtaking

  203. April 13, 2011 at 1:09 pm | #226

    Do you also carry around (and make subjects sign) photo rights release forms when shooting street scenes with peeps in it?

    • April 13, 2011 at 1:46 pm | #227

      Yup, but I don’t carry anything except my iPhone and the app called “Easy Release” – super convenient and they sign right on the phone.

  204. April 13, 2011 at 1:13 pm | #228

    I’m a canon guy too…great stuff to have in your bag for shoots around town

  205. April 13, 2011 at 1:13 pm | #229

    Awesome. Jealous !!!
    Drooling over all that glass :-)

  206. April 13, 2011 at 1:13 pm | #230

    Very nice to see what you’re using now–some yummy stuff! Good to hear about the Gura bag, us girls need that lightweight gear.

    • April 13, 2011 at 1:47 pm | #231

      Lynne, how are you doing??? I’d love to see you again sometime, you must let me come and shoot some horses running wild.

  207. April 13, 2011 at 1:14 pm | #232

    Love the gear, and the shot was nice too.

  208. Bek
    April 13, 2011 at 1:14 pm | #233

    What? No flux capacito? You’ve got everything else! *wink*

  209. April 13, 2011 at 1:16 pm | #234

    Great post… Always love seeing what other photographers are carrying.

  210. JustKarin
    April 13, 2011 at 1:16 pm | #235

    You are right, its all about OPG :D

  211. April 13, 2011 at 1:19 pm | #236

    It is always interesting to see.

    I’m taking a look at those bags I’ve been thinking about a new one for a while.

  212. Nathan
    April 13, 2011 at 1:20 pm | #237

    Fantastic breakdown of your gear!!

  213. Martha Sobolow Friedman
    April 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm | #238

    The metalprint is gorgeous. Nice bag of lenses too. I’ve never seen so many in one bag.

  214. Jamie K
    April 13, 2011 at 1:22 pm | #239

    I am not only coveting thy neighbor’s glass but that sweet Mac set up and working without shoes. That beautiful MetalPrint…well, it would look simply stunning in my office. And it might, just maybe, inspire me to kick off my shoes while I work :)

  215. Greg Riegler
    April 13, 2011 at 1:25 pm | #240

    That Kikobo bag looks nice, as does the fancy Metalprint. The panoramic above your desk is superb! Thanks for the blog post, informative.

  216. April 13, 2011 at 1:26 pm | #241

    Andy, I was wondering if you might want to trade camera bags with me? Just kidding! You’ve got a great kit though, seriously! And I love your work, so I’d be psyched to win the metal print! Best wishes, Cindy

  217. Sid
    April 13, 2011 at 1:29 pm | #242

    I have a similar work flow as you using 2 monitors and lightroom 3, just wish my gear bag was as well stocked as yours. I like the fact that you carry only a cir-pol and ND filter, with the digital processing capabilities and using raw you can simulate any filter effect. Always a fan of a minimalist approach.

  218. Cyrus Worthington
    April 13, 2011 at 1:29 pm | #243

    Great shots, as far as the gear goes, thats pretty much what I’m shooting for.. :)

  219. April 13, 2011 at 1:31 pm | #244

    Nice print, awesome bag of gear. Thanks for sharing with us what you use.

  220. April 13, 2011 at 1:32 pm | #245

    Thanks for a peak in your bag :)

  221. Kyle Sakazaki
    April 13, 2011 at 1:34 pm | #246

    Gave me good ideas

  222. Anne Marie
    April 13, 2011 at 1:39 pm | #247

    Love the Smug mug Promo shots too (screen shots and camera straps! Love the images on the wall more, would look fantastic on one of our walls :)

    Cheers

  223. April 13, 2011 at 1:39 pm | #248

    It’s nice to know I have alot of the same stuff. Now I want to go out and shoot. Haha.

  224. April 13, 2011 at 1:39 pm | #249

    Brilliant Shot! Great article!

  225. April 13, 2011 at 1:42 pm | #250

    Thanks for allwing me to take a sneak peak into your gear! I’ve been known to zoom up on a camera to take a shot to see what the lens and camera type is! It’s fun to see what they have and of course…. dream! ;o)

  226. evan
    April 13, 2011 at 1:45 pm | #251

    I like that bag- shame it’s discontinued

    • April 13, 2011 at 2:22 pm | #252

      Evan, check out Crumpler’s EU site for something similar: http://www.crumpler.eu/ I picked one up while in Europe because I liked the half-photo backpack style too and the US/Aus line no longer has ‘em.

  227. April 13, 2011 at 1:49 pm | #253

    I am always embarrassed by my snooping, this is awesome!

  228. April 13, 2011 at 1:54 pm | #254

    Great stuff Andy! Thanks!

  229. April 13, 2011 at 1:55 pm | #255

    Well that is some serious gear you have there! LOVE LOVE LOVE the pin collection on your Crumpler! I outgrew my Crumpler and passed it on to my daughter and her DSLR…. haven’t splurged on another for myself… poor me :)

  230. April 13, 2011 at 1:56 pm | #256

    Love the article I shoot with Nikon but the same principles can be used across the board. THANKS

  231. ted
    April 13, 2011 at 1:56 pm | #257

    I had a chance to play with that bag,amazing how light it is

  232. Ben
    April 13, 2011 at 1:57 pm | #258

    Wow, great set of gear and bag!

  233. April 13, 2011 at 1:57 pm | #259

    I’ve always found it interesting to see what other photogs use. I’ve always used brand N, but het a camera is a camera, it is really what you do with it and you sir do some fine work.

  234. Ashley Shively
    April 13, 2011 at 1:58 pm | #260

    I have glass envy x 1,000,000!!!!

  235. Tina
    April 13, 2011 at 1:58 pm | #261

    I need to build onto my gear. Plan on getting a more in time. Such a great hobby but definitely an expensive one.

  236. April 13, 2011 at 1:58 pm | #262

    Now thats a GRAB bag!! Very very nice

  237. April 13, 2011 at 1:59 pm | #263

    fantastic image!! and really love your gear!

  238. April 13, 2011 at 2:03 pm | #264

    I am shooting with the 7D and the 17-55 f2.8 IS lens and am really happy with it. Does it compare to the 24-105??

  239. April 13, 2011 at 2:03 pm | #265

    I love hearing what others use .I’m just starting and like to see what is better to use and what better way then to hear from the pros

  240. Cassie
    April 13, 2011 at 2:04 pm | #266

    I’m an amateur photographer and just getting started — it’s always good to know what pro-photographer’s are shooting with!

  241. April 13, 2011 at 2:04 pm | #267

    I’ve seen plenty of fellow photographers eyeball my camera & lens, but the best way to handle this is to say “Hi!” Works every time! Then you’re free to talk photography & that part is fun!

  242. April 13, 2011 at 2:05 pm | #268

    I sport a fancy, even if slightly too small, Lowepro Versapack 200 AW. Nikon d90 body geared up with the versatile 18-105mm, plus prime 50mm f/1.8 and 70-300 telephoto, Giotto rocket air blower, a couple of lens cleaning pens, spare batteries and radio remote. Occasionally I also carry a Velvon tripod (for lack of a fancier Manfrotto) or if I need to pack tight a gorillapod. UV, Polarizer and IR filter (just for fun) and sometimes a Macro/wideangle lens extension (for the times when 18mm is not wide enough). If I am walking around without a tripod I normally carry my camera attached to a Blackrapid RS-4 strap, which would be the perfect strap if not because it doesn’t play very nice with the tripod quick-release plate.

    More about my gear here:
    http://jlopez.ende.cc/?page_id=308

    Now get me my print :-P

  243. April 13, 2011 at 2:06 pm | #269

    Wow love your toys. I can always use more since most all I do is volunteer. I found you Andy from Face Book’s SmugMug GIVEAWAY TIME!
    Love your work, Have fun

  244. April 13, 2011 at 2:08 pm | #270

    Thank you for this post! one of the most helpful blog posts I’ve read in a long time! definitely recommending it to a couple of photographer friends. will be reading more from your blog!

  245. April 13, 2011 at 2:08 pm | #271

    Beautiful image and great blog!

  246. Elizabeth E
    April 13, 2011 at 2:11 pm | #272

    Comfy sweats and ball cap – check. Barefoot work environment – check. But where’s the frosty beverage? Great summary, Andy – thanks for the tour!

  247. April 13, 2011 at 2:11 pm | #273

    Although it feels a bit voyeuristic, it is really helpful (as well as interesting) to read what you take with you for different occasions. Thanks!

  248. April 13, 2011 at 2:15 pm | #274

    I was wondering how you felt about the cushioning of the Gura Gear bag. My lowepro has great padding and I never feel nervous about the possibility of a drop. Looking at that bag it doesn’t look all that forgiving.

    • April 13, 2011 at 2:24 pm | #275

      Hi Michael, it’s got just enough, and not too-much. I think that’s one reason I haven’t liked the big bags from other makers, way too much padding.

  249. edmund mendez
    April 13, 2011 at 2:15 pm | #276

    All I have is a crappy point and shoot camera. Thanks for making me feel inadequate:-)

  250. April 13, 2011 at 2:19 pm | #277

    Stunning photos… It’s so fun to see what other photogs are toting about with them. Puts me to shame. :(

  251. April 13, 2011 at 2:20 pm | #278

    Do you really read these replies? We don’t have that kinda scenery here to even attempt to shoot something as cool as that! I can imagine it hanging nicely on my wall across from my bed, waking up to a site that everyday would be so inspiring… sigh.

  252. Admin
    April 13, 2011 at 2:22 pm | #280

    Love the post Andy and glad to see your gear and the post was excellent for detail. As a Canon5dMII shooter, it is very informative and helpful to see your other gear. The Mono Lake Tufa photo is fabulous! Thanks for all you do. BR, jacy

  253. April 13, 2011 at 2:29 pm | #281

    We have many of the same items; mine are just bigger and weigh much more. I think you’re on to something or maybe you’re on something?

  254. April 13, 2011 at 2:30 pm | #282

    For comparison: much less gear in my bag but way more chaos… :)

  255. April 13, 2011 at 2:32 pm | #283

    Glad to see you’re a Canon shooter. I LOVE my 1d IV. I need it for the speed as I shoot mostly sports. I also have the 7d which is an awesome camera for the money.

    Thanks for sharing!

  256. April 13, 2011 at 2:43 pm | #284

    Absolutely GORgeous photo. I love what’s in the bag, too :) Can’t wait until Katherine gets her hands on some of those beautiful lenses ;)

  257. April 13, 2011 at 2:43 pm | #285

    Maybe I could just borrow your gear, then my husband won’t take a machete to my credit card. He doesn’t understand the obsession.

  258. Jim McConnell
    April 13, 2011 at 2:44 pm | #286

    If you get tired of carrying all that stuff let me know and I’ll be happy to make the bag lighter.

  259. Dan
    April 13, 2011 at 2:54 pm | #287

    Hey Andy, I know you’re a Canon guy….I was curious if you had an opinion on the best Nikon for the type of work you do?

    • April 13, 2011 at 3:15 pm | #288

      Dan, I’m going to shoot with a D3S and 200-400 VR when I go to Africa for a few weeks in October. That setup is su-weeet!

  260. April 13, 2011 at 2:58 pm | #289

    Nice to be able to take a peek at what someone else has….and I wish I had. ;)

    I am trying to consider a new strap and can’t decide on a hand strap or a side sling….and now I now that you use a Camdapter Hand Strap; I am going to go out and see what one is like to make a fair decision.

    Thanks!

    Jennifer

  261. April 13, 2011 at 2:59 pm | #290

    I love the Tokina 10-17, its the only non Canon glass I own but unique and excellent for 360 panoramas like this:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ohphoto/5613026031/

    or put it on a monopod to get above the crowd here:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ohphoto/5504958280/

  262. April 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm | #291

    Thanks for sharing your loot! I found it interesting that you don’t carry a flash, or did I miss it?! Gorgeous print!!! Any details to share on where taken, camera info., etc.? Thanks again!

  263. christine
    April 13, 2011 at 3:04 pm | #292

    thanks for letting me oogle your stuff!

  264. April 13, 2011 at 3:08 pm | #293

    AWESOME blog!!! (The ugly green monster is rearing his ugly head as I salivate while seeing your bag)!!!

  265. April 13, 2011 at 3:10 pm | #294

    I really want to get a wide angle lens. Been aching for that for some time now.

  266. Robin
    April 13, 2011 at 3:10 pm | #295

    Love the insight on the gear you carry.

  267. April 13, 2011 at 3:10 pm | #296

    Even as a Nikon shooter I enjoyed your gear, I too will shoot primes about 90% of the time. I just opened my smugmug Pro account and love the integration between Lightroom 3 and smugmug, makes it super easy to upload my photos. Still have lot’s of tweaking to do to my site to get it where I want it to be but love the service so far.

  268. Eric Scott Crusius
    April 13, 2011 at 3:11 pm | #297

    Thanks for the run down Andy. I am a big fan of Crumpler. I carry their 7 Million Dollar House with me quite often.

  269. Andy
    April 13, 2011 at 3:13 pm | #298

    Great post and insight to what you take. Love the picture!

  270. April 13, 2011 at 3:19 pm | #299

    the only thing you left out is making sure you have the right clothes. i know that isn’t camera gear but without the right clothes forget about getting the right photo.

  271. April 13, 2011 at 3:19 pm | #300

    Now that I Have the site here on SmugMug. I need to P_ut up NEW work!~ This Bag would be GREAT WAY TO START off my summer of fun, photos, traveling, and posting them to my web site!
    Kurt

  272. April 13, 2011 at 3:20 pm | #301

    Now that I Have the site here on SmugMug. I need to Put up NEW work!~ This Bag would be GREAT WAY TO START off my summer of fun, photos, traveling, and posting them to my web site!
    Kurt

  273. Rhonda
    April 13, 2011 at 3:20 pm | #302

    I have a bad case of camera gear envy! Thanks for sharing.

  274. April 13, 2011 at 3:21 pm | #303

    Wahoo! Free contests. I’ve always been curious what the metallic prints look like!

  275. April 13, 2011 at 3:22 pm | #304

    Wow very cool lens you’ve got there.. I wish to have your bag too, pricy for me hahaha.. Hey Andy, send me your photo, it will looks great on my wall also! I’ll wait for it!

  276. April 13, 2011 at 3:22 pm | #305

    I enjoy looking at the gear you use. I would like to be entered in the giveaway. Thanks keep up the GREAT work.

  277. April 13, 2011 at 3:22 pm | #306

    Thanks for sharing, and the opp. to win that nice metal print!

    P.S> I like the “smug sticker” on the tri – pod.

    Bill Haines

  278. April 13, 2011 at 3:24 pm | #307

    Thanks for the peek inside your bag. I love all the pins; I’ve got a collection too, but I’m always afraid that if I put them on my bag I’ll lose them.

  279. April 13, 2011 at 3:29 pm | #308

    Beautiful image Andy….even if it was shot with a Canon…LOL :)
    Going to Newfoundland, Canada this summer shooting whales and icebergs. I am definately renting some massive glass from borrowlens

    Thanks for the peek!

  280. April 13, 2011 at 3:31 pm | #309

    Love the posts, the generosity, the company. Thanks for sharing in oh-so-many ways!

  281. SO
    April 13, 2011 at 3:36 pm | #310

    Very cool. Thanks

  282. Mauricio Garcia
    April 13, 2011 at 3:38 pm | #311

    Interesting article. The Gura Gear bag kinda reminds me of the bags Moose Peterson offers on his website. Have you done any traveling (as a carry-on bag on an airplane) with the bag? Best regards!

    • April 13, 2011 at 3:56 pm | #312

      Yes, and another great thing about this Kiboko bag from Guragear.com is that it fits even in the tiny overheads on regional jets.

  283. April 13, 2011 at 3:40 pm | #313

    I think it is time for me to do some editing without my shoes on! I think it will give me an edge!

  284. April 13, 2011 at 3:41 pm | #314

    Great article Andy, I was in Yosemite over the last three days and one of the things that occured to me was that I needed a simpler more efficient pack design. Working out of a shoulder bag and a sling bag is a hassle and there is always something I want in the “other” bag that is the bag I am not currently carrying!!I will definitely have to look into your choices!

  285. Jessica
    April 13, 2011 at 3:43 pm | #315

    Thanks for the heads up on bags, been looking for a good backpack bag to haul my gear in.

  286. April 13, 2011 at 3:51 pm | #316

    ever get kicked out doing landscape work anywhere, even with the photo rights doc? Nice gear. I cram everything I have in a Domke impersonating a reporter :)

    • April 13, 2011 at 3:58 pm | #317

      Oh the stories I could tell :D Yeah, I’ve run into aggressive security guards, rangers, and even real cops.

  287. April 13, 2011 at 3:53 pm | #318

    …I like the pins on the bag, gave me a new idea….I have one bare wall left in the office, the pic would fit well…:)

  288. Apeornie
    April 13, 2011 at 3:55 pm | #319

    Great ideas to keep in mind, I hope to upgrade my camera soon. To a Canon Mark II

  289. April 13, 2011 at 3:56 pm | #320

    Appreciate the info on gear. I’m always interested in learning more & this post was very helpful; thanks!!

  290. April 13, 2011 at 3:56 pm | #321

    I wish i had some sweet L glass like you andy.

  291. April 13, 2011 at 3:59 pm | #322

    My biggest problem is no matter what bag I take, I take more than I know I will use for any given shoot. I have a bad case of, better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it syndrome.

  292. April 13, 2011 at 3:59 pm | #323

    Ah! Time to get all the gear in place! I have a lot of experience shooting stage productions. I use a Orvis travel vest repurposed for photography.

  293. April 13, 2011 at 4:00 pm | #324

    Wow … I love photography and have serious gear envy, but I wish I were not a petite little thing, all the gear makes me think of my next trip to the chiropractor !

  294. April 13, 2011 at 4:17 pm | #325

    The dream to aspire to…. at the moment it all is carried in a North Face backpack padded with t-shirts :/

  295. Tony Marchesano
    April 13, 2011 at 4:18 pm | #326

    Interesting how similar our gear is… But surprised you didn’t mention the 14mm f/2.8. Thanks for sharing!

  296. Sandra Andersen
    April 13, 2011 at 4:19 pm | #327

    Thanks for the heads up about all the new Canon lenses coming out – esp. the fisheye! It was tons of fun to look through your bag and see all of your fancy lenses.

    Time for me to go shopping… that is a gorgeous print! I’d love it for my wall!

  297. Jen Brinkman
    April 13, 2011 at 4:29 pm | #328

    Adding to my gear bit by bit.. I can keep dreaming of all the great camera gear you have. Thanks for the chance at the print.

  298. April 13, 2011 at 4:29 pm | #329

    Thanks, I love seeing other’s gift of photography.
    I love landscapes too and looking at all the wonderful mixtures of colors and textures that is out there to enjoy…a moment in time, caught forever….love it!

  299. April 13, 2011 at 4:37 pm | #330

    How about some Nikon lenses for the next give-away?

  300. jasmin culbertson
    April 13, 2011 at 4:42 pm | #331

    Thankyou so much for sharing your bag with us. I’m just starting out & was wondering about what other photographers have/ carry with them on photo shoots. Actually, I just learned what the world glass meant in a book I was reading last week lol. It as been so much fun researching & learning about all of the cool equipment photographers use too. I never realized there was so much stuff lol. I’m also a new smugmug member & I’m really enjoying the website. I’m looking forward to learning from you & all of the wonderful photographers out there. Thanks again for the info :)

  301. April 13, 2011 at 4:50 pm | #332

    Love your gear !!

  302. April 13, 2011 at 4:53 pm | #333

    Nice article. I throw my camera’s manual in there too and will soon be carrying an iPad.

  303. stephanie
    April 13, 2011 at 4:54 pm | #334

    Great to hear about the filters, they are always to hard to spot when spying on anothers bag!! Great work and Thanks!

  304. April 13, 2011 at 4:58 pm | #335

    I might have to investigate a few more tripods and heads. I got a nice manfrotto carbon fiber one, but it does transfer a lot of vibration on a windy day, but for lightweight, you can’t go wrong

  305. April 13, 2011 at 5:00 pm | #336

    Andy, you rock! Your equipment is to die for, and your choice of bags looks ideal. I always look forward to seeing your awesome photographs. Keep up the good work!

  306. Erik Ammon
    April 13, 2011 at 5:03 pm | #337

    Nice and fast selection!

  307. April 13, 2011 at 5:06 pm | #338

    LUV the metal print, positively slobbering over the tripod . . . can I borrow it? :^)

  308. April 13, 2011 at 5:07 pm | #339

    Can I ask what you usually manage to fit in your small bag? I have been thinking of getting one lately. I panic when I go out without something, but sometimes you just can’t take everything.

    Nice kit, I covet the fisheye.

    • April 13, 2011 at 6:18 pm | #340

      Hi, sure – Camera body, lens; coupla other lenses in the lower part. Laptop (Macbook Air) and a 70-200L, flash, other lenses in the main compartment. Filters and accessories, too.

  309. April 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm | #341

    Let me guess…you never check that with your luggage at the airport, do you?

  310. April 13, 2011 at 5:19 pm | #343

    Hey Andy,
    beautiful photo!
    What a great idea on renting the big telephoto lens!! I was wondering what to do so I can afford buying it…but renting it might save me from doing anything drastic :))

    I also like the tripods you recommend – I hike in NZ with a ~20 kg backback, so the lighter the tripod – the better for my back.. ouch!

    I also have the 50mm lens, but Nikon version :-) amazing how cheap it is and how USEFUL!!

    well, I hope all that flattering won me your beautiful landscape print! :p :)))

    all the best, see you around at Smugmug

    Nadya

  311. April 13, 2011 at 5:20 pm | #344

    Oh!!! Gorgeous! Pick me! Pick me!!!! =D

  312. April 13, 2011 at 5:20 pm | #345

    Great article, There’s a few more items I will be looking to buy now…thanks.

  313. Amy Soucy
    April 13, 2011 at 5:22 pm | #346

    I love your gear, I’m a wishlist Gear snob. Workin on it though!

  314. Jay Kleinrichert
    April 13, 2011 at 5:34 pm | #347

    A pin collector. I should send you some from my company’s collection.

    • Jay Kleinrichert
      April 13, 2011 at 5:37 pm | #348

      …and why haven’t we seen a Smuggie pin made yet?!

  315. April 13, 2011 at 5:39 pm | #350

    Gotta admit, I get gear envy all the time when I see other photogs out and about =)
    Beautiful shot!

  316. April 13, 2011 at 5:44 pm | #351

    Love the sticker on your tripod! :)

  317. Al Martin
    April 13, 2011 at 5:45 pm | #352

    The camera bags look really nice and they definitely hold camera(s) and equipment. But I do not see any place to put water bottles and food.

    I am looking forward to some day hiking trips and want a bag that will hold both camera equipment and the necessities of the trail (water and food for the day). Does anything exist that fulfills the basic requirements for both the photographer and the hiker?

  318. April 13, 2011 at 5:45 pm | #354

    Love the look of that Crumpler bag. I may have to hunt for one myself…

  319. April 13, 2011 at 5:50 pm | #355

    Nice gear. Are you pleased with your ND circular? Are you using the Big Stopper? Nice photo..great work.

    • April 13, 2011 at 6:23 pm | #356

      Hi Frank, I have Circular Polarizer and an ND 6-stop (both from B+W), and I love ‘em both.

  320. Nicolas
    April 13, 2011 at 5:57 pm | #357

    It’S fun to see other people’s gear, and also with the explanation and history of change behind it.

    And regarding the “(Those of you that know me are probably laughing right about now!)” bit… can you explain for those that don’t ?

  321. April 13, 2011 at 6:00 pm | #359

    Hi Andy- I love peeking into your bag. Nice validation for me that I’m on the right track saving up to upgrade my 40D to a 7D! I will definitely check out the bag itself, too. I would love a new bag that is lighter! Thanks for sharing!!

  322. April 13, 2011 at 6:04 pm | #360

    Nice bag. Nice picture

  323. April 13, 2011 at 6:09 pm | #361

    Nice Picture !!!

  324. April 13, 2011 at 6:12 pm | #362

    Love the prints, love the set up……love the bag.

  325. April 13, 2011 at 6:19 pm | #363

    Mmmmmm! What an amazing view! :) Would look GREAT on the wall across from my desk…

  326. April 13, 2011 at 6:24 pm | #364

    You can tell a lot about a man by his toys. In this case I am talking about the Gumby leaning over the monitor…

  327. April 13, 2011 at 6:32 pm | #366

    Andy Williams :
    Keith – always! I have an IR-converted SD-980IS from Canon for my Infrareds, and I have my iPhone for color P&S.

    IR-Converted! Where did you have the conversion done? I’ve heard it can be done. Is the camera only IR now that it has been converted or can you switch back to regular photography as well?

    Roxane

    • April 14, 2011 at 3:43 am | #367

      Hi Roxane, I use Lifepixel – and yes, I convert it so it is full-time IR. I’ve converted P&S and DSLR bodies there, great work.

      • April 14, 2011 at 4:17 am | #368

        Thank you for the info. Can an ordinary person do this or is there some technical knowledge involved? Thanks Andy!
        Roxane

      • April 14, 2011 at 4:29 am | #369

        And Roxane, anyone can do it – just go to lifepixel.com and see :)

  328. Suzanne
    April 13, 2011 at 6:32 pm | #370

    More than the gear in the bag, I’m always checking out other photographers’ tripods. I’m not happy with mine, and seriously envy your carbon fiber. I have a bad back, and my heavy tripod sits at home when I should be using it.

  329. April 13, 2011 at 6:35 pm | #371

    Thanks for the peek into your bag. I love the tripod! Nice to see someone keeping it simple. Thanks.

  330. April 13, 2011 at 6:37 pm | #372

    Love this gear overview, that is some really impressive gear.

  331. April 13, 2011 at 6:49 pm | #373

    Thanks for sharing Andy. I always appreciate to see how other people pack and travel with their gear. I have a perfect place for that frame in my office at work :D

  332. April 13, 2011 at 6:59 pm | #374

    Hee hee lots of goodies but especially love the feet propped on the desk ! Too funny!

  333. Rachel
    April 13, 2011 at 7:02 pm | #375

    Nice equip! I hope to someday be there :)

  334. John
    April 13, 2011 at 7:04 pm | #376

    Thanks for sharing. Nice post!

  335. April 13, 2011 at 7:11 pm | #377

    Looks like i’m a little late on this, but I do enjoy the gear he has!

  336. Matt turner
    April 13, 2011 at 7:12 pm | #378

    That print looks awesome!

  337. April 13, 2011 at 7:28 pm | #379

    Thanks for the article Andy. I love seeing what other photographers
    use for equipment (like a lot of the people commenting ;-) ).

    A couple of questions that I have:
    • How much memory are you running your MacPro with?
    • Have you had any experience with any of the Crumpler camera straps?

    Again, thanks for the article and look forward to seeing your pictures from Africa!

    • April 14, 2011 at 3:45 am | #380

      My Mac Pro has 16Gb of RAM. I rarely shut it down, and am always running lots of apps and using tons of RAM, so more is always better IMO. Yes, the Crumpler straps are nice, but IMO you can’t beat SmugMug’s strap :) http://smugmug.com/free-stuff

      • April 15, 2011 at 10:58 pm | #381

        Andy,

        Many thanks for the replies! :-)

  338. April 13, 2011 at 7:30 pm | #382

    This is a great print!! It would look great on my wall :)
    Good information – I think I need to shoot with my 50mm more often.

  339. April 13, 2011 at 7:31 pm | #383

    Always fun stuff.

  340. April 13, 2011 at 7:32 pm | #384

    thanks for the great service. I love that print. Good luck to whomever gets to call it theirs.

  341. April 13, 2011 at 7:36 pm | #385

    Exceptional equipment!! Thank you for sharing!

  342. April 13, 2011 at 7:37 pm | #386

    DANG… Just as I think I’m gaining on gear, tech, and bags… Andy sends me back to the dark side. You know, where you’re in the twitlight zone, blindly bumping around, saying.. I want that… I need that… argh! :D

  343. April 13, 2011 at 7:38 pm | #387

    I am so glad to see that you have a mentor nearby … Gumby to the rescue!! I too am a Canon-ite and began drooling when I saw the first red-ringed lens in the photos. Thanks for sharing your perspectives and if there are any secrets on how to get the ‘free’ stuff from the camera gods it would be greatly appreciated if you could pass them on. Thanks again and I hope Pokey is somewhere nearby!

  344. Geoff Faulkner
    April 13, 2011 at 7:47 pm | #388

    You have got some great equipment!

  345. April 13, 2011 at 8:10 pm | #389

    Thank You Andy for sharing your equipment. I also am a proud owner of a Canon 7D. Nice to know that well known photographers like you use the same camera as I do.

  346. April 13, 2011 at 8:14 pm | #390

    Kinda making me realize it is getting pretty close to the time I need to replace my beat up old comfortable worn out bag.

  347. Richard Bitting
    April 13, 2011 at 8:21 pm | #391

    Very nice, I should make a list of everything with pictures of it all, could come in handy if it is lost or destroyed or stolen.

  348. Eric A
    April 13, 2011 at 8:39 pm | #392

    I always enjoy reading what lenses people use. I am always looking for a good deal on big lenses for wildlife.

  349. Amy
    April 13, 2011 at 8:52 pm | #393

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write this article. I am so glad I found your blog! :)

  350. Daniel Kenyon
    April 13, 2011 at 8:52 pm | #394

    You have cooler stuff then Batman AND James Bond combined!

  351. Jim R
    April 13, 2011 at 9:00 pm | #395

    Thanks for sharing, Andy! I’ll probably be in the market for a new bag before too long, I might need to look for a Crumpler Farmer’s Double. :)

  352. April 13, 2011 at 9:08 pm | #396

    The article was very interesting. I always like to see what others carry to think about if I am not fully prepared in my ideal setup. I had the 24-105 on my 7D and thought I made a mistake and couldn’t sleep until I sold it and bought the 24-70 2.8 and I wish now that I had kept it and used the difference money to buy another lens. Great photos.

  353. April 13, 2011 at 9:10 pm | #397

    Hmm, I also sit with my feet on my desk while viewing photos with my dual monitor setup. I need a bigger print on the wall behind the monitors.

  354. April 13, 2011 at 9:18 pm | #398

    Very nice picture, if only I could take one of such a picture in my lifetime.

  355. tim
    April 13, 2011 at 10:02 pm | #399

    A truly wonderful collection of high performing lenses indeed.
    But aren’t you interested to now upgrade to Canon’s NEW even more wonderful 12-800mm 1.2f IS II, USM that only weighs 11oz and immediately images all models to resemble Brazilian Alessandra Ambrosio? It’s only $1.5 million
    Love you guys, you’re the best

  356. April 13, 2011 at 10:20 pm | #400

    It’s nice to see a well rounded photo kit and the reasons behind keeping each bit of gear. Thanks for sharing. The print is lovely, too!

  357. April 13, 2011 at 10:23 pm | #401

    I love your blog and SmugMug. I have a Canon Rebel T1i and love the photos I am able to take with it. Thanks for sharing your equipment and lense info.

  358. April 13, 2011 at 10:38 pm | #402

    Thank you for sharing your photo gear secrets!

  359. Gary Auger
    April 13, 2011 at 11:02 pm | #403

    Great blog and so true with Andy’s observations.

  360. April 13, 2011 at 11:10 pm | #404

    Hey Andy,
    Thanks for the peek inside the bag. Do you use screw-on filters or “Cokin” style?
    Cheers,
    Bob

  361. April 13, 2011 at 11:19 pm | #406

    Awesome entry and the gear is awesome. The photos are fantastic. I’m hoping I’ll be the random selection! Cool stuff!

  362. matt
    April 13, 2011 at 11:29 pm | #407

    Even the picture of the picture is sharp on that wall…. is it a Gigapic?

    • April 14, 2011 at 3:55 am | #408

      Hi Matt, it’s about 1/2 Gigapixel, and comprised of 50 frames from a 5D Mark II.

  363. April 14, 2011 at 12:40 am | #409

    Wow, the contents of my bag are nearly identical! Except for the glass, the 5D MKII, the hand strap (I’ll be gettin’ one), the fiber ‘pod w/ xtra head, but other than that. Good point about the 1Ds MKIII, ‘but why?’

  364. April 14, 2011 at 12:41 am | #410

    Lots of really nice gear Andy. My jaw dropped when I saw how much that CF tripod was worth. WOW! But hey, if it does the job the way you want it to and you can afford it, why not.

    • April 14, 2011 at 3:50 am | #411

      Hi Geoff, it’ll last a lifetime and then some, so on a per day basis it’s rather inexpensive. If one can afford it, or is shooting professionally, then go for it.

  365. Laura M.
    April 14, 2011 at 3:11 am | #412

    What a gorgeous shot! I’d love to win it.

  366. April 14, 2011 at 3:59 am | #413

    thanks for the insight on your collection

  367. Dale
    April 14, 2011 at 4:06 am | #414

    Thanks for the look.

  368. April 14, 2011 at 4:11 am | #415

    I always carry a pocketknife but I will be adding a leatherman type multi tool to the bag now.

  369. April 14, 2011 at 4:30 am | #416

    Hi Andy

    I would like to win the fabulous image 1/2 Gigapixel, comprised of 50 frames from a Canon 5D Mark II. I find the composition spectacular and the colours very soothing. The metal print would suit my studio decor (with your credit on it of course, especially if it comes with your reflection in the bottom right corner ;)

    Roxane
    (do I feel lucky, Yes!)

  370. Sheri Cloutier
    April 14, 2011 at 4:45 am | #417

    I wonder if you have a personal story to share which led you to carry the Photographer’s Rights or does it go along with the Leatherman for when things go wrong? ;) I aspire to carry a similar bag of gear someday. . .

    • April 14, 2011 at 4:52 am | #418

      Oh I’ve been stopped, hassled, harassed plenty – it’s just a very useful document to have along with you when you’re out in the world shooting.

  371. April 14, 2011 at 4:47 am | #419

    I love the souvenir pins idea. I wish I could afford all of the nice equipment. I love the Metal prints.

  372. BJ
    April 14, 2011 at 4:57 am | #420

    Canon 5D Mark II is my next NEED. Just have to get the wife to understand it is a NEED and not a WANT.

  373. April 14, 2011 at 4:58 am | #421

    I love landscape photos, Was and still is my greatest joy, what do you use to stitch that many frames together?
    Great collection of gear, Wishing that I could be out shooting in this great weather that we are having right now in Utah, got sidelined with a tarsal coalition in both feet, yes ouch, great print, you have gotta take care of those feet. Can’t have just one Leatherman, I have at least three, just in case I happen to break one, there extremely well built, tried the other brands nothing holds up to everyday use like the Leatherman, one of the greatest warranty’s that exist.

    • April 14, 2011 at 6:40 am | #422

      Hi Brian, many times I can use the built-in stitching in Photoshop CS5. But I also use Auto Pano Pro.

  374. April 14, 2011 at 5:11 am | #423

    Here is some information on Photographers rights in Canadian law http://ambientlight.ca/laws/

  375. April 14, 2011 at 5:15 am | #424

    That Kiboko bag is sweet. I need a new bag, mines getting too tight to carry everything I need on short trips. Nice breakdown on this post. Thanks..

  376. Mike Jordan
    April 14, 2011 at 5:21 am | #425

    Nice gear, and that print would look great on my wall too!

  377. Jay_S
    April 14, 2011 at 5:54 am | #426

    Great post Andy.. and super print. Like the Kiboko bag. For backpacks, I’ve tended to use Tamrac because the ability to attach an external lens case (or two) :-) when needed. I know other backpacks are similar.. Again good post!

    Jay S.

  378. Andrew
    April 14, 2011 at 6:06 am | #427

    Great post. I’ve been looking for a way to house my gear, granted its nothing as prolific as yours :)

  379. Lou Davidson
    April 14, 2011 at 6:07 am | #428

    Sweet gear setup!

  380. April 14, 2011 at 6:11 am | #429

    Nice post! Nice print!

  381. April 14, 2011 at 6:14 am | #430

    Thanks for sharing. I like all the pins on the side of your bag. It’s neat to see where you’ve been. I like to carry chapstick and gum in my bag.

  382. April 14, 2011 at 6:19 am | #431

    Great post! Everything from packing the bag to uploading the results to SmugMug.

  383. April 14, 2011 at 6:21 am | #432

    I couldn’t agree more on the 24 1.4 mkII and the 135 2 – my favorite lenses by far!

  384. dennis
    April 14, 2011 at 6:48 am | #433

    I really like that picture from Arches national park.

  385. April 14, 2011 at 7:02 am | #434

    Awesome in depth gear run down. I shot a lot of portraits with the 50mm 1.2 a couple weeks ago its super fast.

  386. Kate Rea
    April 14, 2011 at 7:06 am | #435

    I love your Crumpler Farmer’s Double, I’ve been looking for one myself. The print is gorgeous. I would love to go there.

  387. April 14, 2011 at 7:08 am | #436

    What great information. Thanks for the detail. Would love to win the print. It’s gorgeous.

  388. April 14, 2011 at 7:58 am | #437

    Great post! That backpack is now on my most wanted list!

  389. April 14, 2011 at 8:33 am | #438

    Oh, L series glass…so nice. so nice.

  390. Yvonne Kass
    April 14, 2011 at 8:48 am | #439

    I really like your idea of carrying the photographers rights with you. This is a great idea! I have had some parents come up to me screaming about not taking pictures of their children for our school yearbook. If they are at a school related event and I have permission to be there to take the the photos, they really cannot do anything. Thanks for all the great tips. I learn something new everyday at Smugmug.

  391. April 14, 2011 at 9:05 am | #440

    Great post. I need to get an ultra-wide lens and get back to shooting landscapes again.

  392. April 14, 2011 at 9:14 am | #441

    Is there a trick to getting your profile photo show up on this blog? I have been poking around and cannot find where this may be?

    Help please.

    Thanks Roxane

    • April 14, 2011 at 9:53 am | #442

      Hi Roxane, a wordpress login (free) will do it – so will I believe a gravatar.com ID.

      • roxanebay
        April 14, 2011 at 10:10 am | #443

        Thank you thank you thank you! That is so cool!

        You are the best.

        (Can you feel the love)

  393. Erica watson
    April 14, 2011 at 9:33 am | #444

    What a wonderful metal print!! I love the colors! Thank you for the look into your bag, it helps me to see what others are using!

  394. April 14, 2011 at 9:52 am | #445

    Great post! Thanks for giving us a sneak peek into your bag!!!!

  395. Katherine Deckert
    April 14, 2011 at 9:54 am | #446

    Nice bag! Are they easy to find used?

  396. Amber Patterson
    April 14, 2011 at 10:02 am | #448

    Thank you for the peak into your bag! I’m definitely adding to my wishlist after this! Also, thanks for the link to the Photographer’s Rights. That is so helpful, especially for a newbie like myself!

    Amazing picture and like so many people before me mentioned, I have the perfect place to put it! :D

    Thanks, Amber

  397. Molly Tippett
    April 14, 2011 at 10:31 am | #449

    Is that a Gumby cam on top of your monitor?

  398. Gene
    April 14, 2011 at 10:59 am | #450

    Great post, the backpack is what I would like to have. I love great camera bags..

  399. April 14, 2011 at 11:03 am | #451

    Beautiful print, but I’m lusting after your bag and sticks!!

  400. April 14, 2011 at 3:40 pm | #452

    Good to learn from the Pros.

  401. William Dodd
    April 14, 2011 at 4:17 pm | #453

    Would love to see one of my print on a metalprint. You got a nice set of equipment.

  402. Jude Nelson
    April 14, 2011 at 4:23 pm | #454

    Just a wee bit jealous of all the great “stuff”. Thanks for the inspiration.

  403. Sean Miller
    April 14, 2011 at 7:02 pm | #455

    Talk about lens envy….make a grown man smile.

  404. Lisa
    April 14, 2011 at 8:01 pm | #456

    Great article. Thanks for the chance to win.

  405. Peggy Curtis
    April 14, 2011 at 9:54 pm | #457

    Terrific blogpost. I’m looking forward to the new Canon 8-15mm fisheye zoom–yummy!

  406. Edward
    April 14, 2011 at 10:26 pm | #458

    Awesome. I love reading about gears :)

  407. Kris
    April 15, 2011 at 1:59 am | #459

    Nice to be nosey. I really like your computer setup.
    What a fantastic prize!

  408. April 15, 2011 at 4:00 am | #460

    everyone loves that Tokina! Thanks for the peek!!

  409. blanca
    April 15, 2011 at 4:09 am | #461

    Great post. I’m also now at the point where I only want to keep only what I use and need. I have a new 7d, which I love and a 1D Mark II, which I probably will replace eventually with a 5D. I also have the 85 1.2, which I absolutely love. It’s my favorite lens. I also have the 70-300 L IS, which is a neat and super sharp, general all around zoom. I have a 24-70, but might replace this for a fixed wide angle. Still unsure. I am, however, loving the video capabilities of the 7d and have bought a few extra accessories for it. It’s challenging but I love the creativeness that comes out of it. Take care!

  410. April 15, 2011 at 6:07 am | #462

    Wow! I guess I have a long way to go when it comes to glass and gear. Makes me feel a bit inadequate. Haha! Can I go to Africa with you??

  411. Dave Campbell
    April 15, 2011 at 11:31 am | #463

    I love “whats in your bag posts”, that prints going to look great on my wall.

  412. Rena
    April 15, 2011 at 11:34 am | #464

    That is just about the direction I hope to eventually go with my gear :)

  413. April 15, 2011 at 12:18 pm | #465

    I would really love to win this.

  414. April 15, 2011 at 12:19 pm | #466

    Just switched over to a different bag myself and with similar amount of glass and two bodies. That print would look nice in the office, we have just the spot for it.

  415. April 15, 2011 at 12:21 pm | #467

    Thanks for sharing! That is a beautiful print. Can I ask where you got it printed at?

  416. Scott Miller
    April 15, 2011 at 12:35 pm | #468

    Any chance they would use that tripod as a mailing tube stabilizer when shipping me my Mono Lake print?. ;)

  417. Margaret
    April 15, 2011 at 12:45 pm | #469

    Loved seeing what’s in your bag! I am quite the beginner. Just reading this added a lot to my knowledge base. That print is just gorgeous! I had already “liked” you on FB. Hope still qualify for the drawing. :)

  418. April 15, 2011 at 1:07 pm | #470

    Great equipment +Great photographer = the Best MIXTURE you can ever imagine! I love your photography!

    Best regards from UK
    Tom

  419. David Klein
    April 15, 2011 at 3:05 pm | #471

    Not going to have any trouble “liking you on facebook” SmugMug is the bomb!I am signing up when I go pro for sure.

  420. April 15, 2011 at 3:19 pm | #472

    Now that’s the way to work. No boss looking over your shoulder, feet up and laid back. Yep, that’s what I want.

  421. April 15, 2011 at 3:32 pm | #473

    Great read! I always find it interesting the “route’ others take in Gear collection!

  422. April 15, 2011 at 3:35 pm | #474

    i’d love a giveaway prize!

  423. April 15, 2011 at 3:38 pm | #475
  424. April 15, 2011 at 3:39 pm | #476

    I wish that the Nikon family had a camera as beloved and packed with value as the 5D mark II. I have a D300, and it’s fantastic, but not full frame. I guess the D700 might be something worth considering.

  425. April 15, 2011 at 3:41 pm | #477

    Me me me me me.
    I’d love to win the 24 1.4 but the metal print is lovely.

  426. April 15, 2011 at 3:42 pm | #478

    This was a great article! I have a crumpler bag myself and it’s so lovely. I get a bunch of compliments for it and best of all, its practically water proof! I went to the beach 2 weeks ago and as luck would have it, the tide tried to wash away my bag and everything with it but thanks to crumpler’s sturdy material, NOTHING inside was wet!

  427. April 15, 2011 at 3:43 pm | #479

    Was hoping to see that 100 2.8 L macro in that gear list! I just got my hands on that lens! My first L! I’m super excited about it!

  428. April 15, 2011 at 3:44 pm | #480

    My names Andy too!! we should trade bags!!

  429. April 15, 2011 at 3:47 pm | #481

    Great giveaway! I’m bummed. No desiccant gels inside your bag :P

  430. George
    April 15, 2011 at 3:48 pm | #482

    Nice bagful.

  431. April 15, 2011 at 3:50 pm | #483

    Really cool to read about why you choose your bags and the pin collection on your bag is super awesome!

  432. April 15, 2011 at 3:51 pm | #484

    7D and 5d MkII The two sisters are sleeping in my Kata Bag…now I0m dreaming your light tripod and a wide lens, like the 8-15 :)

  433. Dan
    April 15, 2011 at 3:51 pm | #485

    Great article! Always interesting to see what other people bring with them. The info about the backpack is great as I am searching for a new one at the moment.

  434. April 15, 2011 at 3:54 pm | #486

    Loving your work and everything in that bag Andy!!

  435. April 15, 2011 at 3:59 pm | #487

    I hope to one day have all this great gear. Im just a rookie earing for a shot to make the pros.

  436. April 15, 2011 at 3:59 pm | #488

    Wow I really love all the amazing glass you can carry in your bag and your Canon 5D Mark II and a Canon 7D . The best part is taking it all to Africa this year! Can I get in your bag too? I love Africa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  437. Jessi Banks
    April 15, 2011 at 4:00 pm | #489

    I <3 Canon 7D! I just bought mine 6 months ago and it's my favorite camera. Can't wait to take it to Europe with me next month!

  438. April 15, 2011 at 4:00 pm | #490

    Wow, a 7D and a 5DII … color me green with envy! I just ordered a 24-70 f/2.8L (my first L-glass) to go on my 7D … can’t wait to get it… maybe I’ll check out those bags.. I do like the look of the first one (Crumpler).. Great post, thank you!

  439. April 15, 2011 at 4:04 pm | #491

    I have a new image that I would really like to test out on a metallic print, so I had to join into the conversation! Recently I rented the Tokina 10-17mm fisheye zoom while traveling on tall ships on the Great Lakes. It was a FUN lens. Seriously fun. In fact, I had a very hard time returning it ;-)

  440. April 15, 2011 at 4:05 pm | #492

    My bag set up is similar…

  441. April 15, 2011 at 4:11 pm | #493

    Love your posts; I learn something every time. Headed off to look at the Gura bags. Love your prints.

  442. April 15, 2011 at 4:11 pm | #494

    I have a perfect spot for that in my house. Great shot!

  443. April 15, 2011 at 4:22 pm | #495

    I’m always looking for camera bag recommendations. At the moment I use the Kata R-102. It’s a backpack type that has plenty of space to carry the gear I like to go out with. Two bodies with vertical grips, 70-200 2.8, 17-35 f2.8, 35-70 f2.8, 50m f1.4, SB-900 & SB-800. Try as I might to go out with just a camera and one lens I just can’t. When I’m asked if my bag and equipment weighs a lot I tell them I like the feel of the weight and it goes back to my days in the Marine Corps. I was an 81mm Mortarman and along with our packs, food, water and light M-16 I carried a 45lbd bipod! Granted I’m not 23yrs old but at 50 can still carry my gear around all day in the South Florida sun.

    I would love to win that beautiful meta print!

  444. Muriel Urquidi
    April 15, 2011 at 4:53 pm | #496

    Gorgeous meta print indeed. Your gear bag is so nicely organized…unlike someone I know :D

  445. April 15, 2011 at 5:19 pm | #497

    I’ve been thinking I need a better tripod. I’ll have to check out Andy’s!

  446. April 15, 2011 at 5:30 pm | #498

    Great stuff! love knowing what other folks have in there bag thank you Andy

  447. April 15, 2011 at 5:35 pm | #499

    Nice set up….may look into the Kiboko bag as a replacement for my LOWEPRO Trekker, nice “office” set up also……

  448. April 15, 2011 at 5:49 pm | #500

    Love this and will visit your site. I think I have the perfect image to enlarge.

  449. April 15, 2011 at 5:53 pm | #501

    Sweet as. Nice Print

  450. dbraughler
    April 15, 2011 at 5:55 pm | #502

    Thanks for sharing what you’re carrying! And the print looks gorgeous, no doubt there.

  451. Rick Freschner
    April 15, 2011 at 6:02 pm | #503

    I picked up the 7D after using Marc’s a bit on the Dgrin Shootout in Acadia in 2009 and have been very happy with it; it’s a perfect companion to the 5D MkII!

  452. April 15, 2011 at 6:06 pm | #504

    Smug mug rocks. Completely jealous of all this gear.

  453. Marni Cooper
    April 15, 2011 at 6:12 pm | #505

    When I win the lotto, can I buy your camera bags & contents?

  454. April 15, 2011 at 6:14 pm | #506

    Impressive. It was great to see what you carry around. Very informative :)

  455. Brian
    April 15, 2011 at 6:19 pm | #507

    Love the print…. and the gear — Do we get to choose which we get?

  456. April 15, 2011 at 6:29 pm | #508

    Time to get a new tripod thanks for the advice.

  457. April 15, 2011 at 6:49 pm | #509

    Love the print and the info. thx.

  458. Carrie Thomson
    April 15, 2011 at 7:02 pm | #510

    That is a gorgeous print!

  459. April 15, 2011 at 7:15 pm | #511

    Thanks for the post. It’s always nice to see what other people have in their bags, and see what I might want to shift around. Plus, I’m in the market for a new bag.

  460. Eason Chiu
    April 15, 2011 at 7:27 pm | #512

    OH man. Nice camera, nice bad and nice work desk :D

  461. April 15, 2011 at 7:27 pm | #513

    Awesome print! Have just tha place for it.

  462. April 15, 2011 at 7:36 pm | #514

    Love getting the sneak peak in the bag, but I think I’m more jealous of the ‘puter & monitors!

  463. April 15, 2011 at 7:48 pm | #515

    Those metal prints are so beautiful. Great give away!!!

  464. April 15, 2011 at 7:55 pm | #516

    I’m on the market for a new bag and completely forgot about kiboko. Thanks for the reminder and peek inside you bag!

  465. Sheryl Barbian
    April 15, 2011 at 8:06 pm | #517

    More than one winner? So excited!

  466. April 15, 2011 at 8:09 pm | #518

    Love that Kiboko bag! Nice shot at Mono lake too!

  467. April 15, 2011 at 8:24 pm | #519

    I am not sure if I am more jealous of the 50mm 1.2 or the 70-200mm 2.8. Thanks for sharing this. :)

  468. Kendra
    April 15, 2011 at 8:48 pm | #520

    Thanks for sharing! Great photo!

  469. April 15, 2011 at 9:04 pm | #521

    Some of the gear makes me drool. But thanks for admitting to packing camera manuals– I’d worried I was being neurotic. They’ve saved me more than once, however! The gorgeous shot makes me drool too– thought you’d gone to Mars. It made me spend too much time on Google Earth looking up this place. Wow!

  470. April 15, 2011 at 9:15 pm | #522

    You guy’s continue to amaze me. If I made the pilgrimage, can I join you for lunch? I promise to wear my smugger o’ the week gear! Andy, do you have a center post for that RRS tripod?

    • April 16, 2011 at 4:59 am | #523

      No, I didn’t get the center post – I don’t need the extra height (I don’t mind stooping a little bit) and I like the lightness of the right without it – and especially the stability.

  471. April 15, 2011 at 9:57 pm | #524

    I have a whole crate of cameras, but none of them are as nice as your gear Andy. It’s cool to know that you have the same lenses that would be on my dream list–a lot of primes. Maybe someday I’ll be able to get some, but only after a decade or so.

  472. April 15, 2011 at 11:46 pm | #525

    An excellent write-up! Thanks Andy, I have been greatly inspired by your photography,
    and wow that metal print is awesome!

  473. April 16, 2011 at 2:01 am | #526

    Thanks for this nice report.

  474. Darlene
    April 16, 2011 at 3:04 am | #527

    A newbie here and I loved reading about all your gear.

  475. April 16, 2011 at 3:40 am | #528

    Two bagger. Use a National Geographic bag for daily use and a ThinkTank for storage and traveling.

  476. April 16, 2011 at 3:54 am | #529

    I like that bag and your monitor setup.

  477. April 16, 2011 at 4:52 am | #530

    Love the feet!! I shoot a monthly jazz gig, and frequently have a great foot shot of the owner (she’s notorious for taking her shoes off in the middle of the gig). :)

  478. April 16, 2011 at 5:08 am | #531

    Great toys in your bag Andy. Metal print is awesome too!

  479. April 16, 2011 at 5:26 am | #532

    Thanks for sharing your gear bag info with us.

  480. April 16, 2011 at 5:37 am | #533

    The toys are great but I Love the shot with your feet on the desk!

  481. April 16, 2011 at 5:50 am | #534

    Ahh, now if only this was a give-away for the whole lens/tripod/kit and caboodle *drools a little at the thought*

  482. TDPhotography
    April 16, 2011 at 7:14 am | #535

    Thanks for sharing Andy!! Makes some of us just a bit envy =)

  483. April 16, 2011 at 7:31 am | #536

    Thanks for letting us gain a quick peek into your bag of gear. I’m still a beginner learning the ropes, so I really appreciate learning from the pros.

  484. Archana
    April 16, 2011 at 7:46 am | #537

    Will love to win this. .Just a small request. Few of your readers doesn’t have facebook account. So it would be good if you don’t make facebook entry is mandatory. So everyone will have fair chance of winning.

  485. April 16, 2011 at 8:15 am | #538

    Great post, inspiration and wish list for a newcomer like me!

  486. April 16, 2011 at 9:47 am | #539

    Great info and would sure love that metal print!

  487. Amanda
    April 16, 2011 at 11:12 am | #540

    Oh my gosh I have never been more jealous of a bag of camera gear ever! I, like many am just looking at my first L series lens. That will be an exciting day. And I agree a good eye and a kit lens beats the most expensive L series lens and lack of talent/technique any day.

  488. Robin Fuehrer
    April 16, 2011 at 12:48 pm | #541

    Thanks for sharing. Excellent post.

  489. Deb
    April 16, 2011 at 2:01 pm | #542

    I don’t know much about the art, I saw my brother had been looking at the photo though and thought what the heck maybe I could win and give it to him. Weirder things have happened. The photo is beautiful also. !!

  490. April 16, 2011 at 7:53 pm | #543

    Thanks for allowing us to “peek” into your bag! I rarely wonder what’s in other photographers bags but I always look to see if their sporting glass with that pretty red ring! All the best & happy shooting.

    Travis

  491. April 16, 2011 at 9:12 pm | #544

    Thanks for the peek inside the bag. It is great timing as I am just back from my first “unsupervised” shooting experience on vacation. The biggest complaint I had was the weight of the gear I was hauling around. I figured most of the weight was in the heavy/cheap tripod and the info about your setup is great timing. I am hoping that this year I can move from the DevBobo style panorama to something a little more precise.

    I am not complaining though as the panos are still very successful for what I use them for.

    In terms of the Leatherman, I have the same challenge and finally found a good solution for plane flights. It is not ideal but it does work. A few years back my company gave away a multipurpose tool & flashlight (not the vendor we used but a good picture http://www.4allpromos.com/s/p15265/multi-purpose-tool-flashlight.html) that has not been stopped a single time yet by airport security with over 150 trips on it. If they do catch it, well I might have more in my drawer. Yes, it is missing a knife but most of the problems have been solved with the screwdriver.

    I am curious do you do all your “chimping” on the back panel of the camera or do you use another display? I have been bringing over displays but am still fighting the weight to chimping issue. I have tried a MacBook and an iPad but have not found a solution for the iPod.

  492. April 17, 2011 at 5:11 am | #546

    Thanks Andy. I’ve been looking for a new bag and that has great possibilities for me. Appreciate the peek!

  493. Lorna
    April 17, 2011 at 5:20 am | #547

    Man, have I got gear envy. Love that Crumpler bag too.

  494. April 17, 2011 at 5:27 am | #548

    And I thought I was the only one who collected pins! Great article and your pics prove you don’t need every lens made to take great shots. You need a keen eye and a good brain ( good select glass just helps!)

  495. Jennifer Benn
    April 17, 2011 at 7:12 am | #549

    spring is beckoning
    Gura Gear bag sails away
    with my fisheye zoom

  496. Jimi Curry
    April 17, 2011 at 8:54 am | #550

    I love my bag I only wish i could mount my tripod to it.I do urban decay photograph’s and on occasion I have to climb a barb wire fence. I have made a holster for my mag light on it. What bag would you suggest I us? Remember I have to fit into small openings, scale fences and avoid homeless squatters so it can not be to bulky.

  497. April 18, 2011 at 5:22 am | #551

    Thanks for sharing Andy. Just got back from hiking and visiting family that I have never met before and i really need to change how and what i carry.

    And that is a beautiful photo…

  498. April 18, 2011 at 9:16 am | #552

    Awesome, post! Thank you for sharing this!!

  499. April 18, 2011 at 9:17 am | #553

    I’ve yet to find the perfect bag or tripod. This helps! Thanks Andy.

  500. Katie
    April 18, 2011 at 9:18 am | #554

    I love the info, thanks!! Makes me wanna go shopping!! ;-)

  501. kent
    April 18, 2011 at 9:18 am | #555

    Definitely an interesting read. Thanks for posting.

  502. Christopher Hamze
    April 18, 2011 at 9:18 am | #556

    Love the gear. Hope post #551 is a lucky number for a post.

  503. DSHodgins
    April 18, 2011 at 9:21 am | #557

    Someone REALLY needs to start a “Bag of the Month” club. Saves all the shopping… just wait for the latest “perfect” bag to show up in the mail.

  504. April 18, 2011 at 9:37 am | #558

    Amazing print! Hope I win!

    Thank you!
    Doug

  505. Matt Biermann
    April 18, 2011 at 9:37 am | #559

    I’m more curious on some of the stories about the pins on the Crumpler….

  506. April 18, 2011 at 9:47 am | #560

    Very NICE gear Andy! Thanks for making it available in this … Would love to win it. Not long ago replaced my wife’s 30D with a 50D was holding a 5D in my hand after just looking at a 7D. She could not figure out how to shoot the 5/7D cameras and since it was her camera that got stolen I sacrificed; got the 50D and have loved using it with her and teaching her how to step away from the program setting. She has a great eye and great luck it is really fun to watch her with the camera, especially now as she is shooting with new settings for her.

  507. April 18, 2011 at 9:47 am | #561

    Just got my smugmug strap too!

  508. Brian
    April 18, 2011 at 9:50 am | #562

    Excellent Gear bag Andy but I would expect nothing less.

  509. Mathew killen
    April 18, 2011 at 9:57 am | #563

    Lovely shot and thanks for sharing. I now have a serious case of gear lust!

  510. Jamie
    April 18, 2011 at 10:06 am | #564

    Very interesting to see what the pros carry, thanks for the look!

  511. April 18, 2011 at 10:08 am | #565

    I love that type of bag. Mine is the Tamron version, I just wish it had more pockets! Got my smugmug strap!

    Excellent gear. I just have to convince the wife to let me get the 5DMII. Maybe by then the MIII will be out.

    Anyone know of a good messenger bag that will fit a laptop, tablet and a camera? Not asking too much am I?

  512. April 18, 2011 at 10:18 am | #566

    I loveyour gear and have total envy even though I shoot nikon your work is amazing thanks for sharing

  513. April 18, 2011 at 10:20 am | #567

    When will I get my strap?

  514. April 18, 2011 at 11:05 am | #570

    Cool sneak peek Andy! Wondering if you have an awesome monopod tucked somewhere in that gear bag somewhere that you’d highly recommend? And how ’bout a video mic and light(s) for some top-notch 5DM2 HD? Or is your focus primarily still on stills?

  515. April 19, 2011 at 3:08 am | #572

    Beautiful pic

  516. Deborah Curriere
    April 20, 2011 at 7:58 pm | #573

    Well my gear sucks…but hey, I LOVE using it…it’s what I can afford and it doesn’t stop me from getting out there,,,FYI I am 60 too and prefer Tylenol Arthritis as my shooting buddy,,,never thought of the knee pads…

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