I’m a serious enthusiast photographer who most enjoys shooting wildlife, nature and landscapes. I live in Fort Collins, CO. Heading out in the early morning is my Zen time, and taking annual photography trips is becoming a critical thing. In the last two years I’ve spent time in Nebraska to see the sandhill crane migration and the Palouse region in eastern Washington state, both bucket list items.
I started with a Cannon EOS Rebel T5 as my first better-than-a-point-and-shoot camera. I had a good time with this camera and learned a lot. Then I took a workshop in Rocky Mountain National Park and one of the other students had an intriguingly smaller camera than all the rest of us. He explained it was a mirrorless camera and told us all about it (this was pretty new at the time, around 2014).
I was really interested because the camera (a Fuji) was so tiny by comparison to the big Nikons and Canons everyone else had. It was also a lot lighter – the lenses were smaller and lighter as well. I resolved that my next camera would be a mirrorless. Eventually I made that happen and sold all my Canon gear – it was a great decision for me, I love my Fuji cameras and lenses.
I have a drone that I’ve learned to fly reasonably well and want to start using for photography. I’m also a full-time professional web designer and developer.
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Fuji X-T3 Mirrorless
Fuji XT-10 Mirrorless
Fujinon XF 70-300mm f/4.5.6 OIS LM WR (fantastic new lens, a great compromise between reach and weight for wildlife photography)
Fujinon XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR (super high quality, big and heavy but great for wildlife)
Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS II (good quality for the price point, kit lens)
Fujinon XC16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS II Lens (good quality for the price point, kit lens)
I’m pretty picky about my bags. These are the keepers (note all backpacks have water bottle pockets).
Think Tank Urban Access 15 Backpack – like a TARDIS it’s small on the outside, huge on the inside. A compact bag for big trips that nonetheless holds both camera bodies, the big 100-400 lens, 3 other lenses and all supporting gear including a 13″ laptop. High-quality construction, highly recommended.
ThinkTank MindShift TrailScape 18L Backpack – my new TARDIS! A wonderful pack for my wildlife kit, it can hold the X-T3 with 100-400 or 70-300 attached and 2 other lenses and supporting gear easily. Super-comfy when full. It also has space for a 13″ laptop or large tablet. Like every bag I’ve had from ThinkTank, very well built.
LowePro Flipside 300AW Backpack – a pack for 2-3 smaller lenses (not the 100-400, it will not fit) and one camera body.
Think Tank Photo Cable Management 20 V2.0 – a great little bag for storing chargers, cables, card readers and other small parts. One side is clear and it has a handle.
Vanguard VEO 2GO 265HCBM Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod – I got this for my NE sandhill crane migration trip in 2022. Light at 3.1 lbs and holds up to 22 lbs. Also a monopod and has a low-angle adapter. 65.5″ tall. I think it’s hard to find this model now though.
Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Aluminum Tripod with Ball Head – a very sturdy tripod for the big 100-400 lens.