Coming back from a trip that brought me twice around the world in 14 months, through 35 countries and territories and through all climate zones, you definitely need camera equipment that is sturdy, reliable and lightweight enough to carry to the most remote places. I am consistently asked what kind of gear I take on these trips, and if I am a Nikon or Canon user. In my opinion, it doesn’t really matter what brand you have as long as you are happy with the results.

I took hundreds of thousands of photos with Nikon, but am sure if I had used Canon I would have been happy with them as well. Gear gets upgraded when the need arises so this list changes periodically, but the core elements remain the same. Different jobs dictate the need for different gear, but this is what camera equipment I always take with me. Especially into very remote locations where you have to travel light, and with airline luggage requirements you need to limit yourself.

Camera Gear:

  • 1 Nikon D 4
  • 1 Nikon D 800
  • 1 Nikon D 700
  • 1 Nikon D 300
  • Tokina 16-28 mm, f.2,8
  • Nikon 24-70mm, f2,8
  • Nikon 50mm, f1,8
  • Nikon 70-210 f2,8 VR
  • Nikon 2x Teleconverter TC20 III
  • Nikon remote cable release
  • Nikon SB 910 Flashlight
  • Nikon SB 600 Flashlight


  • Cullmann 528 Carbon tripod
  • 77mm Polarizer
  • Kata 220
  • Lowepro Vertex AW 200
  • Lowepro Vertex AW 300

Travel Life-Savers:

  • Duct tape, batteries, chargers and cables
  • Deet Insect repellent
  • Camera cleaning set for outside and sensor cleaning
  • Sunscreen
  • Multi-repair tool


I prefer to use a Windows system when traveling because it’s more compatible overall when going into the more remote parts of the world. Although many photographers use Apple, I found that the closed approach is limiting when you need to transfer files to a Windows hard drive, your battery dies or you need to communicate with another computer.

  • Lenovo ThinkPad 520 with extra battery pack
  • Vosonic external hard drive with 320 Gig
  • 3x WD 1 TB external hard drives
  • Adobe Lightroom 5.5

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