My Essential Camera Gear

What I consider to be essential gear to capture all of my different adventures

By: John Entwistle
September 18, 2016

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I want to start this article off by saying I am NOT a sponsored photographer. Every piece of equipment I am about to recommend was paid for with my hard earned dollars, because I deemed it to be worthy. Sure, I make money from the pictures that I sell which covers the cost of a lot of this gear, but I still have to choose which camera equipment I want to purchase with my money, regardless of the source! Fellow adventurers are always asking me how I get some of the shots on my website or Instagram, and the answer is simple: the gear mentioned below, but more importantly, the desire to get off the couch and put myself in some of the coolest places I can! Here is what you can usually find me shooting with on any given day:


The Obvious: Cameras

  • Canon 6D - My go-to. This camera has never let me down, and has never fallen short of what I have asked it do do. And for at least $1000 less than the models above it, I really can't complain about that! 
  • Sony a6000 - I bought this camera so that I could throw it in my pocket primarily for skiing. As it turns out, it is a powerhouse, and has become a great back up body to my 6d!
  • Canon AE-1 - In case I ever feel like doing film stuff. Which is rarely... 

BrandyWine Falls
Brandywine Falls British Columbia - Canon 6d with 16-35 f2.8L (1/400s @f2.8 and 16mm), Battery Grip, Peak Design Clutch, and a plastic bag!

Lenses (from most to least used)

  • Canon 16-35 f2.L II
  • Canon 70-200 f2.8L IS II
  • Canon 24-105 f4L IS
  • Rokinon 14 f2.8
  • Canon 50 f1.8
  • Canon 40 f2.8 Pancake
  • Canon 100 f2.8L IS

San Diego Sunset
Ocean Beach San Diego - Canon 6d with 40mm f2.8 Pancake (1/200s @ f22), no battery grip (to save weight and size), and Peak Design Slide strap

Bags 

Because a safe home for your camera stuff is very important! Especially when exploring in the elements!

  • Clik Elite Pro Express - My camera bag that holds (almost) everything above! Includes a waterproof cover. My go-to for dedicated photo shoots.
  • Lowepro Fastpack 250 AW - What I have seen as the best travel camera bag in the world. Hides your valuables well, carries my 6d with 70-200 and 2-3 other lenses, laptop and tablet compartments, and secure. It also doesn't scream "I"M A CAMERA BAG" in sketchy places... 
  • Click Elite Probody - My go-to for lightweight hiking adventures. Carries my 6d and 2 lenses (not the 70-200) perfectly! 

Heli-Skiing in the Selkirks
Selkirk Mountains, British Columbia - Sony a600 w16-55mm f3.5-5.5 ( 1/1600s @ f5.6 and 16mm), Bell 407 helicopter, Arc'teyx jacket pocket

Other Essentials 

Because you can never have enough camera gear! 

  • Manfrotto BEFREE and 190x Tripods
  • Joby Gorrilapod SLR Zoom Tripod
  • Battery Grip for EOS 6D - Gives you twice the battery life and the ability to shoot naturally in portrait mode. A no-brainer for me! It never leaves my camera
  • 6 Canon LP-E6 Batteries - Why 6? I don't know... But it seems to work for me!  
  • 6 Sandisk ExtremePro 32GB 95 MB/S SD Cards
  • Peak Design Capture Pro - The best system to attach your camera to yourself
  • Peak Design Clutch Hand Strap - Again, never leaves my camera
  • Peak Design Slide Camera Strap - I love how integrated all of the Peak Design stuff is, and this strap is comfortable and looks great. 

Of course, my favourite thing is not the gear, but putting it to action. Here are a few examples with the equipment that I used to get the shot!

Milky Way at Callaghan
Callaghan Lake, British Columbia - Canon 6d w 14mm f2.8 (15s @ f2.8), Manfrotto BE FREE tripod, battery grip, Peak Design capture Pro (compatible with Manfrotto tripod heads), cold beer, Headlamp

Yellow Aster Butte
Yellow Aster Bute, Washington State - Canon 6d w 70-200f2.8L IS II (1/125s @ f8 and 70mm), Manfrotto 190x tripod, Promaster CPL filter, Beer, sunset

Of course equipment is important... But the most important part is getting out there and seeing amazing things for yourself. Capturing them for other is just bonus points! 

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph.