When I look at photographs I like to know what gear people were using to get those shots. So I thought I'd write about my own gear in case anyone else is like me and has been wondering what I use for the photographs on this site.
Camera: My camera body is a Nikon D7000. I like that at 16.2 megapixels my images remain sharp even when enlarged, while an ISO of 6400 (up to 25,600 on Hi-2) allows me to get in some night photography. Its meaty and weather resistant and I've really enjoyed it over the last few years. While it is a DX body and I definitely want to get a full frame body in the future, for the price I'm content.
Lenses: I carry a Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G for portraits and a Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED for everything else. Both of them are fantastic with very sharp images, vibrant colors, and excellent bokeh.
Tripod: After trying out a few flimsy ones, I invested in a Manfrotto tripod last year and am so glad I did! Its very sturdy with no camera drift even with my heaviest lens mounted, and silky smooth movements if you're using it for videography.
Filters: I have a UV filter for a little added protection for whatever lens I'm currently using, and a Hoya HD polarizing filter for landscapes, water, and the occasional times I shoot through a window.
Remote: I have the Nikon ML-L3 wireless remote. Nothing fancy, just uses infrared to trigger remote shutter release and as such only has a range of approximately 16 feet. But since I only use it to trigger the camera on slow shutter speeds when camera shake could be an issue, and to set custom shutter times in BULB mode for night photography, it works great. Especially since it only costs about $20.
Camera Bag: I just switched to the Lowepro Flipside Sport AW 15L backpack. I was using a sort of cross body bag before that and found that as my gear has gotten heavier it became less and less comfortable. I chose this pack because of its thoughtful adventure and travel minded features. For example, the camera compartment zipper is against your back when the pack is on so that someone can't come up behind you, unzip your bag, and dash with your gear if you happen to be in a sketchy country. It has a built in rain fly (something I've always appreciated about Lowepro bags) and a nifty double layer feature that allows you to pull out the padded and divided camera toting part of the bag, leaving you with a more spacious and empty backpack in case you want to use it in a multipurpose manner. Something else that especially drew me to this pack was its tripod carrying system. If you're interested then watching a video or looking at pictures would make things a lot clearer than me trying to describe it, but just know that it keeps the tripod very snug (no wild swinging and bouncing) which from reviews seems to be something that many other packs and bags lack. My only complaint is that it only has two large pockets and for organization I would love to have a few more smaller pockets. But that is pretty minor compared to all the other things I love about this pack.
That's everything. If you have any other questions or suggestions of things you don't think a photographer can survived without, feel free to send a message or leave a comment.