Essential Gear Doc Miles Uses on Doc Miles Photo Tours
August 23, 2016 • Leave a Comment
Like all photographers, I have spent a great deal of money on photo related products over the years. Some of the great and some "resting in peace" in a drawer or shelf somewhere in my attic or basement. As photographers, we all have too many camera bags, so I won't get too deep into that area, however I though it would be nice to share some thoughts on my "go to" gear just in case you ask.
When out with clients on tours I am often asked what photo or other gear I recommend. I am not sponsored receive any benefit from the gear I use, I find what works best for me while out in the field. I will offer my "end user" comments with each recommendation.
Let's start with the big stuff: Support Systems. The best in the business is Really Right Stuff and it is expensive. in this case, it is worth every cent. They manufacture and sell only support systems. That's a big plus compared to other top-of-the line systems like Gitzo that are part of a large mega company that distributes their gear. Really Right Stuff only sells through their own company on their website. A good tripod is probably the best investment you will ever make just short of a nice lens. Camera bodies come and go, but a good tripos can last many years.
Next up on the list: Your feet. As a landscape and nature photographer you have to get to some places that are difficult and rough on your feet. Footwear is important in rough terrain and rocky outcrops. No one has this figured out better than Five-Ten shoes. While you may find them in very select models in climbing stores or REI, they are best sourced direct from their site. While they make a variety of shoes for all outdoor activities, they all have their patented Stealth Rubber© soles that grip rock and terrain like no other shoe on the market. They give you confidence and agility you cannot imagine in another outdoor shoe.
While on the subjects of feet: Cold weather shoes. I love Five-Ten, but they do not make a cold weather shoe or boot. This is where I turn to Sorel. Their Caribou model serves me well on my Yosemite Tours in the winter, as well as the Eastern Sierras. They are water proof, warm and provide agility and traction needed for just plain really cold weather. I live in a temperate climate, my feet get cold easy and I need that kind of warmth on the trails in winter.
Speaking of warmth, let's talk about jackets. Nothing beats Patagonia for warmth, lightweight and packability. I have eighteen Patagonia jackets and vests. (I know that is completely wretched excess, but I have yet to find a Patagonia re-hab center near me.)
Well, that's it for Part One. next up is small stuff to make your life easier like flash lights, knives and other little stuff you need in your bag.
Thanks , Doc
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