Equipment - Spencer Cox
My Equipment
I feel obligated to start a list of my photography gear by saying that no amount of equipment can make up for a lack of technique. Still, the gear that I use really does matter to the photos I take. Without a polarizing filter, for example, I wouldn't be able to remove reflections from the rocks in my waterfall photos. Without a sturdy tripod, I would have far less flexibility with my camera's settings, and my photos wouldn't be as sharp. I need a good backpack to comfortably carry this gear on long trips, and I need software to process my resulting images. The lenses I use let me push my camera to work well in situations that I couldn't otherwise take any photos. And, for my large-format prints, a lack of sharpness is easily visible.



So, yes, a good photographer is far more valuable than a good set of camera equipment. But high-quality equipment can make photography far easier, and I couldn't have taken many of the photos on this site without my current setup.



Here's a quick list of the photographic equipment that I use regularly.



• Nikon D800e


• Nikon D7000 (backup)


• Nikon 24mm f/1.4 lens


• Sigma 50mm f/1.4 A lens


• Nikon 105mm f/2.8 VR macro lens


• Really Right Stuff TQC-14 tripod


• Really Right Stuff BH-40 ballhead


• F-stop Loka UL backpack


• Adobe Lightroom 4 and Adobe Photoshop CS6 software


• Lee .75 stop soft-edge graduated neutral density filter, Lee Little Stopper ND filter, and Lee holder


• B+W polarizing filter



As well as the drone photography equipment that I use:



• 3D Robotics X8+ drone


• Nikon Coolpix A camera



This is a relatively short list, but it covers all the essentials: a camera, a lens, a tripod, filters, a bag, and software. And a drone, of course! With the right equipment, the quality of my photos is limited by nothing but myself.
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