Hello again! My name is Matte Hanna and I am a landscape photographer living on the Oregon coast. I’m happy to be back at Shotkit, talking about my gear, this is an update from my last post. A lot can happen over the course of a year, especially in terms of camera technology.
Readers may have found different gear to update their kits or might have jumped ship to a different brand of camera entirely. I am here to share with you what I have changed (or not) over the course of that time and what works for me and why.
Once again in my kit, you are going to find a lot of Nikon gear. I use Nikon mainly because I love the control I have while using them. I let my hands do a lot of muscle memory work while shooting. This works mainly due to Nikon keeping a unified or very similar menu and manual control system across their model line.
Even the Nikon Z series keeps a similar path on their two new mirrorless models. It makes a difference in knowing your camera well and how to change things without too much thought. Often times lighting might be challenging, or if you are trying to quickly capture a moment, you might miss something important.
Having said this, I love all cameras and have shot with a majority of the brands… The best camera is the one you have on you, always!
On to the kit… This is my Landscape kit and what I bring on the majority of my shoots depending on how far I am walking or what subject I am looking to capture.
I juggle a lot of different jobs in photography to give me the ability to travel and shoot all year-round. This is my Landscape quiver.
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This is one of my new additions to the kit. My main camera for shooting most landscapes. The 45mp image quality is amazing. It’s easy to get beautiful shots with this camera and it feels great in the hands with comfortable ergonomics. The battery life is long even when composing shots in Live view.
I love the new additions of Focus stacking, focus peaking and the pull out 3.2″ touch LCD. If you haven’t tried the D850, you should. I prefer it over the Z series for my own reasons – at this point.
The D850 is built extremely well, like most Nikon cameras. It’s rugged and weather sealed to keep out the elements.
This camera is my backup to the D850. I specifically shoot with the D810 when I know I am going to be shooting in a situation where I might drop or submerge the D850 (I’m knocking on wood).
I still love this camera and shoot with it weekly. It’s easy to use and reliable, it’s an old welcome friend in my gear bag and has captured many memories and stories.
This is my backup for the D850 and the D810. Lightweight, sturdy and it takes tack sharp images paired with the right glass. Excellent at higher ISO’s with superb dynamic range.
The tilting display with Live view is great for composing your shots and the recent drop on the D750 price tag won’t break the bank.
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens
It’s versatile in low light and the image quality is amazing. This is my go-to landscape zoom. Fast focusing, with the ability to create both beautiful bokeh and sharp images.
Paired with solid construction, shooting with it is a pleasure. Great for shooting wildlife or landscapes, it’s a beautiful well-constructed lens.
AF-S NIKKOR 24–70mm f/2.8G ED
A great standard zoom lens, often referred to as the workhorse of the pros. The lens offers consistent performance with fast precise autofocus performance. It’s dependable and shoots like a charm.
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM
A versatile wide-angle lens, it’s tack sharp when used correctly and also shoots amazing shallow depth of field situations. When I want to travel light for astrophotography, I use this lens paired with the D850.
Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM
An ultra-wide zoom lens with a constant f/2.8. This is the lens I use the most in my kit. It offers me the most versatility for my style of landscape photography.
Whether shooting night skies or early morning fog banks, the image quality is superb. It’s a new addition and has quickly become a favourite in my kit.
DJI Mavic Pro Drone
This is also a new addition. I love the ease of use and the compact design that allows me to take it anywhere without taking up precious space when out shooting.
Allowing for a brand new perspective on shooting locations. The DJI is also just fun to fly and goof around. Part toy part tool, always fun.
Third Eye Headlamps
I bring headlamps wherever I go for safety and function. A new favourite addition to my kit is from Third Eye Headlamps. The designs are super stylish with an intuitive button structure that offers immediate access to red lighting, preserving my night vision. Also, waterproof and made from recyclable non-toxic plastic.
You will find this headlamp on my head or in my bag at all times. Perfect for shooting at night or hanging around the camp.
Breakthrough Photography – X4 Neutral Density 6 and 3 stop filters
What can I say, these are amazing filters and I bring them everywhere I shoot. I like to do as much in- camera work as possible. It offers me greater control over my photography, instead of relying on post production. Filters are part of my style for keeping it pure.
Charpoles – Ascent Hiking Pole
A new addition to the kit. Durable and lightweight, I absolutely love these poles. Offering instant balance hiking on the trails and support for the muscles carrying the gear. A brilliant monopod feature on the handle lets you mount anything from a GoPro to a DSLR.
Gitzo GT1555T Series 1 Traveler Carbon Fiber Tripod with Center Ball Head
I’m still enjoying this Gitzo. Made for hiking and travel, the carbon construction is light and sturdy, giving this tripod very little shake or movement whatever surface you are shooting on. Packs down to almost nothing and comes with me on every hike.
I highly recommend taking a memo book for jotting down notes wherever you go. I use mine to write down my thoughts and different settings for the places and gear that I am using.
They are great for keeping your life’s bucket list handy, you never know when you might be crossing something off or adding to that list.
Inside Matte’s camera bag:
Hello, my name is Matte Hanna. I am a landscape photographer living on the Oregon coast in the Pacific Northwest. I wear many different hats that allow me to keep shooting landscapes outside year-round, including product, commercial and weddings.
It’s impossible for me to find the right words to explain why I love shooting outdoors so much. Landscape photography pushes me to be outside, to explore, observe and perceive my surroundings. Whether I have walked past an area a thousand times, or I am just exploring a location for the first time, shooting gets me out of my comfort zone and allows me to engage nature.
In my kit you will find a lot of Nikon gear. I find the Nikon camera controls to be second nature. After using them for past 10 years, it’s like driving home on auto pilot. I don’t think about where anything is while shooting, the hands know where to steer me. That’s handy when setting up quickly on locations without a lot of thought or stumbling through menus.
Nikon makes one of the most rugged and durable camera bodies when shooting in challenging weather conditions. Living in the Pacific Northwest, you are guaranteed fog, mist, rain, snow and sun. Sometimes all at once. I also am a huge fan of Nikon glass and its compatibility with its other models. I put my gear through the paces and find them to be dependable, consistent and durable out in the field. They are made to push hard.
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Nikon D4 – The nice solid build, feels great in the hands, sturdy and rugged, I feel like I don’t have to be too careful with it. It has an amazing dynamic range and works great in difficult lighting situations. It is weather sealed, durable and can fire off shots on the quick which makes it a favorite for moving objects and wildlife.
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens – It’s versatile in low light and the image quality is amazing. This is my go-to landscape zoom.
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED – This lens super sharp and the bokeh is unreal! I use this for portraits and landscape close ups.
Gitzo GT1555T Series 1 Traveler Carbon Fiber Tripod with Center Ball Head – The super light and sturdy build give this tripod very little shake or movement while I’m shooting on sand or near water. I love how light and compact this tripod is. I have had issues getting sand in the G-lock mechanism, which makes it hard to use properly again. Always clean it out after an outdoor shoot.
Lens Tissues, E-wipes and a Rocket Blaster – One use E-wipes and lens tissues work better than typical lens cloths. Even though I carry cloths when I shoot, they often get dirty, wet and can scratch your lens. The Giottos Rocket Blaster is also pretty handy for getting the sand and dirt off of your gear.
Nikon D750 – I love this camera. Lightweight, sturdy, it takes tack sharp images paired with the right glass. Excellent at higher ISO’s with superb dynamic range. The tilting display with Live view is a welcome additional feature. Battery life is amazing, on the D750 as with most Nikons… This is my back up camera for the D810.
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED Lens – One of my favorites for shooting wide angle landscapes. When just bringing a few lenses in my backpack, this one comes with. It’s super sharp, small and portable. Takes amazing low light shots. I shoot a lot of astrophotography with my 20mm.
Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens with AE Chip – The best ultra-wide for the money out there, period. I’m pretty fearless using it, it’s taken some serious drops and hasn’t flinched. Great lens for astrophotography if you can get a good copy.
Nitecore EA41 Compact Searchlight – This stays in my pocket wherever I go. It is amazingly bright when needed but also stops down to a dim glow. I also have the Nitecore HC30 DualForm Headlamp (not pictured) usually on my head for pre-dawn locations, after sunset bushwhacking, and generally being able to see in the dark.