Approaching the Scene links

Here is the gear that I regularly use.

Fluid head camera SUPPORT links:

Here's everything you need to get your camera on a fluid head (Use an L-bracket to get vertical):

  • Manfrotto 500AH fluid head: cheaper right now at  Amazon vs B&H  (Don't buy a larger model, this is the sweet spot for DSLR and mirrorless)
  • Large Arca-Swiss style clamp (attach to Manfrotto rail to clamp your body's L-Bracket): Amazon  B&H
  • Long Manfrotto plate to mount to each of your long lenses with a collar and foot. Amazon  B&H

Panning Clamps: to use for advanced panoramas on the fluid head or to do a level pan with a ballhead

  • Really Right Stuff Panning Clamp: Not cheap, but cheaper at B&H vs Amazon
  • A cheaper panning clamp is available from China  Amazon  (also search E-bay)

To level the head using  your current tripod with a flat plate and/or center column you also need one of these between them to easily get level:

  • Acratech leveling adaptor (for any tripod): Amazon  B&H

If you want to have the most optimized fluid head setup possible, then get a bowl tripod and adaptor like these:

  • Induro 303 bowl tripod: Amazon   B&H 
  • Gitzo 3543XLS xtra long ultralight 79" carbon tripod (my favorite, but expensive)
  • Induro bowl tripod leveling adaptor kit (bowl and half ball leveling adpator): Amazon  B&H
  • Bowl and leveling adaptor alternative in case Induro kit above is sold out. You'll need both parts for either the  Gitzo or Induro.

ADvanced Panorama Equipment

Double dovetail base plate: Amazon  B&H

90 degree vertical rail: Amazon  B&H

2 Panning Clamps (See above in Fluid Head Section)

Kirk Nodal Slider:  B&H  (worth every penny to me)

Cheaper Nodal Slider:  Amazon  B&H

My Cameras and lenses: 

My current cameras and lenses are linked on this gear link page


The Hoya filters I use: Use the coupon code  HHPWORKSHOP for 20% off on the Hoya website.

Manfrotto Xume Magnetic System (get them and filters big): Amazon   B&H

Step-up Rings: Amazon   B&H


Rocket Blower Brush: Amazon   B&H

Zeiss Lens Wipes: Amazon   B&H

Microfiber Cloths: Amazon 

Sensor Light: Amazon   B&H


F-Stop Tilopa Pack (smaller than mine): Amazon  

F-Stop Sukha Pack (mine) : Amazon 

Neil Pryde faux wheeled golf bag (to check long tripods and all your other things on flights): 

L.L. Bean X-tra large rolling duffle bag (to check long tripods and all your other things on flights)

Think Tank battery wallets: Amazon   B&H

Headlamp Princeton Tec Vizz: Amazon

Outdoor Research Stormsensor Gloves: Amazon

Black Rapid Breathe Hybrid Sling Strap (MINE): Amazon   B&H

Black Rapid Breathe Sport: Amazon   B&H

Tripod velcro hammock (like the folding shelf on my tripod):  Amazon  B&H (cheaper at B&H)

For full disclosure know that I'm an ambassador for Hoya, Black Rapid and Kirk Enterprises. The reason I work with those brands is that I believe in their products and trust them myself in the field.