Forward: More than a few times people have asked what equipment I photograph with. I answer simply by tapping my finger on my head and saying "it's what's in here that counts." I've used several systems and generally the photos end up turning out the same, regardless of camera used. For me, if it's the right tool for the job, then I use it.

Given the same high quality equipment, ultimately it's the photographer who is responsible for the photograph. The image is a product of your mind and vision. Excellent glass, high quality image sensors & cameras can make it easier to capture the image.

In the sponsorship agreement through Bedfords Camera & Video and/or Sigma Photo USA. Without their generosity in many ways, my VLF Photo Competition would have been much more difficult. A sincere thank you to Steve Elkins and everyone at the Fayetteville store!

Equipment identified as sponsored has been returned to the sponsor. That being said, here is my equipment list...

DSLR Camera Bodies

* Pentax K5 & D-BG4 battery grip

* Pentax K20D & D-BG2 battery grip (sponsored by Bedfords)

* Pentax K10D & D-BG2 battery grip

* Canon EOS 40D & BG-2EN battery grip (sponsored by Bedfords)

SLR Camera Bodies

* Pentax MZ-S & BG-10 battery grip (sold)

* Pentax K1000

* Pentax SF10 (x2)

FA Professional Series Lenses and Super Telephoto Lenses

* Pentax SMC FA* 80-200mm F2.8 ED(IF) (sold)

* Pentax SMC FA* 200mm F4 ED(IF) Macro (1:1 magnification)

* Pentax SMC FA* 300mm F2.8 ED(IF) (sold)

* Pentax SMC FA* 250-600 F/5.6 ED(IF)

* Sigma APO 500mm F4.5 EX DG/HSM & 1.4X APO TC (Canon mount - sponsored by Bedfords/Sigma Photo)

Zoom (Wide Angle and Telephoto) Lenses:

* Pentax SMC P-DA 50-200mm F4-5.6 ED WR

* Pentax SMC P-DA 12-24mm F4.0 ED/AL (IF) (sold)

* Tamron AF 28-75 F/2.8 XR Di Macro (Sold)


* Pentax AF 1.7x rear teleconverter (also allows AF on MF lenses - sold)

* Pentax-A 1.4X-L rear teleconverter (sold)

* Pentax-A 2X-S rear teleconverter (sold)

* Pentax-A 2X-L rear teleconverter (sold)

* Tamron-F 1.4x Pz-AF MC4 teleconverter

Memory Cards, Flashes

* SanDisk Extreme PRO 16GB UHS-1/U3 SDHC (x2)

* Sandisk Extreme III 4GB 133x SD cards (x2)

* Delkin 8GB 133x SD cards (x2)

* Lexar Professional 2GB 133x SD cards (x4)

* 2 Patriot 2GB 133x SD cards

* Transcend 8GB 133x CF cards (x2)

* Pentax AF540 Flash; Promaster FTD 7000M

* Canon Speedlite 580EX II (weather sealed - sponsored by Bedfords)

Tripod, Monopod, Misc. Stuff, etc.:

* Gitzo GT3541XLS 6X Systematic 4-section Tripod

* Wimberley WH-200 gimbal head

* Giottos MT9360 Tripod

* SLIK AF2100 head (primarily for macro work)

* Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 Head (long/heavy lens support working in a blind or lighter travel option)

* Wimberley P-30 Lens Plate

* Wimberley P-50 Lens Plate

* Wimberley Plamps (x2)

* Sanyo Eneloop AA Batteries - 1900mAh (x12) - excellent batteries and very fast recycle times

* Naneu K5 - Adventure Series travel backpack (85L)

* Naneu K4L - Adventure Series travel backpack

* Naneu Sahara 217F backpack

* La Cie 320GB Little Disk - a 2.5", USB 2.0 enclosed laptop hard drive

* Eagle Consus External USB 2.0 HDD hot swappable enclosures (SATA). Currently using Western Digital 640GB SATA II HDD in each enclosure.

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