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“Let us think the unthinkable, let us do the undoable.
Let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see
if we may not Jeff it after all.”

― Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

Camera

D810

Nikon D810. This camera with its 36.3 megapixels captures an incredible dynamic range and is therefore all I need for landscape photography and challenging light situations. Learn more about this camera in Nasim Mansurov’s review and recommended settings.
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Really Right Stuff L-Bracket. Very solid L-bracket to quickly change between horizontal landscape and vertical portrait format. Comptible with any Arca-Swiss tripod head.
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GGS Larmor LCD Display Protection. To protect both display glasses on your camera this offers an excellent price-quality ratio.
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Nikon EN-EL15. Never go out with two or three extra akkus, especially when you plan to extensively use the viewfinder for long-exposures or night photography.
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Lenses

14-24

AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm, f/2.8G ED. My favorite landscape lens for stunning ultra wide-angle perspectives. Crisp sharp and contrasty. I have fallen in love with this lens. Also the ultimate choice for night or Aurora photography. One disadvantage still exists: You cannot use your classical filter system system and existing ones are very sensitive to lens flares. Learn more about this lens in Nasim Mansurov’s review.
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16-35

AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm, f/4G ED VR. If weight is an argument and if I can’t carry along two different filter systems, I prefer the 16-35mm over the 14-24mm. It is not as sharp than the ultra-wide brother, but a good compromise and still offers superb center sharpness. Learn more about this lens in Nasim Mansurov’s review.
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24-70

AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm, f/2.8G ED VR. My newest, but already most used lens. Very versatile in different settings on the tripod. The range is good, it is rock-solid, weather sealed and very sharp. Learn more about this lens in Nasim Mansurov’s announcement.
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80-400

AF-S Nikkor 80-400m, f/4.5-5.6G VR. Over time I have discovered the beauty of using one zoom lens in landscape photography. As I often carry heavy bags to the mountains, this lens gives me a lot of flexibility and also works with panos. Extremely sharp. I have replaced the rather weak original Nikon collar with the RRS LC-A13. Disadvantages of this sense are the price and that it is not weather sealed. It rather feels like a DX lens. Learn more about this lens in Nasim Mansurov’s review.
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50

AF-S Nikkor 50mm, f/1.4G. A 50mm lens is probably my most favorite all-day lens. It is cheap, an optimal lens for someone learning photography, compact and delivers sharp images with beautiful colors. With f/1.4 it is also an excellent lens for difficult light situations, for panoramas and portraits. Learn more about this lens in Nasim Mansurov’s review.
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85

AF-S Nikkor 85mm, f/1.4G. THE portrait lens for Nikon shooters with a beautiful bookeh. Nevertheless, it is a specialized lens and personally I don’t use it very often. Learn more about this lens in Nasim Mansurov’s review.
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28-70

AF Nikkor 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5D. Often to be found (if any) for under 100$, it probably is the best deal you can get on Nikon lenses. Introduced in the 90ties. Optically and ergonomically outstanding. Small size and weight. Sharp. However, the best on this lens is that it creates beautiful sun stars when used against the sun without any flares. Highly recommended! See Ken Rockwell’s review.
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28-300

AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm, f/3.5-5.6G ED VR. My on-the-go family lens if weight is important. Often combined with the 50mm f/1.4 and the 20mm f/1.8. See Ken Rockwell’s review.
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Lense Filters

LeeFiltersystem100mm

Lense Filters

Lee Filter System 100mm Starter Kit. For all my 58mm, 77mm, and 82mm lenses.

Lee Filter 100mm Small (6 stop) and Big Stopper (10stop).

Lee Filter 100mm NDgrad filter hard 0.3, 0.6, 0.9.

Lee Filter 100mm NDgrad filter soft 0.6, 0.9

Format Hitech ND reverse grade 0.6, 0.9

Lee Filter 105mm Circular Polariser.

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LeeFiltersystem150mm

Lense Filters

Lee Filter System SW150 Starter Kit. Lense holder for the Nikon 14-24mm lense modified with the flareblocker by Achim Sieger. You can download a printable file for 3D printers on Achim’s page.

Haida 150x150mm ND Filters (6 stop and 10 stop).

Lee Filter 150mm NDgrad filter hard 0.3, 0.6, 0.9.

Nisi 150mm Polfilter.

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Tripod & Ballhead

Gitzo-GT3542L

Gitzo GT3542L. Sturdy but still relatively light-weighted tripod. As long as you don’t have to clean the tripod by disjointing it into pieces it offers an excellent functionality. However, inside there are many plastic elements that easily break when stripped down too quickly. Best choice when having the Iceland black sand in your tripod: Go have a shower together. This is my main tripod, but I am using it without center element.

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Manfrotto-190CX-Pro4B

Manfrotto 190CX PRO B4. My secondary light-weight tripod for everyday trips.

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RRS_BH-55

Really Right Stuff BH-55 Pro with B2-Pro II clamp. Rock-solid, precise head with excellent panning mechanisms, offers different angles for extreme perspectives. Expensive and heavy weighted, but worth every investment. Personally, I don’t prefer quick-release clamps and rely on the classic version. Learn more about this lense in Nasim Mansurov’s review.

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RRS_BH-40

Really Right Stuff BH-40 with compact B2-40 LR clamp.

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Really Right Stuff TA-U-LB Universal Leveling Base with platform. If you are interested in making panos, but always frustrated with the challenge to level the tripod on a hill, this leveling base is the way to go. One of my best purchases. But, really right stuff…

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RRS-Pano

Really Right Stuff Lightweight Multi-Row Pano Elements Package Pro. It is really stuff, heavy, but very versatile and precise.

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Bags

F-stop_Tilopa

F-Stop Tilopa BC with ICU Pro Large and Shallow Medium.
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Lowepro Toploader AW70II
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Lowepro S&F Filterpouch 100
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Misc

Wacom

Wacom Intuos Pro Small. Best pen tablet on the market. The smallest version is completely sufficient.
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Nitecore-EC25

Nitecore EC-25. My primary emergency light that makes every wild animal escape.
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Petzl

Petzel Tikka XP. My primary red headlight for a perfect night sight.
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Nikon-MC-36A

Nikon MC-36 remote control for long exposures and intervalometer.
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Hyperdrive-UDMA2

Hyperdrive UDMA2 with 1TB for travel backups without laptops.
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Software

Adobe Lightroom CC. All my image organization and most of the RAW processing I do in here. In combination with the Creative Cloud Lightroom Mobile is a helpful tool for the time being on the road.

Adobe Photoshop CC. All serious post-processing I do with this software to be able to selectively work on light, colors, sharpening in order to guide the audience’s eyes. Layers and masks are such a wonderful development that makes it easy to store all settings and come back later to start re-working on the same state.

Within Lightroom and Photoshop I use a number of plugins.

Google Nik Collection. Color Efex Pro is one of my standard tools I use almost always for toning. Viveza sometimes is great to intensify colors. Silver Efex Pro is great for depth in black & white images. Sharpener Pro I use for selectively and output sharpening. All others I don’t use much.
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MacPhun Creative Kit. Recently, I have become a huge fan of the amazing plugins and stand-alone tools from MacPhun. They just work perfectly, are simple to use, offer lots of presets and much options to work on details. Intensify CK is a competitor of Color Efex, Tonality CK that of Silver Efex. Noiseless CK is just the best noise-reduction tool. Overall, I am a huge fan of this package. Sometimes, you cannot recognize your images after post in here any more. Be careful, to not overuse it.
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MacPhun Aurora. This software (works stand-alone and as LR or PS plugin) is just the latest star among MacPhun tools with outstanding tone-mapping algorithms. Together with brushes and layers, you’ll have millions of options to work on your image. Lots of presets help for the first steps. Highly recommended for all who love to bracket, but hate the time-investment on post.
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Kolor Autopano Giga. Outstanding software for stitching panoramas. Even multiple-row panoramas and difficult stitches can manually adapted and easily worked-out. Probably the best pano software on the market at the moment.
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Google Earth, Google Maps and Stellarium for night photography and location scouting.

Apps

The Photographer’s Ephemeris (TPE). Almost the only app I need for preparing my outdoor photography, considering light at certain points in time from certain directions. It is map-centric and has sun and moon calculator. Excellent app. Free desktop version.
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Simple DoF. For calculating hyperfocal distance.

NDFilterCalc. For calculating shutter speeds based on specific ND filters.

Snapseed. For in-phone editing of Instagram images.

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