My Landscape Photography Equipment

August morning as the sun climbs over the nearby mountains, illuminating the Big Thompson River in Moraine Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado (PHP_IMG_14607_B&W)

Landscape Photography Lenses and Equipment

Like many photographers, I’m often asked at art fairs what equipment I use in my landscape photography.   I've owned a number of different Canon “L” lenses in the past - from the macro lens to the large telephotos. (That’s what I get for not locking into my true passion - landscape photography - earlier).

For those who find this of interest, the following list is my current equipment configuration.


  • 1Ds Mark III (Canon, with Kirk “L” bracket)

Landscape Lenses

  • 16-35mm f/2.8 L III USM (Canon)

  • 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM II (Canon)

  • 70-200mm f/2.8 L III USM (Canon, with Kirk quick disconnect plate)

  • 180mm macro f/3.5 L USM (Canon, with Kirk quick disconnect plate)

  • 1.4x III teleconverter (Canon)

  • 12mm II extender tube (Canon)

  • 25mm II extender tube (Canon)


  • polarizing filters (B&W XS-Pro Kaesemann HTC Circular Polarizer with Multi-Resistant Nano Coating)

  • UV filters (B&W XS-Pro UV Haze with (MRC) mulit-resistant nano coating (010M)

  • hand-held eTrex Vista GPS (Garmin)

  • spare camera battery (Canon)

  • Remote timer/cable release (TC-80N3 – Canon) Though mostly use 2-second timer on camera

  • 6 spare – 16 GB memory cards (5 Lexar, 1 SanDisc), additional to the 64GB card in my camera


  • Mountaineer 1325 carbon fiber tripod (Gitzo)

  • BH-1 ball head (Kirk Enterprises)

Camera Bag

For all of my equipment, daily usage:

  • Lowepro Pro Trekker 450 AW photography backpack

For singular events (grandkids sports, concerts, day hikes, sight-seeing, etc. where I only want one lens with me).

  • Lowepro Top Loader 65 (camera with one shorter lens)

  • Lowepro Top Loader 75 (camera with 70-200mm)

Additional Lense

  • 85mm f/1.4 L IS USM (Canon)  (Used for grandkids indoor sporting events. Gyms are really dark! As well, low light situations, etc.)

And To Process and Print The Images

  • Adobe Lightroom software

  • NEC Multisync PA241w wide-gamut monitor

  • DELL XPX 8920 computer

  • Epson Stylus Pro 7900 large format professional printer with Epson HDR ink

  • Breathing Color, Pura Smooth cotton rag paper

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Other Equipment Questions

What Is Your Most Frequently Used Lens?

This is the follow-up question to the equipment question. In doing a five year evaluation of my images I've kept, my most frequently used lens for my landscape photography is the Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L IS (regardless of version).

Do You Shoot With Manual Settings?

Yes, with slight exception.  All landscape photography (which is 99% of my photography) is shot in Camera RAW, with manual settings, including ISO, aperture and shutter speed, using spot metering.  This also includes using a 2 second timer and tripod.  I like making all the decisions in my photography.  The images are then created to my photographic vision, and processed in Lightroom.

The exceptions to this include shooting grandkids sports or my golden retriever in motion changing between sunny and shaded areas.  At that time, I will use Aperature Priority (AV), and set the aperture and ISO to the settings I desire.  However, when doing this, it is important to keep an eye on the shutter speed moving from shade to sun.  

I prefer to use all manual settings, and do so if the conditions will remain constant during the event (such as inside a gymnasium, or soccer field in the afternoon). 

All landscape photography (again, 99% of my photograhy) is captured using my sturdy tripod. When shooting my grandkids sporting events and my golden retriever, I then use the image stabilizing lenses (70-200 f/2.8 IS L III and/or 85mm f/1.4 IS L).