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The Essentials by Nate-Zeman The Essentials by Nate-Zeman
I get questions all the time about what kind of equipment I use. This isn't quite all my gear but what consider my essentials to always have on any trip. (minus my Canon 5d body and Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens that I used to take this)

Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L USM

Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Manfrotto Mag Fiber Tripod

Manfrotto 680 Monopod

2 Canon 580 Ex Speedlites

Canon Cable Shutter Release

Singh-Ray ND-3G-SS

Singh-Ray ND-2G-SS

Singh-Ray ND-3G-HS

Singh-Ray ND-2G-HS

Cokin "P" Filter Holder

The only thing i really need is a bigger telephoto. the 300 on a full frame sensor doesn't give you as much reach as youd think. I'll be getting a bigger one once i can save up a small fortune.
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:iconcrismrg:
crismrg Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
Hi, would you mind me using this photo as an exemple on article, I will credit it to you, of corse. 
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buzadaniel Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010   Photographer
Why don't you use a teleconverter? Because the f2.8 will be f4?
Nice collection btw. :)
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geforce123 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010
Oops sorry I wanted to click the "Download" button but I accidentally clicked the "Request Print" button...
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BloodyDream69 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009
Holy $#%&. I think I just came. Lol. Kidding. I'm jealous.
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:iconzenakita:
ZenAkita Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
Stunning toys Nate. If anyone should have a wicked LONG range shooter, ITS YOU!

I hope life finds way to yield this artist the power of a long range CANON Glass!!
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DrewHopper Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Professional Photographer
You don't even know how jealous I am of all your kit
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afreespirit Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008
:faint:

I wish I had the money to splurge on such marvelous equipment. IS is a luxury I would kill to have! Perhaps one day . . .

By the way, when it comes to lenses (mainly for wildlife photography), do you prefer using fixed or telephoto?
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thephotomuse Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
Z-
I'm new to Deviant. I would like to know how you get the copyright to appear on your shots? I would like to do the same before I load any.
And the details about the shot (file size & all), how do you add that?
I hope you don't mind me picking your brain on this. Thanks!!
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:iconamiyaz:
amiyaz Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008
what beautiful Canon and L gear!!!! I just want to hug them....
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:iconnate-zeman:
Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008  Professional Photographer
haha thanks!
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:iconblasphemedsoldier:
BlasphemedSoldier Featured By Owner May 7, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
A list that seems to be a dream of a photographer. :)

How do you use your p holder?
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:iconazyiu:
Azyiu Featured By Owner May 4, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice gear, sir.

I am a proud owner of the EF f/2.8 70-200mm L (without IS), and I simply love that lens. So in your opinion, is the IS noticable on yours? I mean, at first I thought about getting the IS version, but I didn't think shelling out another USD 400 or so for it is just too pricey.

Also, I am about to get the EF f/4 17-40mm L within the next couple weeks. It has been a long time coming, and I've been wanting to get it for over a year. I've been stuck with the terrible EF-S f/4-5.6 IS 17-85mm for the longest time...

Now I am just hoping Canon would eventually release a new full frame body (the rumored 5D MkII or 7D) this summer.
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Kajua Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008   Writer
hey, you have exactly the same line up as me !

70-200 2.8 L
17-40 f4L
24-105 f4L

50D here with a 5D mark II on order =)
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:iconazyiu:
Azyiu Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice... sadly at this moment I just don't have the cash for the 5D Mk-II, and I don't want to use my card for it, you know? So maybe I will wait a little while (usually prices drop after a few months) before I buy it. One thing is for sure, the 5D Mk-II is a such buy for me, and I will own it sooner or later! Ha! ;)
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner May 4, 2008  Professional Photographer
i couldnt ive without the IS but im spoiled haha. the 17-40 is a great lens youll love it
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:iconazyiu:
Azyiu Featured By Owner May 4, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, and I am so looking forward in getting it (too busy to head down to the shop these days).

I should've gotten it 3 years ago, but I didn't know any better back then (was still pretty new to photography at that time); and I ended up getting that crappy EF-S... oh well... :lol: Live and learn, I guess... ;)
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:iconnate-zeman:
Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner May 4, 2008  Professional Photographer
ive made mistakes with purchases myself. and ive finally learned that its worth spending more.. especially when it comes to lenses
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:iconazyiu:
Azyiu Featured By Owner May 5, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
You are absolutely correct on this one, and I swear I will never go cheap on lenses again.
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michael-dalberti Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
What are your thoughts on the 70-200 2.8L and the 70-200 2.8L IS? Worth it to spend the extra money?
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:iconzenakita:
ZenAkita Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008
Dude nice toys!
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Hajdarevic Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008
Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye might just be the coolest!
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:iconkajua:
Kajua Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008   Writer
i'd burn that lens if it meant owning the 14 mm prime, though
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TavoGDL Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dude!! tgats gold!!! i have less lenses but.. damn... *steals*
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Audball14 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008   Photographer
what do you use the huge white lens for? :?
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Iamidaho Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008
nice kit man. Why dont you get a 1.4 tele extender? thats a cheap way to get a little extra reach and I hardly notice any image degradation when using it with my 200 1.8L (280mm at 2.5 is niiiiccce :-) )
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2008  Professional Photographer
i actually just got one. tested it out a bit today, seems to be working pretty nicely
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collectiveone Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008
Gotta love those juicy singh ray's. I cant go with anything less.
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RemiGarciaPhoto Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008  Professional Photographer
i agree that image qualit is quite horrible while using a 2x (or x1.4) extender...
But is the 300mm long enough for wild animals shooting ? didn't you think about a bigger focal ?
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008  Professional Photographer
yeah of course it thought about it, but i only have so much money.. takes a while to get everything i need and im not quite there yet. the 300 works for most wild animal shots usually with birds though i could use some more
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RemiGarciaPhoto Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008  Professional Photographer
same here... :P
Due to heavy prices of supertele lenses, i use 300mm f2.8 and sometimes a 1.4x converter...
Maybe someday i'll save some money for the 500 AFS... maybe :D
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KiRAWRa Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008
Whooooaaaaaa O u O
Thats some pretty awesome stuff!
I only have a stupid digital camera
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MatthiasHaltenhof Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
are you here to show your equipment? oh boy...
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Undrtheskysoblue Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
:drool:
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alexandre-deschaumes Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008  Professional Photographer
perfect equipement ;)!
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theswampy Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
impressive. and here is me being proud of my second hand canon 300D...
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SwampMist Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
What amazes me more than the gear, is that you know how to use all that. How long did that take to master all this equipment??
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theperfectjez Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
300/2.8 handheld eh? that's what i'm planning... i'll have it when i get my tax return late july :pray:

then i'll have no excuse not to get out and shoot...

do u leave the tripod collar on it when u handhold the 300? i find it makes it easier to handhold my 70-200/2.8 with it on..
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:iconnate-zeman:
Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008  Professional Photographer
yeah i pretty much always leave it on. also it gives you a handle when youre carrying it around. good luck on getting one!
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Just a 2x extender will give you what you want................
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:iconnate-zeman:
Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008  Professional Photographer
i had one for about a week. had to get rid of it because the image quality was terrible. atleast for me but im a bit picky
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm surprised. I have seen many exceptional images taken with 1 or even 2 extenders added. Most of the pro wildlife photographers think nothing of using them with fast glass.........
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008  Professional Photographer
yeah most of the time you'll see them using the 1.4x it has much less quality loss than the 2x does. i plan on getting one of those soon
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Rhavethstine Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
Dang, man. You've got a lot of nice glass there. The 2.8s are droolworthy. :drool: How long did it take you to accumulate all that? :)
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:iconrythmdance:
rythmdance Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
You know how to get me drooling! I'm so envious!
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:iconnate-zeman:
Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Professional Photographer
haha, more stuff than i deserve
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FlyingPenguin67 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
i wish i had more lenses and a tri-pod for my camera
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xanteron Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
I want this EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM. :|
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:iconketene:
ketene Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Student Photographer
OMG delicious. :aww:
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maisondezion Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2008
have you always had that 14? or is that new?
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:iconaurora-marille:
Aurora-Marille Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2008   Photographer
I have almost the same tri-pod. :) Now all I need is a bigger lens..
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