One of the most common questions that I am asked is “what gear do you use?” The products below are what I am currently using. Everything mentioned or listed has been tested by me in the field for years and I can honestly say I think it is the best out there.
In terms of Nikon vs Canon, I think they are both great. Canon (as well as other manufactures) makes an incredible product. It is more about what you feel comfortable with. I personally prefer and use Canon for a number of small reasons, but I would highly recommend Nikon as well.
Please note that although the gear I have listed is fairly expensive, you DO NOT need expensive gear to create excellent images. Great gear does make a difference in terms of technical quality, durability, ease of use and other factors and I advise using quality products, but creating a powerful, creative image is all about the photographer and the light.
I strongly believe in keeping my gear as light and simple as possible. This is a complete list of all the gear that I use and recommend to my readers.
I use a Canon 5D Mk II and Canon 50D for shooting landscapes and Nature. I carry four lenses total, two of them extremely small and light. A wide-angle Canon 24-105mm L IS USM, a telephoto prime 300mm f4, a canon 1.4X extender, a telephoto zoom Canon 70-300mm L IS USM and a 50mm f1.8 prime.
I use a Manfrotto Tripod and Manfrotto ballhead, Hoya ND filters, Hoya polarizing filter and a Lowepro Camera bag.
This list will continue to evolve as my gear changes, as technology continues and as my needs are altered by the work that I am doing.