“I’m not a gear fanatic,” confessesTom Mangelsen “I don’t read most magazines, especially about gear. It just makes me crazy.”
All of the newest gadgets and constant technological changes might drive Tom crazy, but there is no denying that he knows a thing or two about choosing the best gear for his amazing . After 40 years of photographing jaw-dropping images of bears fishing in streams in and adventures or roaming across the plains in , he’s learned what works and what doesn’t – at least for him.
“I like heavy cameras because they are steady,” he explains.
He’s also partial to– it made economic sense to upgrade to one early in his career and he’s stuck by them ever since. That doesn’t mean he’ll tell you to use gear. He won’t. He says there are just too many variables to make blanket recommendations, but he will tell you what he uses. And that’s a great place to start.
And how does Tom know what to buy?
“I talk to a few buddies and they say this is what I use and these guys are real gear freaks.” And that’s enough for him. It’s a decidedly low-tech approach, but given his many accolades –by , Most Influential by Outdoor Photography, exhibits in the San Diego Museum, in London, and the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska – it must be working.
“You don’t have to have a lot of equipment,” urges Tom, “you don’t have to have a certain brand. But this is what I use:”
- 14 – 24 mm
- 24 – 120 mm
- 80 – 400 mm
- 200 – 400 mm
- 600 mm
- 1.4 Teleconverter
- 1.7 Teleconverter
- Tiffen 77mm Variable ND Filter
- B + W 77mm MRC Circular Polarizer
- SanDisk 32GB ExtremePRO SDHC Memory Card
- SanDisk 32GB ExtremePRO CompactFlash Card
- LensCoat RainCoat Rain Sleeve
- Celestron 8×25 Water Proof Binocular
- BackPack – Lowepro Pro Trekker 300 AW
- Sachtler 0775 FSB-8 Tripod System with Speed Lock 75 Tripod
If you’re looking to get Art of .with the best gear and be the next hot shot, this is a great starting point. To get even more insights from Tom and hear exactly what he has to say about his gear picks, check out his class, the