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I've got to have the best gear to capture the photos and that I want in the field, and this is the gear I am using RIGHT NOW! Take a look at my list of recommendations and see which ones are right for you.

Nikon Z9


Nikon Z6 II


Nikon Z 24-70 f4

Nikon 500 f4 E

Nikon 500 f4 E

Nikon Z 70-200 f2.8

Nikon Z 70-200 f2.8


Essential Camera Accessories for You In 2024

Having the right camera accessories is just as important as having the right camera, and let's face it, it can be confusing to figure out which accessories are useful and which ones are a waste of money. Here's a list my absolute ESSENTIAL camera accessories recommendations for you for 2024.

Nikon Z 9

BSI stacked 45.7MP CMOS sensor

Faster, Richer, Sharper Processing

Sensitive to Every Little Detail

20 FPS Shooting speeds

Locked-on Subject Tracking

Pre-Release Capture and more!

1. Nikon Z9 FX-Format Mirrorless Camera

Delivering speed, image quality, and connectivity, the Nikon Z9 is a professional-grade camera characterized by its newly developed sensor, advanced AF performance, and high-resolution 8K video recording. Their first mirrorless flagship camera, the Z9 stands out as a camera that appeals to photographers and filmmakers working across a wide variety of applications.

The core of the Z9 is the newly developed FX-format 45.7MP BSI stacked CMOS sensor. Its stacked design offers fast readout speeds and helps to reduce rolling shutter, and the BSI design contributes to impressive clarity and minimal noise when working at higher sensitivities. At 45.7MP, it's also a high-resolution chip that benefits landscape, portraiture, and other detail-oriented genres, as well as enables recording video at resolutions up to 8K. The full-frame BSI design is known for exquisite color and detail rendering, too, and this sensor offers a native ISO 64-25600 range, that can be expanded to ISO 32-102400.

5.0 Overall Rating

2. Nikon Z 6II FX-Format Mirrorless Camera

This is what a hybrid still and video mirrorless camera is meant to be. 24.5MP BSI sensor and high-speed shooting with the buffer capacity to match. 4K Ultra HD video. Next-generation autofocus. The power of dual processors. Two card slots. Tons of creative features and so much more.

5.0 Overall Rating

More Processing Power

High-Speed Shooting

AF. Hybrid. Accurate


Edge-to-Edge Coverage

Optional Vertical Shooting

3. NIKON NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4

4.9 Overall Rating

A standard zoom that's anything but standard.

A 24-70mm zoom lens covers a sweet spot of the focal length range. Capture wide-angle views one moment, close-ups the next and everything in between. This reimagining of the classic everyday zoom, optimized and evolved for new Z cameras, achieves breakthrough image quality and performance for both stills and videos.

Cutting-edge optical technology

Faithful color reproduction

Versatile zoom range for stills and video

Dual Detect 5 Axis VR

Next-generation Z design and optics

Small and sturdy, Durable and Lightweight

Nikon 500 f4E

4. Nikon 500 f4E FL ED VR Lens

5.0 Overall Rating

Optimized for fast shooting speeds and working in difficult conditions, the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR is an impressive telephoto designed for Nikon FX-format DSLRs. The sophisticated optical design incorporates two fluorite and three extra-low dispersion elements to control chromatic aberrations and distortions, as well as lessen the overall weight of the lens. Also contributing to improved image quality, both Nano Crystal and Super Integrated Coatings have been applied to lens elements to lessen flare and ghosting for improved contrast, clarity, and color fidelity. Protecting the advanced optical design is a front fluorine-coated meniscus glass element that, when paired with the weather-resistant magnesium-alloy barrel, supports working in inclement conditions.

A Silent Wave Motor AF system produces fast, near-silent focusing performance that suits both stills shooting and movie recording, which can instantly be manually overridden by simply turning the manual focus ring. Further contributing to photographing in fast-paced situations and difficult lighting, VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization compensates for the effects of camera shake by up to four shutter speed steps. Additionally, an electromagnetic aperture mechanism is integrated into the lens design to provide greater exposure control stability that is especially beneficial when working with faster continuous shooting rates.

Vibration Reduction image stabilization

Nano Crystal Coating

Silent Wave Focusing Motor

Super telephoto lens for use with FX-format

Dust- and moisture-resistant

ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass

Nikon Z 70-200 f2.8

5. Nikon Z 70-200 f2.8

5.0 Overall Rating

This telephoto lens reimagines the highly acclaimed Model A009 with enhanced optical performance, improved VC (Vibration Compensation), faster AF speed and accuracy, and shortened MOD (Minimum Object Distance) for greater flexibility. The lens is designed to be durable, flexible and resilient enough to rise to any occasion. Every aspect of the zoom has been improved, providing high image quality and enhanced bokeh throughout. Optical design features include XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion) and LD (Low Dispersion) glass to eliminate chromatic aberrations across the entire zoom range, ensuring optimum resolution— even at the edges. eBAND Coating designed exclusively for this new zoom offers superior anti- reflection properties, greatly minimizing flare and ghosting. And refined bokeh provides spectacular background effects from nearly any angle.

Super fast telephoto shooting

High resolution meets beautiful bokeh

MOD reduced to 0.95m

Excellent focusing speed and accuracy

Offers the choice of three VC modes

Durable, flexible, and resilient


Jamin Hunter Taylor was born and raised in Alaska and is an accomplished nature and wildlife photographer. Jamin uses photography as a means to showcase the beauty he sees in the created world. In addition to being out in the wild making images, he enjoys sharing his passion with others by leading workshops, photo safaris, and the occassional presentation. Jamin and his wife live in Eagle River, where they raise their two wonderful children together. Eagle River provides a central location to access many of Alaska’s beautiful places.

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