Canon EOS 7D Mark II
This is my main camera body. I purchased it shortly after it came out, upgrading from my 60D. I love everything about this camera- the 10 fps is awesome, the autofocusing system is great, the noise levels are very useable to around ISO 1250 or 1600, which is excellent for an APS-C sensor camera. 

This camera has f/8 autofocus with a 1.4x extender, meaning I can use a 1.4x teleconverter on an f/5.6 lens and retain autofocus, however I find that it is not fast or accurate enough at focusing, at least for bird photography. Overall, I have no real complaints about this body and it is an exceptional tool for bird and wildlife photography.

Canon EOS 60D

The Canon EOS 60D was my main DSLR body before I upgraded to the 7D Mark II in late 2014. It worked very well for me. While it doesn't have the 10 fps, 61 autofocus points or the ISO performance of the 7D Mark II, it was still a great camera for me and was considered to quite good at it's time. I found I could use it to ISO 640 or sometimes 800 and get very usable images with not too much noise. This is still a great camera and is my secondary/backup body.

Canon EOS Rebel T1i
This camera was my backup camera when I used the Canon 60D as my main body. It is an older camera, but it does sport 15.1 megapixels, which is very good considering the very inexpensive price. I don't use it anymore, so I'll likely be selling it soon.

Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
This is my main bird photography lens. It is super lightweight (2.7 or so pounds), super fast at focusing and tack sharp. This lens is often considered one of the best "budget" bird lenses out there. I love this lens, and have used it since I got my first DSLR in 2012. The only downside is that it does not have IS like the newer Canon telephoto lenses, however a tripod can solve that problem if you need to use it in low light.
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
This is my current wide angle lens. It is very sharp even wide open at f/4 and generally has very good image quality. The focal length range of 17-40 is a good range for wider landscapes.
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
The 70-300mm is the second longest lens I own, so it acts as a mid-range scenery lens as well as a backup wildlife lens for me. Unfortunately, the lens is just not that sharp at 300mm f/5.6, but if you close down to f/7.1-f/9 I find the sharpness gets much better. It is very small and lighweight and the IS means that it can be handheld at very low shutter speeds.
Tokina AF 16.5-135mm f/3.5-5.6 AT-X DX
This was my old wide angle lens, now replaced by the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM. With the aperture wide open (eg. 16.5mm at f/3.5), the lens is not very sharp and has minor vignetting in the corners. Stopped down to f/9, the lens is actually very sharp and the vignetting is gone. It has some chromatic aberration, especially in the corners, but not too bad. I'll likely sell this lens now that I have the 17-40mm.
Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8
For the price, this is an incredible lens. The bokeh with an f/1.8 lens is always fun! This is close to a replica of the Canon "nifty fifty" (Canon's 50mm f/1.8), expect it's a third of the cost. It's not super sharp at f/1.8, but the uncropped images look fine. Closed down to f/4 or f/5.6 the sharpness is pretty good. For the price, you can't go wrong with this lens.
Canon Extender EF 1.4X III
My only compatible lens with this teleconverter is the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens. From my experience, if you are good at manual focusing, there is close to no loss of image quality using the teleconverter. Matched with lenses I've rented like the 600mm f/4 II, it makes for a killer accessory!


I've spent only short amounts time with the equipment below, ranging from a few minutes to try it out to a week or so of use.

Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM
I've rented this lens before (mostly to photograph Bald Eagles), and I was blown away. The sharpness is incredible, the focussing speed is incredible, there is no CA or distortion or anything like that. The IS works great, I even handheld it for short lengths of time. This is the most amazing lens I've ever used. It's extremely expensive, but I hope that one day I will own this lens!
Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM
I've had extremely limited use with this lens, only a few minutes with it, but from my brief experience it seems to be just as good as the 600mm f/4 II in terms of image quality. From what I've heard, it is essentially identical in performance to it's larger cousin.
Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM
I've used this lens for a weekend to photograph eagles, and I found it was a great lens. It's not quite as sharp and fast as the newer version II model (especially with the teleconverter), but it still was an amazing lens to use and gave me many killer images.
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II
I used this lens for a couple days to photograph birds and wildlife in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. The f/2.8 aperture was amazing, and the lens was just so exceptional in sharpness and in all aspects of image quality. It's also reasonably lightweight compared to some of the other big expensive Canon supertelephoto lenses.
Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD
For the price, this is a great lens. I only used it for a few minutes, but I was impressed. At 600mm, it is not as sharp as my Canon 400mm f/5.6 cropped to an equivalent of 600mm, but the 600mm reach with pretty good image quality for $1000 is a pretty cool thing to see. I would prefer my Canon 400mm prime over this lens for a variety of reasons (including weight, AF speed and sharpness), but this lens isn't very far behind in these categories.
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
My only experience with this lens was a short time on a pelagic birding trip in 2015. The conditions were extremely difficult- it was dark, rainy, and rough seas meant a ton of boat movement. Given  the circumstances, I was impressed with the lens. While a smaller percentage of my photos were sharp compared to my Canon 400mm f/5.6L USM, it still produced some good images in very difficult conditions. The sharpness, AF speed and overall image quality aren't quite that of the 400mm f/5.6 Prime, but you can definitely still get some great, high quality images using this lens.
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
I used this lens for a couple days as a medium-range scenery lens. I was thoroughly impressed. The image quality is pretty much perfect. The f/2.8 aperture and IS means that it can be used in low light easily, making it a great all-around lens. I've also heard it performs quite well with the 2x teleconverter, which turns it into a 140-400mm f/5.6 lens.
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
I used this lens for a week. It was pretty much my first experience with macro photography, but I was very impressed with the image quality. The f/2.8 is nice to have, but most of the time for super close up macro images you will want to close down quite a bit for a larger depth of field. I have no complaints about this lens- it is a great tool!
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
I have only used this lens for a few minutes. From my tests, it is not as sharp as my 17-40mm f/4 lens, and it has some vignetting in the corners when wide open at f/2.8. Stopping down would probably help these things, but the image quality is not as good as an "L" series wide angle. That being said, it would be definitely possible to get great images using this lens, and the f/2.8 aperture is a great advantage that could be very useful if you were to use it for night photograph or portraits.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
I got to use this full-frame body for a week. It was my first time using a full-frame body. The ISO performance and and overall image quality definitely is better than an APS-C sensor camera. I found it was undoubtedly the lens of choice for scenery, macro, etc. When it came to photographing birds and wildlife, I still preferred my 7D Mark II most of the time, due to the significant extra reach (60% more reach) that you often need when photographing animals.


In rare cases I use a Sigma EF-610 DG Super Flash and when I use the flash, I usually use it on a Vello flash bracket. Usually I use my equipment on a Milano Carbon Fiber tripod with a ballhead, or if I am renting a larger lens I'll use my gimbal head. To spot the birds and wildlife I photograph, I use Vortex 8x42 Diamondback Binoculars and an Olivon spotting scope.