Matt uses the Canon EOS Professional Series of cameras for digital imagery, which comprises approximately 100% of his work. He also uses Gitzo tripods, Pelican cases and Lowepro for their line of great bags and camera accessories. If you have any questions concerning equipment or just another question for Matt, feel free to email us at

I get asked a lot about what equipment is in my bag and I wonder the same about others. But I have always said that it is not about the equipment that you carry, what matters is what's behind the camera. A photographer needs the right equipment that will work for them, be it durability, weight, speed, length, and file size depending upon their niche in the photo industry. You can have the fancy lens and "top of the line" cameras but if you don't have the ability and knowledge on how to compose an artwork, or read your meter or artistic talent to portray what you see or want to convey, then the best equipment will not matter.

So my advice is to first learn all you can and shoot as many frames through your camera as possible. The best education is practice. So with that being said, here is what's in my bag:

Canon 1D Mark IIN
Canon 40D (will be upgrading soon)
16-35mm f/2.8L
70-200mm f/2.8L
100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
400mm f/2.8L IS
600mm f/4L IS
EF 1.4x II and 2x II teleconverters
Gitzo Tripods
Arca Swiss Ballhead
Wimberley head
Kirk and Really Right Stuff plates


Traveling with Gear

When I set off on a trip I have a certain way of packing my gear and thought I would share it with y'all. It depends on the location, so if the location is remote then:

I carry all my gear including clothes and camping equipment in 3 bags maybe 4 on long camping style trips (for food and such, when a lodge is not our base). I use my Lowepro Pro Trekker or Super Trekker backpack and two waterproof duffel bags with backpack straps on them. I arrange my backpack with my 400 or 600, flash units and other accessories, including my Arca Swiss ball head, and all of my film. I use gallon zip lock bags and line my film up like little soldiers in the bags then seal them and rubber band around the sides to hold all in place.

I have three pelican cases (one 1400, and two 1450) I load all my lenses and cameras into them. I pack these three cases into one of the waterproof duffel bags. I also pack in that duffel any camping gear I have such as bed roll, sleeping bag, and tent. In the second duffel I pack my tripod at the bottom and then put my clothes in. I also add my Wimberley head and use my clothes to help pad it. I lock all my cases and bags with TSA approved locks. Just to mention I make my bags look older than they are and try to not have large expensive logos showing.
If the location is not so remote:

Then I pack all my camera gear as listed above but instead of putting the Pelican cases into a water proof duffel bag with backpack straps I put all the cases into an Eagle Creek ORV Super Trunk, then with the remaining space I use to fill with my Wimberley head that gets packed around my jackets and any other items. Then my clothes are packed just like before in the water proof duffel back with backpack straps.