Phtographic Equipment for
Traveling in the Southern Sierras

I've been asked what camera gear I use on my trips to the Southern Sierra Nevada, and how I carry it.

I travel by automobile, so I am able to bring along the cameras and lenses I want.

They are:

1. Sony A7rii with

  • FE 2,8/35mm
  • FE 2.8/50mm Macro
  • FE 4/12-24 G
  • Canon EF 70-200mm

2. Panasonic GX8 with
  • Panasonic-Leica 100-400mm




The 50mm Macro is probably my most used lens. Weighing just 8 oz. it is ideal for hiking. I carry the camera + lens (along with the 35mm) in a small shoulder bag.

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It is my favorite focal length, and works well for certain landscape framing.


In the examples I show, click on the photograph to view a larger size in a new tab. In the new tab, click on the photograph to switch between fit-to-screen, and full size if you would like to examine the details.

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Isabella Lake
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Joshua Trees, Walker Pass


The 50mm is handy for photographing people. On a vacation ranch that I frequent, I have photogaphed some of the employees. And, of course, the lens is ideal for closeups of flowers, which is one of my main interests in this area, hence, a macro lens.

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The tiny 35mm lens at 4 oz. fits easily in the shoulder bag along with the camera + 50mm..

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I used both lenses on a climb to the top of Capitol Rock, a granite dome near Johnsondale.


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50mm: Flowers along the way.


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35mm: At the top, 5927 feet /1807 meters.
Tory, the leader, pointing to Johnsondale.



I carry the camera + 35mm lens in a smaller shoulder bag when visiting museums and other historical buildings.

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The Kernville Museum is a treasure place for the history of the Kern River Valley.

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The 12-24mm lens is a treat to use for different subjects. At 19 oz. it is surprisingly lighter than its older Nikon counterpart, due to newer technology.

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For landscapes, I drive to an area, park, and walk around. Often I have specific scenes in mind, as this winterscape of the famous Quaking Aspens in the tiny community of Ponderosa, in the Sequoia National Forest.


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I have photographed several times in the rural mountain community of Kernville along the Kern River. The architecture is quite attractive. I park my automobile in the town square and walk around carrying the camera + lens in one of my shoulder bags.


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The day after Thanksgiving, early morning in town.
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Selfie while photographing inside the only barbershop in town.


I rarely use the Canon EF 70-200 f/4L. Mostly when driving and stopping to photograph a landscape scene at a distance.

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It is a wonderful lens, a holdover from my Canon DSLR days.


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South Creek Falls
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Fire in the upper elevations, Sequoia National Forest


I bring the Panasonic-Leica 100-400mm mostly for wildlife.

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Deer roam throughout the Sequoia National Forest.


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Driving along the road outside of Kernville, I spotted this coyote up in the hills. I stopped and lost it as it blended into the terrain.Using my binoculars, I located it again and was able to get a few exposures before it moved along the ridge.



These are the cameras and lenses I've traveled with on several trips a year to this area for the past several years. They have served me well. Most of the photographs in this Southern Sierra Nevada section of my web site are with these cameras.



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