It’s not about the camera, it’s all about the photographer, meaning whatever brand you use, great pictures relies on your ability, not the brand…Although it helps.
I have used Nikon all my life. It’s just the path I have taken primarily as I am more familiar with the Nikon interface. I use a Nikon D800 body, and continue to save for that “top-bod”, and expensive optics.
I started my digital photography with the Coolpix 990.
I love my Micro lens as I prefer macro photography, and try to photograph the organism/subject in its natural environment. I continue to save for my desired telephoto lens, and that top-bod!
My gear consists of:
I use my micro lens the most . . . It’s my favourite.
For stability I use a Manfrotto tripod 0055CL with 804RC2 head; the Compact Monopod MMC3-01, and a ground bag.
Regarding camera bags and brands, I much prefer Lowepro and Tamrac, but ThinkTank photo are great for photojournalism.
I often use a GPS Garmin etrex Vista HCx, a Casio Protrek PRG-270 watch, and a pen-type thermo-hydrometer (for habitat data collection). I also use very frequently an X10 and X20 hand lens or loupe for “ID-ing” insect and micro species.
I use a Mac for my processing and editing. I use a variety of software programs.
“Call me a bit of a purest, I tend not to use photo-manipulation unless really needed.”
Clothing is very important when out in the field. For the summer months, I favour light Cargo-style insect-repellent travel trousers (The North Face, Jack Wolfskin, Cragghoppers, Berghaus, McKinley, etc.) with as many pockets as possible. Shirts and tee-shirts the same and have to be mosquito repellent as I am partial to a few dozen bites. I also get some gear from Decathlon as you will be surprised how the quality has improved. For the winter it’s quite obvious, the same style trousers but warmer and with layers which is important. I tend to photograph more in Poland so I make sure I am layered well. For my larger and warmer coats, I tend to stick to the brands mentioned. Also, don’t forget gloves, neck warmers, face guards, and seasonal headgear which is just as important; and sunscreen!