Matt Payne Photography Blog (Gear)

Here you will find various articles relating to my photography, including liner notes for my podcast, "F-Stop Collaborate and Listen," tutorials, product reviews, trip reports, and my other writing.

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In the field review of the Shimoda Action X50 Camera Backpack
October 15, 2019

Over the past month I have been testing the new Shimoda Designs Action X50 Camera Backpack and am ready to share my thoughts with you. Shimoda is doing a Kickstarter project to launch this new line of backpacks called the "Action X" collection...

Why I switched to the Sony Mirrorless System for Backpacking
December 8, 2017

A great deal of my landscape photography is conducted on long backpacking trips into the mountains of Colorado. As such, in late 2016, I made a conscious and well-calculated decision after months of research and spreadsheet manipulation to switch from Nikon F-mount system to Sony FE-mount system...

Recommended night photography equipment for Nikon photographers
September 27, 2017
The Milky Way arches over Mount Hood - shot with a Nikon D800 and the Nikon 14-24 lens

The question I get asked the most when people view my night photography is what kind of gear I use. I also receive many messages from folks asking for recommendations on what kind of camera and lenses they should invest money in...