Virtually every wildlife photographer’s website I’ve looked at over the years includes some form of camera gear list. I guess this stems from the simple fact that many of us enjoy comparing different cameras and lenses and, as such, have an interest in what other photographers are using. Personally I’d like to think that this interest goes beyond the old Canon v Nikon debate and is more to do with seeing what others manage to achieve with their equipment. But, of course, everyone is different in this respect, and whilst some will take no more than a cursory glance, others will want to immerse themselves in as much detail as possible. Discussing and analysing photographic equipment and techniques is part of the hobby for many of us, which is why I decided to have my own ‘my gear’ section.
However, it’s not just cameras and lenses that we like discussing, as we like to know about all the associated accessories as well, including the computer equipment and software that is being used for post processing. I wasn’t sure whether to extend this section to cover those items, but then reminded myself that, as this is primarily a private website, I may find it useful in the future to have a record of what I’ve used, when I used it and why I used it.
So, taking all of those points into account, I’ve put together a simple bullet-point list under four headings covering what I currently own and use, together with some references to previous equipment that has now been sold or upgraded, and then a number of associated linked pages incorporating a lot more detail. Personally I’ve gained a lot of information and good advice from looking at other photographer’s websites, so it could just be that I have a bit of kit, or a solution to a particular problem, that someone else may find useful.
Travelling to varied destinations has resulted in a number of acquisitions to fulfil specific needs for using, supporting, carrying or storing my equipment, which is why I’ve tried to focus the following pages on each of these subjects rather than just running this introduction straight into one long continuous explanation.
Cameras, lenses and associated equipment
(part 1 - 'cameras'
and part 2 - 'lenses and teleconverters'
- D810, 36MP FX DSLR camera body (x2)
- 500mm f/4E FL ED-IF AF-S VR lens
- 300mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VRII lens
- 200–500mm f/5.6E ED AF-S VR lens
- 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VRII lens
- 24-120mm f/4G ED AF-S VR lens
- 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR micro lens
- 50mm f/1.4G AF-S lens
- 20mm f/1.8G ED AF-S wide-angle lens
- TC-20E III teleconverter
- TC-17E II teleconverter
- TC-14E III teleconverter
- Nikon SB-700 speedlight, and Better Beamer flash extender
- Nikon SB-R200 remote speedlights (x2) + SU-800 commander close-up flash kit
- Lexar Professional 800x CF cards (1x64GB and 11x32GB)
- Lexar Professional 600x SDHC cards (3x16GB)
- Fuji X100T - 23mm APS-C wide-angle / landscape camera
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5 underwater camera (rarely used)
Previously owned cameras and lenses :
- D800, 36MP, FX (full frame), DSLR camera body (upgraded January 16 to second D810)
- D4s, 16MP, FX (full frame), DSLR camera body (part-exchanged July 14 for the new D810)
- D700, 12MP, FX (full frame), DSLR camera body (upgraded May 14 for the new D800)
- D300, 12MP, DX (crop-frame), DSLR camera body (upgraded November 12 for the D700)
- 500mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S VRII telephoto prime lens (upgraded January 16 for the new 500mm f/4E FL version)
- 200-400mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S VRII telephoto zoom lens (part-exchanged March 15 for the 500mm f/4G lens)
- 16-35mm f/4G ED AF-S VR zoom lens (part-exchanged January 16 with original 500mm f/4G for the new 500mm f/4E FL lens)
- 300mm f/4D ED-IF AF-S lens (upgraded May 13 for the 300mm f/2.8 version)
- 70-300mm f/4.5-f/5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR lens (passed to my wife when I purchased the 300mm f/4D lens)
- 16-85mm f/3.5-f/5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR DX lens (passed to my wife for her first DSLR)
- TC-14E II teleconverter (passed to my wife when I purchased the upgraded mark III version)
to link to the main page) :
- Gitzo GT4542LS systematic tripod, plus Jobu DMG-HD4 mark IV gimbal head
- Gitzo GT3532S systematic tripod, plus Jobu BWG-J3KDLX gimbal head
- Gitzo GM5561T monopod, plus Jobu BWG-J3KDLX gimbal head
- Makins Q10 and Q3 Emile ball heads (no longer used)
(part 1 - 'storage and air travel'
and part 2 - 'lens protection, other bags and the waist belt system'
Computers and photography software
- iM2600 Peli Storm case
- Domke F7 shoulder bag
- Lowepro ‘Nova’ 200AW shoulder bag
- Think Tank ‘Airport Airstream’ rolling case
- Think Tank ‘Airport Commuter’ travel rucksack
- Think Tank ‘Airport Essentials’ back pack
- Think Tank ‘Glass Taxi’ lens bag
- Think Tank ‘Digital Holster’ 30 camera and lens bag
- Think Tank ‘Urban Disguise’ 20
- Think Tank ‘Retrospective’ 5
- Think Tank ‘ProSpeed’ v2 belt system and SpiderPro holster
(part 1 - 'preamble and switching to Apple'
and part 2 - 'my current desktop system and how I keep weight down when travelling'
- Apple 27” iMac
- Promise Pegasus2 R4 RAID storage
- Lacie 3TB (2x back-up drives)
- Lexar USB3 card reader
- Adobe Lightroom 5.7
- ON1 Photo 10 suite
- Google Nik collection
- Apple 11" MacBook Air
- WD My Passport
- Photo Mechanic 5
- FastRaw Viewer v1.3