What's in the bag?


What's in the bag?

My Gear....

Canon EOS 5D Mk2 - An absolute workhorse, never lets me down. Released in 2008, this body may be considered old (and truth be told it is), however, even now in 2016 it's producing work I'm very happy with. The 1080p video is absolutely stunning, all of my videos are shot using this body.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM - Before I got my 400mm, this was my go to lens. When I first started out, my budget just wouldn't stretch to the f/2.8 version of this lens. However, the ability to achieve a more severe bokeh with the 2.8, in my eyes, is negligible. I cannot praise this lens enough. In my experience this has faster AF than the 400mm, even sharper image quality, not to mention the image stabilization and the ability to go the extra stop to f/4. This is a beautiful piece of kit and if I happen to be shooting a subject I am able to get close to, or shooting from a hide, this is the lens I choose. I use this a lot less now but for one reason, and only one......the reach of the 400mm is just too irresistible.

Canon EF 100mm Macro f/2.8L IS USM - If I could, all I would say about this lens is........WOW, however, I'll give a little more detail. After a couple of years shooting wildlife, I began seeing the quality of my macro work suffer from not having a dedicated lens (hence the lack of macro portfolio). This is my most recent investment and I'm in love with it. Ive always thought the beauty of macro work lies within the blurred background and stunning colours at close range. For this, very little is better than the Canon 100mm f/2.8. The huge aperture capability of 2.8, the faster the light AF and last but not least, the image stabilization. For me (amateur in the macro field), the IS is essential. As soon as the creepy crawlies are out I'll be in hogs heaven.

My Lowepro Pro Trekker 400AW Back Pack out in the field

GoPro Hero 4 Black Edition w/ Wireless Remote - I love this camera. I'm a recent GoPro convert and am experimenting with the Little Owls with this and getting some exciting results. The 1080p Video at 120fps gives very impressive slow-mo for such a small device! 

Manfrotto 501 HDVpro Head - This head was bought primarily for video, however, I never take it off! Panning is as smooth as silk, adjustments are incredibly quick and easy and its an essential member of the family. It weighs 1.6kg so not exactly a burden, I don't even notice it on my back. It features a fixed spring counter balance system so if I happen to take my hands off the camera or I'm sat waiting for my subject, I need not worry about my frame being compromised (not a massive deal, but definitely a plus as it saves me re-framing).

Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM - This is by far and away my favourite lens. Lightening quick AF, tack sharp focusing. This lens is mounted on my body about 85% of the time when shooting wildlife. It gives me the extra reach that my 70-200 can't give me when shooting wildlife. I even use a 1.4 extender from time to time and if the light permits, the image quality is suffers a negligible amount and gives the extra reach. Quality + Price Tag = NO BRAINER for wildlife photographers on a budget.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM - Admittedly, this lens sits in my bag unused on half the shoots I go on, however, this is no reflection on the quality of this lens but a reflection on my personal shooting style. I lean towards a certain style of photo whereby the subject occupies most of the frame, however, on the odd occasion I feel an environmental shot would do the subject more justice or I'm shooting a rare landscape, this is undoubtedly the lens I choose. Wildlife is my passion, however, I love photography in general and do a fair a out of portrait, product and fitness photography, during which, this is the lens I use 99% of the time. It's tack sharp! Any promo videos I produce, this is the lens.

Manfrotto 057 Series Tripod - These tripods are incredible. They offer amazing stability and precise adjustments. The great thing about this is the ground level system which is basically a spirit level but it's genius! My tripod has been through the wars! It's been in rivers and streams shooting fish, up mountains shooting hare and knee deep in snow shooting ptarmigan and guess what......it's as good as new (give or take a scratch here or there).

Lowepro Pro Trekker 400AW - Finally, the sack I carry all my gear in. This bag is absolutely amazing; every single piece of equipment I own can be carried/ strapped somehow to this bag without being at all cumbersome. It's comfortable and fits perfectly on my back. I would honestly recommend this bag to any field photographer. 

Yongnuo YN-565EX II - Great flash, used primarily for my portrait and fitness photography coupled with a Yongnuo YN622C Wireless Flash Trigger Transceiver