Published on February 12, 2017 by thomas
It’s 2018 and a lot has changed, so I have created this new up to date kit blog. Below is almost everything I use and I shall try my best to keep on top of it.
I have included links to all of my kit, some of the links will take you to Amazon. These Amazon links are “affiliate links” which means if you click on it and buy it, I make a small 3% – 8% commission. Thank you for your support.
Landscape Photography Gear
Canon 5D MK IV – I love this camera. Great image quality and excellent dynamic range. GPS & touch screen are welcome additions. The face detection AF is amazing for making Youtube videos.
Canon 70-200L f4 (None IS) – A great lens and very affordable. It’s lightweight and tack sharp. I always use a tripod so rarely need the IS.
Canon 24-70L f2.8 MKII – Probably my most used lens. It’s very expensive, but offers amazing image quality throughout the focal range and is perfect for a lot of landscape situations. Also comes in handy for portraits & events.
Canon 16-35mm f4 – A lens I have been after for a while. Great quality, not too expensive and really helps with those interesting foregrounds.
LensPacks – These handy rear lens caps attach inside your camera bag, making the lens change incredibly fast and easy
Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Tripod – A lightweight & sturdy tripod. I have used this for years and it has stood up to my no nonsense rough use and handling.
Manfrotto Arca Swiss Ball Head – A well made and well designed tripod head. I have no issues with it at all.
Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ Tripod – An excellent tripod with a truly innovative stem system, which allows for unrivaled versatility.
L-Bracket – This allows me to instantly rotate my camera 90º and is one of those accessories: Once you have it, you’ll never be without it.
Intrepid Large Format 4×5 Camera – This is a new venture for me. So far I am enjoying all the benefits that come with shooting LF film. This camera is very affordable, but be warned, you will need to invest in a lot of accessories to be able to go out and shoot large format properly.
Nikkor 180mm LF lens – This lens is tack sharp and has the 35mm equivalent focal length of 60mm.
Sekonik 758DR Light Meter – Couldn’t shoot LF without it.
Film Changing Tent – This is a ‘must have’ accessory when shoot LF in the field.
Lee Filters – I use a range of Lee graduated ND filters, ND filters, a polarising filter and some mist filters. All of these are used with the Lee Foundation Holder. The quality of the filters are second to none. The polariser causes minimal vignetting even at 16mm.
Filter Pouch – Keeps all my filters together and safe.
LowePro Pro Runner 450 – A really solid bag. I use other bags too, but this is the boy! Holds everything and so far, it is withstanding years and years of rough handling.
LowePro Tactic 450 – Another great bag. Solid with a shell like construction, versatile and is the best bag for overseas travel due to it’s moderate, yet generous size.
LowePro Pro Rover 45 – Sadly this bag has been discontinued, but I love it. I have comfortably trekked miles with 3 lenses, body, filters, tripod, tent, sleeping bag, food, water and all the other bits and pieces we need for the wild.
Manfrotto Off Road 30ltr – Very similar to the above Pro Rover, but smaller and more lightweight. Great for day hiking, but would not carry enough for an over night trip.
Manfrotto Bubmlebee 230 – A solid bag, excellent build quality and one of the more comfortable bags I have the pleasure of using.
Making my Youtube Videos
Canon M50 – This compact & lightweight mirrorless from canon is almost the perfect vlogging camera. It’s relatively in expensive, shoots 4k and has an excellent Digital In Body Stabilisation for video as well as a flip out screen and mic input.
Rode Video Mic X – This is an expensive microphone, especially when you can pick up a Video Micro for £50, however the quality of this mic is superb and there is no better solution for recording the ambient sounds of the landscape.
Canon 200D/SL2 – This has been demoted to backup camera. This is a great little vlogging camera that ticks a lot of boxes. Flip out screen, excellent image quality, small, lightweight, dual pixel auto focus, affordable. After extensive research, this was the camera for me.
DJI Phantom 4 – This is one f two drones I use for B-Roll. The image quality is excellent and it takes a great RAW file, but it is terrible to travel/hike long distances with as it’s too bulky.
DJI Mavic Pro – My second drone. What this thing lacks in quality is more than made up for in portability. No bigger than my lens, it fits in all of my bags and travels well. P.S. The quality is actually ok.
Rode Smart Lav – This small mic clips on the my shirt and allows me to record audio separately from the camera. Very good for working on location and in the outdoors.
Zoom1 Audio Recorder – This is what the mic plugs in to. Small, good quality and a battery life that lasts forever.
Adapter – Annoyingly the Rode Smart Lav requires this small adapter to work with the Zoom1.
Rode Video Micro – This little mic offers amazing quality when plugged in to my Canon 5DIV. Mainly used when filming pieces in my office.
Rode Stereo Video Mic X – When filming something really special I will use this. It offers excellent wind protection and professional stereo audio recording. Amazing for picking up ambient sound and really makes the viewer feel like they’re there.
GoPro Hero 4 – Used mainly as a back up to the G5X, this camera has had a new lease of life injected as I now use it with the below ‘Gimbal’, which offers excellent smooth footage; perfect for B-Roll.
My Gimbal – This is a handheld, battery powered steady cam for the GoPro. This things is amazing! I can run with this at full speed and it looks like I am floating. Excellent battery life too.
Camera Slider – This is a very portable and extremely intelligent device which adds a very subtle cinematic feel to video work. That being said, it is very expensive.
WD 4tb Hard Drive – This is used exclusively as a backup drive and works with ‘Time Machine” on my iMac.
Lacie Rugged Hard Drive – This holds all of my media, Lightroom Catalogs and Adobe Premier Project files. This system allows me to seamlessly switch from laptop to desktop without ever having to sync folders or re-edit images.
Adobe Photoshop – I don’t need to say much about this.
Adobe Lightroom – Used to edit and organise my library of images.
Adobe Premiere Pro – A great piece of editing software. I probably utilise about 3% of what it is capable of.
Photo Printer – I use a Canon Pixma Pro 10s. This produces amazing quality prints, up to A3 size and is very simple to calibrate, which means it’s easy to print what you see on the screen. Most of my Ltd Edition prints come from this machine.
GPS Watch – My Garmin Fenix 3 is a real life saver. I always have it with me, I can plot routes, find my exact GPS location and cross ref with my map and I can navigate back to safety.
Hand Held GPS – This GPS relies on AA batteries, so I can always have spares and it has built in maps, so if I get lost, I can rely on this to get me back to civilisation.
Vango Banshee 200 Tent – Compact, lightweight, quick and easy to erect and big enough for 2, this tent is excellent. What sold it for me was the double doors, offering amazing views.
Thermarest Neo Air X-Lite – Expensive, but a purchase you will not regret. Small, super light, incredibly comfortable and warm; this camping mat is better than most beds.
Camping Pillow – Wait, don’t go anywhere! This is my most important piece of camping kit. I am one of those people who can’t sleep without a good pillow. Nothing cut the mustard until I found this. It really does tick all of the boxes.
Leatherman Skeletool – Well made, lightweight and incredibly handy when away from civilisation. You should always carry a tool with you when enjoying the outdoors.