Photo Gear

To be honest I was in two minds as to whether or not to add this page to the web site because for me nature photography is more about the process and the experience, and much less to do with what gear I used to capture the moment. That said, I like to have the right tools for the job and there are unquestionably certain attributes of the gear that I own that help considerably.

I have been a Canon user for a long time and despite a brief dalliance with some Nikon gear at the time when Canon couldn’t make a pro autofocus camera to save their life I have remained faithful to this brand. I really don’t think it matters what system you use but once you’ve committed to a particular brand then most people stick with it simply because the expense of changing is prohibitive.

Over the years my interests within the natural world have broadened and so has my arsenal of lenses and I now have a range that covers everything from 16mm to 600mm and beyond that if you include teleconvertors. I never pack all my gear for a photographic day out or trip as it’s just too heavy and I cannot get it all into one bag anyway! So, I tend to take what I intend to use for a particular shoot – the 600mm for wildlife and wide-angles up to short-telephoto for landscapes. Sometimes I get caught out and something shows up that I don’t have the right lens for but by and large this system works well and it means that I only carry what I’m going to use.

I’ve listed below the typical kit I use for wildlife and landscape photography and over time I'll post my thoughts on the pros and cons of some of this gear as well as new equipment on the blog.


Canon 1DX
Canon 7D (back-up)
Canon 600mm f/4L IS USM II
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM II
Canon 1.4X teleconvertor
Canon 2X teleconvertor
Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS (occasional)


Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L
Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS
Canon 70-200mm f/4L
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro

Filters (see below)

In addition I also use the following:

Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS
Occasional use for low light situations and for birds in flight and when I need something shorter than the 600mm lens.

Sigma 180mm f/3.5 Macro      
I use this if I’m doing dedicated macro work as I prefer the longer focal length but it’s too heavy to carry as part of my landscape kit.

I primarily use LEE filters for landscapes, which are superb quality. These comprise neutral density (ND) and ND graduated filters plus a screw in polarising filter (Hoya).

For support I use a Gitzo 1325 carbon fibre tripod plus Really Right Stuff BH-55 ball and socket head. I also have a Arca Swiss ‘side kick’ which forms a ‘Wimberley’ style head in conjunction with a ball and socket that I often use for wildlife photography when I'm using the 600mm lens.