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Chasing finches in the long grass

Chasing finches in the long grass

The main issue with your photographic gear is that you are comfortable with what you use and that it produces the results that you desire. There is no point in having the sharpest and widest aperture lens if it is too heavy for you to carry around. Select the best equipment to fit your budget.  Sometimes it may be better to get some cheaper and lighter to handle equipment as it may suite your style better.  The following is a list of photographic equipment that I currently use for my work:

Nikon D700
This is a 12 MPixel camera, somewhat superseded by cameras with many more Megapixels. It still proves to be a great performer and is very suitable for much of my photographic work. It is a great camera for high ISO work and I regularly use it for ISO’s up to 6,400.

Nikon D810
This camera is my favourite due to large number of pixels. It is great for landscapes where it is capalble of capturing a great amount of detail in the images. I also find it excellent for nature, animal and bird photography where it has the capability of cropping images to enable the photographer to use shorter focal length lenses but enables me to get sufficient pixels on the required image.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 G ED
An excellent ultra wide lens with superb corner to corner sharpness which I use to a large extent for ultra wide landscapes, seascapes, starscapes. The lens is super for wide night time shooting with a tripod.

Nikon Nikkor 28mm f/1.8 G AF-S
An excellent lens with corner to corner sharpness which I mainly use for landscapes, seascapes, starscapes.

Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 G AFS
I do not use this lens a lot but it really comes into its own for low light photography.

Nikon 105mm f/2.8 G ED IF VR II Micro AF-S
An excellent macro lens for close up photography which also serves as a great general purpose lens.

Nikon Nikkor 200mm f/4.0 D ED IF AF Micro
An excellent super sharp macro lens for close up photography which also serves as a great general purpose lens. This is my favourite lens for photographing shy insects close up as it provides an excellent working distance.

Nikon Nikkor 300mm f/4.0 D ED IF AF-S
For many years this lens has ben my favourite for birding particularly when using teleconverters.

Nikon TC-20E III Teleconverter
I use this teleconverter mainly with the above 300mm lens.

Nikon Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR AF-S
This is my most recent lens which I am finding so usefull for my bird photography.

ThinkTank StreetWalker HardDrive Backpack
This backpack makes it easy to take the required equipment into the field with a minimal amount of effort. I have had many backpacks and this is by far the best one.

Gitzo GM5561T Carbon Monopod 25kg
An excellent monopod for use with long and heavy telephoto lenses.

Acratech Panoramic Head
I use this panoramic head with the above Gitzo monopod.

Induro Carbon 8X CT414 Tripod
This is an excellent tripod when you need a very solid base for your camera and that is most of the time when you need a tripod. This tripod would be equivalent to the Gitzo Series 3 tripods.

Acratech GP Ballhead
This is an excellent light ballhead which I use with the above Induro tripod.

Nikon SB-800 Electronic Flash
A reasonably high powered flash to provide additional fill in light as required, particularly in dark rain forests.

Demb Photojournalist Reflector
A reflector for the above electronic flash unit.

Gossen Mastersix
An old light meter I have but very rarely use.

Gossen Profi-spot
An old light meter I have but very rarely use.

Slik 500G Tripod
A mini tripod too small and light for normal usage.

Nikon MC-36 Multi-Function Remote
A Nikon cable trigger with combined timer useful for long exposures greater than 30 seconds..

JYC Wireless Interval Timer Remote Control
A useful wirelesss trigger to interface with the Nikon 10-pin connector.

Nikon MC-30A Remote Trigger Release
Nikons standard push buton remote release.

Nikon MC-21A 10′ Remote Extension Cord
A cable extension for Nikon’s 10-pin connector which I have further extended to many many metres for very long cable remote control of my camera.

Lee Foundation Filter Holder
Used together with Lee filters for long exposures with a tripod.

Hejnar L-Bracket D700
L brackets are really great when using a tripod for landscapes, seascapes etc. They enable the photographer to change the orientation of the camera quickly from landscape mode to portrait mode.

Hejnar L-Bracket D800
Again similar to the above comments for the D700.

Nikon ViewNX-i
This is a great free processing software to enable you to sort your images and also do some minor processing of your images.

Nikon Capture NX2
Nikons initial complete image processing software for your digital images. It is no lnger current but I still do use this software. NIK software plugins were available for this processing software.

Nikon Capture NX-D
This software is Nikon’s replacement for Nikon Capture NX2.

Photoshop
This is the photographers complete package for processing images with many function too numerous to mention here.

NIK Software.
NIK software is one of the most useful plugins for photoshop for the final enhancement of your images. I use this software in particular with the tonal contrast as I love this option.

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