Gear

Below is a list of the gear that i have in my arsenal. I am not sponsored or have any affiliation in any way by the manufacturers listed below. If that ever changes I will update this page for full disclosure and transparency.

 
 
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Camera body - Nikon D850

The current workhorse, my trusty Nikon D850. This camera is the 4th DSLR that i have owned along my journey (Previously I had a Nikon D5100 > Nikon D610 > Nikon D810). This camera body gives unparalleled image quality. The low light performance is simply awesome, a total game changer. The resolution also allows for some deep cropping and all round crispy sharp photos. I can not recommend this camera body enough for someone already invested into the Nikon F-mount system and is seeking their next step.

If you are not already invested into this system, i would recommend the Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera.

 
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Lens (Ultra Wide Angle) - Nikkor 14-24mm F2.8G

This lens is my main go-to lens, it is also my oldest lens that I first aquired back when I was still sporting my Nikon D610 camera body. This lens still holds up well even on the ultra high resolution Nikon D850 body. There are some new competitors on the market now (the Tamron G2 & the Sigma ART) but as old as this lens design is (August 2007) I still love it. It is a favourite of mine and many other photographers out there. Many of the wide shots you will see in my portfolio were shot with this lens!

 
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Lens (Prime) - Sigma 35mm F/1.4 DG HSM Art

This Sigma is possibly the best lens if you do want to shoot huge high resolution panoramas along with filters as the 67mm filter thread size means this lens (not my 85mm Sigma Art) is highly adaptable to most filter systems you can get on the market (with step up/down rings of course). When my 14-24mm lens is not on my camera body, 90% of the time it will be this instead. It is also razor sharp when it comes to shooting portraits.

This lens is a bit heavier than most other 35mm lenses on the market, but optically this lens is a world beater and is worth the few extra kg’s (pounds) in your backpack

 
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Lens (Prime) - Sigma 85mm F/1.4 DG HSM Art

This is a mammoth of a lens, but with the weight comes the most optically superior lens I have ever used and am very happy to have this in my kit. Sadly I do not have the necessary adapter to make this fit my filter set (Need a Hasselblad kit from NiSi, I will discuss this further down the page). However for portraits, you will not find a better lens than this, if you want the sharpest eyelashes ever with the most amazing the creamy looking bokeh ever, this is the lens you must have. It does take some getting used to though due to its lack of image stabilization, so you really need to shoot at a higher shutter speed in order to make sure you have no camera blur (especially at F/1.4)

 

Lens (Fisheye) - Samyang 12mm F/2.8 ED AS NCS

Quite a fun lens, not the most practical lens ever as if you own one you will know that they seldom get used. However that said, there are many indoor shots which i have taken which would just not have been possible if I did not own a fisheye lens. This offering from Samyang was that I ultimately decided upon based on price and image quality. In my opinion you really need not look further than this lens no matter what camera system you have. This lens is a manual focus lens, which really is not that much of a big deal, I find that leaving it set to infinity will yield amazing results!

 
 
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Novoflex VR-System Slim - Compact Multi Row Panorama System

An invaluable piece of equipment, although a little pricey, it can allow for you to take huge panoramas with primes / telephoto lenses without having to just resort to using your Ultra Wide Angle lenses only. This will result in you having a massive amount of resolution in your image and the results when printing something this large will speak for themselves when you see it on the paper, it is THAT noticeable! Just imagine trying to shoot astro at F/1.4, F/1.8 or F/2.0 with a 35mm or 50mm prime, the noise from the lower ISO will make your image look that much better.

The weight of this piece of equipment is about the same as carrying a lens around, and it also ads a considerable amount of set up time, so if you are in a hurry and time is of the essence you might as well leave this in the bag so you don’t miss the shot. However if you have time, pull this out. You won’t regret it!

 
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Pluto Trigger

Ever wondered what would be a good way to shoot the lightning? Wanted more than just a basic intervalometer? Wanted to do Timelapse / HDR / Star trails? This trigger connects to your camera via a cable and mounts on the hot shoe, it connects to your smart phone via Bluetooth. It comes with the following sensor types that can be used to trigger the shutter. Laser, Sound, Light, Lightning, Infrared, Droplet, Aux, Fusion. It also has smart sensors that can trigger the shutter, eg, gestures or motion. There are plenty of extra youtube resources that explain this trigger in more detail than i ever could. I do not use this very often as I primarily purchased it as a lightning trigger but where I live does not see a lot of storms.