I don’t believe that any particular piece of equipment makes you a better wildlife photographer or allows you to take better photographs. It’s the user that makes all the difference. I do however occasionally come across equipment that I find particularly helpful and am happy to give my thoughts and comments.
I don’t endorse any products and whilst occasionally am asked to test something by a supplier am never swayed by such and will always state if I have been so asked.
I have a section of this website that is devoted to technical explorations and techniques and another that covers my musings as a wildlife photographer but below I have gathered together my equipment reviews. Each is introduced with a short description but to read the full article click the link and download a PDF. You can even print this if you like to read it at leisure and please do share it with friends who you think would find it useful too.
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My solution to the great camera bag dilemma !
If you’re like me you will own many different camera bags, one for each situation and a few more just in case. I’m not sure how many I have but if you asked my family they would say too many! Like most people I started out with the traditional backpack to carry my increasing collection of kit. Whilst they are flexible and convenient their main downfall is their weight when fully laden and the strain it puts on your shoulders and back. In addition there is the difficulty getting things in and out. It’s often tempting to get a bag big enough to carry everything but that only exacerbates the problem. I know I have such a camera bag!
A few of years ago when visiting the photo show in Birmingham I became particularly interested in the modular component system or belt system sold by ThinkTank™. I very quickly became a convert and now seldom take my heavy backpack unless I really need to.
Please read my review and recommendations on this approach by clicking the link below.
Gimbal Heads for supporting long lenses
As a wildlife photographer long lenses are very much part of my arsenal and over the years I have tried all sorts of different means for supporting them. If you shoot with seriously long lenses, no other head comes close to a gimbal head in offering the levels of stability, articulation, and flexibility required. There are however many different models on the market from the original Wimberley, heralded by many as the only credible solution through to a UK manufacturer I have learnt of recently, Lensmaster. All have their benefits, many their problems and they vary enormously in price. The Wimberley is nearly £600 but the Lensmaster less than £150.
There are also other cheaper options listed on e-bay but in my view these don’t really come up to scratch and can put your expensive lenses at serious risk in they break. In this article I look at many of the options currently available and recommend solutions from £90 to £250 many of which are as good as the Wimberley at £600.
Unlike many things available for photographers the more expensive or most frequently used are not necessarily the best.