PHOTO GEAR

My photographic kit consists of Canon EOS Digital equipment. I use an entry level 450D, with a battery grip for extra battery power and comfort. I carry two zoom lenses: Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS and a  Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM (this is my general purpose lens). I have a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro and a Canon EF 12 II extension tube for specific jobs, as well as an old Canon 50mm f/2.8 lens which I reverse on extension tubes and use as a super macro. I use a Tokina AT-X 107 AF NF Fisheye 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 and the Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/4 1:1 macro for wide-angle macro shots.

I also carry two speedlites…a Canon Speedlite 430 EX II and a Yongnuo YN460-II, an off-camera TTL flash cord, Canon wireless remote control RC1, portable Speedlite soft box, and a home-made twin flash bracket. All this is packed away into a Tamrac Evoluvtion 8 backpack. I have a Benbo Trekker tripod but don’t usually carry it as its quite heavy.

For long trips, in trying conditions, I pack all this gear into a Vanguard Supreme 40F hard case. This beast is airtight, dust proof, waterproof, temperature resistant and absolutely necessary in locations with extreme or unreliable weather conditions.

This may seem like a lot of equipment…and it is, but wildlife photography is all about being prepared for any situation! The Tamrac backpack is a real gem and provides great support and comfort on long treks.

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