Gear can be a polarising topic in photography, it can be almost religious when it comes to choosing a “side”. When in reality, pretty much every modern digital camera available at the moment will do almost everything you want it to and very well, no matter the name on the front.
As I invested in my gear a good few years ago it has all had a lot of use and has stood up to the test of time and performed admirably!
Here I list not only my photographic gear but also the items I use to create content for my Youtube channel.
I’ve heard it mentioned that after the apocalypse only cockroaches and D700’s will remain on this earth as they are so robust and versatile that they just don’t die! (Touch wood). Bought in 2011 it has shot everything from Weddings to horse racing right through to long exposures and now my ICM abstract landscapes. Its feeling its age with its now small 12mp sensor but is and always has been a beast!
Nikkor 16-35mm f/4
A beautiful lens that has given me zero problems through its years of service. For my ICM work I use it probably 90% of the time.
Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II
A must have lens for full frame Nikon camera systems. Simply amazing, bright, sharp and versatile. I only use it for regular photography now as 70mm is a little long for my ICM photography.
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D
The cheap nifty fifty, no need for anything expensive. Used mainly when the 16-35mm doesn’t quite reach. Bit soft at the edges if you’re concerned about such things.
Nikkor 35mm f/2 D
Another cheap prime. Admittedly not used so much these days unless I want the extra bokeh that f/2 brings.
Note: I use screw-in full ND filters all sized at 77mm, I use an adapter for smaller thread lenses. I don’t see the point in buying smaller filters for smaller lenses.
B+W 10 Stop ND 77mm
This I use mainly if I’m shooting long exposures. Unless its extremely bright, its too dark for ICM photography. Gives a warm cast, which at times can be helpful especially at sunset/sunrise.
B+W 6 Stop ND 77mm
My workhorse! This is the filter I use almost all the time for getting my ICM captures. Dark enough to use in almost all light and light enough to use as the light diminishes. Also when I was making very long exposures, instead of buying a 16 stop filter I would simply combine the 10 and 6 stop filters to give the same effect (with a heavy warm cast admittedly – easy fix in Lightroom though)
Formatt-Hitech Firecrest 3 stop ND 77mm
I bought this in a half price sale as I thought it would be useful for when the light diminishes and its too light to get a long enough shutter without any filters. But in reality 3 stops isn’t dark enough, maybe I should’ve gone for a 4 stop… Nothing against the quality, just the usefulness.
Manfrotto PROX550B Tripod with Manfrotto 460MG head
Not something I use much these days but has served me well for over 12 years. Not the lightest but a decent starter tripod and not stupidly expensive like some carbon fibre ones.
Think Tank Photo Retrospective 20 shoulder bag
I’m not a fan of backpack type bags, I like my camera quickly accessible so a shoulder bag is idea and I love Think Tank bags and accessories. Granted by the end of the day carrying all my gear on one shoulder aches its Ideal for the way I shoot. I also combine it with a Lens Changer 25 and a Lens Drop to expand the bag and let me carry a bottle of water and quickly store filters, cloths etc in the soft inners of the Lens Drop.
Adobe Creative Cloud (Full package)
Having the full package and not just the Photography package comes from the other part of my work where I need InDesign, Dreamweaver and the like. Now obviously having Premier Pro is invaluable for creating the content needed for Youtube.
Nik Collection by DxO
I use this for all my finished abstract landscapes work, specifically Analog Efex Pro 2.
Canon M50 & 15-45mm kit lens
A fantastic camera for video making for social media and YouTube. I use its paired with the Rode VideoMicro and Joby Gorillapod 3k for my vlogging and video making.
Yi Lite Action Camera
A super simple little action camera that shoots decent 1080p video, also has timelapse and stills functions amongst other things. This was my first camera I used for YouTube, now used to compliment my better main setup.
Zoom H1 Sound recorder
With having to start with an action camera there is no direct audio function and we all know how bad a gentle breeze can ruin audio so a sound recorder is a must have in this case. Works brilliantly, used now mainly to record only sound or for pieces when a distance away from the main camera.
Blixxo BLM-10 Lavalier Mic
Bought over the Rode equivalent because it included a furry mic cover and the connection needed to attach it to the Zoom H1 with out having to buy these extra items. Works so well!
Replaced by the C920, but still produces great HD video ideal for live streaming and recording to the PC for later editing.
Neewer NW-700 Condenser Microphone Kit
Cheap and cheerful, far better than the direct audio from my webcam and less hassle than syncing audio from the Zoom H1 (for recorded video).
Craphy 700W Photo Studio Continuous Softbox Lighting Kit
More cheapness, just looking for an economically viable solution for better lighting. Does the job at the moment.
Extremely versatile if a little complex to get setup and vastly extensive capabilities – most of which I’m sure I’ll never use! Couldn’t stream without any quality without it.
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