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Gear

Gear

Below is a collection of the gear that I am currently using to make my images. It's a little sparse at the moment as I sold my previous camera, a Sony A6000 and all of the lenses that I had to go with it, in order to buy the A7II.

Although I miss the lens range that I used to have, I do not regret buying the camera, the images that it produces are outstanding and I'm hoping that given time and work, I will be able to build up my collection of lenses again.

All of the Amazon links listed below are affiliate links, so if you did pick something up from here, you'd be helping to feed and put through school, 3 very hungry kids, for which I will be eternally grateful :)

This is the camera that I use, I originally started out with a Nex 6, before moving to an A6000 and from there I made the jump to the A7II which is a full-frame camera.

What I like about this camera is that even though it's full-frame it's still quite portable, meaning that you're much more likely to take it with you if you go somewhere than one of the larger cameras.

It also has good resolution and the ability to display in realtime the current exposure is incredibly useful when out in the field.

This is my main walk around and workhorse lens at the moment, especially for landscape shooting. Sometimes I'd like something a little bit wider, or a bit faster (one day I'll be able to get the F4 or the G-Master F2.8) but in general its a solid lens that gets the job done.

My other lens, the Zeiss 85mm F1.8, is a truly outstanding lens, the quality of the images that this produces in combination with the A7II really are fantastic.

Although it's primarily a portrait lens and does a wonderful job at portraits, especially wide open and does a good job rendering bokeh, I also use it for landscapes, believe it or not, when I need to get in close and tight on something. Admittedly I can't get in as much as I could with a 200mm but it still produces outstanding images.

I recently picked up one of these, purely for its size and lightness. My other tripod is a Manfrotto but sometimes it was a bit too heavy to carry around all day, especially when doing a tour as part of Prague Photo Guides, where you need the tripod only early in the morning and the rest of the day, it's pretty much just in the way.

This though is small, light and compact, so it's absolutely no trouble to carry around with you. You may want something heavier and sturdier if you're going up the side of a mountain or somewhere windy but for general use and travel, this is a good tripod that gets the job done.

 

I couldn't find exactly the tripod that I have from Manfrotto but it is getting on a bit and this is the closest that I found on Amazon. The legs can extend out to a full 90 degrees, which is useful more often than you would think. The centre column can also be pulled up and rotated so that it's orientated horizontally, rather than vertically, which allows you to get the tripod really close to the ground, especially useful when you're doing Macro shots.

The only downside is that as I mentioned earlier, its a bit heavy and cumbersome to carry around with you all day but if you're going for a sunrise shoot at the top of a high hill or somewhere windy, I'd definitely take it with me.

This is the ballhead for the aforementioned tripod, basically unless you buy it as part of a set, a tripod is just the legs and you need to buy a head to go with it.

I got this with mine as it was part of a set, the head is quite basic, there is no ability to perform any kind of horizontal rotation without releasing the main ball, so you can't lock your camera into place and move it in small increments for panos for example. Or rather you can but you have to release the ball head and re-align yourself every time.

The large knob for releasing the ball head can also get stuck or hit against the quick release plate when you have it rotated 90's into the slot (for portrait orientation shots), which is a bit of a nuisance.

The head itself is quite solid though and can support the A7II and a 200 or 300mm lens with no problem. I haven't tried anything larger.

 

I keep my RAW files and a copy of my Lightroom catalogue on this drive. The thunderbolt connection is quite speedy and I'm able to work in Lightroom directly from the drive, which is a plus.

Another plus is that its rugged, which hopefully means that it will survive my three kids (and any friends of theirs that visit), plus the times that I need to take the drive in the field with me.

At the moment in terms of performance and reliability, it does what it says on the tin and with that I'm happy.

This was the drive where I stored my library before I got the Lacie. Its been a solid and reliable performed although trying to edit images etc over USB 3 wasn't the best.

Right now I use it as a clone for the Lacie drive to make sure that I have a backup of my images and my catalogue in a pinch.

This is where all of my images end up, I have 4 drives installed and raided here, so that there is some level of protection and all of the images taken by anyone in the family end up here.

In the evenings I have a backup that runs and clones the contents of the drive to a WD 2TB Desktop drive, just in case. You can never have enough backups....