OLYMPUS – OMS
My main system and the system I just love to use. The Olympus system has a range of features making it an incredibly versatile camera, and lenses that are second to none with weather sealing to suit a landscape photographer who is out in all weathers.
Newly added, the OM-1, the best camera to date from Olympus – OMS. Join me on a workshop to discover how to use it.
M Zuiko 40-150mm f2.8 Pro
M Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 Pro
M Zuiko 12-100mm f4 Pro
M Zuiko 7-14mm f2.8 Pro + 7-14 Adapter
M Zuiko 60mm Macro f2.8 / 30mm Macro f3.5
Despite the small Micro4/3 sensor the Olympus system delivers in high quality images and a feature rich set of options not found on any other systems. The quality of lenses is also second to none. I started to use Olympus around 2014 and became a convert to the system and to EVF. Now I run workshops dedicated to this incredible system.
New Addition – Olympus m.Zuiko 8-25mm f.4 Pro
|A new addition is the Pro 8-25mm lens. When I received this lens in August 2021 I was intrigued and I am pleased to say it lives up to what I hoped. It is sharp, a more useful longer end, easier to fit filters including a circular polariser, and it does not flare like the 7-14mm lens. Read my first thoughts in my Blog Post.
Sigma 24mm f2 DG DN Contemporary
A new addition, the tiny FP camera boasts to be “the smallest full frame camera in the world” and it really is an oddball. With a 25mp full frame Sony sensor, it has plenty of functionality and customisation options, and ergonomics designed by a brick layer. Sigma’s design ethos was to pair it right down and make it modular with bolt on accessories, like the very odd EFV. It is strange, but it has reassuring build quality and feels like a Leica. It is flawed, the rear screen is fixed and there is no in camera stabilisation. But the image quality is beautiful, and the Contemporary lenses are incredible with all metal build and a vintage feel. Accept its flaws and it becomes a camera to love. Watch out for a review…
NIKON – Z7
Nikkor Z 14-30 S f4
Nikkor Z 24-70 S f4
The Z7 is a full frame beast with a 45.7pm sensor and it’s my steak when I want a change from caviar. After spending a year with a Sony, the Z7 feels like a camera embracing new technology, not the other way around. Whilst the Olympus is my main system, I find it is important to keep up with other systems to understand the quirks so I can provide better information and assistance on workshops. The body is every bit what you would expect from Nikon, and the images captured in the Raw files are outstanding.
NiSi V6 Landscape Edition 100mm Holder / V7 Edition
ND’s 3, 6, 10 Stops
Graduated ND’s Soft, Medium, Reverse
I was proud to become a NiSi Global Ambassador in 2015 after using just about all other filter systems available. After discovering the brand, they discovered me and after a year I became a Reseller. Of course I am biased, but I have tried everything, and the NiSi glass filters win for me on quality.
I list the filters I use most, a Medium as my ‘Go-To” filter, Soft for scenes dominated by for example mountains, and Reverse for sunsets. ND’s are very useful for slowing the shutter and the NiSi ND’s are completely neutral. Please feel free to browse the shop or contact me.
Benro Mach3 38C – G2 Ball Head
Gitzo Systematic Series – GH1382 Ball Head
Gitzo Mountaineer – GH1382 Ball Head
I use what I consider the best for stability and quality, Gitzo and Benro. Good stability is critical and is far more important than how compact or light a tripod is; if it’s unstable in wind or vibrates in moving water it was a waste of time.
Gitzo produce incredible quality but at a price. The Systematic I find is such a work horse and gives ultimate stability, and no centre column means I can get very low. Fully extended it gives me a huge span in really awkward locations. And the Gitzo Ball Heads are incredibly well engineered.
The Gitzo Mountaineer I find is the best tripod I have ever had when I want to reduce size and weight. Being carbon there are others that are lighter, but compared to others the same size it is completely rigid.
The Benro Mach3 38c is becoming my main tripod. Lighter than the Systematic, very well built and very strong, it is a pleasure to use. The G2 ball head is second only to the Gitzo, and is so well engineered. I also use the Benro Geared head which allows greater precision when small adjustments are needed.
Also I find essential are L Brackets, which allow a quick change of orientation from landscape to portrait without changing the composition too much. For Olympus I use a really Right Stuff bracket, and Nikon a Smallrig bracket.
K & F HORIZONTAL TRIPOD
This is a great tripod I have been using for macro fungi images. Crawling around on my knees getting frustrated at not being able to get low enough is a thing of the past now using this tripod. It has the ability to get low by using the horizontal arm concealed inside the centre column, and because it doesn’t rely on the legs being splayed out flat like other tripods it isn’t affected by uneven ground.
See more about this tripod on the K & F Page and on my Blog Post.
NiSi Macro Rail
Another useful accessory for macro photography I use is the NiSi Macro Rail. Paired with my K & F Tripod it is invaluable for making those extremely fine adjustments to focus. More details here.
f-stop Tilopa 50L Backpack
f-stop Ajna 37L backpack
Vanguard Alta Rise Shoulder Bag
I have a bag issue, I can never have enough. With 10, these are the very best three I use the most.
f-stop are tough, very well made and very versatile. A slide in ICU storage section makes flexibility possible when used with different ICU’s such a large, or medium. They are great for when extra space is needed for long trips, such as an extra jacket or fleece.
Updated in 2022 with a new Magma Red colour, it looks great and has been updated with even more new features, metal buckles, improved side pockets and new pockets on the inside back panel.
Workshop attendees can benefit from a 15% discount on f-stop gear.
The Vanguard is a good shoulder bag, more secure than others, and very well made. a ‘messenger’ style bag, it offers better protection than others. A shoulder bag is very useful to put just a body and lens in, or when I know I will be standing in water a lot and access to a backpack will be tricky.
Eizo ColourEdge 27″ Monitor
Lightroom & Photoshop
Included here simply because I am asked so often what gear I use, not just my processing technique.
The Eizo ColourEdge monitors are stunning. Very dated design perhaps, but the matt screens are perfectly calibrated straight out of the box, and the depth of tones and contrast is the best I have seen on a monitor.
Hooked up to the Eizo I use a MacBook Pro. I’m a Mac fan after having two Sony Vio’s die in three years. It gives me the flexibility to be portable and enough power to run editing software without issues.
Processing Software – Lightroom for global raw processing and Photoshop for finishing / local Edits. I have tried all the others (C1, DXO etc etc), but I end up back with LR.
Brief Equipment Journey
Olympus OM10 / OM40
Canon 350D / 5D1 / 5d2
I cut my teeth on film SLR cameras and was the proud owner of Olympus OM10, OM40 and Minolta x700 SLR’s. Back then it was all black and white film, I could not afford colour.
With the advent of digital my first Digital SLR was a Canon 300D, followed by a 350, and then 400D. Then the world of Full Frame with the 5D range and L lenses.
Durst Enlarger? I would develop my own film and process all my own images, conveying my bedroom into a darkroom. The smell of developer never leaves you.