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Gear

I’m often asked what kind of camera gear I use for my images. Sometimes I dance around the question, not because I’m keeping it secret, but because I want the value in my images to be based on my skills, not the tools I use. It’s pretty hard to walk into a camera store today and buy a bad digital SLR – they are all very capable.

Below is a detailed list of all my current gear; Lenses and tripods, cables, filters and more. If you’re looking to expand your own camera kit, consider clicking through to B&H Photo and buy from them. Shipping is cheap, you pay the taxes up front and I don’t know of anyone with better prices.

You’ll also support me in a small way, as B&H returns a small percentage of the purchase price back to me as a thank you. I buy everything from them if possible.

Lumix GX9 with 12-60mm lens

Very powerful camera in a very compact size, I’ve been shooting with this body almost exclusively for roughly a year. Micro four thirds is a champion for macro photography and travel photography, my two favourite subjects.

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Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. Lens

An exceptional macro lens with tack sharp details and an all-around robust design. The beauty of a smaller sensor is that 1:1 magnification on a micro four thirds camera is roughly 2:1 magnification on a full-frame sensor.

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Kenko Extension Tubes

Need to get even closer? For more extreme macro work I add a set of Kenko extension tubes to get even closer to the subject. Turns any non-macro lens into a macro lens too!

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Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. Lens

My favourite travel lens. Almost always sold as a kit lens, the compact design is a really value when trying to travel light, and the images do not disappoint.

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Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f/4-6.3 ASPH. POWER O.I.S.

Flexible and light-weight, the 100-400 lens is in my bag as the best telephoto lens I can afford – and afford to take with me on my travels. I use it for background isolation (a factor controlled by focal length) as much as I do for wildlife.

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Canon Macro Photo MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Lens

Insects, water droplets, snowflakes and flowers – getting close requires a special lens. Most macro lenses can’t get as close as I need to for my work, and this lens gets 5 times closer. Very difficult to use, and near impossible without flash… but worth all the trouble!

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Canon EF Lens to Micro Four Thirds Camera T CINE Speed Booster ULTRA 0.71x

Coming from a full-frame camera system, these adapters work wonders to make use of my existing glass – particularly with specialty lenses like the Canon MP-E 65mm

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Lumix G Fisheye 8mm f/3.5 Lens

My favourite class of lens for astrophotography is one with fisheye distortion to give a full 180 degree field of view, encompassing the night sky.

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FreeWave LR Wireless Flash Trigger and Receiver Kit

Off camera flash is incredibly valuable – and these rock solid simple triggers deliver. No frills, manual only, but they are inexpensive and have never failed me.

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YN-14EX-C Macro Ring Lite for Canon Cameras

While designed for Canon cameras, this ring flash works on ALL cameras in manual mode. I use it on the GX9 all the time! Uses Xenon flash tubes rather than LEDs, much faster operation.

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P12 Compact Battery Pack for Canon Flashes

The framerate I use to photograph insects and snowflakes is often too much for the flash to keep up with. This unit gives extra power to the flash – it lasts longer, recharges faster, and work with my Canon and Yongnuo flashes. (takes 12 AA batteries)

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BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Black)

Lightweight, compact, very solidly built and perfect for wilderness hikes. I prefer lever locks to twist locks as they are easy to confirm locked when setting up for a shot in the cold with gloves on.

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Panasonic 128GB UHS-II SDXC Memory Card

I’m a strong believer that my memory cards are safer in my camera than out of it – go for the bigger cards. This one is built to handle the best video produced on micro four thirds cameras!

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Breakthrough Photography X4 Brass Circular Polarizer Filter

I love the design and performance of Breakthrough Photography products, and this is the best circular polarizer I have used. The ridges on the outer edge help when changing filters, a unique feature to this company’s filters.

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Breakthrough Photography X4 Neutral Density 3.0 Filter (10 Stop)

A Neutral Density filter is a necessary piece of equipment when photographing waterfalls, and it’s also a handy tool to show motion blur in clouds. This is a very dark one, difficult to even see through!

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Hoya RM72 Infrared Glass Filter

Infrared Photography has always fascinated me – basically seeing the entire world in invisible light. A filter in front of an unmodified camera can still see this light with a little effort, and the results are surreal.

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imagePROGRAF PRO-4000 44″ Professional Photographic Large-Format Inkjet Printer

I print all of my own work, and I don’t like anyone else in creative control of printing. From the choice of paper to the way the printer is calibrated, it’s all me.

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