Landscape Photography:
mostly Anglesey, Snowdonia & North Wales

My Gear for Stills & Filming

I’m often asked about the equipment I use.

This is the location to which I refer all enquiries, and I make sure I keep it up to date as things change.

Over the last 3 years I have incrementally tweaked what I use. Ensuring everything is as lightweight as possible whilst still functioning extremely well for photography and filmmaking. Despite my approach being relatively cost conscious, everything I carry has to meet rigorous standards of quality and convenience!

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THIS IS EVERYTHING I CURRENTLY USE

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MAIN CAMERA & LENSES:

Olympus OM-D E-M1 mk2

I talk about my decision to adopt the micro four thirds format and specifically this Olympus system in some detail in my video #070

Olympus M.Zuiko 12-100mm f/4.0 IS Pro

This lens accounts for at least 90% of my images. It is superb. It rarely leaves my camera body. A brief review in my video #071

Olympus M.Zuiko 75-300mm f/4.8 to f/6.7

The optics on this are superb, but its price is in kit lens territory! Extremely lightweight. A brief review in my video #148

Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 Prime

An excellent fast low light lens with great optics at a bargain price. Used for Astro and Street. I use it in my video #109

PHOTO ACCESSORIES:

K&F Concept 62″ Aluminium Tripod

If you follow my channel you will have seen this in just about every single video over the past three years. Cheap and reliable.

E1 Lightweight Mini Ball-Head

I found that the ball head on my tripod was unnecessarily heavy, and replaced it with this excellent mini version, just 170g.

Peak Design – V3 Capture Camera Clip

Once you learn to trust that this is engineered to be secure, it is a brilliant way to carry your camera ready to use at any time.

Maxpedition M-1 Waistpack

I had one of these hanging around and decided to re-purpose it as a tripod pouch for filters and small accessories. Very handy.

Formatt Hitech Firecrest 85mm Holder Kit

I switched to these from Cokin, As they have a much more usable CPL rotation system and better engineering.

Formatt Hitech Firecrest 85mm ND Grad Filter

Very good quality glass and soft graduation. It does the job very well for me and is the only graduated filter which I carry.

Nuances ND1024 10-Stop Filter

This is a carryover from my old Cokin system, but it’s an excellent quality filter with no colour cast for a great price so I’m still quite happy to use it.

Nuances ND64 6-Stop Filter

This is a carryover from my old Cokin system, but it’s an excellent quality filter with no colour cast for a great price so I’m still quite happy to use it.

Neewer 72mm ND2 – ND400 Variable Filter

This handy variable ND filters is use for long exposures up to 9 stops. Despite the price the quality is pretty good. I use it in my video #107

JJC Wireless Remote Shutter Controller

A very good quality but extremely competitively priced wireless remote. Are use this a great deal especially for long exposures and blending.

Olympus BLH-1 Battery

And essential item to carry of course, but I only need one spare as I find, even for a full day out, I very rarely need to switch batteries.

Atlas Athlete Backpack

Outrageously expensive. And yet… just perfect in every way and worth every penny! Here’s a love-letter to it: How I finally decided on a camera bag!

VIDEO GEAR:

Sony RX100 mkVII Camera

I wanted to improve my video quality, and this camera copes far better with low light and high dynamic range sunlight than small action cameras.

Crane-M2 3-Axis Gimbal

I have found gimbals a bit cumbersome in the past, but this very well engineered item solves all those old problems and does the job extremely well, at a great price.

Vanguard VEO 2GO 235CB Carbon Fibre Travel Tripod

A great lightweight choice. Works very well as a selfie stick with the gimbal attached, and is a stable tripod. A brief review in my video #115

Rode Wireless Go Mic

I can run high-quality audio into any device I happen to be using, without needing to be wired up leaving me free to pace about!

DJI Osmo Pocket Camera

This used to be my main video camera but I found it struggled sometimes in tricky light. So it’s still a handy spare, and does great time lapses.

DJI Mavic Mini Drone

A brilliantly compact drone to keep in my backpack. I don’t use it often but when I do the video is excellent and it certainly lifts any production.

Rode Smartlav+ Lavalier Mic

I use this with my wireless system as I find it gives me the best sound when out and about recording. It’s much better in high winds than a shot gun mic.

Manfrotto PIXI EVO 2-Section Mini Tripod

A very handy little tripod for setting up additional lighting, or mounting my time-lapse camera while I’m working on other images or video recording.

Smallrig Cage for Sony RX100

This used to be my main video camera but I found it struggled sometimes in tricky light. So it’s still a handy spare, and does great time lapses.

Falcon Eyes F7 RGB LED Video Light

An excellent LED video light running to about 5000 lumens and with full RGB control. Its 3000 mAh battery lasts a good couple of hours.

10000mAh Power Bank

The best value for money, and slimmest and lightest power bank I could find. Fast recharging and 2USB outlets.

Polaroid Optics Variable 2-400 ND Filter 52mm

Very useful on my video camera for controlling shutter speed to reach 180° rule in standard daylight conditions.

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