My best shots are so often the ones caught whilst braving the worst weather, and braving the elements in times when most people run indoors. More often than not I find myself wading through salty sea water, or running into an impending storm. This is where the magic happens! And it's in these times that I don't want to be worrying about whether my gear is going to work or not.
I've never been someone to buy the best or most expensive equipment on the market, but I choose certain products for their durability and reliability in harsh conditions.
Below I have listed the gear I use and trust to get the shot when the moment calls. I am a big advocate that you should never purchase equipment or buy into a brand that you haven't tested. If you ever need advice on equipment or want to have a look at what I use please contact me and we can arrange a meetup for you to see what I use.
The Fujifilm X-Series mirrorless cameras are the only cameras I currently shoot with. I've been shooting with this brand for a number of years now, and every day I fall more and more in love with the performance and feeling I get from this camera. I say 'feeling' because this camera makes me want to take more photographs because of its retro style and intuitive ergonomics.
I started using Fujifilm because it offered a reasonably priced camera that performed as a professional camera should, and Fujifilm is a camera company that listens to the needs of their customers, changing features and upgrading firmware based on what the photo community actually want in a camera.
The Fujifilm X-Series are APS-C crop sensors, and traditionally landscape photographers have preferred to use full-frame sensors which perform better in low-light conditions. But in my experience, Fujifilm sensors perform superbly in low-light.
The X-Series range are also incredibly light cameras, which makes then wonderful for hiking and traveling, both of which I do a lot of.
Currently, I am using the Fujifilm X-T3 as my primary body, and my older (not yet retired) X-T1 as my backup/timelapse body.
Filters are an essential tool in any landscape photographers arsenal that help create stunning long exposure shots and transform an average photograph into something truly unique.
NiSi make exceptional quality glass that performs extremely well in the harshest of conditions.
I have been an ambassador for this brand for a number of years now, and I offer hands-on free demo sessions where you can experiment with these long exposure kits, and get a feel for the quality of the filters.
There are so many camera bags on the market these days, and I'm not going to claim to have tried them all, however, I chose F-stop gear bags based on their excellent reputation, and their ability to take some hard knocks whilst still keeping your camera gear safe.
My bag has been scraped against cliffs, showered by salty sea waves, and tossed around by careless airport security, and my camera gear has always remained unharmed.
What I especially like about these bags is the ability to change the inner compartment to a size that fits my specific gear. And since I use a compact mirrorless camera system, I have chosen an ICU that fits my gear accordingly.
Tripods are the unsung heroes of any landscape photographers arsenal. A good, sturdy tripod can save a ton of frustration and keep your images nice and sharp, and make sure your camera stays away from harm.
I use the Gitzo Traveller GT1545T tripod and GH1382TQD Ball Head to compliment my light-weight mirrorless camera system. This tripod is extremely light for hiking, and packs away neatly when traveling.
Much of my gear is bought from landscapegear.co.za.
The one reason for this is because I know they only sell gear that has an excellent reputation and performs flawlessly in the field.
The other reason is that the owner of this online store is an excellent landscape photographer, whom I know has tested and tried these products himself, and if they pass his standard, then they will definitely surpass my own.