Below you will find details of the key photography equipment I use. Each has a short review/description along with links to various suppliers here in the UK.
A fantastic camera that I’d recommend to anyone. Having switched from a Canon DSLR a few years ago, it took a little getting used to mirrorless, but I would never go back to a DSLR now. I am a full mirrorless convert.
Sony FE 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 OSS G Master Lens
I adore this lens – it’s brilliant for a variety of situations, from wildlife, to landscape and had become my go-to lens for events & film stills as it’s quick and lets me shoot from afar.
Sony Vario T* FE 16 – 35 mm F4 ZA OSS Lens
An excellent lens for landscape and architecture shots. This lens is wonderful to use and being Zeiss, the image quality is fantastic.
Sony SEL90M28G E Mount – Full Frame 90mm F2.8 Telephoto Macro G Lens
Fantastic light lens for macro, portraits and even landscapes. Highly portable and easy to use.
Peak Design Clutch
Genuinely one of THE BEST photography purchases I have ever made. I honestly can’t rate the clutch highly enough. It has not come off my camera since I bought it. I’m a little bit smitten. By having the strap secured around your hand you feel much more secure holding your camera. I no longer worry about dropping my camera because I know the Clutch is right there, keeping it safe.
Peak Design Black Slide Camera Strap SL-2
An incredibly comfortable strap which you can wear round your neck or crossed over your shoulder. Easy to adjust and very easy to remove from your camera thanks to the super quick Anchor system Peak Design have adopted. There are various versions of this available now. While I like the original wider strap for supporting my larger telephoto lenses, there is also a narrower strap available if you only use smaller gear.
Peak Design Anchor Links
Spare Anchors for the Peak Design Clutch and Slide accessories. The cord on the Anchors is incredibly strong. My original ones are still perfectly fine, however it’s always goof to have backups and spares incase I lose some in a forest somewhere!
Having a handful of spare batteries is a no-brainer for photo trips, but ESPECIALLY with the current capacities of the batteries in the Sony A7 systems. I adore my camera, but at best, I get about 300 photos per battery. If I’m out on a client shoot and regularly checking shots on the back of the camera and leaving it on standby, I get even less shots. I currently have 3 batteries for my camera, but will be upping that to 5 in the immediate future. Unfortunately, 3 batteries was only just enough for a day of client shoots recently, and it’s not worth the risk of running out. They’re pretty cheap, and I’d always recommend the official Sony ones. Be careful buying ones from [usual online marketplaces which shall remain unnamed] as they’re often fakes and do not last anywhere near as long as the official ones.
The battery model for the Sony A7ii is the: Sony NP-FW50 Rechargeable Battery.
External Battery Charger
The Sony A7ii and others in the series can be charged directly over USB – which is lovely and quick and saves a lot of faffing about removing batteries. However, you can only charge one at once and often, we’ll have used up multiple in a day! I recommend purchasing an external charger or two to make life easier.
The charger you’ll need for the Sony A7ii is the Sony BC-TRW Battery Charger.
Wacom Intuos PRO Small Graphic Tablet with Pen
I Could not imagine editing my images without a Wacom tablet by my side. I started out learning on a small Wacom Bamboo then upgraded to this in early 2017. I love it.
Datacolor Spyder 5 Pro
There are many options out there for calibrating your screen to ensure consistency when printing. I personally use the Datacolor Spyder 5 Pro and it works great for my needs. It simply drapes over the front of your monitor while the app displays various colours. From its internal sensor it can then determine what adjustments are required to calibrate your screen’s colour accuracy. Very easy to use and reasonably quick (a full calibration takes about 20 mins).
Epson SureColor SC-P800 A2 Colour Photo Inkjet Printer
I use this printer to print my limited edition A2 images using Epson Ultra Chrome HD Ink. It works beautifully and creates stunning print results. If you’re at all concerned about ink/running costs, the current price for a full set of inks from Wex can be found here.
Ink Cartridges For The Epson SC-P800
When I first purchased the SC-P800, I also purchased a full set of inks as the initial starter cartridges are of a lower capacity than the ones you buy separately. Knowing I needed to print a lot of images for an exhibition, it seemed wise to purchase a full kit just to be sure. It turned out that I didn’t need to purchase the whole set, though it is nice to have them available. After printing about ~100 A2 prints and ~150 A4 prints with that first set of inks, only the Light Black and Light Light Black were running low. I’ve since replaced the Light Cyan and Light Magenta. The rest are currently ok (as of late November 2017). Unless you’re going to be doing a large number of prints like I did, I’d advise not pre-buying a whole set and simply wait until your cartridge levels are down to about 30% before ordering them individually.
Links to the individual inks as well as the full set from Wex are below:
Full ink set – Wex Photo Video
Epson T850100 Photo Black Ink Cartridge – Wex Photo Video, Park Cameras
Epson T850200 Cyan Ink Cartridge – Wex Photo Video, Park Cameras
Epson T850300 Vivid Magenta Ink Cartridge – Wex Photo Video, Park Cameras
Epson T850400 Yellow Ink Cartridge – Wex Photo Video, Park Cameras
Epson T850500 Light Cyan Ink Cartridge – Wex Photo Video, Park Cameras
Epson T850600 Vivid Light Magenta Ink Cartridge – Wex Photo Video, Park Cameras
Epson T850700 Light Black Ink Cartridge – Wex Photo Video, Park Cameras
Epson T850800 Matte Black Ink Cartridge – Wex Photo Video, Park Cameras
Epson T850900 Light Light Black Ink Cartridge – Wex Photo Video, Park Cameras
I think most of us photographers have a variety of bags. I have so many in different sizes for different kinds of photography adventures. My main workhorse bag is a LowePro AW100 which I’ve had about 10 years and I can’t seem to find a link to anymore. Below are my alternative bags for different scenarios:
My Hiking Adventure Bag
I have a 30L Manfrotto Off Road Hiker backpack (in red) for longer photo treks. This bag is amazing for long hikes as it not only has additional room for essentials such as food/drink/waterproofs, but it is well built with good support making it comfortable for a long trip. The lower half of the bag is a padded section for your camera gear (you can fit a camera body with a lens attached and an additional lens in here). The top section isn’t padded and is where you can put all your other essentials. There are various pockets and cords on the side/back and waistband for storing items too. Tripods can be attached on the outside via the cords. All in all, a brilliant bag. It comes in blue and grey too, so there are options for everyone.
My Lightweight Business Bag
For business meetings or events where I only need one camera and one lens, I use the Peak Design Everyday Messenger bag (it comes in a 13″ size but I have the 15″). The main reason I love this bag is that it perfectly fits my 15″ MacBook Pro and paperwork as well as a light camera setup. Now, I don’t use this bag all the time because it only has the one strap which means it can be incredibly heavy on your shoulder. Yes, it can cross over and there’s a waist support, but frankly if you’re carrying more than 3-4 kilos you should be using a backpack to save your shoulders and back. This bag is perfect for day-to-day use and it looks very neat so is great for business trips. It’s nicely padded and is somewhat of a Tardis in that it has more space than you’d think. I definitely recommend it if you need to do business travel or only have a lightweight camera setup. If you are the kind of person to take tripods/telephotos etc which weight quite a bit – I’d invest in a full backpack instead.