My Gear

Camera Bodies:

  • Sony A7 III
  • Sony A6500

Lenses:

  • Sony FE 28mm f/2
  • Sony FE 85mm f/1.8
  • Sony FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Zeiss Sonnar T*
  • Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 G OSS Macro
  • Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS
  • Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 OSS G Master

Accessories:

  • Sony VG-C3EM Battery Grip for A7 III / A7R III / A9
  • Sony NPA-MQZ1K Multi Battery Adapter Kit (includes 2x NP-FZ1000 batteries)
  • Sony NP-FW50 InfoLITHIUM W Type Rechargeable Battery Twin Pack
  • Hahnel ProCube (mark 1) for charging the NP-FW50 batteries
  • 3rd party intervalometer/timer remote
  • Peak Design Anchor Links V4 kit
  • Peak Design Cuff – Black
  • Peak Design Clutch
  • Peak Design Slide Lite – Ash
  • Peak Design Slide – Summit Edition (Dark Orange)

Flash, Lighting and accessories:

  • Sony HVL-F43M External Flash
  • 2 x PIxaPro LI-ION580 MKII TTL OM Speedlites used “off camera” only
  • PRO ST-III 2.4GHz TTL Trigger
  • 3rd Party Off Camera TTL cord
  • Manfrotto ML840H Maxima LED Panel
  • Manfrotto 5001B Nano Stand
  • WEXPro 3m Air-cushioned Lighting Stand (from WEX Photographic
  • Manfrotto MN026 Lite Tite Swivel Adapter x2
  • Frio Coldshoe Adapter V2 (Don’t use this anymore)
  • Honl Speed Strap x2
  • Honl HP-Filter 2 Colour Correction Kit
  • Honl Filter Roll Up (case for above Filters)
  • Rogue Flashbender (Small)
  • Wescott 43″ Optical White Satin Umbrella with removable Black Cover x2
    Studio Clip with Spigot and 1/4” Screw and Rubber Protector Cover (from Amazon)
  • Neewer 43″ 5-in-1 Reflector (from Amazon)

Supports:

  • Kirk PZ-3 Universal Quick Release Camera Plate 1 3/4in x 1 3/4in
  • Really Right Stuff BH-55 Full Size Ball-head for LR
  • Gitzo Tripod 1348 Carbon Fibre Tripod – this is a series 3 systematic version that has been discontinued. It has 4 leg sections and is a fantastic tripod.
  • Manfrotto Neotec Monopod with safety lock (Model 685B>
  • Manfrotto 482 Micro ballhead
  • Joby GorillaPod SLR-Zoom with Joby Ball Head BH1 Kit
  • Joby Ballhead X for GorillaPod Focus

Bags:

  • ThinkTANK AirPort Airstream
  • LowePro Urban Photo Sling 250
  • LowePro Stealth Reporter D650 AW
  • LowePro Nova 200AW
  • LowePro Top Loader 75AW
  • Kata DR-466i Digital Rucksack
  • Many other bags too, too many to mention!

Other miscellaneous items:
I exclusively shoot on Lexar and SanDisk SD Cards.

The fastest are my Lexar 2000x (300MB/sec) UHS-II SD cards, they are all 32GB; these are required for the full boost speed that the UHS-II slot of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II:
lexar-pro-2000x-32gb-uhs-ii-sd-card

These cards come with a comapct USB3 Card Reader that is faster than my existing Sandisk USB3 Dual Shot Reader:
lexar-xqd-usb3-card-reader

I also have a mixture of 128GB, 32GB and 16GB SanDisk Extreme Pro (95MB/sec) UHS-I SD cards too but these are only to be used in cases where the UHS-II cards are all full. The SanDisk cards are faster than some of the other UHS-II cards that are available too.
Sandisk Extreme 16GB SDHC card

Computing devices:
This is a custom built AMD Ryzen 7 Desktop PC, the PC has 16GB RAM althouh I’m sure that at some point I’ll upgrade this to 32GB should the need arise. The operating system and applications use a Samsung M.2 NVMe 512GB SSD and there is a 5TB Western Digital Caviar Black drive for my data. As I also play games on the computer there is an over-clocked ASUS Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card too, All of the components came from Scan and a link to their site is here.

15″ Macbook Pro Retina with touch-bar (2.6GHz quad-core i7 CPU, 16GB ram, 1TB SSD, 4GB Radeon Pro 460 GPU):
apple-macbook-pro-touch-bar-late-2016

Computer Accessories
I have moved to a single ASUS PG348Q 34″ 100Hz G-Sync Curved Monitor With IPS Panel:

  • Supports NVIDIA G-Sync
  • Has a resolution of 3440×1440
  • A response time of 5ms
  • Contrast Ratio of 1,000:1
  • Has DP v1.2, HDMI and a USB 3.0 hub
  • An illuminated Tilt/Height/Swivel stand

Wacom Intuos 4 (A4) tablet, although this has been superseded by the Intuos 4 wireless and the Intuos 5 tablets it is still a very good device and is invaluable when fine detailed work is required.

Apple iPad (3rd generation aka “The new iPad”); click here for details. Since the update to iOS6 (now on iOS8) the screen seems even brighter and more radiant, this is my primary mobile device when the iPhone’s screen is too small. Apple iPad Camera connection kit: click here for details. Very useful if you have no access to a PC and need to get a photo or two onto the iPad for upload or modification. However, this too is starting to show its age and I am starting to look into a newer tablet; I’m not convinced that I will replace this with another iPad.

Calibration Device:
I use and X-rite i1 Display Pro to calibrate both the iMac’s display as well as the DELL 24” monitor, I purchased my device from WEX Photographic; this replaced an older device (made by Gretag Macbeth) and costs around £158. Click the link here to purchase one from WEX. A link to X-Rite’s website for the i1Display Pro is here.

Other Storage:
There are multiple external hard drives ranging from 500GB to 8TB (USB2 and USB3) in use for multiple backups. Whilst some of these are “plumbed into” the PC, the others are used to create an off-site backup.

I also have an external LaCie 8TB (dual 4TB when mirrored) external drive but this cannot be connected to the PC as it only has a thunderbolt port. Until I can upgrade the mother board to one that supports Thunderbolt (most new ones do directly or support a thunderbolt port) this will have to stay in the cupboard.

I also use a variety of cloud services for storage of various files; this includes Microsoft’s OneDrive as well Dropbox; I am also looking into Googles Google-drive too.

Software:
Adobe Photoshop LightRoom Clasic – this is my main tool for cataloguing and modification of photos and is now part of my Adobe Creative Cloud for Photographers subscription which also includes Photoshop CC and Bridge. I don’t use Photoshop much but it is an invaluable when more manipulative work is required.

I also have two plug-ins for Photoshop/LightRoom; the first is Google’s “Nik Software Suite” which is now owned by Google and although it has been updated occasionally I am not sure of its future. The second plug-in which I rarely use now is “PhotoKit Sharpener 2.0” by Pixel Genius – this is still the best Sharpening work flow tool although some of the technology is now present in LightRoom.

Finally, (on the photo editing front) I also use HDRSoft Photomatix Pro (v5) for my HDR work, this can be used as a plug-in with Photoshop and LightRoom but I prefer to use this as a stand-alone tool.

I continue to use Office 365, this gives me access to the entire MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, One Note, Publisher and Access), extra 1.2TB OneDrive storage and gives you 5 cross-platform licenses (Windows and Mac) as well as access to the iOS versions of office too.

Wish list:

  • New iPad – not sure which one at the moment and new ones are to be announced soon.
  • Wide Angle lens/zoom for A7, hopefully Sigma and or Tamron will announce something less than £1k, there are also some lens adapters for my 28mm that may do?
  • Sony E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS Black, this is a light/compact telephoto zoom for A6500.
  • Sony E 18-105mm f/4 G PZ OSS, this is the best of the standard APS zoom lenses that Sony make. It’s good for video and has a nice range.
  • Sony E 10-18mm f/4 OSS, this is a fantastic wide-angle zoom for the A6500 and can be used with a slight vignette on the A7 between 12mm and 16mm.
  • PixaPro Studio Flash heads and accessories if I do more Portrait work.
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