Gear

Some information detailing all the equipment I use for Landscape Photography.

 
Gear
 

Above is what I would usually take with me for a typical days shooting.

Camera:

Nikon D850

Having owned a Nikon D7200 for the past couple of years, upgrading to full frame as a Landscape photographer invested in Nikon I naturally went for the D850. It's a beast of a machine with 45.7 Megapixels, incredible dynamic range, fully water sealed and a dream to use. This camera should serve me well for years to come.

Lenses: 

Nikon 16-35mm f/4

Owning an ultra-wide angle lens is a must for any landscape photographer. It allows you to get in close and play with the perspective between foreground and background. A lot of my images are taken within this focal range.

Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 VC G2

Covering the mid-range zoom I have the superb lens by Tamron. It's pin sharp and is a lot less painful on the bank balance compared to the Nikon equivalent.

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS

Completing what is deemed the essential focal range for any landscape photographer I use another 3rd party lens. Again cost was a major factor, but this lens is super sharp and I'm more than happy with it's performance. 70-200 is my go to focal length when in woodlands as it allows you to really focus in and isolate a specific subject.

Filters:

Lee Big Stopper

Adding 10 stops to your exposure time is either something you either love or hate. I fall into the former category and will often find myself reaching into my filter pouch for this filter. It helps to smooth out water, add movement to skies and can really add a new dimension to your work, even allowing you to shoot under the mid-day sun if required.

Lee Little Stopper

The Big Stopper's little brother adds 6 stops to your exposure time. Perfect for when the light is low and the Big Stopper will extend your shutter length too far. The Little Stopper is also perfect for when you want to retain some definition in water or clouds.

0.9 ND Filter

The youngest of my three ND Filters. the 0.9 ND adds 3 stops to your exposure time. I use this filter when photographing during the blue hours when my exposure time is already at 6-15 seconds and using the Little or Big Stopper would leave me with exposure times longer than I need. I also use this filter a lot under bright skies when shutter speeds are rendered too quick to record any motion in subjects such as waves.

0.9 Hard Graduated Filter

Graduated filters are used for balancing the exposure between a bright sky and a dark foreground. The 0.9 Hard Grad adds a very distinct separation between the light and dark sections of the filter, because of this they are suited to landscapes with a straight horizon such as the coastline.

0.9 Medium Grad Filter

Does what is says on the tin! This filter adds a more subtle transition from light to dark and is perfect for when there are elements such as mountains or rooftops braking the horizon.

0.6 Soft Grad Filter

A Soft Grad filter is required when there is no distinct transition between the sky and the land. I use this filter a lot when including the sky in a woodland image.

0.9 Reverse ND Filter

Although reserved for only a very niche part of my photography (as the time it can be used is fairly limited). This filter is invaluable for sunrise or sunset shoots when the sun is just on the horizon line. The filter is at its most dense along the horizon with a gradual upwards transition back to clear.

Lee Landscape Polariser

This filter almost never leaves my camera. It helps to reduce glare, can help make clouds pop in the sky. It also has a slight warm bias, helping to enhance greens, browns and golds in a landscape.

Lee Foundation Kit Holder

A means for attaching my filters to any of my lenses. I use Lee Filters Adapter rings on the lens, the filter holder is then able to attach to these. I also use the Lee Lens caps as a means of being able to keep my adapter rings attached to my lens' at all times.

Lee Filters Field Pouch

Exceptionally handy piece of kit for storing all my filters in. Comes with a shoulder strap making access nice and easy when standing in the sea or on some wet rocks.

Tripod, Tripod Head & Accessories

Manfrotto MT190CXPRO4 Tripod

A good sturdy tripod is a paramount for any landscape photographer.  Also something that is light goes a long way to keeping weight down when out and about.

I chose to go for a Carbon Fibre tripod by Manfrotto. The tripod has 4 leg sections which helps keep it's size compact when folded down. Although I have sacrificed some sturdiness compared to the 3 sectioned version, the size savings was a deciding factor and I have never had any issues with my tripods stability so far.

Manfrotto MHXPRO-BHQ6 Ball Head

Easy to use and with a full range of movement this ball head is perfect for any landscape photographer. Being Arca-Swiss compatible is also a huge bonus as it allows me to use an L-Bracket with my D850.

Kirk BL-D850 L Bracket

Not cheap but once you have used one you will never be without it. Makes switching between portrait and landscape orientation a breeze and allows for a full range of movement when shooting in portrait rather than just having to pop the camera into that little gap on a typical ball head.

Hahnel Shutter Release

Making images that lack sharpness is a photographers worst nightmare. In order to keep images as clean as possible, Landscape photographers are often using a low ISO which can mean long shutter speeds with their camera mounted on a tripod. Using a shutter release  allows you to avoid any camera shake created when pressing the shutter.

When using the Lee Stoppers, exposure times often reach into multiple minutes, the shutter release allows me to manually control these times whilst avoiding any contact with my camera.

Zeiss Cleaning Kit

Keeping your gear clean and free from dust, salt, sand and any other elements is a must. Not only to keep your equipment in good working order but also to help you create the cleanest images possible.

Backpack

Lowepro Whistler BP 450 AW

Having a lot of gear requires something not only to carry it all but to also protect it. 

I opted for the Lowepro 450 AW. There is no such thing as the perfect camera bag, but this one come close for me. Plenty of secure storage space for all my gear along with space for water, food and a second section to pop in extra layers of clothing.

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