Hello

So here it is, finally i have managed to take the time out and complete on feature on my kit. This was the obvious place to start as its the most common question i get asked. What gear do i use and what for. This feature is on the Landscape Kit. I hope this answers any questions, if not then ask away and i will get back to you.

Filters.

This is my main filter set. They are so good I have two, one for each camera. You never know when you may need them both at the same time! The kit includes 3 hi quality resin filters. A 10 stop, a 6 and a 3 stop. The filters have a rubber gasket around one side, which reduces and help limit the light entering the camera to the sensor. This is to avoid any light leak which could occur. Once slotted in, it also helps keep the filter in place. The holder is made of aluminium. It feels very strong and sturdy. You can stack up to 3 filters in one holder with its unique design. The most I have ever used is 2 filters go give me 16 stops! With this kit I found that there is no colour cast, as I was getting from the Lee Big Stopper. That had a slight blue tinge; this one however, is almost as neutral as can be. Both are easy to correct in post, but the less colour cast you have the better. This kit is always in my bag no matter what, you just never know when you will see something beautiful worth stopping for.

Cameras and Lens.

My main camera is the Canon 1DX. It is an amazing camera which covers all of the work I do. It is a great camera for landscapes, as often the weather can be unpredictable and with great weather sealing there is no worry about getting the camera wet. I sometimes use the Canon 5DMK3, although not sealed as well as the 1DX, I do sometimes feel a little nervy about going far to shoot with it. My lens of choice for location is the Canon 16-35mm f/2.8. It is an amazing lens and combined with the gear I use, it can produce some amazing results. Yes there are some vignetting and barrel distortion issues, but nothing that can not be fixed in *post. It also has weather sealing, but not as well as the 17-40 f/4. Both are amazing lenses but you have the benefit of f/2.8 on the 16-35mm.

*When shooting RAW.

Tripods & Bags.

I have used many tripods in my travels. Many have been ok to use, but recently I have started to venture into mountaineering, so naturally, I needed something lighter. I use the Manfrotto carbon fibre series on short less strenuous journeys. They are very sturdy yet light enough to carry. For the more longer walks and climbs I use the ThreeeggedThing tripod. I have the one they call ‘Eddie’, with the Airhead 2 ballhead. This tripod folds so small it’s incredible. But honestly, it does not feel as solid as the Manfrotto on first use, it takes some time getting use to. After one use you can’t keep away. Yes it feels like a toy with its strange back folding legs, with twisting mechanisms to extend them. This takes time to get used to as the click ones are so much easier and quicker. But the weight is so incredible. It’s a great tripod for carrying on long journeys, you won’t even know you have it! The bags I use vary from slings to shoulder bags, and backpacks to my custom made leather bags. My recent addition to the bag family is the Loka LT by FStop. It is a very light version of the Loka bag. Something I needed for my climbing and long journeys. I was using the Lowepro Flipside 400 AW which is an excellent bag, but when weight is an issue it all adds up. The Loka allows me to take everything I need an still maintain low weight, which is easier to carry. I have not used it yet, so a review of this bag is to follow.

*The opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of the manufacturer, images used from stock websites.

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