Pete’s Gear

 IMG_9948blogThe gear that I use ranges from the digital world through to the film world. Yes i embrace both as there are advantages for both and there may come a time when film is no longer made and I will not be able to use my film cameras.

 

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Film

In this area I use the Fuji 16×7, Noblex Pro 12×6, Mamiya 645 and Nikon f100. Why so many cameras and why film. Each one of the film  cameras has its own role and I use them where I feel the digital world hasn’t matched it at this point in time. I have no doubt that in time, I’m sure digital will match it in the larger format cameras but until that comes about, I will continue to use the above cameras to achieve the results that I need.

 

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I have a Canon 6d and a canon 7dmark2 Both are outstanding cameras andI just think they are just perfect for me.

I love the Canon 6D as its an affordable camera, almost idential to the 5dmark3 and yet it is half the price. I;m not a fan for paying for technology that you’ll never use. If you have the money to invest in the 5Mark3 or 4, then Id rather buy two bodies for the price of one. That;s just a personal preference.

I love the 7d mark2. This camera is gold. i use it for all of my wildlife and at 10 frames a second, it is sensational!!! Why pay $6000 plus for the 1dx mark two for an extra few frames a second. Once again for me, I’d rather have two bodies for the price of one. Well you would get 3 bodies.

Don’t get me wrong the 1Dx mark2 is Canon’s flag ship and is gold on so many levels and if money was no option, then its worth having in your kit.

The 7d mark2 is by far my favorite Canon camera. I love that it is a half frame camera which means when you put the 100-400f5.6 on it, the crop factor kicks in and you never look back.

If you fo to my Africa Tours page, my blogs in Africa, 98% are taken with the 7Dmark2. The 10 frames a second is so fast and you never miss a beat with it.

The images on my African pages speaks for themselves and it;s a camera that is a game changer for so many and you can do wildlife at an affordable level.

Both the 7d mark2 and the 6D are awesome in low light. This was a major flaw in the 5mark 2 for low light shooting but Canon have improved the low light capabilities so much more now that shooting at night with both of these cameras is not an issue.It’s a delight.

At the end of the day, it all comes down to what works for you. For myself having the full frame for my landscape is a must and the 6D is ideal for that. If you are into wildlife photography , then in my opinion a half frame camera is a must and the 7D mark 2 works for me as well.

It all comes down to your own needs. What I will say is don’t get tricked, or talked into buying a camera that will set you back $4000 – $6000 if it is not what you want. You will be paying for technology that you’ll never use.

I’ve been  a professional photographer for 30 years now and i have never had the most expensive gear and ye, I think my pictures are ok .

One of the reason that I would never invest in a body that will set you back over $4000 plus is that in this modern world of digital technology, things are changing so quickly that before you know it, if you are changing your cameras every 3-4 years, you are spending a large sum of money. keeping things at a reasonable price means that you are able to afford the changes.

 

Tripod

I have two vanguard Tripods that are outstanding and both have out lasted anything that I’ve ever had before. My favourite is Altra Pro 264AT. What I love about this tripod is that I can take out the centre pole out and have the laying flat on the ground which makes it ideal for getting down low!!!

What’s In My Bag?

That will vary over time but basically I have two camera bodies, ( 6D and the 7Dmark2-sometimes I have my old 7D mark 1 with me depending if I’m doing time lapse at the same time.My ND grads are with me all the time( Photographers Best Friend), battery chargers, head light,a blow pocket rocket to get dust off the sensor.My Lightning Trigger is with me at all times. That’s super light and worth its weight in gold as they say.

I have a 16-35 f2.8, mark 1 version. That’s my favorite lens. 100mm f2.8macro, not the L series, 24-105mm f4, 15mm fisheye linear and 70-200f4 L series which is so sharp and a fraction of the price of the 2.8 model and it is so light on comparison.The last lens is the 100-400 f5.6 mark 2 version which is so sharp and all of my African Wildlife is shot with this lens. The images speak for themselves with this lens.Below there are some examples for you to see. the rest can be found on my blog and African Tours  page.

This my trusted work horse, my Fuji pano film based camera.

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Another strong point with the 7Dmark 2 is the 10 frames a second. This shot was taken at 10 frames a second. Having this feature on the camera makes shooting Africa a complete joy because if there is action, you’re not going to miss it at all.

This shot( above) was also taken at 10 frames a second and the results speak for themselves.

The picture below was taken at ISO 4000 and the results are sensational. A few years ago if you had to put your camera on ISO 4000 you  would be so worried that it would come out awful. That’s another great plus with the 7 D mark2 is the high ISO results. They are remarkable. This was taken as the sun was coming up in Tanzania. It was either set the camera to ISO 4000 or not take the picture. As you can see the picture has come out fine. Just love the 7Dmark2. The perfect camera for wildlife along with the 100-400 f5.6 L Series