In this section I have listed the photographic kit and accessories that I currently use , together with I hope some useful comments.

Firstly I have no hang up on manufacturers in fact my first SLR was a Canon AE1, I think they are all now offer superb imaging.

Nikon D4 and Nikon D800e. Prior to these I used a Nikon D700 and Nikon D3x

Just acquired I will be using the D800e for most of my work now as it mostly offers the same controls as the D4 but with the advantage of a higher pixel count which allows me to crop subjects without the loss of quality.
For high shutter speed work and low light conditions I will be using the D4.

These I consider more important than the bodies. In ascending order I use:

Nikon 17-35mm f2.8 D, one of my old underwater lenses but superb quality.
Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 G11 ED VR, in my opinion one of Nikons sharpest lenses.
Sigma 150mm f2.8 APO Macro DG hsm, for me this lens outperforms every other macro lens I have tried.
Nikon 300mm f2.8 G11 ED VR, 30 years in production this lens is pin sharp.
Nikon 600mm f4 AFS D11, when you need the reach this lens takes some beating, I don't see the need for VR at this length as I find it to heavy to hand hold.


I use all three of nikons teleconverters the 1.4x, 1.7x and the new 2x Tc 20e 11 I found the old version too soft, but these with the high end lenses especially the primes I find produce excellent results and offer a great deal of focal length choice in the field.

All my tripods and mono pod are carbon fibre for rigidity and weight saving, I use Feisol tripods and monopod with a ball head and Wimberly Sidekick for most work, however recently for my longer lenses I am now using a Sachtler FS8 video head with the Sachltler CF tripod which can be adjusted for height without bending down. The head offers damping adjustment and is rock solid. All are fitted with Arca Swiss fittings.

I don't use flash very often but my main unit is a Nikon SB800 with which I use a Better Beamer flash extender when required. My macro flash system is the Nikon R1C1 system which offers so much flexibility.

If I am shooting landscapes I use the Tamrac Expedition 9x which is so comfortable with loads of space.
For wildlife I tend to carry everything in my Lowepro AW 600 long lens backpack, I also have the older slightly shorter version which complies with airline spec.
On a camera strap I have three Matin neoprene pouches holding my teleconverters for quick access.

I process everything now in Adobe Lightroom 5, I rarely need Photoshop these days, I also have the Nik software plugin's for Lightroom although I tend to only use Define for noise reduction and tonal contrast in Color Efex pro, I finish output with Nik Sharpener pro.
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