That’s a phrase we hear regularly and it’s true, but only to a point. It is about the camera and also the lenses too, without them there would be no photograph! As photographers, we need the cameras and lenses that are capable of producing the photographs we want or need and importantly, that we enjoy using.
I made the decision in February 2018 to fully swap systems from Nikon DSLRs to Fujifilm mirrorless. It was a big move but one that I have absolutely no regrets about. I have a blog post about my transition towards the Fujifilm system which you can read here. In brief, their lenses are incredibly sharp, well built and (relatively) lightweight. The cameras are also lightweight, produce incredible colours (I enjoy using the film simulations!) and while they are packed with modern photographic technology, they have a wonderful tactile ‘retro’ feel to them.
I use Fujifilm cameras and lenses. At the moment, I’m using a pre-production X-T4 which I’ve had since February 2020, X-H1 and X-T2. I use the Fujifilm XF 100-400mm f/4.5-f/5.6, XF 50-140mm f/2.8 and XF 18-55mm f/2.8-f/4, plus the 1.4x teleconverter.
I’ve also had extensive use of the XF 200mm f/2 and the medium format system with the GFX50s and GF250mm f/4, both with their respective dedicated 1.4x teleconverters.
In January 2020, I was delighted to accept an invitation from FUJIFILM UK to become one of their UK brand ambassadors – an Official FUJIFILM X-Photographer! I’ve got a blog post on this, here.
When needed, I use a Benro MMA28C carbon fibre monopod which is incredibly lightweight and sturdy. I have two tripods, a Gitzo 5541LS and a Manfroto Neotec. I use Uniqball heads on both the monopod and tripods and also a Wimberley Gimbal head.
Like most photographers, I have a large collection of camera bags and I’m yet to really find one that fits all of my requirements. I use a ThinkTank Airport Commuter for travelling with gear, especially on flights, and a Manfrotto RedBee-210 ‘in the field’.
I often use graduated filters when photographing wildlife in a wider context. My filters of choice are the Firecrest Ultra range from Formatt-Hitech for their incredible colour neutrality and sharpness. In May 2019 I accepted an invitation to become a brand ambassador for Formatt-Hitech filters.
More recently in 2020, I’ve started to move in to filmmaking projects. The Fujifilm cameras I use give me what I need with features such as 4k footage and F-log capability. But, not unlike stills photography, there’s a whole host of accessories needed to get the best results.
For filmmaking I use a manfrotto fluid video tripod head, an Atomos Shinobi external monitor, Zoom H4N multi-track audio recorder, a Smallrig camera cage and long-lens support with various attachements and a Formatt-Hitech Firecrest Ultra 3 stop ND filter.