EQUIPMENT

I have have used a couple of different cameras for my wildlife photography, but have always stayed with Canon. Although originally it was through canon having the a cheap entry DSLR when I first got into photography, it now is because of the vast number and quality of the lens'.

After passing the compact camera stage I first purchased a Canon 300D and 100-300mm f4-5.6 lens. Although my images improved over the compact camera, it did not take long for me to want more; such as a quick start up, higher frames per second and image quality so I eventually bought a Canon 30D and 100-400mm IS L USM lens.

The majority of the pictures on this site were taking using that combination and I stuck with the 30D for just under 2 years until I eventually wanted more form it and having agreed that wildlife photography was no passing hobby I upgraded to the Canon 1Ds mark II DSLR.

As of May 08 I also upgraded to the Canon 500mm f4 IS lens as my main lens which aids photographing small birds from a comfortable distance (helped by the 1.4x converter).

For my macro photos (invertebrates, plants and fungi) I use a Canon 100mm macro f2.8 USM lens and although this lens is very impressive I am still waiting on Canon to bring out an IS version.

My current equipment list is:

  • Canon 1Ds mk II
  • Canon 30D (back-up)
  • Canon 500mm f4 IS lens
  • Canon 100-400mm f4-5.6 IS lens
  • Canon 100mm macro f2.8 lens
  • Canon EFs 15-85mm IS lens
  • Canon 1.4x II extender
  • Canon 580EX speedlight