Freelance Photographer

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Gear Up!

I am constantly asked what my photography gear pack is made up of, so I have compiled a list of it below (& my wish list too):

My current pack
  • Canon 5D Mark II
  • Canon EF 24-70mm 1:2.8L USM lens w’ hood (wide angle)
  • Canon EF 16-35mm 1:2.8L II USM lens w’ hood (wide angle)
  • Canon EF 100mm 1:2.8L IS USM lens w’ hood (macro)
  • Lee Soft Graduated Filters 0.3, 0.6, 0.9 100x150mm Resin
  • Lee 10 Big Stopper
  • Lee 77mm Ring Adaptor
  • Lee 82mm Ring Adaptor
  • Lee Foundation Kit
  • Hoya Filter Circular Polarizing 77mm
  • Hoya PRO1 Digital Filter Circular Polarizing 82mm
  • Manfrotto 055CXPRO4 Carbon Fibre Tripod
  • Manfrotto Levelling Base 338
  • Manfrotto 808RC4 Ball Head
  • Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3
  • Canon Speedlite 430EX
  • Lowepro Pro Runner 300 AW


  • Beanie
  • Scarpa gortex boots
  • Thermal shirt & socks
  • Scarf
  • Windproof jacket
  • LED torch
  • Compass
  • Lanyard
  • Screwdriver – phillips and standard
  • Lip gloss
  • Gloves – fingerless
  • Thermarest self-inflating seat
  • iPhone for tidal apps, sunrise/set, moonrise times, gps, weather apps, etc…
  • Petzl head torch

My wishlist

  • Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Autofocus Lens
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Autofocus Lens
  • Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Manual Focus Lens for EOS
  • Canon 500mm f/4L IS

My Suppliers

Grey vs Local Stock?

  • Don’t be worried about buying imported stock – the warranties are valid, Canon will service your product and if you insure your gear, then why worry?  A $2000 AUD lens can be $1250 AUD if negotiated correctly and you save $750 AUD buying from DWI or B&H.  If insurance costs you 5% of product cost or you save 37.5% buying an import, then the risk (for me) far outweighs arranging postage of sending the item to either Canon Australia, or the supplier.  More money saved, more gear you can buy!  Have never had any problems with any of my gear purchased local or overseas and these are trusted suppliers.

Manfrotto 338 Levelling Base – Drilled Out

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When you start connecting your equipment to your tripod, it weighs close to a tonne before you start trekking down to the rock face or beach for a shoot – I recently added the Manfrotto 338 Levelling Base under the ball head on my carbon fibre tripod and it just got ridiculous.  I got the majority of the base drilled out in this metal monster.  It looks trick and has lost about 60% of the weight – might make it easier next time I’m hiking out on location.  Just hope I don’t have to warranty claim on it for some unknown reason – they might not take it back…. 🙂 Stoked!!!