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A long term Nikon user, over the last several years I've been considering moving to a mirrorless system given the savings in gear size and weight on offer without loss of image quality.

My first dalliance was via a Sony a6300, which I bought as an ultra-portable body and after taking it on a few trips, I was very impressed (images from New Zealand and South Africa to come in future updates). So prior to our trip to Canada I took the plunge on a Sony a7R IV, and so far am very happy with it. Of course I realise that in one sense 60MP is overkill unless I intend to print at billboard size (which I don't), and it is very demanding of technique, lens quality and focus precision, however it provides outstanding image quality (to my eyes) as well as loads of flexibility for post processing or to cropping (especially useful for wildlife).

I still have my Nikon bodies (D700, F5, F80 and F801), and will probably hold on to them for sentimental reasons as much as anything else, and I doubt I'd get much for them even if I did want to sell.

I use Kirk Enterprises L-brackets on all my cameras.


My lens line up has had a bit of a refresh with the move to mirrorless. For the Sony bodies, I have the 10-18 f4 and the Zeiss 35mm f2.8 (both orignally bought for the a6300), as well as the Zeiss 16-35mm f4, the Zeiss 55mm f1.8, the 90mm f2.8 macro, the 70-200mm f4 and the 100-400mm f4-5.6. The 70-200mm and 100-400mm have replacement feet from Kirk.

For the Nikon bodies, the lens lineup is unchanged and consists of AFS 17-35mm f2.8, AF 60mm f2.8 Micro, AF 80-200mm f2.8, AF 200mm f4 Micro, AFS 300mm f4 and the TC14EII and TC17EII. The 300mm has a Kirk collar and the 200m macro has a Kirk foot.

All my lenses and cameras are now stored in a dry cabinet, as Sydney has gotten more humid over the years, and I had a scare with mould inside a lens (which the wonderful technicians at Nikon were able to clean out).

Tripod & camera bag

My main tripod is a Gitzo 3540LS with a Kirk FP-300 top plate. Married to this is an Acratech GP head, a combination which I think provides an outstanding balance of stability and weight. When I want to travel light, I use a Gitzo GT2545T with an Acratech GPSS head, which performs fantastically well.

My main camera bag is the Mindshift Gear Backlight 36L, which is very comfortable to carry, provides good capacity and works as carry on luggage for most airlines.

Digital Darkroom

I run Lightroom Classic, Photoshop and the Nik Software suite (Viveza, Silver Efex etc) on a Dell XPS15 running a core i7 processor with 32GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. As my PC is a laptop, I've got it hooked up to a Dell U2711 flat panel via a DVI connection. The monitor is profiled using Pantone's OptiCAL and Spyder.

This site was originally built (many years ago) in basic HTML and published using MS FrontPage, but has since been migrated to DreamWeaver. My web-coding skills have, sadly, not kept pace with the software, so the basic structure of the site hasn't changed. Still basic HTML, but it works ...

Film & filters

Film has long been an anachronism, and like most landscape photographers who've been around for a while, I've got loads of transparencies (mostly Fuji Velvia) filed away. Even if I did want to shoot a roll or two of film nowadays, I doubt there would be anywere left to process it ...

I recently upgraded my filters, and now have a Wine Country Camera filter holder, which is a beatufully designed and made piece of kit. I use the circular polariser that came with the filter holder as well as Breakthrough Photography's 6 stop ND and 2 stop soft graduated ND.