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In April 2020 I made the decision to sell my Canon gear and I got myself an Olympus 4/3 Camera.  Because I travel and hike a lot, as well as make video vlogs for YouTube this was absolutely the right move for me as it keeps the weight of my gear low.

I also really enjoy some of the features that Olympus camera has, such as the incredibly good image stabilisation and features like the Pro Capture mode. The ISO capabilities are not as good as on high-end full-frame DSLRs but to me, the benefits outweigh the disadvantages.

As the cost of the M.Zuiko 300mm f/4 lens was quite high I settled on an Olympus O-MD E-M1 Mark II to begin with and will upgrade to a newer body when I can afford it.

Post Processing

Denoise AI by Topaz – Using this program to deal with noise in my images has completely changed how I shoot.  Now, I’m not afraid to push the ISO higher on my Canon 7D ii in low light situations. Check out my blog post and accompanying video to see how well it works.

Cameras

Olympus O-MD E-M1 Mark II – (US Amazon) As the battery can drain fast you better get at least one spare battery.

Canon M50  –  With kit lens 15-45mm. Get a spare battery as it discharges pretty fast. Main camera used for my vlogs including time-lapse, b-roll and occasional 4K video/time-lapse.

CamPark Trail Camera – (US Amazon) I use this to gather more info on wildlife before I start photography.

GoPro Hero 3+  – Used for b-roll for my videos and occasionally time-lapse. 

DJI Mavi Pro  – Used for b-roll for my videos and occasionally photography.

Lenses

M.Zuiko 300mm f/4 – (US Amazon)

Olympus MC-14 1.4x M.Zuiko Digital Converter – (US Amazon)

Tripod

MeFoto Tripod Globetrotter

Joby Gorillapod – mini vlog tripod

L-Bracket Tripod Quick Release  – Handy device for switching between horizontal and vertical view when using a tripod.

Microphones

Røde Microphone – for vlogging

Røde Wireless Go Microphone – Really useful when it’s windy or you’re further from the camera.

Accessories

Motorised Micro 2 Slider by Zeapon – US Amazon (Creating smooth b-roll video for vlogs and timelapse)

Viking 8×42 ED S Special Edition Binocular – Very important to have decent binoculars while doing wildlife photography (I can highly recommend these Viking binoculars and at a really good price, they were close to £500 a few years ago)

Spare Olympus BLH-1 Battery – (US Amazon)

Spare Battery Canon M50

Waterproof Camo bought it for 150-600 Tamron, fits my new 100-400mm lens as well.

Camo scrim  UK Shop  —  US Shop  – Ideal for throwing over yourself for some quick cover or use in the window of your car as seen in my video on using the car as a hide.

DJI Mavic Pro Carrying Case UK Shop — US Shop

Clothing

Muckboots  UK Shop  —  US Shop  –  With neoprene lining, highly recommend if you get cold feet.  I’ve used Muckboots for years while doing bird surveys in the highlands of Scotland and they’re fantastic for keeping warm.

Sealskinz Waterproof gloves   –  Waterproof and leather palm lining, handy when crawling around on the ground for an eye-level view of wildlife.  Check them out in my video on photographing otters on the Isle of Mull.

Montane Extreme Salopettes  –  Thick trousers for keeping warm in winter, incredibly handy when sitting still for hours on end in the cold.  I wear them in my video on photographing jumping squirrels.

 

 

 

Canon 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 L IS II USM Review

Photography Hides

I work with Tragopan who specialise in equipment for wildlife photographers, especially hides and camouflage designed to get close to wildlife.  Check out some of the videos I’ve made on the Tragopan YouTube Channel.

You can check out their website: tragopan-shop.com  —  US and Canada photographyblinds.com

Don’t forget to sign up to my email list for 10% off in the Tragopan Shop!

 

 

Here’s a review I did of Tragopan’s hide, Monal before I started to work with them.

Backpack

Ajna F-stop backpack with Large Pro ICU: https://fstopgear.com/products/packs/ajna

Tetras 500 V4 Tragopan: https://tragopan-shop.com/en/e-shop/backpack/7783-backpack-tetras-500-v4.html

 

You can check out my review of the Ajna F-stop after 1 year of travelling in the video below.

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