Landscape Photography Gear
I thought it would be worth putting together a list of what I use to create my photographs and go on my photographic adventures. I will be honest and say that there a lot of affiliate links here so if you use these and then go onto make a purchase you will be supporting me in making more content in the future.
In some cases I have not been able to link to an exact product so have used its replacement or closest match I can find. Obviously, I can not vouch for these products.
It’s worth mentioning that this is what I use, it may not suit you, or your style of photography.
I have been shooting all of my landscape and aviation photographs on the Canon 5D Mark iv for several years now. It's a full-frame 30 megapixel DSLR. The quality of the image is fantastic, build quality and handling superb. Maybe a bit heavy for those long hikes but there are many cheaper ways to lighten your load and lose half a kilo than sacrifice image quality. I can thoroughly recommend this camera. It will give you many years of first-class service. And although mirrorless seems to be storming the markets. Prices remain stupidly high leaving DSLR's like this a firm favourite and reliable camera at a sensible price.
This is a fairly old camera now in the world of Digital photography. But the fact that I still use mine which I have had for 10 years is testament to how great this camera is. Although now relegated to my second choice as I use the 5D Mark iv (above) for my stills photography I will not be parting with my 7D. I currently use to record all of my Vlogs, which although it's not ideally suited to as it does not have a flip-out screen, it performs very well. Canon replaced the Mark i with the mark ii in 2014, and have since discontinued the 7D range. This is good news for photographers. If you want a high spec professional crop frame sensor DSLR you won't go wrong with a used mark i or mark ii
My goto workhorse lens for 90% of my photography, it lives attached to me Canon 5D mark iv. For my style of shooting and subjects it the ideal focal length. Ok its F4 not an F2.8 like the 70mm lens, but most landscape photographs need a good depth of field and f2.8 aperture is not needed. What I get with this lens is an extra 35mm focal length on top and often that makes a big difference especially when you are out shooting in bad weather and don't want to start changing lenses in the rain, or on the beach with all the sand around. 105mm is also a great full-frame focal length for the odd portrait. It's an L series lens so fantastic optical performance is guaranteed. A great lens for all photographers. I purchased this and my Canon 5D Mark iv at the same time, its amazing combination.
I think this lens is highly under rated. Many photographers rave about the 100-400 mark ii, but don't forget you need to carry it! There are not that many occasions when you need a 400mm lens in Landscape Photography. So this 300mm version is perfect. Its compact takes up very little space in the camera bag and significantly lighter than its bigger stablemates. A 300mm lens is great for landscape photography allowing you to get in close to those details and pick out distant mountain ranges. With a modern camera like the 5D Mark iv cropping the frame a little is not an issue if you want to get in a little closer. There are many great used versions of this lens on the market. I bought a used lens saved myself 100s of pounds and its in A1 condition.
Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3DG OS HSM Contemporary Canon Mount Lens
I purchased this lens almost exclusively for my aviation photography, I have since used it for photographing garden birds It has not disappointed me and I have made a full appraisal of the lens on my YouTube Channel. It represents amazing value for money, producing superb results when used properly. This is not the sort of lens you just drop on your camera and use. You need to practice and apply the very best techniques. I have been delighted with the results and will continue to use this lens for many years. The contemporary version is slightly lighter than the sports alternative. It lacks the weather sealing but plastic bag will save you hundreds of pounds and significantly reduce the weight and improve the handling.
I have had my Manfrotto 055 Pro B for more years than I can remember. Its been in rivers, up mountains dropped, the legs submerged in sand and saltwater. Had multiple strip downs and rebuilds in the garage. It's sturdy, not the lightest on the market, but reliable and just keeps ongoing. I probably won't change it until it completely fails and circumstances force me to buy another. I can't think of a better way to explain how good it is. The downside for you is it's so old you cant buy the model I have anymore. But coming from the same range the new 055 3 section carbon fibre is about the closes match I can find currently on the market. and it would certainly be a very strong contender as a replacement when I need one. Its not cheap, but I don't think it pays in the long run to buy a cheap tripod, it won't last, won't work well in the field and you will end up replacing it anyway. This version does not come with a head, which is not a bad thing as it allows you to pick one that suits your needs. (see my choice below)
Manfrotto MHXPRO-3W, X-PRO 3 Way Head
Once Again my matching 3-way head is no longer available to purchase. Ball heads seem to be the popular choice, but I prefer a little more precise control. Having the ability to adjust the camera on each access independently makes it easier for me to fine-tune compositions. Especially when checking the edges of the frame for unwanted distractions, often with a ball head you inadvertently move more than one axis at a time and it can be fiddly finding the sweet spot. Gear heads give the ultimate in fine control, but they are twice if not 3 times the price and heavier. This is a great compromise.
Carrying and Holding Systems
Shimoda Explore 60 Starter Kit (w/2 Small Core Unites - Sea Pine (520-014)
Making a recommendation for any carrying system is very hard. We are individual. Different frames sizes, different levels of carrying capability, different genders and needs. So all I can do is tell you what I might look If I were looking at changing my current Pack. I have a Naneu 50 Ltr Outdoor adventure pack. Its aa huge beast. I can carry my camera gear and everything I would need for a few nights wild camping if I needed it. But its a but old now, and advances in camera backpacks have been massive.
My next pack could well be from Shimoda, I like the features on the bags, they seem very adaptable with lots of adjustment. And they are used by a wide range of outdoor photographers that I follow.
When holding long lenses stability is important. And often the pressure on your hands and fingers is uncomfortable. If you hand holding a long lens like mike Sigma 150-600 for several hours, shooting aviation, wildlife or sports, support like this makes a huge difference. I immediately felt more relaxed, experienced less fatigue and hit rate went up when using this at an aviation shoot. The added benefit of the built-in Arca Swiss plate meads you can go from Tripod / Monopod to hand-holding easily. JJC Hand Grip Hand Strap for DSLR Camera (with Arca Type Plate)
Great landscape photography doesn't always happen in the best weather conditions. Dramatic lighting, frozen lakes, hoar frost laden trees don't happen in the summer. But get out stay out and make the most of these conditions you need to be comfortable to protect yourself as well as your camera equipment.
Vallerret makes a range of photography gloves, there will be a pair or combination that will meet your own specific needs. With accurate sizing guides, a great fit improves feeling and dexterity. Fold back forefinger and thumb ends allow you to use your gear without taking them off and keep shooting.
With advancing arthritis in both of my hands I can honestly testify these gloves keep me out shooting longer and without painful joints. When I'm on a shoot I want to be comfortable and concentrate on the subject not worrying about the cold. Check out there website and try them for yourself.