Fuji X-T3 – This is my main camera for stills and video, and I love it. I chose the Fuji X-T3 because it is light and compact, its dials give it an analogue feel and it is great for photos and video. Fuji’s colour science also separates it from other brands, and it is one of the best crop sensor cameras on the market.
Fujinon 16-55 f2.8 – This is by far the sharpest lens I have ever used, and it should be as one of Fuji’s professional lenses. It’s a 24-82.5 full frame equivalent with a constant 2.8 aperture, giving excellent low light performance. While it is expensive and larger than the kit lens, the quality it produces was worth the extra cost.
Fujinon 23mm f2 – The latest edition to my lens lineup. You might be thinking why I did get this given I have the 16-55 f.28? The main reason was due to the size. The 23mm f2 (35mm Full Frame equivalent) is a super small and lightweight lens that you can put on to your Fuji camera if you want a lighter set-up. For me, I use the 23mm f2 whenever I visit a city and don’t want to take my entire camera kit with me. The image quality is fantastic and the focusing is fast and silent.
Samyang 12mm f2 – I’m a huge fan of Astrophotography and as soon as I moved to Fujifilm, this lens was on my shopping list. The Samyang is a 12mm manual focus prime lens with a maximum aperture of f2 which makes it perfect for photographing things such as the Milky Way. Another benefit of this lens is also its price. In the UK, this lens costs less than £300 new which makes it a bargain for the money. If you aren’t in to astrophotography, this lens is also a great wide angle option.
Fuji X-T3 Battery Grip – I was quite lucky to have this included when I bought my X-T3 from WEX. Unlike battery grips from competitors, the Fuji X-T3 grip lets you use two batteries as opposed to one. It also adds some bulk to the camera which is useful when using larger lenses like the 50-140mm f2.8.
GoPro Hero 5 Black – I don’t use it much for my photography, but it comes everywhere we travel regardless. It is a great little camera perfect for capturing memories on your travels. We’ve used ours for things such as skiing, sandboarding and hiking and it’s been great.
Peak Design Everyday Backpack 20L – A new purchase for 2021. I’ve become a huge fan of everything Peak Design since I got one of their straps. Two of the things I like most about this bag are the “origami’ dividers and the dual side compartments. The origami dividers allow you to organise your gear exactly how you want, while the dual side compartments let you access it from either side of the bag. The bag itself can also carry up to a 16inch laptop and is “weatherproof”, meaning you should be safe if you find yourself stuck out in the elements
LowePro Tahoe 150 – Despite being a small camera bag, it holds a surprising amount of kit. When travelling to Australia last year it held my Fuji X-T3, two lenses (including a telephoto), accessories, and my 13-inch MacBook Pro. And as I like to travel light, this bag is perfect for me.
Tenba BYOD 10 – One of the downsides of traditional camera bags is that they don’t have much room for anything else. What if you are going hiking and want to carry water or food for a full day out? One solution I have found is to use a camera bag insert which is where this comes in. The Tenba BYOD 10 is a medium sided camera bag insert which can be placed in a traditional hiking bag.
Osprey Quasar –This is my main hiking bag. It isn’t overly big but has enough space for most things and even has a laptop compartment. I use this with the Tenba BYOD 10 to carry my camera when on longer trips.
Manfrotto Elements Tripod w/Ballhead – This is the first “proper” tripod I bought and still the one I use today. It replaced a cheap Amazon tripod I had, and the difference was massive. The Manfrotto is lightweight, folds up small and yet can extend to over 162cm (5.3 feet). It also comes with a ball head which is Arca-Swiss compatible and has 360o rotation for panoramas.
Joby GorillaPod 3K – I absolutely love this little tripod. As I’m using a mirrorless camera, this is perfect for carrying around London. One of its big advantages is that it can get super low to the ground, something conventional tripods struggle with. The GorillaPod is also compact and stable for its size. One of the other bonuses is if you already have a tripod head, you can attach that to the GorillaPod.
Peak Design Slide Camera Strap – I cannot recommend this camera strap or Peak Design enough. The strap itself is comfortable and with the Peak Design clip system you can quickly remove the strap when needed. No strap flapping about while on a tripod anymore. The other thing I love about it is that you can use it in many configurations. I use mine as a sling most of the time, as I find this a more comfortable way of carrying my camera. The Peak Design clips are also universal with their other accessories.
Peak Design Cuff – As with the rest of the Peak Design system, the Cuff uses the same connectors. This makes it very easily to use this interchangeably with other Peak Design accessories like the Slide Camera strap and to remove it from the camera. The Cuff is essentially a wrist strap with leather accents that allows you to carry your camera in your hand without fear of dropping it.
Peak Design Capture V3 – One of the things I found annoying when taking photographs while hiking was having to carry my camera in my hand, or having to put it away in my bag between photographs. That was until I came across the Peak Design Capture V3. The Peak Design Capture attaches to your bag or belt while an arca-swiss compatible base plate attaches to your camera. The 4 way base plate allows you to insert your camera in any orientation into the clip. Using this clip means you can carry your camera handsfree and always have it easily accessible should you want it.
Gobe “The Collection” Filter Kit – If you haven’t heard of Gobe filters, definitely check them out. They are high quality and made of Japanese optical glass. I bought “The Collection” set which comes with eight filters: (ND1000, UV filter, low-profile CPL filter, FLD filter, and four colour gradient filters). I’ve used these in a lot of my photos, and they have been great. They are also affordable and for every purchase, Gobe also plants trees. What’s not to love.
Spare Batteries – One of the downsides of the Fuji X-T3 is that it is a bit of a battery hog. If you are coming from a DSLR it takes some getting used to and is one of the reasons I carry multiple batteries. If you buy the official ones this can work out expensive, but I’ve been using five Hahnel HL-F126S batteries. These have given me no issue with my X-T3 both in the body or camera grip so far.
Pig- Iron L-Bracket – Anyone who uses a tripod that is Arca-Swiss compatible regularly needs to have an L-Bracket. They are an absolute game changer. Before I got mine, I never shot any of my landscapes in portrait orientation because of how much hassle it was. But with an L-Bracket you can quickly switch without having to alter your tripod at all.
LensPen – There is nothing more annoying than going out for a shoot to find your photos are full of spots when you get home. I bought the LensPen set to stop that. You get a cleaning pen for your lenses, filters, and sensor so you can keep your camera free of dust and in great working order.
Battery Bank – Not explicitly a camera accessory but I won’t go on any long trips without one. It has gotten me out of a few jams while travelling and since my X-T3 can be charged by it, it’s even more handy than before. Mine is over 20,000mAh and being made of metal is quite durable.
Photo Editing & Post-Processing
2020 Apple MacBook Air M1 – When Apple announced the new M1 MacBooks I was immediately intrigued. Despite already owning a 2018 MacBook Pro, I’d begun to get annoyed with the heat it generated doing even the smallest of tasks. This M1 Macbook Air is worlds apart. The performance is mind blowing especially in apps such as Lightroom and Photoshop (both of which are not currently optimised for Apple Silicon). Everything is faster and snappier. And despite this MacBook not having a fan, it is significantly cooler even under intense loads.
Lacie 2TB Rugged USB-C Hard Drive – This is my main hard-drive and where I keep all of my photographs backed up. If you are looking for a rugged hard drive, look no further.
LETSCOM USB-C Dongle – A cheap USB-C dongle which features 3x USB-A ports, SD Card Reader, and a HDMI port. A must have if you are a Macbook user.
Capture One Pro – Earlier this year (2021) I moved completely away from Adobe products. For my photo editing I am using a combination of Capture One 21 Pro and Affinity Photo. As a Fujifilm shooter, Capture One Pro is miles ahead of Lightroom in terms of processing Fuji RAW files.
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