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cameras | lenses | tripods | and the rest…

Hey, guys! Welcome to my gear page. Here you can find all the gear I shoot with on a regular basis and continually recommend to my readers.

If you have any questions about any of the items below, please give me a shout on my contact page! I’ve separated everything into categories to make it easier for you guys to sort through. I’ve also included links to reviews I’ve done on some of the products, which are definitely worth reading if you’re considering one of the items!

All product photographs are my own. #gearporn

Cameras

Sony A7R

This full frame mirrorless camera is my landscape photography workhorse. It has great dynamic range and is perfect for high contrast scenes where the sun is nearing the horizon. You can read my full review here: Sony A7R – Review

Canon 5D Mark III

I owe a lot to this camera. It reignited my passion for photography and sparked my interest in landscape photography. Whilst I no longer use it for landscape photography, I use it for just about everything else, from product photography to portrait photography and anything in-between. It’s also a low-light beast!

GoPro HERO3+ Silver Edition

These handy little action cameras can just about take whatever beating you throw at them (provided they are in their protective housings). While I don’t often post images or footage from my GoPro, they certainly are a great way of documenting your travels, even if only for personal viewing.

Lenses

Sony 16-35mm f/4

This lens is almost always attached to my Sony A7R. In fact, there was a period of time where it was literally permanently attached due to corrosion – but that’s a story for another day. For me, this is the perfect landscape lens; it’s almost always at 16mm.

Sony 70-200mm f/4

A great focal length for portrait photography, if you don’t mind the smaller f/4 aperture. As you would probably suspect I use this lens for more intimate landscapes where I want to show the smaller details in a scene. Great for compressing the elements of your foreground and background.

Samyang 14mm f/2.8

This lens gets a bad wrap from a lot of photographers, but I am certainly not one of them. Apparently, a lot of copies were not centred correctly, causing image softness on one side of the image – I guess I was one of the lucky ones! This lens is, in my opinion, one of the best lenses for astrophotography in it’s price range (~$500). It’s super wide and has a large maximum aperture of f/2.8.

Canon 100mm f/2.8 MACRO

Before I got into landscape photography I was quite an avid macro photographer and this lens sure helped me produce some great photos! It’s incredibly sharp (like ridiculously sharp) and allows you to focus on subject as close as 0.31m. To this day, I still use this lens on a regular basis when shooting products, purely for its sharpness and lack of distortion.

Canon 50mm f/1.8 II

The ‘plastic-fantastic’ is quite the surprise,
Though it’s a matter of time before it dies.
The focus is poor and the build is no better,
But the bokeh’s as soft as a newly knit sweater.
– Matt Donovan

Tripods, Heads & Mounts

Feisol CT-3372

For quite some time, I shot with a tripod that was continuously recommended to me because of it’s price. It was cheap. Something I soon realised was that a tripod is not something you want to ‘cheap out’ on. That’s where Feisol came into the picture. Since getting this tripod, I have not for 1 second been envious of another photographer’s tripod or even considered another tripod brand. I can personally and whole-heartedly recommend this tripod. If you’re still not convinced, check out my review linked below. You can read my full review here: Feisol CT-3372 – Review

Feisol CT-3442

And when I’m not shooting with my big ol’ hefty CT-3372, I’m pretty likely to have the 3442 securely holding my camera in place. I find this tripod to be small enough to travel with, but still sturdy enough to hold my camera steady during those longer exposures. You can read my full review here: Feisol CT-3442 – Review

Feisol CB-50DC

Just like I said in my blurb about the Feisol CT-3372, a ballhead is another essential item you DO NOT want to cheap out on. If you’re supporting thousands of dollars worth of equipment, you want to be sure it isn’t going to budge! For me, one of the ballheads I trust is the Feisol CB-50DC. You can read my full review here: Feisol CB-50DC – Review

UniqBall - UBH 45XC

This ballhead is great for shooting panoramas or panning video, especially when shooting with longer/heavier lenses. It has… two balls… allowing you to level one of them and pan/tilt with the other. I often switch between this and the Feisol head depending on my shooting and travel requirements. You can read my full review here: UniqBall – UBH 45XC

Joby GorillaPod

GorillaPod FOCUS + Ballhead X – When you can’t take a tripod or it’s just too inconvenient to do so, a Joby Gorilla Pod just can’t be ignored. Whilst I wouldn’t use it all the time, it certainly is nice to have when I don’t want to lug around ‘the big legs’ all day. Not to mention, it practically grips onto anything!

Bags & Cases

F-Stop - Tilopa

As photographers, we tend to go through a lot of camera gear – and that’s especially true for camera bags. After several bags from well-known bag manufacturers I still hadn’t found exactly what I was looking for, that is until I was finally introduced to F-Stop. Their bags are rugged, extremely functional and look awesome. The F-Stop Tilopa is the only bag I’ll continue to use. You can read my full review here: F-Stop Tilopa – Review

F-Stop - Loka

Sometimes, when the F-Stop Tilopa is just a little too big, the Loka is my next go to bag. It’s light, comfortable and fits all my best gear! You can read my full review here: F-Stop Loka – Review

Pelican Case - 1600 Case

When you move around a bit, there is no better solution to protecting your camera gear than storing it in one of these cases. Waterproof, dustproof, shockproof (practically bombproof) I have absolutely no doubt that my gear will stay protected in one of these!

Thule - MacBook Pro Sleeve

This well-crafted, weatherproof case makes travelling with your laptop a worry-free experience. It’s lightweight, looks great and can still protect your laptop while your working in Photoshop or browsing 500px. Couldn’t ask for much more!

Computers

Mac Pro (Mid 2010)

2 x 2.66 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon (12-Core) This computer is about as old as they get (2010 model), yet it still out performs most modern-day laptops with ease. Purchased originally for rendering 3D images and animations, this machine hardly blinks when editing images in Photoshop, editing video in After Effect or both! It’ll be a sad day when it finally gives in. (This is actually a 3D rendered image I created back in my design days).

MacBook Pro 13" Retina

Having the option to edit, catalogue and upload (if need be) your photos while on the go, is something I’ve become very used to. The MacBook Pro makes it a breeze and is capable of just about everything my Mac Pro is. And that Retina monitor, phwoah!

2 Comments

  1. Justin

    Hi Matt! Was wondering what brand / model lamp that was!

    Reply
    • Matt Donovan

      Hey Justin. The lantern is the ‘Forest Lantern’ by Barebones. 🙂

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