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This is my complete gear list used for landscapes, street and portrait photography as well as the gear I use to film and produce videos on my YouTube channel. It is up to date as of November 2017.

Landscapes & Personal Documentary

Leica M Typ 240 (up to June 2018)

This was my tried and true personal photography camera until the Leica M7 took over. At 24mp and full frame, it is one of the few digital mirrorless cameras that I thoroughly enjoyed shooting with. It allowed me to disconnect myself from the digital to a point while still maintaining high quality raw files and practical shooting features such as the digital spirit level. The other bonus was that because it could be used almost entirely without engaging the sensor for live view, the battery lasts a long time. I did use live view for confirming my landscape photos.

Voigtländer 35mm F1.7 Ultron Asph
Voigtländer 50mm F1.5 Nokton
Leitz-Minolta Rokkor-M 90mm F4

These are the three prime lenses I use for my personal photography. All great lenses while not breaking the bank despite being very small, portable and well constructed in metal. The reason I use a Leica and these lenses instead of a DSLR is they are all TINY.

Hoya Pro1 ND16 4-stop & ND100 6⅔-stop Neutral Density Filters
Hoya HD CIR-PL Circular Polarising Filter

I use these to slow down my shutter speed and filter reflected light off surfaces, all which aid in landscape photography when wanting to change the aesthetics of the scene in front of me.

Manfrotto Befree Tripod

This is a very small but sturdy and well featured tripod that packs up to around 40-50cm. With folding, normal and wide stance leg settings, it can be used in a variety of situations while not being too large. It's limitation is only that it doesn't have a built-in panning head.

Novoflex Panning Base

Because the Befree tripod doesn't have a true panning head, I had to insert this panning base underneath the head to allow for accurate and reliable panning when taking panoramic shots. Smooth and accurate with it's own spirit level.

Professional Work

Nikon D810 DSLR

This camera is a beast with impressive dynamic range and a massive 36 megapixel resolution, great autofocus and durable as all getup. This camera gets the job done and done right. You might be wondering why I don't use this for my landscape photography? It's big and I prefer small!

Sigma ART 50mm F1.4, Nikon 85mm F1.8G, Nikon 28mm F2.8 AF-D

These are my go to lenses for professional work. The Sigma ART lens has some of the clearest and sharpest glass I've ever seen in a full frame lens, and it gives the Nikon D810 a run for its money.

The Nikon 85mm is a great little lens that I use for head shots. While not amazing in the optics and focus department, it gets the job done for what I use it for (professional head shots).

110cm Reflector, Yongnuo Flashes & Various Lighting Modifiers

These are all tools of the trade in portrait photography whether it's natural light or studio portraits. These tools all aid in the manufacturing of great light for my subjects.

Street & Film Photography

Leica M7 Rangefinder

This is a beautiful rangefinder camera and is perfect for 35mm black and white film photography that I practice. With a quiet cloth shutter and beautiful ergonomic construction, it's my go to for street.

Rolleiflex 2.8D (80mm fixed)

A beautiful twin lens reflex camera from the mid-50's, the Rolleiflex offers medium format square photography with a wide f2.8 aperture for soft depth of field when shooting portraits, both close and from a distance. It can also be used for street and landscape photography for a different frame of mind on 6x6.

Nikon FA 35mm SLR
Nikkor 50mm F1.8 AI-s Pancake

This little combo is great for black and white film portraits and a really enjoyable camera to experiment with film on. The camera, released in 1985 even has matrix metering for accurate exposures.

Nikon 60mm F2.8 Macro

I use this macro lens for film scanning along with the Nikon D810 for huge grain and image resolution.

Videos & Vlogging

Sony RX100V

I originally bought the GoPro HERO6 Black but it was too limiting without any zoom lens, not to mention poor noise performance and strangely robotic stabilisation. I then upgraded to the Panasonic Lumix LX10 but was disappointed by constant focus issues and average stabilisation, so I finally went for the well received Sony RX100 Mark V. Hasn't missed a beat... except for that missing microphone port! Why, Sony?

RODE SmartLav+

With great audio quality for such a small microphone, I use this to record my voice in and out of the office. It cuts wind to a degree with its own foam and it's enough for my uses so far.

TASCAM DR-05 Audio Recorder

Because the Sony doesn't have a microphone input, I currently use a Tascam DR-05 to record using the SmartLav+ high quality and efficient recording on location.

Manfrotto Pixi Mini Tripod

While it's only very short, I use this as my run and gun handle and tripod. I am hesitating to purchase another tripod to have to carry, but it may become a necessity for better production shots and being able to talk to a static camera without needing to use my photography tripod.

Final Cut Pro X

I have been using Final Cut Pro X for years since it was released and have learnt to use it efficiently so that's my NLE (non-linear editor) of choice.