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SanDisk Extreme PRO 64GB CF Express Card Type B, up to 1500MB/s, for RAW 4K video

Speeds That Surpass Other Cards High-speed consistent recording and enhanced workflow efficiency far beyond existing SanDisk cards are the result of read speeds of up to 1700MB/s and 1400MB/s write speedscan write them.


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Sandisk Extreme PRO SDHC 32 GB Memory Card up to 280MB/s

Modern Cameras can write images extremely fast, so I needed a memory card that could quickly record images to avoid waiting
between shots. At the time of buying my SDHC memory cards,
Extreme Pro were the best available. These cards are capable of recording images faster than my camera can write them.


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Sandisk CompactFlash cards Extreme Pro
up to 160MB/s

Modern Cameras can write images extremely fast, so I needed a memory card that could quickly record images to avoid waiting between shots.

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SanDisk ImageMate PRO USB-C
Multi-Card Reader/Writer


Technical Details
  • Plug-and-play multi-format card reader for SDHC and SDXC, microSD, and CompactFlash cards
  • Works with UHS-II, UHS-I and non-UHS SD and microSD cards and CompactFlash cards up to UDMA 7
  • Fast transfer speeds of up to 312MB/s for SD and microSD cards, up to 160MB/s for CompactFlash cards
  • USB 3.0 interface can move content up to 10x faster than USB 2.0 interface, backwards-compatible with USB 2.0
  • Works with Windows and Mac computers

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SanDisk Extreme PRO CFexpress Card Reader

  • Optimized SpeedWith USB 3.1 Gen2 speeds the SanDisk Extreme PRO CFexpress Card Reader optimizes the performance of the CFexpress Card Type B2 for smooth, efficient workflow from location to post production.
  • For CFexpress Card Type BThis reader unleashes the CFexpress Card Type B2 speeds and keeps you working the way you want.
  • USB-C ConnectivityDesigned to connect with the latest laptops and devices, the CFexpress Card Reader is ready for the newest USB-C technology.
  • USB-C Cable IncludedTo provide greater flexibility and a more organized workspace, the CFexpress Card Reader comes with a .5 meter USB-C cable.

Lifesystems Pop-Up Mosquito, Insect and Midge Head Net Hat

  • COMPACT AND LIGHTWEIGHT: A compact, lightweight pop-up mosquito and midge head net hat made with fine black mesh with 1001 holes per square inch. Supplied with it's own compact bag with drawstring closure, for easy portability
  • FULL ENCLOSURE TO HEAD AND NECK: Will protect the head, face and neck from annoying flying insects when outdoors
  • SAFE AND SECURE: Includes a toggled draw cord, to ensure maximum protection and to keep all flying insects away from the face
  • IDEAL for use in areas with a high population of small and biting insects, for example in beekeeping, fishing, jungle exploration, hiking, tropical travel and other outdoor activities
  • STRONG AND RELIABLE: manufactured from tough, multi-filament polyester

This is the Midge Hat that I use.


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SanDisk Extreme 1TB Portable NVMe SSD

(This is my on the move storage device)

  • Get NVMe solid state performance featuring 1050MB/s read and 1000MB/s write speeds in a portable, high-capacity drive that’s perfect for creating amazing content or capturing incredible footage
  • Up to two-meter drop protection and IP55 water and dust resistance mean this tough drive can take a beating
  • Travel worry-free with a 5-year limited warranty (See official SanDisk website) and a durable silicon shell that offers a premium feel and added protection to the drive’s exterior
  • Use the handy carabiner loop to secure it to your belt loop or backpack for extra peace of mind
  • Help keep private content private with the included password protection featuring 256‐bit AES hardware encryption (Password protection uses 128-bit AES encryption and is supported by Windows 8, Windows 10 and macOS v10.9+ (Software download required for Mac, see official SanDisk website)
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Zeiss microfibre cloth

  • Zeiss cleaning products gently but effectively remove even the smallest dirt.
  • It is not only for lenses, filters and glasses, but also for binoculars and LCD screens, as in your laptop or smartphone.
  • Our specialists have the optimal products for surfaces requiring optical quality.
  • Also with the largest Zeiss microfiber cloth, clean your optimal lenses and without leaving any traces:
  • Box contents: microfibre cloth.

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Datacolor SpyderLensCal - Autofocus calibration Chart
  • The smarter focus tool - a fast, reliable method of measuring the focus performance on your camera!
  • A fast, reliable method of measuring the focus performance on your camera!
  • SpyderLensCal allows photographers to easily calibrate their interchangeable lenses and recent DSLR bodies
  • SpyderLensCal provides a fast, reliable method of measuring the focus performance on your camera and lens combinations
  • It allows photographers to obtain razor-sharp focusing or check to see that their lenses are working at their peak performance
  • This device is compact, lightweight and durable, with integrated level and tri-pod mount.
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Neutral Density Filters

B+W 110 ND Filter
The B+W 110 ND cuts out an amazing 10 stops of light, far more than usual, meaning it can turn a 1/60sec shutter speed into 15 secs.
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About this item

  • 3.0 neutral density filter darkens the image, allowing you to photograph with a longer shutter speed or wider aperture than normally required
  • Providing a 10-stop exposure reduction, this filter allows you to control depth of field and convey movement more easily
  • Filter does not affect coloration of the image and is ideal for use with other filters
  • Multicoated to prevent internal ghosting and reflections
  • Constructed from Schott glass for optical clarity
 
Available in the following sizes.
52mm - 55mm - 58mm - 62mm - 67mm - 72mm - 77mm - 82mm
 
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B+W 106 ND Filter
The B+W 106 ND cuts out
6 stops of light, meaning it can turn a 1/60sec shutter speed into 1 second exposure.
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About this item

  • 1.8 neutral density filter darkens the image, allowing you to photograph with a longer shutter speed or wider aperture than normally required
  • Providing a 6-stop exposure reduction, this filter allows you to control depth of field and convey movement more easily
  • Filter does not affect coloration of the image and is ideal for use with other filters
  • Multicoated to prevent internal ghosting and reflections
  • Constructed from Schott glass for optical clarity
 
Available in the following sizes.
49mm - 52mm - 55mm - 58mm - 62mm - 67mm - 72mm - 77mm
 
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A Neutral Density (ND) filter like the B&W 110 ND or the B&W 106 ND is often needed if you want to experiment with long exposures, reducing the amount of light that passes through the lens to the sensor and allowing you to use slower shutter speeds in your shots. This slowing down of the shutter lets you capture the motion of flowing water, windswept grasses or clouds etc. as a blur, which can result in very creative images.

Using the B&W 110 ND or the B&W 106 ND is quite an art – you have to compose and focus shots before adding the filter, as once it is on you can barely see anything through the viewfinder (With some cameras it can be left on if you use with Live View). If you fancy experimenting with really long exposures it's a fabulous tool, allowing you to use slow shutter speeds even in full daylight conditions. Very specific, but good fun!
Exposure Calculation Chart.
(for using the 10x or 6x Neutral Density Filter)
Click on the PDF logos to get the Exposure Calculation Chart and instructions or Printable Chart.
Instructions Printable Table
Canon MT-26EX-RT Macro Twin Lite
If my macro work dictates the need for flash, then this is flashgun set-up that I use.
It clips onto my canon MP-E 65mm macro lens as it stands, but it needs a Canon adaper ring to clip onto my Canon 100mm 2.8L IS macro lens.
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MacroPod Battery-Powered Three Head LED Macro Light


  • The MacroPod On Camera Light for Video features a flexible gooseneck arm, which gives you 360 degrees of control with the light source direction. This makes it easy to adjust the angle of the lighting so that your subject can be lit from either side and/or from overhead.

  • MarcoPod LED Light for Macro Photography consists of 3 separate LED lamps, each with a light output of 1W. This gives sufficient brightness control whilst still retaining exceptional battery life. The colour temperature is 5000-5500K.

  • You can attach focus caps to the MarcoPod to achieve a narrower beam and allow you to better focus and concentrate the light onto certain key spots on your subject.

  • It comes with a set of diffuser caps, which diffuses the light, to give you control, and reduce specularity.

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Pxwaxpy Solar Power Bank 26800mAh, Solar Charger 【Type C & Micro USB Input】

High Capacity Portable Charger Fast Charge External Battery Pack with 2 Outputs Compatible for Smartphones, Tablets and More

About this item

  • (High Capacity Solar Power Bank) Newest solar power bank with 26800mAh large capacity, which enough to charge iPhone XS up to 6-7 times, Galaxy S10 up to 5-6 times, iPad Air2 up to 2-3 times, perfect for outdoor enthusiasts.
  • (Fast Charging Portable Charger) The solar portable charger equip with Type-C and Micro USB input ports & 5V/1A and 5V/2.1A output ports, support charging 2 devices at the same time, provide fast power support for your devices.
  • (Universal Compatibility & Security) Our external battery pack is suitable for a variety of electronic devices that have a USB port. Such as for iPhone, Galaxy S9, tablet, camera and much more. Automatically identify the connected device and provide the best charging current, minimize the charging time, safe and long lasting.
  • (Green Energy Solar Charge) The solar panel can absorb sun light and convert it into electrical power. But it is susceptible to weather and solar panel conversion rate, we suggest mainly charged by electricity power in daily use, solar charging is just an emergency backup.
Insect Repellant?
Avon Skin So Soft (Original)

This is not equipment used I hear you say, but I when I go to Scotland, The Outer Hebrides or even my own Derbyshire, there are times when the midges make life hell for taking photos.
I find that
Avon Skin So Soft really does reduces midge attacks.

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BenQ SW240 PhotoVue Photographer Monitor, 1920 x 1200, IPS, Adobe RGB, 24.1 Inch, Grey

  • AQCOLOUR technology: 99 percent Adobe RGB coverage, hardware calibration support for accurate colours for photography
  • 24.1-inch, 16:10, 1920 x 1200 resolution: The screen ratio is ideal for professional photographers to compare two full A4 pages on the screen
  • Hardware calibration with Palette Master Element software: Tune and maintain the colour performance of the monitor at its most optimal state
  • Colour mode hotkey: Swiftly switch between 3 preset colour modes without having to press other OSD buttons
  • Shading hood: Made specifically for glare reduction in environments where it's hard to control ambient light
  • *Shading hood is an optional accessory

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Seagate Backup Plus Hub, 10TB, External Hard Drive Desktop, USB 3.0, 2 USB Ports, for Computer Desktop Workstation PC Laptop Mac

  • Store and access content for years with up to 14TB in a USB drive
  • A great external hard drive for Mac and Windows, this hub can charge mobile devices and transfer files from USB cameras and USB thumb drives via its two USB 3.0 ports
  • Use seamlessly between Windows and Mac by installing the provided NTFS driver for Mac
  • Complimentary four-month membership to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan’s photo and video editing apps. (Must be redeemed within 1 year of drive registration. Not available in all countries)
  • Enjoy long-term peace of mind with the included two-year limited warranty External desktop hard drive offers two front-facing, high-speed USB 3.0 ports for connecting to and recharging other USB devices like phones, cameras, and tablets 3 year APAC

Panasonic Eneloop Pro AA 2500mAh Eneloop NiMH Ready to Use Rechargeable Battery BK 3HCDE/4BE
(4 Eneloop Pro Batteries), 4 Count (Pack of 1)

About this item

  • Eneloop by Panasonic is the next generation of batteries.
  • Pack of 4 Pre-Charged (Ready to use) AA 2500mAh Ni-MH Eneloop Pro Rechargeable Batteries.
  • Charge up to an impressive 500 times, with an 85% capacity after 1 year.
  • All Eneloop batteries are pre-loaded with solar energy and ready for use immediately after purchase.
  • Ready-to-use for every day use, these Eneloop Lite batteries come pre-charged for your convenience. Designed for high drain devices.

 



SENSOR CLEANING
 
GIOTTO 1900 ROCKET AIR BLOWER

This unusual looking Hand Air Blower is very powerful and is probably the best blower on the market for cleaning the sensor in your SLR Digital Camera.

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JJC Sensor Loupe with 7x Magnification & Ultra-bright LEDs for DSLR Mirrorless Cameras Sensor Cleaning.


  • Powered by 2 x CR-2032 batteries or USB sources, 7x magnification extra-low dispersion glass with 6pcs dust illuminating bright lighted LEDS
  • Sensor scope designed for inspecting image sensors of DSLR or mirrorless cameras cleanings
  • Great value and really shows up sensor dust that is not visible with the naked eye, easy to use
  • The front of the sensor scope comes with multiple mount sizes which helps to place the sensor scope on your camera mount firmly
  • Package includes: 1 x Sensor Luope, 2 x CR-2032 Batteries, 1 x Storage Pouch, 1 x Micro Fiber Cleaning Cloth

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Digital SLR/CSC Cleaning Kit Large

TThis comprehensive kit contains everything you need to clean the major parts, including sensor and lenses of a modern Digital SLR or CSC camera.

Supplied in a handy zipped pouch, the contents can be individually replaced when required.

Full instructions are supplied with the kit, along with our handy sensor cleaning guide.

The kit is available in 4 versions, each with a different width sensor cleaning swab.

Kit Contents:

  • 12 x Just Ltd Ultra Soft Swabs
  • 1 x Gamma Lens and Sensor Cleaner (59ml)
  • 1 x Blower
  • 1 x Lens Cleaning Tissue Pack
  • 1 x Microfibre Cleaning Cloth
  • 1 x AntiStatic Cleaning Cloth
  • 1 x Speckgrabber
  • 10 x Disposable MF Cloth
  • 1 x Lipstick Brush
  • 1 x Carry Case with Belt Loop

Carry Case Size 19cm x 13cm x 7cm approx.

Arctic Butterfly® 724X Super Bright Sensor Brush®
for cleaning sensor of digital cameras
(Super bright)

Self-cleaning and self-charging brush, designed for light cleaning of a digital SLR sensor.


 
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TRIPODS and TRIPOD HEADS
A lot of people would not include a tripod in their equipment list but it is such a vital item in obtaining sharp images. 

This is currently my main tripod


Leofoto - Poseidon LP-324C- Carbon Fibre Tripod
Resistant to Corrosion
Ideal for Use in Wet Conditions

  • 10-layer carbon
  • Twist-Lock system - adjusting the length of the tripod legs with just one hand
  • Low-maintenance because of special locking system
  • Small minimum working height thanks to the tiltable tripod legs
  • 10-year warranty
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BH-55 LR: Full-sized ballhead
with Lever Release Clamp
 
BH-40 LR II: Mid-sized ballhead
with Lever Release Clamp
These two ball heads are my prefered tripod heads.
 



I prefer to use use "L" plates to connect my camera to my Really Right Stuff Ball Heads to ensure a sturdy connection particulaly when using the camera in vertical orientation.
   
L-plate for Canon EOS-1D-Mark IV.  
Tutorial on how to use an L-Plate


SOFTWARE USED

Adobe
Photoshop

Adobe
Dreamweaver

(Software used to create this website)


A2 PRINTER 

  • Quality output - Black enhance overcoat technology for finer detail and texture
  • Design - Refreshingly understated product design
  • Highly-intuitive - 4.3 inch LCD optical touchscreen
  • Flexible - Easily handles different media types
  • Compact - Smallest footprint and lightest in its class

 

 

Epson SureColor SC-P900 Professional Photo Printer



PRINT VIEWING

Calibrite GrafiLite

LED Desktop Colour Assessment Lamp

 

View prints and colour swatches in standardised lighting conditions, day or night, with the Calibrite GrafiLite powered by professional quality
CRI 95+ LED. This compact space-saving desk lamp with a neutral grey viewing mat is ideal for desktop colour selection, assessment and matching.

  • Three colour temperature settings: natural daylight (5,000K), store light (4,000K), home light (2,700K)



Monitor Calibration

Datacolor SpyderX Elite:Monitor Calibration designed for expert and professional Photographers

 
About this item:
  • THE FASTEST SPYDER EVER: Calibrating your monitor to achieve colour precision now takes just a minute or two – several times faster than previous models.
  • THE MOST ACCURATE SPYDER EVER: Groundbreaking lens-based colour engine provides a higher level of colour accuracy for multiple monitors. SpyderX Elite features room-light monitoring, automatic profile changing and significantly more precise screen colour, shadow detail and white balance.
  • THE EASIEST-TO-USE SPYDER EVER: SpyderX Elite is so intuitive, you don’t have to be a colour expert. It features quick and easy single-click calibration and wizard workflow with 12 predefined calibration targets for advanced colour accuracy.
  • SEE THE DIFFERENCE INSTANTLY: SpyderProof functionality provides before-and-after evaluation of your display and allows you to see the difference using your own images.