Whats in my bag?

In this post I take you through my choice of equipment that i use for my work.


Choosing a bag can be very frustrating, we all want that one bag that can do it all. In reality we have to compromise and that is why i chose the Vanguard Alta Sky 49D. It is a bag that i can take every where on a daily basis with all my equipment.

I had to compromise and not being able to carry my tripod with this bag which in fairness is much larger than your ordinary tripod. This bag will however carry regular tripods like the Alta pro 2+ and the likes of a manfrotto. My VEO 2 265CB fits perfectly in the front of the bag making it great for a mountain walk, with the two big side pockets for water bottles.

Alta Sky 49D
Pockets inside the Alta Sky 49D

Iv’e been using this bag for a few months now and I am very pleased with the the amount of space and pockets this bag has. I would recommend this bag for the keener amateurs out there who have a few more pieces of kit to carry.

Tripod or pod’s

When you chose a tripod you have to buy the best you can afford, not only for the quality but for the stability. You have to protect your expensive equipment as best as you can and using a cheap tripod with poor quality is asking for trouble. After all you wouldn’t put budget tyres on you’re porsche would you?

Thus leaves us with the whole Weight vs Stability. Again another compromise . In an ideal world we would all have lots of tripods for every occasion but most of us can only afford one or two, so we like to spend time and research before we buy and spend out hard earned cash. In this instance i decided to get two tripods, one for heavy duty and daily landscapes and a light weight tripod for hiking.

Up until quite recently i have always used manfrotto tripods, i went from a old 150 ali tripod to a new sparkling 190 carbon fiber tripod. I hated the carbon tripod from the day i got it, but persevered with it until enough was enough. It was time to jump ship.

I like moody weather and quite often that involves rain and wind, so my choice of tripods was very limited to a few brands. Berno, Gitzo, really right stuff. All of these produce big bulky tripods with 1.75″ legs, no center column, and a big base plate.

For my heavy duty tripod i chose a Benro Mach3 TMA47AXL  the reason for this was size. It has a staggering max height of 85.12 in (216.2 cm) . I opted for the aluminum legs as i shoot a lot around the coast, and salt water and carbon doesn’t really go well together.

Benro Mach3 TMA47AXL

After using this tripod for a few months now i can happily say that it is an excellent addition to my kit. I have shot in some windy and wet weather and it has held up very well. If you don’t mind the weight for the price is a great piece of kit.

Light weight tripod

I have a Vanguard VEO 2 265CB which is a 5 section lightweight tripod. I would love to say i’ve used this a lot but sadly family circumstances has stopped me from heading into the hills. Hopefully later in summer i can team up with my hiking partner Jake Hilder and really get to grips with it.

I have used it a few times locally to shoot and it does cope with my Sony A7RII and 24-70mm F4 so quite looking forward to using it a bit more.


Everyone has their favorite brands, i used a canon 5D3 for a few years until last year when i jumped ship for a Sony mirrorless body. Not only did i jump ship i sold all my canon lenses and went native sony.

So far there are no regrets the change over was not as bad as all the forums were making out. I personally think the menu system is easier to navigate than canon’s.

So what am i using now? Well im using a sonyA7Rii and i have to say it’s a fantastic tool.

New & Old

Why change?

There’s nothing wrong with canon at all, i just didn’t get on with it for landscape’s i found everything way to saturated for my liking. As a mate of mine already had a A7Rii i pinched it for a day and loved it and hey presto. The only downside to the A7Rii is the battery life but its a small compromise for a great camera.


I wont bore you all will with detail’s on lenses so here are what i have to cover my landscape and a bit of astro work.

Sony Zeiss 24-70mm F4

Sony 70-200mm F4 G OSS
Tokina 20mm F2 FiRN


Vanguard Alta BH-300
Benro GD3WH


I use three filter’s,four if you count the CPL. i find for the subject’s and work i like to produce this is more than enough.

  • Kase K8 100 Slim holder
  • Kase magnetic CPL filter
  • Kase ND 1000 Wolverine
  • Kase ND64 Wolverine
  • Kase 0.9 med grad Wolverine

I’m very happy to be part of the Kase team and hounded to be around some fantastic photographers. I’m never short of inspiration that’s for sure.

Don’t forget you can contact me for any Kase sale’s you may have.