Equipment

My main cameras are my Canon 1Dx Mk2 and 7D Mk2 DSLRs.

The Canon 1Dx Mk2

Having happily used a Sony a850 full frame camera for a couple of years and being astounded by the high quality a full frame camera can make especially in wide angle circumstances I decided to upgrade to the flagship Canon 1Dx in March 2013. On release of the Mk2 I upgraded not long after the release having got so much work and satisfaction out of the 1st model.  The thing I love about 1Dx is the high ISO capabilities that are simply unbeatable making my photography so much easier in dim lit conditions or instances where a fast shutter speed is paramount. It really is the ultimate tool in my eyes and it's made life easy to grab those difficult shots now like birds in flight and low light interior shots with no flash. The tracking capabilities with a suitable lens are amazing and improve a great deal over the original 1Dx (which is still was a great performer in this area.)  I have shot multiple bursts of 16 frames a second of flying birds and the focus has rarely missed the mark.

Canon 7D MKII

I got the Canon 7D MK2 In November 2014 one of the first imports to the UK on it’s release date. It’s the perfect backup for the 1Dx being a great all-round performer especially for wildlife work when teamed up to my Canon L Series 400mm prime lens or 100-400mm MK2. 

Having a crop sensor means you get greater magnification when using a long lens compared to a full frame camera. It performas well up to ISO 1600 which is a great improvement on the original 7D and makes it a great camera for wildlife with fast continual shooting, a large buffer rate and fantastic focus capabitlities. It dosen’t match up to the 1Dx Mk2 but still a great performer when I need to get a little closer to the subject.

Lenses 
I use many lenses, in the Canon L pro series range I use a Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8 L USM, Canon 100mm Macro 2.8 L IS, Canon L Series 400mm F5.6 Prime, Canon L Series 100-400mm USM IS MK2 tele and a Canon EF 16-35mm f2.8 L MKII USM which is the best landscape lens I have ever used.

On the non L series Canon range I have Canon 50mm F1.8 and 35mm F2.8 STM primes which are some of Canon’s cheapest lenses, however being primes they are so sharp and fast I use them a lot and they work out cheaper buying the pair than having a good standard general use zoom lens of the same quality. On top of those advantages the 50mm works great with extension tubes for extreme close up work i’m really falling in love with the lens plus it cost less than £100 new, one I can wholeheartedly recommend a Canon user to purchase. Make sure to get the latest version if you do mind the earlier build had a plastic mounting ring and was a little flimsy, the new version is great with an updated metal mount and a more solid feel overall. 

I also use 2 Sigma lenses on the odd occasion being a 150-500mm for wildlife photography and  a 16mm prime fisheye lens which is great fun for the zany effect shots and good for internal HDR shots too.

Flash Equipment  

2 Canon Speedlites, both are Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT models with the following features which I use with the Canon Speedlite ST-E3-RT Transmitter to remotely control them

Radio triggering with 30m range

Use up to 15 units together

Integrated optical slave

Remote camera triggering

Bounce-and-swivel control with 20-200mm zoom head


© Les Arnott 2013