Tom Miles Sports Pho­tog­ra­pher

From Rory McIl­roy to Mo Farah, Tom has shot some of the big­gest names in sport

NPhoto - - Pro Picks -

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Nikon D800 (Su­per­seded by Nikon D810, £2350, $3000)

What’s it for? This is my main body for shoot­ing fea­ture im­ages, cov­ers and por­traits, although I also use the D4 a lot. It de­liv­ers su­perb im­age qual­ity in a small body, as well as fan­tas­tic video im­agery.

Plus points When han­dled well, the D800 eas­ily ri­vals medium-for­mat dig­i­tal backs.

Mi­nus marks It’s pretty un­for­giv­ing if you ‘spray and pray’, as 36 me­gapix­els will show up a lot of mis­takes.

2

Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED FX

(£1230, $1687)

What’s it for? I prob­a­bly shoot 70 per cent of my work on it. It’s got fan­tas­tic op­ti­cal qual­ity, and is in­cred­i­bly well built – I’ve had it re­paired three times, but that’s due to my be­ing an id­iot rather than faults. It’s big and heavy, but it bal­ances well on my bod­ies. If it felt lighter I doubt I’d trust the build qual­ity!

Plus points It’s got a use­ful fo­cal range and a fast con­stant aper­ture.

Mi­nus marks Its price!

3

Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.4G FX

(£949, $1497)

What’s it for? This lens is the per­fect length for por­trait work. I used to rent one so of­ten that in the end it just made sense to buy one. When stopped down to about f/4 the im­age qual­ity is su­perla­tive, and it cap­tures a very sat­is­fy­ing shal­low depth of field too.

Plus points It’s great in low light, which I need from time to time.

Mi­nus marks It’s bit pricey, but in my opin­ion well worth the cash.

4

Bowens Gemini 750Pro Mono­light

(£590, $1050)

What’s it for? I’ve been us­ing Bowens lights since the 1990s. They’re su­perbly built and very ro­bust – I had a pair of Es­prit 500s that I was us­ing con­tin­u­ously from 1998 un­til last year.

Plus points Each head can run off mains or bat­tery with­out any muck­ing about, and I do so much work both on lo­ca­tion and in the stu­dio that hav­ing one sys­tem that can do both is es­sen­tial.

Mi­nus marks None that I’ve come across.

5

Nikon SB-800 SPEE DLIGHT (Su­per­seded by Nikon SB-910, £340, $547)

What’s it for? I use flash­guns on lo­ca­tion. I’ve also got two SB-80DXs and an SB-900, but the SB-800s get the most use as they’re so ver­sa­tile. Both of mine are in a pretty bad state of re­pair, but they’re still tick­ing over.

Plus points Built-in op­ti­cal slave and CLS modes, and a mas­sive range of man­ual out­put.

Mi­nus marks Nikon has stopped mak­ing them.

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