My Kit

What do you need to shoot up a moun­tain? Ad­ven­turer Paul Zizka re­veals all

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I spend a lot of time in cold and re­mote places – not the most con­ducive en­vi­ron­ments for photo gear

as a moun­tain land­scape and ad­ven­ture photographer, I spend a lot of time in cold and re­mote places – not the most con­ducive en­vi­ron­ments for photo gear. I can’t af­ford for my gear to fail, so I need to be pre­pared to keep it warm, have back-ups on hand, and have a com­fort­able way of car­ry­ing it. I also need high-per­form­ing out­door cloth­ing that keeps me warm and dry. My pho­tog­ra­phy gear is es­sen­tial to cre­at­ing great images, and I stand by kit that per­forms well in the ex­treme con­di­tions I put it un­der. Whether it’s in an Aquat­ech un­der­wa­ter hous­ing un­der the ice of a frozen lake or high in the Cana­dian Rock­ies, I put my equip­ment to the test!

My go-to cam­era body is the Canon 5D Mark IV; it is re­li­able, durable and a great piece of all around equip­ment. I love that I can go any­where with the one cam­era and shoot astro, fast ac­tion, and land­scapes with­out switch­ing cam­era bod­ies. The Canon 5D Mark IV per­forms very well in the cold, as well as be­ing easy to op­er­ate and han­dle – an im­por­tant as­set in the dark when vi­sion is lim­ited.

Cam­era aside, there are many other items in my bag, in­clud­ing a fast wide-an­gle lens, a head­lamp, gloves that al­low me to op­er­ate my cam­era in the cold, and a lot of spare bat­ter­ies. For ex­pe­di­tions I use the Think Tank sys­tem, a hip belt sys­tem that al­lows me to keep my cam­era ac­ces­si­ble on the go. This has been a game changer for me, en­abling me to shoot even while I’m climb­ing.

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