In­side a pro’s gad­get bag

Ross Hod­dinott un­packs the key bits of kit in his back­pack

Digital Camera World - - ONE TO ONE -

Nikkor 200mm f/4D Mi­cro

“This is my go-to lens when shoot­ing in­sects with my Nikon D850. It is an old lens, but it is in­cred­i­bly sharp. I also carry a Nikon 105mm f/2.8G macro, which has the ad­van­tage of VR im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion – this makes it eas­ier to use hand­held, but you need to get that much closer to the sub­ject, and it is harder to blur the back­ground.”

Man­frotto Lu­mimuse

“I didn’t use to be a fan of ar­ti­fi­cial light­ing, but por­ta­ble LEDs have changed my per­spec­tive. I use my pair of Lu­mimuse lights more than I do my re­flec­tor nowa­days. I use them hand­held or on a mini tri­pod.”

West­cott scis­sors

“An es­sen­tial tool of the trade – al­ways with me to do a bit of ‘gar­den­ing’, elim­i­nat­ing dis­tract­ing bits of grass in the back­ground.”

Nikon MC-36A

“I fire the shut­ter in Live View to min­imise vi­bra­tions from the mir­ror, but us­ing this corded re­mote con­trol helps to en­sure that I do not move the cam­era as I take a shot.”

Wim­ber­ley The Plamp II

“This strange con­trap­tion is an ar­tic­u­lated arm that I use to steady the plant stems that I find the but­ter­flies and dragon­flies rest­ing on. De­signed specif­i­cally for macro and gar­den pho­tog­ra­phers, it costs around £50. It helps to min­imise the move­ment of the flower, reed or grass in the wind. The other end of the clamp at­taches to a sec­ondary Gitzo tri­pod that I carry just for this use.”

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