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Equipment


I currently use Canon 7D and 60D camera bodies.

For macro photography I use a Sigma 150mm macro lens, a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens, a Canon 60mm macro lens and a Tokina 35mm macro lens.

Generally, I use the Sigma 150 for larger insects (e.g. dragonflies, butterflies) or fungi, using natural light.

I use the MP-E 65mm lens and the Canon 60mm lens with a Canon MT-24EX macro flash gun with lots of home made diffusion (see here for more information on my flash diffusion). Since the MP-E 65mm has a minimum magnification of 1:1, any insect larger than a Bluebottle fly will struggle to fit into frame. I therefore use the 60mm lens in those situations since that lens has a maximum magnification of 1:1 yet still has the short working distance of the MP-E 65 which suits the MT-24 flashgun.

The Tokina 35mm macro lens is great for showing an insect in its environment and is still capable of 1:1 magnification. On occasions I also use a Tokina 10-17mm fisheye lens.

I currently use a Manfrotto 055XB and for macro I use a Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head, great for fine adjustments

For non-macro subjects I use a Canon 400mm f5.6 L prime lens and virtually all of my bird and mammal images were taken with this lens.