All conversations about photography always involve a discussion about equipment at some stage….usually sooner rather than later!
Historically most photographers choose between a Canon or a Nikon based system, although the options are increasing these days.
I started out with Canon and have stuck with them. Most of my wildlife photographs have been taken with the following set up:
Canon 1D Mark IV
Canon 500mm F4
Canon 1.4x Teleconverter
Canon 580 EX II Speedlite
Gitzo GT3540XLS Tripod
Arca-Swiss monoball Z and Wimberley Sidekick
Gura Gear Kiboko 30L to carry it all in
I used to be hung up a lot more about equipment when I was first starting out but I now believe an appreciation and knowledge of nature is the most important factor when trying to get good wildlife photographs.
That said, there are things that make a wildlife photographers job easier and they will be the subject of future posts.