Equipment

I've had a number of film cameras over the last twenty years, my best being the Olympus OM2, but when I started writing blogs and birdwatching I converted entirely to digital equipment.  My first digital camera was a very small and compact Fuji Finepix 400i and I've only recently stopped using it due a lens cover problem - when I've sorted this out, I'll hopefully be using it again for landscapes and snaps because the quality is fantastic for the size and type of camera.

Camera Equipment
  • Nikon D90 body
  • Nikkor 50-105mm VR lens
  • Nikkor 70-300mm f4 - f6.3 VRII lens
  • Sigma 50-500mm f5.6 - f 6.3 EX APO HSM lens - Bigma (sold January 2016)
  • Nikon D7000 body (as of December 2012)
  • Nikon 300mm f2.8G AF-S VRII lens (as of early retirement in April 2012)
  • Nikon TC-20e III teleconverter
  • Nikon TC-14e II teleconverter 
  • Nikon D810 body (as of May 2016)
  • Nikon TC-17e II teleconverter (as of May 2016)
  • Nikon D500 - (as of June 2016)
  • Nikon 500mm f4E AF-S VRII lens (as of selling both kidneys and a lung in Jan 2017)
Tripods
  • Cullman Hide Magic Clamp
  • Opticron Pan and Tilt Head
  • Old En-gee Tristan Tripod - Model 423 (now broken)
  • Manfrotto 055xProB (as of August 2011)
  • Manfrotto 496RC quick release ball head (as of September 2011)
  • Manfrotto 079B monopod with 234 tilt head (as of January 2012)
  • Manfrotto 701 HDV fluid video head (as of December 2012)
  • Camouflage X-shaped beanbag filled with rice
  • Benro GH-2 Gimbal Head (as of December 2016).
Scope
  • Aldi 20x-60x 60mm zoom Adventuridge scope (now broken)
  • Aldi 20x-60x 60mm zoom Optus scope
  • Nikon ED82A Fieldscope with 25x-75x zoom eyepiece (as of March 2011)
  • Nikon FSA-L1 Digiscoping adaptor for DSLR
Binoculars
  • Bushnell 10x20mm - now used as a spare pair for the car
  • Rocktrail 10x42mm  (Lidl) - don't work
  • Helios 8x42mm binoculars
GPS
  • Garmin Etrex Legend Hcx with UK TopoMap maps
Mobile Phone
  • HTC HD2 with GPS, full 3G Internet and Email and Windows Mobile 6.5 - now defunct
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace x 2
Computers
  • Apple iMac 17 (Intel)
  • Various PC's and laptops
  • Apple iMac 27
Software
  • Apple Preview - previously main editing software used for jags
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 (iMac) - now my main ending software for RAW files
  • Memory Map OS (Windows Mobile and PC)
  • RSPB Birds of Britain and Europe (Windows Mobile, PDA and PC)
  • GCzII - Geocaching software for Windows Mobile 6 (currently broken)