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I use the Canon system to photograph flora and fauna. Capturing all my photos in RAW format to deliver the highest archival quality possible. I currently use two camera bodies that have APS-C crop sensors: a Canon EOS 80D and a Canon Rebel T3. Crop sensor format cameras allow for a larger magnification of telephoto lenses.
I stick to using four lenses, two prime and two zoom, that cover an expansive focal length and uses to fit my needs. A Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD ultra telephoto zoom lens, which is for capturing far distant birds and mammals that are out of usual photographic reach. The advantage of pairing this lens with a crop-sensor camera body is the added zoom magnification factor. These next three Canon EOS lenses each have their own set of UV, Neutral-Density, and Polarizing filters. A Canon EF 75-300mm 1:4-5.6 USM telephoto zoom lens, my most used lens, to capture fairly distant wildlife and to create tighter landscape compositions.
A Canon EF 50mm 1:1.8 STM prime lens, also known as the "nifty-fifty" for its versatile purposes. I use this most to simulate macro photography of plants and flowers, or to capture a tighter cropped landscape. A Canon EFS 24mm 1:2.8 STM prime lens, also known as a pancake lens for its portability. Useful for wide angle and expansive depth of field landscape shots, or for more creative wildlife compositions.
Tripods, Heads & Flashes
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Other equipment includes an Oben AT-3421 Aluminum Tripod which is useful for long exposures of moving bodies of water or landscapes, to steady the weight of my heavier telephoto lenses, and to capture wildlife high in the sky or low to the ground. Tripod heads include a Jobu Design BWG-J3K Jobu Jr.3 Gimbal Head and a Oben BA-106T Single Lever Ball Head. A gimbal head makes panning and tilting much more smooth for birds in flight and other actions. A ball head is more useful for lighter lenses and more rigid movement. A 60mm Universal Arca Swiss Quick Release Plate is used on the gimbal head. For extra artificial lighting I use a Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT external hot-shoe flash which can freeze flying birds in flight or illuminate flowers to give that special 'pop' of color.
Bags, Computers & Equipment
For a wider field of view, I use a pair of Bushnell 132050 Powerview 20 x 50mm Porro Prism Binoculars. The majority of my gear is lugged around in a Tamrac Professional Series Anvil 27 Backpack. All of my post-processing work is done on an Acer AXC-780-UR11 Desktop Computer. All my files are backed up on local storage on a Seagate Backup Slim Plus 1 terrabyte external hard drive and a 32 gigabyte USB flash drive. For true color representation I hook up the laptop via HDMI to a Dell SE2717HR 27" 16:9 IPS Monitor.
Printing & Software
I use a Canon Pixma iP8720 Wireless Inkjet Photo Printer which prints many types of photo paper such as glossy, semi-glossy, matte, and pro luster. It can deliver prints up to 13 x 19" which makes for superb archival fine art to hang on the wall. For editing software I use Skylum's Luminar 2018 Editor that develops RAW files as well as regular compressed JPG files. The program has many features to fine-tune and touch-up images to make ready for printing.