Our Equipments

Camera Body

Canon 6D


We have been using Canon 6D for almost all landscape photos and some wildlife photos since 2013. Despite being an entry-level full-frame DSLR, it delivers excellent performance as far as landscape shooting is concerned. The only complaint I have so far would be the basic focus system - it only has 11 autofocus sensors with 1 cross-type sensor in the center. When shooting under low lights such as sunrise and sunset, those non-cross type sensors don't always work, which means you have to focus and recompose the frame. Not a huge issue if you take landscape photos. Canon also has released a mark II version of this body - Canon 6D Mark II in June 2017. If you're willing to throw in a couple thousand dollars more, you can consider Canon 5D series, with the latest version being Canon 5D Mark IV. 5D has a much better focus system and slighter better dynamic range (which is essential for landscape photography). If you shoot videos too, 5D is also a better choice.

Canon 7D Mark II


We use Canon 7D Mark II mostly for wildlife photography for two reasons.

First of all, thanks to its APS-C sensor, the camera provides a 1.6x focal length multiplier, which allows you to zoom in much more than a full frame camera. This multiplier factor is a double bladed sword. One the one hand, when used with a telescope lens, it usually means you also need a tripod or a faster shutter speed. When the subject is so far away, any small camera movement could cause a blurry image. On the other hand, APS-C sensors don't have high ISO performance as good as full frame cameras. This becomes challenging when shooting wildlife under low light - bumping up ISO also means much more noises. There is a balance you need to strike here.

Secondly, the camera has an impressive high-speed shooting mode that shoots at 10 frames per second. This is really handy while shooting wildlife in movement, such as birds.

Lens


This lens is the third version of the model, which replaced the second version that was released 7 years before this one. It delivers very sharp images, much better than the previous versions based on certain reviews. The 2.8 smallest aperture is also very useful in certain circumstances, e.g., night photography. Note that this lens doesn't have image stabilization. I would count this as a drawback because when shooting landscape at such wide angle, especially on a tripod, IS isn't really useful. In fact, while using a tripod, it's better to turn off IS! A bonus feature of this lens is that it can produce a gorgeous sunburst when shooting at a very smaller aperture, such as f/20.

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L



While Canon EF 16–35mm f/2.8L III delivers outstanding performance, it could also put a dent in your wallet. Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L is a great alternative which costs less than half of the price. We had been using this lens for over three years, and many of our photos were taken using this lens. This lens is also significantly lighter than the 16-35mm one.

Rokinon 24mm F/1.4 Aspherical Wide Angle Lens for Canon



We bought this lens exclusive for nighttime photography. This relatively inexpensive lens (compared to expensive Canon lens of course) features an ultra-wide aperture at f/1.4. This is extremely useful for nighttime photography, e.g., milky way. We usually use f/2.0 where it produces sharper images than being wide open. This is a manual focus lens, but I find it pretty easy to do manual focus while shooting stars - just point to the brightest start and adjust the focus until the star is the smallest dot.

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS



I got this lens as part of the 6D bundle back in 2013, and it has been my go-to lens most of the time because of the lens's versatility. The 25-105mm range is suitable for most photo opportunities, and the built-in image stabilization is handy while shooting hand-held - just remember to turn off IS while it's on a tripod.

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II


We use this lens together with Canon 7D Mark II mostly for wildlife photography. This lens has fast and quiet focus, effective image stabilization and outstanding image quality. 

Polarizer Filters

Polarizer filters are very effective in darkening skies and reducing reflections. We have them in front of my lens while shooting in daylight. Probably the only time we don't use them is during sunrise, sunset, and nighttime. We highly recommend the filters manufactured by B+W. We use the 77mm and 82mm for our Canon lens.

Neutral Density Filter


If there is only one type of filters you can to bring with you to shot landscape photos, I would recommend bringing neutral density filters. These filters are extremely useful to get a balanced exposure while shooting various types of landscape photos. For example, a typical sunrise or sunset photo will likely feature a gorgeous sky occupying the top part of the picture, and the bottom portion will be likely to have some foreground in a much darker light. To create a correctly exposed photo, the sky needs to be darkened to a certain degree. We have been using the ones produced by Lee for a few years now, and the system works perfectly.  A Lee filter system is required to use such filters.

Big Stopper


These filters can dramatically reduce the light that passes through the lens, therefore, allowing a photographer to use a much slower shutter speed even there is ample sunlight. A much slower shutter speed can produce certain effects such as silky and blurry water flows. Without such filters, it's impossible to achieve them if the light is strong. We have been using the one manufactured by B+W, but you can also get a similar Lee filter if you're already using a Lee filter system.

Tripod

Tripod is one of the essential equipment a photographer needs to invest to take sharp images. This is especially important if you'd like your image to still look sharp when it's 100% cropped. We carry our tripod in all our trips. A sturdy tripod can last for many years. Investing in a good tripod head is also a great idea as a good tripod head will help save a lot of your time in taking photos. We have been using Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 055  and Manfrotto MHXPRO-BHQ2 for a few years now. The two fit perfectly.