The equipment used is important, but vision, own idea and composition are of course much more important. With my old Canon 400D I photographed for a very long time, after which the 70D was purchased with which I have been shooting for 6 years now. Since the beginning of 2023 the Canon 70D has been traded in for a Canon R5.
Over time I started investing more in good lenses and especially filters. For my long exposures I use a 10, 13 or 15 stops filter. There are many brands and types. All with their own qualities and holders. I prefer to use a separate filter holder instead of a screw on ND filter. For me it works faster and it’s easier to combine with hard, soft gradient filters for the sky.
The filter holder I use is from Lee. The old model, which works very fine and fast. Some photographers are complaining that it can slip from the adapter ring. I use this holder for 8 years now under extreme conditions, but it never dropped. With the holder I have the 10 (Big Stopper) and 15 stops (Super Stopper) filter of Lee. Recently I added the 13 stops Formatt High Tech square 100mm filter. Which is of outstanding quality, no color haze and corrected shutter times are extremely accurate.
A little tip and recommendation, do not be fooled by the most expensive gears or the camera with the highest range of megapixels. Of course you have more capabilities in post processing and possibilities to print at huge sizes. But it’s you who create atmosphere, ideas and vision, your camera is an extension of that……… keep that in mind.
Canon EOS R5
Tripod Manfrotto MK055 XPRO3
EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM
EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
Peak Design removable camera strap
Plasticized shutter speed table
Backup cable release
Lee filter holder
Lee 10 stops (little stopper)
Lee 15 stops (big stopper)
Formatt Hightech 13 stops
Lee Mist Filters
Manfrotto Pro Light RedBee camera bag