Join Justin Reznick for an in-depth discussion in this video Reviewing the gear used on the fjord shoot, part of Photographing the Fjords of New Zealand.
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- [Voiceover] We're here in Fiordland National Park. This is one of my favorite regions in all of New Zealand. There's three great walks here, The Kepler, the Milford, the Routeburn. I've had the opportunity to do all three. I've kayaked in Milford Sound and you know, just explored as much as I can here and it's a place I'll keep coming back to. So I'm really excited to take you guys on a journey of Fiordland National Park. I wanna tell you a little bit about the gear I'll be using. Let's start with the tripod I've got, A tripod that's a lighter than normal for me. This is a Gitzo, and it's a GT1542T, and it's incredibly lightweight for travel.
Now, my goal here, in my six week adventure I'm on through New Zealand, both islands, was to be as light and mobile as possible. So the tripod's reduced in size. But you will notice my Arca Swiss P0 with my Really Right Stuff clamp, that goes on any tripod I use, I really love that combo. The backpack here is the Loka Ultralight made by F Stop. This bag was recently introduced, and I love it. It's the first bag they manufactured designed to be ultralight. Very minimal in design. It's not great for holding a lot of weight. If you've got a full frame Canon, Nikon, Sony setup, I don't recommend it, but, if you've only got one or two lenses, or you have a mirrorless system, this bag is fantastic.
So as we go in, we're gonna see, I'm gonna be using a system which I haven't used with a Lynda.com course yet. And this is the Fuji mirrorless system. So for my main body, I've got a Fuji X-T1. This is the first Fuji that's weather sealed. And this is crucial, I wouldn't be shooting Fuji if they didn't have a weather sealed body. So they really got serious about landscape photography this past year. On the camera is the Fuji 10-24, this is a great wide-angle lens. Now, it's a crop sensored body, so that's a full-frame equivalent, of 15-36.
Really important is the long lens. So this is a 55-200. Okay, again, you've gotta multiply by 1-5, so that reaches all the way to 300, which is nice. I've also got, which is really fun, I've got this little 27mm prime, it's tiny. And it takes me out to 40mm, so this thing, you barely feel it in your hand, it's really great. One more lens I've got the 14mm prime. It's a really, really great two-way prime if I'm gonna do night shooting. It's faster, it's 2-8, instead of the F4 of my 10-24, so it's great for that night shooting, and just anytime you can find that 14mil. prime which is 21 on a full-frame, it's great to use.
We have our filter pouch, all the NDs and polarizers I need are in there. Every lens is equipped, ready to go with a polarizer. And then I've got an ND with step-up rings. And you'll get to see how those step-up rings when we do some long exposures. Beyond that, just head lamp, we've got the pocket rocket to make sure we blow off dust or water, SD cards, batteries, just some of your basic things. But pretty minimal overall, okay? And we're just gonna close that up.
You know, little step-up rings in here remotes, extra remote shutter, but as you can see, it's a pretty minimal setup. I wanna be light, I wanna be mobile, I'm traveling, I'm hiking, I'm going all over the place. And I gotta be honest with you, mirrorless cameras are great. Not just Fuji, but the Olympus, the Panasonic, the Sony, camera technology has gotten so good. The key is, just find a tool, any of those tools, learn how to use it, master it, and you will make great images. Alright, I'm excited to get using the Fuji. So let's go and take some pictures.
- Essential gear, from tripods to lenses
- Shooting at water's edge at low tide
- Shooting handheld from a moving boat
- Capturing details
- Post-processing techniques