I don’t need to tell you about the deep down want and desire of every fisherman to catch that fish of a lifetime. On every fishing trip, whether we care to admit it, we all have that nagging little thought in the back of our mind that today might be the day.
So you’re out fishing, your mate has caught that fish and you go to snap a trophy pic on your iphone, but it just doesn’t quite do the fish justice. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve said it before, the best camera is the one you have with you – better an iPhone pic than none at all, but after the fact you’ll wish you had more…
Over the last couple of years I’ve been asked by quite a lot by people what I shoot my images on, so I thought I’d share with you in one place, what’s in my kit, to snap that fish of a lifetime. In typical Seeto fashion, I’ve no doubt that this kit is complete overkill for many, and it’s by no means a shopping list or endorsement of any particular products. This just happens to be what I use – you will be able to shoot damn good images with just about any basic modern day dSLR, maybe even a Canon at a push…:)
BODY: Nikon D3. Yes I’m a Nikon man, just like I’m a Daiwa man. This is an old Pro Body, but still has excellent low light capabilities and is almost indestructible. As I said, you’ll get great images out of just about any modern dSLR, so it will just come down to personal preference and budget as to which way you go. Remember the body is important, the glass is even more so.
LENS: Nikon 14mm f/2.8: My wide angle. This is a great lens, sharp, fast and works perfectly in my Aquatech Housing which is when I use this lens the most
LENS: Nikon 35mm f/1.4 G. Probably my most used lens, the 35mm 1.4 is awesome. You don’t get the distortion you see with a wide angle like the 14mm, yet it is still wide enough to cover pretty much every fishing situation. Being a 1.4, the lens really excels in those prime time low light situations that make for spectacular photos.
LENS: Nikon 85mm f/1.4 G . The second most used lens in my kit. The 85mm is a nice short telephoto lens and great in low light. It is super sharp and subjects seem to just pop with this lens.
FLASH: Nikon SB910. In recent times I’ve shot quite a lot of fill flash, and more recently I’ve been using off camera flash more and more. The more I use it, the greater the possibilities I can see with my images.
FLASH TRIGGER: Pocket Wizard. I’m using the Pocket Wizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 remote flash triggers to trigger my off camera flash. I won’t go into all the tech stuff, suffice to say there are heaps of websites and YouTube channels that are dedicated to this stuff alone.
Honl Photo Traveller 8 softbox used to diffuse and shape the light from your flash, it’s portable, light, packs away flat and creates nice catch lights in your subjects’ eyes.
TRIPOD: I probably don’t need to go into the benefits of a tripod here, but my only real advice would be to look at a carbon fibre model if you’re shooting around salt water a lot . Mines an Induro something or other that I can’t remember, but I can tell you it is carbon fibre.
BAG: Lowepro Flipside 400AW. This is a lightweight, all weather backpack that isn’t all that bulky, yet still allows me to pack away all this gear. I use it on the boat (stored in a locker), day trips for trout, and when I’m travelling. Entry into the backpack is from the back, meaning the pack can’t be opened when you’re wearing it which is great for travel. It has an all weather cover, but I will say it isn’t waterproof! I still haven’t found the perfect waterproof pack yet that fits all my camera gear, yet still has functionality of a hiking/fishing pack. Will keep you posted as I continue my search
Aquatech ND3 Sport Housing with LP-1 Lens port and 25mm lens port extension ring. Pretty much long winded tech talk for kick butt underwater shooting capabilities for my D3. You’ve seen what a Go Pro can do, these housings give you the control to shoot your dSLR underwater.
There you have it an insight into the gear I use for a large proportion of the fishing photography on this site.