Extras

Extras

  Essential extra #1 is a decent tripod and I'm lucky enough to have two.
The first is a light carbon fibre Manfrotto 055CXPro4 with a Benro GH2 gimbal head, (which I find excellent, especially when using the heavy 800 mm), and the second is a heavier, older Manfrotto, the 144Bird, (which has proved its worth through over 20 years of hard knocks and use).

  Another piece of equipment that I use nowadays and which I find essential is the Cotton Carrier "Camera vest". This leaves my hands free while carrying a camera and lens securely on my chest with another on my hip with the weight spread onto my shoulders and hip instead of my neck. I cannot rate this product highly enough, though it does make me, (even if not my beautiful model), look ridiculously Rambo-esque.