Reccomended Equipment

To bring home contest worthy photographs and maximize the experience of our workshops, we recommend specific camera gear and equipment. During spring season the average temperature in Sardinia is between 15 and 24 °C (59-72 °F), very nice during the day, but can become quite chilly during the night when we will concentrate on astrophotography to capture the Milky Way. It is important to come properly prepared for the climate in terms of clothing, outdoor apparels and equipment to be able to capture the best photographs in the best comfort conditions. There's no need to buy all the equipment at once, we can help you through our equipment rental partner to get the right tools at a great price. Contact us for more info or recommendations.

CLOTHING
  • Quick dry shirts – Use as base layers for any summer activities, the quick dry shirts will offer some protection for sudden changes in temperature partnered with a long sleeve shirt or rain jacket.
  • All around sweater – during the night temperature will drop and it is quite handy to have a sweater for such conditions.
  • Light windbreaker or rain jacket – the weather in spring can change quickly. Try to bring a lightweight rain jacket for these instances.
  • Hiking Pants – Good breathable pants that offer UV protection and wind resistance.
  • Comfortable shoes - light trekking (better if water-proof) or running shoes. 
All of the above are suggestions for recommendation only. Different people have different tolerance in temperatures depending on their current locations. 
FILTERS
They offer more creative possibilities with your Digital SLR than any other camera accessories for landscape. Take a look at the my work and you’ll see that I used an array of filters in capturing my images.
  • Screw-in type filters: These filters attach via the filter thread on the front of most lenses. Screw type filters offer the advantage of using premium quality optical glass, while their small size means they’re easy to store and carry. The disadvantage is that each only fit one diameter of lens, so if your lenses require different filter thread sizes, you’ll need extra filters. Using more than one filter together is not reccomended because  of vignetting effect.
  • Slot-in type filters: If you plan to use a number of filters or have several lenses, a slot-in system is more practical. You only need to buy one of each type, which can be inserted into a holder attached to the lens via combined proper sized ring. You will need a ring for each lens but swap the holder between them. Most slot-in filters are made from resins or aluminum. 
Types of filters:
  • Circular Polarizing filter (CPL) – these are used to boost saturation and also either enhance reflections or remove flares/ glares.

  • 6 stops and 10 stops Neutral Densities (ND) – They can be in the form of screw in filter or slot in system. These are used for long exposure effects, they provide those misty, still waters and streaking clouds.

  • 3 stop Graduated Neutral Density filters (GND) – Available only for slot systems, they increase the dynamic range of any scene and makes it possible to have bright foreground and well exposed skies. They come in hard edge (abrupt graduation) and soft edge (gradual).

We recommend Haida filters, our choice. Lee and Nisi are other good brands. Filters can be used also on drones! We recommend PolarPro for your flying camera.

OTHER ACCESSORIES
  • Cable Release or Remote shutter control:​ dealing with filters, you will be using long exposure techniques as a creative tool. This means your shutter exposures will be more than 30 seconds and will require the use of Bulb mode. Having remotes will make sure you can maximise the technique and filters.
CAMERA
 
  • High megapixel full frame DSLR or full frame Mirrorless camera, such as:
    • Nikon D810Nikon D750
    • Canon 5DCanon 6D
    • Sony A7RSony A7S (especially suited for night photography)
  • Recent cropped sensor DSLR’s are also capable of producing high quality images. 
    • Nikon D7500
    • Canon 7D
 
If you have a Fuji, Olympus, Pentax, Panasonic, etc. system, as long as they fit the basic requirements and lenses, then we feel this will be able to perform as expected.
 
LENSES
 
  • Ultra wide angle lenses - The most important lenses for Landscape photography! For those with full frame cameras, the following lenses have been tested by us and have numerous positive reviews from the professionals. Ultra wide angle lens helps you capture the entire beauty of iconic locations visited during our tours and they are the primary choice of most landscape photographers. They are also critical for astrophotography, for which we recommend lenses with high aperture such as f/2.8.
    • Irix 15mm f/2.4 (our recommended lens, fair price, amazing performance, ability to use standard screw-in filters and perfect for astrophotography).
    • Nikkor 14-24 f/2.8G ED (great performance but requires special filters system such as Haida 150)
    • Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L Mk III (top performance lens that accepts standard screw-in filters)
  • Standard Zoom lenses - To use for general purpose photography in our trip.
    • Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
    • Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR
    • Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L Mk II
    • Canon 24-105mm f/4.0L IS USM
  • Telephoto Zoom lenses - To use for long distance or details photography. Perfect to capture the pink flamingos.
    • Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8G ED VR II
    • Nikkor 70-200 f/4.0G ED VR
    • Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 AF-S VR
    • Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS Mk II
    • Canon 70-200mm f/4.0L IS
 
TRIPOD & HEAD
 

The tripod is the lifeline of your camera. It is important that your tripod is sturdy and can deal with the rugged and outdoor environment. Remember, you wouldn’t want your thousand dollars camera in the hands of a cheap tripod.

In choosing your tripod, make sure you take consideration of these points;

 

  • Carbon Fiber. They are light for travel and can absorb vibrations better than aluminium.

  • Twist lock or clip type. Both have it’s pros and cons. Clip types are easier to set up but sand and dust can easily penetrate it. Twist locks are mostly dust and dirt proof and easier to clean.

  • Tripod size and height. As a rule of thumb, the height of your tripod must not exceed eye level with the camera placed. This will not only ensure proper posture, it can also be handled and maneuvered easily.

 

Ball head – working in uneven surfaces, it easier that your tripod heads can be flexible and be adjusted accordingly. Ball heads are very easy to operate and have a wide choice of sizes. Choose the type that you are comfortable operating.

Sirui, 3 Legged Things, Manfrotto, and Really Right Stuff (RRS) are brands that we have tested and have been using for years. These are available in most stores.

Tripods

 

Ball heads

If you have any questions or need an advice, contact us or write directly to info@raffaelecabras.com!

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