Gear & Tools

The battle-tested photography gear, software & other resources we use.

The right tools can make the difference between nailing the shot of a lifetime or coming back without it.

That’s why we invest considerable time researching, testing and optimizing our gear, software, and systems.

We’ve listed some of the most coveted items that we use to photograph, film, and edit a wide gamut of projects at Viewfinder Mastery.

verything has been battle-tested in our own business and either helped us get to where we are today – or is currently being used to take Viewfinder Mastery to the next level.

It goes without saying that we only ever recommend equipment, services, or resources which we know and trust, but before we dive in – an important disclosure:

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Camera & Lenses

Sony Alpha A9 ii

Primary stills camera. 24 megapixels, 20 frames per second and incredible autofocus tracking.

Sony Alpha A7s iii

Primary filming camera. Up to 4K 120 frames/second, no recording limits, incredible autofocus tracking.

Sony FE 24-105mm F/4 G OSS Lens

All-in-one versatile zoom lens. Our main video lens. Perfect compliment to the 200-600 when traveling.

Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM Lens

Wide angle work horse. Opens to a nice bright F/2.8 aperture. Extremely versatile and very sharp.

Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens

Medium telephoto work horse. Opens to a nice bright F/2.8 aperture. Extremely versatile and very sharp.

Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS Lens

Long telephoto zoom. Flexible and versatile with fast autofocus and great sharpness. Perfect for wildlife and sports.

Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens

Favourite lens! A must for any photographer. Its bright F/1.8 aperture make it perfect for low light and portraits.

Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 Lens

Go-to portrait lens. Opens to F/1.8 for nice defocused, blurry backgrounds. Quite versatile.

Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS Lens

Amazing close up macro photography lens. Super smooth manual focusing and extremely sharp.

Photo Accessories

Sony HVL-F60RM Wireless Radio Flash

Powerful and versatile flash for on- or off-camera shooting. Great weather sealing and clever LED video light onboard.

Sony FA-WRC1M Wireless Trigger

Reliable flash trigger for quick and easy off-camera flash photography. Controls flash settings directly.

Sony FE 1.4x Teleconverter

Adds 40% more reach to Sony telephoto lenses. Great performance on the 70-200mm or 200-600mm.

Leofoto LS-324CEX Carbon Fiber Tripod

Tall, leightweight and versatile photo/video tripod. Leveling half-bowl saves from leveling legs.

Acratech Panoramic Head

Reliable, versatile and powerful tripod head. Great for landscapes, long lens shooting or panoramic shots.

Gitzo GM2542 Carbon Fiber Monopod

Tall, sturdy and lightweight monopod. Very handy for long lens shooting. Faster than setting up tripod.

Wimberley MH-100 MonoGimbal Head

Point lens upward/downward without tipping the monopod. Arca Swiss clamp for attaching to tripod feet.

LEE Filters LEE100 Deluxe Kit

Rectangular filter system for landscape photography. Stack graduated-, ND- and polarizing filters without vignette.

Sony RMT-P1BT Wireless Remote

Trigger the camera to record stills or video with this simple and reliable bluetooth remote.

Software & Tech

Adobe Photography plan

Two applications that you can't live without: Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop.

Adobe Premiere

Powerful video editing software, optimised for the Mac.

Wacom Intuos Tablet

Graphic drawing tablet with 4096 Levels of pressure sensitivity for more control and precision when photo-editing in Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom.

Apple Macbook Pro 16"

Main video and photo editing computer. Amazing performance, outstanding screen and impressive battery.

BenQ SW321C Monitor

4K Photo-Video editing monitor showing 100% Adobe RGB color space. Quick switching to different gamuts.

Synology DS 918+ NAS

Versatile, expandable storage for video and photo files. Access files from anywhere in the world via internet.

Miscellaneous

Canon ipf 6450 Large Format Printer

Large format, high-resolution photo printer. Roll paper printing on many high-quality photo papers.

Paul Buff Einstein Studio Strobe

Powerful and flexible studio light. Accepts wide variety of modifiers for studio or outdoor shooting.

Fstop Tillopa 50L Backpack

Robust and comfortable photography backpack with padded equipment inserts to protect gear.

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