INDURO GIT 404XL Grand Series 4 Stealth Carbon Fiber tripod  In combination with the INDURO GHB2 gimbal head this a rock solid solution to support any DSLR camera with a long lens attached. You can spend about twice as much money on other brands but I don’t think it will buy you better support and quality than what you can get with this tripod and gimbal head for wildlife photography.  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
 GITZO tripod GT2931 Basalt  My first “real” tripod that I used for almost everything for many years. It was a little too short for wildlife photography with a gimbal head attached. After finding another solution for my wildlife photography I modified this one by removing the center column. It is now still high enough for landscape photography or any indoor shooting, and light enough to take it on a hike into the mountains.  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
 INDURO GHB2 gimbal head  This gimbal head has it all to support a heavy and long lens in combination with a good tripod. It allows smooth panning and tilting, and the control knobs are big enough to adjust tightness of movement even with bigger gloves very subtle. The quality of the GHB2 is outstanding and if you are in the market for a gimbal head, don’t settle for less. This piece of equipment is worth every penny!  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
 KIRK BH-3 ballhead  This is a rock solid piece of equipment to support the camera on a tripod. Well built, high quality, and it never failed in all the years I had it.   ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
 Nikon Speedlight SB-800  When I started with digital photography all the pros shot with this speedlight. Newer models are available now but this one has everything a serious amateur or photo enthusiast can ask for. If you find a good, inexpensive used one somewhere, go for it, it will serve you well.  ★ ★ ★ ★
 Nikon Speedlight SB-600  Not far behind the SB-800. Has a few features less. Still in my bag, especially if I want to shoot with two flash lights.  ★ ★ ★
 MAGMOD MagBeam flash extender  This is an important accessory for my bird photography. It helps to bring out the colors in situations where the available light is just not sufficient or very dull and I also use it to extend the depth of field.  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  I have written about his flash extender more detailed in a blog post:    http://www.exnerimages.net/blog/2017/3/30/gear-talk-magmod-magbeam-wildlife-kit
 Flash bracket (New Version)  The flash bracket of my dreams costs about $240 here in the United States 😆, but as a machine builder by trade I like to tinker with metal and just built my own one for less than $40… 😊. This new, improved version is stiffer and has a wider quick-release clamp.  I use the flash in wildlife photography mostly to boost colors. This flash bracket allows to turn the camera 90 degree from landscape to portrait orientation while the speed light still stays in the same position.
 Mini Soft Box (DIY)  Building this small soft box that can be easily attached to a flash light was another Do-It-Yourself project. I use it in my “backyard studio” for bird photography or for projects like this collection about my gear.

INDURO GIT 404XL Grand Series 4 Stealth Carbon Fiber tripod

In combination with the INDURO GHB2 gimbal head this a rock solid solution to support any DSLR camera with a long lens attached. You can spend about twice as much money on other brands but I don’t think it will buy you better support and quality than what you can get with this tripod and gimbal head for wildlife photography.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

GITZO tripod GT2931 Basalt

My first “real” tripod that I used for almost everything for many years. It was a little too short for wildlife photography with a gimbal head attached. After finding another solution for my wildlife photography I modified this one by removing the center column. It is now still high enough for landscape photography or any indoor shooting, and light enough to take it on a hike into the mountains.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

INDURO GHB2 gimbal head

This gimbal head has it all to support a heavy and long lens in combination with a good tripod. It allows smooth panning and tilting, and the control knobs are big enough to adjust tightness of movement even with bigger gloves very subtle. The quality of the GHB2 is outstanding and if you are in the market for a gimbal head, don’t settle for less. This piece of equipment is worth every penny!

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

KIRK BH-3 ballhead

This is a rock solid piece of equipment to support the camera on a tripod. Well built, high quality, and it never failed in all the years I had it. 

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Nikon Speedlight SB-800

When I started with digital photography all the pros shot with this speedlight. Newer models are available now but this one has everything a serious amateur or photo enthusiast can ask for. If you find a good, inexpensive used one somewhere, go for it, it will serve you well.

★ ★ ★ ★

Nikon Speedlight SB-600

Not far behind the SB-800. Has a few features less. Still in my bag, especially if I want to shoot with two flash lights.

★ ★ ★

MAGMOD MagBeam flash extender

This is an important accessory for my bird photography. It helps to bring out the colors in situations where the available light is just not sufficient or very dull and I also use it to extend the depth of field.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

I have written about his flash extender more detailed in a blog post:

http://www.exnerimages.net/blog/2017/3/30/gear-talk-magmod-magbeam-wildlife-kit

Flash bracket (New Version)

The flash bracket of my dreams costs about $240 here in the United States 😆, but as a machine builder by trade I like to tinker with metal and just built my own one for less than $40… 😊. This new, improved version is stiffer and has a wider quick-release clamp.

I use the flash in wildlife photography mostly to boost colors. This flash bracket allows to turn the camera 90 degree from landscape to portrait orientation while the speed light still stays in the same position.

Mini Soft Box (DIY)

Building this small soft box that can be easily attached to a flash light was another Do-It-Yourself project. I use it in my “backyard studio” for bird photography or for projects like this collection about my gear.