As a wildlife and nature photographer, you know that capturing the perfect shot requires more than just a good camera and lens. In Canada, with its vast and varied landscapes, you need the right accessories to help you navigate and capture the beauty of the natural world.
Whether you’re shooting in the Arctic tundra or the lush forests of the Pacific coast, there are a few key items that every wildlife and nature photographer in Canada should have in their kit.
We’ll take a look at some of the best accessories for wildlife and nature photography in Canada, including cameras, lenses, tripods, and more.
Table of Contents
- Cameras and Lenses
- Tripods and Supports
- Clothing and Footwear
- Bags and Backpacks
- Camera Accessories
Cameras and Lenses
The camera and lens you choose will have a big impact on the quality of your photos, so it’s important to choose wisely. For wildlife and nature photography, a DSLR or mirrorless camera with a high-resolution sensor is a good choice. The Canon EOS-1DX Mark II or the Nikon D5 are both great options for professional photographers, while the Sony Alpha a7R III or the Fujifilm X-T4 are good choices for enthusiasts.
When it comes to lenses, a telephoto lens is a must-have for wildlife and nature photography. The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM or the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR are both great choices for capturing wildlife at a distance.
A wide-angle lens can also be useful for capturing landscapes and other wide vistas. The Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM or the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED are both great options.
Tripods and Supports
A good tripod is essential for keeping your camera steady when shooting in low light or at long exposures. It’s an essential tool for repeatedly capturing high-quality photos.
The Gitzo GT5563GS Systematic Tripod or the Manfrotto MT055CXPRO4 055 Tripod are both great options for professional photographers. If you’re looking for something more lightweight and portable, the Joby Gorillapod 3K Kit or the Oben CT-2491 Carbon Fiber Tripod are good choices.
In addition to a tripod, a gimbal head can be a useful accessory for capturing smooth and stable video of wildlife. The Manfrotto MHXPRO-3WG XPRO Magnesium 3-Way Head or the Induro Alloy 8M AT214 Tripod with GHB2 Gimbal Head are both great options.
Clothing and Footwear
When shooting in the great outdoors, you’ll need clothing and footwear that can keep up with you. In Canada’s diverse environments, you’ll need to be prepared for a range of weather conditions, from rain and snow to hot and humid. We offer a few photographer clothing options in our store.
For footwear, a good pair of hiking boots or wading boots is essential. The Merrell Moab 2 Waterproof Hiking Boots or the Simms G3 Guide Wading Boots are both great options.
For clothing, a waterproof and breathable jacket and pants, such as the Marmot Minimalist Rain Jacket or the Arc’teryx Beta AR pants are a must. Layering is also important, with a fleece or down jacket for added warmth.
Camouflage hats, masks, gloves, and jackets should also be a consideration for anyone interested in getting the rare shots that require getting a little closer to wildlife.
Bags and Backpacks
The Lowepro ProTactic BP 450 AW II or the Think Tank Photo StreetWalker HardDrive are both great options that offer ample storage space and easy access to your gear.
If you’re looking for something more compact, the Peak Design Everyday Sling or the Ona Bowery Camera Bag are good choices.
In addition to the main gear, there are a few other accessories that can make a big difference in your wildlife and nature photography.
- A polarizing filter can help reduce glare and improve color saturation.
- A remote shutter release can also be useful for capturing shots without disturbing the wildlife.
- A flash or LED light can be useful for illuminating subjects in low light.
- A lens cleaning kit, such as the Giottos Rocket Air Blaster or the Lenspen, is a must-have for keeping your gear clean and in good condition.
As a wildlife and nature photographer in Canada, you need the right gear to help you navigate and capture the beauty of the natural world.
With the right camera and lens, a sturdy tripod and support, appropriate clothing and footwear, a good bag or backpack, and a few essential accessories, you’ll be well-equipped to take on any shooting challenge.
Remember to research and invest in the best quality gear that fits your budget, so you can always be ready to capture the perfect shot.