Dan’s Gear Guide

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Where to buy the best gear?

Once you’ve figured out what you’re looking to buy, the common question is, “where should I order from?“. Typically I buy my gear from either B&H Photo or Amazon and occasionally Adorama if the other two don’t have it in stock. I’ve experienced exceptional customer service from all three at some point and can wholeheartedly recommend them all.

Even though I live in Canada, I still like to order from B&H in the USA because they allow me to pay all the applicable taxes and duties upfront, so there are no surprises. This is a service they offer for many countries worldwide, and they now ship to Canada for free on orders over $99. That’s a massive deal for me! I have also placed some recent orders from Moment and have been incredibly impressed by their international shipping rates. I’m glad to see them expanding to sell many more brands, including Sony cameras and lenses.

If you’re looking for great camera bags (which photographer isn’t?), I recommend checking out Gura Gear, Think Tank Photo/MindShift, Shimoda and Peak Design. You’ll see from my gear list that I use all their bags for my shooting and travelling needs. All four companies have also been kind enough to provide my readers with special deals, which you can find below.

Camera Bag Deals

Shimoda Designs has offered Shutter Muse readers a 10% discount on anything purchased in their online store. Simply use the discount code ShutterMuse10 after clicking here to access the store.

Gura Gear has offered Shutter Muse readers a 10% discount on anything purchased in their online store. Just use the discount code SHUTTERMUSE10 after clicking here to access their store.

US Customers get a free gift when they spend over $50 in the Think Tank/MindShift online store after clicking this link. For more details, or if you have any issues, see this post.

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Ok, Now For The Gear List!

Cameras

Work Cameras

The Sony cameras are the cameras that I use most often. They are my primary camera bodies for client, print, and general day-to-day photography work. Although I also own Canon and Nikon gear, I generally consider myself a “Sony shooter”. The other gear is owned for testing, review and tutorial purposes on this site or to better assist workshop clients that use these systems.

CameraCheck Price
SONY——————-
Sony a1Amazon / B&H / Adorama / Lensrentals / WEX (UK) / Moment / Camera Canada
Sony a7S IIIAmazon / B&H / Adorama / Lensrentals / WEX (UK) / Moment / Camera Canada
Sony A7 IVAmazon / B&H / Adorama / Lensrentals / WEX (UK) / Moment / Camera Canada
NIKON——————-
Nikon Z9Amazon / B&H / Adorama / Lensrentals / WEX (UK) / Camera Canada
CANON——————-
Canon R7Amazon / B&H / Adorama / Lensrentals / WEX (UK) / Camera Canada
Canon R5Amazon / B&H / Adorama / Lensrentals / WEX (UK) / Camera Canada
OTHER——————-
GoPro Hero 9 BlackAmazon / B&H / Adorama
Sony VG-C4EM Battery GripAmazon / B&H / Adorama / WEX (UK) / Moment / Camera Canada

The switch from Canon to Sony for my work cameras was pretty recent. Having used Canon gear for 15 years, it was not a decision I took lightly, and I wrote a detailed post on my reasons behind that Canon to Sony move. The primary reason for the switch was a desire to use Sony’s state-of-the-art autofocus system for my wildlife photography while also taking advantage of their excellent dynamic range for landscape photography, as well as the smaller size of their camera and lenses compared to Canon or Nikon.

Right now, the Sony a1 is my primary camera, while the a7 IV serves as a backup when two bodies are needed on a shoot. The a7S III is mainly used for video and time-lapse projects, as well as shooting most of the review photos for this site, where its 12MP sensor is more than enough resolution.

Review Cameras

In addition to my Sony work cameras, I keep a small collection of other cameras that allow me to be familiar with Canon and Nikon mirrorless systems. When I borrow lenses for testing, they are used with these cameras. As you’ll see in the lens section below, I keep a few lenses for the Canon and Nikon system when they have something that catches my eye.

I also have a couple of Canon 6D DSLRs that I use in my wildlife camera traps, primarily because DSLRs are far more power-efficient than mirrorless cameras, and this is a big factor when you are trying to leave them in the field for months at a time.

Lenses

Lens ModelCheck Price
Sony 14mm f/1.8 GMAmazon / B&H / Adorama / Moment / Lensrentals / WEX (UK) / digiDirect (AUS) / Camera Canada
Sony 16-35mm f/4 PZ GAmazon / B&H / Adorama / Moment / Lensrentals / WEX (UK) / digiDirect (AUS) / Camera Canada
Sony 20mm f/1.8 GAmazon / B&H / Adorama / Moment / Lensrentals / WEX (UK) / digiDirect (AUS) / Camera Canada
Sony 24mm f/1.4 GMAmazon / B&H / Adorama / Moment / Lensrentals / WEX (UK) / digiDirect (AUS) / Camera Canada
Sony 35mm f/1.4 GMAmazon / B&H / Adorama / Moment / Lensrentals / WEX (UK) / digiDirect (AUS) / Camera Canada
Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 GM IIAmazon / B&H / Adorama / Moment / Lensrentals / WEX (UK) / digiDirect (AUS) / Camera Canada
Sony 70-200 f/2.8 GM IIAmazon / B&H / Adorama / Moment / Lensrentals / WEX (UK) / digiDirect (AUS) / Camera Canada
Sony 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 GAmazon / B&H / Adorama / Moment / Lensrentals / WEX (UK) / digiDirect (AUS) / Camera Canada
Sony 1.4x TeleconverterAmazon / B&H / Adorama / Lensrentals / WEX (UK) / digiDirect (AUS) / Camera Canada
Sony 2.0x TeleconverterAmazon / B&H / Adorama / Lensrentals / WEX (UK) / digiDirect (AUS) / Camera Canada
TAMRON—————————————
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8Amazon / B&H / Adorama / Lensrentals / WEX (UK) / Camera Canada
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 G2Amazon / B&H / Adorama / Moment / Lensrentals / WEX (UK) / Camera Canada
NIKON—————————————
Nikon Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR SAmazon / B&H / Adorama / Lensrentals / WEX (UK) / digiDirect (AUS) / Camera Canada
Nikon Z 800mm f/6.3 VR SAmazon / B&H / Adorama / Lensrentals / WEX (UK) / digiDirect (AUS) / Camera Canada
Nikon Z 1.4x TeleconverterAmazon / B&H / Adorama / Lensrentals / WEX (UK) / digiDirect (AUS) / Camera Canada
Nikon Z 2.0x teleconverterAmazon / B&H / Adorama / Lensrentals / WEX (UK) / digiDirect (AUS) / Camera Canada
CANON—————————————
Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1 L ISAmazon / B&H / Adorama / Lensrentals / WEX (UK) / digiDirect (AUS) / Camera Canada
Canon RF 1.4x ExtenderAmazon / B&H / Adorama / Lensrentals / WEX (UK) / digiDirect (AUS) / Camera Canada
Canon RF 2.0x ExtenderAmazon / B&H / Adorama / Lensrentals / WEX (UK) / digiDirect (AUS) / Camera Canada

As mentioned before, I moved from Canon to Sony for my primary work kit, which meant massive changes to my lens collection. One of the reasons I felt comfortable making this switch is that Sony is now producing sensational glass that matches or beats the quality I was so fond of in the Canon L-Series lenses. Moreover, they are generally much smaller than equivalent lenses from Canon’s RF lens series or Nikon’s Z lens series.

On top of that, they have several lenses that Canon does not have, like the exceptional 20mm f/1.8 G and the 14mm f/1.8 GM. Tiny, ultralight wide-angle lenses that easily resolve on high-megapixel cameras like the A7R and A1 series. Then there is the 200-600mm G lens. A lens that should probably cost twice as much as it does. The focal length range of this lens is considerably more helpful for wildlife than a 100-400mm or 100-500mm, and the fact that it somehow manages to work so well with a 1.4x extender means you have an 840mm lens that you can hand hold and still lock on to fast-moving wildlife such as birds in flight. I have already produced many images with this lens that I was never able to with my old Canon DSLR gear.

While my primary lens kit for commercial work is all Sony glass, I’m also building up a small lens kit for both Canon’s mirrorless camera system and Nikon’s Z-Mount mirrorless system. The main reason is to have a few lenses on hand for each system when I borrow or buy a Canon or Nikon lens for testing and review on this site. Keeping two or three familiar lenses for each system makes it easier to evaluate cameras. This part of my kit is still growing.

So what’s that Nikon 800mm lens all about then, you might ask? I admit that I did not expect an 800mm prime lens to be my first Nikon lens purchase, but this is a unique piece of glass. At just $6500, there has never before been a professional-quality 800mm lens at such a low price point. In the past, we have seen 800mm primes lenses with f/5.6 apertures come in around the $16,000-$18,000 mark. While the Nikon lens is f/6.3, I think many people would happily sacrifice 1/3 of a stop to put $10,000 back in their pocket.

The Nikon Z 800mm f/6.3 is one of those system-defining lenses that comes along once in a while. For some people, the existence of this lens is enough to switch brands. Not only is it relatively cheap, but it’s also hand-holdable and easy to travel with. For wildlife photographers, this is a dream lens, and when you consider that you can buy that lens and a Nikon Z9 camera for less than the cost of a Sony or Canon 600mm, you can see why it caught my eye. I believe Nikon took smaller profit margins when they launched this lens and the Z9 camera to entice professionals back to their system. And you know what? I’m here for it! While I love my Sony kit and prefer their system as a whole, the Z9 and 800mm lens are an incredible combination for wildlife.

Camera Bags

Camera BagCheck Price
Gura Gear Kiboko 16L (review)Gura Gear*1 / B&H Photo / Amazon
Gura Gear Kiboko 22L (review)Gura Gear*1 / B&H Photo / Amazon
Gura Gear Kiboko 30L (review)Gura Gear*1 / B&H Photo / Amazon
Gura Gear Kiboko City Commuter 18L (review)Gura Gear*1
Gura Gear Chobe laptop/travel bag (review)Gura Gear*1 / Amazon
Shimoda Designs Action X70Shimoda*2 / B&H / Amazon / Adorama
Shimoda Designs Explore 25 V2 (review)Shimoda*2 / B&H / Amazon / Adorama
Shimoda Top Loader (review)Shimoda*2 / B&H / Amazon / Adorama / Moment
MindShift Backlight Elite 45L (review)MindShift*3 / B&H / Amazon / Adorama
Think Tank Photo Essentials Convertible RollerThink Tank*3 / B&H / Amazon / Adorama
LensCoat Xpandable Long Lens Bag (review)LensCoat / B&H / Amazon / Adorama / WEX
Pelican 1535 Air (review)Pelican / B&H / Amazon / Adorama / WEX
Pelican 1626 Air (review)Pelican / B&H / Amazon / Adorama
Moment Rugged Sling (review)Moment / Adorama
  • *1 – Use the discount code SHUTTERMUSE10 to save 10% on your order from the Gura Gear website.
  • *2 – Use discount code ShutterMuse10 to save 10% on your order from the Shimoda website.
  • *3 – Spend over $50 on the Think Tank/MindShift website after clicking one of my links, and get a free gift at checkout.

These are the camera bags that I use regularly. Most of them have been extensively reviewed on the site, and if you’re interested in any of them, I encourage you to dig into those reviews. Most of the bags on this list serve a particular purpose, mainly because my work has me doing many types of photography. Some bags are perfect for landscape photography, some for wildlife photography, and others for events, travel or sports photography.

Gura Gear’s Kiboko backpacks have a unique butterfly opening that makes them perfect for long lens use, and their Kiboko City Commuter bag is the best camera bag ever made for EDC and travel. The Shimoda Action X70 is the largest outdoor photography pack on the market, making it ideal for days when I carry a lot of bulky gear, such as underwater housings. The Gura Gear Chobe is the perfect second bag for air travel. The Pelican 1626 is the largest Pelican case that airlines will accept as checked baggage. The Think Tank Essentials Roller is the perfect miniature weekend roller for air travel with a small camera kit. The Moment Rugged sling is simply the best camera sling on the market. The Shimoda Top Loader is the best camera holster bag on the market

Tripods and Tripod Heads

Tripods

TripodCheck Price
Really Right Stuff TFC-24L Mk2B&H Photo / Adorama
Really Right Stuff Ascend-14LB&H Photo / Adorama
Really Right Stuff TFA-01 Ultra Pocket PodB&H Photo / Adorama
Peak Design Carbon Travel Tripod (review)Peak Design*1 / B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama / Moment / WEX (UK)
ProMediaGear TR424LProMediaGear / B&H Photo / Adorama
NatureScapes Skimmer Ground Pod II (review)B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Monopod

MonopodCheck Price
Really Right Stuff MC-34B&H Photo / Adorama

Heads

HeadCheck Price
Really Right Stuff BH-55B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Really Right Stuff BH-40B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Really Right Stuff BH-30B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Acratech GXP (review)Acratech / B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Acratech GXP-SSAcratech / B&H Photo
ProMediaGear BH50ProMediaGear / B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
ProMediaGear Katana Pro Jr (review)ProMediaGear / B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
ProMediaGear GT2 TomahawkProMediaGear / B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Wimberley MonoGimbal (review)B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama / WEX (UK)
  • *1 – Secret Peak Design X Shutter Muse deal available here.

Much of my support equipment comes from Really Right Stuff. Over the years, I have owned almost all of their heads, so I wrote an RRS ball head and gimbal guide to compare them. After that, I wrote an extensive guide to the entire range of Really Right Stuff Tripods. In the tripod guide, you’ll learn more about why I chose the specific tripod I did for most of my work (TFC-24L Mk2).

Although I’m a huge RRS fan, they aren’t the only brand of tripods in my closet. After spending some time with a prototype version of the Peak Design Travel Tripod on a trip to the Arctic, I purchased the carbon version. It’s a very impressive piece of kit, and its small size has served me well when I want to carry a second tripod on my pack. I recently added the ProMediaGear TR424L tripod to the gear closet, too. This is the largest tripod in my quiver for those times when ultimate stability is essential and weight is a lesser consideration.

Regarding ball heads, I have added the Acratech GXP and GXP-SS ball heads to my kit alongside my long-time RRS favourites. You should have a read through my Acratech GXP review to find out why I love these so much and why they have become the most used ball head in my collection.

For tripod gimbals, I have been enjoying the Katana Pro Junior gimbal from ProMediaGear. You can read the full Katana Junior gimbal review here to find out why this will be my recommended gimbal for everyone. As for monopod heads, I have transitioned to the Wimberley MonoGimbal, a unique and incredibly awesome mini gimbal head. There’s not else like it on the market! You can read the full Wimberley MonoGimbal review here.

Flash Lighting

Elinchrom ELB 1200
EquipmentPrice Check
Elinchrom ELB 1200 Flash SystemB&H Photo
Elinchrom ELB 1200 H-Sync Head x2B&H Photo
Elinchrom ELB 1200 Head Extension CableB&H Photo
Elinchrom Skyport Transmitter Plus HSB&H Photo
Elinchrom High Performance Sports ReflectorB&H Photo
Elinchrom Standard ReflectorB&H Photo
Various Elinchrom SoftboxesB&H
PocketWizard Plus III x2Amazon / B&H Photo
Godox AD200 ProB&H Photo
Godox X2T TransmitterB&H Photo
MagMod MagBeam Flash Extender (review)MagMod / Amazon / B&H / Adorama

I don’t do a tremendous amount of flash work these days, but throughout my career, I have been a fan of Elinchrom flash gear. They consistently make robust gear designed to be used in the field and not in the studio. Yes, there are cheaper Chinese brands, but if you need equipment that can work in potentially adverse conditions or survive life being shipped around the world in a Pelican case, then Elinchrom is the real deal. The ELB1200 with a pair of flash heads is a perfect setup for my occasional sports or portrait photography. Everything is stored in a Pelican case for transportation.

I also have a Godox AD200 Pro, which I use on-camera for wildlife photography when I need a little extra fill light. It is many times more powerful than a standard hot-shoe flash, which allows me to use it with subjects at a much greater range. I pair this with a MagMod MagBeam flash extender, giving me excellent flash coverage at 600mm and above focal lengths.

Accessories

Peak Design Tech Pouch to hold all my smaller accessories.
Accessory ItemPrice Check
Peak Design Tech Pouch (review)Peak Design*1 / B&H / Amazon / Adorama / Moment / WEX
Peak Design Slide Lite camera strapPeak Design*1 / B&H / Amazon / Adorama / Moment / WEX
Peak Design Leash camera strapPeak Design*1 / B&H / Amazon / Adorama / Moment / WEX
Anker 735 3-port USB fast chargerAnker / Amazon
Cotton Carrier SKOUT G2 HarnessCotton Carrier*3 / B&H / Amazon / Adorama / WEX
Sony TOUGH G SD Cards (review)B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama / Moment / WEX
Sony TOUGH CFExpress Type A CardsB&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama / Moment / WEX
Think Tank AA Battery HolderThink Tank Photo*2 / B&H / Amazon / Adorama
Think Tank Secure Pixel Pocket Rocket card holder (review)Think Tank Photo*2 / B&H / Amazon / Adorama / WEX
Really Right Stuff MTX Photography ToolB&H Photo
Garmin InReach Mini 2Amazon / B&H / Adorama
Petzl Bindi HeadlampAmazon
Jackery Explorer 300 Power Station (review)Jackery / Amazon / B&H
Field Notes Expedition NotebooksAmazon
Shimoda Designs Panel Wraps (review)Shimoda*4 / B&H / Amazon / Adorama / Moment
Gura Gear Et Cetera Cable BagsGura Gear*5 / B&H
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  • *2 – Spend over $50 on the Think Tank Store through one of our links, and get a free gift at checkout.
  • *3 – Use coupon code SHUTTERMUSE to save 10% in the Cotton Carrier Store.
  • *4 – Use discount code ShutterMuse10 to save 10% on your order from the Shimoda website
  • *5 – Use the discount code SHUTTERMUSE10 to save 10% on your order from the Gura Gear website

Most of the items in this list are things that I pack into my bags whenever I leave for a photo mission, and except for the big camera straps, it all fits in the handy Peak Design Tech Pouch to keep things organized.

Photography Gloves

Heat 3 Shell
GloveCheck Price
The Heat Company Softshell 2B&H Photo
The Heat Company Heat 3 ShellB&H Photo / Amazon
The Heat Company Polartec Wind Pro LinerB&H Photo
The Heat Company Polar HoodB&H Photo

I live in the Yukon and spend a lot of time shooting photos in cold weather and mountainous locations. Functional photography gloves are essential for me. For the Shutter Muse Gear Guide series, I undertook an in-depth group test of all the photography gloves on the market, and these gloves from The Heat Company came out on top. The Softshell 2 is a brilliant glove for milder temperatures and cold wind, and the Heat 3 Shell will keep you comfortable well below -30 degrees with the liner. Read the photography glove guide for more details.

Filter Kit

Filter EquipmentCheck Price
Breakthrough Photography X4 2-stop soft edge GNDBreakthrough Photography
Breakthrough Photography X4 3-stop hard edge GNDBreakthrough Photography
Breakthrough Photography X4 3-stop reverse GNDBreakthrough Photography
Breakthrough Photography X4 CPLBreakthrough Photography
Breakthrough Photography 6-Stop Dark CPLBreakthrough Photography
Breakthrough Photography X100 Filter HolderBreakthrough Photography
MindShift Gear Filter Hive filter caseMindShift*1 / B&H / Amazon / Adorama / WEX
MindShift Gear Filter Nest Mini filter caseMindShift*1 / B&H / Amazon / Adorama / WEX
  • *1 – Spend over $50 on the MindShift Store through one of our links, and get a free gift at checkout.

Breakthrough Photography makes the best, sharpest and most colour-neutral photography filters. They are the only ones I will use. Too many filters in your bag can get heavy, so I try to keep a compact kit that works for various subjects. Of course, you’ll need a sort of filter case if you have a few different filters, and the Filter Hive from MindShift is the only holder out there that will hold grad ND filters, circular screw-on filters and 4×4 filters. It’ll even hold the filter holder, so everything is packaged in one ready-to-go case.

Many ask what a good filter “starter kit” would be. I suggest getting a 2-stop soft edge GND, a circular polarizer and a 6-stop ND filter. Check this article if you aren’t sure about the difference between a GND and an ND filter, and check out this article for help choosing between square and screw-on ND filters.

Computers and Drives

ItemCheck Price
Mac Studio – M1 MaxB&H Photo / Adorama / WEX (UK) / DigiDirect (AUS)
MacBook Air – M2B&H Photo / Adorama / WEX (UK) / DigiDirect (AUS)
Mac Studio DisplayB&H Photo / Adorama / DigiDirect (AUS)
OWC Thunderbay 8 x3OWC / B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sandisk Extreme Portable SSD 4TB x4B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama / WEX/ DigiDirect (AUS)
LaCie Rugged 5TBB&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama / WEX / DigiDirect (AUS)
Logitech MX Master 3 MouseB&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Logitech MX Keys for Mac KeyboardB&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Wacom Intuos Pro (S) B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
TourBox Elite Lightroom Controller (review)Tourbox Direct (save $10)
Caldigit TS4 Thunderbolt HubB&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Cyberpower CP1500 UPSB&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

In my office, I’m running a 10-core Mac Studio with an M1 Max chip and 64GB of RAM. This machine is something of a revolution for photographers. It runs photo applications at lightning speed and is easily capable of editing 8k video. Although there is a more powerful M1 Ultra chip, that version is twice the price and delivers only modest gains in some applications. The Mac Studio with an M1 Max chip is the computer I have been hoping Apple would build for many years.

I don’t tend to do much editing on the road, so my laptop only really needs to be able to download cards and run Lightroom for basic editing. I take the small and light M2 13″ MacBook Air for this.

The OWC Thunderbay 8 is the heart of my photo backups. I use three of these Thunderbolt RAID enclosures. One primary, one secondary backup in my office and a third clone that lives in an offsite location to satisfy a 3-2-1 backup routine. This list shows you the backup solutions I’m currently using, but if you want to read about the process and backup automations I use, I keep a series of articles on the site that go through this in great detail.

Audio and Video

COB LED Lights

These are used for lighting interviews and our YouTube product reviews. I prefer the Godox UL models as they are passively cooled, so there are no noisy cooling fans that can ruin audio tracks. I work in a small space, so fan noise from other lights was problematic.

EquipmentPrice Check
Godox UL150 II LED x 5B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama / WEX
Godox UL60 LED x 2B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Audio Kit

Audio quality is just as important as video quality. Perhaps even more so. Think about it; you’d probably watch a low-quality video if the audio sounded fine. Yet you wouldn’t bother to watch a high-quality video if the audio was muffled and unintelligible, would you?

EquipmentPrice Check
Sound Devices MixPre-3 II audio recorderB&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Rode Lavalier MicB&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama / WEX
Rode VideoMic NTGB&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama / WEX
Rode ProcasterB&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony UWP-D21 wireless mic kitB&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama / WEX
Rode Wireless GO IIB&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama / WEX
Motu M2B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sennheiser MKE-200B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama / WEX

Optics

OpticsB&H PhotoAmazonAdoramaWEX
Nikon Monarch HG 10×42Check PriceCheck PriceCheck PriceCheck Price

Anyone who does wildlife photography should have a good pair of binoculars. Much like a good tripod, this is something that, with careful thought and research, can be purchased perhaps just once or twice in your life. Good ones can be expensive, but they last well and enhance the wildlife-watching experience.

Yes, they are great for spotting wildlife in the first place, but they are also great for watching animals that are too far away to take a good photo. If I can’t get a good shot, you can bet I’m still going to sit there for a while and study the animal’s behaviour so that I’m more familiar with their motions and patterns for future encounters.

The Monarch HGs are relatively new to the market. Still, they have quickly picked up near-legendary status for the quality they deliver at a price point that is less than half of other binoculars with similar optical performance. I’m sure I’ll have these around my neck for my whole career.

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