My Gear.


Over the years I have owned various makes of binoculars and birding scopes but eventually upgraded to my current Swarovski equipment in 2003.

Swarovski 8.5 x 42 EL Bins

Swarovski ATS 80 HD Scope with 30x WA and 20-60 zoom eyepieces.

Manfrotto 943 Tripod with 128RC head.

Culman Shoulder Pod - Can't remember when I last used it!


For many years  I used an Olympus OM10 and OM-1 with various lenses but with the ever increasing costs of film processing I eventually lost interest apart from the usual holiday snaps. Soon after starting this blog my thoughts returned to photography again and I quickly realised that I needed to upgrade from a simple digital compact and eventually purchased a DSLR. This has rekindled the desire to photograph some of the wildlife I encounter and although very much an amateur I am enjoying the challenge of improving what I post and also extending my interest in Butterflies, Dragonflies and Damselflies.    

Canon EOS 450D

Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM - This lens stays permanently attached to the body.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Canon Extension Tube EF25 II - Very limited use so far!

Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x Cannon AF Converter

Canon Powershot S95 - A very handy pocket camera and good for macro work.

Cannon PowerShot SX50 HS - A very recent purchase (4/2014). 

Manfrotto 294A4 Monopod
For Digiscoping:
Samsung S1030 plus homemade adaptor.

Samsung S1030 Compact - Used for digiscoping with an adaptor made by my father.
Swarovski 800TC Photo Adapter - for use with the Canon DSLR.
Swarovski Universal Camera Adaptor (UCA) - for use with a DSLR or a Digital Compact



  1. Frank, I discovered with interest your gear & found it great; but all the warmest compliments for the "homemade" adaptor made from your father; I love it!!!

    Hope you are having a sunny summer, Frank!!

    ciao ciao elvira

  2. Hi Frank, love your photos and your text.....been visiting Thursley common for over 30 years and wish I had some of the memories you have in colour! brilliant and well done.


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