My Gear.


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

  3. Hi Frank, Just looking at your gear, and something you may try, pop the Ext tube on the 70-300mm it works really well for butterflies,mine stays like this most of the Summer.


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