It's the unpredictability of photographing animals – birds in particular – that appeals to Markus. No matter how well-made your plans, you can still end up without any images – and the best photos often come when you least expect them.
The key kit that the pros use to take their photographs
The ultimate creative toolkit, with superb low-light performance, deep learning AF and 5.5K RAW video. "A trusted and reliable tool for difficult situations that demand a lot from the equipment – low-light situations especially," says Markus.
The Canon EOS R5's uncompromising performance will revolutionise your photography and filmmaking. "The AF is outstanding," says Markus. "The unique combination of a 45MP-sensor, extremely good AF, and silent shooting mode make it my number one camera body when shooting action."
A super lightweight 600mm f/4 lens, perfect for professional wildlife, sports and news photographers.
The optical design of this super-telephoto lens doesn't just deliver superb image quality, it also reduces weight, making this the most portable 400mm f/2.8 ever.
The successor to the lens Markus favours is a fast and flexible telephoto zoom lens that's built for any assignment.
The complete range of ultra wide-angle focal lengths in a single high-quality zoom lens. "For me, this lens is for remote control situations when I want the bird big in the frame but also to show the environment it's in," says Markus.
With a 100-500mm focal length range, plus 5-stop image stabilisation and L-series build quality, the RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1 L IS USM offers performance and image quality like no other thanks to UD lens elements and ASC coatings for unrivalled contrast and sharpness. "A quality lens yet light; I take this along when the shoot includes long walks in the field," says Markus.
This lens extender can increase the focal length of any Canon L-series standard or zoom lens by a factor of 1.4x, making it ideal for press, sports and nature photographers everywhere.
This lens extender extends the focal length of any Canon L-series standard or zoom lens by a factor of 2x, yet still produces outstanding images.
Extend your reach with a 1.4x extender designed specifically for the RF lens system, maintaining image quality and high speed communication between the camera and lens.
The EOS R System adapters offer full compatibility with Canon EF and EF-S lenses, giving Canon EOS R and Canon EOS RP owners who also own an EOS camera complete integration with their existing lenses.
Charges your batteries so you can work for longer.
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