Zenfolio | Russell Sherwood Photography - Skyescape Gallery | Equipment


None of the gear I use could be considered to be 'high end', particularly in a market where the £5000 body is becoming increasingly common. I have used Pentax cameras since my 35mm film days, and moving to digital initially meant carrying over several existing lenses. Over the years these have been replaced by dedicated digital equivalents and the financial investment with Pentax is firmly sealed!
I am often asked "what camera do you use, Canon or Nikon?" - as if these are the only brands available. When I reply "Pentax" I often get a look of distain suggesting that I drive a Ford rather than a BMW. The truth is that a Ford will get you to where you want to go just as well as a BMW. And less expensively. Whilst Canon and Nikon may be regarded as the market leaders, Pentax produce equally excellent cameras and mine have served faultlessly in every sense since the day they were purchased. 
As lighter weight addition to the set up I also use a Fujifilm mirrorless system based on the excellent XT-1 and more recently the superb XT-2
My 'workhorse' tripod for landscape work is a Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer Tripod with Arca Swiss D4 geared head - camera positioning and compositional adjustments are controlled, precise and solid. As an alternative I also use a Gitzo GT5542LS with Gitzo GH3382QD Series 3 Ball Head, bulky and heavy but a fantastic piece of kit for when the weather gets rough.


Fuji X-T2 (x2)
Fuji X-T1
Pentax K3 (x2)
Pentax K5 mk2                                                                                                        
Pentax K20D

Pentax K10D


Pentax 50mm Prime
Pentax 18-55mm
Pentax Fisheye 10-17mm
Pentax super wide angle 12-24mm
Pentax 35mm Limited Prime
Pentax 16-85mm DA HD WR
Pentax 50-135mm DA*
Pentax telephoto 60-250mm DA*
Pentax wide range telephoto 18-270mm
Sigma super telephoto 50-500mm for Pentax
Sigma Wide Angle10-20mm for Pentax f/3.5
Sigma Wide Telephoto 17-70mm for Pentax f2.8-4
Sigma Wide Telephoto 18-35mm for Pentax f/1.8 Art
Sigma 30mm Art Prime
Fujinon 16-55mm f/2.8
Fujinon 35mm f/1.4
Fujinon 10-24mm f/4
Fujinon 50-140mm f/2.8


Singh Ray Xpro System ND, ND Grads, Reverse ND Grads and Polariser
Lee 100 System and NiSi V5 Holders, Lee & NiSi ND, NDGrads & Reverse ND Grads. & Circular Polarisers
Lee Wideangle Modular Hood
B+W 6 and 10 stop neutral density filters
Hoya 6 and 10 stop neutral density filters
Tiffen 10 stop neutral density


Tripods & Heads

Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer Tripod with Arca Swiss D4 geared head
Gitzo GT5542LS with 
Gitzo GH3382QD Series 3 Ball Head
Gitzo GT3532S with RRS BH55 Ball Head
Gitzo GT2542S with Gitzo GH1382QD Ball Head

RRS & Promediagear 'Arca Swiss' L brackets, plates and RRS 3 way Pano Rig
Acratech, Manfrotto, Gitzo & Sunwayfoto Levelling Heads
Manfrotto 300N Indexed Pano Head

Manfrotto MN190CXPRO4 with Giottos MH1302 Ball Head
Giottos MTL8350B with MH1302 Head

Editing Software

Adobe Photoshop CC
Adobe Lightroom 5.5



Epson Stylus Pro 3880
Epson Stylus Photo R3000
Epson Papers and Inks


LowePro ProTatic 450AW
Kata GDC Hiker Backpack KT HB-207
Tamrac Anvil 27 Professional