GEAR & EQUIPMENT

My equipment choices have always been dictated by what I have to shoot and by the look I have in mind for my images. This is true both for my choice of digital backs, cameras, lenses and filters, as well as for other fundamental parts of my kit such as support, carrying and lighting. I believe that as vast a knowledge of equipment as possible, in terms of different cameras, tripods, filters, and so on, is fundamental to constantly improve my work. More, mastering such knowledge is also fundamental to help my Workshop participants to make the most of their potential and to sensibly choose the equipment that best suits their workflow and shooting style.

MEDIUM FORMAT

When I started working professionally as a landscape photographer, back in 2010, I used medium format equipment. In particular, a Phase One P65+ digital back, first on a Silvestri Bicam, then on a Linhof Techno, both equipped with some truly spectacular Rodenstock and Schneider lenses.

During the following ten years, I used medium format cameras such as the Pentax 645D and 645Z, Leica S (Typ 007), Hasselblad X1D and X1D II, working around the world in all kind of environments and weather conditions. While I am still learning every day, I can easily say that – since the advent of digital medium format – I built up an extensive experience with this amazing image-creating medium.

I love the aesthetics of medium format. I love the ability of covering the same field of view with longer lenses compared to 35mm. I love the way modern medium format lenses draw.

Plus, modern large format sensors offer extremely high resolution, great dynamic range and an overall beautiful rendering. So, for me and my work, medium format is a no-brainer.

While 33x44mm small medium format is amazing in its own right, it’s only moving to full frame 645 digital medium format that you will really see a dramatic change in look, compared to 35mm. This is why in December 2020 I went back to my first medium format love, Phase One, and to full-frame medium format sensors.

PHASE ONE

PHASE ONE AMBASSADOR | Starting December 2020, I am proud to be a Local Ambassador for Phase One. Contrarily to many, in these influencer-based times, I’d only consider Ambassadorship proposals from manufacturers of equipment I truly love and I actually use. Before Phase One, out of many offers I accepted only Leica’s, working as an Ambassador between 2016-2018. When Phase One contacted me, I was delighted: Phase One produces what is arguably the best image creating equipment available today, I love their gear, and going back to Phase One was like going back to the beginning of my love story with medium format landscape photography.

MY PHASE ONE GEAR | Since December 2020, to create my landscape photographs I use exclusively a Phase One IQ4 150 Mp digital back, sided since January 2022 by a Phase One IQ4 Achromatic 150 Mp back as well. Digital backs offer me the best image quality available today, together with the flexibility to use them on any Tech camera platform of my choice, with any large format lens of my choice. Simply unbeatable!

Currently, in my bag you’ll find:

PHASE ONE IQ4 ACHROMATIC 150 MP

Alpa 12 STC, in my personal configuration
Rodenstock / ALPA HR Alpagon 5.6/23mm (15mm FOV eq.)
– Rodenstock / ALPA HR Alpagon 4.0/40mm (27mm FOV eq.)
– Schneider APO-Digitar 4.5/90mm (58mm FOV eq.)
– Rodenstock / ALPA HR 5.6/180mm (115mm FOV eq.)

Please CONTACT ME if you are interested in trying Phase One equipment and purchasing your Phase One kit at a discount.

OTHER CAMERAS | Besides my main Phase One IQ4 system, I also use 35mm & instant cameras, both as backup and for people and street photography. In my bag you’ll currently find:

LEICA CAMERAS (paid links)
LEICA M11 MONOCHROM

INSTANT CAMERAS
FUJIFILM INSTAX SQUARE SQ20

LEICA M-MOUNT LENSES (paid links)
LEICA 28/2 SUMMICRON-M ASPH (2023)
LEICA 50/1.2 NOCTILUX-M ASPH

VOIGTLANDER M-MOUNT LENSES
VOIGTLANDER SUPER-WIDE HELIAR 15MM

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H&Y FILTERS

FILTERS | For my work, high quality filters are as important as cameras and lenses. Filters allow me to balance the light and to control saturation and reflections in my images. More, filters provide me with complete control over shutter speed, thus becoming great expressive and compositional tools. In short, filters bring me as close as possible to creating the images I envision directly in camera, helping me to reduce my post-processing to a minimum.

H&Y FILTERS AMBASSADOR | Starting in November 2021, I am honoured to be Ambassador for H&Y Filters, currently the optical best on the market and the ones with the easiest, most intelligent holder and overall system to use.

Please see my BEST FILTERS FOR LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY and BEST 100MM FILTER HOLDER FOR LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY articles for a full comparison.

Here’s a detailed list of my filters:

– H&Y 100mm Magnetic Filter Holder
– CPL Circular Polariser
– 6-stop and 10-stop ND filters

– 0.6, 0.9 and 1.2 Soft Edge Grad ND filters
– 0.9 Reverse Grad ND filter
– 0.9 Center Grad ND filter

DISCOUNT | As an H&Y Filters Ambassador, I am happy to offer you a 10% discount on all your purchases! Just use code vieri10 on H&Y FILTRI‘s website (paid link), the Italian distributor for H&Y Filters, and your discount will automatically show up in your shopping cart. Enjoy!

LENS COVER | Rather than using lens caps, I much prefer to always leave a filter holder’s adapter ring on each lens I carry. This way, I am always ready to work without the hassle of screwing adapter rings on and off my lenses, something I find unpractical – and potentially dangerous! – in many situations, such as cold weather, when in precarious balance conditions, and so on.

To protect my lenses, I then use a LENSCOAT HOODIE (SMALL) (paid link) on each lens I carry. The hoodie offers the same protection as a lens cap, or better, and it only takes a second to take it on and off my lenses.

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NYA-EVO BAGS

BAGS | For my photography, I travel and hike a lot, in all kinds of environments and under any kind of weather. While I do my best to minimise the equipment I carry, to be as effective and efficient as possible I still need to carry a hefty amount of gear. To do that as comfortably as possible, I need a truly comfortable bag, one that allows me to carry what I need with the least effort and the best balance. I also need a durable bag, a bag able to withstand all the travel I do as well as the hard weather and though environmental conditions I work in.

After years spent trying to find the perfect bag, I finally settled for NYA-EVO bags for my Phase One gear. For me, they are simply the best bags out there, bar none.

NYA-EVO AMBASSADOR | Starting in 2023, I am proud and honoured to be a NYA-EVO Ambassador. Today, both myself and my wife are using exclusively NYA-EVO bags to carry our gear in the field.

Not only they are built like a tank, but they are intelligently organised to carry all our stuff and then some. Most importantly, they are without question the most comfortable bag to carry that we ever used, and this makes a huge difference when using them for long walks and hikes.

For my Alpa 12 STC / PhaseOne IQ4 kit I use:

– FJORD 60-C ECONYL backpack with
LARGE RCI (GEN 3)

For her FujiFilm X-T4 kit, my wife uses:

– FJORD 36 ECONYL backpack with
MEDIUM RCI (GEN 3)

DISCOUNT | As a NYA-EVO Ambassador, I am happy to offer you a 10% discount on all your purchases! Just use code VIERI10FORU on NYA-EVO EUROPE or NYA-EVO USA website (paid links), and your discount will automatically show up in your shopping cart. Enjoy!

CLOTHING | Working for about 6 months a year in the field, often in extreme weather conditions, clothing is a fundamental part of my equipment.

For maximum flexibility, I prefer to dress in layers, and I use merino clothes as much as possible due to their amazing thermal proprieties, lightness and ability to pack small. I use Mammut down jackets & shells for their comfort, thermal proprieties & durability and SCARPA RIBELLE HD (paid link) shoes for their sturdiness, precision and reliability.

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FLM TRIPODS

TRIPODS | For landscape photography, the importance of a great tripod can never be overestimated. Even the best camera in the world will output mediocre results if your supporting platform is not stable enough. Most importantly, that becomes more and more evident as you progress working with higher Mp count cameras and better lenses.

FLM CANADA PARTNER | Starting in November 2022, I am proud to be partnering with FLM Canada and to be using FLM tripods exclusively for my work.

Designed in Germany, FLM Tripods are strong, light and incredibly well built; they’ll stand the test of time and are always ready to support my cameras in any conditions I’ll throw at them, without skipping a beat.

Here’s my tripods of choice:

– FLM CP34-L4
– FLM CP38-L4

– FLM CP26-TRAVEL II

DISCOUNT | Thanks to my partnership with FLM Canada, I am happy to offer you a 10% discount on all your purchases! Just use code vieri10 on FLM CANADA website and, unless there are better promotions running, you should see your discount showing up in your shopping cart. Enjoy!

(If you order clicking on the link above, I am going to receive a small commission, much smaller than your 10% discount – a win/win!)

CAMERA SUPPORT | Besides FLM tripods, to support my equipment in the field, I use (paid link):

HEAD
– ARCA-SWISS MONOBALL P0 CLASSIC

STRAPS
PEAK DESIGN SLIDE LITE
– 2 x Harry Benz The Brogue SL strap
– 2 x Harry Benz The Brogue Wingtips strap

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THE HEAT COMPANY

GLOVES | For me, working long hours in the field in sub-zero temperatures with cold hands is simply torture. I believe cold hands (and feet) not only can distract us from doing our best work, but can also make handling our gear potentially very dangerous. After years spent searching for the best gloves (see THE BEST GLOVES FOR LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY), I finally settled for The Heat Company, which in my opinion offers the best glove system on the market.

In particular, I use their MERINO LINER PRO paired with their SHELL, adding HAND WARMERS in either the liners or the shell (or both) as needed. This combination provides me with the best thermal insulation together with maximum flexibility in use, allowing me to modulate the level of heat and of camera control according to the situation.

Starting in October 2020, I am proud to be partnering with The Heat Company! As such, I am very happy to offer you a discount on their amazing products, with no kickback whatsoever to me. CONTACT ME to get your discount code!

LIGHTING | Last, when I work on my architectural Portfolio or when I am on assignment doing commissioned work, either to complement the sunlight or when the sunlight is not enough, I use (paid link):

GODOX AD400 PRO flashes

– Chimera softboxes

– Lastolite light modifiers

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ANY QUESTIONS?
If you have any questions about my Phase One gear, Alpa cameras, H&Y Filters, NYA-EVO bags, FLM Tripods, The Heat Company or the rest of my gear, if you want to talk about about landscape photography, about art or about my work, if you are interested in my unique LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS with attendance limited to just THREE participants or One-on-One, or if you want to bring home the magic with my FINE ART PRINTS uniquely available in editions of ONE, please don’t hesitate to CONTACT ME, I am always happy to hear from you!

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