Expedition equipment


Below is a full list of the photographic/video equipment we took to The Ice. It looks as intimidating a hell but there is no local camera shop at Scott Base!

Of note here is the large amount of batteries, both internal and external, that we took. In extremely cold conditions battery life drops dramatically and we worked in the field for long periods of time. I took backups of everything in case of gear failure.

After much research I have opted to take a Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera as my principal video camera. Although it shoots at a maximum resolution of 1080p it records in RAW and ProRes formats with a very wide (13 stops) dynamic range. It’s tiny form factor will suit a “run and gun” style of documentary while still being a very robust unit in a Camtree Cage. It’s two big weaknesses are it’s sound quality and battery life. I’m planning to overcome these issues with an external mic going through an A Box preamp and the primary audio being covered in a separate Zoom Recorder. As for batteries … well I’m took heaps but also used an external pack which I could even wear under my jacket to keep warm if I needed to. Another plus of the BMPCC is the ability for me to use Nikon lenses on it via the very impressive Metabones Speed Converter. It even uses the same battery as my Nikon Coolpix A which will permanently travel with me as a pocket camera.

Stills (and backup video) was be primarily covered by my old faithful Nikon D800 – also fitted with an external battery pack. POV and underwater shots will be covered by GoPro Hero 4.

A HUGE thank you to Massey University, Collage of Creative Arts, School of Design for all there support with expertise, time and equipment.


Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera  (Primary video)
Nikon D800 DSLR (Primary stills + Backup video)
Nikon D300s DSLR (Backup stills)
Nikon Coolpix A (Pocket stills and support video)
GoPro Hero 4 4K camera and mounts, batteries etc

Camera accessories

Metabones Speed Booster Adaptor – Nikon G to BMPCC Micro 4/3
Camtree Hunt Professional Camera Cage Kit
Zacuto Blackmagic Pocket Camera Z-Finder
Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x – for 3.2 Screens (For Nikon D800)
Back screen for GoPro
8x SanDisk 128GB Extreme Pro SDXC Memory Cards
JJC Coolpix A lenshood


8x Nikon EN-EL20 type (for BMPCC and Nikon Coolpix A)
4x Nikon EN-EL15 Lithium-Ion Battery (Nikon D800)
3x Nikon EN-EL3e Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery (Nikon D300s)
Lanparte E15 Portable Battery with EN-EL15 Adapter  (Nikon D800 external)
IndiPRO Tools Power Grid System Dual Canon LP-E6 Battery Plate (BMPCC)
4x Canon LP-E6
2x Nikon Battery charger MH-25
Nikon Battery charger MH-27
2x 9v rechargeable batteries
32x AA rechargeable batteries
5x 3V CR123A lithium batteries

Lenses and filters

2x Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM
Nikon 28mm f2.8 lens
Nikon 50mm f1.4D lens
Nikon 105mm 2.8 Macro lens
Nikon AFS DX 55-200mm f4-5.6 IF-ED Lens VR11
Diana lens (cut off a toy camera and modified to Nikon mount)
Home-made old glass lens

Tiffen 58mm Variable Neutral Density Filter
Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter
Kenko Zeta Protector 58mm
Sensel Step-up filter 52-58mm
Marumi DHG Light control 8 58mm ND
Marumi 62mm DHG var ND2-ND400
Lumix ND8 48mm
Hoya UV 46mm

Camera support

Zacuto Enforcer Foldable DSLR Rig
Zacuto Gorilla Plate v2 Tripod Dock
Manfrotto tripods x2
Manfrotto monopod
Kessler Cineslider ? (weight allowing)


Zoom H6 recorder mic
ZoomH4 recorder mic (backup)
Zoom RC4 Remote Control
Hydraphone (thanks to NIWA)
Porta Brace AR-ZH4 Case for Zoom
Sennheiser Lav Microphones
Rode VideoMic GO On-Camera Shotgun Microphone
Rode DeadCat GO Artificial Fur Wind Shield for the VideoMic GO
Rode VideoMic Pro with Rycote Lyre Suspension Mount
Rode iXY Microphone for iPhone
Hosa XVM-101F 3.5mm Stereo Male to 3-pin XLR Male Angled Cable – 1 ft
Shotgun mic with boom and dead cat
XLR cable for shotgun mic
Sennheiser HP25 Headphones
Sennheiser PX200 Headphones


2x Nikon SP800 Speedlight flash units
2x Nikon SP600 Speedlight flash units
Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander

Computer equipment:

15inch MacBook Pro Retina

LaCie 2TB Rugged Thunderbolt Drive
LaCie 6TB d2 Thunderbolt 2


Pelican 1500 case (for stills gear – my inflight bag)
Pelican 1550 case (for BMPCC video gear)
Pelican 1300 case (for hard drives)
Lowepro Flipside 200 (for walking trips)
Petrol PDRB4 (mothership gear bag)


Snap-lock plastic bags (to help deal with condensation)
Cable ties (heaps)
Baby wipes (because Gabby told me to)
Insulation tape (yes it works in sub-zero)
Micro-fibre wipes


The Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera rigged up for The Ice