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Where craftsmanship merges with cutting-edge in Daniel’s selection of professional-grade equipment.

Daniel Wheeler's essential equipment for conflict reporting, including press body armor, cameras, and medical supplies.

Tools of the trade

A collection of the camera and lenses I use and recommend

Main camera

Nikon Z9

A flagship mirrorless powerhouse, delivering unparalleled sharpness, speed, and precision, making it a top choice for professionals seeking uncompromised performance.

The Nikon Z9 stands as a pinnacle in the world of professional cameras. With unparalleled image quality, swift processing, and robust durability, it's tailor-made for the demands of on-the-ground reporting. For Daniel, this camera is an indispensable tool, capturing moments with precision and vividness. Its reliability and performance are why Daniel strongly recommends the Z9 for journalists seeking the best in their craft.

NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S

A versatile zoom lens with exceptional clarity, catering to a range of scenes, from landscapes to portraits, ensuring pristine image quality.

The NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S lens is a staple in Daniel Wheeler's documentary toolkit. With its sharpness across the frame and versatile zoom range, it's perfectly suited for capturing both intimate close-ups and expansive scenes. Its rapid autofocus and reliable performance, especially under challenging conditions, make it a top recommendation for those seeking precision in their visual storytelling.
Cinema camera

Canon C300 MkIII

A dynamic cinema camera renowned for its impeccable image quality, outstanding versatility, and seamless integration into any professional production environment.

The Canon C300 Mk3 stands as a cornerstone in Daniel Wheeler's documentary filmmaking toolkit. With fantastic colour accuracy, an expansive dynamic range, and flexibility in varied lighting scenarios, it captures the nuances essential for authentic storytelling. For Daniel, this camera is more than just equipment; it's a trusted ally in conveying stories with utmost depth and accuracy.

NIKKOR Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S

This premium macro lens excels in capturing intricate details, making it perfect for detailed close-ups and expressive portraiture.

The NIKKOR Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S is a linchpin in Daniel Wheeler's photography toolkit. Celebrated for its exceptional clarity and bokeh, this lens enables Daniel to capture portraits and scenes with profound depth and nuance. Whether documenting intimate moments or broader landscapes, its precision and versatility make it a preferred choice for Daniel, underscoring his dedication to producing images of the highest caliber.
Secondary camera

Nikon Z6

A versatile mirrorless camera, the Z6 offers fantastic image quality combined with agile performance, ideal for a range of shooting scenarios.

Thanks to its compact design, combined with stellar low-light performance, the Nikon Z6 is invaluable for on-the-go shoots and discreet settings. As Daniel's secondary camera, the Z6 ensures no moment is missed, providing consistent quality alongside his primary setup, and reinforcing his commitment to capturing every detail of the narrative.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens

Precise and swift, this lens is adept at capturing the intensity of humanitarian crises, ensuring distant events are documented with clarity and detail.

Paired with the Canon C300 Mk3, it delivers crisp visuals across varying distances, perfect for dynamic storytelling environments. Its versatile zoom range and impeccable image stabilisation make it a top choice for Daniel, ensuring that every frame captured carries the depth and clarity his work demands.