Bertie Gregory’s 5 Must-Have Products For Wildlife Filmmaking

Bertie Gregory

Wildlife Filmmaker and Photographer

To be an effective wildlife photographer/videographer you need the right equipment. And few would know the equipment better than National Geographic’s rising star, professional wildlife filmmaker and photographer Bertie Gregory. At just 22 years old, Bertie is now hosting National Geographic Wild’s first digital series Wild Life with Bertie Gregory where he tries to track down and film the elusive coastal wolf on the west coast of Vancouver Island, Canada.

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“I was on the beach most of the time so there’s salt water and sand everywhere, along with a bunch of wind and rain. Basically, if you wanted to destroy your camera equipment you’d go on this trip.”

Bertie Gregory

With that in mind, he shot his new 24-part series in 4K using Canon Lenses and supported everything with Sachtler’s rugged Video 18 that provided nonstop durability during his 3-month expedition for the show.

Since a filmmaker is nothing without his tools, we sat down with Bertie and asked him what gear he needs for those epic wildlife shots!

1. Rocket Air Blower

“I'm often working around water, so if a lens gets sprayed, I don't put a lens cloth anywhere near it until I've pumped all the drips to the edges with my dust blower!”

2. Sachtler Video 18 S2

“I’ve had tripods where you take it on a windy beach, the whole thing just fills up with sand, and then I have to take it apart to clean it. I don’t know what Sachtler’s done with their gear, but whatever it is, it’s genius because I never have to worry about doing that with the Video 18.”

Visit product page: Sachtler Video 18 S2

3. Anton/Bauer CINE 150 Batteries

“The CINE batteries are just epic. They last so long!” Delivering 12 amps of continuous power, these batteries are specifically designed for high power draw cameras, so you’ll quit before they do.

Visit product page: Anton/Bauer CINE 150 Batteries

4. Swarovski 10x32 Binoculars

Whether you’re shooting birds in the park or doing something more exotic, binoculars are essential for wildlife photographers. Bertie’s choice is these smaller Swarovski binoculars made with exceptional technology. Great for on-location shoots, they weigh a mere 20.5 ounces and are only 5.3 inches tall by 4.3 inches wide.

5. F-stop Shinn Backpack

Specifically designed to haul large camera setups, the 80L Shinn is the largest camera bag Shinn has to offer. With an all-weather shell, it was perfect for Bertie’s latest assignment that helicoptered him to the middle of the Amazon.

Here’s the trailer for Bertie’s new show!