Get the low-down on the gear used by wildlife photographer Milo Burcham. Courtesy Milo Burcham

Milo Burcham is a gentleman, scholar, and lover of all things wild. He works as a wildlife biologist and photographer based in Cordova. When he’s not tracking bears, he’s traveling the world—from the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta to Tibet—to photograph wildlife. Chances are you’ve seen some of his incredible images; he’s been published in everything from National Geographic to, yours truly, Alaska magazine. Milo’s favorite subjects to shoot include bears and shorebirds, as well as reptiles he finds while traveling in warmer climates. He also enjoys hunting, fishing, and backcountry skiing, as well as traveling with his wife, Paula, to new and exotic places. 

Check out some of his awesome photos on milosphotos.com and follow him on Instagram @miloburcham

Product Descriptions by Milo Burcham

Canon EOS 1D Mark IV Camera Body

Canon Camera body MarkIV

I’m amazed that my Canon EOS 1D Mark IV still works after a decade of hard use in coastal Alaska weather and world travel. It has demonstrated accurate autofocus, a fast frame rate (10 frames/second), and reasonably good ISO performance. Its greatest features have been the weather sealing and durable construction. Note: The most current camera in this line is the Canon EOS-1D Mark III. 


Gitzo GT3542 Mountaineer Carbon Fiber Tripod  

Gitzo Mountaineer carbon fiber tripod

While many wildlife photographers are trending towards hand-holding lightweight camera bodies and lenses, I still see great value in a heavy-duty tripod. First, much of my photography is shot with my 600mm lens, which alone weighs 11 pounds. Second, a tripod is a great composition aid, allowing me to have my lens pointed at my subject and ready for action. My Gitzo GT3542 Mountaineer carbon fiber tripod is much lighter than metal predecessors and has held up extremely well to the marine environment of coastal Alaska. 


Garmin GPSMAP 742 

Garmin GPSMAP 742

I live on the eastern shores of Prince William Sound and spend considerable time in my boat. A quality GPS has become essential gear, and I frequently reflect on my purchase of the Garmin GPSMAP 742 as some of the best money I have ever spent. I’ve used it for 10 years without issue. The touchscreen display and intuitive menu organization are extremely user friendly.


Arca Swiss Monoball Z1 Ball Head   

arcaswiss monoball Z1

While many photographers have switched to gimbal-type heads for supporting their big lenses, I still value the high-quality ball heads such as the Arca Swiss Monoball Z1. The biggest advantage is that I can set up on a steep
mountainside, say to photograph Dall sheep, and get my lens to level instantly. I can also pan smoothly in any direction, again, without first having to level my outfit before shooting. 


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Bjorn Dihle is Alaska magazine's gear editor and a lifelong resident of southeast Alaska. You can follow him at instagram.com/bjorndihle or facebook.com/BjornDihleauthor.

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