Mark DiLallo Photography

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About Me


Mark P. DiLallo of Sterling VA is an avid Nature Photographer, husband, and father of two. His travels have taken him to Africa, Alaska, Hawaii, Florida, Colorado, and the Desert Southwest. He shoots extensively in Northern Virginia Parks. He leads a comprehensive series of workshops on nature photography. His images have been published in Loudoun, Money, and Nature’s Best Magazines

Me and My Toys:


Canon Cameras:

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (35mm, 31 mega-pixel Digital SLR )
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II (35mm, 21 mega-pixel Digital SLR )
  • Canon EOS 40D (35mm, 10 mega-pixel Digital SLR )
  • Vertical Grips for cameras above
  • Canon RS80N3 Remote Cable Trigger
  • Xit XTTRCUNV Universal Timer Remote Control (Black)
  • Pluto Trigger (Sensor Trigger)


Canon Lenses:

  • Long Telephoto Zoom:  Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens for Canon EF  ($1800) -- This monster is a great safari style lens that is weather sealed and has Optical Stabilization.  It's my bread-and-butter all purpose workhorse.   Its huge zoom range keeps you ready for anything.  At around $1800 bucks, I call it my "poor man's" birding lens.  Sure, I'd love Canon L-Series glass but just can't afford the expense or the weight of the beasts...especially for a single focal length.  Canon, Nikon offer 100-400 5.6 zooms with IS/VR that are good and fairly affordable "safari" choices.   Both offer quite a bit more expensive 200-400 f4.0 lenses as well.

  • Standard Zoom:  Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens ($1,000) -- A quality L series short zoom, only f/4 but lightweight, affordable, and Image Stabilized.

  • Ultra-wide Zoom:   Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens ($2900) -- A top of the line ultra-wide zoom, capable of full-sensor imaging without vignetting--stunning sharpness edge-to-edge and amazing chromatic aberration and flair control.

  • Macro:  Canon 180mm f/3.5 Macro USM ($1,400) -- A top grade Canon L-Series Macro Lens.

  • Tilt-Shift Lens:   Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8  ($1,400)  A great macro lens to capture off plane subjects like flowers and butterflies while maintaining a more pleasing shallow depth of field.


  • 2X Tele-converter:  Sigma TC-2001 2x Teleconverter for Canon EF ($400).  Great for wildlife, bird, butterfly photography.   Long and sharp enough when mated with 600mm to take full-frame images of the moon.

  • Kinko Extension Tubes -- ($160) Used for increase close focusing for any lens.  No glass in light path means no loss in quality.  Does result in a longer exposure but auto metering still functions normally.  Usually means focusing manually which I do anyway when shooting macro.


  • Circular Polarizer and Neutral-Density Filters -- a massive 105mm for the SIGMA 150-600 and a 77mm adapter for the 24-105 and 180 macro lenses.


  • Flex Lens Shade for Large Lenses




  • Canon 550EX Flash & Off Camera Shoe Cord
  • The "Better Beamer" FX-2 Walt Anderson Flash Extender
  • Canon MT-24EX Macro Flash Unit ($650)
  • Canon Transistor (Battery) Pack E ($140)

Olympus Lightweight Hiking Rig:
  • Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II (Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Camera) ($1,700)
  • Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO Lens ($1,300)
  • Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO Lens ($1,300)
  • Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II Lens  ($550)
  • Cokin Holder and Circular Polarizer
  • Flex Lens Shade for Mirrorless Lenses
  • Olympus RM-CB2 Release Cable
  • Tenba Solstice 12L Backpack -- also Gura Gear Small Pro Photo Module Case which holds camera, lenses, accessories within full-size camping backpack
  • Lightweight Backpacking Tripod -- Sirui T-2205X 5-section Carbon Fiber ($300) with Acratech GP-ss Ballhead With Lever Clamp ($410)


Tripod & Mounts:

  • General/Macro Rig -- Manfrotto 055MF3 MAG Fiber 3-Section Tripod ($360) with Arca Swiss Monoball B1 modified with Really Right Stuff Quick Release   Z1 is the latest equivalent Arca-Swiss
  • Heavy Duty Bird Rig -- Gitzo GT3543XLS Carbon Fiber Tripod with Wimberly WH-101 gimbal -style Tripod Head (See Wimberly WH-200)
  • Window/Roof Rig -- L.L. Rue Ground/Roof/Window (Groofwin) pod mount with Kirk BH-3 Monoball  (also consider Kirk Window Mount)
  • Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer astro-photography star/solar/lunar tracking mount


  • Kirk, Wimberly, and/or Really Right Stuff Arca-Swiss style "L" Camera Bracket and Lens Mounting Plates
  • Bogen Super Clamp modified with Arca-Swiss Mount
  • Two PLAMPs (Articulating clamps to secure without damaging flowers/branches in wind)


Back Packs:

  •   Heavy Pack -- Lowepro Pro Trecker ($290)
  •   Light Pack -- Think Tank Photo StreetWalker Pro ($200)
  •   Air Travel w/Dolly -- Temba P262 Backpack & Dolly
  •   Light Bag -- Tamrac 606 Zoom Traveler 6
  •   Camera Pouch -- Lowepro S&F Top Loading Pouch 50 AW

Action Video:

  • GoPro Hero 6
  • GoPro Hero 4 Silver
  • Evo SS Gimbal

My Older Cameras and Lenses:

  • Canon EOS 10D (35mm, 6.3 mega-pixel Digital SLR)
  • SIGMA 50-500 f/4-6.3 APO EX ($1000)
  • SIGMA 12-24 F4.5-5.6 DG ($850)
  • Canon EOS Elan (35mm film)
  • Canon 75-300 f/4.0-5.6 III USM  ($180)
  • Canon 28-80 f/3.5-5.6 USM  ($100)
  • Canon 20-35 f/3.5-4.5 USM  ($350)
  • Canon 28-135 f3.5-5.6 IS USM ($420) -- A handy short zoom, slow at 5.6 but lightweight, affordable, and Image Stabilized.

Camping Equipment
  • Osprey Atmos AG 65-liter Backpack
  • Copper Spur HV UL2, 2-person 3-season ultralight tent
  • Marmot 0-degree Down Sleeping Bag
  • Mountain Hardwear HyperLamina Spark 30-degree ultralight synthetic sleeping bag
  • Enlightened Equipment 50-degree down quilt
  • Nemo Cosmo Long Wide 35-degree Sleeping Pad with integrated Pump
  • Black Diamond Trail Trekking Poles
  • Jetboil MiniMo ultralight backpacking stove and frying pan
  • Platypus GravityWorks 2.0 Water Filter Reservoir Kit
  • LifeStraw
  • BearVault Bear Resistant Food Canister
  • Garmin eTrex touch 25 Hiking GPS
  • Garmin InReach Explorer+ Satellite Communicator and GPS
  • Counter Assault Bear Spray
  • Kahtoola MICROspikes (Dirt/Mud/Snow)
  • ICETrekkers Diamond Grip Traction Cleats (Ice)