Click to see some incredible images from masters of the craft of nature photography, and find out what gear they used to shoot them

Image: ‘Blast-Off’ by Paul Nicklen. Taken on a Canon EOS 1D Mk IV with a 16-35mm lens. 1/1250sec at f/5, ISO 400.

A new book from Wildlife Photographer of the Year, in partnership with the Natural History Museum, collects together the world’s most respected nature photographers at the absolute top of their game.

A few of the images from the book have been doing the rounds on the web recently, and we decided to have a look at the gear that had been used to capture them. Scroll down to find out the tools of the pros:

Image: ‘Dancing Cranes’ by Vincent Munier. Taken on a Nikon D3s with a 600mm lens. 1/5000sec at f/4, ISO 320.

Image: ‘Penguins, Ice and Light’ by David Doubilet. Taken on a Nikon D3 with a 14-24mm lens. 1/125sec at f/22, ISO 400. David also used Seacam housing and a YS-250 underwater strobes.

Image: ‘Horse Spirit’ by Jim Brandenburg. Taken on a Nikon D3s with a 700mm lens. 1/1250sec at f/9, ISO 1600.

Image: ‘Malui and the Butterflies’ by Anup Shah. Taken on a Canon EOS 1D with a 200mm lens. 1.1600sec at f/5.6, ISO 800.

Image: ‘Perfect Trawl’ by Christian Ziegler. Taken on a Canon EOS 5D Mark II with a 70-200mm lens. 1/200sec at f/16, ISO 100.

‘The Masters of Nature Photography’, edited by Rosamund Kidman Cox and published by the Natural History Museum, is out now, priced at £30.