What's in My Camera Bag?



I am constantly changing and refining my kit to balance photographic diversity with minimalism, an undying battle that every travelling photographer faces. When buying new gear, I generally try to ask myself the following questions:

  • Useability - does this item do something special that I am unable to currently achieve?

  • Size and weight - is this going to break my back or take up too much space in my bag?

  • Quality - is this made to last and take a reasonable beating?

  • Speed - does this focus quickly and reliably in the conditions I need it for?

  • Price - is the price worth it or should it be spent on living and travelling?


Finally, do I actually need this or is it just the hype? Most hobbies possess a "gear acquisition" phase. Photography is no exception to this, and may be among the ugliest examples.


Cameras

  • Nikon D850 - my favourite camera I have ever owned, touted as the "best DSLR ever made", it combines pro ruggidness with high resolution and speed.

  • Zenit 12XP - a mechanical film camera made in the USSR.

Lenses

  • Nikon 300mm f/2.8G VR - okay, this one goes directly against my size/weight rule, but it's a pro-level lens made to focus lightening quick in any lighting, and bear the brunt of any weather it encounters.

  • Nikon 24-120mm f/4G VR - a lightweight standard zoom lens I use for anything from landscape to street photography.

  • Nikon 50mm f/1.4D - a cheap nifty fifty lens for low-light situations, with great bokeh to boot.


Shooting Accessories

  • Nikon TC-14E Teleconverter - a 1.4x teleconverter that I use with 300mm lenses to create a 420mm lens.

  • Peak Design Travel Tripod (Aluminium) - I was ready to denounce tripods from my life until Peak Design released this marvel. Super compact, light and customisable, it has ruined all other tripods forever.

  • Meike MK320 TTL Speedlite - easy to use and cheap, I use this almost exclusively for macro photography, coupled with a diffuser to soften the light.

  • 52mm Reverse Macro Adapter - for when I'm travelling light without a dedicated macro lens, this 52mm ring can be used in a pinch to reverse mount my Nikon 50mm f/1.4D and create an almost 1x magnification.


Transportation

  • Shimoda Action x50 - maybe the best piece of photography gear I have ever purchased, I seriously cannot recommend this camera bag enough.

  • Peak Design Capture Clip - attached to my bag's shoulder strap, this allows clip me to securely attach my camera for hands-free hiking.

  • Peak Design Slide Strap - it holds your camera, clips on and off, simple.




Digital file storage and editing

  • 13" Macbook Pro Retina - a slim laptop that's great for travel and has a bright and colourful screen that helps in photo editing.

  • Adobe Lightroom Classic - editing software is an essential item to all photographers, and I use Lightroom almost exclusively. I love how all edits have to be made through your own decisions, no automatic "enhance" button, no sky replacements.

  • 2TB External Harddrive

  • XQD/SD Cards