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What's in My Camera Bag? [2023]

For me, photography gear is a constant battle between opportunity and minimalism. Whenever I consider making changes to my current kit, I try to ask myself the following questions:

  • Useability - does this do something that I am cannot do with something else?

  • 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 travel?

  • Hype - do I actually need this or is it just the hype?


  • Nikon Z6 - cheap mirrorless full-frame camera.

  • + 4 batteries


  • Nikon 300mm f/4 PF - incredibly lightweight telephoto prime for wildlife.

  • Nikon 24-120mm f/4 S - an enlarged standard zoom range with constant aperture, two things I find essential in a versatile walk-around lens.

  • Nikon 40mm f/2 - pocketable prime with an interesting focal length.

Shooting Accessories

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

  • Zoom H1n - a small and useful audio recorder for collecting nature sounds.

  • Cleaning kit


  • 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

  • Macbook Pro - a slim laptop for travel, but powerful enough for photo and video editing, and has a bright and colourful screen.

  • Adobe Lightroom Classic - editing software is an essential item to all photographers, and I use Lightroom almost exclusively.

  • 2TB External Harddrive

  • XQD/SD Cards

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