What's in My Camera Bag?



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?



Cameras

  • Nikon Z6 - fast mirrorless camera.

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

Lenses

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

  • Nikon 24-70mm f/4 S - lightweight standard zoom lens for anything from landscape to street photography.

  • Nikon 40mm f/2 - tiny 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.

  • Mini tripod - I hate tripods but sometimes they are unavoidable, so I have grudgingly settled for a tiny one.

  • Macro Extension Tubes - instead of carrying another lens dedicated to macro photography, I choose to couple these extension tubes with my current lenses to create macro 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