What’s in my bag?
The question of questions.. What gear do you use? Interestingly enough everybody knows that the best camera to have is the one you have with you but still everybody want’s to know what gear a photographer is using. I am too and are always checking out the gear from similar photographers too. Why? Because looking and talking about gear is fun!
Below you can find all the camera gear and accessories I own. Further below I have included my hiking and camping list as well.
5d Mark IV – Great camera! Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm, Sony, it doesn’t really matter which ones you have. I chose for Canon because some friends and my cousin had this brand by the time I purchased my first camera.
Canon 16-35mm f2.8 Mark III – Perfect for landscape and astro photography. The f4 is lighter and cheaper I know but I don’t mind carrying the extra weight to give me the additional low light capabilities.
Canon 70-200mm f2.8 Mark II – Wow! The images with this lens are amazing! Again, I could’ve bought the f4 but while hiking I often find myself in a dark forest trying to photograph birds/wildlife. As they don’t pose for me the f2.8 is great in these low light situations. Heavy, but again I don’t mind as it creates beautiful photos.
Manfrotto BeFree Carbon fibre tripod – Light & small. A great tripod for travelling, hiking or any other activity where you have to carry it around.
Formatt Hitech filters – I have one 0.9 ND grad filter and a 0.9 ND filter. These are my first filters but I am not sure if I like them. They are ok but when you stack the filters everything the images turn magenta. I will be looking at some other brands soon after I have saved enough as these filter don’t come cheap. The filters are slotted into a Formatt Hitech holder system.
Peak design camera clip – This is perfect as your camera is hanging on your backpack ready for action. I missed so many photo opportunities as I didn’t want to take off my backpack again and again. When it rains your camera is not protected but a 10cents plastic bag does the trick. I have carried the 5d mark iv with my 70-200 f2.8 on this clip for a 5day hike and it worked perfect. Which you can see here
F-stop Ajna camera bag – A great day hike backpack but too small for overnight or multiday camping trips. The small ICU to hold my camera gear in the backpack is great and can be taken out which makes the bag and the ICU versatile. I use the ICU in my other backpack for longer trips.
Dj Mavic Pro Platinum – My first drone. It’s small and light compared to other drones which is my main criteria. I love taking aerial photos.
GoPro Hero 7 – I have thought about buying a GoPro for quite some years now as I mainly wanted to use it when scuba diving. Instead of buying a GoPro just for 1 time a year use I borrowed GoPro’s from friends. As I find myself filming more and more it was time to get my own.
MacBook Pro 13” – I don’t have to explain why, do I?
MacBook Air 11” – This is an old laptop which I only take with me when travelling. It is small and light but slow.
Adobe Lightroom – I am using this for editing and organising all my images.
2x LaCie 1TB hard disk – One for working on the road and the other one for a back up stored in another place.
1x 4TB WD Elements hard disk – Backing up the LaCie disks. I keep this one at a friends place and when I am there I will bring my laptop and backup the LaCie.
Fujifilm X-T20 – I bought this small camera for my trip to South America. I didn’t feel like carrying around my expensive Canon gear and I left it in a safe at a friend. The Fujifilm X-T20 is a small, light and a great camera which I can put away in my backpack without getting unwanted attention.
Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS Lens – Perfect outdoor lens.
Hiking & travelling gear
Lowe Alpine 65L backpack – I bought this backpack for my first backpacking trip to Vietnam in 2011. It’s not the lightest backpack but it’s indestructible and won’t be buying a new one for hopefully many more years.
MSR Hubba Hubba nx – It was love at first sight when I saw a fellow hiker setting up this tent when I was hiking my first multi-day hike in New Zealand. The dome shape, 2 entries, size and weight makes it the perfect tent for me. This is a snug 2 person tent but I am using this also when I am on a solo adventure. I don’t feel the need to purchase a one person tent to save a couple grams.
Western Mountaineering SummerLite sleepingbag – small and light! This sleeping bag is rated till 0 degrees but when I layer up with clothing I even managed to stay warm on my winter trips. Sleeping in an Iglo for example!
Exped Synmat HL sleeping mat – A light and comfy mat.
Meindl Softline Top Gtx shoes– Great sturdy hiking shoes and my crampons fit on them perfectly.
Victorinox red hiker pocket-knife – Handy!
Msr Alpinist 2 Cook Set – This set fits perfectly together which saves space and keeps things together. The cups are insulated so it keeps hot drinks longer hot.
A list of the main clothes I use for photography, hiking and travelling.
1x Rain jacket
1x Down jacket
2x Merino t-shirt long sleeves
3x Merino t-shirt short sleeves
1x Merino sweater
1x Mittens, thin gloves and a beanie
I have not included the smaller items (torch, first-aid kit, stove, etc.) which I use for but feel free to ask any question about the listed or unlisted items.
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