what’s in my bag?

I didn’t see anyone ask but i’ll tell you anyway.

Please keep in mind that I have no sponsorships or contracts with any of these brands. All items were chosen based on my own research and purchased with my own money; nothing I own or review is either loaned or gifted to me. For a more visual rundown, check out my profile at kit.com. That said, all links are for your convenience and are NOT monetized in any way.

Currently, I operate from one or more of 4 bags and 2 travel cases. In order of usage:

  • Chrome Niko Camera Messenger Sling
  • Lowepro Freeline BP 350 AW
  • ONA Bags “The Prince Street” Messenger
  • Lowepro Flipside Trek BP 450 AW
  • Pelican Air 1535 with TrekPak
  • Pelican Air 1555 with TrekPak

For cameras and lenses, I use a Fujifilm X-T3 with MHG-XT3 extended grip or VG-XT3 Battery Grip as my primary.

To address memory and backup: I rely on 2 pairs of Lexar Professional 2000x 64GB UHS-II V90 SD Cards and a pair of Sony SF-G 32GB UHS-II V90 SD Cards. I also have a pair of SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB UHS-I V30 SD Cards as backup for extended video recording. To support immediate transfer and backup, I use a SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II USB-C SD Reader and SanDisk Extreme Portable USB-C 2TB SSD with a 12.9″ iPad Pro 256GB Gen 3, 2016 15″ MacBook Pro, or 2015 27″ iMac i5. Transfers at the desk are performed exclusively on a ProGrade 2x SD Card Reader because of its speed and reliability.

The lenses I’ve collected so far:

  • Fujifilm XF 100-400mm ƒ/4.5-5.6R OIS WR
  • Fujifilm XF 50-140mm ƒ/2.8R OIS WR
  • Fujifilm XF 2x Teleconverter XF2TC WR
  • Fujifilm XF 16-55mm ƒ/2.8R WR
  • Fujifilm XF 10-24mm ƒ/4R OIS
  • Fujifilm XF 56mm ƒ/1.2R
  • Fujifilm XF 35mm ƒ/1.4R
  • Fujifilm XF 23mm ƒ/1.4R
  • Fujifilm XF 16mm ƒ/1.4R WR
  • Samyang 12mm ƒ/2R CS

For ND filters, I recently switched from B+W screw-ins plus 100mm Haida solids on the Formatt-Hitech Firecrest holder to Wine Country Cameras for both formats. The reason was to achieve the most neutral results possible that’s consistent between my 100mm and screw-in filters to make post-processing far easier. Wine Country Cameras ND filters helped me to achieve that and I highly recommend them.

Filters and polarizers: (I rely on filters because I prefer to try and get it right “in camera” before I take it to post-processing, to maximize dynamic range). Wine Country Cameras (WCC) 100mm Drop-In Filter Holder Kit with circular polarizer, WCC 3- 6- and 10-stop ND filters, Haida NanoPro 3-stop Soft Gradient, 3-stop Hard Gradient, and 3-stop Reverse Gradient ND Filters. I also use Wine Country Cameras screw-on 77mm ND Filters in 3-, 6- & 10-stop varieties, B+W Kaesemann HTC Circular Polarizers, and B+W UV Filters for occasional lens protection. Sensei Pro aluminum step-ups allow me to adapt my screw-in ND filters across the front elements of all my lenses. Despite a tendency to bind due to their aluminum construction, the Sensei Pro range has machined grooves for a better grip, easing removal from filter rings. All of my filters are protected with a selection of Mindshift Filter Hive, Nest and Nest Mini pouches and a Chrome Mini Camera Sling for when I need the full complement of filters.

For safety and convenience, I use Peak Design straps, specifically the Cuff v2, Leash v2, SlideLITE v2, Slide v2 and Capture Clip v3.

For video, not only do I rely on just the X-T3, I also have a pair of Sony Action Cameras: 1x 4K FDR-X3000 and 1x 1080p HDR-AS300 with remote. Both have water resistant chassis, optical image stabilization, electronic image stabilization, and in the case of the X3000, 1080p crop zoom for more versatility without sacrificing fidelity. Their onboard stabilization may not be as smooth as the latest GoPro or DJI action cams, but the video quality is still superior and they’re designed with a far more versatile orientation. They’re perfect for discreet vlogging or time-lapses while I’m out shooting. You’ll also catch me using my iPhone X liberally for both photographic and video opportunities.

For stability during longer exposures, I generally depend on the Gitzo Mountaineer Series 1 tripod GT1542 and Gitzo GH1382QD Center Ball Head. For long hikes, I’ll gladly sacrifice some height and stability to save on folded size and weight, and I do that with the Gitzo Traveler Series 1 tripod GT1555 and GH1382TQD Center Ball Head. For maximum stability and for use with larger telephoto lenses, I depend on a Gitzo Systematic Series 3 tripod GT3543LS and Series 3 GH3382QD Center Ball Head or the Arca-Swiss P0 Inverted Ball Head for panoramas. For high speed action with a large telephoto lens, or at locations that restrict tripod use, I use a Gitzo GM2542 Series 2 Carbon eXact 4-Section Monopod with Feisol TT-15 Mk 2 Carbon mini tripod base, topped with a Benro IN00 Single Action Ball Head. The benefit of my monopod setup allows me to use it freestanding or to remove the monopod from the equation and have a tabletop tripod on hand. My most compact solution is a SunwayFoto T1A20D 2-Section Tabletop Tripod with a Benro B0 Triple Action Ball Head. No, I’m in no way sponsored by Gitzo/Manfrotto; I just really appreciate their tripods.

As you can see, I’m a bit spoilt for choice, which can make prepping for a hike a bit frustrating at times, trying to fit as much as I can into the smallest, lightest kit possible. Like anyone else, I always end up taking far more than I actually need, “just in case.” I have no strobes or on-camera flash; this is an aspect I look forward to learning in the near future. Generally, there’s less need for it in the realm of landscape photography but I’d still like to learn.

Obviously, I don’t have even a quarter of this gear in my bag at any one time. This is simply a noun display of my “flat lay,” and what I’m fortunate to choose from whenever I leave the house to take some photos.

So, what’s in your camera bag?

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