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What’s in My Camera Bag

The gear I take in my bag varies somewhat on what I’m planning to go out and photograph (if I happen to know this beforehand) but in general my camera bag contains the following gear…

Core Kit

Kata Bumblebee 222-UL Camera Backpack + Rain Cover
Nikon D600 D-SLR + Kirk BL-D600 Arca-Swiss L-Bracket

other things I generally always leave in my Camera Bag:

Aputure Timer Remote Control 3N
Phottix Aion Wireless Timer and Shutter Release
B+W 77mm Circular Polariser Filter
Large Micro Fibre Cloth
Small Micro Fibre Cloth
Small single AA powered CREE LED zoomable torch
Tri-Grip diffuser
Rogue FlashBender (Large)
Giottos Rocket Air Blower (Large)
TriggerTrap for IOS Cable

Landscape/Seascape/Night Photography Additions

Sirui N-2204 Tripod + Really Right Stuff BH-40 PCLR (mid-sized ballhead with lever-release panning clamp)
Nikon AF-S 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Lens
Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens
Lee Filter Holder Foundation Kit with Lee Filters 105mm Front Ring
Lee 77mm Wide Angle Adaptor Ring
Lee 0.9 (3 Stop) Neutral Density Hard Grad
Lee 0.6 (2 Stop) Neutral Density Hard Grad
Formatt Hitech 0.9 (3 Stop) Reverse Grad
Heliopan 105mm SH-PMC Multi Coated SLIM Circular Polarising Filter
Lee BigStopper (10 Stop ND Filter)
Lee LittleStopper (6 Stop ND Filter)

Indoor/Event Photography Additions

Sigma AF 85mm f1.4 EX DG HSM Lens
Sigma AF 35mm f1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
and if I need a bit of reach then the Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8 G IF-ED VR Lens
and probably the Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens

Sports/Wildlife Photography Additions

If I am travelling light then the Nikon AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Lens
otherwise the Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8 G IF-ED VR Lens and maybe the Nikon TC-14E II (1.4x) Teleconverter AF-S
and/or the Sigma 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens
and possibly the Benro MC-91 M8 Carbon Fibre Monopod + Benro BH-1 Ball Head

Macro Photography Additions

Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro Lens
and probably the Aputure Amaran Halo LED Ring Flash
and possibly the Nikon SB-900 Flash
and possibly the Tripod as well

Specialty Lenses

Sigma AF 15mm f2.8 EX DG Fisheye Lens – this one is small and light so I often just leave this in the bag
Nikon 20mm f/2.8 AF-D Lens

Travel/Unknown Photography – Full Bag Load

If I don’t know in advance what I’m going to shoot or I’m travelling then I’ll likely try and take the following camera gear:

Everything in the Landscape list plus
Sigma AF 15mm f2.8 EX DG Fisheye Lens
Sigma AF 85mm f1.4 EX DG HSM Lens
Sigma AF 35mm f1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
Nikon AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Lens (unless I know I might need the Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8 G IF-ED VR Lens)
Nikon SB-900 Flash
If I’m travelling small and light I’d probably forgo the larger Sirui tripod and instead take the new MeFoto RoadTrip Carbon Fibre travel tripod and ball head kit

Other Lighting Tools

Blazzeo Easy Softbox EB-060 60x60cm
Phottix Easy-up 80cm (32″) Octa Umbrella Softbox with Grid

Other

B+W 77mm 10 Stop ND Filter
Light Craft Workshop 77mm FaderND Variable ND Filter


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