What’s In My Bag
Below is a list of items that best suits "ME" as a travel & landscape photographer, I have spent the last 5 years acquiring these items, and I am happy with them. Whenever I see a camera bag I will always try it on, or research a new lens - do i need it? Probably not. But I know how hard it is to buy camera gear; the expense, weight, technology and all the jargon.
If you have any questions or are interested in how I use something, please contact me - I will always try to help and give honest replies!!!
Fujifilm X-T3 - Small, compact, lightweight - all in one powerful camera. This mirrorless camera from Fujifilm suits my everyday travel photography needs, that is why I would say its the best travel camera to date. Boasting a huge 26.1mp sensor, crazy fast AF, touch screen and a groovy retro style and not to even mention the insane recording capabilities this camera can produce. What would you say if you included a tripod, lenses and all accessories and it fitted in carry on luggage? Impressive right, hence why Fujifilm is perfect for my photography needs, plus the full manual ability just brings the enjoyment back to photography.
L Bracket X-T3 - Save you so much time changing from landscape to portrait mode. Never had an issue saving money on these L Brackets, good build quality, light weight and cheap!
Fujifilm X-H1 - IBIS (In Body Image Stabilizer) the one and basically only reason I own this camera! Yes, it still boast all the Fujifilm goodness, but lets be honest the X-T3 is a better camera. So why do I own it? I wanted a hybrid camera similar to the Sony A7iii. Invested in to much Fuji glass, I am happy to carry 2 cameras around one for photos, one for video.
Zhiyun Weebill Lab - Best invention Zhiyun has ever made! When purchasing camera gear I always look for 3 main categories - Lightweight, size and price. I mention this so many times (sorry maybe a little too many times) they have to meet these 3 requirement to satisfy my purchase.
The Weebill Lab is perfect for my run and gun travel lifestyle compared to its bigger brother Zhiyun Crane 3. All 3 motors lock away, its size fits perfectly inside my Atlas Backpack making it a perfect gimbal that I would highly recommend.
Zhiyun Weebill release plate - MUST HAVE ACCESSORY speeds up your work flow so damn much!
Peter Mckinnon Variable ND Filter - 2-5 Stops of ND - Best on the market 100% worth the money never have X polarization again. If you don’t shoot in LOG format the 2-5 Variable ND is best for you.
Peter Mckinnon Variable ND Filter - 6-9 Stops of ND - Best on the market 100% worth the money never have X polarization again. If you shoot in LOG format the 6-9 Variable ND is best for you.
Variable ND’s allow you save all that footage! A must to record especially in midday sun keeping that special rule of double the frame rate. I used to own a cheap variable ND filter learnt my lesson very quickly after loosing a lot of footage due to it. Cheap out and you will always lose!
Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS - Pin Sharp! WOW! Just mind blown by this lens! I knew Fuji's prime lenses are sharp, but let me tell you this is only millimeters behind. A equivalent of 15-36mm in full frame basically identical to that of the Canon 16-35mm that I used to own. One thing that initially blew me away is the lack of distortion this achieves from such a wide angle. Would love to test out the new Fuji 8-16mm F2.8 but cannot justify this over the XF 10-24mm for many reason - size, weight, no filters and the HUGE price tag.
Fujifilm XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 OIS - A kit lens? Yeah I own a kit lens, but this isn’t any ordinary kit lens. There is many reasons why I own this lens - size, weight, price and image stabilizer but the only huge downfall compared to it’s big brother the XF 16-55 F2.8 is the image quality. I sacrifice image quality and weather resistance for one of the best kit lens by any manufacturer on the market, Fujifilm is known for it’s quality glass and this is no exception. Being a full time travel photographer the facts listed above are vital, hence the decision towards this lens, a great package if upgrading or switching to Fuji the Fuji X-T3 and XF 18-55mm.
Fujifilm XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 OIS - I love this lens and it’s slowly becoming my go to lenses, I would describe it as “a lens that can change any landscape”. It takes an incredible photographers eye to use this lens correctly, the ability to recognize a beautiful landscape and pick out just one subject between all the clutter. Purchasing this lens before a recent trip to Kyrgyzstan and Albania, where I wanted 30% of images to come from this lens alone, I quickly realized 3 weeks in why I should have owned this lens years ago. As I always say, no fixed aperture, smaller, lighter,image stabilizer and impressive image quality is the reason I choose this over the Fuji 50-140mm F2.8 and the whole Red Badge line up from Fujifilm.
Fujifilm 16mm F1.4 R WR - Possibly the most adored lens from the Fujifilm line up. This lens is a recent addition to my kit and a very thankful addition for 3 major reasons - image quality, focusing distance and low light filming. When choosing lenses (especially when they are this expensive) for me to justify the purchase it needs to be versatile, 2 or more uses. This lens ticks all the boxes and owning this lens is a must, with a little downfall (star photography). You can watch a full review of the Fujifilm 16mm 1.4 here.
Tripods & Ballheads
Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Tripod - This high end model from Manfrotto has excellent build quality for a full sized tripod, I used it for my travels in extreme conditions such as Scotland, The Alps, Baltic Region or high wind locations to utilize the larger leg stance. In the pictures you can see the difference between this tripod and my travel tripod (Manfrotto 190GO!). An extended height of 170cm and folded height of 61cm, I would highly recommend this tripod due to its excellent price and quality.
Manfrotto 190GO! Tripod - My insane travel tripod, this took me years to find! A brand new range from Manfrotto that is ideal for backpack travel, it's size, weight and quality make it indispensable. I was after a tripod that had screw leg locks, folded small and was lightweight, with this tripod coming in at only 1.35kg and a folded length of 46cm it is perfect to fit into my Osprey Farpoint, along with my camera and clothes. The one (and only) downfall of this tripod is the price, it's expensive, but I have already saved this expense by using it as carry on luggage. Perfect for travel and is suitable for most conditions, if I could only have one tripod, it would be this!
Manfrotto 556B Levelling Center Column - HUGE RECOMMENDATION to this awesome contraption. Allows the tripod to be leveled from the head rather than spending valuable minutes adjusting the tripod legs. If you tripod doesn’t allow it then this “tripod leveling base” will do the same job. Perfect for shooting panoramic, architecture, property and just leveling everything in camera rather than post production.
Manfrotto Ballhead - This 3 way locking, Arca Swiss ballhead from Manfrotto is extremely smooth and easy to adjust in slight precise movements. Unscrew the plate for small travel packing and light for an 8kg load rating.
Fuji Batteries - Another mirror-less debate is the battery life. I own three genuine Fuji batteries, fully charged I would compare three Fuji batteries to only two Canon batteries. Another reason I can not travel solo with the Fuji backpacking.
SanDisk Video SD Card - Only the best - SanDisk!
SanDisk Photography SD Cards - High recommend SanDisk, never let me down.
Step Up Rings - Formatt Hitech
Manfrotto Xume Lens Adapter - Save time in your photography, make your camera more hybrid. Switch from recording with a ND to taking photos in seconds.
Manfrotto Xume Filter Holder - Same as above, just choose your filter size and its the perfect solutions, wish I knew about these a long time ago!
Laptop - My workhorse, the best laptop on the market for the price point. A jam packed Dell XPS 15” with 32GB RAM, 4GB Graphics Card and 1TB SDD and 4k 100% Adobe RGB Screen. This will fly through my editing, a lot of money but sometimes it not always about upgrading your camera gear!
SanDisk SSD - YOU NEED THIS! Speed up your workflow, spend less time editing and more time shooting.
Seagate 2TB HDD - Back up everything, you never and I mean never know when you will need that footage.