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 inside, but lets be honest the X-T3 is a better camera. So why do I own it? I wanted a hybrid camera something similar to the Sony A7iii, comparing Fuji & Sony, well that’s a whole new story. Invested in to much Fuji glass, I am happy to carry 2 cameras around one for photos, one for video.
X-H1 Cage - The Fujifilm X-H1 has a premium feel in your hand with a larger grip which is a huge pleasure for run and gun filming. SMALLRIG take this to a whole new level manufacturing some of the coolest (as the name stats) smallrigs to attached handles, monitor, top grip and much more. Highly recommend this company with small designs, lightweight, initiative and reasonable price tag.
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 have mentioned this so many times (sorry maybe a little too many times) they have to meet these 3 categories for me to purchase it. 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!
Hoya Variable ND Filter - Save 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 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 WR LM R OIS - The perfect travel lens, sharp, light and versatile bit of kit . Only a few downfalls, not as sharp as the kit listed above and also variable aperture. So why own it? Focal range equivalent to that of 27-206mm in full frame, owning one lens with that versatility its possibly the perfect stand alone travel lens - that’s why!
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)
Samyang F2 Manual Focus for Fuji X - A manual focus lens, wider focal range, smaller, lighter and less expensive than the Fujifilm XF16mm - why not just own this? Yes its super sharp for astrophotography, much better then the Fuji 16mm which suffers from bad corner coma, but simply, the higher aperture, closer focusing and AF are the reasons I own the XF16mm. If I travel light weight I will always take the XF16mm over the Samyang, because simply I know I can achieve more with it. But for the price of the Samyang lens and how sharp it is at low light, it’s always good to have it tucked away for a clear sky night!
Canon G5X - Perfect little video/vlog camera, small, lightweight, built tough, comes with a tilt screen and is also 60fps. Equipped with a viewfinder being a major reason for me buying this compared to it's little brother the G7X Mark ii. The variable aperture of 1.8 - 2.8 makes it extremely durable in low light situations and has a handy 24-105mm (full frame equivalent) zoom range.
Zhiyun Crane M - The Canon G5X has incredible image stabilize but anything over 50mm needs a gimbal to get that silky smooth footage. Only you can decide if the extra weight and carrying more equipment is worth it.
Manfrotto Travel Tripod - Multi purpose which is what I love from all my gear, vlog handle, mini tripod and large load capacity. Converted to a Arca Swiss ball head so its universal and suits all my cameras.
Tascam DR-10C - No audio jack input in the Canon G5X - Sucks! Tascam is tiny, small and easy to use does a perfect job, just need to match the audio in post.
Sennheiser Me 2 Lavalier Mic - Small omni-directional clip-on microphone best lavalier for the Tascam with the screw on jackport.
SanDisk SD Cards - Never have to much storage always carry backup.
Micro SanDisk SD Cards - Never have to much storage always carry backup.
G5X Spare Batteries - Battery life of the G5X sucks! Carry extra batteries, you will need them, rather have to much power than not enough - never miss a thing.
DJI Mavic Pro Fly More Combo - The best camera ever owned! Ok, ok the Fuji X-T3 is an amazing camera, but still what this drone has allowed me to capture in the “World From Above” series. Buy the extra batteries, you will need them!
PolarPro Filters - Film cinematic, not on automatic please - buy some filters!
Drone Carry Case - I love keeping things tidy when I travel.
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 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.
Elia Locardi Signature Filter Kit - My idol owns one, do I need one? Well... No, not always, but when you work out buying this kit individually, it soon becomes a no brainer to get the necessary needs for a basic filters kit. I would love to own more filters, medium grad, hard grad, maybe a 2 stop soft grad, but my god are they expensive. Out in the field I don't want to be consistently concerned about being careful due to having 100's of dollars worth of filters to care about, I trust my gear in all conditions. You buy gear to use it, I find this the perfect "happy medium"!
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 donw.
Step Up Rings - Formatt Hitech
140mm Nodal Slide - Used incorrectly probably 95% of the time. I am not a huge panoramic shooter, I turn it around and use it as an extension to get over a rail, platform on a viewpoint.
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.