Photography Camera Bag Haul – Equipment and Essentials

Hi all! Happy Friday! I hope it’s still Friday when I post this…probably not. That’s fine. So I decided I’d make my book haul post next week. Sorry. I felt like doing this photography camera bag haul post first. So I recently went on a trip to Calgary and I hauled along my camera bag. This is by no means my regular set-up, I change things up depending on the situation. This set-up is for longer trips with stable lodgings and I find it works well for me. It gives me choice and range.

This is the inside of my bag, the Lowepro Vertex 200 AW. I have six lenses, three camera bodies and two flash units.

This is the inside of my bag, the Lowepro Vertex 200 AW. I have six lenses, three camera bodies and two flash units (in the small little triangle in the bottom left is where the Olympus flash unit is hidden).

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This is what’s on the flap side/cover of the bag. I have, from the top left working in a U fashion to the top right, a roll of film (because sometimes I fancy shooting film), camera body and lens covers, spare battery for D800, flash stand, flash power cable for auxiliary power supply, remote control for D800, remote control for D80, lens cleaner, pens and pencils, AA battery tray for D80, and a circular polarizer 77mm. What’s missing in the picture are several things. I usually pack a microfiber cloth with me to clean my lenses, 64GB USB flash drive, a brush for lens cleaning, battery chargers (which I pack in another bag), AA batteries, my USB card reader, the auxiliary powerpack for flash unit, and my Victorinox SwissTool knife (I pack that in a separate bag; can’t bring that with me as carry-on on the flight).

This is all my gear packed into the main compartment (see picture 1). Actually it’s missing the small flash unit for the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II. But anyway, let’s see what gear I packed for this trip… From the top row to the bottom row I have a Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G EDSigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye Lens for Nikon AF, D800 with di-GPS Eco ProFessional MRode VideoMic Pro Shotgun MicrophoneNikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f/2.8D ED, Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark IINikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D lens, Nikon SB-910 AF SpeedlightAF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED, D80 with battery pack and grip, and an Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens.

 

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When the bag is all zipped up, there are two front outer pockets, one on the right and one on the left. Here’s what’s in the right side pocket. I have two portable batteries to charge my phone. They’re both about 4000mAh. They’re both from Hong Kong and I lost the packaging so while I wish I could tell your more about their specs, I can’t. One does come with attached USB A to Micro-B so it’s handy. The silver one requires a separate cable. I have a Griffin Technology Mini DisplayPort to HDMI or DVI Video Display Converter, but I didn’t pack the DVI connector as I find I don’t use DVI that often so there’s no point in packing it. And then I have a flat USB A to Micro-B for charging my Jaybird X2 and my phone and whatever else.

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Here’s the left side of the front pockets. Here I pack all my cards. I have tons of SD cards and a CF card, another USB cable for charging and connecting things, and ANOTHER spare battery. This battery is different from the previous two. This one’s a beast. This one is the EasyAcc Monster 20000mAh Power Bank (4A Input 4.8A Smart Output) External Battery Charger. It can charge four devices simultaneously and it has a flashlight built into it. This one’s my backup for all backup batteries. I also have a microSD card to SD adapter.

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The Lowepro Vertex 200 AW also has a slot that accommodatres a 15.4″ laptop, so I pack my 13″ late 2010 MacBook Pro with me and on it is Lightroom 6 for all my editing and photo organization. It’s a little slow and the charger cable is all ripped up (I had to take some nylon tubing and some heatshrink tubing to fix it all and it’s fine now) but I love working with it. I recently had the battery replaced and now I’m up from 30 minutes of battery life to a solid 6 hours.

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And finally, my tripod! It’s a Manfrotto MT190CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod with a Manfrotto 468MGRC2 Hydrostatic Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release. It’s my workhorse tripod. I have four tripods at home and this is the one I rely on the most. The head’s a bit heavy and clunky but it’s real solid and versatile. Also the tripod can get down real low for those awesome macro shots. The middle column can swing out at a horizontal angle.

What I neglected to pack on this trip was my Peak Design holster/camera clip. It’s attached on my day pack and I forgot to transfer it to my Vertex. It’s very handy and it takes the weight of the camera off my neck and hands and transfers it to either my shoulders or my hip which is a great relief. Also a couple more things I bring are, obviously, my phone and my earbuds. I carry with me a One Plus X and a pair of Jaybird X2‘s. The battery on the OPX is great and lasts for a solid day, and if you’re not using it that much the battery can last up to 2.5 days. The Jaybirds are very comfortable and isolate sound very well, which is great for flights. The battery life of the Jaybirds is about 8 hours of continuous play and according to their website 250 hours on standby. It also warns you when it’s low on batteries and after the warning you have about 15 more minutes of playtime before it completely shuts down. It also doesn’t take very long to charge it up, so I usually just top it up during the night as I normally do with all my electronics. Also on this particular trip I decided that since I had so many electronics with me, there’d naturally be a need for electricity. So I packed with me a powerbar. Not just any run of the mill powerbar either. I brought my 12 outlet Belkin powerbar with me. This one’s a bit of an older model. The newer model has USB ports. But I have enough USB charging ports from my batteries and my laptop so I’m well covered there. And there we have it! That’s all the camera equipment I brought with me on my trip to Calgary. I have added links to most of the items so you can dig around for more information. Some of them don’t have links because I simply don’t have enough information on them. If you have any further questions, feel free to message me in the comments section below. Happy photography shooting everyone!

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