What’s in the camera bag?
What’s in my camera bag kind of depends on the bag. And the
bag depends on where I'm going and what I’m doing.
For an all around, close to the car, landscape/close up type
of outing, or even for a short hike, I’ll use my LowePro ProTrekker. It holds
just about everything I can think of (and probably a little too much).
Inside you’ll find:
- D200 and D300 bodies, both with vertical grip battery packs and both with Kirk
- Several CF cards (a mix of 2GB and 4GB cards)
- Nikon cable release (just your basic push the button release)
- Tokina 12-24 f/4 DX for wide angle landscapes and tight quarters. I simply love
the focusing scale on this lens; it makes setting the hyperfocal point a
- Nikkor 28-70 f/2.8 AF-S for general landscapes
- Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8 AF-D with Wimberley quick release plate. For general and
abstract landscapes and larger wildlife
- Nikkor 105 f/2.8 AF-D micro for close ups
- Lens hoods for all the lenses
- Nikkor 300 f/4 AF-S with Kirk NC-300 Replacement Lens Collar. My main wildlife
lens (I usually carry this lens in a separate case, but I can cram it in
the bag if I need to)
- TC-14E teleconverter
- Extension tubes for the 105, this allows me to get really close
- Kirk Long Rail Plate. Essential for close up photography
- Hoya thin mount 77mm polarizer
- Singh-Ray 77mm LB warming polarizer
- Singh-Ray Vari-ND filter
- Singh-Ray and Hi-Tech grad ND filters
- LowePro Filter Wallet to hold all the screw in filters
- Photoflex 32” diffuser
- Photoflex 22” soft gold/white reflector
- Nikon SB-800 flash (for the occasional fill flash on landscape foregrounds or
popping a highlight into an animal’s eye)
- Off camera flash cord
- Small set of warming gels for flash (an old 81A warming filter can serve the same purpose)
- Photo tool kit (Allen wrenches, screw drivers, spare parts, sensor cleaning
- Filter accessory kit (step-up, step-down rings, Cokin adapters, etc)
- Thin gloves
- TP and backpackers trowel (do you really need to ask?)
If I’m flying or otherwise need to go lighter, but still
want to carry a decent arsenal, I’ll take my LowePro Slingshot 300. I can actually fit two camera bodies and
four lenses in this bag if I have to, but usually I take one body, the 12-24mm,
the 80-200mm and I’ll take the Nikon 24-120mm AF-S VR in place of the larger and heavier 28-70mm.
I’ll take all my filters, the tool kits, CF cards, and sometimes the flash.
If I’m going really light or know that I’ll only need a limited range of lenses, I’ve got the LowePro
Slingshot 200. One body, the 12-24mm lens, the 24-120mm, filters and tool kit,
CF cards. Maybe the flash. That’s about all.
I really like having camera bags suited to different needs.
The Slingshot bags give me a lot of flexibility and they’re not too expensive
Besides the gear in the bag I also bring my Gitzo GT3530LSV
and Arca-Swiss B1 Ball head. Between the two is the Manfrotto 438 Leveling Base
that I use for setting up multi-shot panoramas.