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What's in my bag



Ever wondered what to carry around to be best prepared - always, everywhere, for every situation? Time for this blog. Here I want to show you, what I carry with me - but no worries, I never carry all of this at the same time but depending on the type of photography I go for.


Before starting with „what's in my bag“, I want to mention the bag itself which makes it quite comfortable to carry even heavier equipment in sometimes rough environment.

The Bag(pack)

After trying plenty of bags and collecting more and more of them I found eventually the Lowepro Whistler 350 AW which makes an amazing job for me.

It is not the lightest one but it is super stable and robust and offers plenty of room for camera gear and additional things. Also the 350 AW's dimensions, which are according to IATA specifications, make it possible to carry it in your hand luggage on flights.

https://amzn.to/2xuZK6B (this is already the updated version 350 AW II)

The Camera

Whatever type of shooting I am going to do, one piece of equipment is always with me - my Nikon D750. I am wondering to go mirrorless in the future but at the moment I am simply too satisfied with the D750. It serves well in really rough conditions from +40 to -30 degrees Celsius.

https://amzn.to/2w2FoRS

The Tripods & Heads

Depending on the type of shooting or situation I take different tripods with me:

An Aluminium tripod from WALIMEX. Not the top class but huge and stable enough to carry a gimbal head, camera and big lens. Most of the time I use this tripod in combination with a BENRO GH5C carbon fibre Gimbal head for wildlife photography. Benro GH5C Gimbal Head: https://amzn.to/2QWjHKB

Walimex Pro FT-665T: https://amzn.to/3auuinr


My SIRUI W-1204 carbon fibre in combination with a ball head with panorama function. This is my preferred tripod / head combination for landscape photography. It is high enough for me and has a good balance between weight and stability. Furthermore due to the low weight it is comfortable to carry. Today probably my most used combination.

The SIRUI W-1204 is also a good recommendation for seascape photography or any other wet environment as the locks are sealed which is a benefit especially in terms of salt water.

https://amzn.to/2JmnvR5


A little little ROLLEI C5i travel tripod. This was my first travel tripod and is still in use when I travel super lightweight or photography is not the primary purpose of a trip (yes, it’s rare but not impossible). I use it in combination with a simple ball head but together it can carry up to 5 kg which is enough for the D750 and a proper landscape lens.

https://amzn.to/2ymY2EZ

The Lenses

Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2

Meanwhile my almost always on and lens of choice. Tack sharp standard zoom, nice bokeh and great overall performance.

Only do not forget to activate the lens correction in your RAW converter as it can have vignetting if you shoot with wide open aperture.

https://amzn.to/3bzoedE


Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm F4G ED VR II

This is a must have wide-angle lens for landscape photography. Many of my landscape photography pictures where made with this lens.

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https://amzn.to/2WTCmKM


Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm F3.5-4.5G ED VR

This was / is the kit lens of my D750. It made quite a good job as a holiday lens or in standard zoom areas but meanwhile it is replaced by the TAMRON 24-70mm

https://amzn.to/2yk5OPO


Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F1.8G

That’s probably the Nikon lens where you get most for your money. This lens is at est. USD 200,- and delivers great results! Not only this, it is also lightweight and small and fits into the pockets of your jacket.

https://amzn.to/2UwGI9b


Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-5.6G ED VR

Confessing this is not the best lens it still provides an OK value for the money and is also OK to carry in terms of weight and of course the range up to 300mm. Probably someday to be replaced by a 70-200mm F2.8 but let’s see what’s going to be developed in the future.

https://amzn.to/2JC7fvv


Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM

Originally bought for close-ups and product photography but also can work for outside portraits in natural light. This lens delivers great results and makes a very nice Bokeh. So if you see some close-ups of bees at work or similar, it is a high chance that this photograph was taken with the SIGMA 105mm lens.

https://amzn.to/39v8Cqf

Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM (Contemporary)

My wildlife lens. As wildlife is not my primary field of photography, I decided that this lens is enough for what I do and expect. Actually it delivers good results and I am not so sure that a 6 times more expensive lens would deliver a 6 times better result. Not to forget that it fits into my bag pack.

https://amzn.to/3ayyEtW

The Filter / Filter System

NiSi 100mm System V6 Filter Holder Kit Third Generation (Starter Kit)

My current filter system. Still collecting experience as I used screw-on filter until a few days ago. But so far the first tests, picture quality und usability is really great and makes fun to use.

https://amzn.to/2xw9LAu

HOYA PRO ND200 77mm

The sunglasses for your lens. Makes things darker and enables longer exposure times during daylight.

When not carrying the NiSi Filter System with me, I take these easy to carry screw on filter with me.

https://amzn.to/2xvH9rc


HOYA PRO Slim Circular Polarizer 77mm

Want to remove reflections from water, on glass, on metal, on any kind of reflecting material? You need a polariser!

When not carrying the NiSi Filter System with me, I take these easy to carry screw on filter with me.

https://amzn.to/340a82j


General / practical things

Air-blower - keeps you lens clean! And your sensor as well if necessary

Shower cap - to protect your gear quickly - you get it in almost every hotel room and it is included in the room rate…

Microfleece cloth - you can use it to dry your equipment but also to protect it when it isn’t raining too strong

Waterproof bag 13 Liter - when it is pouring down or you are on a boat trip. Big enough to put camera with mounted lens inside

Peakdesign anchors - https://amzn.to/2UuKnE4

L-Bracket - Probably the most useful thing I ever bought for photography. Didn’t have any idea that there is such a thing for years. But today I have no idea how I could do photography without this easy but genius little tool.



As I said at the beginning, I never carry all of these things around at the same time. It is very much depending on the type of shooting I go for.

My most common setups are

1. Landscape and Nature photography

- Camera

- Filter System

- SIRUI carbon fibre tripod

- TAMRON 24-70mm F2.8

- Nikon 16-35mm F4

- Nikon 70-300mm


2. Wildlife

- Camera

- SIGMA 150-600

- Big Tripod

- Benro GH5C Carbon fibre head


Thanks so much for reading all this stuff. I hope it could get you an idea what to carry but also when to carry. Get rid of the thought to have everything with you at every time. Focus on your main purpose of your shooting and pack accordingly. Your back will be grateful ;-)

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