equipment check - what\'s in my camera bag

Some of the most popular questions I get from you are "What camera do I use? And what lense?"

So I thought I'd dedicate a whole post to the equipment. Hope it will help you in your own equipment choosing desicions. I actually enjoy reading through 'What's in my camera bag' posts created by fellow bloggers, because sometimes I find useful tips and most of the time I dicover something for my 'wish list'.

I consider myself a street photographer, mostly taking snaps of what I live and spot during my travels - without too much staging or planning involved.

For many years I have been using a cropped frame DSLR Nikon D7000 and it was suffiecient at that point of my photography path - photos in this post, for example, are all taken during those times.

After aiming for higher level in terms of professionalism I upgraded my camera in 2016 and as a result  step by step my lenses. As you might know the photo and video equipment is not the cheapest one and I had to plan every step and by now I'm content with the lot I own.

Even though I'm always tempted to add new 'toys' to my collection it's mostly because of desire than of necessity, I try to follow the rule of using things instead of collecting them and keep my equipment visible, selling the items I don't use on a regular basis.

Please note, that this is NOT a sponsored post!! I have payed for every single piece here and am sharing my personal honest opinion.

CAMERA

NIKON D750

When I was ready to upgrade my cropped frame DSLR Nikon D7000 in 2016, D750 was high on the market.

I have always been good with Nikon cameras, not because I think they are better, but because one usually sticks to the ones you are familiar to. And since my previous cameras were all Nikon I decided to stick to the brand.

I was aiming for my first full frame camera and D750 was a fast choice I have never regretted since. It has been with me on all my journeys, never failing to perform wonderful job under any possible shooting conditions. It also delivers amazing results at higher ISO settings.

If you are looking for a new camera or plan to upgrade to a full fame DSLR I would suggest you have a look at the Nikon D850 - the newer and better version of the D750. 

NIKON D7000

This is my back up camera, but I haven't been using it since I got the D750 simply because I had no issues with the D750 and also due to it's cropped frame - there is only limited amount of lenses which mount cropped frame DSLR's.

It still does good job though, but it will also be the one to part with as soon as I  decide to upgrade the D750.

LENSE

NIKON 50 mm f/1.8

This was my first lense and I still cherish it. It does amazing job in terms of bokeh and I mostly use it for portraits or close ups. 

NIKON 35 mm f/1.8

My recent purchase, the one I was hoping to use more often as a partial substitute to a very heavy Nikkor 24-70 mm lense, but I still don't use it enough. I would usually mount it on my camera when I'm not traveling, but visiting familiar places or friends, to have it with me  'just in case'. It's great for street photography and is also light to carry around.

The 1:1,8 allows me to take photos in darker times of the day or inside darker rooms.

NIKON 24-70mm f/2.8

This one is my favorite. Even though it's heavy and I can hear my back complaining after a day walking around with this lense mounted on my camera.

If I travel with only limited amount of luggage or if I'm on a short trip where I know that I'm going to shoot different situations, this is the lense I take along.

It's multifunctional, sharp, fast and performes great with portraits and street photogrpahy. With 24 mm it also gets a good wide-angle landscape photos.

It gets distortion around the edges on the higher zoom, you will notice it especailly strong during the post processing, but I try not to push it to it's limits.

NIKON 16-35mm f/4

Another recent addition to my lense family. This one is great for landscape photography, I purchased it before heading to the New Zealand. I also use it sometimes in narrow spaces to get the whole scale, but than you will need a bit more time during the post processing to adjust the proportions. 

I also took some nice photos of the night sky with it, but for this you have to have a tripod.

NIKON 70-200mm f/4G

Another heavy stone for my back. It's great for reaching out far away objects, and take portraits of undisturbed wildlife as well as taking photos of tiny people in huge landscapes, you know, the ones that are so popular on Instagram. This is my second choice for the lense to take along together with Nikon 24-70 mm.  

TRIPOD

Manfrotto Befree Travel Tripod

This is my travel companion whenever I'm flying, climbing mountains, hiking or have limited amount of luggage. It's light, compact, carries up to 8 kg, which works for the camera body and the lense and is super easy to handle.

 

Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 055 Aluminium Tripod + Manfrotto X Pro 3 Way Head

This one is great, but very heavy and bulky. I use it when I travel by car and for shooting from and at home.

ACCESSORIES

Minor, but nonetheless important accessories which I take with me when traveling. 

From top left to the bottom right:

  • Movo Raincover for DSLR Camera and Lens –  the name says it all. I use these whenever bad weather is involved. There are 5 pieces in a pack, but they last for ages.
  • B + W F-Pro HTC Circular Polarising  Filter - I don't think I need to explain this one.
  • LaCie Rugged Mini External Hard Drive - this one is pretty robust, that's why I like it. Never forget to back up your work!
  • Nikon EL15 Battery - an extra battery to keep me safe on the long journeys when there is no possibility to re-charge.
  • Phottix Wireless Timer Shutter Release -  at first I have been using a standard remote control from Nikon, but the reach wasn't good enough, so I switched to this one and it's great!
  • Zeiss camera cleaning kit - I'm not a particularly caring person and my camera sometime lands unprotected on a car seat or in a bag with crumbs (ok ok, I know!!), so this kit helps me to keep it clean and I'm grateful.
  • Lexar Professional Flash Memory Card - these are fast. I have been using them for more than 2 years and never had any issues.

CAMERA BAG

Crumpler Muli Half Photo Backpack

To carry all the equipment and not to break my back I chose a backpack instead of a shoulder bag. It's advantage is that it is multifunctional and you can store your equipment in the bottom part and all your accessories and documents in the upper one. I also use it as a changing bag when traveling with the little one - I place lenses into my hand luggage and use the bottom compartment for diapers and baby stuff storage.

What I also like about this backpack is that it doesn't look like a camera backpack - it could be worn with almost every outfit. It is also of a great quality, as all Crumpler bags are and in 2 years it still looks great (and it goes on every single trip with me).

The only disadvantage I faced so far is that it is not so handy if you want to change your lense fast. You always have to unlock the clips first before reaching the lense compartment which takes only a few seconds but it could cost you a good shot!

EXTRAS

Last but not least, don't forget to take care of your equipment. Even though I'm not as accurate as I sometimes wished I were, I try to give my camera away twice per year to the professional sensor cleaning. Usually it costs money, but once in a while photo shops do promotions and offer the cleaning services for free, just watch out for their adverts. 

Insurance is another important part when dealing with equipment. You wish and hope that nothing is going to happen, and so far I was really lucky, I haven't had anything stolen or broken at any of my travels, but I wouldn't play with destiny and always recommend to buy an insurance. I'm not going to call any names here, because very country has it's own providers and it's easy to find one simply by using Google.

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