What's in my bag?

I get this question all of the time — “What gear do you use?” or “What camera should I get?”. Now having answered these types of questions over and over, I have finally taken the time to compile this list of the gear that I use everyday. It’s not a complete list of all the gear I own, but rather the equipment that I typically carry with me and can honestly recommend to you. 

My setup isn’t anything out of this world, and as you’ll notice, I have a very DIY approach to my craft. I believe in buying and using only gear you NEED to get the job done.

My best advice for purchasing new equipment, in general, is to really assess what you want to get out of your purchase. The benefit to buying new is that if you have any technical issues down the track, you can always come back to the supplier. Importantly though you must understand a budget should be followed as it is easy to spend too much on something you don't necessarily need.

So before you comment on my Instagram feed or shoot me an email asking what kind of camera or lenses I use, take a look at this list to find your answer. If you are in the market for new equipment and want to support me and my photography, you can use the links below to help me bring more compelling photography to you!

This is hands down the best camera I've ever used. Granted this is my third body, it still is a beauty, I can't say a bad word about it. If you've been following my work for the last few years, most of what you have seen is captured using this beast. One thing that's so important to me in choosing the right camera body is design and customisation.

Not only does the Canon 5D Mark III sport a whopping 22.3MP full frame sensor, the way the menus can be modified with the rear and side buttons is a huge attraction for me. I am able to setup the camera how I want it to work in different scenarios. Some cameras I've used previously don't have the same fluid functionality and versatility that Canon has installed on this amazing DSLR. You can read my full review here.

This is my all time favourite lens, not only does it produce an incredible clarity and vibrant colour, there is one special feature that I always wanted. Canon has installed a lock switch for when you want to shoot a timelapse or simply when you're putting it away. This simple feature has helped protect the life of this wonderful investment versus my previous experience with other lenses.

Basically, the switch will now stop the zoom drive train from becoming loose and overused. I found over time, my Canon 24-105mm f/4 suffered from this. It becomes difficult to walk around with the camera over my shoulder while I rode my bike or even a casual stroll. More to the point This lens has provided me excellent results, If you want to find more about it, please read my full review here.

I did mention before a fault to this lens, having said that it does have some great upsides. This entry level L series lens is essential for any new photographer or videographer. When I first got a DSLR with video functions i had no idea what I was getting into. Lucky for me this was a smallest, best investment I've ever made which helped me launch my career way back in 2008 taking me across Australia.

The most important feature for me is the Image Stabilisation (IS) which briefly does exactly as says. This doesn't mean you wont benefit from a gimbal if you want smooth footage, however it allows the lens to understand if you're shooting video, or if there is high wind while doing long exposure or timelapse. You also get high quality video content on a tight budget. With it's long zoom and wide lengths offered, I can't speak any higher about this lens, and would love to see a switch to lock the lens up when it's in storage or travelling. If you want to read more about it, please check my full review here.

This lens is down right the most powerful lens or equipment I've ever come across. It's all round ability of use makes it very attractive to me. It wasn't until recently that I thought I'd actually use this lens. The portraits and landscapes you can shoot really are something else.

The only dislike I have for the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II is it's sheer weight, there is so much glass to lug around. Having said that it completely delivered with the overall quality of images that can be unleashed using it's creamy f/2.8 aperture at 200mm. I spoke before about Image Stabiliser (IS) in which this lens has two different types of stabilisation you can select right from the side of the lens. If you want to know more about these settings and how i use them, please see my full review here.

I had always dreamt of owning a Canon 16-35mm lens like this. When I was younger I owned a crop sensor with 18-55mm, I felt so restricted. I used this camera for 5 years, and 5 years after that I wrapped my hands around this baby. It has helped me fall in love with landscape photography and architectural photography, both interior and exterior.

I understand that a tilt shift would be an even better option for this application of photography however you can't have everything! If you're into video this is also a great lens to combine with a handheld gimbal that can take the weight. If you want to find out more about the Canon 16-35mm f/2.8, you can read my full review here.

Lately some of you have seen my drone photography and video work floating around. This piece of kit is seriously the coolest, most fun thing I've ever purchased. With it's robust battery life for quality of output, I was seriously surprised with how high quality the imagery of this device could put out. Not only is it important for me to look for quality of image, but I want to make sure the equipment that I buy is going to last long.

The durability so far has also outlasted more than I could have expected and now that I have the essential accessories I can shoot in almost any condition is a huge variety of formats and applications. If you're thinking about buying a drone, do consider reading my full article about it.

Size & design is important for any budding photographer. When it comes to choosing the right portable storage you need to think about a few things.

Often a forgotten extra, but if you're into high-speed photography or want to be quick in general, then you want to make sure you choose the right card for your camera. I've always opted in for SanDisk as they have managed to develop a high performing card that can be used for photography as well as video. I am aware that it's not ideal to use a "slow card" such as this compared to others, however on a budget, this will get you through depending on the speed of your camera itself.

Read more about my go Top 5 media storage list here.

What can i say? Old faithful. Sure i've been through a few of them, but these cards in my experience are the most reliable cards i have ever used. Although they seem clunky in a way compared to more modern storage If you're using a DSLR of sorts, this is a relatively cheap options while still offerly loads of space.

I typically take a roll of films worth of photos a day, plus a few videos and i'm on my way. So if that gives you an idea of what to expect. Take my judgement as a grain of salt. For the time being you can read my review of all the Compact Flash storage have used and how they weigh up against one another.

It took me so long to find the right tripod for my kit. I needed something lightweight, sturdy & durable. This Manfrotto has definitely served me well since i purchased in a couple of years back. The carbon is so down light weight, but once unfolded in it's full height it manages to stay completely still. Regardless of its sturdiness, i usually hook my bag or a plastic bag full of sand from below to really make sure it's not going anywhere.

This backpack is perfect for any traveling photographer. If you need to travel (relatively) light then you might just want to check this bad boy out. It's perfect for me as it fits my Macbook Pro 15" perfectly, and has a huge amount of pockets and sections to keep organised. What i do love about Lowepro bags are their strong material. I actually am still using the same Fastpack 250 i got 7 years ago from a a reseller in Melbourne. To this day i have taken it back and forth with me on assignment & holidays. Knowing that everything photographic wise is in once place really helps me relax when i'm on the move.

Contrary in a way to what i just said about my backpack, I want to say that this bag has saved my life so many times. On assignment, i need to travel with a large amount of equipment for fulfil a brief. Lens, multiple camera bodies, accessories for video and audio, you name it. It even has a tripod strap so you have bound it to the side. It's durable and beautifully designed bag that looks after all.

What i do like about this bag is it's exactly what it says it's for. I remember the first time i ever went to bring it on board carry on luggage, it fit perfectly through isle and the overhead compartment. I suppose there is that rather small flight where you might struggle, I have been at airports where at once get my baggage size and weight is fine, just to get to the next section to find out i need to pay extra. You really want to do your research when booking flights with heavy photography equipment.


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