2017 Camera Bag Contents
What camera gear was in my camera bag during my recent 6 week trip to New Zealand via Singapore and Sydney to visit my Brother who I only met briefly 9 years ago and before that 20 years ago.
I needed a Camera bag which held my Olympus mirrorless gear but also there had to be enough room to hold my medicines, which I have to take on a daily basic to control my CLL. I wasn’t taking the risk to put them in the aircraft hold!
I found the bag which was ideal at “Currys PcWorld”. It is a Sandstrom Camera Backpack SCCAMBP16. It had security features such as the zips to open the main camera compartment were within the backpack shoulder straps. The tabs on the zips are a bit fiddly so need care to open.
It cost all of £29.99 down from £39.99 at the time.
I could not determine if it was fully weather-sealed, so I purchased a waterproof cover “ULTNICE Backpack Cover Outdoor Elastic Adjustable Waterproof Backpack Rain Cover for Backpack” from Amazon at £5.99. I only used it once and it fitted perfectly.
My camera gear consisted of:
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark ii
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-100mm 1:4.0 IS PRO Lens
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm 1:2:8 PRO
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark ii
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14‑42mm 1:3.5-5.6 EZ Pancake Lens
I took the E-M10 Mark ii as a backup but I found that I used it on some days instead of the E-M1 Mark ii due to its lightness, pocketable size and its ability to take photos which, due to the sensor, are indistinguishable from those taken with its big brother.
I also had in my bag:
5 Original Olympus batteries (3 for the E-M1 and 2 for the E-M10)
plus 3 Ex-Pro compatibles
plus the Ex-Pro Dual Charger (Ex-Pro® Olympus BCH-1 BLH-1 DUAL LCD Mains Battery Charger for E-M1 Mark II)
and the Olympus Charger for the E-M10 Mark ii.
The Ex-Pro Dual Charger comes with an in-car charge lead (cigarette lighter style) which, as we would be driving long distances, could be used to charge the batteries whilst driving. Pity Olympus do not do one!
After a lot of research and testing a few models, I settled on the
MeFoto Roadtrip Carbon Fibre C1350Q1K at a cost of £199. It came with a case but I did not take it because it weighed too much. https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00BETIUO4/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
The camera bag had elastic straps of the bottom to take a tripod but I changed these to a pair of more secure straps for only a couple of £.
Obviously, the tripod had to travel in my suitcase in the hold but it did not take up too much room due to the way the legs fold.
I took my NiSi and Lee Filters with me:
Nisi V5 Pro 100mm Filter Holder
Phil Norton’s Olympus 7-14 Filter Adapter http://www.philnortonphotography.co.uk/_photo_14554523.html
Adapter Rings 72mm, 67mm, 37mm.
NiSi 100x100mm IR Neutral Density - 6 and 10 stops
NiSi 100x150mm Hard Graduated – 2 Stop
NiSi 100x150mm Medium Graduated – 4 Stops
NiSi New Natural Night Filter 100x100
Lee Filter Neutral Density Grad Soft Filter Set
Headtorch and other torch
Lens Cloths and Cleaners. Wet wipes for hands etc.
Canon RS-60E3 cable releases (remote switch) for the E-M1 Mark ii (about £6 on eBay)
A Silva compass
3 x Lexar Professional 64 GB Class 10 UHS-II 2000x Speed (300 MB/s) SDHC Flash Memory Cards
1 x Lexar Professional 32 GB Class 10 UHS-II 2000x Speed (300 MB/s) SDHC Flash Memory Card
1 x Lexar Professional 64 GB Class 10 UHS-II 1000x Speed (150 MB/s) SDHC Flash Memory Card
2 x Transcend 32 GB Ultimate SDHC UHS-II U3 Memory Cards
Lexar USB Card Reader
Apple iPad Air
What I forgot to take which would have been great for easier panoramic photos was the SIRUI LE-60 LEVELING BASE ALUMINIUM – LE SERIES. https://shop.sirui.co.uk/collections/tripod-heads/products/770628
Originally purchased from Landscapedays.com http://www.landscapedays.com/shop/welcome
And left in my car boot with my other heavier tripods.