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Travel photography “What should be in your gear bag?” by Richard Shoaf (part 1 of 3)

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Having worked on five of the seven continents in both luxurious and austere environments, one could say I have reason to share what should be in your gear bag. I would love to say, “here is the list” and be done with it. My photography bag is an ever changing and adapting item. Items have to pass a certain standard to make it into, what I consider, an exclusive club. Being married to a mountaineer who is obsessed with packs and gear I get her usual question when putting something into a pack is, “How much does it weigh?” or “Can you do without it?”. In opposition, I was one to follow a friend of our’s philosophy of “I want everything, including the kitchen sink”. (Stewy and Ed both!)

The important things to me are the following:
Pack – Lowepro Fastpack 350 Camera Backpack ($159)
– pack that is adaptable and useful from deployment to on scene that will not encumber you at any point in transit – pack that is adaptable on site to serve as a platform

Monopod/tripod – TrekPod Go! ($285)
– mono/tripod convertible unit that can be used as walking stick, donkey herder (if you have been to Santorini you will understand this), monopod for those late night shots and tripod for those framed and staged remote controlled shots. (I will go into the other tripod next time)

Camera(s) – Nikon D3s with AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm 1:3.5-5.6G, AF-S Nikkor 50MM f/1.4G and AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED. I also have a backup with my D70s with AF-S Nikkor 16-85mm 1:3.5-5.6 G ED
– These flexible bodies provide a platform to shoot almost anything (save very long distance wildlife and underwater shots)

By Richard Shoaf
Twitter @RichardShoaf

More to come in the next issue…

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2 Comments

  1. happypoppeye says:

    All depends on the person and situation I think. Good post and options though…

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