What’s In My Camera Bag

This is a list of gear that I’ll typically carry with me every day. Everything I need to casually shoot around or edit photos or videos is with me inside my backpack.

I carry everything inside my 20L Everyday Backpack by Peak Design. In my quest for the perfect camera bag, this comes pretty close.  The design is sleek and weather resistant. You can easily reach and grab things in and out of the bag via the dual side zip compartments or the top access.

There’s a separate laptop compartment where I carry my 2018 13” MacBook Pro (2.3 GHz Intel Core i5 with Touch Bar model).  I feel like the lost screen estate versus my previous 15” model to be minor in comparison to the weight saved on my back, and yet still decently powerful enough to handle editing on Lightroom, Photoshop, and Premiere.  I keep all my laptop accessories, hard drives, and cables inside my Peak Design Tech Pouch, that sits inside the top compartment of my bag.

I shoot most of my photography and videos with the Sony a7R II. Although I prefer the ergonomics and color science of the Canon lineup, I switched over to Sony for it’s lightweight body, video capabilities, and high image resolution.  For lens, I typically bring with me a Sony FE 28mm f/2 and 55mm f/1.8. The 28mm is my general workhorse lens, it’s wide enough for gimbal work, street photography, and wide portraits. The 55mm is probably one of my favorite lens of all time. It’s incredibly sharp and lightweight, which makes it great for portrait and video work.

In the inner zip compartments, I carry I few extra NP-FW50 batteries since the a7R II is notoriously bad with battery life, and a Nitecore battery charger to charge those batteries.  It’s a convenient little charger, that can charge two batteries at the same time. It has a built-in USB cable, although I sometimes find myself wishing the cable to be a bit longer.  I keep all my SD cards safe inside a Pelican hard case with a Peak Design anchor attached to it so I can keep it tethered to my bag to prevent accidentally losing it.

I also carry around a Moleskine Notebook for jotting down notes and ideas, a Leatherman Wave multi-tool because you never know when you need to cut or fix something, and the Zoom H1 for field audio or for recording meetings.  I can charge and power most of the gear in my bag with an Anker battery and a rugged Nomad 4-1 universal USB cable. 

Over the years, I’ve learned to minimize and consolidate my gear to a much lighter and flexible system, that keeps me productive and prepared throughout the day.  I invested in gear that allows me to stay nimble and work efficiently on the go.

For a list of gear that I carry in my camera bag, visit my Kit.


Peak Design Tech Pouch

The Peak Design Tech Pouch, my first investment of 2019 and favorite new piece of gear so far.

I use to carry all my cables, laptop accessories, and hard drives in separate small pouches.  I had one pouch for hard drives and USB cables, another for my laptop charger, another for my mouse; they all went into separate compartments of my backpack. 

This made taking out everything I need to sit and work on my laptop, cumbersome and messy.  My workspace was always cluttered with empty pouches and cases scattered across the table.  Trying to pack away quickly, so that the coffee shop employees can go home, results in just stuffing everything into my bag to be reorganized outside later.

I needed a way to consolidate all my pouches into a single bag.  I looked at several cheap amazon options, the DSPTCH Cable Case, and This is Ground Tech Dopp Kit.  And then Peak Design announced their new Travel Line, and with it, the Tech Pouch. Having owned several of Peak Design products, I was excited about this purchase.

Off the bat, you can tell that Peak Design put a lot thought in the design and construction.  I picked the black colorway to match my Everyday Backpack and is made of the same durable waterproof nylon material.  It fits nicely in the top compartment of my bag. I’ll usually keep my Tech Pouch open inside my backpack for easy access to things.  There are loops where you can attach Peak Design’s anchors for external carry with a strap. I attached a giant carabiner instead, for quick attachments or carry.

The Tech Pouch can surprisingly hold a lot. I’m able to fit a couple of hard drives, a giant power bank, my MacBook charger, dongles, headphones, USB cables, and a pencil case with some space still left to spare. The clamshell, origami style dividers, neatly organize and holds items together. The dividers are elastic and form to shape, so I can still fit bulkier items such as my mouse.  Consolidating all my pouch into a single Tech Pouch, opened up more free space in my backpack.

I can sit down and do work in a coffee shop with just my laptop and my Tech Pouch.  I no longer have to fumble around my backpack for my hard drive pouch or my charger.  I usually keep my drives in the pouch when plugging them to my laptop to help keep the table clutter free. I no longer have to worry about accidentally spilling coffee on my laptop, stumbling thru a scattered workspace. 

I keep a Nomad Universal Cable in the front zip compartment, that feeds into an Anker Battery Pack via a cable-pass thru, so I can quickly charge any of my devices.

The Tech Pouch is a versatile pouch that neatly holds and organizes all my electronic accessories.  I can carry everything I need to work remotely on my laptop, inside and outside my backpack. Just like Peak Design’s other products, the Tech Pouch is built to last and designed for a working photographer’s need.

For a list of what’s in my Tech Pouch, visit my KIT.

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