Sadik Elgallal, October 30 2019

What's In My Camera Bag?

I get asked questions about my photography gear more than anything.  Personally, I don’t think you need the best gear out there to get amazing photos. Sure, as you grow as a photographer your gear will need to grow with you.  But there is no point in having great photo gear in your camera bag unless you’re getting the most out of it. Nevertheless, here’s what I carry in my camera bag 95% of the time:

1.     Peak Design Everyday Backpack 20L (Charcoal Camera Bag)

Backpacks are a sore spot for many photographers. Personally, I’ve owned so many different types over the years that I truly can’t remember them all. I know photographers who have entire gear closets filled with bags, and nothing else. The problem here, I think, is that bags look and seem amazing online (or in a store) but then reality kicks in a few weeks later, and you realize that your new purchase isn’t all that spectacular. If you’re looking for a backpack that feels very modern and innovative, and you need an efficient way to carry small or medium-sized kits around on your travels, the Peak Design 20L Everyday Backpack is something I recommend. If you want to learn more about this backpack, I've linked its official video below.

2.     Nikon D750 FX-format Digital SLR Camera Body

The Nikon D750 is a remarkable camera. It's Nikon's lightest FX camera, and offers fantastic AF performance and image quality in any light. It focuses and just shoots in any light. When I first started photography, I shot with the Nikon D5500 which is a cropped sensor camera which is a great beginner camera, but I knew I had to upgrade if I wanted to take my passion more seriously. I enjoyed the Nikon interface and had no complaints whatsoever and therefore I decided to stick with Nikon once I upgraded.

3.     The Holy Trinity of Lenses

Many photographers who have been at it a while develop an affinity for three lenses: a wide, a standard, and a medium telephoto. In an effort to accomplish as much range with as few lenses as possible, photographers are attracted to this “holy trinity” of glass. 

Traditionally, the lens trinity is composed of a lens capable of going extremely wide, such as my AF-S Nikkor 14–24mm f/2.8G ED, a standard zoom lens that moves from wide to just over normal, in my case the AF-S Nikkor 24–70mm f/2.8G ED, and one that continues moving toward a longer focal length capable of handling portraiture, sports, and wildlife, such as the AF-S Nikkor 70–200mm f/2.8G ED-IF. These lenses—and really the focal lengths covered—are considered to be the trinity for full-frame cameras and that’s the reason I’ve invested in all three lenses.

4.     Gobe ND Filter Kit 77mm MRC 16-Layer: ND8, ND64, ND1000

An ND filter is a Neutral Density filter that allows a photographer to control the exposure in an image very easily. The filter stops light reaching the camera sensor, therefore allowing us to leave the camera with a higher aperture for a longer amount of time. Other than the fact Gobe ND filters are very high quality, the reason I went for Gobe filters over any other brand of filters is because With the purchase of the Gobe Filter Kit 5 trees would be planted in an area affected by severe deforestation; revitalizing ecosystems and empowering local communities. 

5.     Aputure Amaran AL-M9 LED Light 

The Amaran AL-M9 is a pocket sized LED fill light. It is incredibly compact and lightweight with 9 SMD bulbs that are powerful in the palm of your hand. It provides a max of 900lux that is able to do close-up fill light. Its flexibility makes it suitable for a wide variety of applications from run and gun video to macro product photography, the possibilities are endless for how this light can be used. I love using it when I’m shooting in low light situations.

6.     Manfrotto Element Traveler Small Aluminum 5-Section Tripod Kit with Ball Head

The Element Traveler Small from Manfrotto is an ultra-compact aluminum travel tripod designed for use with DSLRs, mirrorless, and compact cameras. Featuring a "fold up" 5-section traveler design, the Element Small is capable of collapsing down to just 12.6", making it ideal for storage in a suitcase or backpack. But don't let its compact size fool you, this tripod is capable of reaching a maximum height of 52.8" and can support up to 8.8 lb while weighing just 2.5 lb. One of the best travel tripods on the market.

.. and that concludes what's in my camera bag! How, I am curious to know what's in yours. Head over to my contact page, and let me know what gear you have on you most of the time. I'll choose one winner to receive an 8"x10" print of their choice from any of the photos that I have on Instagram.

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Sadik Elgallal

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