‘What camera do you use?’ is one of the most common questions I get asked and I’m going to answer it in detail for you here. It’s important to remember that most photographer’s gear set up is usually collected over time. I for one didn’t purchase everything at once nor do I have all the lenses I want. Camera gear is expensive—but a worthwhile investment. So, are you ready to take a look inside my camera bag? Let’s get into it!
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Canon EOS R: There are so many camera bodies out there, and I’ve tried a couple, but this is the full-frame body I see myself sticking with for years to come. It’s not top of the line or the most expensive, but it’s perfect for me and I would recommend it to anyone who shoots travel and adventure photography! It’s also a great option for photographers who are stepping up to their first full-frame camera. I used to shoot on Sony, but I ended up with Canon because of the iconic color profile (the colors in my images just look right), the weather sealing (I am usually outside in the rain, wind, etc. and need my camera to be protected), better lens selection, and simply for the way it feels in my hand.
The body itself is lightweight, provides sharp images, has a reliable and easy-to-use touch screen, and incredible autofocus performance. The viewfinder helps me compose a photo better, see what I’m shooting even in harsh conditions and review images more clearly. When I pick up a DSLR I almost don’t know how to use it without the viewfinder!
Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8: A wide-angle lens is needed when shooting landscapes as it can easily capture an entire scene. I tend to shoot on 2.8 because I like the separation between the subject and the background. The images from this glass are always very sharp and it’s probably my most used lens!
Canon RF 24-105mm f/4.0 For a kit lens (a lens that came with the body), this one is great! The focal length makes it incredibly versatile. I like to take this lens backpacking because I feel like I get a lot of bang for my buck—like a bit of compression in photos with subjects and the ability to zoom into mountain layers. I will end up upgrading to the lenses listed below but for the last two years, I’ve been more than happy with it.
Click here to purchase the Canon EOS R and 24-105 f4.0 together for a cheaper price (which is what I did).
Here are the lenses I’m going to investing in next:
Canon RF 24-70mm f/2.8: This is an expensive lens, but it’s the next investment for me! I’ve used it many times as my friends, Julia and Chris, have it. The images come out incredibly sharp and the compression is unbeatable. I’d bring this one, along with the 16-35mm, on any and every trip.
Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8: The addition of this lens to your setup is recommended for the ‘trifecta’ of lenses (70-200mm, 24-70mm and 15-35mm). It’s an expensive one, but so worth it. I would use this for anything that needs a lot of compression—like road shots and mountain layers. Those images aren’t possible without a focal length like this. If you’re looking for a more affordable option, you could purchase the f/4.0 version.
Canon 24mm f/1.4: I’ve never been a fan of prime lenses but this lens is something special! My friend, Julia, introduced it to me and we use it regularly when we shoot together. The wide aperture of f/1.4 isolates the subject and makes scenes look absolutely dreamy while still maintaining sharpness. There have been many times, like when there was harsh light, where I tried to shoot with my Canon 15-35mm f/2.8 and this prime lens, and this lens simply made the images look better.
DJI Mavic Pro 2: It’s so fun to be able to get a new perspective with a drone. This is a great aircraft that will provide you with sharp images/videos, is simple enough for beginners, and has a solid flight time. I don’t use it as much as I’d like since there are a lot of rules surrounding drones, especially in Canada.
DJI Fly More Kit: I use just about everything in this kit! The set of propellers (which help with minimizing noise), extra batteries (which are a must), and the car charger (which is essential for road trips)!
Lexar 128GB SD Card: When investing in SD cards, I believe it’s more important to get one card with a fast writing speed and a lot of storage (which is more expensive) rather than multiple days less expensive SD cards that are slow and have little storage.
SD Card holder: This holds 8 SD cards or micro SD cards and protects them from water, dust, and breaking/shattering.
Neewer Batteries and Charger: I purchased these batteries and charger, rather than the more expensive Canon versions, and they have never let me down. They are compatible with the Canon EOS R and many other bodies. Extra batteries are a must if you are a backpacker and road tripper like me!
Canon Mount Adapter: The Canon lenses made for the Canon EOS R are RF lenses (ie. Canon 15-35mm f/2.8). The other lenses made for the Canon DSLR cameras are EF lenses (ie. Canon 24mm f/1.4). This mount adapter allows you to use EF lenses on the EOS R body.
Peak Design Travel Tripod: I recently invested in this tripod and I couldn’t be more stoked. It’s the only one that I’ve come across that is slim and lightweight without sacrificing height and stability.
Peak Design Capture Clip: This is what I use to clip my camera onto one of my backpack straps—and this has been a game-changer for hiking and backpacking. It’s definitely one of my most asked questions when people see it in action.
Peak Design Tech Pouch: I love having my cables, SD Card holder, and everything else in one pouch that stands up when open, has loads of pockets, and makes organizing so easy.
DJI Osmo Pocket: While I don’t use this often, it is in my camera bag. The image quality is incredible, the gimbal is great, it’s very small, and compact! It’s fun to use for videos and small client projects.
Air Blower Duster: It’s crucial to keep the sensor on your body and glass (of your lenses) clean—and this is where the air blower comes in handy!
Breakthrough Photography UV Filter: These are important to have on your lenses because, in some cases, if you drop your lens, the filter will shatter instead of the actual glass. If you spend thousands on a lens, it should be a no-brainer to spend less than $100 on a filter that may save it! They also help to eliminate flaring, ghosting, and low contrast. Ensure you choose the correct thread size for your lens. I have both 82mm and 77mm.
Hoya Circular Polarizer Filter: Another filter that is essential for me is a circular polarizer. I use this when there’s a reflection I want to get rid of (or make less obvious). It’s great for shooting any scene with water—lakes, hot springs, etc. Ensure you choose the correct thread size for your lens. I have both 82mm and 77mm.
Lacie Portable External Hard Drive: These are absolutely necessary if you’re a photographer or digital creator. They are drop, crush, and rain resistant. I use the 4TB drives with a USB-C cable because I have a Apple Macbook Pro 15″ with only those ports.
Satechi Multi-Port Adapter: This is needed for my older external hard drives and other cords that aren’t a USB-C. I also use it to plug my SD Card into when transferring photos.
WD Additional External Hard Drive: Okay, I don’t have this in my camera bag, but I thought it would be useful to share how I back up my photos (the second backup). I use the WD 14TB My Book Desktop hard drive and keep it at home in a cool and dry spot.
MITOBE Power Strip: This is always in my camera bag on road trips because of all the electronics I need to charge.
Douchebag The Backpack Pro: I’ve used this bag for years now and it’s great. Comes with hip support and a water bottle holder (where the original backpack doesn’t). I also suggest buying the camera insert to help organize your gear.
Peak Design Everyday Backpack: This is an award-winning backpack for everyday life and for photographers! I just ordered this and can’t wait to give it a spin.