What's In My Camera Bag for 2019?

I get a lot questions about what’s in my kit or bag, when I go out to shoot or shoot an assignment.

Every photographer has different gear and it’s refreshing to see different reasons for each product or item in their gear bag.

My gear bag is no different.

I have specific uses or a specific intent for every item that lives in my camera bag.

I believe in being transparent with others about my gear, because I have nothing to hide and love helping out new photographers find the perfect gear for their own uses and desires.

As a professional photographer, if you can share secrets that you learn along the way, that’s the best way to help others become better.

Also, it helps beginner photographers not waste a ton of money, in the long run, like I’ve done in the past.

We all do it, but hopefully it won’t happen as much!

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Different gear works for different types of photographers! Having a specific focus, or a primary focus, helps cut down on wasting money!

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a Motorsports photographer from Central Pennsylvania, shooting primarily dirt track photography and client work.

I have to have gear that will uphold to the elements or conditions I’m shooting.

Just like I wouldn’t recommend a portrait photographer shooting portraits on a 70-200mm focal length.

It’s just not the proper lens for the job and there are other “better” geared equipment for the job.

This is why my gear bag may be different from a Portrait & Wedding Photographer, with some overlap.

Stick around to find out!

I’ve linked every product that I use at the bottom of each section, in case you wanted to purchase any items you would feel would work for you and creative needs!

I am not sponsored by these companies. I do not receive kick backs from them, if you would happen to purchase any of the items I list.

These are just what I’ve found as a professional photographer to work best for me, when out and about and I feel they are very useful to aiding my workflow.


BAGS / ORGANIZERS

PEAK DESIGN EVERYDAY BACKPACK 30L

I use the Peak Design Everyday Backpack, the 30L.

They make a 20L bag, as well.

This bag is perfect for any trip, whether it involves hiking or just traveling across the country.

The best part about this bag, is it looks like any ordinary backpack.

It doesn’t scream “camera bag”, like most camera backpacks that I’ve had in the past.

It holds all of the necessary gear, including my 13” MacBook Air. This was crucial and a necessity when I looked at purchasing this bag.

It even has pockets inside the side zipper flaps, that work perfectly for holding extra batteries, and memory cards.

They have a unique system that allows you to open and close compartments, with just a flip of a flap.

This is how you have compartments on the inside, to store any DSLR or Mirrorless, along with lenses, and other necessary items.

I have my Sony a7Rii attached to my Sony 70-200mm lens that is always stored on the far side of my bag, and then the compartment system allows me to store extra lenses, and my smaller bags to be neatly packed in the other side of the bag.

 

PEAK DESIGN FIELD POUCH

This pouch works perfect!

If you need a quick, grab and go pouch, this is perfect for on-the-go photographers!

This bag can also attach easily to my SlideLite Strap from Peak Design, that is on my camera.

I can wear it with another Peak Design strap to keep as a “fanny pack” that holds extra batteries to keep you shooting longer, if you’d forget them while you’re out.

It is the perfect companion for holding anything, and it’s expandable for more things while you’re out and about.

It even matches my backpack.

 

PEAK DESIGN TECH POUCH

I pre-ordered this bag, in October and got it in the end of November, earlier than when expected to ship - Great treat, Peak Design.

This bag is a life saver!

I’ve never felt more organized until I received this in the mail.

It is one of my favorite bags that I’ve ever gotten for my photography necessities, that may other wise be lost in the openness of the bag.

The Tech Pouch has 20+ tiny pockets to store anything you could want it to, and more!

Currently, this pouch stores all of my batteries, chargers, charger cords, tiny card readers, and more.

It’s got so many divisions in this pouch, to keep you very organized.


CAMERA & TECH

SONY a7Rii

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This is the powerhouse to my creative process.

This Full Frame mirrorless camera is the perfect accessory to myself as a photographer.

I made the switch in September of 2018, to the Sony Mirrorless system from a Crop Sensor Canon 7D Mark ii, and I could not be more happier.

This camera body handles low light situations so much better than my Canon, it’s almost unbelievable.

Before I recommend you go and switch brands or switch camera bodies, I’d recommend doing a lot of research on which system, mirrorless or DSLR, would be better for you as a creator.

That is the question, I’m asked the most.

And it’s honestly a very hard decision without knowing what your end goal or intentions are, especially if you have multiple focuses.

Some brands have better lenses, verses some mirrorless cameras have a better autofocus system, or better ISO ratings in low light.

Thinking it’s the perfect time to switch to a mirrorless, I would recommend a Sony a7Riii, due to the dual card slots, and a highly liked and fast autofocusing system.

The a7Riii or the Sony A9 are both very impressive, and two of the top notch Mirrorless Camera’s on the market - just slightly out of my price range.

Mirrorless is the way of the future, and DLSR’s will eventually become the “Polaroid” of the photography market, as technology is forever evolving.

Check out both of these, and you will be blown away by the technology alone, in the Sony systems.

Yes, a little on the expensive side, but you can always pick up a gently used one from Adorama.com, from the used section, for pretty fair price!

 

SONY 70-200mm f/4 Lens

Sony 70-200mm f/4 E Mount Lens

Sony 70-200mm f/4 E Mount Lens

One of the most desired lenses for action photography is the 70-200mm.

This lens typically stays on my camera all of race season.

I never leave home without it.

It allows me to get an up close and personal shot from a distance.

The zoom lens is great for not invading personal space, to get a great end shot.

These are how I get my on the track shots, and off track shots.

I highly recommend this lens if you are deciding between the f/2.8 and f/4.

The bokeh or compression this lens carries is uniquely close to that of the f/2.8 in low light situations.

 

SONY 90mm MACRO f/2.8 Lens

Sony 90mm MACRO f/2.8 E Mount Lens

Sony 90mm MACRO f/2.8 E Mount Lens

This lens is one of my favorites.

This is one of the newer lenses that I have added to my camera gear, and I’ve never had a lens quite like it.

The versatility in this 90mm macro lens from Sony, for the E-Mount (mirrorless system) is impressive.

It not only is a macro lens, but it also doubles as a 90mm portrait lens, close to the 85mm focal length that a lot of professionals use for wedding and portrait photography.

The macro part of this lens is great for in your face, tiny objects, or just wanting very close detail in shots, with a great shallow depth of field, creating bokeh.

And this lens is no exception.

I love how crisp and sharp this bad boy is!

 

Sony 28mm f/2 Lens

Sony 28mm f/2 E Mount Lens

Sony 28mm f/2 E Mount Lens

I just added this lens to my camera bag over the winter months.

I think every photographer should have a prime lens in their gear.

In my case, I now have 2 prime lenses - the 90mm Macro & the 28mm.

A prime lens is great option to have!

The compression and depth of field that you get with primes is the most professional look and quality you want out of a lens! It’s the most sought compression one could want out of a lens.

I have recently gotten to use the 28mm as I walked the streets of Gettysburg, PA one night, and it had provided me with the perfect wide angle, that I had in mind for the landscape shots that I was doing.

When I purchased this lens, I wanted to get a wide angle, but for Sony mirrorless cameras, I wasn’t really wanting a f/4 aperture. I wanted something with a more shallow depth of field option.

Sony’s only availability for what I was after, was this lens.

I figured for the price, I would give it a try! I will do a full review of what I think of this lens, after I finally get a chance to use it more.

This is a mid-range wide angle lens, and that’s what I wanted. Not something super wide, and not something that was quite a 35mm wide angle. So this should do the trick!

 

JOBY GorillaPod 5K Video Pro Tri-pod

This was a Christmas gift that I had anticipated purchasing myself. (So lucky, I didn’t need to, because they are slightly on the expensive side).

This Joby GorillaPod can hold a DSLR or Mirrorless camera and is equipped with a dual fluid head, for video and smooth panning, up, down, and side to side!

I used this tripod for my landscape slow shutter speed projects, and it worked great! It handled my Sony mirrorless, and smaller lens like a gem!

I’m very excited to use it at Motorama, for the video aspects!

 

RODE VideoMic Pro

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I recently purchased this microphone after picking it up for a great deal online.

I wanted to venture into a little bit more videography here and there, and see what it has to offer in 2019.

I’ve heard great things about this, and by the time this review was released, I won’t have time to do any type of videography, to really put it to the test.

Definitely, look for that later on this year, after I get to try it out for myself!

I am not a vlogger, so you shouldn’t expect me to start vlogging in 2019 - At least, i don’t think so, currently.

If you’d like to see me give it a shot, leave a comment in the comments section below!

I’d never say never, in doing some vlog style stuff in the future.

 

MacBook Air 13” (EARLY 2015 model)

I tend to edit my photos at the track, throughout the night, and in order for me to do that, I love taking my laptop along everywhere with me.

If I have my camera bag, more times than not, my laptop isn’t far away.

This enables me to stay creative, no matter where I go.

I love taking it just in case I get a few good shots and don’t want to edit them straight from my phone.

This is the perfect way to transfer my photos to my computer to get me prepared to edit.

I very rarely edit through the week, at least not race photos.

That is when I leave open time to complete extra projects for clients, or update my blog.

The 13 inch model works best for my work flow on the go.

I have attached the newest model from Apple, when you click on the button below.

 

Seagate External Hard Drive

External hard drives are a great way to save your work, and have it all stored in one spot.

This is where I backup all of my photos and projects.

I have several of these external hard drives, from Seagate, because they are lightweight, and I’m always editing on the go!

I never work directly from my MacBook Air’s hard drive and there is a few reasons for this.

My MacBook Air’s internal hard drive only is 4GB.

This is necessary for keeping my computer fast, so I never try to store anything but computer programs, such as Adobe Creative Cloud on it.

Other than the Adobe software, I do not have anything else stored on my laptop, to keep it quick and responsive.

Also, my external hard drive is reliable, and trusted.

I can store up to 5 terabytes of data on them, and with shooting a 42 megapixel camera, the 5TB external is the perfect accessory to my workflow.

The only thing I recommend with these external hard drives, is checking to make sure that they are compatible with your computer or laptop.

Some are only compatible with Macs, and some are only compatible with PC’s. However, sometimes you’ll get lucky and find one that works with both platforms.

I only use Apple devices, so it wouldn’t make sense for me to have one that works with both platforms.

 

TECH ACCESSORIES

Batteries

You can never have enough batteries, EVER.

Sony is known for their battery power not lasting as long as Canon.

But I’d much rather just carry more batteries, than go back to another Canon camera, based on the quality that the Sony a7Rii produces.

Carrying more batteries doesn’t bother me too much - It’s just a trade off.

 

Charger Cables

I always have several different charging cables with me, from battery chargers, to cell phone chargers.

I normally carry two of the Apple boxes that have the USB port to plug in anywhere I go.

I do a lot of shooting on the go, and having the proper charging cables to charge my gear is very helpful, if I’m going to be away from my desk for a while.

 

Have a question about gear that I’m using and would like more help deciding if it’s worth adding to your kit? Start a conversation - I’d love to help share my favorites with you! Drop a comment, below, or shoot me a email!