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Inside my Camera Bag

Never again would I relive the days where I used satchels and regular backpacks for travelling and photography. Especially considering hiking is the focal point of most of my travels.

I want to be comfortable wearing my camera bag and knowing that it can protect whatever is in it. Because whatever is in it is pretty darn imperative to my adventures. Which brings me to answer the question: what’s in your camera bag?

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Thule Perspektiv Daypack 🎒

After a year and a half realizing that my backpacks provided no protection and the shoulder bag I bought especially for my camera lacked flexibility, I stumbled upon the Thule Perspektiv Daypack at a Bestbuy and immediately bought it (after multiple second thoughts).

All for the affordable price of $99, this backpack so far has met all my expectations as it’s survived harsh weathers, keeping its contents dry and my back sweat-free. And this is considering I was looking at a camera backpack triple this price, all for a hidden fanny pack compartment.

The Perspektiv has two main components, one that opens from the top, and the other from the side. I like to keep all my camera stuff at the top and other items at the bottom. I can fit in a thin jacket, a water bottle, and snacks, with enough space for more. And thank the heavens it has both a chest and waist strap, because I’m growing older and I can’t last with the weight on my shoulders. I know numerous pockets are important, but I love it for its ergonomic, minimalistic design.

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Fuji X-T10 📷

I’m the type of person who loves design, so this camera immediately caught my attention because of (1) it’s vintage look, (2) compact and not the typical bulky DSLR, (3) positive reviews, and (4) it performs just as well as its stunning sibling, the Fuji X-T1, with less knobs, but at half the price. The only downside is its lack of weatherproofing, but so far it’s fared well against spits of snow and rain.

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Samyang f2 12mm

So far this is my go-to lens. I bought it from B&H Photo and Video after realizing that even 18mm was not wide enough for me, considering I like to take in “the bigger picture”. It’s quite versatile (for day and night photography), and I am very, very satisfied with the product. Bless Samyang for this affordable creation, even though I had to convert USD to CAD and pay the delivery fee, because hell knows how much this would cost if Fuji were to produce a similar lens.

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Taken with the Samyang lens.

Fujinon XF f1.4 35mm

Bought used from Kijiji in 100% good condition. If I were to delve more into street photography (which I might start doing because I completely forgot just how amazing this lens is until I used it for the purpose of this post) this would be my go-to lens.

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Fujinon XC 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 (kit lens)

I guess it was useful when I was trying out my camera for the first time. I usually don’t bring this unless I feel the need to zoom in (which is rarely), because this is technically my only “zoom” lens.

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ProMaster 67mm ND Filter

Back when we travelled to British Columbia, I told Patrick I wanted to try doing a long exposure during the day so I could play around with the waves crashing against the coast in Sydney. So while I was in class, Patrick searched a couple of photography stores in Victoria. Thankfully, he’s much more knowledgeable with photography (he knows the theory, but I do the art), and the lens was on sale. To this day it still serves well for this purpose.

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Joby Gorillapod

Again, suggested by Patrick as a compact and mobile tripod without breaking the bank. It’s less than a foot high, carries my camera well, and I can latch it onto just about anything… But its height is a bit of a downfall sometimes when I want to get a shot that isn’t from a low angle.

Fuji RR-90 Remote Release

My newest addition to my photo gadgetry family. Once again, I asked Patrick if he could buy me a remote shutter after finding that the Fuji remote app on my iPhone was not enough to do proper night photography (its maximum shutter speed was 30 seconds). The cable isn’t too short, but isn’t long either, so I’m in a bit of a conflicting like/disappoint feeling with it.

Lightroom 💻

Technically not something I’d use or bring on a trip, but this program is worth mentioning. I usually don’t need a lot of editing with my photos, maybe a little sharpening, rotation, or colour correction. I’m not too experienced with Photoshop either, and I think Lightroom is awesome, even if I have a version that is deemed prehistoric. Lightroom is simply a simple alternative for photo editing.

Now that I’ve shown what’s in mine (camera bag), what’s in yours? 😉

13 thoughts on “Inside my Camera Bag

  1. hi! looks like a really cool bag. Right now I’m always trying to pack everything I need into my Vaude bicycle bag, which is great for riding, but not so great when I want to take my Canon DSLR with me. There is always something I have to leave at home, like a tripod or snacks and a jacket, because I’m running out of space. So yeah, this could be a choice for me, too. Thanks for the advice….

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    1. No problem, glad I could help! I could imagine the Thule bag being just as convenient and comfortable during biking as it is with hiking. It can also fit a Canon DSLR well (my Fuji could fit in the top compartment with two lenses). Although I’m not sure where else it is sold, you should check it out! Maybe you’ll like it! 🙂

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    1. You should! I do see mixed reviews on its sharpness, but overall I found people were quite content with it. It isn’t weather-sealed and has some vignetting if you’re not a fan of it (but I found I could easily edit it away), but for the price and the fact that Fuji doesn’t have such a lens at such a price is what made me purchase it.

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  2. That backpack looks amazing! I’m currently in the phase of dealing with corners and edges of the camera poking into my back in whatever dinky little bag I throw it in (which is so not good for me or the camera!). Right now what’s in my bag? A Canon 70D, GoPro Hero 5, and my iPhone SE. I’m no pro, but I do enjoy having nice photos and videos on my trips. 🙂

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    1. Lol wearing a backpack and feeling the edges and corners of whatever is in it is something I can’t stand. 😂 It’s like the Princess and the Pea situation. And you seem to be pretty well-rounded with your equipment, even if you say you’re not a pro (btw I’m not a pro either). Something waterproof like a GoPro would be nice to have, but I have yet to be in a situation where I needed one (unlike you and your fun sailing journey).

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