What’s in my camera bag?

Years of trudging the countryside and coastline of beautiful Britain as a landscape photographer has taught me that you can definitely have too much kit – at least in the bag you’re carrying. I have owned many bags over the years and the larger ones have all been sold on. I used to rely on a big Billingham when I was shooting motorsport, when I went back to my passion of landscape photography I swapped over to a big backpack type bag. It was capable of holding a lot of gear, most of which I never used for landscape photography but tended to get left in the bag and carried, making photography less enjoyable than it should have been.

These days I have four small bags and I never take more than one when I walk away from my camper. Sometimes I will take only a camera with lens attached, tripod, cable release and spare battery; that’s the best way to travel! The bag you see here is my ‘daily’ bag, the one I take out most. Inside is a Canon 5D Mk3 with 17-40, 24-105 and 70-200 lenses. I could almost do without the 24-105 as the focal lengths in between the 40 and 70mm lengths of the other two can usually be easily covered on foot, but the 24-105 gives such a good range as a walkabout lens I rarely leave it behind and these days. It is my walkabout lens of choice when shooting for stock.

In addition the bag holds Lee graduated ND filters and a 10 stopper. Tucked in the pockets are a cable release, spare batteries and some SD cards as well as a lens cloth, some business cards, notebook and pen and release forms. Simple, light and not much of a burden. A shoulder bag is not quite as easy to carry as a backpack but much more accessible especially if I want to change lenses in muddy or sandy locations where it is better not to put the kit down.

Camera and lenses laid out on rocks in Bradgate Park, Leicestershire.

The other bags? One has a backup camera with a long telephoto, a 100-400 zoom and a macro lens; another holds flashguns and related equipment making sure I am not burdened with those when I do not need them but that they are all together when I do and the last is a tiny reporter style bag that will hold one spare lens and a drink for those occasions when I want to travel really light. Remember, having lots of gear doesn’t make you a good photographer, knowing how to use what you have is what counts.

May the light be with you

Bill Allsopp


2 thoughts on “What’s in my camera bag?”

  1. Soon…you’ve gone with the Fuji X system and have the X Pro 2…how do you find the handling of the X Pro2 v the Canon?

    Thinking of making the switch myself but the 16mp Fuji sensors weren’t quite there for me esp with AF but the X Pro2 is a rangefinder system that I’m not used to.

    I know you have used rangefinders before (Leica) so any chance of a bit of a contrast and compare Fuji v Canon v Leica?

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