What's in my Camera Backpack?

What's in my Camera Backpack?
There is no doubt that good preparation is half the work before going out into the wild.

Nothing is more frustrating than having a spectacular view in front of your camera and missing that perfect shot because you forgot a crucial piece of equipment.

It all starts with a good bag or backpack, just enough space and not too heavy. I'm using the Lowepro Backpack Flipside 300 AW II Camo Pixel. It's a medium-sized backpack printed with camo motive. Below you see a collage of all the equipment that goes into my bag (except the monopod attached to the outside).

What's in my Camera Backpack?
What's in my Camera Backpack?

Do you need all that equipment?

The answer is: No! A camera, a lens, a battery and a memory card are enough, but you will find out soon that to cover specific situations you need specific equipment:

Every item in my bag has its function!

  1. Can I create a backup during the shoot? Western Digital My Passport Wireless SSD 1Tb.
  2. Do I have enough memory cards? 2x SanDisk Extreme PRO UHS-II Cards.
  3. Do I have a stable tripod or monopod to avoid shaking? Sirui P-424SR Monopod.
  4. Can I move the camera in all directions? Sirui L-10 Tilt Head.
  5. Can I make a perfect 360° panorama photo? Novoflex VR-System Slim.
  6. My lens is dirty, can I clean it? Lenspen.
  7. My telelens has not enough reach? Fujinon XF 1.4X TC WR Teleconverter.
  8. My camera or lens is dirty, can I clean it? Giottos Rocket Blower.
  9. Can I create a wide-angle landscape photo? Fujinon XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS.
  10. Can I make a macro photo? Fujinon XF 80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro.
  11. An essential part: Fujifilm X-T3 with battery grip.
  12. Is the subject far away? Fujinon XF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR.
  13. There is not enough light? Godox TTL Li-ion Round Head Camera Flash V1F.
  14. There is too much sunlight for video recording? Polar Pro ND Filters (Shutter Collection).
  15. Remote controlled video/photo camera to avoid disturbing wildlife? DJI Osmo Pocket.
  16. Can I observe the surroundings without moving the camera? Nikon Monarch HG 10x42.
  17. Do I have enough power? 6x Li-ion NP-W126S Batteries.
  18. Something to eat: Mentos!
  19. Can I create long exposure photos? Lee Big Stopper (10-stops ND Filter).
  20. I want to minimise the reflection of the water surface? B+W Slim Circular Polarisation Filter.
  21. There is too much sunlight for video recording? Hoya Variable ND Filter.
  22. I want to be sure that the colours are correct! X-Rite Colorchecker Passport.

With all this equipment listed above in my bag, I can cover every situation!

About
The Author
What's in my Camera Backpack?

Dirk Beckers is a hobby wildlife & nature photographer living in Antwerp (Belgium). Fujifilm is mostly the gear I prefer but sometimes Nikon has a place in my bag. Aside from some exposure, sharpening, noise reduction and basic colour corrections, I don't spend much time post-processing my photos. I believe that good photographs are accomplished outdoors, in the field, and not in front of the computer. That's the essence of my photography. Click here for more.