I’m sitting at the airport in Paris on my way to Norway and thought this would probably be a good time to write another blog post.
It was Maya Angelou who said, “we are only as blind as we want to be” and sitting beside me is my camera bag so, here’s a blog post on what’s in it. To my defence though, I have had a few ask for examples of the gear I travel with so this isn’t entirely fortuitous.
Without further ado – let’s get started.
First things first, I am travelling to take photos so in order of priority are my cameras. 2 x Sony A7Rll in this case.
15mm f2 Laowa E-mount
I haven’t had a chance to properly put this lens through its paces yet though I’ve liked what I’ve seen so far. Well built. Well sized (especially on the Sony) and f2 giving it some very compelling astro cred. Fingers crossed it stacks up. I’ll let you know!
21mm f2.8 Zeiss Loxia
Quite possibly the best sunstar lens I’ve ever owned. It’s also a fantastic optical performer – especially from around f5.6 onwards.
35mm f2.8 Sony Zeiss Sonnar T*
I love this lens. So compact, light and optically awesome. Did I mention it's compact? It weighs 120g!!
55mm f1.8 Sony Zeiss Sonnar T*
Possibly the sharpest lens I’ve ever owned. Nothing more to say.
85mm f1.8 Sony FE
I’ve always been a lover of 85’s and was feeling a little spoilt for choice between the incredible Batis, Loxia, Sony and Sony GM. In the end, I opted for the Sony FE. I’ve always had f1.4 85’s so the Loxia’s relatively slow f2.8 ruled it out for me. The GM looked terrific but it’s marginal gains over the Batis could justify it for me given my days of portraits are mostly behind me.
Next on the optical list is the bird-camera. The only option for me here is the Phantom 4 Pro.
There's a thousand reasons why I would love to be travelling with a Mavic Pro or even a Spark but for me it's all about the IQ and the loss in portability is easily justified with the 1inch Sony Exmor sensor in the P4P.
The Zenmuse cameras on the Inspire 2 are another compelling option but for still image quality the P4P is the perfect balance of value and portability.
I put a lot of value on the bags I've used for photography over the years - they're a vital tool and one you really need to be comfortable with. With the drone now coming along on most trips I've moved away from my tried and tested F-stops and, beside me now, is a ThinkTank Helipak. It's the version 1 (the version 2 has a tripod strap seen here and would be highly recommended over the V1). It's harness is acceptable but it's by no means a hiking bag. It does fit my Phantom and gear nicely though.