My Camera Bag

My Travel Camera Bag

My Travel Camera Bag

I have a few simple things in my travel camera bag. The contents of my bag will allow me to cover most situations I’m likely to come up with on my photographic travels. Below is a list of what’s in my travel camera bag. It will not work for everyone. Some may add more items, some may add fewer items. If you are more adventurous than I, you might want to add a Go-Pro to your list. The one thing not pictured here is black electrical tape. I find this so useful, not just for long exposures covering the eye piece, tying back dangling straps, but for many other things when travelling.

what's in My Travel Camera bag

Photographing sunsets. Nikon D7200, Ranger Tripod, Khao Lak Beach Thailand

Below the photos, I have written a paragraph on each item about why it works for me. Clicking on any of the photos will take you to the Amazon page where you can read more about the item and see if it’s right for you!

Nikon D7200 DSLR
Ranger Tripod
70-300mm Lens
10-20mm Lens

 

My Travel Camera Bag
My Travel Camera Bag
My Travel Camera Bag
Polarising Filter
Skylight Filter
64gb SD Card
Mini Travel Tripod

 

Camera Bag
Bag Insert
Shoulder Strap
Lens Pen

 

Spare Lens Cap
Spare Body Cap
Camera Battery
SD Card Holder
My Travel Camera Bag
what is in My Travel Camera bag

Taken with Nikon D7200, Sigma 10-20mm lens and Ranger tripod

Nikon 7200

 

My Travel Camera Bag

 

My trusty Nikon D7200 is my main camera to take photos with. It does all the things I need. In particular, it even has an app that allows you to control the camera and take photos from your phone. Thus it eliminates without the need for a separate remote. 

Another great feature is that it takes 2 memory cards. For this reason, the camera can be configured to back up your photos to both memory cards. To clarify, if one memory card fails, you still have all your photos on the second one. Another key point is the 24.2-megapixel sensor. It’s a big investment but one that’s well worth it!

Why this one?

A Bears Eye View

24 mega pixel sensor, 2 memory cards, no remote needed, more than enough features!

Ranger 57″ Tripod

A great Travel tripod! With a 12kg Load Capacity, a Max height 145cm, and a minimum height of 36cm. This Classic Aluminum Tripod has a  360° Panorama Ball head for getting to any shot. It’s Ultra Lightweight at 1.31 kg and comes with its own bag. Firstly, it’s only 36cm when closed. Making it fit nicely in my travel camera bag. Secondly, weight is a really important factor when it comes to tripods. You don’t want to break your back lugging around a heavy tripod but you do need something sturdy enough. The quick release legs make setting up and breaking down a doddle. 

My Travel Camera bag

The Ranger tripod and Nikon 7200 in action on Ibiza – The actual pic I took is at the end

You can also invert the centre column to get low shooting angles. The 6-year warranty is also pleasing. I like things that have a long warranty, it suggests the company has faith in their products! I’ve used this for night photography, long exposure and water shots and it’s coped admirably. 

Why this one?

A Bears Eye View

Quick release legs, 12kg capacity, Lightweight for carrying, Ball head, good price

Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2 

I have had my 70 – 300mm lens for years, it’s great at getting extra close so you can really fill the frame. Coming with macro focusing lets you can get up close and personal with insects and smaller things. Mine has served me well for a number of years but they don’t make it anymore, but if I dropped mine tomorrow, I’d go for the newer model here.

 

Why this one?

A Bears Eye View

1:2 Macro lens, Great price, good zoom range

Sigma 10-20mm f3.5 EX DC HSM Lens

Undoubtedly my favourite lens! A Great Ultra Wide angle lens for getting as much field of view in the frame. A constant aperture of F3.5 across the zoom range makes it more predictable, for example, achieving great constant results. Almost silent autofocus thanks to its ‘Hyper Sonic Motor’ and it comes with its own petal lens hood to reduce internal reflection and lens flare when taking pictures directly. The multilayer coating on the lens also helps reduce lens flare and ghosting. The 10-20mm helps get some really good wide angle dramatic sky shots, it’s great for sunsets!

 

Why this one?

A Bears Eye View

Great Ultra Wide Angle Range, Fast autofocus, Lens hood included
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The 10-20mm sigma in action

Polarising filter

Always handy! See my article on how handy!

 

 

Skylight filter

Another useful filter and for protecting the optics of the lens. It’s way cheaper to replace a filter than a lens!

Why this one?

A Bears Eye View

Cheap, good quality

64 Gb SD card

A big card lets you store loads of photos. Being class 10 it has a fast write speed. I always shoot NEF RAW files and they take up a lot of room. These SanDisk cards have never let me down yet.

Why this one?

A Bears Eye View

Big Capacity, Fast, Reliable

Coolway Travel Tripod

 

I love my little tripod! With a spirit level and quick release, it makes it a great option. Even better, the legs will wrap around all sorts of things to hold it in position. For example, see the picture below. It’s very small and easy to carry and it’s helped me out in awkward situations when I couldn’t get my bigger tripod in the right position.

Why this one?

A Bears Eye View

Position it anywhere, quick release head, spirit  level, super compact

 

Camera Bag

Not only is this my travel camera bag and carry on bag, it also is my day sack when I am at my destination. What I like about this bag is its three-way design. It has rucksack straps to carry it as such. It also has a side handle for carrying and a long strap to make it an ‘over the shoulder’ bag. Having pockets with zips on the front, mesh pockets at the side and ‘cinch’ straps to reduce the width, it makes it more comfortable to carry so the load does not move about.I don’t hike into the wilds with it, but this is a good city day bag.

Find it on Amazon here.

 

Travel Gear

Why this one?

A Bears Eye View

Multifunctional, good size pockets, comfortable and stylish

Padded Camera Bag Insert

Because I like my travel gear to be dual purpose, my carry on bag is also my travel camera bag. This padded insert carries my camera kit. It has 2 adjustable Velcro dividers so it can be infinitely adjustable to fit your kit. For instance, as you can see in the picture below, it carries my camera body with lens, spare lens, filters, lens pen and in the pocket at the front has my spare lens and body caps.

The manufacturers claim it’s waterproof but I haven’t been brave enough to try that! 

Why this one?

A Bears Eye View

Padded, adjustable and a really good price!

Black shoulder strap

This camera strap is a great choice for extended use. It spreads the weight of your camera significantly. Because of this, the camera is a lot easier to use and carry. We’ve all thought ‘I won’t take the big camera, I don’t fancy lugging it about all day’ but this strap really makes a difference.

The wide padded strap spreads the load and the camera attaches to the strap via the standard 1/4″ tripod screw at the bottom of the camera. The strap comes with 3 of the securing screws so it’s not a problem to loose one.

The strap has a sliding carabiner with screw gate to attach it to the securing screw. The slider makes it really easy to move the strap up and down, so taking pictures quickly is a doddle.

I was surprised at how much this made a difference to walking around with the camera. Additionally, it’s also more secure than your standard camera strap dangling off your shoulder.

Why this one?

A Bears Eye View

Spreads the load, secure and quick to position

Assorted cleaning cloths and lens caps


Firstly, a lens pen, like the one above, will help keep all your optics clean. They are well worth the small cost. I have seen people cleaning their lenses with the ends of their shirts! Not a good thing to do as that can damage the coating on the lens.

Equally, a selection of spare lens caps and body caps to fit your lenses and cameras is a great idea too. If you lose your lens cap it is a real drag trying to avoid scratching the front of your lens. For the cost of a cup of tea, it’s well worth taking spares

Nikon 7200 spare battery

In fact, two spare batteries! In particular, I’m paranoid about running out of juice! They are cheap too!

 

Why this one?

A Bears Eye View

Cheap, compact, never run out of electric

SD Card Holder

Sturdy, crush resistant and, of course, water resistant, this brushed aluminium case holds 8 SD cards safely and neatly.


 

Why this one?

A Bears Eye View

Sturdy, Water resistant, Holds up to 8 SD cards

My Travel Camera Bag

Well, that’s the contents of mine. I hope some, or all of it may be of help to you! 

Taken with Ranger Tripod and Nikon 7200

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