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Packing List: Photography Equipment

Written by Jessica on March 20, 2011

Bird perched on my camera in NamibiaThis list is split into 3 sections: Camera gear I don’t leave home without, gear I take sometimes, and gear I’ve packed in the past but have since decided to live without. I list brands for your reference, but quality equivalents in other brands work just as well.

Download and Excel file of this list here: Photography Equipment List

Qty General Description My Specific Model Notes
1 Camera Body Canon 40D If I was buying new, I'd get the upgraded 7D or if I had extra cash the 5D Mark III
1 All purpose lens Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8  
1 Wide angle lens Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5
1 Telephoto Lens Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS (Image Stabilizer)
1 UV Filter Hoya 77mm UV Filter  
1 UV Filter B+W 77mm UV Filter  
1 UV Filter Canon 77mm UV Filter  
1 Polarizing Filter B+W 77mm Kaeseman Circular Polarizer
1 ND Graduated Filters Cokin Graduated ND Filter Kit I pack without the holder ring. It really isn't necessary
4 Flash Cards (4 Gig) All different types I upgrade regularly
1 Flash Card Case Gepe watertight case  
3 Batteries Canon brand  
1 Battery Charger Came with camera  
1 Intervalometer Generic Brand I bought the cheap model because I wasn't sure how much I'd use it. It has worked just fine.
1 Cable to connect to computer I take the shortest one I have around
1 Lens Tissue Generic brand  
1 Lens Cloth Generic brand I usually buy a new one every few months
2 Plastic bags   Just in case it rains
2 Lens Soft Cases 1 Tamrac, one that came with 100-400mm lens Extra protection for lenses for when I carry them outside of the camera bag
  Insurance   Specific business insurance that covers this gear for literally everything, worldwide. It costs about $200 a year. And it's worth every freakin penny.
  Camera bag Old Tamrac brand. Now called the Model 750 Photographers Daypack I have a much older version of the bag. It's literally disintegrating. I should probably upgrade.
1 Hard Drive backup Digital Foci 125 GB They now make a 500 GB version. I highly recommend these, especially for backpackers without laptops. They run on batteries and don't require any ectra cords to connect to your camera.
1 Single camera bag Generic brand - fits camera and small lens A good extra if I know I'll be going out at night and don't want to take an entire camera bag with
  Full size tripod   It just takes up too much space. Rarely have I found a situation that I couldn't take the photo I wanted by using another stationary object.
  Mini tripod   Can't support the weight of the lenses
  Extra camera body   After having a camera repaired in South Africa at a certified Canon repair shop, in less than 12 hours, for a huge overhaul and cleaning, I stopped worrying about needing an extra body.
  Video Camera & Accessories I just never used it.
  Flash   Again, I use it so rarely I can justify the inconvenience

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