This article will give you a little insight into what I currently have in my camera bag. Over time, my equipment has changed again and again. I handed in some things, others came in for it.
But let’s start with the bag itself. Over the years I have tried many different backpacks and I was never really satisfied. Although you can arrange the inner parts individually in most of the bags, there was always something that I didn’t quite like or didn’t quite fit. 3 years ago I bought a Cosyspeed Streetomatic which I am very satisfied with to this day. However, this is a belt bag and not a backpack. Logically, the bag doesn’t fit as much as a backpack, but it doesn’t have to, because I’ve kept my equipment smaller and smaller in recent years.
I currently use 3 cameras. Only one at a time, of course. A Fujifilm X-Pro 2 in connection with the 18mm, 35mm and 50mm, whereby I usually choose one focal length for my walks. If I take several focal lengths with me, I think too much about which one would be best for this or that subject. If I only have one lens with me, the question no longer arises at that moment.
My second camera is a Fujifilm X100V with a fixed 23mm focal length. I already had the camera with me on trips to the Netherlands, Greece and Berlin. Just like the X-Pro 2, the X100V is also weather resistant, which is very important to me these days. Especially when you are traveling and you want to take photos in all weathers, this is really a nice to have.
The third camera is the Ricoh GR III, for me the wolf in sheep’s clothing. A powerful APS-C sensor with 24 megapixels is hidden in a small, inconspicuous plastic housing. The great strength of the camera is definitely its inconspicuousness. In addition, it is so small that it practically fits in your pocket. If I want to travel very minimally, the GR III is my first choice.
As mentioned above, I use 3 prime lenses for my photos. The 18 mm, 35 mm and also the 50 mm all have an aperture of f2.0 and are all weather resistant. So I don’t have to worry about the weather and can concentrate fully on my photography. I don’t have a zoom lens for the X-Pro and I don’t have the feeling that I need one.
Sufficient batteries should of course not be missing. Nothing is more annoying when you have to stop a walk because you run out of battery. I also always have an extra memory card with me. It has never happened before that a card broke on the way, but better safe than sorry. Every now and then I also have a small tripod or filter with me. But that is more of an exception. If I plan to shoot a video, I also take an action camera with me. I could film with the other cameras, but I find it too cumbersome to constantly switch between film and photo mode.