Ever wondered what really belongs in your camera bag? Today I want to show you whats in mine and how I keep it all together!
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I think, the essential part in a camera bag is your camera 😉 For me, I choose the Sony Alpha 6000 to be my travel companion. But even when that’s not your choice, this list will still work for you ☺
I don’t like the boring look of the camera strap that comes with the camera, so I decided to buy a prettier one. With my DSLR I had to pick a broader one, so the weight wouldn’t be too heavy on my neck, but as the Sony Alpha 6000 is a lot smaller and lighter, I could go with something thinner. I decided on this strap, a dark green round twine.
My next camera bag essential: definitely spare batteries! You don’t want to stand in Venice, have a really nice view right in front of you, want to take a photograph and…have an empty battery PLUS no spare one with you. I learned from that mistake 🙄 So one of the first things I ordered were these two spare batteries with a double charger. As the Camera came just with a charging cable and no real charger, that was a plus for me, too. I just like it better to charge the batteries OUTSIDE of my camera.
As I like my bag clean and tidy, I needed a case to carry the batteries in. So I ordered this one from AliExpress. I liked the simple look, although I was not sure, if it would fit both of the batteries. They do 😏
On the picture you see one more thing that I carry in this case: Silica-Packs! There is always the possibility that some of your gear gets a little moist, maybe because of rain, maybe your water bottle spilled over…you never know! Silica is for absorbing this moisture. Don’t get me wrong, it is no sponge and it won’t help when everything is soaked. But it can handle a little moisture. It is often used in shoe boxes or new handbags, so you could gather them this way or buy a pack of it, for example on AliExpress.
When I decided to get this photography journey started again, I learned about filters (again). When I got my DSLR my mom bought me some filters, one UV-filter, 1-2 colored ones. But when I was in that first photography course I took, I learned, that they were fully useless as my camera could do that too. So filters were kind of dead for me until I signed in an Udemy Photography Course and they talked about Neutral Density (ND-) filters and Polarization-filters.
The ND-filters are used when you need to have a long exposure time in full sunshine. ND-filters are grey shades that make let less light through your lens. As I am lazy and didn’t want to change the filters constantly, I decided to go with a variable one from GOBE.
Polarization-filters are used when you don’t want to have reflections, for example when photographing through a window or a reflection on water. You have to turn them and set them right, so they can do their magic. Again I went with one from GOBE.
As the filters come in really large boxes, I ordered a filter case via AliExpress, but as it is for all sizes of filters, it was as huge as the original boxes. I then tried a filter stack, which actually are just two lids that you can screw on. Didn’t fit for the variable ND-filter. And there comes my battery case again: as there was still room in it, I was happy to find out that the two filters fit in there, too! I wrap them in microfiber cloth, so they don’t get scratches.
I also carry a USB-charging cable in there.
I searched really long for pretty, useful and affordable camera bags, but I couldn’t find one that I liked. So I ordered this camera bag insert from AliExpress, to make every bag I own a camera bag 😌 Both my camera and my Battery- & Filter-Case stick out a little, but not too much.
I also carry a powerbank with me. It’s a slim with 20.000 mAh one from Amazon, but I can’t recommend you this seller AT ALL, so there is no link for that, sorry. The product is okay, but arrived with a lot of scratches on it when declared as new – wasn’t a fan of that at all! But there are a lot of good products out there ☺
When on longer trips, I also take the double battery charger with me, which fits just perfectly fine with the powerbank in this small case from AliExpress!
Done with packing! Everything neat and clean in it’s own case ☺
I am currently waiting on a gorilla pod, so a tripod might go on this list, too. That depends on your plans! But when you want to try out the ND-filter with long exposure time, you probably should go with one 😉
This list contains the things that I use and find useful on a trip – there might be some stuff that you would prefer or things you need that are not on this list. If you have more camera objectives you might need a case for them or a dust blower or the lens caps, etc. You maybe never want to leave without your tripod. This list is to inspire you, it is not perfection!
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