Kit Bag Contents

A bland photo of too much plastic and metal

I know this is a terribly dull topic for many, so my excuse is that this is a list for my own future reference when preparing for a trip. We have two smallish backpacks to cram all this into (Lowepro Flipside 400 AW and a Lowepro Mini Trekker Classic*)

Bag 1:

  • 7D
  • Some random super telephoto lens rented from the excellent Lenses For Hire (UK)
  • 20 Gb CF memory cards
  • Super wide-angle lens
  • Macro lens
  • Mini laptop
  • Jobo or other smallish external hard drive as a backup to the main drive
  • Microfibre cloths
  • Fluid video head, which annoyingly doubles the weight of the tripod
  • Tripod precariously and lawsuit-ily hanging from the front or side of bag
  • USB cables
  • Lens hoods all over the place
  • Rode video microphone which could do with redesigning for SLRs before it permanently scars my forehead
  • Dead cat for the mike
  • Kindle! J’adore

Bag 2:

  • 40D – primary SLR (needs to step up to the mark and metamorphise into a 7 or 5D really)
  • 30D – backup SLR and time lapse fanboy
  • 100-400mm lens (tends to be lighter than the rental!)
  • 20 Gb CF memory cards
  • backup wideangle lens
  • 50mm f/1.8 that never gets used but just comes along for the ride
  • External hard drive
  • Binoculars
  • Gorillapod with pan/tilt head
  • Camcorder
  • Waterproof compact camera
  • USB cables
  • Plastic bag (raincover)
  • Occasionally, PSP and Nintendo DS

In the hold:

  • MULTITOOL. CRITICAL.
  • Set of portable Allen keys, because Manfrotto decided to use different sizes everywhere.
  • Chargers, fewer than I’d expect thanks to some rationalisation and third-party suppliers

(* short reviews: Trekker fits tons in, the two front pockets expand to fit loads more, but is old and doesn’t have good padding in the shoulders, i.e. isn’t being used correctly and so can be very uncomfortable. The Flipside is very comfortable even with heavy loads, but doesn’t fit much in the front pocket – my 11″ laptop just fits – and can be hard to pack as a result of the rear-access panel flexing back against the bag.)

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