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What's In My Camera Bag for Landscape Photography?

One of the most common questions I get asked is, what's in your camera bag? 

So, with this new website launch, I thought I'd create an up to date kit blog to go through all the gear I use when out on a shoot. I have included links to Amazon and other suppliers so that you can check them out for yourself. 

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Sony A7ii - this thing is INCREDIBLE. My first full frame, mirrorless camera and the perfect body for any enthusiast to enter the world of full frame photography - the dynamic range of the RAW files is excellent and perfect for my landscape and travel needs. In an ideal world I'd love to upgrade to the A7Rii to get even more detail in my landscape shots, maybe one day.

Sony VG-C2EM Battery Grip - for me, the A7ii aways felt a little too small and my little finger would always slip of the grip. That, partnered with the terrible battery performance, made this battery grip a must for the Sony mirrorless system range - when I go travelling or do street photography, I simply remove it so that I don't attract unwanted attention and carry spare batteries.

GoPro HERO5 - the perfect travel companion as a photographer. I use this to capture behind the scenes footage, time-lapses of sunrise and sunset or even stick to the body of my car for some awesome driving action. 

Sony 55mm F1.8 - well what can I say... has to be the sharpest lens I have EVER used. I mean seriously, this lens should be used as the definition of SHARP on Wikipedia. My goto travel photography lens for those detailed portraits and that Zeiss "Pop".  

Sony 24-105mm F4 - The most recent addition to my lens collection. It took over two months to find a retailer with one in stock, and is by far one of the most sought after lenses for the Sony shooter. It's pin sharp across the zoom range and has really opened my eyes to the practical advantage of using a zoom for landscape photography. Would highly recommend 10/10 if you can grab your hands on one.

Zeiss Batis 18mm F2.8 - unlike many other landscape photographers, I tend to shy away from using zooms like the 16-35's and instead, love a good prime to make me think more about my subject and give me a new challenge. This is my super wide angle lens for landscape and architectural photography and gives me super sharp images across the frame and well, looks like a work of art! Don't believe me? check out Kai's review that may have encouraged this purchase...

Samyang 85mm F1.4 - if you didn't realise by now I am a bit of a fan for sharp, prime lenses. After seeing so many bokehlicious images produced by this lens on Flickr, I just had to give it a go. If you can nail the focus and deal with fully manual controls, this thing far outperforms its competition and is an allot more affordable option to the Sony/Canon/Nikon equivalents. 

Manfrotto MK190XPRO4 Tripod - it's a tripod. Seriously though, this tripod is solid. Great construction, extremely reliable, easy to use and can be adjusted to multiple configurations in seconds. The CF version is also a good option but if I wanted something lightweight and portable, I'd probably go for a BeFree.

Manfrotto XPRO Ball Head with 200PL Plate - a great tripod head, well made and super easy to use which makes it perfect for tight situations and changing composition quickly. 

LEE Filters - I like to do as much as I can on site, in the camera, before post processing. These filters are of the highest quality and I currently use the Big and Little Stoppers for long exposures and Graduated Filters to correctly expose the sky at sunrise and sunset.

Giottos Rocket Blower - a must have for any photographer who is constantly changing lenses, especially for mirrorless cameras. 

Lowepro Pro Runner BP 450 AW II - the daddy of all bags. So far, I can fit all of my gear into this one bag making it perfect for travel and landscape photography. Even fully loaded, this thing is hardly noticeable on my back and is great for long walks.