What’s In My Bag | 12.11.13
It’s been a bit since I’ve shown what I’m working with and I got some new lenses and a new bag since the last time.
I’m now rocking a Think Tank Retrospective 7 in black. It’s the nicest camera bag I’ve ever owned and I’m glad I finally pulled the trigger on it after months of wringing my hands. Aside from being (relatively) small and (subjectively) stylish, it holds an absolute shit load of crap. I thought about getting one in Pinestone or Blue Slate because I like the distressed look and the actual material felt thicker than the bag I have, but for purely aesthetic reasons the black one won out.
The Camera Stuff
Nikon D800 - Some things change and some things don’t. Still going strong with this camera after over a year and I don’t have any real complaints. The Df looks lovely and is a high ISO monster but I like the AF system my ol’ 800 so it’s still my one true love (if they ever put the Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX in a Df style body I would drop this cam like bad habit). Oh, I also keep a 32GB SD and 8GB CF card in there because this thing makes really big files.
Nikon 16-35mm f/4 VR - I’ve had this lens for a few weeks now and I really like it. It definitely requires you to think, though. The wideness of it can make things look weird depending on how you shoot them, and at f/4 it’s considerably slower than all the primes sitting next to it. Still, it’s the only way I have to get to 16mm and it’s convenient that I can zoom in should the need arise. The VR is the real killer feature though. As long as what I’m shooting is standing still, having enough light is hardly ever a problem. This stays mounted on the camera for the most part.
Nikon 28mm f/1.8 - This was my go-to lens from the time I got it until the day I purchased the 16-35. I really, really like 28mm as a focal length and I do feel like the 28mm does better than the 16-35 at 28mm. That said, since I haven’t had a chance to shoot super-wide before I’m still in the honeymoon phase with the zoom. I’m guessing when that’s over I’ll go back to having this always on the camera. For now it’s been staying out of the bag when I’m traveling light or trying to avoid changing lenses outside.
Nikon 50mm f/1.4 - Sometimes it’s dark and you want to take pictures of things that might be moving. Sometimes you want super thin depth of field. Sometimes you just need a 50mm. This lens covers all these situations. That said, if I’m trying to travel light and not shooting people I’m probably not carrying this.
Nikon 85mm f/1.8 - Another new lens and another one that I typically keep in my bag. It serves the purpose of letting me shoot things that are fairly far away, or letting me take portraits from a comfortable distance. It’s super sharp, light, and not crazy big. Since it also covers a much different focal length, I find myself keeping it in the bag to compliment the 16-35 and forgoing the 28mm and 50mm on certain days.
Spare Memory Cards - One of these is an Eye-Fi card which lets me send pics from the camera to my phone so I can share them from wherever.
Microfiber Cloth and Lens Pen - The 16-35 seems to be real fussy if anything gets on the front element. These two items keep it clean.
Spare Battery - I almost have never have to use this and I’m pretty sure I’d run out of memory card space before I ran out of juice, but it’s best to be safe.
The Other Stuff
Field Notes Book and Pen - Sometimes it’s a lot easier to write down information rather than to try to put it in my phone. That’s where this comes in. The pen writes well and the book isn’t easy to rip. Kinda cliché to have a Field Notes book in a camera bag these days but what can I say? It works.
Nintendo 3DS XL - I swore I was done with Nintendo but Pokémon X&Y was too much to resist. Right now I’m playing A Link Between Worlds and having the most fun I’ve ever had with a 2D(ish?) Zelda game. This goes in the bag so I can get all the Street Passes.
Aquaphor Healing Ointment - This is the best lotion I’ve ever used. If you gave just that little tube to Ashy Larry then they would just call him Larry.
A Comb - My hair is long enough that this works on my head and beard. That’s good because brushes take up more space.
Mophie Power Station Mini - My 5S battery is actually surprisingly good when I’m out shooting but just in case I have this little guy. I keep a lightning to USB and micro USB to USB cord to charge my phone and anybody else’s.
Headphones - I don’t listen to music when I shoot, but if I’m riding public transportation or doing something else where I’m not shooting I’ll probably have these on.
Thanks for reading and indulging me while I do my JCH impression.