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What's in my bag... it depends... :)

A couple of times now I have been asked what I typically carry with me in my bag when I go out shooting, the answer to which is always, "it depends".

I'm not trying to avoid the question with this answer but it really does depend on what I am going to shoot and how heavy or light of a bag I feel like carrying if I'm shooting just for myself but I thought I'd try to cover the most common things that I have. You can find links to most of these things in my gear page, if you're interested....

So I always have my Sony A7ii with me and 80% of the time, I have the Sony FE 28-70mm lens on it. Partly because it's the only zoom lens that I currently own :) but also because when I'm walking around and not sure what kind of situation I'm going to come across, I like to give myself some options in terms of focal length.

If I'm shooting portraits, whether corporate headshots, kids, portraits etc, then I my go to lens is the Zeiss Batis 85mm F1.8. I personally think that this lens does a good job of capturing portraits and to be honest at times I even use it to capture landscapes.

Besides that I have a manual 200mm Jupiter 21M F4, that weighs around a kilo but is a solid lens and useful for when I need to get in close. I mainly use it for landscapes at the moment.

I also have a Carl Zeiss Jena Pancolar 50mm F1.8 that takes wonderful portraits and is just a great general purpose lens. It's also a manual lens but it takes fantastic images, my only regret is that I don't use it more often.

Otherwise I have a B+W polariser in the bag with me and a Hoya 10 stop ND Filter, 6 batteries (usually I use one or two) but I sometimes forget to charge them, so it's handy to have spares (typing this sentence just reminded me to charge two of them). I also carry 5 SD cards with me, I have two Lexar professional 32GB 1000x cards, two Sony 32GB cards and 1 SanDisk Extreme 64GB card. I've found that 32GB is pretty much a good capacity/risk ratio for me, so I tend to stick to those.

Besides those there are the usual array of lens cloths, lens pen, just in case :)

Tripods - I have three, you can find details for them in the gear page but I carry the Mefoto with me quite a lot, the Manfrotto I save for the trips where I need something solid and I have a Cullmann Magnesit Copter that I take to places that don't allow tripods because it's small and unobtrusive.

That's pretty much it right now, I'm sure this will change if I get into the position to buy more lenses etc :) If I'm going ultra-light then I have the A7, the 28-70 and the 85, together with the cards and batteries. Anything else really does depend on whether I'm going to shoot portraits or lead a photo tour (www.praguephotoguides.com).

If you have any questions, let me know :)