My India 2016- Camera Bag

Hello! For those who don’t know me- my name is Marek and you can read more about me on www.mhphotos.ie 😉 So this is my first post from my trip to India (be gentle on me please!) that I want to share with everyone. Here I just want to quickly go over my equipment and few other bits that I’m bringing with me. I’ve searched Internet and I read number of posts related to travel photography and as you would expect there are many different opinions out there. So I decided to take a bit different approach to my preparation: “forget about what people say/ write take what you think would be right for you”!


On the photo above you can see more less my “bag” for India. I will cover all the things that I’m bringing and the reason behind it.

Let’s get to it…

I will start wit my camera choice (or lack of choice) depends how you approch this!

Nikon D800 is what I’ve been shooting with for a good while now and I’m happy to bring two bodies as my girlfriend Marcelina will be my second shooter. For those who don’t know, I will be focusing on photographing people so I think D800 will do the job in pretty much any scenario.

Lenses …hmm this is where I’ve spent most of my thinking and even right now when I’m writing this post from my hotel room in Mumbai I’m still not sure if I’ve made the right or wrong choices but I guess time will tell and sure I will put another blog related to equipment after my travel to share my experience and things that I’ve learned.

First one and the really important for me is Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art lens the only way I can discribe this lens is love of my life! My number one choice for Street Photography and Inviromental Portrait so I have to have it in my bag.

Number two on my list is Nikon 85mm f/1.4 G. This is my choice for portrait photography. Let’s put it that way- I knew if I had 35mm from Sigma and Nikon’s 85mm I would grab one or two good shots. But I’m hoping to use this one with some off camera lighting that I’m bringing with me but I will cover that later.

Three other lenses that I have in my bag are all zoom lenses: Nikons 14-24 f/2.8 for maybe a bit of architecture or low angle portraits, Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 this one I will use or Marcelina will use it when we are moving from one place to another or when doing a bit of landscape and the last one is Nikon’s 70-200 f/2.8 zoom lens- this lens is sharp and it focuses very fast. I know some would say that this lens is heavy and in to your face but hey I will be carrying this camera bag not them!

Now I want to go over my lighting so I will start wit my tripod! Yes! Tripod! you are probably thinking what tripod have to do with lighting?

This one fits perfectly in to my bag as it works as a tripod, monopod and light stand.

I’m talking about Brian from 3 Legged Thing. It’s a travel tripod made from light carbon. When folded is really tiny and you can expand it to 210cm which you can understand why it works perfectly as a light stand.

I’m also bringing 2 Nikon SB-910 flash heads one to mount on the tripod/light stand and the other to serve as a “kicker”.

My main light will be dressed in 95cm Octa soft box with grid (where needed). This should be enough for most portrait shooting scenarios.

Light will be triggered by set of Pocket Wizards  radio triggers (TT1+TT5’s and AC3 zone controller)

Last one from my lighting department is 45cm round light reflector to help me better shape the light.

I have also set of Lee filters to shoot either in a bright sun or to photograph landscape.

I’m not gonna go over the accessories like memory cards, batteries etc.

But I will mention that I’m bringing 11 inch MacBook Air with portable WD Ultra 2TB external HD to store the photos.

I’ve also decide to document part of the trip with not just photos but video. Even this is not my cup of tea I have in my bag small 4K camera with 3 axis gimbal call OSMO from DJI with couple of spear batteries and set of ND filters. I have to say so far it’s a great fun to film with it. Very shortly you will see some bits filmed with OSMO. Just check out my Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. I will leave liks below.

So that is pretty much my Camera bag for India. If you have any questions please leave the comment below and I will try to answer whenever I can.

Please follow my Facebook, Twitter or Instagram feed as I will be uploading some phone shots, blogging and sharing my experience from all the places that we will be visiting. In my next blog I will be sharing some photos from Mumbai so watch this space.

Cheers, Marek

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