Camera Bag

This is the current list of the kit that I am using.

Camera + Lenses

Panasonic Lumix G5

This is my main Camera, the Panasonic Lumix G5. It has all the features and power of a larger DSLR but in a smaller size. It is 16 mega pixels and can use the full range of Micro Four Thirds Lenses.

Panasonic Lumix G5

Panasonic Lumix G5

Panasonic Lumix GF5

My 2nd camera of choice is the excellent, and small, Panasonic Lumix GF5. This is a Micro Four Thirds system camera and has a great choice of interchangeable lenses from vendors like Panasonic, Olympus, and Sigma. This camera is very small and is ideal for when you want to be out shooting, but more discreet.

Panasonic Lumix GF5

Panasonic Lumix GF5

Panasonic Lumix G X VARIO 14-42mm Lens

I purchased my Panasonic Lumix GF5 with the 14-42 Zoom lens. This isn’t the standard kit lens, but a small power zoom version which makes the total camera footprint much smaller.

Panasonic Lumix G X VARIO 14-42mm Lens

Panasonic Lumix G X VARIO 14-42mm Lens

Panasonic Lumix 45-150mm Lens

As-well as the standard 14-42mm kit lens I also use a 14-150mm Telephoto lens. This lens is much smaller than the Lumix 14-200mm lens that you can get. I want to travel lite, so the reduced size makes all the difference and sacrificing the extra 50mm was worth it.

Panasonic Lumix 14mm-150mm Telephoto Lens

Panasonic Lumix 14mm-150mm Telephoto Lens

Fotga Micro Four Thirds Extension Tubes

My current 14-42mm Lens gives me a maximum focusing distance of greater tham 30cm. I like to do some macro photography from time to time, but I would like to get closer to the subject. I bought these extension tubes to allow this.

Fotga Macro Photography Extention Tubes

Fotga Macro Photography Extention Tubes

Accessories

JJC LED Macro Ring Light

For those occasions where I want to get up close with a subject and take macro photos, I invested in the excellent LLC LED Macro Ring Light. This is very cost effective as it is a continuous light as opposed to a more expensive flash system.

JJC LED Macro Ring Light

JJC LED Macro Ring Light

Hanel Triad 30 Lite Professional Aluminium Alloy Tripod

This tripod wasn’t too expensive, but it folds away very small too. Because the Micro Four Thirds camera system is very small, you don’t need to invest in a really bulky tripod. This tripod has multi angle legs, and has a ball head with quick release plate. This really is a lot of tripod for not a lot of money.

Hanel Triad 30 Lite Professional Aluminium Alloy Tripod

Hanel Triad 30 Lite Professional Aluminium Alloy Tripod

Cokin Neutral Density Filters

These days with software like Photoshop and Lightroom, you don’t really need to be carrying around lots of different colored filters, but from time to time you need to slow down the speed of a shot, or darken the sky. The only filters I carry around now are a set of full and gradient neutral density filters. I use the Cokin P series filters and filter holder.  They are not too expensive but produce very nice results.

Cokin P Series Neutral Density Filter Kit

Cokin P Series Neutral Density Filter Kit

Hama Lens Cleaning Pen

Keeping your lenses clean is very important if you don’t want dust ans finger prints affecting your photos. I use the excellent Hama lens cleaning pen to keep them clean. One site has a goat hair brush for wiping away dust and muck. The other side has a carbon power coated velvet tip for wiping away grease and finger prints. I carry it with my camera all the time and it has proven to be very useful and easy to use.

Hama Lens Cleaning Pen

Hama Lens Cleaning Pen

Lowepro Event Messenger 150 Camera Bag.

This bag is great for carrying around all your kit (especially in the smaller micro four thirds compact camera world). The bag is quite discreet in that it doesn’t looks like a camera bag. The main bag flap secures with Velcro, but if you need to be a bit quieter and subtle when taking your photos, there are pads you can attach over the Velcro to stop the bag making a noise when you open it. It is a very useful bag and it also looks good.

Lowepro Event Messenger 150

Lowepro Event Messenger 150

Software

Adobe Lightroom 5

I do all my photo post processing in Adobes excellent Lightroom 5 package. A lot of photographers use this along side the full blown version of Photoshop. I don’t have the full version of Photoshop, but I do own a license to Photoshop Element which you can also use along side Lightroom. To be honest though, I haven’t found a need to leave Lightroom. Version 5 adds some really  useful new features including a more advanced healing brush, circular filters, and enhanced perspective correction. It’s a great tool and quite easy to use as-well.

Adobe Lightroom 5

Adobe Lightroom 5

3 Responses to Camera Bag

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  2. Peter says:

    Some people suggest leaving a filter on at all times, like a polarising or ND as a lens protector. What do you think of that

  3. Stephen Haunts says:

    I use a Hoya screw on UV filter to protect the end of the lens. This doesn’t effect the image and cuts a little UV glare. I probs wouldn’t permanently keep a polariser on there, but you can get a rotatable one that fits in the Cokin filter folder. I only use ND filters rarely if the contrast if the sky is far too bright that I will blow out the shot.

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