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What’s in my camera bag?

Gear List by Heidi Csernak

MICRO FOUR THIRDS CAMERAS & LENSES

The micro four-thirds line of cameras more than meet my needs as a travel and food photographer while the 16MP sensor allows for medium sizes appropriate wall prints, plus publishing in magazines, books and newspapers.

Having a lighter weight gear allows me to carry a large assortment of options in my camera kit no matter where my sometimes solo adventures take me.

M43 CAMERAS

Panasonic Lumix GH3 - Main Body

It's a big beast, delivering beautiful pictures and smooth video. The batteries last all day, plus its weather sealed.

The battery grip has portrait button controls for vertical use - compatible with GH3 & GH4 - and allows pairing a second battery to the camera as a backup.

Panasonic Lumix GM5 - Backup Body

Tiny, and fits in my pocket with either the 20mm or 14mm with the fisheye converter.

I never leave home without this discreet m43 camera as it's especially useful in restaurants and crowded situations.

The Lumix G85 with its in-body 5-axis stabilization and weather sealing is at the top of my wishlist, followed by the splashproof Panasonic Lumix GH4.

M43 PRIME LENSES

Panasonic Lumix 20mm f1.7

I always, always carry this lens, it's my go-to for food shots and nighttime photography, pairing it with the fisheye converter for super wide angle night shots. Beautiful and smooth bokeh.

Panasonic Lumix 14mm f2.5
+ Lumix Fisheye converter

It's a decent way to capture very wide angle views, and fisheye being one of my favourite fields of view, I desire an upgrade!

Olympus M.Zuiko ED 8mm f1.8

This prime fisheye is high on my wishlist for nighttime photography but as this is not my primary focus nor forte, one of the two fisheye zoom lenses listed below will be a better fit for my needs.

Olympus M.Zuiko ED 7-14mm f2.8

Panasonic Lumix 7-14mm f4

M43 ZOOM LENSES

Panasonic Lumix 12-35 f2.8

Lumix 12-35mm f2.8Weather sealed, dustproof and splashproof - I reach for this lens during inclement weather, extreme temperatures and low light conditions.

Panasonic Lumix 14-140mm

Lumix 14-140mmPerfect all round lens, sharp throughout the entire focal range. This lens is a perfect walkaround lens for city exploration, urban adventures and on the trail.

Panasonic Lumix 100-300mm

Panasonic Leica 100-400mm

A dedicated telephoto lens is high on my wishlist so that I not need to rely on my Lumix FZ300 superzoom for wildlife photography, relegating the aforementioned camera to use with adventures on the water and during inclement weather.

Must-have filters

Circular Polarizer Lens filter

CPLs are great for cutting reflections on glass, seeing through the water surface and I'm a big fan of the deep blue skies with this filter.

Neutral Density Lens filter

Keep an ND filter on hand if you want to do long exposure shots, whether it's capturing natural movement or reducing crowds into blurs.

Essentials & extras

Peak Design Camera Straps

My preference is for Peak Design camera straps, they are easily switched between the gear I am using and quickly removed when not needed. The wide straps are especially comfortable for long periods of time and long enough to wear across the body.

Peak Design Camera Rain & Dust Shell

This is a key piece of gear when I'm travelling for a few days and the weather can't be counted on to stay sunny.

Mini Tripod with Quick Release Plate

The most important part of selecting a tripod is making sure it can hold your camera and lens weight. I chose the Moman Mini Tripod, it can support my heaviest gear without slipping and I do not need to mount my camera awkward places that the flexible legs of a Joby Gorillapod would allow.

Suction Cup Camera Mount

Great for recording video during road trips and timelapse, I own a Delkin Devices Mini Fat Gecko but there are multiple designs available to match your needs.

Small Panel Light, photography & video

While you can turn on your phone flashlight to illuminate a subject, a pocket-sized, mountable, USB charged panel light with adjustable brightness and temperature is a delight to use in photography and video.

Extra Batteries

I've tested all my batteries for longevity, so I'll know how many batteries to bring for day trips and overnights when a charger is not available.

Setting a sleep mode on my camera helps preserve battery life while allowing quick use for photography on the trail without draining juice with constant powering on/off.

Extra Memory Cards

Go the extra mile and find SD cards that are waterproof, freezeproof, heatproof and x-ray proof for added protection of your precious pictures.

Lens Wipes

Don't even think about using your shirt (or fingers) to clean your lenses - bring lens wipes!

Adventure & Action Cameras

There are times when I do not want to risk damaging my main camera with water adventures and the rigours of bad weather, even if the body and the lens are weather-sealed, so I have a lineup of adventure cameras ready.

Panasonic Lumix GF3, 20mm f1.7
+ Polaroid Underwater Housing

Enclosed in the Polaroid case, the Lumix GF3 with lens equipped is completely buoyant in the water.

Intended for scuba diving, the housing allows me to take a micro four-thirds camera out for paddling adventures and through inclement weather without any concerns of water damage.

Panasonic Lumix FZ300

A light superzoom camera for rugged or wet trail conditions. Until I own an m43 telephoto lens I also rely on the FZ300 zoom range for wildlife photography.

SJCAM SJ6 Legend Action|Dash|Cam

A little pocketable camera that's very portable and perfect for dashcam timelapse. Also a great backup for adventures on the water.

GoPro HERO7 Black 4k Waterproof

I'm happy with the SJ6 with 2K video capabilities, but it's not waterproof without a case, so the Hero7 is high on my wishlist.

Audio Recording

Tascam DR-100 Audio Recorder

Is it overkill? Probably, but I won't need to get another portable recorderOther options I'd considered was the Zoom H1, Tascam DR5, Zoom H4N, and the Tascam DR40, but the DR100 was in perfect condition albeit the oldest in this model series.

Comica Mini Shotgun Videomic

A lightweight directional, cardioid mic that connects by a hot shoe or screw mount. This kit comes with everything you need, from carrying case, a mic foam and dead cat plus both TRS & TRRS cables.

A lavalier, like the Tascam DR-10L will come in handy if I need to record interview audio in certain settings, however, the Tascam DR-100 that I currently own works very well handheld. Plus, with its multiple microphone inputs, the DR-100 can also double as a recorder for lav mics.

This gear list contains affiliate links, so if you make a purchase, I make a small percentage from it! I encourage you to shop around for the best prices - I've purchased much of my gear used from eBay and Kijiji.

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