WHAT'S IN MY CAMERA BAG

PROJECT BANGLADESH '17


ONE WEEK TO GO..



For a photographer there’s not much more exciting than the prospect of going off on a great adventure, camera in hand. New places to discover, new sights, new point of view, new experiences and especially new lessons to learn.

It’s now almost one year that I’m preparing this huge project that will keep me in Bangladesh for over a month. Five weeks journey across lot of locations including Dhaka, Narail, Khulna, Sylhet and Chittagong.

I’ve been dreaming about this trip since I left that fantastic land nearly two years ago and from that exact moment my mind has been filled with lot of ideas.

Writing down and taking notes on stories and photos I imagined and even dreamed of.

And it all started since my body and my brain have been overwhelmed from those amazing people and those incredible places and situations I had the luck to experience the first time.

Ever since it began a long research reading up on the history of the place, culture and religion, customs and habits. Throughout this time the Internet has become one of my essential tools.

And, to be clear, all of this it’s not bad at all. This is without any doubt one of the most exciting parts. The adventure doesn’t start when you arrive at your destination but it begins the minute you think up the idea.

Getting ready for a trip can be a daunting task: choosing the right gear, making sure you pack everything you need, get the visa, vaccines, ensuring that you leave everything at home in good order and, not least, the physical training to be able to carry over 30 kilos of equipment.

I’ve taken already quite a few trips together with my camera and I can say that I learned mostly from my mistakes (lot of them..). In the past, for example, I’ve always tended to over pack my backpack because I was afraid to lose “the opportunity” and I always regretted taking gears that I didn’t end up using.

Not to mention that I always nearly broke my back walking around airports, train stations, busses, villages, rickshaw, hostels etc.

I’ve tried backpacks and shoulder bags of all types, camera specific bags and also general purpose ones. Nothing really stands out as the best, they each have their pros and cons.

Through many photography trips I gradually developed a strategy for traveling lightly and conveniently with a sufficient amount of camera equipment.

I’m pretty sure that my recent combination will be the definitive one (in case I’ll change idea again I’ll let you know..).



HERE’S THE LIST OF WHAT I’LL CARRY ON MY SHOULDERS FOR 5 WEEKS :

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Quechua Forclaz 70 (this is an amazing backpack I own since long time. Not expensive at all, very strong and very practical because of the zipper on top that allow the access to the entire content)

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Internal Camera Unit F-Stops LARGE SLOPE ICU (it can be used as shoulder bag and it fits   perfectly inside the backpack together with all my clothes, the rest of my gears etc)

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Canon 5D mark III

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– Canon 5D mark II

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Batteries PATONA LP-E6n  Premium 2040 mAh

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Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L II USM

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Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

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Canon EF 135mm f/2.0 L USM

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Flash Canon Speedlite 580EX II

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Softbox Dodecagon Diffuser 65

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– nº 2 Transmitters Yongnuo YN-622C E-TTL Wireless

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Tripod Sirui T-025x carbon

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GoPro Hero 5 Black

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Lee Filters holder 100mm System + Lee Filters 0.75 Neutral Density Medium Grad + Big Stopper

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Headlamp Petzl TIKKA plus 110 lumen

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– nº 3 Compact Flash Transcend 64GB 800x

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– nº 2 External Hard Drive WD 2TB Elements

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera

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Belt Think Tank Photo Pro Speed V2.0

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– nº 2 Skin 50 V2.0 Pouch

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Camera Strap BlackRapid RS-4 classic

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