My Photo Bag

FS in CYB 3

My Backpack:

In general, I carry all my equipment in the field in my Lowepro Vertex 300 AW backpack. This holds all my gear for most assignments. I do use a smaller Lowepro Flipside backpack when going light, or traveling internationally.


I carry the Gitzo G1325 tripod with the Kirk BH-1 ballhead with quick release plates for all lenses and cameras.


I currently carry the Nikon D700, D300 and the F100 film camera for slides, but I have been using the F100 less and less. The new D700 is my primary full frame camera.

DX Lenses:

·      Nikkor DX 12 - 24mm f4 G IF-ED

·      Nikkor DX 16 - 85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Full Frame Lenses;

·      Nikkor 16 - 35mm f/4G ED VR

·      Nikkor 70 - 300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR

·      Nikkor 80 - 200mm f/2.8D ED

·      Tamron 28 - 75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD

·      Sigma 105mm f/2.8 Macro


Nikon SB R200 – I use the built in flash in the D700 & D300 more frequently, but I still use the R200 for studio work and in the field for fill flash.


·      Circular polarizers for all lenses

·      4-Stop Neutral density filter for moving water shots in daylight

·      Cokin Z-Proseries Graduated Neutral Density filters – 3 strengths S-M-L

·      Canon 500D Macro Diopter


·      Memory Cards equal to 32 GB minimum

·      Nikon MC-30 remote cord

·      Kirk Long Rail – focusing rail for macro

·      Extra Nikon camera battery

·      JOBY Gorillatorch – a maneuverable flashlight

·      Garmin E-Trex Venture GPS unit with Basecamp software

·      Adorama macro-flecta small reflector for macro images

·      Leatherman tool with pliers

·      Small plant clamps for macro images to keep small things from moving

·      Allen wrenches with spare nuts and bolts for tripod

·      Spare car and house key

·      Manuals for camera and flash unit

·      Business cards and small flyers

·      Toilet paper, first aid kit, blower brush, cleaning cloths, shower caps 

Computer Gear:

In my computer bag and a carry-all bag in my car or luggage I carry an Apple 11” MacAir laptop with all chargers and cables, and the following:

·      Lexar Firewire 800 card reader

·      iphone for general directions, GPS and SOS

·      Navigion GPS car navigation system

·      ipod connector – for music where no radio comes in

·      LaCie – 80 GB external hard drive – I have never filled it in one trip (yet)

·      Corkscrew – for wine - one must remain civilized



© Frank Serafini 2018