What's in my Camera Bag?
While the craft of making photographs is far more important than the gear you use, what you use will determine how easily you are able to do different types of photography. I have been doing photography for a little over a year so my kit is still basic but everything on here has helped me learn and progress. With the gear I own I have been able to do astrophotography and portraits, as well as improve my landscape and cityscape photography.
This is all the gear that I currently own:
I’ve already written how I came to the decision to buy the Nikon D3400 as my first camera, and if you want to read that, you can here. I have almost had the camera a year now and it has been fantastic for me as a beginner (all my photos have been taken on this).
Since writing this, Nikon have released the D3500 which I would suggest you take a look at. It features an updated design as well as a few features such as improved battery life and a Bluetooth connection. This means you can now use your phone as a shutter release which wasn’t an option available on the older D3400
Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 EX DC HSM
I bought this lens as a direct replacement for the kit lens that came with my D3400 and it hasn’t disappointed. In addition to giving me sharper photos, the lens also has a constant f2.8 aperture which gives it better low light performance. This not only lets you take better photographs indoors, but also opens up astrophotography if that is something you want to try out. Check out my blog post on how I photographed the Milky Way an hour from London if you want to see what I did.
Nikon 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-P DX VR
Not too much to say about this other than it is the kit lens that came with my D3400. It has a variable aperture that ranges from f3.5 at 18mm to f5.6 at 50mm and features image stabilisation. I’ve had a good experience with the lens and have taken some photos that I am very pleased with. It does however struggle in low light, particularly towards 50mm due to that higher aperture.
As a starter lens I think it is great option, but I ended up purchasing the Sigma 17-50 f2.8 to replace it
Manfrotto Element Big Traveller Tripod with Ball Head
I bought the Manfrotto Element tripod to replace a much cheaper budget tripod (search TAIROAD tripod on Amazon if you want to see it) I was having some issues with. The different between this and a budget tripod is massive. It is more stable, folds down smaller and has a ball head with two spirit level dots. One of its legs is also removable allowing you to create a monopod if you have a need for one.
I highly recommend looking into this if you are looking for your first tripod.
Gobe Filter Kit 77mm: UV, CPL Polarizer, FLD, ND1000 + Graduated Orange, Blue, Grey, Red, Yellow, Green
I’d been considering buying Gobe filters for a while before I made this purchase, but my helicopter trip in New York pushed me to purchase these due to the slim profile CPL filter that comes in this set.
I can’t recommend Gobe Filters enough. They are made from Japanese Optical Glass (bar the colour filters which are plastic) and features a UV filter, CPL filter, FLD filter, an incredible 10 stop ND1000 filter (great for super long exposures in the day time), and 4 graduated coloured filters.
For every purchase you make they also plant 5 trees.
Neewer 55MM Professional UV CPL FLD Lens Filter and ND Neutral Density Filter(ND2, ND4, ND8) Accessory Kit
This inexpensive set of filters was something I purchased for my kit lens so I could experiment with long exposures. At sub £20 at the time of buying, it was great value despite not being the highest quality filters you can find on the market. With this set you get 3 neural density filters (ND2, ND4, ND8), a CPL filter, UV Filter, and an FDL filter. It also comes with a rubber lens hood, a lens cap and a plastic hands hood.
Lenspen NDSLRK-1 W Elitepro Cleaning Kit for DSLR Camera
There is nothing more annoying than going out for a shoot to find your photos are full of dust spots when you get home. I bought the LensPen set to stop just that. You get a cleaning pen for your lenses, filters, and sensor so you can keep your camera free of dust and in great working order.
Lowepro Tahoe 150 Backpack
This camera backpack was a last minute purchase before I went to New York. I wanted a camera bag that had additional compartments in addition to being able to hold all of my camera gear and this has all of that. There is enough space for me to hold my tablet along with some other accessories in the front, while inside the main compartment there is space for my camera with lens, another 2-3 lens and my filters. It is also incredibly comfortable to wear and feels like an actual backpack. It also has straps on both sides if you want to attach a tripod to the bag.
The Pig Iron L-Bracket is a universal L bracket for DSLR and Mirrorless cameras that I bought in order to easily mount the camera vertically on the tripod without having to adjust it. It is extremely solid, and if your tripod has an arca-swiss compatible head you can fit this right on without having to change anything.
AmazonBasics Wireless Remote Control
Since the D3400 does not feature a port for a wired shutter remote, I opted to purchase this inexpensive Amazon Basics wireless remote instead. It works via infrared and is handy to use when you have the camera on a tripod. Just remember to set the shooting mode to remote or you’ll wonder for a while why it isn’t working!
SanDisk Ultra SDXC Memory Card Up to 80 MB/s, Class 10, U1, 64 GB
This is a very basic 64GB Class 10 memory card from Sandisk. I always recommend buying brand name memory cards as they are more reliable as the last thing you want to happen is to lose all of your photos. I’d also recommend buying these online at somewhere like Amazon as you will find these memory cards significantly more expensive on the high street (almost double the cost).
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