A Peek Inside our Camera Bag

We get a lot of questions about what camera and gear we have on hand, so here’s the low-down on what we bring on our adventures.

Camera

Canon 5D Mark IV

A personal preference, but I’m absolutely in love with this camera!

24-105mm Lens

With two kids and one always on me in the carrier, it can get pretty challenging having to swap lenses. Picking an incredibly versatile lens like this lets me avoid having to swap at all! It has exceptional performance for landscapes, is more than acceptable for portraits, and is not too heavy either! I’m always temped to bring a telephoto for our adventures, but this lens is honestly much better for travel and a lot more realistic with two small kids!

Remote Camera Shutter

This is only necessary if you’re going to be doing a lot of low light shots or long exposures. I honestly don’t have time or enough hands to set this up, so I only bring this if I know I’ll be doing astrophotography. In a perfect world I would set up a tripod and plug in the remote shutter for landscape shots too, but kids don’t always give me that luxury.

You can often find a natural tripod (rock, fence, ground, etc), and then just crank up the aperture to make sure everything is in focus and click. You can set an additional 2-second timer on your camera to remove any jitter.

Drone

DJI Mavic Air

DJI is king when it comes to drones, and you’d be hard pressed to find a better drone to travel with than the Mavic Air. 4K photos and video, easy to setup and fly, as well as lots of range and fly time. Most importantly, it is super compact: both the drone and the remote controller it comes with easily fit in our camera bag- and that’s after all our regular camera gear!

Camera Bag

Lowepro Camera Backpack

You really can’t go wrong with Lowepro. It’s large enough to hold everything on this list, with room to spare. We’ll often pack a water bottle, snacks, and charging cables, as well as a portable potty and diapers for the kids.

Essentials

Camera Batteries

These don’t last as long as the original Canon battery that comes with the camera (which lasts several days), but at a third of the price, they’re great to have on hand as backup.

External hard drive

We usually have anywhere from 10-30G of photos saved after a day out, so carrying an external drive is crucial for offloading photos.

Power Converter

AKA the only converter you’ll ever need. Seriously, this thing is so amazingly versatile and acts as the perfect charging station for all 24059204958 of your devices.

Memory Cards

We always have several SD cards as well as some micro SDs for the drone. Make sure you have a few in case one gets damaged, corrupted or lost!

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3 thoughts on “A Peek Inside our Camera Bag

  1. Thanks for giving us an inside look at what camera essentials you carry! We’re looking at getting a drone soon!

  2. Thanks for the tips! Right now we are shooting everything with out iPhone SE’s … and this is it! We do have a nicer camera though we haven’t been using it lately. I also bought a GoPro I am excited to test. The drone shots are so cool but not sure if I have the patience for it…

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