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What’s In My Bag: A Global Travel Photographer & Vlogger’s Versatile Sony Alpha Kit

Pierre T. Lambert (@pierretlambert) is a global travel photographer and vlogger with a passion for capturing the stories that unfold right in front of his eyes. In this video replay of his What’s In My Bag LIVE event, he walks us through the gear he would back in his bag for a bigger trip. “I packed this as if I were going on a big trip,” he explains, “so I want to show you what I would take on a bigger trip, not just a day hike or day trip in the city.” Watch the video below and keep reading for more information about the Sony Alpha cameras, Sony lenses and accessories you’ll find in his travel photo and video kit.

Global travel photographer and vlogger Pierre T. Lambert shares the Sony Alpha cameras, Sony lenses and accessories he would pack for a big trip.

Cameras

Sony Alpha 1 & Sony Alpha 7S III: “Because of what I do on YouTube, I usually have two cameras. One of them that’s always out, which is the Alpha 7S III for filming the behind the scenes that you guys see, and the other one is for getting ready to shoot stills. So the Alpha 7S III will be with someone who is helping me shoot video or be with me. But when I’m going on an airplane, which might be a question you guys have, and sometimes if I’m really heavy, I keep one camera in hand.”

Lenses

Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 G Master: “A lens I’ve loved and used in so many different circumstances. It’s also a lens I’ll use when it’s snowing or when it’s raining, or when it’s really heavy conditions because I know that it can handle those elements.”

“I have the 70-200mm at the bottom of the backpack. Because it is currently the heaviest part of my gear, the heaviest lens, I want to make sure that the weight is at the bottom and closer to my hips.”

Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 G Master: “What is important with this lens is that it’s the lens that I use when I don’t know what I’m going to shoot. When I don’t know the environment, this is a great lens for me to use. It goes everywhere and it’s such an all-rounder.”

“I might have an ND filter on this lens or not, depending on if I’m using it with the Alpha 7S III for video or using it for photography.”

Sony 14mm f/1.8 G Master: “This is a lens I’ve come to really love. At first I thought I didn’t know how I would really use it outside of architectural shots and city shots. I actually started loving that 14mm f/1.8 GM. It’s really something that allows me to capture different angles. We are really used to the same frames, you know 35mm, 24mm and even the 16-35mm is a very known classic. 14mm gives you that extra range which can make it very interesting.”

Sony 24mm f/1.4 G Master & Sony 35mm f/1.4 G Master: “I’ve got a 24mm, and this is where it gets interesting. Depending on what I have, I might take the 24mm f/1.4 GM or the 35mm f/1.4 GM. It’s going to be a call of judgment based on where I’m going to go. Let’s say I go more urban, I’ll probably go for the 35mm f/1.4 G Master. It’s going to be great for shooting at night, some street photography, those little tight shots but not too tight. The 24mm is going to be wider. If I’m going on an adventure, maybe outdoors, I’ll take the 24mm because it allows me to capture a little bit more of the environment. And with f/1.4, you can’t go wrong shooting at night.”

Sony 50mm f/1.2 G Master: “We’ve got my latest favorite which is the 50mm f/1.2. It really hits between that long lens and that really short. 50mm is something I would guess, if you’ve watched any video on YouTube or if you read any blog, is literally one lens that everyone wants in the beginning, right? It’s something that we can get for cheap, the f/1.8 version, and then maybe later on down the line you will want to upgrade to the f/1.2. Which I never thought I did until I tried it. Then I was like, ‘Wow, OK I get it.’

Accessories

Atlas Athlete Pack: “I’ve been using the Atlas Athlete Pack for years. I’m super happy with it. It’s great, it’s super versatile. It’s like a hiking backpack but for cameras so it actually feels great when you are carrying it all day.” 

Drone: “I usually take my drone with me and for that I try to compartmentalize it because sometimes when you’re in the field you might not need it in every circumstance. So I found a hack and I managed to fit in this tripod bag which is great. I just put it at the top of the bag.”

Polarizing Filters: “I try to get those effects when necessary in camera all the time. These don’t run too expensive and are a good piece of gear.”

Laptop & Side by Side Pouch With Cables: “I’m going to have my laptop here and a bunch of cables. So I have a special pouch from Side by Side for cables and chargers and all of that.”

Memory Cards: “I have the new CFexpress Type A on the Alpha 1 and the Alpha 7S III, and I also have the SD UHS-II that will go in there. The CFexpress are a little limited, they’re much higher budget than the SD, so I try to juggle and whatever is important and needs a lot of writing data will go to that one.”

Tripod: “I’m not a big tripod lover in life. I’m one of those, if I can find a pole or a rock, I’d rather do that than have to carry my tripod. But I’ll usually try to include it on specific trips.”

Strap: “I have a strap that I will put on the camera whenever needed. If I’m in a city, I don’t know the environment, I don’t want someone to grab my camera and run away. I’ll use this so if anyone tries to grab it they pull me with it.”

Plastic Bag: “If you’re ever in a place and you’re thinking, It’s raining, I can’t shoot, I don’t have the right gear or whatever, I always carry a little plastic bag with me. You can even take anything and cut a hole in it.”

Micro Cloths: “I recommend you just stuff these in your bag. You usually get them for free with lenses or with filters. Just put a bunch of them in your backpack because there’s nothing worse than being out in the field and having a wet tshirt and not being able to clean the lens or anything. So reaching out for one of these will really help to keep your gear clean.”

Hydration Tabs: “When you’re out there shooting in the field, you don’t want to get tired.”

Tools: “In case I need to remove tripod heads or tripod screws, this is super helpful.”

See more of Pierre T. Lambert's work on Instagram @pierretlambert.

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