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What's in my bag: Street Photography

When I’m heading out to shoot on the street or for a quick newspaper shoot I want to be as light as possible. I don’t want to lug around a 30 pound camera bag if I’m going to be out all day running around New York City. With that in mind, I still want to have two cameras and two lenses just in case something happens to my primary body and lens. I was never a Boy Scout but we share the same rule... “Always be prepared”.

Depending on the conditions this is the kit I bring with me...

Sony α7 II and ZEISS 55mm 1.8: I use the Sony α7 II as my main camera. I usually pair it with a ZEISS 55mm 1.8 lens. I love the stabilization the camera body offers and the ZEISS lens is incredibly sharp. With this combination I can make beautiful portraits but I can also shoot overalls and details.

* If its dark out or I’m going into a very dark situation I won’t bring the α7 II. I’ll sub it out for a Sony α7S. The α7S is my go to for video work, but in low light situations it is amazing. I can shoot at 12,800 ISO and it looks like 400 used to look like on my old cameras. I really can’t believe that I can shoot in the dark with this thing! Its amazing. 

Voightlander Ultron 28mm 2.0: I bring the Voightlander as a backup lens. I like to shoot manual and this lens is tiny and when you pair it with the Voightlander VM­E Close Focus Adapter you can get pretty close with the 28mm lens giving you a macro capability. 

Sony RX100 III: This is my backup camera but you could really use it as a primary. It has a 1.8 aperture when it’s at 24mm and a viewfinder. I use it all the time. It is very small and quiet and when I’m in a situation where I need to be stealthy it’s perfect. The RX100 III also zooms to 70mm mechanically and even farther if you push it digitally. 

Pelican SD Card Holder: Its waterproof and shockproof. Enough said.

Leatherman Skeletool: I always bring a tool when I’m shooting. You never know what you’re going to need a screwdriver, pliers or a knife for. The Skeletool is small and it has everything I usually need when I’m working. It also has a clip so it can be attached to your belt or to a camera or bag strap. Oh yeah, and there is a bottle opener for when the job is done. 

Domke Bag F­5XB bag: I’ve always liked Domke canvas bags. They don’t cost that much and they last forever. As far as camera bags go, this one is pretty small. It even doubles as a belt bag, though I think you look kinda silly with it attached to your belt.