Bobby get a lot of queries on what’s in his camera bag, so what better way to show you guys than through a video?
Let’s start with one of the most asked questions, what bag is it? Bobby has been using the Gitzo Century Traveller Camera Backpack (S$398) for the last year, and the one big thing about this bag is that it doesn’t look like a camera bag at all.
There’s a front zipper for tripods, a laptop sleeve in the back, a small compartment on the top and two side pockets for easy access to camera equipment. The backpack is lightweight and really well made. There’s plenty of space in the bag, and Bobby has had occasions when he put two large camera bodies (Fujifilm GFX100 and Sony A7RIV) and other big lenses.
When you’re travelling overseas and want to be discreet and not let everybody know you’re carrying expensive camera gear with you, this backpack does the job.
Moving on to the important stuff, cameras. Bobby actually doesn’t own a digital camera system yet, but he uses a film camera, the Leica MP A La Carte Black Paint paired with a Voightlander 50mm f/1.2.
With regards to digital camera systems that we have on loan, Bobby’s alternating between the Sony A9 II, the Nikon Z7 paired with the Nikkor Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S lens, the Fujifilm X-T4 and the Panasonic S1R that Bobby has really grown to like a lot.
People tend to ask what the red pull tabs attached to the cameras are, and they’re Peak Design’s quick-release clips that work with their camera straps. It makes swapping straps between cameras a breeze, and the pull tabs are super sturdy so you don’t have to worry about it snapping if you’re carrying a heavy camera.
Next up is audio. In Bobby’s home studio, it’s a more controlled environment so he can use the 2.4GHz Deity Duo RX which is synced wirelessly to the Deity Wireless S-Mic 2S paired with a Deity HD-TX transmitter.
Out in the field though, a 2.4GHz system might experience some interference, so Bobby runs with the Sennheiser AVX-ME2 system which runs on 1.9GHz. It’s incredibly easy to set up and the good thing is that you don’t have to go into your camera settings to adjust your audio, it can all be done on the system.
For the lavalier mic, Bobby uses the Deity W.Lav Pro which is a beige coloured mic that is great for situations if you need to tape it to the person speaking, the audio quality is fantastic and the mic is IP57 water-resistant so no worries about sweat.
There’s also another option, the SmartMike+ by SabineTek can be clipped onto shirts like the Rode mic, but it can also be held in the hand and it gives really good audio. It can also connect to smartphones or cameras and the major plus point is that it’s easy to carry around because it’s so small and light.
Another mic that can be used on the go is the Deity D3 Pro. First off, it’s lightweight and small. There’s a gain control knob on the back and charges via USB-C. You can also adjust the placement of the hot shoe on the bottom so that the positioning of the mic can be changed on the fly when swapping between shooting videos or photos.
Something that Deity has done is to provide a cable that works with both cameras and smartphones, which is definitely convenient for people who want to film on both their cameras and phones.
SD cards are also essential in any photographer or videographer’s bag, and Bobby uses the Sony Tough SD cards because they have great read and write speeds, they’re durable and they’re the fastest UHS-II cards on the market.
As for tripods, there are two. First is the Sony Bluetooth Grip which works great for smaller cameras, and you don’t necessarily have to use it with Sony cameras, but if you do, there’s Bluetooth functionality, which is really nice.
The second is the GorillaPod Rig from Joby which is a flexible tripod allowing the user to bend the legs to fit rails and such. There are two smaller arms extending to the side, allowing for accessories like lights and such to be easily attached.
And that’s about it. Obviously, not everything goes in at once, but that’s essentially the basics of what goes into Bobby’s camera bag.