A Peek Inside My Camera Bag 3

The most important camera bag essentials

That moment when I sit down at my computer to download picture files and I realize there is not enough space on my computer for all of them…

Oh, Photographer problems! 

RAW, jpeg, videos, aerials, etc… The list goes on and on! But this, my friends, is my passion! I’ve been so glad to have the opportunity these past few years to really delve into my photography, find my style, and grow! 

So what are the most important camera bag essentials?

Here is a peek inside my camera bag. The things that just make me all giddy inside! 

1. The Camera – Canon 6D Full Frame

Canon 6D Camera

The best features I love is the amazing performance in low light situations with the high ISO. I also love the incredible color and contrast with full frame quality! 


2. Lens #1 – Canon 24-70mm f/4L IS 

My essential comes-with-me-everywhere lens. Wide zoom lens

24-70mm IS L Lens

3. Lens #2 – Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS

The next lens I consider a must-have in all situations. It has a fabulous zoom!


70-300mm IS Lens

4. Lens #3 – Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro

Nothing screams detail like a Macro lens. I’m so excited to have this lens in my collection. It’s my photographers dream come true! Check out some of the amazing butterfly photos I captured in Costa Rica! This is a great lens but I don’t travel with it everywhere because the other lenses cover all I need while traveling. 



5. Lens #4 – Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens 

This is a great lens I like using for portraits and building architecture but this one stays at home while we are on the road. Sweet for taking cat pictures! 

50 mm lens

6. Spy Lens

A perfect way to sneak a shot when you don’t want to draw attention to yourself. The 90 degree angle mirror lets you point your camera in a different direction than your subject. We got some great pictures with this of the indigenous people in Bolivia!

spy lens

7. Memory Cards – SanDisk Extreme 16 GB Flash Memory Card 45MB/s 

memory card 16gb

8. Lens Filters

Some of the filters I always have with me include: UV Protector, Circular Polarizer, Neutral Density Darkening Filter (for blurring waterfalls in full sun). I LOVE my filters and how they help my photos so much!

77mm UV Protector

UV Lens Filter

77mm HRT Circular PL Polarizer Multi-Coated Glass Filter

Circular Polarizer Filter


Tiffen 77mm Digital Neutral Density Filter Kit (ND 0.6, 0.9, 1.2 + Wallet)

Nuetral Density Lens Kit


9. Flash – Canon 430 EX II Speedlight

 I have so much fun with this flash, it’s a lifesaver for fast-moving hummingbirds and little kids! The flash stays behind when we’re on the go but we use it all the time when we’re at home base!

Camera Flash

10. Extra Battery 

It’s just mandatory. I never go anywhere without my backups! 

Camera battery

11. Lens Cloth Cleaner 

I use a Microfiber cloth and store it inside a thick ziplock bag. This is crucial when shooting at waterfalls and I get so many water spots on my lens!

cleaning cloth

12. Dry Sack

For rainy days or getting soaking wet in boats! I almost got my camera soaked at Iguazu Falls! 

dry sack for camera

13. The Camera Bag

Can’t forget that one! Tamrac is a nice brand that I have been using for a few years. I’ve been really happy with it but the main clip has always been a little difficult to clasp with one hand when I’m not looking. I’m usually always on the go so the velcro gives me easy access to my camera.

Camera Bag

Most Recent Photography Equipment

Even has it’s very OWN Camera Bag – Which means, the way we pack for our next our trip is going to be modified so we can bring it with. I can’t wait to get aerials of the neat places we visit! Thank goodness for an understanding wife. (hopefully?) 

DJI Phantom 2 Vision +Plus Quadcopter with built-in DJI 14 MP camera

DJI Drone


I have been having a blast learning new flying routines. I’ve jumped right into choreographing my flights for making videos. It’s quite a bit different editing videos versus pictures. I guess you can say I’m a photographer and videographer in the making. It’s given me a whole new inspiration for taking photos and capturing moments while we are traveling! 

Check out some of my photography and aerial photoshoots at Landon Carlson Photography.

Now this is the full list of all the camera gear I currently have but as you can imagine, it’s impossible to travel with that much. Most of this stays in my camera bag but I have to choose and bring only two lenses. They get so heavy!

My go to lenses while we’re traveling are the 24-70mm and the 70-300mm. This covers everything from wide-angle to picking birds out of a tree.


Share below in the comments what camera gear you travel with!

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3 thoughts on “A Peek Inside My Camera Bag

  • Will @ Bottled Air

    Hey guys, just found you on TBS. I checked out your photography website and your photos look amazing. Nice post, it’s great to see what goes on behind the scenes of good photography.

    We had a really basic Sony a3000 camera until we gave it away the other night. It was great for honing our photography skills, but it’s time to move on and grab Canon 60D/70D when we get to Bangkok in a few days.

    I look forward to following your updates.


    • Landon Post author

      Hi Will,

      Thanks for stopping by. Photography is a huge reason why I love traveling! Enjoy your time in Thailand – maybe we’ll cross paths sometime.