Here it is! I’ve had a TON of requests over the years for a “What’s in my bag” video. The trouble is, what’s in my bag varies by location. So, I decided to start with the wildlife kit I use when I’m in Costa Rica. However, this is also a really great “general purpose” wildlife kit as well.
For this video, we’ll discuss not only what’s in the bag, but WHY it’s in the bag as well. I’ll cover the bag I use, the accessories, the light modifiers, lenses, and cameras. So, sit back, relax, and hit play 🙂
Please Note: The video above is about what works for me. I’ve spent a lot of time in CR and this kit works perfectly for what I shoot. However, that doesn’t mean it’s the only way to go and I’m certainly not implying that it is. I’m just showing you what I take and why.
I’ve also had good luck with my D500 and 600 F/4 + 300 F/4. I’ve taken along the 180-400 once, as well as my 200mm macro instead of my 105. I have also used a 500PF there too in some conditions. Tons of options with LOTS of overlap. So, this isn’t meant to me the end-all and be-all of CR gear, just what I’m currently using 🙂
Also, I’ve had a few comments (some snarky) on YouTube about the expense of the gear. Please keep in mind that I do this for a living and the camera and lenses are my business equipment.
In reality, the cost of equipment for a wildlife photographer is quite low when compared to other businesses. Compare the cost of the gear in this video to the cost of opening a simple Subway restaurant (it can cost upward of $260,000).
I certainly understand that what’s in my bag is mighty be considered excessive for a hobbyist, but at the same time showing you a bunch of less expensive stuff I don’t actually use would have been disingenuous.
Links / names of the products in the video (order in which they appeared)
Micro Fiber Cloth (I like the 10×10 size)
Nikon Lens Wipes (they work on other brand too 😉 )
Nikon lens / body cap set (generic – less than $7)
Really Right Stuff LC-A12 (300mm Collar)
Really Right Stuff LC-18 (600mm Foot)
Really Right Stuff B2-LR-II Lever-Release Clamp (60mm) (clamp)
Really Right Stuff TH-DVTL-40 Round Dovetail Plate (Dovetail Small, round)
Really Right Stuff TH-DVTL-55 Dovetail Plate Dovetail (for larger heads, like the BH-55)