I’m at it again…..Sorry!

3 weeks ago 9
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Some of you seem enjoy this, some wish I would just quit!!!!!  Fat chance, I enjoy it too much!  My apologies to those that have had enough!


So as I plan my travel for 2023 I plan to drive to almost all my shooting locations and therefore I can now take all my gear, might as well, if you own it and it is not with you, why own it!!!???   I’ve broken my gear into three bags so that I can select just what I need for any kind of work.  First, I will not be carrying any of these on my back, I will carry only the small shoulder bag nothing else will actually leave the vehicle while in the field, all are way too heavy for that!  I have pictured, below, the interior shoots off the two bigger bags.  One is my most used bodies and lenses in a Guru Gear Kiboko 16L V2.0,  and the second holds the specialized lenses that certainly get use, but less often in a Tamrac Anvil Slim 11 backpack.    The shoulder bag ( a Think Tank Retro 10), is my jump in the car and go hunt Americana subjects and of course family and people, not that my family are not people!  The perfect lens package for photographing people is a 24mm, 35mm and 95mm which is the effective focal lengths of these lenses!that my family are not people!





I did not list all the small accessories in the bags, maybe on another day!


So just in case you wondered, here it is!




the pilgrim


Full List of all Gear:



Main Assignment Bag:
Guru Gear Kiboko V2.0 16L+
Fujifilm X-T5  –  Fujifilm X-H1  –  Fujifilm X-T1
Lenses:  14mm f 2.8  –  16mm f 2.8  –  23mm f 1.4
27mm f 2.8  –  35mm f 2  –  50mm f 2  –  60mm f 2.5 Macro
18-55 f 2.8 – 4  –  70-300 f 4 – 5.6



Additional Lens Bag
Tamrac Anvil Slim 11
Lenses:  Rokinon 8mm f 2.8  –  10-24 f 4   
T-TArtisan 50mm f 1.2  –  16-80 f4  –  80mm f 2.8 Macro
90mm f 2  –  50-140 f 2.8  –  100-400 f 4.5-5.6



Small Out & About & People bag
Peak Design Everyday Sling 6L  (below)
Body:  Fujifilm X-Pro 2
Lenses: 16mm f 2.8  –  23mm f 2  –  50mm f 2  –  27mm f 2.8 Pancake 




Since I did this post I ordered a Peak Design Everyday Sling 6 L size and it holds the above gear in the bulkier Think Tank Retro 5 Leather edition and I think I will like it better for everyday carry, in fact I got one more small lens in the bag as well, the 27mm f 2.8 pancake lens.  It appears to be very well designed and made, I will give it a try and we will see!


9 Responses

  1. Rodney McKnight says:

    I love all this talk…Keep it coming. You take time out of your day to talk about all kinds of things…most very helpful even if I have heard it before…..I just love hearing from you. you always have some good thoughts…sometimes photography, sometimes reasonable stuff about life…Look forward to all your posts my friend!

  2. Bill+Fortney says:

    Thanks Rodney, I love sharing, glad someone enjoys it too!

  3. If your mind is not working on playing with your toys….its just wasted time…

    So awesome your toys are also your work tools…

    What a great job to have.

    Eric Wojtkun

  4. admin says:

    Late Note: I just picked up a Pack Design Sling 6L and it holds the stuff in the Think Tank leather bag more compactly and I think I’m going to like it, time will tell!

  5. David W says:

    Ah.. Bags and travel. This is a topic that impacts photographers that are not doing studio only work. Are you on a day trip to a waterfall or an airshow? Is is a short visit to a family birthday gathering or a workshop? While we don’t shoot with the same kit, the discussion of what to carry and how to protect it helps all of us. Thanks for sharing your experiences and insights into bag choices and what you are carrying.

  6. admin says:

    Thanks David, my pleasure and fun!!!!

  7. Dick+Ginkowski says:

    I almost feel as if I’m cheating as my two X-T30’s (or one X-T30 and X-T2) with 18-135 and 70-300, Sirui T-2205x tripod, ballhead and Marumi diopters (similar to Canon 500D/Nikon T) all fit with clothes in a Boarding Blue carryon that even flies free when I have to use Frontier or Spirit (ugh). I’ve even squeezed the 100-400 in there.

    Though I slowed down my G.A.S. (and learned to like what I have) I owe you thanks for turning me on to Fuji ten years ago. Easier travel and lighter weight (alas, lighter wallet).

    Someday I’d like to see you post about Fuji sensor cleaning. I’ve seldom had to do it but when I have it’s been a pain. Seldom does blower bulb or Pentax gel stick get the worst out.

    Thanks. (Maybe someday Shirleen will write a guest column about your bag collection. My wife threatens me if I buy another bag. While no new camera bags I have carryons keyed to which airline I’m flying, especially foreign carriers.) 🙂

  8. Bill+Fortney says:

    Several years back, Sherelene mandated that any guest to our home visiting me had to leave with a camera bag!!!! I’ve actually gone to a workshop with a dozen bags or backpacks asking every attendee to take one home with them! I fully confess to being a “Bag of the Month Club Charter Member!”
    I do get excited about a new bag or pack and have to give it a try! I think I’m getting better, at least I hope I am!!!!!