The short answer is whatever will do the job. However here are a few of the more common kits that I will routinely carry.

As of 2015 I have had a few changes to my system and the way that I work, as a result there have been some changes from my 2014 kits. I am relying on the light weight kits increasingly and have been aiming to consolidate the various mirrorless options.

Ultra lightweight – The everyday carry (aka THE BASIC KIT)

I am spoilt for choice, but the mirrorless cameras are the ones I turn to for EDC (Every Day Carry) duties, however I still press the compact cameras into these duties if I am really overloaded with other gear. Common combinations include:


  • Nikon J1 + 1 Nikkor 10mm f/2.8 (27mm equiv)
  • Nikon J1 + 1 Nikkor 18.5mm f/1.8 (50mm equiv)

Compact cameras

  • Fujifilm Finepix F100fd
  • Samsung EX1

Lightweight kit – My basic photo kit (aka THE BASIC PLUS KIT)

This traditionally DSLR kit is now sharing duties with the mirrorless kit.


  • Nikon J1 + 10mm f/2.8 + 18.5mm f/1.8 (sometimes the 10-30mm may be substituted for the 10mm)
  • Sony A7 + Voigtlander Color Skopar 35mm f/2.5 + Voigtlander VM-E (sometimes the Minolta Maxxum 50mm f/1.7 or 17-35mm f/2.8-4 + LA-EA4 will be substituted)


  • Nikon D60 + 35mm f/1.8 (or Micro 40mm f/2.8)
  • Nikon D300 + 35mm f/1.8 (or Micro 40mm f/2.8)
  • Nikon D700 + 35mm f/1.4 (or 17-35mm f/2.8)
  • Sony A65V + 30mm f/2.8 Macro

with the Nikon DSLR based kits I will often carry a second lens, but it depends on what I intend to do on the day.

Heavy kit – When the big guns come out (aka THE KITCHEN SINK)

This kit varies the most with specific lenses being added and removed as needed to suit the job at hand. The core contents include:

  • Nikon D700 (with or without MB-D10)
  • Nikkor AF-S 17-35mm f/2.8
  • Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8
  • Nikkor AF-S 35mm f/1.4
  • Micro Nikkor AF-S 105mm f/2.8 VR
  • Nikon SB-900

As needed the following may be added

  • Nikon D300 – when a second digital body is needed, this is a great general purpose camera
  • Fuji S5 Pro + Phottix BP-D200 – when I need a second digital body, this is my choice of camera for portraiture
  • Sigma APO EX DG Macro 180mm f/3.5 – when a dedicated macro is needed
  • Micro Nikkor AF-D 60mm f/2.8 – another macro option
  • Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8 VR – when a telephoto is needed
  • Voigtlander Color Skopar 20mm f/3.5 SL II – when something wide, or light is needed

This kit resides in my Lowepro Vertex 200 AW or Lowepro Flipside 400AW.

Film – Somethings just need to be captured on film.

I have number of film options, and they are always carried in conjunction with a digital option.

  • Leica M3 + Summicron 50mm f/2
  • Nikon FM2
  • Nikon F80D
  • Fujifilm Natura Classica
  • Fujifilm Klasse W
  • Olympus Mju II

A mirrorless digital usually accompanies the film option selected, but there has been occasions where a Nikon DSLR (or the Sony A65V) has carried, but this usually occurs when the film compacts are in use.

Infrared – When the best light may not be visible light

The D80IR is never carried by itself, being a dedicated IR camera means I run the risk of missing out on a visible light image, so the D80IR is usually backed up by another camera. However, the D80IR is not the only IR capable camera in my arsenal, the Samsung EX1 provides some IR fun when I pack the IR filter, this is another reason I keep this camera in the bag. The accompanying camera really varies depending on conditions.

2014 version

2013 version

2012 version

2011 version

2010 version

UPDATED: 7 March 2015