I like to travel very light and over the years that has seen my bags and tools getting more and more minimal, though I doubt it can really get much more minimalist than my current set up. My work entails lots of wandering and walking so simplicity and lightweight is key. It also helps for me to stay as inconspicuous as possible which is reflected in both my choice of cameras as well as the bag I carry them in.
Here's the list of what I carry:
- Domke F-803 camera satchel
- Leica M3 dual stroke
- Leica Summicron DR 50mm 2.0 lens
- B+W MRC PRO UV/Haze filter
- Domke Gripper strap
- Business cards
- Tiffen lens cleaning tissue
- Moleskine notebook
- Parker clicky pen
- Victorinox Swiss Army Knife
- Ilford HP5 film
- Apple iPhone 5 (used to take photo)
I can't speak highly enough of the items I carry. Each and everyone of them is no more, and no less, than exactly what I need. I'm not going to get into any kind of reviews here as there are more than enough out there of the equipment I use if you want to do a search and satisfy your techy side. Needless to say, they are professional quality, time tested, exacting tools that allow me to craft the very best images I can. I suppose there are times when I wish I had a different lens or an additional camera body with me, but regular carry and use of them would get in the way of the spontaneity of how I work as well as discourage me from traveling as far or for as long as I do now.
Famous long distance backpacker and adventurer, Ray Jardine, once said, " If you need it and don't have it, then you don't really need it." Words to shoot by.