What’s in my.. rally photo kit This is one out of three kits I use during offroad rally’s in Africa. This part is about my camera gear, combined with two other kits which are my backpack with laptop and essentials, and my big bag, provide me with gear for 2 weeks but is not necessary for daily use.
The case I use is the Pelican 1510 Protector Carry-On case. The most protective case you can find with military specs for protection against water, dropping, and fire. It’s covered in stickers I collected over the years during different trips. The 1510 is the maximum carry-on size for most airlines, but I have to admit, I’ve never flown with it because of the weight. This case is lined with the TrekPak divider set which is nowadays owned by Pelican, and a Pelican Lid organizer which has five mesh pockets with zippers to carry extra gear.
The main compartment of this case contains my photography gear consisting out of two Canon 1Dx camera body’s. These cameras were bought second hand because they wear down a lot in my kind of work. Therefore it’s not profitable to buy two brand new cameras. It’s different for glass, during rally’s I carry three lenses. My Canon 70-200mm F.28 is my main workhorse and is supported by the Canon 24-105mm F4 and the Samyang 14mm F2.8. These three lenses provide me with a range from 14mm until 200mm, and with the Canon 1,4 extender even until 280mm.
Besides the ‘main’ photography gear I also carry a DJI Mavic Pro with two spare batteries. This is a welcome extra angle in many situations and I use it as an extra addition, not as a replacement for the normal photos. My drone has already survived a lot and still flies as desired despite the necessary traces of use. Still, I am looking for a worthy replacement.
In terms of accessories, I carry the Think Tank Pee Wee Pixel which has four Lexar CF card spots (for my 1Dx) and has three SD card spots which are filled with Samsung Micro SD cards in SD adapters. And ofcourse a set of lens cloth and pen to clean the lenses.
I carry five Canon LP-E4N batteries that can get me through two, maybe three, full days of shooting on two cameras. In the same case, I also carry my charger so whenever possible I charge my batteries back up again.
Speaking about batteries, I always carry a powerbank. Over the years I’ve tried many brands and the most rugged sit in this case. This one is by GoalZero and also functions as a flashlight in my case.
Because I’m not just a photographer I also carry some extra gear to do interviews, spoken and on video. Therefor I carry the DJI Osmo Pocket which is very small and has enough specs to do on location interviews. On the audio part of that I carry the Rode Wireless GO which can be connected to the DJI Osmo Pocket. For quick quotes I use my Zoom H1 audio recorder, this is an older model but still serves me fine. When I have more time to set up interviews I will combine the Rode Wireless GO with the Rode smartLav+ lavalier microphone for better quality. The Zoom H1 is also the back-up for when the Rode Wireless GO is out of batteries.