What's in my camera bag
Camera Gear by Brendan van Son

What’s In My Camera Bag?

I get asked gear questions more than anything.  And, the honest truth is that I don’t really like answering photography gear related questions because I think that gear doesn’t matter all that much. Sure, as you grow as a photographer your gear will need to grow with you.  But there is no point in having great photo gear in your camera bag unless you’re getting the most out of it.

Still, I wanted to list all the gear in a list form in case you missed some of the pieces in the video.

So, here’s ALL my photography gear:


  • Canon RP with Canon 17-40mm f/4 – This has become my vlogging set-up, and I love it.  I can’t see myself changing vlogging set up.
  • Ronin-SC Gimbal – My gimbal stabilizer. 
  • Rode Video Micro – Honestly, the best vlog mic solution.

Camera Bodies


  • Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8 – My new favourite lens. Pretty versatile for an ultra-wide angle lens.
  • Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 – Standard zoom lens. Typical walk around lens.
  • Canon 35mm f/1.8 RF – For the EOS R. I use this lens mostly for street photography.
  • Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8 – Brand new lens. Haven’t tested it even, yet.  I can’t wait, though.
  • Sigma 50mm f/1.4 – One of my favourite pieces of glass. Such sharp imagery, and the colour contrast looks incredible.
  • Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 – I traded in my EF 70-200mm for this lens. I love the added reach, but I missed f/2.8 from time to time so when then RF version came out I got it.  This lens, though, is phenomenal for easy-to-reach wildlife photography like in the Galapagos Islands.


  • Mavic Pro 2 – Likely the best travel photography drone out there. 


  • GoPro Hero 5 Sessions – I basically use this GoPro to get dash cam shots while driving.
  • GoPro Max – A 360 camera I’m planning on using for vlogging.


  • 3 Legged Thing Winston 2.0 – A bit of a beast for a travel tripod. But, it’s sturdy and packs up really well.
  • 3 Legged Thing Jay – My smaller tripod with a leveling base.  Packs up to be tiny.
  • 3 Legged Thing Iggy – Mini tripod for my GoPro or phone.
  • 3 Legged Thing Ellie – The orange L-Bracket I use. It’s used to be able to set your camera on your tripod in portrait orientation.  If you use a Peak Design capture, 3 Legged Thing also has a version of the Ellie that’s compatible. 


Camera Bag

  • Shimoda Action X – This is now my go-to camera backpack and I love it.  It’s honestly as close to as perfect a camera bag can get for travel.  I liked the LowePro and the Burton, but if I have to chuck all my other bags out and keep one, this would be it – hands down.
  • Lowepro ProTactic 450 AW ii – I broke my Burton bag and couldn’t replace it where I was. So, I got the Lowepro ProTactic 450AW ii and I really liked it. It’s tough, and definitely does the trick. But, not quite perfect.
  • Burton F-Stop Camera Bag – I wish it had a bit more space up top. But pretty comfortable and rugged.



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