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. Note, this was updated in January 2024


  • Canon R6 – I bought the Canon R6 to replace the Canon RP. It’s such a good camera for vlogging. It’s smooth and does really well in lowlight.
  • Rode Video Micro – I’ve tested lots of mics, and somehow I think the one I prefer is this cheap-ish one from Rode.

Camera Bodies

  • Canon EOS R – This has been my main camera body for 6 years. I’ve been considering updating it to the Canon R6 ii or Canon R5, but I haven’t been able to justify it as it keep trucking along really well. I think I’ll wait for the Canon R5ii to come out.


  • Canon RF 14-35mm f/4 – This is my favourite lens. It’s wide and fun. Also great for vlogging.
  • Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 – Probably the lens I use the least. I thought I’d like it for vlogging, but it’s bouncy. I prefer it as a street photography lens.
  • Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 – Standard zoom lens. Typical walk around lens.
  • Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 RF – I use this lens mostly for street photography.
  • Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8 – This is such a great lens. Probably my 2nd favourite.
  • Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 – Another one of these pieces of equipment that seems to never die. I’ve been waiting to replace it with something like the Canon RF 100-500mm, but it’s still in such good shape.


  • Mavic Pro 2 – I don’t fly the drone so much anymore, but I still love it.


  • 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 have never liked a camera bag until I started using these Shimoda bags.
  • Shimoda Explore – This is a similar bag to the Action X. The big difference is that it doesn’t have the roll top. I have the 30 liter version as well as the 40 liter.


  • Asus ZenBook Pro Duo – 32gb ram. Plenty of processing power, but a bit heavy for travel.
  • Dell XPS 13 – I use this for travel. It’s fast enough to edit video and photos.
  • Abobe Lightroom Classic
  • Adobe Photoshop CC
  • Abobe Premiere Pro
  • SanDisk Extreme SSD


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