Preparing the roadtrip! PART 3

4 juni 2018



What photo material do we take with us?

I know it’s a family holiday, but it’s also a magnificent country with stunning landscapes. Can’t leave my photogear behind, can I?
Since we’re going to be gone for more than 3 weeks, and we’re hoping to see a lot of different things (landscapes, birds, reindeer,…?) I guess I’ll want pretty much everything I’ve got? Or at least almost…

Starting with the travel bags. I’m going to take a lot of stuff with me which means I’ll need a lot of packing space.
I’ll take 2 of my photo rucksacks and switch between them depending on the trip. The F-Stop Tilopa V2 (1900g)and the Mindgear Backlight 36L (2200g).

Cameras and lenses

Ok, so we’ve got the backpacks, now the next thing on the list are the cameras. 
I use both the Canon EOS 6D (755g)and the Canon EOS 7D Mark II (820g). Offcourse I will take both. This way, Sanne can also take pictures when she wants. Keep the wife busy, you know. 😉 

We’ve got our cameras. We’ll be nothing without lenses. So, which ones will find their way into my backpacks?
Let’s start from small to big – wide to tele, as you like.

First one in the pack is the Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6. A good wide angle is have for almost 10 years now. Used primarily for landscapes with the LEE filters.(seasides, waterfalls,…). 
– 520g

Next up is the Tamron 28-75mm F2.8. An excellent in-betweener. Used in low light conditions and perfect for everything; landscapes, portraits, street,…)
– 510g

Perfect for portraits and putting things in perspective: the Sigma 70-200 F2.8 OS.
Also loves low light conditions and even has an image stabilizer.

And last but not least, my beast: Sigma 120-300 F2.8 OS + 1.4x and 2x teleconverter so if I want, I can make it a 240-600mm F5.6. 
Top lens, has stabilization and is mostly used for animals. Birds, reindeer, foxes,… Let’s hope we see something!

Canon 6D
7D Mark II
Sigma 10-20mm
Tamron 28-75mm
Sigma 70-200mm
Sigma 120-300 + 1.4x and 2x TC


Offcourse I’m not leaving my drone behind. My DJI Mavic Pro (743g) with 3 extra batteries (723g) has given me some price winning images so let’s hope he can do the same thing in Norway!
DJI Mavic Pro


Because I like pictures with long shutter speeds, mostly sea- or riverscapes I’ll bring my LEE ND filters with me.

Ill bring two tripods with me. One cheap and small: the Redged TSA-425K Travel Tripod (1650g). I bought that one for Sanne when we went to Svalbard, but she actually hasn’t used it ever since. Let’s try it again. 🙂
And then my own tripod. A large carbon one: Gitzo G1354 XLS (3120g). A bit on the heavy side (even in carbon!) but well worth it. Reaches up to 2m in height and can hold almost 40kg! Although I find it very cumbersome to use, it is something you need to take with you. I can’t hold my 120-300 for an hour straight 😉

Guess I’ll need some photostorage too. I’ll be bringing home some thousands of pictures, so I’ll need a lot!
I start with all the data cards I have collected so far. That’s a mishmash between CF and SD cards ranging from 4Gb to 128Gb each.
All the photos will be sorted through my Macbook Pro 13″ (1370g) and saved onto the laptop and a Transcend Storejet 2Tb (230g)external harddrive which I’ll take with me anytime.
I’ve had the pleasure of a car theft in Norway in 2009, so I’m not going to risk it all again.

Because we’re living in the modern age and need battery life for pretty much everything, I’ll also bring my Tecknet 30150mAh  powerbank (720g). 

Since I’m a nature photographer I’ll also need some binoculars, the Bynolyt Stork 10×42 (650g). I can’t see everything, can I?
It’s a pretty cheap, but portable thing and it does his job. Not the way a Swarovski would do it, but good enough. 😉

The rest of my backpack will be filled with necessary rubbish: cables, loaders,…

That’s enough isn’t it? Without the weight of the backpacks themselves I’ll have more than 16kg photostuff with me…
let’s hope they rent donkeys there!

CF- and SD-cards, card reader
Macbook, binoculars, powerbank,...
LEE filters
Silicagel, plastic bags,...



I take the pictures and write the blog!

Sam Mannaerts


I plan and fix things!
But sometimes I take pictures too!

Sanne Verhees


Drooling and playing!

Leon Mannaerts


Keep on rollin’

Pössl Roadcruiser B

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