My travel kit – one reason why I love the Fujifilm X-Series!

The image below is one of the reasons I love my Fuji gear so much!  I can only imagine what the equivalent in dSLR gear would take up and the size of bag it would go in!  Actually I don’t really need to imagine because I backpacked it around on my travels often enough!  With only one body and a selection of lenses the muscle aches the next day were enough to start my search for something new – and 3 years later here I am!  No dSLR and a selection of amazing small cameras.

fuji fujifilm x-t1 x100s xq1 thinktank bags

 

So what’s in my bag?

[easyazon_link asin=”B00HYAL84G” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”m06d-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Fujifilm X-T1[/easyazon_link] – this will be the main camera – time to give it a really good test!  I’m taking it along with the XF14mm f/2.8 XF23mm f/1.4 and XF 35mm f.1,4 lenses.  Expect a review to follow after this trip!

[easyazon_link asin=”B00HK8ZBE0″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”m06d-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Fujifilm X100s[/easyazon_link] (black!) for when I want to go out ‘light’, and because it would be a crime to travel without an X100S!!

[easyazon_link asin=”B00FPKDPXY” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”m06d-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Fujifilm XQ1[/easyazon_link] for when a larger camera might not be appropriate to take out (evening meal etc!) plus this always stays in my pocket no matter what else I’m carrying.  This is one of my favourite cameras I’ve used in the last 12 months, certainly the most surprising in terms of image quality.

3 Legged thing Keith – A lightweight and very small carbon tripod for when I need things steady, probably used for planned night exposures as I don’t tend to carry a tripod around the streets.

Enlight PhotoioShutter – for time-lapse and other useful functions!

B+W 10-stop 58mm ND filter for the XF 14mm – long exposure fun!

Lots of spare batteries because I can’t be bothered to recharge them when I’m away if I don’t have to!  5 X-T1 batteries should easily last me a week.  X100S as a backup should last on two batteries for the week.  The XQ1 can be charged by USB easily.

Chargers (for the suitcase) – a little tip here – if you have any Apple devices you can use the removable plug from their chargers and push it into the Fujifilm charger directly so you don’t have to carry cables.  Get the worldwide ones and they are really compact like the EU version I have here.  These will only come out of the suitcase if they really have to.  Unless I’m going crazy the batteries tend to last me the best part of 2 days when I’m away as I’m rarely shooting all day long when travelling.

thinkTANK pixel pocket rocket for all the SD cards!  Speaking of which… I use the [easyazon_link asin=”B007NDL56A” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”m06d-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]SanDisk Extreme Pro[/easyazon_link] 95Mbps cards – mostly 16Gb as I don’t think storing more than a thousand or so images on one card is a sensible idea!  I’ve never had one of these Sandisk cards fail on me, but you never know.  I tend to remove and store them every couple of days so I’m never at risk of loosing all of my images from a trip.  At the end of the day I connect the SD card to the iPad and store my favourite images from that day as a second backup.

[easyazon_link asin=”B00CEZBKTO” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”m06d-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Anker 12000mAh USB charger[/easyazon_link] – mostly for iOS devices, but can be used to charge the XQ1 – I think more cameras should have a USB charger option, it can be really useful when you’re away.  I don’t think it should be at the expense of a real wall charger like Sony seem to though.  These USB chargers are great, you can charge an iPhone 5 or 6 times on one charge, and iPad fully charged from empty, and something like the XQ1 I don’t know how many times – a lot!

Lastly, the bag!  I have a [easyazon_link asin=”B0080F66YQ” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”m06d-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]thinkTANK Retro 7[/easyazon_link] (love this bag) but too big to carry on the streets.  The [easyazon_link asin=”B0069S2SE8″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”m06d-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]thinkTANK Hubba Hubba Hiney[/easyazon_link], which wasn’t originally designed for this sort of camera, turns out to be a fantastic bag for this kit.  If I remember correctly it was originally designed to fit a 70-200 f/2.8 lens onto their belt system, but is much more versatile than that.  It comes with the shoulder strap ready to go, and I’ve even used the velcro tabs on the back that are for the belt fastener to hold one leg of the 3LT Keith tripod in!

…to prove that it really does all go into the bag!  (with the exception of chargers and tripod that will go in my suitcase)

thinktank hubba hubba hiney

…and finally to show that it actually closes!!  I would really recommend this bag to anyone with a small CSC, a couple of bodies and accessories. It is the perfect carry around town bag.  I’ve done a write up about it here in the past.  Mine has been used extensively and it has help up very well with no faults.

thinktank hubba hubba hiney

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