What’s In My Bag

By Lane Erickson

Whenever I go to another photographer’s website, I am always interested in the gear they use. I want to know what cameras, lenses, tripods and so forth they use to create their images. So, to keep with this tradition, and to satisfy any curiosity you might have, here is a list of what’s in my bag currently (as of August 2019).

Cameras

In the past I was a Nikon man, but after testing equipment out thoroughly, I sold or gave away all of my Nikon gear and I am exclusively using Fujifilm cameras now. Currently I am using the following:

  • I have 2 Fuji X-T1 cameras (with the vertical battery grip),
  • 1 Fuji X-Pro1,
  • 1 Fuji X-E1,
  • 1 Fuji X-M1, and
  • 1 Fuji X100s.

I was tempted several times to upgrade to the Fuji X-T2 but waited and I am hoping to add the Fuji X-T3 to my camera bag soon. When I do I will likely ditch the X-E1 and/or the X100s.

I keep the X-M1 at work with the Fuji XC 16-50mm lens on it so I always have a camera handy. The rest of these cameras stay in my gray Crumpler 5 Million Dollar bag that I love, Love, LOVE!, or in my old LowePro Camera Backpack that I can’t seem to part with. I have other bags I use at times, but not enough to mention.

Lenses

I own several lenses that I’ve collected over the years. These include the following:

  • Samyang 8mm f/2.8 Fisheye (manual focus),
  • Fuji XF 14mm f/2.8,
  • Fuji XF 35mm f/1.4,
  • Fuji XF 18-55mm,
  • Fuji XC 16-50mm,
  • Fuji XF 60mm f/2.4 macro,
  • Fuji XF 55-200mm,
  • Fuji XF 90mm f/2, and
  • Fuji XF 100-400mm (with a special tripod foot that has an Arca Swiss mount built in).

I can’t say enough about how exquisitely awesome Fuji lenses are! They are sharp, fast aperture, fast autofocusing, optical marvels! I love them. I haven’t used a bad one yet, which is something I cannot say about the Nikon, Minolta or Pentax lenses I’ve used in the past. What’s more, they are (mostly) compact, durably made and a joy to use.

Case in point, I had the Fujinon XF 18-55mm zoom lens attached to the Fuji X-E1 in Hawaii when I was completely drenched by a rogue wave. (My kids told me that I was chosen by the ocean like Mulan.) I was worried I had ruined both the camera and the lens but they both continued working fine, and they aren’t ever WR (weather resistant) like some of Fuji’s gear is. Then, on another trip, I was kayaking with the Fuji X-M1 and the Fujinon XF 18-55mm zoom lens (again) when a wind came up and blew spray on me and my gear for over an hour. Everything dried out and works fine.

I love the fact that I am covered from 8mm all the way up to 560mm (without adding in the crop value). There are very few situations I could conceive where these lenses wouldn’t work. Did I mention that they are sharp! Even with the 1.4 teleconverter, the Fujinon XF 100-400mm is amazingly crisp, so long as I can keep it steady.

Other Gear

Some other miscellaneous but important gear I use all the time and love includes:

  • Gitzo G410 tripod with a Graf Studioball head (heavy but awesome),
  • Gitzo G322 Studex Compact tripod with a Graf Studioball mini head,
  • Really Right Stuff L-Plates,
  • Fuji XF 1.4 Teleconverter,
  • Fuji MCEX Extension Tube, and
  • Fuji RR-90 Electronic Cable Release.

I couldn’t find a photo of the Gitzo G322 Studex Compact tripod but let me tell you a little about this marvel. It is amazing! It is compact and light, but is also solid. Also, I found out by accident, that one of its legs can be screwed off to become a monopod! Amazing! I love this tripod and use it on any hikes or adventures where the monster Gitzo G410 is impractical.

Aside from a litany of filters, memory cards, lens brushes or blowers, batteries and the like, that is it. Because of it’s small size, due to being a mirrorless system, I can fit everything into my 2 bags and carry it with me just about anywhere. It is an awesome system that I can only see myself continuing to use and grow with.

So there you have it. My gear in both list and photographs. I’d love to hear about the gear that you use so feel free to comment.

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