what's in our camera bag

This is actually a false title - the camera bag was discarded before we even left London in order to fit in more clothes. This is more of a 'what's in our slightly mouldy, was meant to last for five years but may not make it to two, North Face day pack' - but you get the idea.

We've had a number of people asking which lenses and camera we use, so we thought it made sense to have the answers on here permanently and maybe give you some ideas for your own camera bag.

We're street photographers (although self-taught and amateur), yet the fact that we haven't gotten around to updating our crop-frame DSLRs means that our kit is within the reach of anyone within even a passing interest in photography. And whilst we are constantly wanting to buy more lenses, the three that we carry will allow you take take excellent photos in almost any situation - whether it's the old man at a market stall, the stunning landscape on your hike or cool photos of your new buddies and you having fun. 

Just don't forget the camera insurance! If you're UK based, check out Photoguard - since discovering them back in 2014, we won't travel without it! 


Canon 70D


For months we were umming and ahhhing over then need to upgrade from our entry-level SLR, not keen to have to replace all our lenses should we opt for a full-frame model. And then we discovered the 70D.

It was an easy decision.

Are we happy with our choice? Absolutely. The increase in quality from the 550D below is clear, although we have found that you have to be much more aware of photography dos and don'ts. Get your settings wrong or don't focus correctly and it is not nearly as forgiving. We've been interested in photography for years and so are quite comfortable with a more advanced model, but for those new to SLRs, it would probably make more sense to trial an entry level camera first.

The great news? It comes with lots of lovely new upgrades including a 20.2MP resolution, WIFI and articulated touchscreen and the ability to shoot HDR without the need to created a new profile. In fact, it really does have many of the features of the more expensive full-frame cameras, including the ability to film in amazing HD at a quality level neither of us we expecting. It is of little surprise that many people choose it over the much more expensive 7D.

Canon 550D


This camera is no longer a spring chicken. At four years old, she's about ready to be retired (with increasingly large amounts of duct tape holding the less necessary parts of the camera in place) but she'll still get the shot.

This was Emily's entry level SLR, and whilst we're unlikely to get another one of this standard, it is still a great camera for newbies to the SLR game or talented amateurs. 

Unfortunately this model was discontinued but has been upgraded several times with the 700D/T5i now available. These are both excellent entry level SLRs we would recommend. 

Canon Powershot G15 / G16


We spent a long time deciding on this camera. Months before we left we knew we wanted a point and shoot for those times when carrying around a large SLR was cumbersome, drew too much attention or wasn't practical (like when you're on a horse), but we also knew we didn't want to compromise on photo quality. 

The camera we initially wanted was the most recent upgrade to this one - the G16. It had just come out, and was exactly what we were looking for. Unfortunately, it was just too expensive at the time. Now, however it's a bargain. 


Canon EF 50mm f/1.4


We love this lens. If it was attached to a full-frame SLR, I think it would never be removed. Unfortunately, the equivalent focal range on our camera means it's not ideal for street photography, but when it gets the shot - by god does it get the shot.

For those on a crop-frame but a little more serious about their photography, this is your reasonably priced (it retails at around £250) option for taking professional quality, jaw-droppingly beautiful images. And, when you're ready to upgrade your camera, the lens will still fit full-frame models. It's an essential bit of kit for any aspiring photographer. 

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8


This is a fairly recent purchase, only part of our bag since December, but already irreplaceable. It was bargain at £180. The equivalent focal length of of 36mm means that it is ideal for street photography, and the extremely compact size results in a camera size that will not draw attention when trying to get that covert shot.

The only downsides are that photos taken at or around f2.8 are subject to a certain degree of vignetting (softening/shading at the edges of the photo). We personally quite like this look, and at this price, certainly weren't complaining!

Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6


This was bought as an upgrade to the kit lens supplied with the camera, and is actually bloody good.

Due to it's size, it is often relegated to the bottom of the bag but is our go-to lens for landscapes. It is no good for covert photography, but when we're stationary and can take our time with the shot, it produces surprisingly good photos, even at the extremes of focal length.

Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM Lens - Canon Fit


We had been wanting (well, needing really) a wide angle camera for so long - so we finally gave in and got one this summer. This was our first foray into non-canon lenses, but given that the equivalent in the canon range was significantly beyond our budget, we decided to give this Sigma version a go.

And we're not disappointed. Even on a crop-frame camera, it's allowed us to capture far superior landscape shots than the lens above, and when the focal length is increased to 20mm, we've had fun capturing more traditional street scenes.




If you're anything like us, you're frequently finding bits of dust and the odd smudge on your lenses - no matter how careful you are.

Finally frustrated with using the edge of a clean t-shirt trick, we invested in one of these LensPens. It's great at removing finger-prints and debris at absolutely no risk to your expensive lenses.

Leather Case for G15


Like most people, we like pretty things. And when it comes to our cameras, this is no exception. As we bought the G15 as our 'activity camera', we really needed a case with a strap, but nothing too garish.

This case is perfect. It's stylish but provides our camera with all the protection it needs. 

Transcend 1TB Hard Drive


Within 24 hours of leaving for this trip, one of the worst things that could happen to a photographer happened - our hard drive died. Thankfully, the HD was new and had only a few GBs of data on it, but it could have been so much worse. The culprit? A WD My Passport HD. Apparently, this is not uncommon with this brand - avoid them at all costs! 

So, we needed a replacement. It took a little while for the trust to be rebuilt but we couldn't be happier with our alternative. The Transcend 1TB is apparently military tested and can be dropped from all sort of crazy heights. Whilst we wouldn't recommend chucking it out of the side of a building, it does seem pretty resilient. Definitely a keeper!

SanDisk Memory Card


We're pretty vigilant about getting photos off of our camera as soon as possible, but for those times when you know you're not going to make it to a computer for a while, or when you expect to take A LOT of photos on a particularly special day trip, it doesn't hurt to carry a few back up memory cards with you.

We've both been fans of SanDisk, having upgraded to bigger gigabytes as we got more interested in photography. When travelling, we have four SD cards.

Transcend Card Reader


We carry a lot of gadgets, which means we have an obscenely large number of cables - anything we can do to reduce the size of the 'cable bag' (yes, we really have to have a special bag) is greatly appreciated. Also, the memory card reader on Andrew's Mac is very hit and miss - we needed something more reliable. 

Enter, the memory card reader. Instead of having to carry around a separate cord to attach each camera to the computer, this hand little device does the job nicely instead with a pull-out USB connection. Also accepts a couple of other different cards for even more versatility.

So, it's clear from this post, and the many hundreds of photos on this site that we are obsessed with photography. However, this means that we need a great way to back up all our images whilst we're on the road. After a disastrous experience with one hard drive and close call with another a few weeks ago we knew we needed to invest in cloud storage and so were delighted to discover idrive.

And the good news? For a limited time we have a great offer for our readers. Sign up via this link, and you can get 75% off a year's cloud storage with idrive. That's less than $15/£10 for a year of 1TB storage - significantly cheaper than elsewhere on the market and a great solution for securely backing up your travel photos, videos and memories.

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