What's in my bag?

People often ask me what I take in terms of camera gear when I go out to shoot. The truth is that not everything fits in my bag and I don’t usually take every single lens when I go out for a hike.

When travelling, I think ahead about what kind of things I will be shooting and pack accordingly.

For larger cities, I pack prime lenses such as my Canon 50mm f/1.4 and 85mm f/1.2. These two lenses create beautiful bokeh for street and documentary photography. They also allow me to get a bit more creative when documenting culture and people, as they encourage me to step outside of my usual boundaries.

When photographing landscapes and nature, I like to have my wide angle 16-35mm lens as well as a 70-200mm telephoto zoom lens in my bag, especially if I’m hiking or visiting a place that I haven’t been to before.

My f-stop Kashmir UL fits all of my essentials, including my laptop if I’m going on a flight. The best part is that it’s quite light, so it doesn’t take up precious weight.

If there are any extra items that I want to take along, such as my tripod, I will either secure it onto the side of the bag when hiking or pack it into checked luggage during a flight.

Fine art photography by lens based artist, Serena Dzenis.

Below is a list of what’s usually in my bag when I go out on a photography trip or process my photos at home. I hope you’ll find this helpful when deciding what gear to purchase for your own photography. If you need some assistance, feel free to check out my collection of photography articles for more information on camera gear and equipment.


Canon 5DS R


Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens

Canon 16-35mm f/4L IS USM

Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II

Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro VC USD


Gitzo GT2531LVL Carbon-Fibre Levelling Tripod

Acratech GPSS ballhead

JOBY GorillaPod 325

Macro photography equipment:

Lume Cube Air

Hähnel Giga T Pro II

Novoflex Castel-XQ II Focusing Rack

Novoflex Cast-Fine Adjustment Handle

Singh-Ray Filters

George Lepp Solid ND 3-stop

Mor-Slo Solid 10-stop ND

Galen Rowell GND 2-stop hard edge

Galen Rowell GND 3-stop soft edge

Galen Rowell GND 4-stop soft edge

Other Filters

LEE Circular Landscape Polariser


SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB CompactFlash Memory Cards

LaCie Rugged Mini 2TB Portable External Hard Drives


Helicon Focus

Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan

I would love to hear about what you have in your camera bag or what you pack to take with you on short hikes versus longer trips and holidays overseas! If you have any questions or would like to share what is in your bag, let me know below in the comments section.

In the meantime, happy and safe travels to you all!

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David Short

Thanks for sharing Serena! Always love to hear what specific gear other pros are using. And since your work in particular is among the best in the world today, it’s especially great to see exactly what you pack.

16 July 2019

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