My Camera Bag

One of the biggest questions that I get asked the most is... What camera equipment do you carry with you when you go on Adventures into the backcountry...

The idea is to only carry what you need. After all, who wants to walk around all day with an extra 20 lbs of camera gear on their back? Not me!

But at the same time you don’t want to be caught without the essentials, as always, planning carefully and creating an idea of shots before you go out on an adventure can be invaluable.

McCoy, Colorado

First off having a Bag that can fit everything that you need and that is easy to access your gear quickly is key.  The Stoked Pac by GoScope® is what I have found to be the most efficient. You can bring your drone and all of your camera gear with you at all times! Waterproof zippers and nylon wicking fabric prevent moisture from entering the pack. Integrated snowboard and skateboard straps maximize carrying capacity, while padded straps and compartments carry bulky gear without loading you down. The Stoked Pac comes standard with an integrated GoPro mount in the straps for shoulder level filming. Be prepared, be organized, and be Stoked to use your gear. 

You should try and get together a basic set of equipment which will cover you for most situations. You can then add more specialized equipment depending on the shoot.

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Here is a list of 14 essential items that are in my every day camera bag:

I try to keep it as simple as possible with only the must have items...

1) Canon 7D Mark II : I upgraded from a Canon T3I which served me very well for years. But the second I got this new 7D Mark II I fell in love. I especially love the high speed continuous shooting, up to 10.0 fps allows you to capture fast action shots, The Built-in GPS is ideal for travel or nature photography, can record longitude, latitude and altitude data. It can track movement at set intervals with its logging function, and can even set the camera's internal clock to local time! When using the logger function on a computer, you will see the exact route you travelled, and the map will show you where and when you took each image. THE ABSOLUTE BEST THING about the 7D Mark II is that it offers time-lapse fixed-point shooting and long exposures without the need for a remote control. The Mark II's interval timer takes unlimited photos, ideal for shooting flowers as they bloom or clouds drifting through the sky. Its built-in bulb timer keeps the shutter open for a designated amount of time, perfect for night photography, or to capture traffic on a street corner. **NOTE** I shoot all photos in manual mode but I will talk all about that in another blog

2) Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye : I use this lens for just about everything. Its incredible for up-close action shots, shooting the stars at night and just gives the picture that unique feel.

3) Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6: I use this lens equally as much as the fisheye. It does give you a different feel and shoots better portrait photos or farther away action shots

4) GoPro : My go-to adventure camera and for everything I do. I usually keep a couple ready to go at all times because sometimes you can't predict whats about to happen and need it ready to go in seconds without messing around with the right settings

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5) GoScope Telescoping Extension Pole  : GoScope Boost ranges from 17.5" out to 40". Comes ready to attach to all GoPro Cameras. Mounts on two sides for connecting 2 cameras. Removable wrist strap and removable remote mount. Easily remove water from the bottom of the pole by unscrewing the wrist strap assembly. 

6) GoScope HALO 1000 Lumen LED Rechargeable Underwater Flashlight (150m) : I use these lights 99% of the time while I'm out exploring in the dark. Curiosity almost always paves the way for discovery. 250 meters of beam distance light for up to two hours, it allows exploration to your heart’s content. 

Camp Buzz, Minnesota

7) Outdoor Tech Kodiak Plus : Keeping everything charged out in the backcountry is always tough... But in today's world bringing back up battery chargers is a simple way to make sure you always have charged camera gear. 

8) Goal Zero : Ive found myself out in the woods with all the battery banks but no way to charge them. Bringing a small solar panel is a must!

Gilman, Colorado

9)DJI Drones : Drones are a MUST! I am able to carry both my DJI Phantom and my DJI Mavic everywhere I go in my Go Scope Backpack. Both drones have there pros and cons so therefor i bring both on all my adventures. It doesn't have to be your only way to get a photo or video but it definitely adds to the collection! They are at the point that they can fit into anyones bag! Stoked to add the new DJI Mavic Pro to the camera bag!

10) GoScope MAVIC GO CASE: I just added a DJI Mavic Pro to the fleet — Giving it the protection, organization and portability it deserves. Complete with Flexible / Water Resistant Ballistic Nylon, Waterproof Zippers and a Belt Loop Harness, the Mavic Go Case is just what you need to make sure the new DJI Mavic has the protection it needs!

11) ZOMEI Aluminum Portable Tripod : Finding a good compact tripod is one of the harder things to find. Turns out you get what you pay for!

12) GNARBOX : Having a portable backup & editing system for any camera, allowing you to backup, edit and share your footage anywhere via phone app keeps you from having to wait until you get out of the woods to post anything... Thats if you have any service!

Camp Buzz, Minnesota

13)Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT: Having a portable flash everywhere you go is the biggest secret in the game for getting that next level shot. It took me some practice figuring them out but onceI  did I became absolutely hooked on it! 

14) YONGNUO Wireless E-TTL Flash Trigger Kit: By far the best bang for the buck when it come to wireless flash transmitters. I spent hours and hours researching them and have been 100% satisfied with them so far!

Maggi Gertken

At the end of each day I still back up my cards on a Hard Drive to make sure I don't accidentally format a card full of photos.

Getting into a habit of charging your batteries at the end of the day so everything is ready for the next day makes life much less hectic when you're trying to get the shot!

This is the basic set of equipment that I carry with me wherever I travel, and I add to it as I see fit.

But remember try to only take what you are going to need.

I'm Happy to answer any specific questions on why I went with any specific gear. This is what I  have found that works great for me.

Happy Photography,

-Hunter Schleper

* I am not paid by any of these companies I talk about.

** The links provided are reliable and trusted sources.

*** Try to stay away from buying used camera equipment.

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