Saturday, December 17, 2011

Equipment Check List

I don't like waiting until the last minute when it comes to packing my gear especially when doing this type of project where I will be away for a long time.  A round trip ticket from Jakarta to Papua is around $500-600 and I can't afford the money or the time just to retrieve a piece of equipment that I forgot to pack.

For the most part, I tend to travel light when it's possible because I don't like to be weighed down from lugging heavy equipments.  However, in this case I have to bring more things than normal since I will be doing multimedia and portrait work.  I don't trust checking in my equipments and I use the same guidelines as the airline limiting myself to 1 carry-on and 1 bag when it comes to packing my gear.

(L-R: Holga, Mamiya 65mm Lens, Mamiya 7 w/ 43mm, Kodak Portra 400 120 films w/ Domke lead bag, Mamiya C330f.  Not Pictured 35mm Panoramic Adapter for Mamiya 7)

(L-R: Blackberry, Ediroel R09-HR, Sekonic L-508, Ipod Classic 120GB filled with music and movies, and on top is Sennheiser ME64/K6 shotgun microphone)

(L-R: 24mm 1.4, 50mm 1.4, Canon 5DmkII w/ 35mm 1.4)

(580EX flash, Pocket Wizards, 270EX flash, gels)

(Ricoh GXR w/ 28mm module)

(Lacie Rugged 500GB x2, Wolverine 120GB portable hard drive, Rane Watch w/ 8GB storage courtesy of DJ Rated R, Sandisk Extreme CF cards 4GB & 16GB)

(Ear Plugs,  extra battery, Gaffers tape rolled onto a pen, small screwdrivers, notebooks, magnifying glass,  lens cleaner,   extra charger, outlet multi adapter, converter.

(Bescor Video light with hotshoe mount)

(Most fits in a Lowepro Bag.  Not pictured 15" Macbook Pro, card readers, cables, camera rain cover, extra batteries, extra pair of glasses, and backup phone)

(The rest fits in a Domke F2 bag.  Films goes on top)

(hand sanitizer, tic tac, multipurpose rag, business cards, fake wedding ring, hat, not pictured pocket knife)


  1. So many different cameras :) Where do you put your clothes?

  2. when you going? wish i could come. good luck.

  3. Thank you for posting this!!!!!! Good luck on your project!

  4. Pocket knife is always a good idea ! How do you decide when to shoot 120 and when to shoot digital ?

  5. fiuh! lot of stuffs dude! take care bro and safe travel ;)

  6. Whew! That must weigh a ton!

  7. @Tristan: I have a separate bag for clothes that I do check in. Inside, I have 3 NorthFace pants that I could detach into shorts. These are my favorites since they are lightweight, dry pretty fast, numerous pockets, and durable. I also bring one "smart" clothes which a pair of jeans and white long sleeves button-up shirt. I also bring a lightweight water-proof jacket, 3-4 tshirts, 2 long sleeves button-up shirts with 2 big front pockets, toiletries, medicines/1st Aid kit flashlight, and combination locks.

    @Grenville: I am leaving tonight, departing at 10:45pm local time.

    @catecandrell: Thank you

    @Mehedi: Balancing when to shoot digital and film is challenging. I will be using the 5DmkII mainly for video. The Mamiya 7 will be used mainly for stills. However because the largest aperture on the Mamiya is F4, I am limited to use this camera where there is enough available light. Thus, the 5DmkII will be used in low light as well since I have lenses with f/1.4 to work with. The GXR is a compact and unobtrusive camera and I will be using it when shooting "sensitive situations." I had the Panasonic GF1 but I sold it and got the GXR because the shutter noise is much quieter and better noise control at high ISO. The Mamiya C330 will be used only for portraits. I like working with the waist level viewfinder since I can keep a constant eye contact with my subject. The Holga, well I always bring one because it breaks the rhythm and I can do double exposures, multi-clicks panoramic and I am less concern on techniques.

    @JPC: Thanks

    @Bbugsy: It weighs a ton and a half =)