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What's in my bag?

What's in Nanda's bag

I'm pretty fussy when it comes to my gear, going through iterations until I find a great set that gives me the best performance for the buck and weight. I list the gear I currently have here so you don't have to go through those iterations.

I will be adding photos taken with the various lenses in the future.

Fujifilm X-E3 System

Fujifilm X-E3 Body in silver

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This is my everyday carry camera. It gets the job done 90% of the time in a light and portable package enough to warrant a permanent place in my bag. I have the XF23mmF1.4 attached to it mostly.

Sandisk Extreme Pro 64GB UHS-I SDXC Card

The fastest card you can get for the X-E3. I don't go with larger sizes than 64GB as I empty and back up photos well before I hit the size limit.

Fujifilm X-T2 System

Fujifilm X-T2 Body

This do-it-all camera is my current workhorse. From landscapes to portraits to wildlife, this camera does it all and produces results one could only have dreamed of a couple of years ago. Read my review here.

 

Fujifilm VPB-XT2 Vertical Power Booster

I've always felt that battery grips were unneccesarily expensive. This one adds extremely useful features such as a boost mode and a rapid battery charging function that charges both batteries in the grip in less than 2 hours with the included AC adapter. Worth carrying around.

 

Sandisk Extreme Pro 64GB UHS-II SDXC Card

The X-T2 provides two UHS-II slots for super fast emptying of the camera buffer, so I make sure to use only the fastest cards. This UHS-II card provides transfer speeds of 300MB/s compared to the UHS-I speeds that cap out at 95MB/s. I also own a pair of Lexar UHS-II cards but they have been known to flake out so I'm not going to recommend them.

 

Fujifilm NP-W126S Rechargeable battery

I travel with five of these as my X-T2 is set to boost mode all the time. With the X-T2, Fujifilm introduced the S version of the battery that supposedly has better cooling, so I tend to stay away from third party batteries with this system.

 

Lenses

Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS

A light and versatile zoome lens that I carry for travel photography. It's useful for capturing landscapes and panoramic series in portrait orientation. The OIS is helpful when shooting handheld. The only missing feature is weather resistance. Read my review here.

 

Fujinon XF16mmF1.4 R WR

One of the perks of going with the X system is that you get stellar prime lenses like this one at a fraction of the weight. A great lens for landscapes, environmental portraits and even food photography. This lens sets the gold standard for features that are often overlooked, such as a short focusing distance and weather resistance.

 

Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR

A versatile zoom lens that offers maximum sharpness for its range. I use it mainly for occassions where I need the weather resistance and cannot afford to change lenses in the field, such as Safaris or Landscapes in light rain.

 

Fujinon XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS

This is a travel lens that gets attached onto my Fiancée's X-T10 at the moment. I use it more often than the XF16-55mm due to its reduced size, weight and presence of OIS. Not as sharp but still very good for a kit lens.

 

Fujinon XF23mmF1.4 R

Another one of Fujifilm's stellar primes. This lens probably competes with the XF16mmF1.4 for being the most used as it provides my favourite field of view. The bokeh and sharpness are also excellent despite its age. I chose this over the F2 because it 'felt' better for me due to its metal construction and the shallower depth of field it can provide.

 

Fujinon XF56mmF1.2 R

I use this to take portaits of my fiancée all the time. If there's one thing this lens does for you, it's isolation. Portraits taken with this lens have backgrounds that simply melt away. I chose this over the APD version as I did not feel that the bokeh from the APD version justified double the cost.

 

Fujinon XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR

Every system needs a great 70-200mm (35mm equivalent) lens. This one nails it. Images are tack sharp, AF tracking is quick enough for Stellar Sea Eagles, weather resistant enough for heavy snowfall and fine dust. The focal length range also gives you that approximate 70-200mm equivalent, which is great for portraiture. You can't get a lens like this on APS-C from Canon or Nikon.

 

Fujinon XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR

You don't have much of a choice when it comes to wildlife and bird photography. Thankfully it's a great choice. Though this lens does not offer much in terms of weight savings compared to a full frame system, it has excellent sharpness and an OIS system that stabilises up to 5 stops from my experience. There's also minimal image quality loss when using the XF1.4xTC. AF tracking is also fast with and without the 1.4x TC. A must have for wildlife or bird shooters. Read my review here.

 

Fujinon XF1.4x TC WR Teleconverter

This is as much of a teleconverter I'd use with Fujifilm's current lenses. Coupled with the XF100-400mm, it gives an 840mm equivalent on a full frame sensor, which is more than enough for enthusiast safari photographers. It still gives sharp images, doesn't slow down AF noticeably, and is weather resistant. Start with this before you spring for the XF2X TC.

 

Gadgets

Apple MacBook Pro 15" with Touch Bar (2016)

This MacBook Pro got a lot more flak than what it deserved when it was launched. People often overlook the speed its quad core processor and flash storage packs in its diminuitive 1.83kg package. The DCI-P3 wide gamut display makes it seem like the older MacBook Pros ahad a layer of haze on it. Just a couple of years ago, you could not even get a dual core MacBook at that weight. The Touch Bar isn't a be all, end all solution, but massively helpful with newer tools such as Ulysses and Macphun.

 

Nintendo Switch

Having photography as a passion often means travelling long hours on a plane or train. You also tend to spend a lot of time waiting for magic hour or blue hour with your camera on a tripod. As an avid gamer, the Nintendo Switch turned these waiting times into small pockets of bliss. Hours cramped up in a plane fly by as you explore the world of Hyrule in Breath of the Wild. I can't wait for my next long haul flight.

 

Apple AirPods

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Probably the best device of 2016, these things stay in my ear for most of the day and I never leave home without them. Read my review here.