Inside My Digicam Bag | Jeremiah Gilbert

My identify is Jeremiah Gilbert and I’m a journey photographer primarily based out of Southern California. I began taking pictures in highschool within the late eighties. My greatest good friend was enrolled in a course in photojournalism, and I began tagging alongside when he wanted to observe.

This was again within the days of movie and I picked up the identical digital camera he had, a Minolta X370, which was all the time loaded with black and white movie that we’d later develop in a bathroom-turned-darkroom.

I switched to digital simply earlier than a visit to Tibet in 2006. A visit that awoke my love for journey.

As I couldn’t journey in 2020 or 2021 because of the pandemic, I turned my consideration to writing about my travels. My first assortment, Can’t Get Right here from There: Fifty Tales of Journey, got here out in late 2020. The follow-up, From Tibet to Egypt: Early Travels After a Late Begin, popping out in early 2022.

Throughout this time, the digital camera has been out for some street journeys round California plus I additionally began a sequence of what I referred to as Shelter-in-Place Nonetheless Lifes taken of objects round the home to maintain my inventive juices flowing.

Major Gear Speak

I prefer to journey gentle and shoot handheld. I usually journey with one digital camera and two to a few lenses. I attempt to previsualize pictures, which helps me resolve which lenses to take earlier than I head in another country.

My first journey digital camera was the Fujifilm FinePix S9000, which had a hard and fast lens equal to 28-300mm. Through the years it’s been changed by the Nikon D7000, the Nikon Df, and now the Nikon Z6.


Nikon Z6 – my first foray into mirrorless. I really like the texture of it within the hand and I discover the sensor to be outstanding.

Leica CL – if I’m going to be in a metropolis or really feel the necessity to shoot extra discreetly, then I take this digital camera alongside.


Nikon Z 14-30mm f/4 S – about eighty p.c of the time I shoot wide-angle, and this has been the perfect of the wide-angle lenses I’ve used through the years. It has the least distortion and I get pleasure from with the ability to go all the way down to 14mm.

Nikon Z 24-70mm f/4 S – I’ve been stunned by how a lot I’ve loved taking pictures with this lens. If I don’t want the 14-30mm for structure or panorama, that is the lens usually on my digital camera.

Nikon Z 50mm f/1.8 S – I suppose it’s as a result of I shot 50mm again after I was first beginning out, however I’ve all the time discovered this focal size fits my eye. That is my go-to avenue and evening lens.

Leica Elmarit-TL 18 mm f/2.8 – this near-pancake lens is why I selected to start out taking pictures with the Leica CL because it’s the identical 28mm (equal) because the Leica Q, which I used to personal, however in a a lot smaller and lighter bundle.


ThinkTank Retrospective 6 – I’ve had an extended love affair with the ThinkTank Retrospective sequence. Again when my 50mm was sufficiently small to tuck below the digital camera, I used the Retrospective 5 as my principal bag. Now that I want slightly extra room if I take all three lenses, I’ve switched to a Retrospective 6.

Tamrac N-45 Padded Fast Launch Digicam Strap – I don’t know in the event that they nonetheless make these, however they’ve been on my cameras for years. I discover it offers simply the correct quantity of padding behind the neck.

{Hardware} & Software program

A MacBook Professional 15” is my principal modifying machine. For software program, I take advantage of Photoshop CC, Nik Assortment (particularly Coloration Efex Professional and Silver Efex Professional), and ON1 Results.


Breakthrough Images UV Filters – I prefer to have UV filters on all of my lenses, and I actually like their X2 filters.

Mega Gear Extremely Mild Neoprene Digicam Case – this provides slightly extra grip to the Leica CL with out including extra weight.

Together with spare reminiscence playing cards, batteries, and cleansing provides, my digital camera bag additionally carries my telephone and passport. It’s the one merchandise I by no means miss of my sight, so I determine it’s a very good place for the property.

Closing Phrases

Persons are usually stunned that I don’t journey with any longer focal lengths, however I discover I hardly ever want them. If I’m heading off to {photograph} wildlife, as an illustration, then I’ve a Nikon 70-300mm or Sigma 50-500mm I can take alongside instead of one in every of my usuals.

Just a few years again I used to be in Southern Africa for over a month and for that journey I carried two lenses – a Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G and a Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E. This was again after I was taking pictures with the Nikon Df.

I discover that maintaining the gear gentle and minimal helps me keep inventive. | @jg_travels

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