What’s in this landscape and wildlife photographer’s camera bag?


posted Monday, December 11, 2017 at 12:30 PM EDT


If you're reading Imaging Resource, it's a safe bet that you love gear. What better way to talk about gear than with a "what's in my bag?" video from a professional photographer. Landscape photographer Thomas Heaton is traveling in Namibia and has just published a video showing off the gear he took with him.

Shooting both landscapes and wildlife in Namibia, he had to take with him a wide variety of gear. Starting with the wildlife-centric gear, Heaton took Canon's latest 200-400mm f/4 lens with a built-in 1.4x teleconverter. It's a large, versatile lens and the built-in focal length extender is a very cool feature. You can activate the teleconverter with a simple switch on the lens barrel. For photographers who want the reach of the 200-400mm but don't want a heavy and expensive zoom, the Canon 100-400mm is an option that is considerably lighter and more affordable, although it is still pretty pricey. The 100-400mm is also slower with a maximum aperture of f/5.6 instead of f/4.

Although the 100-400mm lens was brought as a wildlife backup, Heaton has found he used it quite frequently for landscape images as well. The dedicated landscape lenses he brought with him are the Canon 16-35mm f/4 and 24-70mm f/2.8 lenses. On the camera side of things, he brought with him a Canon 5D Mark IV and for video-specific work, a Canon PowerShot G5X. To learn more about the rest of the gear he brought and why he made the lens and camera selections he did, check out his video below.

(Via Thomas Heaton