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MacBook Air 13″ – One of my best investment to date.  Prior to that, I was using a 11″ Acer Netbook which is small and can easily fit into my bag but the processor is way to slow.   It takes me whole night to transfer the images from CF/SD card to netbook and to backup the data onto two external hard disks.  I often have to wake up in the middle of the night to switch from the 1st backup hard disk to the 2nd backup hard disk. With the new MacBook Air, I can complete the process within an hour.  Processing photo is also faster (although still slower than using desktop) but at least it allows me to run photoshop and its plug-in to do quick editing for updating on social media.

Wireless mouse:  Can survive without it but it doesn’t take up too much space and neither it is too heavy, so its in my bag too.

External Hard Disk – Seagate Backup Plus


Nikon D800 – That’s the best I can afford (hint hint if anybody wants to sponsor me a higher range).

Fujifilm X-T2 – Make the switch to Fujifilm mirrorless camera since 2016. With the amount to walking, the weight make a huge differences.

Nikon Lens:

Nikon 24-70mm: The default lens on my camera body, with a circular polarizer (I shoot landscape most of the time).
Nikon 12mm-24mm: I love to shoot wide for landscape and in constraint space.
Nikon 70mm-300mm:  Tele-lens for portrait and street photo.
Nikon  105mm Marco Lens:  One of my favorite subject is flower and closeup, so a macro lens is a must.

Fuji Lens:

Fujinon XF lens XF 16-55 mm F2.8 R LM WR:  The default lens on my Fujifilm X-T2 with a UV filter to protect the lens surface.
Fujixon Lens XF 10-14mm F4 R OIS:  Perfect substitute for Nikon 12-24mm
Fujinon Lens XF35mm F/2 WR: I must admit I am not a fan of lens with fix focal length, but I do use this for street photography due to its big aperture.
Fujinon XC 50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS: The longest lens I can bring without feeling too heavy.
Samyang 8mm f3.5 Fisheye Lens:   One of the rare manual focus lens that I have.  Use it occasionally when I am in the mood to get some fun shot.

External Flash:  SB900 – Errr.. I hardly travel with external flash, I know its not common to find travel photographer without flash in the bag, but I simply don’t shoot with flash unless I have pre-arrange to shoot portrait.   I find mounting a flash on the body is attracting to much attention.  The weight of the flash, its batteries (and spare batteries) plus the charger for the batteries is just too much a hazard for me.

Filter:  Apart from the circular polarizer which is mounted on my 24-70mm lens most of the time, I also carry a UV filter which I used under low light condition (eg if shooting at night or under dim light).  Also with me is a ND filter (which is useful to increase exposure time for achieving slow speed effect for subjects such as waterfall) and a gradual density filter that I used for shooting sunrise or sunset.

Tripod:  Sirui T2205X – one of the lightest and smallest tripod that can fit into my backpack.

Monopod:  Sirui P306 (Aluminum) – Its not the lightest (compared to the Carbon Fibre version) but no big deal at 0.5kg.  I still it for street photos when shooting with tele-photo lens.

Misc:  Cable Release for shutter, blower, cleaning cloth, spare batteries for body and many memory cards!

Backpack:  Deuter Venture 60+10 Rucksack