In My Camera Bag

Frank Serafini


In general, I carry all my equipment in the field in my Lowepro Vertex 300 AW backpack. This holds all my gear for most assignments. I do use a smaller Lowepro Flipside backpack when going light, or traveling internationally.


I carry the Gitzo G1325 tripod with the Kirk BH-1 ballhead with quick release plates for all lenses and cameras.


I currently carry the Nikon D700, D300 and the F100 film camera for slides, but I have been using the F100 less and less. The new D700 is my primary full frame camera.

DX Lenses:

  • Nikkor DX 12 - 24mm f4 G IF-ED
  • Nikkor DX 16 - 85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Full Frame Lenses;

  • Nikkor 16 - 35mm f/4G ED VR
  • Nikkor 70 - 300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR
  • Nikkor 80 - 200mm f/2.8D ED
  • Tamron 28 - 75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD
  • Sigma 105mm f/2.8 Macro


Nikon SB R200 – I use the built in flash in the D700 & D300 more frequently, but I still use the R200 for studio work and in the field for fill flash.


  • Circular polarizers for all lenses
  • 4-Stop Neutral density filter for moving water shots in daylight
  • Cokin Z-Proseries Graduated Neutral Density filters – 3 strengths S-M-L
  • Canon 500D Macro Diopter


  • Memory Cards equal to 32 GB minimum
  • Nikon MC-30 remote cord
  • Kirk Long Rail – focusing rail for macro
  • Extra Nikon camera battery
  • JOBY Gorillatorch – a maneuverable flashlight
  • Garmin E-Trex Venture GPS unit with Basecamp software
  • Adorama macro-flecta small reflector for macro images
  • Leatherman tool with pliers
  • Small plant clamps for macro images to keep small things from moving
  • Allen wrenches with spare nuts and bolts for tripod
  • Spare car and house key
  • Manuals for camera and flash unit
  • Business cards and small flyers
  • Toilet paper, bandanas, first aid kit, blower brush, cleaning cloths, shower caps and baggies to keep rain and dust out

Computer Gear:

In my computer bag and a carry-all bag in my car or luggage I carry an Apple 15” MacPro laptop with all chargers and cables, and the following:

  • Lexar Firewire 800 card reader
  • iphone for general directions, GPS and SOS
  • Navigion GPS car navigation system
  • ipod connector – for music where no radio comes in – I hate satellite radio
  • Epson P-4000 – for when I don’t want to leave my computer in my car at a trailhead – works well for quick views of images as well
  • LaCie – 80 GB external hard drive – I have never filled it in one trip (yet)
  • Nikon Coolpix 4600 – for people shots when I don’t want all the gear out
  • Corkscrew – for wine - one must remain civilized