Street Photographer’s EDC

The Bag

First thing first, I use the Peak Design 5L Sling bag.

It’s not too bad looking, water resistant and with several years of Tetris mastery I manage to fit all my gear in it :

It comes with folding separating flaps that you can organise the way you want thanks to a pretty clever origami folding and velcro system to fit any of your configurations.

The full list

  1. Smartphone
  2. Folding sunglasses
  3. Orbitkey
  4. Earplugs
  5. Wallet
  6. Business cards
  7. Camera
  8. Noise cancelling earphones
  9. Photo printer and zero ink paper
  10. Wide angle converter
  11. Camera batteries and SD cards
  12. Audio dongle
  13. Pens
  14. Action Camera
  15. Notebook and camera filters
  16. USB-C charger
  17. Stainless steel water bottle
  18. foldable tote bag

Photography

My main camera is the Fujifilm X100F since beginning 2017, All my portfolio and Instagram feed has been shot with it. It’s pretty compact, packs a 24MP sensor for a 35mm lens, has built-in ND 3 stops ND filter, leaf shutter and flash. I also use the Nikon WC-E68 wide angle converter to obtain a 24mm angle, check out my post about it. In addition I have a couple of filters as described in this post.

My Smartphone is my backup camera, the Google Pixel 2 has a very good photo quality and astonishing portrait mode using machine learning to simulate wide aperture shot. The lens is a 28mm equivalent and is pretty sharp in good light. The HDR+ is a very good feature as well as the automatic backup to the cloud.

Edit & Print on the go

I prefer to edit my photos on Lightroom but there are times I just transfer photos from the Fujifilm 100F to the camera using either wifi transfer or SD card reader. I can edit and print straight away from my phone a 2″x3″ (credit cart format) photo using the HP Sprocket zero ink printer. The quality is descent for a small print you can give to friends during parties or to people you meet or shoot. The photo paper has a sticky back so you can also stick it to their fridge, inside your notebook or even better, on your business card before giving it.

Videography

I use the GoPro Hero 5 Session to film my POV tutorial series “being street photographer”. I made a 3D model and print of a compact hot shoe mount for it so I don’t need to buy and carry the bulky GoPro hot shoe adapter. It charges in one hour with the USB-to-USB-C cable which is the same as to charge the phone. I made a small leather pouch to carry the batteries and SD cards for all the above.

Music

London is pretty noisy particularly when taking the tube so I use Xiaomi USB-C noise cancelling earphones, I bought them because the design is very smart as the earphones use the battery of the phone instead of having a large battery case to provide noise cancelling. I am listening to music via Spotify, I saved plenty of playlist so I always pack an audio dongle to cast the music to 3.5mm jack devices. When I am going to live music events I use a pair of custom molded earplugs with -30dB flat spectrum from Audika.

Miscellaneous

I carry, or not, these items either in the bag or in my pockets :

  • Persol Sunglasses, the Steve McQueen folding model. Few things made in France are still worth it, that’s one of these.
  • The Orbitkey key organiser is very nice to pack a bottle opener, a USB stick and my home keys.
  • A old wallet from Teissier, again, a French brand worth checking, I bought this one back in 2006.
  • Always stay hydrated when traveling with a water bottle, this one is double wall insulation so good to carry hot and cold drinks.
  • A Muji notebook that doubles as a filter case and pens to write on it, I also have a sharpie in case I need to leave an obvious note somewhere.
  • A foldable tote bag to avoid using plastic bags if I need to do some small grocery shopping or need to carry anything from a market or whatever. Very useful.