My DSLR Kit for a Three-Month Road Trip

For those who have been following this blog you know that I’m getting ready to depart for a 3-month trip around the world creating a documentary with my daughter – Opening Our Eyes.  Here is what I’ve managed to fit into two backpacks – it just fits.  Thank goodness there’s two of us.
Please follow our journey

Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 7D
Canon 16-35mm 2.8
Canon 24-70mm 2.8
Canon 70-200mm 2.8
Canon 70-300mm 4.5
Canon 1.4X tele extender
Canon 2X tele extender
Nikon/Canon lens adaptor
Nikkor 14mm rectilinear lens f2.8
Nikkor 50mm 1.4
Nikkor 85mm f2
6 Batteries for Canon
1 Battery grip for 5D
3 Battery chargers
Remote control for Canon
AC adaptor for Canon
Rycote Hot shoe extension
4 – 16 GB flash cards – all cards – Sandisk UGMA
4 – 8 GB flash cards
2 – 8 GB SDHC cards
2  – 4 GB SDHD cards
Neutral density filter kit
Epson P6000 digital wallet
Zoom H4n digital audio recorder
JuicedLink DT454  audio preamp
Rode shotgun mic
Tram lav mic
Sennheiser Transmitter/Wireless kit
“Dead Cats” (windscreens)
XLR cords
HD Hero helmet camera with attachments
Flip HD
ManfrottoTripod and fluid head
Small Matthews boom stand for mic
Zacuto Z-Finder

Zacuto Striker Rig
Flex DSLR remote
Lacie Rugged Hard drives – 4000 GB memory!
Firewire and USB cords
3 – card readers
2 MacBookPro Laptops
1 extra laptop battery
1 extra AC adaptor for laptop
Blackberry Tour
2 Scotte Vests – with 22 pockets in each

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41 thoughts on “My DSLR Kit for a Three-Month Road Trip

  1. David May 18, 2010 / 10:48 am

    Missing from the list: the backpacks themselves. Which ones are you using?

    Also, this probably is obvious but still deserves to be said (even if for the benefit of those reading): I hope it’s all insured! I’d hate to lose all that gear in one fell swoop if a backpack gets lost or stolen.

    Have a great trip!

    • Gail Mooney May 18, 2010 / 1:07 pm

      Two Lowepro backpacks.
      Yes, everything is insured and registered with US Customs. I won’t be using a carnet though. But we have backups for just about everything we’re taking.

  2. Jared abrams May 20, 2010 / 1:13 am

    How many cf card readers are you taking? Have you thought about an ewa marine underwater housing? Have a great trip feel free to email me. I would be happy to help any way I can.

    • Gail Mooney May 20, 2010 / 4:47 am

      Jared, Got the remote control for the time lapse and I’m taking 3 card readers. No room for the underwater housing but I do have my HD Hero that comes in a housing.

      • Jared abrams May 23, 2010 / 8:01 am

        Cool, send me some pics and I’ll get the story up on C5D.

  3. Steve Crow May 23, 2010 / 3:11 pm

    Nice list! Didn’t see the Zacuto Z-finder or other loop brand – seeing the Lcd screen in bright sun without one is a huge pain. There are workarounds like throwing your jacket around the camera to provide shade

    • Gail Mooney May 23, 2010 / 9:48 pm

      Hi Steve,

      The Z-finder is on my list and in my kit. A must have when shoot in live view.

  4. Bill May 25, 2010 / 7:42 am

    I think what you are doing is amazing and wish you and your daughter all the best! I noticed you chose to go with the LaCie Rugged Drives. Just a word of advice make sure you back them up on something other than a rugged. I have had 3 out of 3 fail and stopped using them all together. They stopped mounting and all the data was lost. I really hate to throw a product under the bus like that but on your journey keeping your data safe is second only to shooting it in the first place.

  5. Ipfix May 26, 2010 / 1:35 am

    Way too much stuff to enjoy a trip… Photo is a barrier to discover…

    • Gail Mooney May 30, 2010 / 6:02 am

      I have to disagree with you. I’ve always enjoyed my travels more because I have used my tools (cameras) as my means to an end. Photographing the world has never been a barrier but rather an entree to many cultures. I would and have opted to leave behind most of my personal items, rather than my photo tools. Through my images I have the power to create awareness and for me that is the purpose of my travels – to open ones eyes to other people and cultures.

      Yes, I travel with a lot so that I am able to fulfill my purpose. I have had an incredible journey over the last 35 years – living the life I have wanted and pursuing my passions. I don’t look at my profession as work but as who I am and what brings me joy and fulfillment. But if I ever felt like my photography was a barrier to discovery – I would stop in a heart beat and if that is how you feel I would agree with you that you shouldn’t be making images. Follow your dream and never let others’ negative words take you away from your own purpose.

  6. Scott B May 26, 2010 / 9:42 am

    A few tips that may save a couple of ounces and a little space:

    The 5D user manual is available as an app for iPhone/iPod Touch called Handi 5Dmk2.

    You may want to check out this multiple charger as an alternative to bringing several Canon chargers.

    A biking multitool can be a good compact lightweight option to replace a couple of screwdrivers, etc. They also usually have all the hex tools you need for tripods, rigs, etc.

    • Gail Mooney May 30, 2010 / 5:55 am

      Scott – I looked everywhere for the Delkin dual charger – it’s been out of stock for months but two chargers don’t add much more than another 2 oz. so doesn’t really add too much to the load.

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  8. Charles and Mary Love June 19, 2011 / 10:00 am


    Didn’t see any portable, supplementary lighting (LED or other) for fill lighting in high contrast settings in your backpacks–do you just avoid such situations?

    • Gail Mooney June 19, 2011 / 10:29 am

      I only had a small LED camera light with me. We relied on window light with reflector fill for the most part because we were limited with space. However, if I’m doing a corporate job, I come prepared with plenty of lighting.

  9. Hans Damkoehler July 13, 2012 / 9:29 am

    Just stumbled upon your most excellent blog. Thank you so much for taking the time to share. It means a lot. Love your latest post btw, a great 1-10!

    As I look through your list here I was wondering how the Zacuto Striker rig worked out for you? With a 150 hours of footage, did you find it really helped, or did you leave it in the bag?

    Most appreciated, and I look forward to watching the Doc!


    • Gail Mooney July 13, 2012 / 9:35 am

      Hi Hans,

      I used the Zacuto “striker” all the time. But when I used it – I never used it with a lens that had a focal length greater than 50mm. Generally, I used a med-wide lens and in situations where I was following someone (like dancers).


      • Hans Damkoehler July 13, 2012 / 9:44 am

        Thanks for the quick reply, Gail. Yeah, I’ve been wondering if it would become unwieldy with my 16-35 and especially 70-200. Thanks again!

        Oh, will your Doc be available on DVD? Perhaps I’ve overlooked that info as I cruise around.

  10. Gail Mooney July 13, 2012 / 9:49 am

    Hans, right now the film is only available at film festivals. I will probably release it officially at the end of the year.
    Check out the website for Opening Our Eyes for more details

  11. Dan January 13, 2013 / 11:16 pm

    Wow great kit. I wish I had a lot of that equipment especially the prime lenses. For storage I like to use Buffalo portable drives though. They’re especially nice since Thunderbolt was introduced.

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