Nepal – What’s In The Bag

Just another day in Nepal. September 1997

Heading off to Nepal tomorrow for an assignment for an NGO mixed with some vacation time for my wife and I as well as some personal shooting. This will be my 3rd trip to Nepal but my first time since I started shooting digital. I was last there exactly 10 years ago on either side of a Tibet trip, and I’m really looking forward to being able to shoot without the constraints of a film budget. I will have at least one post that I’ll schedule in advance here next week, and possibly a few preview photos or things shot on my Android phone while in Nepal, so there should still be a bit of action here..

Below you can see the gear list of all the stuff I’m taking. There are a couple of possibly unusual inclusions in it that are for an experimental idea I have. After I return, I’ll blog on what worked and what didn’t.


  • Canon 5D Mark II with grip
  • Canon 5D
  • Canon 40D

Three bodies may seem like overkill but I’m throwing an old APS-C body in just in case I’m after a bit of extra reach for some mountain shots.


  • Canon 17-40mm f4L
  • Canon 24-70mm f2.8L
  • Canon 70-200mm f4L
  • Canon 50mm f1.8


  • Canon 580EX II
  • Canon 550EX
  • Phottix Odin ETTL triggers
  • Phottix Strato II triggers
  • Phottix collapsible umbrella
  • Phottix external battery pack
  • Phottix bouce card and snoot
  • Standard gels

I may add a reflector at the last minute but am undecided at the moment.


  • Black Rapid RS-5 strap (x2)
  • Black Rapid RS-Sport strap
  • Dicapac WP-S10 waterproof housing
  • Canon TC80n3 timer remote
  • Triopo G268 carbon fiber tripod with Manfrotto 486RC2 ballhead
  • B+W 110 10stop ND filter
  • 3 stop soft GND filter
  • Variable ND filter
  • Polarizing filter

Man and bell. October 2001


As nothing is too time-sensitive, I’m not planning on doing any editing on the road. This is preferable because it will mean my nights won’t be taken up with work, and I’ll be able to save all the processing for my desktop computer rather than using a laptop. That said, I do need to store image files so a computer is necessary.

  • Macbook
  • 500GB external hard drives (x2)
  • Sandisk USB card reader
  • iPod
  • Zoom H1 audio recorder
  • HTC Desire running Oxygen ROM


I picked up 2 new bags for this trip, partly because I have a little too much gear to fit easily into my Lowepro Computrekker, and partly so that I have something small and portable for casual use. My carry on is a Jenova backpack. The particular model (TW007L) seems to be named only for the Taiwan market so I’m not too sure what they are called elsewhere. I believe Jenova is an Italian company. A friend of mine has been using this particular backpack for a couple of years and recommends it. I was able to pick it up on sale for about half the price of equivalent bags from the better known manufacturers. I’m also taking a messenger bag by Jenova that easily fits one body and a couple of lenses for around town use.

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