my camera kit

A friend recently told me over tea, “So I’d decided along with everyone else to stop researching cameras and computers and just buy whatever you do…”

Both off and online, I get a lot of questions on my camera kit (as it has evolved significantly over the last seven years, from a Sony digicam that used floppy disks for memory (!!!) to my current Cannon DSLR kit) and so here’s my update as of 2/1/08.

And I want to start off by noting that my latest investments in lenses actually necessitate that I take this passion professional (in order to afford the cost of my terrible addition to such an expensive hobby). I am afraid for the fact that I’m carrying my savings on my back and still searching online forums for help on affordable insurance for a meager stack of gear (compared to the REAL professionals), so if anyone has any advice, please post it below.

Back to the point: here’s my camera bag and the contents of it.

(Please note that all the pictures I’ve taken in the last four months have been with the 70-200 f/4L and the lens that came with in the kit with the Rebel Xti body. The other two lenses were delivered to me by UPS two days ago and images will, of course, be posted soon.)

THE BAG (which I’ve used and is proved and TRUE):

Lowepro SlingShot 200 AW Camera Bag


Canon Rebel


Canon Zoom Telephoto EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Autofocus Lens

Canon Zoom Super Wide Angle EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 

Canon Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto EF 24-70mm f/2.8L 



And finally, I’ve found the professional photography community at to be full of kind and patient mentors with heaps of tips and expertise to share.


And if you want some clear leads on how to move forward with your own budding photo passion, I found Bryan Peterson‘s books to be some of the best and especially helpful in clearing up my questions and helping me expand the boundaries my own creativity:


Okay. I’m out of breath.

*sol bows her “namaste” and gratitude to World Nomads Travel Insurance, ThinkHost and Merc for their ever-supporting roles in the realization of her dream.

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  1. ny2texas March 22, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    Hola Bella, Que hay de nuevo? Ha…that was a rhetorical question. I always know what’s new with you because I have been reading your blog for some 7 years now (!!!). I remember years ago when you lost (or was it stolen?) one of your cameras and I managed to throw a few pennies your way for a replacement. Now you are bangin’ around with a Rebel. I love it. I love the photos. You manage to capture a lot of emotion in every single photo you took. If it hasn;t been suggested already -perhaps you can fund the next 7 years of travel by publishing a photo journal? I’d buy one or two.

    On the same note, have you considered sponsorship? I read National Geographic and they always have field reporters doing exactly the same thing you do every day (and they get paid for it). Sorry, if all of this is old news…maybe I should read your FAQ, eh?

    Well…as always -much love to you, stanger, and safe travels.

    – Ken (ny2texas)

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  7. Louise February 22, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    I stumbled on to your blog and realised you are STILL travelling!
    That is amazing…. I met you about seven years a go – so long – at the dive school on Utila with Rachel. I am now back in London and pondering my next move as a broadcast journalist and feeling slightly envious of your travels… What is the plan and how long do you intend to keep travelling for? Perhaps there is no plan?!
    Loving all your photography. This is very out of the blue I know but good luck,
    Louise 🙂

  8. whitney b February 11, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    FINALLY, my photographic inspiration has begun selling her brilliant work! I am so proud of you. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you, C, and I eagerly anticipate the day a book of your beautiful words and photographs is published. I expect an autographed copy from the author herself! 🙂

  9. lost-edge February 8, 2008 at 4:07 pm


    First let me congratulate you on your photography to this point: it has been interesting, relevant, and insightful.

    I also use the same Canon that you do, but may I make a recommendation? Try shooting with one of these:
    It’s a Diana+, and it takes awesome photos. Try using slide film and have it cross processed. You will be surprised with the results.

    I think that there is a market for your photos, especially since you are shooting in India; however, I recall seeing a photo exhibit recently of images from India, and the colors in this series were so rich. Also, the content was really edgy and provocative. If I remember who the artist was I will send a link. Keep up the good work.

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