I’ve been using this CaseLogic SLRC-206 backpack for around 3 years now and to the day it’s still my favourite backpack for my DSLR camera and equipment.
The bag has held up really well, even with a lot of international travel over the years which I think is a testament to the good design of it.
What I love about this bag is that it does feel relatively compact as you can see on the video when I put it on, but it also stores a tonne of gear, including 2 camera bodies (or one dslr and a video camera), multiple lenses, audio gear, tripod and a laptop.
Over the years I’ve used a number of different quick release plates, from Manfrotto to Velbon. I’ve found that for something that is relatively small, they really are quite expensive. The Manfrotto 577 Plate costs about $50 at B&H.
So I’ve been using these cheap quick release plates for all of my equipment now for quite some time now.
I’ve been using the Electro Voice RE50B for quite some time now, about 4 years I think. Since then it’s been used a lot and still is standing strong. This thing is tough!
If you’re looking for a reporters/handheld microphone for interviews, I really can’t recommend this microphone enough. I really love the sound that it produces. In the video above you can hear the difference from my $600 Sennheiser G3 Lav to the Electro Voice, it really is a smoother sound.
As you probably know already, I use monopods a lot, often as quick and portable alternative to tripods. My favourite lightweight tripod is the Velbon UltraStick R50 monopod. It’s super lightweight, portable and it has one of the most ingenious locking systems I’ve seen.
I’ve been using it for nearly 2 years now and definitely feel that’s it’s also going to hold up against the abuse of a travel tripod.