I though this one would be fun... this is my actual setup for shooting 893-Yakuza in Tokyo... super super lightweight & urban.
Almost all items here are obviously weather specific and location specific: in November-December it's cold and rainy in Tokyo.
I'm NO tech person, but here's the list:
- a pack of paper hankerchiefs, a lens cloth
- any random palstic bag
- a woolen cap, a super lightweight raincoat
- a "pocket communicator": crucial for situations when you don't speak the local language and need help
- my passport and credit card and other necessary travel/ID docs
- extra batteries
- secondary camera (set up as rangefinder)
- main camera (rangefinder) with just one lens (but a great one)
- pens & pencils, markers, little notebook
- memory cards
- audio recorder
- super dooper business cards with images of my work (extremely important in Japan)
- mini tripod
- signed David Alan Harvey bag, with custom padded inserts
Money and phone are usually not in my bag.
There are some specific realities to shooting in a metropolis like Tokyo, all of which obviously affect my setup: if anything breaks, I can usually have it fixed it within hours, or event rent or buy new equipment; that's why I have no no need for more than one main camera/lens combination.
The bag is of course crucial: this particular bag is the lightest one around (I have to be able to carry it for a long long time), completely waterproof when closed, is low key black, has very easy inside pockets, a cross strap, and room enough for my gear sitting in padded inserts. And of course having it signed by David Alan Harvey makes me invincible :-)
If i shoot video, my setup differs suprisingly little to the above:
- add video camera + batteries (video camera uses the same lens as the main rangefinder camera)
- add shotgun mic
- add tripod, steadycam, scorpion
As you can see, I'm more of a traveller than a tech person... Obviously the reason for this all has to do with subject, location, type of project, type of photography... but I think I've nailed my setup pretty good this time: every element in the bag is crucial, and as far as I can tell I can't leave anything more out of the bag to make it even lighter. I seldom use my flash, so I would be inclined to maybe let that one go first...