As a landscape and nature photographer there is some photogear I cannot do without, such as a camera belt and a tripod/monopod. I am very pleased with my Cotton Carrier carrying system and my compact MeFoto and MeVideo tripods – one suited for stills photography and the other for videography.

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Camera belt

Cotton carrier camera belt
Cotton Carrier camera belt

One piece of photogear I absolutely love is the Cotton Carrier carrying system for my camera. I am currently using the new SlingBelt Carrying System together with the lens bucket system. With the belt system you carry your camera around your waist, which prevents strain on your neck and shoulders which is so common with traditional camera straps. The additional buckets, which can be attached to the belt, provide ample space and protection for lenses, other camera gear or even a water bottle. They are all ready to grab, which almost makes a separate bag or backpack superfluous. The belt can even be extended with an additional holster, so you can carry two camera’s on the same belt.

Tripod – essential photogear

As a landscape photographer I often need to use a tripod to work under low light conditions or when I want to do long exposures. I use a Mefoto RoadTrip tripod for photography and a MeVideo tripod for videography. The MeFoto tripod comes in three types: GlobeTrotter, RoadTrip and Backpacker. The RoadTrip tripod is sleek and compact and easy to take with you on your travels. The lightweight MeFoto tripods reverse fold to save space so you can easily carry it around. The legs can be independently locked so they can all be at diffent angles, which is extremely handy when you are out in the field. You can also reverse the center column for low shots. And most handy of all: you can convert the center colulmn and one of the legs into a monopod.

MeFoto RoadTrip tripod
MeFoto RoadTrip tripod
MeFoto RoadTrip tripod shown as a monopod
Folded MeFoto RoadTrip tripod

For videography I use a MeVideo GlobeTrotter tripod. This tripod has many of the same features as the MeFoto tripod, but since this tripod is used to shoot videos it also has a fluid ball head. The head can be removed so that it can be used on flat services. Like the MeFoto tripod it can be reverse folded and made into a monopod. It also comes with a leveling center column, meaning you can level the head independently of the tripod legs.