Gear Corner Story || Packing the 50L Tilopa with f-stop Ambassador Nic Alegre

Nic Alegre grew up in East Hampton, New York and is an award-winning photographer for Teton Gravity Research.

After graduating from Villanova University in 2008, Nic lived and worked in Manhattan for a few years before he followed his instincts west and spent a number of years in both Whistler, British Columbia, and North Lake Tahoe, California before landing in Jackson Hole Wyoming as the first lead photographer in TGR's 25-year history. In December 2018, he won Powder Magazine's Photo of the Year at the 19th annual Powder Awards in Breckenridge, Colorado and has been nominated four times since 2015.

Last year, he was a finalist twice for the 2019 Red Bull Illume Photo Competition - RAW Category.

We reached out to him to see what is he carrying inside of his pack. This is what he had to say!

Words and photos by Nic Alegre


I shoot Nikon D5, D4, and D850 bodies and Nikon lenses.  I generally carry a single body in my Tilopa pack with a combination of between 4-6 lenses.  When on assignment in Alaska and shooting dynamic and quickly changing action scenes hanging from a helicopter, I will carry two bodies at the same time that are usually mounted with 70-200mm f2.8 and a 24-70mm 2.8 Nikon lens. In some instances, I will switch out the 24-70mm for a 14-24mm 2.8 wide and keep a 2x teleconverter on me to attach to the long lens if the situation calls for it. 

The other lenses usually in my quiver are 50mm 1.4, 85mm 1.4 and a 300mm 2.8.  I never use a tripod to shoot because of how much I move.


I learned from pro's using Nikon and began shooting with their second-hand gear and never looked back.  Nikon glass is the best in my opinion and the camera bodies have been battle axes for me. The environments I typically work in are harsh, wet, cold and dramatic and the Nikon gear, much like my f-stop bag, have proven that they can weather the storm in my expedition oriented shooting assignments.


The top of my Tilopa is packed with extra snow gear such as goggles, gloves, and layers.  I keep extra cards and on the very top zip pocket with additional lens caps and a binding tool.

The front pocket is usually filled with a water platypus and the sides hold things like ski straps, granola bars and other random trinkets I may take into the field.  I strap touring poles to the side of the back most days I am shooting.


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