packing jigsaw: Hong Kong skyscrapers to bali beaches with christiaan hart

Australian photographer Christiaan Hart has traveled throughout Asia to cover international sporting events such as Grand Prix, professional golf tournaments, ATP Tennis, and Rugby Sevens.  

Aside from sports, Christiaan also specialises in commercial and corporate events. In 2015 Christiaan was one of two official photographers to cover the BTS (behind the scenes) and event happenings at the APEC CEO summit in Manila. High-level attendees included U.S. president, Barack Obama; Alibaba founder, Jack Ma; and Chinese president, Xi Jinping; as well as many other world leaders and CEOs of major global companies. 

Other commercial jobs have seen Christiaan travelling with F8 Photography around Asia to cover Ducati motorbike press launches and large-scale company events in interesting locations such as Burma, Manila, and Thailand. 

 

For the past 18 months, I have been using Sony camera gear on all my assignments, including sports, commercial, events, and personal projects. 

Cameras: 

Sony a9, a7R III, a6500

Lens:

24-70mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/2.8, 55mm f/1.8, 16-35mm f/4, 10-18mm f/4, 2xConvertor 

I’ve personally found Sony very reliable and overall a fantastic system that performs every time. Part of the reason I switched to Sony was the autofocus system and the flexibility of having the electronic and mechanical shutter for different shooting environments. A lot of my jobs involve travel around Asia, so packing light is sometimes essential. The Sony system definitely helps in this area, as the camera bodies are compact, which allows more space for other equipment. 

 

Shooting sports is a major part of my job. The Sony a9 has definitely provided options to be able to capture shots more easily than some other brands potentially could. For example, the tilt screen enables me to shoot at lower angles more easily and the electronic viewfinder is helpful for reviewing images in harsh sunlight. The autofocus system, which is super fast, locks onto subjects instantly. The camera body is lightweight, which is good for keeping the weight down during those long days in the field.

Every shoot is different and requires different gear, but my go-to system is the Sony a9, 16-35mm f/4, 24-70mm f/2.8, and the 70-200mm f/2.8. This setup generally covers all focal distances needed on my assignments.

 

For my upcoming trip to Bali, Indonesia, I will be making the most of the f-stop Tilopa. Actually, this will be the bag’s first real test! I’ll be working on and off boats and beaches shooting water sports. Having easy access to gear is essential and having the option to be able to fit it all in the one bag is perfect.

The Tilopa is ideal, as it will accommodate pretty much all of the gear I will need each day. From the airport in Hong Kong to the beaches in Bali, the Tilopa will be home to the following gear for the next seven days. 

- DJI Mavic Pro 2, 4 batteries, ND filters – This all fits neatly into the f-stop Accessory Pouch - L, perfect!

- The f-stop Pro ICU - Large will be used this trip due to a large amount of gear. For smaller day trips, I use the Slope ICU - Medium to allow for my Sea Frogs underwater camera housing system, which fits Sony a9, a7R III, a6500.

- f-stop Packing Cell Kits for DJI Mavic accessories, ND filters, cables

- Lenses: 24-70mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/2.8, 2x converter, 16-35mm f/4, 10-18mm f/4, 55mm f/1.8

- Gash surf helmet, a new purchase, which will be tested out in the surf next week whilst shooting

- SD card holder

- Lens clothes, daily accessories, cables, and chargers all fit into the f-stop accessory pouches 

- Power bank for charging laptop, phone, and batteries

- For my 15-inch Mac Book Pro and mouse I use the f-stop Laptop Sleeve - 15”. This fits perfectly into the Tilopa and is great for daily work.

- Mini iPad for drone

- 2-TB Lacie external hard drive 

- Oakley Sunglasses, sunscreen

- Bose headphones and AirPods, because you need two!  

- Gitzo carbon fiber travel tripod - nice and light

 

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