How to get the most out of less

It is definitely challenging to go hiking with a backpacker stuffed with gear. But what if you need this special part which you left at home for a particular situation? You have to improvise and take chances.

This is why I try to reduce my gear as much as possible and watch out for new ideas. In addition, you should ask yourself if it always has to be the „official“ way. Usually you get at least 80% of way with just 20% of the gear, if you choose properly. 

Don’t take my list here as a buyer's guide - it’s weather complete, nor final. It’s just the way I’m doing what I do. And I’m always looking for replacements and reccomodations.

How to carry

If you do hiking, a backpack is a must. But you have to restrict yourself on what gets in. Every kilo counts. I usually never forget to put in a towel just in case I have to take something apart.
In case you want to get some nice footage, don’t forget your gimbal. Think about leaving your tripod in the basecamp.


I like glasses a lot and I have several, but sometimes three glasses are a lot to carry. If you could convince someone to carry your extra luggage, prime lenses are indispensable. Although there might be better ones regarding quality, I like canon lenses very much because of their colors.

Stands and tripods

Tripods are a hate-love affair. In certain situations there is no way to go without them, but usually they are a kind of a dead mass to carry around. I more and more rely on my gimbal and a monopod with a three leg base.

The rest

Magic Lantern - I could’nt do without it. It is the best that ever happened to Canon's cameras. On my 5d Mark III it runs like a charm, on the 50d it’s great . It takes a while of reading and testing, but in the end you get features you will not see anywhere else on the market. The list is long. And its for free!