What is in my timelapse bag – Fstop Dyota 20

This is all the gear I carry in my timelapse bag.


I have been using the new F-stop Dyota 20 camera bag since September 2019. It's a great bag, very comfortable to carry, fits a lot of gear and it doesn't look like a camera bag (which is great to prevent bag snatchers).

Watch the video below to see what I carry with me and keep scrolling to find (affiliate) links to all the gear that I mention in the video.

The camera bag is the F-Stop Dyota 20, which came out in September 2019 and is my favourite small(ish) camera bag that I've used so far. As mentioned I am an ambassador for the brand, but keep in mind that I reached out F-stop way back in 2014 trying to get some sort of deal with them because I loved their bag so much. So the love for the gear came first, the ambassadorship second! (they declined my request, so just imagine how stoked I was when THEY reached out to ME years later!)

By the way here's an alternative thumbnail for the above video:

Photo of me and my bag by Pete Jobson (https://www.instagram.com/petejobson/).

The other bag I used that I mention in the video is the F-Stop Dalston. Funnily enough Dalston is the next suburb over from where I'm living right now in London!

Most of the gear I mention here is also mentioned on my dedicated timelapse gear page, but I'll list it all out again in the hopes that you buy something from my Amazon affiliate links which gives me a few dollars here and there!

The tripod I use when I want to travel light is the Manfrotto Befree carbon fibre. It's carbon fibre because I like it light weight. This also makes it expensive, but very much worth it in my opinion! The model pictured below is the latest model, the one I have is an older version with clamps instead of these handy twist locks.

The other tripod I use all the time is the Manfrotto 190 Go, also the carbon fibre model. I use this when I need things to be a bit more sturdy, for example when shooting on a long lens.

I always carry this modified dog bowl with me, which I featured in the below video. It blocks reflections when shooting through glass and allows you to get many more angles than you usually would.

I also carry a basic first aid kit, reusable utensils and a metal straw, as well as a plastic poncho in case I get caught in a hectic rain storm.

More F-stop gear! This is their new Dyota face mask, which features fancy materials. Sadly it's not a great fit for me and my beard, but then again most facemasks don't fit me well because of the facial hair. Maybe I should shave? Haven't done that in a while..

The F-stop Dyota face mask

For charging my phone and cameras while on the road I carry this Anker battery with me. It's only 10k mAh which isn't a ton but gets me through most missions. I'd like to upgrade to a battery that charges faster and one that features USB C!

Now for the fun stuff: cameras! Depending on what I'm shooting and what I need I either carry the Canon 6DMkII and a 24-70 f4 lens with me (which I've been using for about 3 years now and still performs great!) or I have the Lumix S1 mirrorless camera with the 24-105 lens. Both very capable machines, however when it comes to timelapse the S1 beats the 6D due to its advanced timelapse shooting modes. But then the 6DMkII has more megapixels and I own more Canon lenses.. Forever a pickle!

Canon EOS 6DMkII DSLR camera
Lumix S1 mirrorless camera

Regarding remotes, there are a bunch of options to choose from. I recommend reading my article about timelapse remotes or to just watch the video below. Both these cameras have built in intervalometers so it's rare for me to use an external one, but this is the one I would recommend: the Hahnel Captur Pro. Make sure to buy the right model as Canon, Nikon, Sony etc all have different connectors!

The Hahnel Captur Pro timelapse remote (intervalometer)

I store all my memory cards in the F-Stop memory card pouch. It's small and convenient and it allows me to attach a carabiner to it, which I always like.

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To mount my phone and other little cameras like GoPros or Insta360's I use the Joby GripTight flexible tripod stand.

You can't leave home without a filter! Not only to drag the shutter but also to make your skies pop. This PolarPro ND and CPL combo is my favourite filter and I never shoot without it! Make sure to get the right thread size, I use 77mm but you might want to get a size up and use a step down ring if you have multiple different thread sizes on your lenses.

PolarPro ND CP filter.

It's always nice to have the option to add some motion control to your timelapse shots, and this device is so small and light weight you'd be silly not to bring it with you. This is the Syrp Genie Mini II.

Syrp Genie Mini II motion control device

If I need to record audio when out shooting I either use the Rode Video Mic Pro Plus (what a name) or if it's just for vlogging and I don't need on location audio I would use the Rode Wireless Go. I really like Rode, they're an Australian company and make amazing products. There's a reason nearly everyone I know in the scene uses their microphones!

And that's about it for all the gear from this video! Let me know if you'd like to see the ‘maximum' timelapse kit, which includes a different camera bag, a motion control rail and head, more lenses and just much more gear in general.

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3 years ago

Thanks Matthew, always interesting to see the different gear people carry. A caution about the Genie Mini, they are a great light weight easy to use unit that keep breaking in half. I have gone through 2 of them in the last 2 years. I am mounting a Sony A7r2 with Zeiss 18 or 25mm lenses so pretty light gear and yet both units have literally snapped in half. The internal 3 lugs that connect the rotating bit to the fixed bit are just too flimsy and snap which causes the bottom half to separate from the top half that has my camera attached. Result is bottom stays attached to tripod, top half with my camera ends up on the ground with a loud cracking sound as my lens breaks. Great concept but terrible build quality.

2 years ago

holy shit I came for a review of one backpack and ultimately scrolled through shameless plugs for 50 other products.