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Assignment Marawi: What a photojournalist brings to cover a war

Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 08 2017 10:59 PM | Updated as of Nov 09 2017 12:05 AM

I was asked by a public school teacher in a recent forum where I was a speaker what my "kit" consisted of. The long and short of it is, it depends. It depends on what the assignment calls for. 

For instance, in a recent trip to Marawi, where I was away from the office for an extended period, I brought most of my tools, all approximately 35 kilos, so I could respond to all possible stories. 

I was able to use every equipment pictured here in the course of my 12-day assignment. And, the photo doesn't include the drone camera I had to hire from a local.

1. Pelican 1510 travel case 2. Manfrotto monopod 3. Canon 5D Mark III 4. Canon 5D Mark III 5. Zacuto Optical viewfinder 6. GoPro Hero 7. Canon and Fuji batteries 8. Sony digital audio recorder 9.Fuji X-Pro2 with 14mm lens 10. Canon 70-200mm f4 lens 11. Canon 24-70mm F2.8 lens 12. Assorted batteries 13. iPhone 14. Android phone 15. Seagate 2T external hard drive 16. Powerbanks 17.Canon and Fuji battery chargers 18. Sennheiser wireless mic set 19. Saramonic mic to phone adapter 20. Rode VideoMic 21. Rode Lavalier mic 22. Canon 200-400mm with 1.4x extender 23. Apple MacBook Pro 15in. 24. Various power cables 25. Notebook and pens 26. Gorillapod 27. Petzel head lamp 28. Gaffer's tapes 29. Osmo Mobile phone stabilizer 30. Gerber Multiplier 31. Rain poncho 32. Chamois 33. N-95 mask 34. Manfrotto tripod 35. ProTec helmet with GoPro adapter 36. Ballistic helmet 37. Level III-A ballistic vest