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Tip: What is in my camerabag…. , and how do I bring it with me on a longer trip

I have had a couple of posts before about packing and different types of camerabags for travel, and I have made it on of my specialites when it comes to travel and photography.  A lot of testing and failing when I have been travelling have made me find that I claim that the following characteristics is necessary for a good camera bag that you are bringing with you for travel.

1) Space for a lot of gear
2) Easy to bring along on day hikes.
3) Sturdy
4) “Air port security” sensible
5) Cabin luggage approved
6) Discrete
7) Rain cover / Weather protected

So , I have Pelicases, suitcases, small backpacks, special camera backpacks with ziplocs towards the back for added security, with weather sealing for hiking, and different smaller types bags for spesific  camera types. But if you are going on a longer photo trip. Non of them will be without compromise.

First of,  let me show what I am planning to bring on my next trip.  I am going on a short trip to South East Asia in a couple of weeks.

In the main compartment

– 2 DSLR bodies
– A small handycam
–  5 lenses (1 big 120-300,  70-200, and there more normal sized lenses)
– A teleconverter
– A external flash
– Two Blackrapid Rstraps
– A couple of external harddrives

 

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In the smaller compartments

– Cleaning kits
– Extra batteries
– Extra memory cards
– Different cables and chargers

And in the outside compartment, I am bringing a small laptop or tablet.

Lowepro Pro Runner 450 AW Pro Runner Backpack

So why did I end up with this bag? The main reson was the amount of gear that I wanted to bring, and the most practical when you are on the move is a backpack, and since it is cabin luggage approved it is possible to bring even on smaller regional airlines too. Another  major advantage with the backpack is when we do the security check at the airport. Bringing a lot of electronic gear is a true and valid way of getting picked for a closer securty inspection, so one of my favourite features is that I can open the backpack as a suitcase , and the inspectors can check that everything is as it seems without removing it. When I have used smaller backpacks for camera gear before I often end up taking everything out, and that can be a little bit stressful in a crowded control.

The backpack also have other features that are well known from Lowepro. Compression straps in the front to make a snugger fit, a “cup” for a tripod, and a raincover that can be pulled over the pack at your convenience.

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All in all , a very nice bag that I hope can bring me many good images from all over the globe..

-Ray

 

 

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Tip: Travel photo gear : The Canon Powershot G1 X Mark 2, and the BlackRapid SnaprR

Hi

I just wanted to share a little photo gear tip that might be work for travel photographs. One of the major issues with travel photos is that sometimes you don’t want to bring to much gear, and you want to bring it safe and so on. So when I was going to South Africa a month ago, I found out that I wanted to get myself  a smaller point and shoot (compact) camera. Primarily for those times it can be a little difficult to bring a big DSLR with lots of gear and lenses, or a little bit of discretion is the name of the game.

Canon Powershot G1 X Mark 2

Let me just say. I am a DSLR user, and I don’t mind carrying big lenses and a lot of gear, so personally I don’t understand the big protest many have about the G1 X size. Yeah, for a point and shoot it is quite big. But I think it is great. And one of the reasons that I have become a fan over the month I have had it is that it is kind of close in function and functionality to a standard Canon DSLR, so the dials and knobs kind of make sense for me. But I have to say….. the dials are still quite small, and that can be a bit troublesome at times.

So what is my favourite about the G1X Mark 2

No doubt the scene and creative shot modes. There are plenty different modes that are prefixed on the camera, and they work very well. And many of them surprisingly good. Especially I am a fan of the “hand held night modes”

Evening light over a hotel in Oslo in june 2014

 

, and the “star” trail modes that works extremely vel.

Starstruck evening shoot in South Africa in mai 2014

Another function that I enjoy is that you have a 24-120 mm lens equivalent on the camera. And in most cases that is just fine.

And of course , it delivers all the other functions that you should expect from a compact camera. But I have to say, it is one thing that I would have wished that I had, and that is that it could store the RAW file if I use the creative modes, but I guess that is not possible. Another thing that bothers me is that I wish the battery could last a little bit longer, it only last about 250 images, and I think that is a bit to little.

But overall I really enjoy this camera, but it will not replace my 5d Mark 3 as my primary weapon of choice 🙂

 

The BlackRapid SnapR

So I haven gotten myself a new camera, but that only solves half the problem. The other half is how to bring it with you. I am a big fan of the Blackrapid products, and especially the Rstrap. The functionality is great, and the look and feel is good, and an extra benefit is that you have a little more professional look, and that can help in some places that you want to shoot. And now I found a product that is specifically made for point and shoot (compact) cameras, and that is the SnapR. It is “just” a sling type strap with a bag attached, and that makes a big difference. Because it allows you to store your camera safe, and quickly bring it to life if you want to catch that crucial moment.  After using it for some weeks now, I think it have a couple of other nice features too. One of them is that it have a couple of good sized pockets that allows you to bring some small essentials as cleaning kits,  extra batteries or memory cards. This I find nice, and very practical.

“I love it when a plan comes together”

This is how it looks with my setup

 

-Ray

 

 

Photo tip: Different bags, backpacks, suitcases and other cases for different use

Note! I am not associated with any of the brands that I mention in this post.

I am a firm believer in that different situations  or work require a different tools, and that also counts when it comes to photography.  Not least regarding  how you transport your gear. So I have gotten myself some different  bags that I use in different cases.

A quick  summary is that I can divide my different transport gear into the following.

1. Shoulder strap camera bags

2. Camera suit case

3. Back packs

4. Hard cases

Shoulder strap camera bags

This is the ordinary and basic ones. I have  three. The main difference between them is the size, and hence how much gear you can bring with you.

My smallest one is this one here from a company named Godspeed and is very basic. The nice thing about it is that is large enough to bring with a DSLR , and an extra cloth to clean the lens. or som other small items.  It will only support one of the smaller lenses, but should be fine if you are doing a basic shoot.

Image: http://www.filgifts.com/view.asp?xitem=God003.1

The next one is also a Godspeed bag (Model : SY 802M) . It is a bit bigger, and starting to be more practical. If you are going to a little more complex shoot, and you need to bring some extra batteries, some different lenses (smaller primes) or a flash. This model is big enough that you can bring some supplies along when you go and take pictures.  This is one of the one that I uses the most.

Image: http://www.linkdelight.com/330729011M-Godspeed-SY-802M-Waterproof-Shoulder-Camera-Bag.html

The last one of this sort of bag I have and use is an even bigger bag from Godspeed. This is rather large, and in addition to you DSLR and a flash, it can hold several lenses and a lot of other equipment that you feel you need. I use this bag if I go on trips that last for some days, and want to bring some equipment along. The only negative I have to say about the bag is that it can feel a bit heavy if it is fully loaded.  Another practical  implication is the size makes it not fit in the overhead bins on smaller regional airlines. So you might have to stow it under your seat. But the overall look and feel is quite good.

Image: http://www.fotokamerataschen.de/fototasche/alpineplus/photobag-100-tasche-fototasche-kameratasche/a-100044/

Camera suit cases

There are many different companies making camera suitcases, but the one that I have is from Lowepro, and one is the Pro Roller X200. The reason for choosing that specific case is that first of all it is airline approved as hand luggage, and that is very nice feature when I travel a lot. And the second reason it that is was fairly easy to buy at camera stores in Norway. (most of them stock gear from Lowepro) Lets go back to the point of airline for a little while. One of my main concerns when traveling with my camera gear is that some of it should be lost or damage during the security checks in the airports. When I am traveling with my backpack I often was asked to empty it, and that was of quite a concern. With a suitcase you can just open the lid if they need to look inside, and everything is tidy and visible for them to see. I never have to take anything out, so the practical layout of the suitcase is helping regarding security. I can mention that I feel that my equipment is nicely protected in the suitcase, and it have a lot of nice practical solutions  to help you in the shooting.

Image: store.lowepro.com

Back packs

And for me it is Lowepro again,  I use two different back packs . I kind of depends on the situation. The first one is Photo sport AW, and I have to say It is just amazing. It is light , flexible , durable , and very practical. It is very nice to have as a sort of daypack to use on hikes, or in the city if you need to be a bit anonymous. It also have a built-in raincoat that is handy.  The only negative I can say that it is a bit difficult to bring a lot of equipment, it just not designed for it. But like I said , It is a personal favorite when I need it.

Image: store.lowepro.com

The second backpack I use is the Lowepro Flipside 400 AW. This is a very nice designed bag, for the purpose of being fast and sturdy for protecting sensitive gear. I use it primarily when I need to carry a lot of delicate equipment such as flashes and lenses, an I need a little bit more space and protection then I get in the Photo Sport bag. Two of the mail features is that it have back compartment entry that gives you extra security.  In addition you find a lot of the same signature details and features that you find in other Lowepro equipment.

Image: store.lowepro.com

Hard cases

I have previously posted my tip on how to transport your Sigmonster or other large lenses. To conclude , hard cases is the answer.  The most well-known one is Peli that produces the Peli Cases. These are military standard, and are made to handle a beating. Like I have mentioned I a using such a Peli case for my sigmonster. But there is also other manufactures that makes such style of cases. One of them is B+W , that I have a couple of in different sizes.  Why I like to use this type of cases i obvious. They are though. Especially if you are transporting zoom lenses I would recommend you using them.  What I enjoy is that most such cases comes with a foam that is able to be shaped into what you need. So you can fit the case to the lens or what other type of equipment that you want to protect.

Eksample of Peli case is the 1650 that I use for my Sigmonster

Image: flight-cases.nu

The smaller B+W cases looks like this

Image: http://www.fotovideo.no

Hope you found some of the information useful.

Take care, and safe travel

-Ray

Another photography tip: Safe transport of a Sigmonster (or other gigant lenses)

Note! I am in no way affiliated with the brands that I mention here. This is just my personal opinion.

When I travel, I enjoy the art of taking pictures. And when I travel I need to bring my equipment. One of the major issues with photo equipment as everyone knows is that it can be very difficult to both bring, and to transport many or large lenses, tripods or other large items. One lens I will talk a little bit about is my beloved Sigma 300-800 F5.6 aka the “Sigmonster”. It is a gigantic lens , and to be quite hounest it can be challanging to bring along.

More info on the Sigmonster you can find here

One especially difficult bit is how you transport them on a plane since it is impossible to bring it in your carry on.  My solution have been to get a Peli case 1650. Peli is a famous brand for making military spec protective cases, and in my opinion they are absolutely worth the money.  They are sturdy, rough, and can realy handle a beating…

It is one more feature that I realy like about the cases, and that it can hold two pad locks in addition to the seven hatches on the case. My advice would be to get the TSA aproved types if you are going on air travel. Then you dont have to  worry about people opening it without you knowlegde (since the TSA locks leaves a trace color if opened with the TSA key) , and the TSA agents can expect it if they need to.

More information on the Peli cases can be found here.

http://www.peli.com/en/maletas-grandes-para-equipos-sensibles-1650.html

Take care

-Ray

A photography tip: Carrying multiple DSLR

Hi

I wanted to try something different today, and try to write a short photography tip.

NOTE! I am in no way sponsored by any of the brands that I mention here, but I give credit where credit is due.

For those of you who have followed my blog, you know that I love to travel, and that I enjoy the art of photography. This have taken me to many places off the beaten track . If we are talking about mountains of Norway, or the Amazonian jungle, I have been there taking some photos, and in those conditions I think it is one major issue regarding the usage of your trused DSLR`s. That is changing lenses when you are in a hurry , or you are in places that or not all that easy or in some way troublesome  to switch lenses. My solution is  that I have started to use is the Blackrapid R double strap.

You can see a  video  from Blackrapid here:

I have been using the original R-stap for a long time, and I enjoy the way to carry my camera, differing from strap that comes standard with the camera.

I usually go with the following setup of my cameras:  one for wide-angle shots, and the other either for macro or for zoom shots. In this way I can switch cameras without the need for exchanging the lenses. Another nice feature of the straps is that it allows for you to have your arms free when you are not taking shots, and you can rest a little bit. I find this very practical when I am in envirements where I anticipate that I will be needing different lenses for taking my shots.

-Ray