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06/30/2010 12:42:17 AM · #26
Thanks guys, I might take my DSLR gorilla pod and hope for the best, or atleast find a bag to throw some dirt to make a stable foundation. 70-200 will stay home I guess. I did shoot all of these in Bali with mostly a 50 mm 1.8 and a Sigma 10-20 mm so adding the sigma 30 1.4 should make a nice addition. Thanks for the input.

What about this thought. Take my small bag and three lenses, and put it in a larger regular backpack so that people can't see my camera bag all the time. Is that overkill? It would give me some space ofr oother things too. I used to do this in SF when I did not need all my tools for work and people paid less attention to me and my stuff. Could have been in my head though. :P
06/30/2010 12:45:46 AM · #27
Originally posted by jdannels:

Thanks guys, I might take my DSLR gorilla pod and hope for the best, or atleast find a bag to throw some dirt to make a stable foundation. 70-200 will stay home I guess. I did shoot all of these in Bali with mostly a 50 mm 1.8 and a Sigma 10-20 mm so adding the sigma 30 1.4 should make a nice addition. Thanks for the input.

What about this thought. Take my small bag and three lenses, and put it in a larger regular backpack so that people can't see my camera bag all the time. Is that overkill? It would give me some space ofr oother things too. I used to do this in SF when I did not need all my tools for work and people paid less attention to me and my stuff. Could have been in my head though. :P


I did that (the bag within a backpack) when I went to New Zealand, and it worked well. It made me feel better that it just looked like a random backpack. But then, I was also essentially with that bag 24/7 unless I was going to the grocery store or something. It was also nice because it's more modular... I could just take the camera bag if I wanted to just go to an overlook or something, or take the whole thing if I wanted the other stuff in the pack too.
06/30/2010 12:56:10 AM · #28
Heck I'd just take a padded daypack, the kind they make for school with a laptop compartment and organizer front. That is the way I always travel now with my camera gear. I've taken my camera, a couple of lenses (including my 80-400 in its own case in the bottom of the pack on two occasions), filters, flash, spare cards and battery, etc. that way to China, Italy, Hawaii, Costa Rica, and more. Makes a great carry on and holds drinks, snacks, tickets, book and the like to boot. No one ever knows there is thousands of dollars of camera equipment in it.

Message edited by author 2010-06-30 00:58:31.
06/30/2010 01:30:05 AM · #29
Another method I've used (and what is generally my approach for my camera when I'm backpacking or doing an ascent or something in the outdoors) is to use a very small bag that is deep enough to hold my lens, but not necessarily the body entirely, and leave the bag open. I leave this at the top of my pack, and keep it in place by packing other items around it. This way, I can literally grab the body and lift the camera completely out and be ready for shooting quickly, and put it away very quickly as well. Any other lenses I bring along are kept in individual padded cases and located wherever in my pack I please.
I actually started doing this because I had a Tamrac bag I got for my Fuji, but that would barely house my D300 w/out grip, and really wouldn't w/ grip. Then I stumbled on this great use. The way I figure is that if the very top of my backpack is being contacted hard enough to harm my camera, I'm probably in pretty bad shape anyway.
06/30/2010 01:48:58 AM · #30
Joe, on my frequent trips, I am using my walkaround 28-300mm Tamron most of the time (it replaced 18-20mm Nikon when I upgraded to full frame). I value the ability to capture street action above the supreme technical quality, so it works well for me. Of course I would love to have my 70-200mm Nikon with me at certain times, but the thought of carrying this monster around all the time... and having to swap it with wide angle all the time... no, thanks. I don't think it is dangerous, in my experience Italy is pretty safe (compared to Spain and certain parts of France, for example), just a hassle. Same for a tripod. I do carry a little pocket-size Manfrotto tripod which comes in handy in a pinch. This shot
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was done with it (30s exposure), so it is not useless. Oh, I also carry a wide angle lens (12-24 Tokina) for landscapes and a lensbaby (now also a fisheye) for fun, which are not too much extra weight. That's about it.
06/30/2010 05:43:43 AM · #31
Joe, I have been to Venice and some other places recently and took the 70-200 (and 1.4 extender), the 24-105 and the 45 T/S with me. On my FF I really didn't need the 17-40 - when I wanted a wider angle (rarely), I shot panos and stitched them in PS. The 70-200 was essential, especially for shots from the boat in Venice (as well as for wildlife and candid shots of course).

Venice seems to be quite a save place - other than Rome (what I heard), you should be VERY careful there when showing your gear.
06/30/2010 01:20:08 PM · #32
Related or unrelated my best suggestion is to take receipts or a notarized affiliate of ownership. Had friends who live her e but are from Ireland. They went home for a trip and were stopped by customs who said that they were bringing in a NEW camera and not the one that they bought here in the states.

Rather than bringing receipts, work up a ownership paper on ALL your photo gear and then have it notarized at your bank or anywhere else you can find a notary. They if you get stopped coming back home to the states, you can whip it out and not have to explain things in customs and risk missing a flight.

Just a thought. Easy to do and may save hours.

Message edited by author 2010-06-30 23:34:42.
07/02/2010 11:04:52 AM · #33
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