A Bag Change…
I decided to use a different bag than the one I had selected below. This one was another one I picked up for like $30.00 US from either B&H or Adorama on one of their many e-mail blasts I get from them during the year. This one as you can see from the images is a bit longer, same width, but it has some nice features such as top ingress and egress — in other words I don’t have to open the flap to get camera or lenses out. That’s a very nice feature in crowded areas. It also has a very, very deep pocket on the flap – shown with the orange zipper, where I can put my passports, travel documents, phone, etc. I love that feature! Inside I placed one of my three inserts; even though I do have larger and deeper inserts, the one I decided on here is, thinner so as not to make the bag sit as wide, and semi-flexible so I can bend it at will without damage. This bag still fits under the airplane seat which was my goal for this trip, together with keeping it light and simple. Since I’ve also decided to pack my 35 1.4 you can see everything fits much better. Up against my body the bag holds my 10.5″ iPad, and three Mavic Pro batteries. I also have a pocket inside the flap, one under the flap, one in the back. The pockets and flaps are everywhere! The only downside of this bag is I do not like the cammo look inside. That is the only reason I don’t use this particular bag. Once I arrive, the bag will shed the drone batteries, and pick up my filter pouch which is going in my checked bag. I doubt I will leave the hotel with all four lenses each day – it really will depend on what I intend on shooting so the bag will be smaller and lighter than it is now – even though I think it’s just perfect as it is.
Oh… See the black roller suitcase? That my friends is my winter project as I’m converting it into a foam lined, sealed, camera, lens and drone carryon, or check in bag! I’m so excited about that project that I’ll attack when I have some time. Right now as the title says I’m off to the Caymans. I am still reviewing and will be editing over 1800 images from my time in Iceland back in April; and I have another 400 or so images of miscellaneous shoots and small day-trips to review. I also have over 2,000 images I need to title and keyword for stock use. So this winter will be very busy for me. But, I digress…Here are the bag images. Let me know what you think.
After returning from Coastal Maine last week I am now planning, packing and preparing for a trip the the Cayman Islands. For this trip I’ve decided to lighten the load; both in-transit, and while on the ground. Instead of taking my super reliable, 10+ year old, $40.00 backpack which has been everywhere with me I’m taking a small Lowepro Streamline 250 that I picked up on sale at Adorama for US $20 via one of their emailed fire-sales. This is the sole bag that will go on the plane with me under the seat. Together with my camera and lenses I’m also packing my three drone batteries in this bag as the Lithium batteries are not allowed in check-in luggage. The bag came with one divider, but I’ve added some dividers from other bags in order to pack my lenses securely.
I own several camera bodies – well, I did. I fried my Fuji XT-2 in saltwater while in Myrtle Beach South Carolina a couple of weeks ago so now I’m down to my XT-1 and my XH-1. I’m only taking my XH-1 plus three or four lenses. I may or may not pack the 35mm F1.4 which is an amazing lens, and weighs just mere ounces. I haven’t yet decided.
This is the gear that’s in my Lowepro bag. The XH1 without the grip; The Zeiss 12mm 2.8 for those expansive vista’s I’m hoping to see and capture. The 16mm 1.4 which is the only water resistant lens I’m packing, my 18-55 which is my “don’t leave home without it lens”, and maybe, possibly I’ll throw the 35 1.4 in there since it weighs mere ounces. Also in the bag as I mentioned before will be my three drone batteries, plus my 10.5″ iPad (not shown in any images).
This is what’s going in the check-in. Mostly miscellaneous cables, adapters, battery chargers, Drone and controller, camera lens filters. I’m only packing two spare memory cards plus the two I have in the camera out of fourteen or more that I own. Each set of cards can handle 1599 jpeg fine+raw images. If I’m pressed for space I can always switch to raw only. The reason I shoot jpeg fine in addition to the compressed raw is so that I can review the full size jpeg on the back of the camera if I need to, though I rarely chimp; if I only shoot in raw, I’ll only be able to see a small basic jpeg which doesn’t give you a true an clear final representation of the image. I have the XH1 setup so the cards are set to “backup” in camera; Once the cards are removed from the camera they will be separated so that none of them are in the same place at the same time. Since I’m not taking the XH1 battery grip to save space and weight I’m taking only two spare NP126S camera batteries in addition to the one in-camera. I’m packing a charger in the above mesh bag – it’s not shown here as I was actually charging batteries – but it’ll be in there. In the checked in bag will also be my camera and lens cleaning kit. The square, black pouch on the right contains the power brick and cables for the drone that allow me to charge three batteries at once. That accessory I must say is one of the best things I bought for the drone! Each battery charges in sequence, and the LCD display shows what the actual voltage to each battery is so you know if the batteries are failing or not. It also came with a car charger that I can plug into my cigarette lighter – since I won’t be renting a vehicle I won’t be packing.
This trip is a short, 5-day travel & stock photography trip with some down time thrown in. No pressure, no stress, just shoot, relax, eat, drink and repeat.
More when I return.