Saturday, September 18, 2010

What goes in your camera bag when you travel?

Room with a view - Sacred Valley of Peru. 125mm f8
 One of the coolest things about being a photographer nowadays is that given a bit of initiative, a laptop, a camera and internet you can work from anywhere in the world. Your office can fit in a daypack.
Per your recent requests, the following is a list of what goes in my camera bag when I travel:

 Camera Gear:
- Canon 5D MarkII body
- Canon L-Series 70-200mm (f2.8 IS)
- Canon L-Series 24mm Tilt- Shift (f3.5)
- Canon L-Series 16-35 (f2.8)
- Canon 50mm (f1.4)

The Blue Mosque from the Galata tower - Istanbul, Turkey. 200mm f2.8
 Backpack: Kata Bumblebee UL-222 (holds 2 bodies, 3 lenses, tripod and 17 inch laptop + misc storage). UL stands for "Ultra Light". This pack rocks. Light, comfortable, durable, and stylish.
Computer: 17 in Macbook Pro.
Software: Lightroom 3 and Photoshop CS5 
External Hard Drives: 2x500GB portable Hitachia rugged drives (type varies - but preferably someting that can survive being dropped and having beer spilt on it)

Greek Fisherman - South of Thessaloniki, Greece. 20mm f5
La Routa de Los Pueblos Blancos - Andalucia, Spain. 24mm f11

Gitzo 5 piece carbon fiber 6X series I Traveler
Really Right Stuff BH-25 Ultralight with quick release

- Memory Cards: Gepe waterproof CF card case with 50GB of assorted 8GB and 16GB SanDisk Extreme CF cards
- 2 stop soft edge split ND (Galen Rowell - Singray)
- Cable Release
- Sensor cleaning blower bulb
- Memory Card reader
- Model releases in English and native language of country I'm traveling to
- B+W circular polarizer
- Headlamp
- Copies of ID's and important documents
- Backup debit card
- iPod/headphones
- Outlet adapters

Fishing the Aegean - Istanbul, Turkey. 160mm f2.8


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  2. I want that bag soooo bad! If (actually WHEN) I travel, I'm copying this whole list.. it's wonderful.

  3. Your photos are truly amazing! I love the webiste, wonderful!

  4. Forrest, just snagged the Kata Bumblebee UL - 222 for my next adventure to Europe - Wow, is it light! I'll be gone two months so I was looking for sturdy and light. This one does it!

    Thanks, Bob

  5. Good laptop and camera bags are important to protect the laptop from wear and tear during travel.

    Laptop and Camera Backpacks for Men