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  • connie wills
    connie wills
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    on: July 11, 2019 at 8:20 am

    Hi: I am going on the Greenland workshop and then travelling in Iceland for two weeks with my friend.I  haven’t travelled internationally (except for the U.S) with my camera gear and am worried about packing it. I shoot with a Canon 5D and have three lenses to bring.  Do most people use backpacks? I have tried a few of them and didn’t really like them. I was wondering how people travel with camera gear. Thanks for the info.

    Kevin Raber
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    Reply #1 on: July 11, 2019 at 9:40 am

    Hi Connie, You are on my trip to Greenland and always welcome as such to call me personally.  You should have my contact info.  For a trip like Greenland and Iceland, a backpack is almost a must.  I have used and own just about every camera backpack there ever was.  (I want to do an article one day where I stack them all up). I use presently the Tamrac Anvil 27.  This allows me two bodies and 4-5 lenses plus chargers, batteries etc.  I like this pack as it fits overheads on planes and has a removable waist belt.  I usually pack the belt in my luggage.  Because on the trip we will be doing landings and short hikes the pack is an ideal way to carry gear.  In the zodiac, you put it on the floor in front of you.  Once on land, you carry it and it is comfortable to use.  I am just coming off of back surgery and I need to be somewhat careful with my loadout and for me, this is the best.  You may hear from others that the F-stop Bag, Think Tank bags, Peak design bags are all choices too.  It’s like buying comfortable shoes.  what works for one may not be the one for others.  But I have been doing this a long time and weed these things out pretty quickly.  When I am doing trips and shooting from the back of the car I use a Think Tank Airport security bag that is a wheeled bag (good for my back) and then a small shoulder bag that I can load up with a lens or two if am going to walk the street etc.  Like I said call me if you’d like to discuss.  We are going to have a kick-ass trip.

    Kevin Raber
    CEO & Publisher of PhotoPXL.com and Rockhopperworkshops.com

    Robert Peterson
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    Re: travelling with camera gear
    Reply #2 on: July 11, 2019 at 9:52 am

    Hi: I am going on the Greenland workshop and then travelling in Iceland for two weeks with my friend. … Do most people use backpacks? I have tried a few of them and didn’t really like them. I was wondering how people travel with camera gear.

    My Gura Gear Kiboko 22L backpack carried my Canon SLR body with motor drive, four lenses, filters, 2nd battery, charger, flash, etc., and my 15″ laptop to numerous overseas locations over the past 12 years. I prefer a backpack because my hands remain free without putting my bag on the ground. Someone shooting with smaller gear vs. my full size SLR might achieve the same result with a waist pack.  You really want your hands free when getting in and out of the Zodiac boats. My backpack fits in the overhead bin of all but the smallest aircraft, and it fits under the seat of even the commuter planes.

    On some trips I’ve packed a much smaller camera backpack (flash and two lenses) in my luggage and used the smaller one during hikes and Zodiac cruises when my camera is in my hand.

    I’ve not seen many people on trips such as these using a sling bag.

    -Bob

    Kevin Raber
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    Reply #3 on: July 11, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Good point Bob, and just so everyone knows the Guru Gear bags are being reintroduced by Tamrac,  I have the three newest bags and really like them.  They were originally designed by Andy Biggs.  The new bags are really light and for smaller set up works great.  Here is a LINK TO THESE BAGS

    Kevin Raber
    CEO & Publisher of PhotoPXL.com and Rockhopperworkshops.com

    Dave L
    Dave L
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    Reply #4 on: May 25, 2021 at 10:13 am

    Travelling from my Jeep.

    Jeep Wrangler JLU, 4 door

    Should be easy right?
    Here’s what’s happened so far.
    As passenger in the Jeep, and navigator, I often use my RX100-7.

    First issue. Mud. Travelled down country roads, and two tracks. Got out and got, took photos, and got back in. Mud everywhere. Mudon my seat back, hands and more.

    Second issue. Rain. Gall darn Jeep engineers. The rain trough on the hardtop ends. All the water drains into it–if the front end is low when you stop and open the door, it drains into the passenger footwell. You know what’s there? camera gear.

    Third issue. Camera drops. put it on my lap because I need my hands, and then we stop…I”ve dropped the little RX100 several times. You’d think that I’d learn.

    (I used to be much better at this. I used to have a small photo business. You know…I spent more on gear than I made. I was nationally published, and had fun.)

    I’m new here. Live in Toronto. I used to post at another forum for a long time. Considered Michael a mentor.

    The Jeep gets me places I wouldn’t go otherwise. It’s beautiful.

    Kevin Raber
    Kevin Raber
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    Reply #5 on: May 25, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    Big Jeep fan myself, rubicon, Gladiator.  I feel young when I drive my jeep.  Isn’t a better vehicle IMO for adventure and getting out to photograph.  It’s one more critical piece of my camera gear.

    Kevin Raber
    CEO & Publisher of PhotoPXL.com and Rockhopperworkshops.com

    Dave L
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    Reply #6 on: May 25, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    You’re right Kevin. Just have new skills to learn. Keeping my gear safe inside while I’m shooting as passenger.

    Can you tell me what lanyard Jeff Schewe uses to hang his from his neck? Darned if I can find a good one. It would be an amazing help travelling in the Jeep.

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