What’s In Your Travel Photography Bag?

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

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Last week, I wrote about a planned trip to new Mexico, The Land of Enchantment. What am I packing? Let’s Start with the bag:

Think Tank’s CityWalker 10 is a multi-functional bag that holds (at least) two mirrorless cameras and several lenses plus all the other ephemera like memory cards, Lenspen’s, rain covers plus a tablet in a dedicated compartment. The bag contains a removable padded insert that when removed transforms the bag into a large storage space messenger style bag. Movable closed-cell interior dividers allow you to configure the bag to suit your gear needs.

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The bag uses Think Tank’s Sound Silencers to minimize the noise traditional touch fasteners generate when opened. This should come in handy when shooting in a quiet venue such as a church or mission. It’s made from water-resistant material and I’ve had mine for three years and it still looks good. Topping off this bag is a business card slot located under the front flap.

I normally keep my Panasonic gear in the bag; My Olympus gear is (mostly) in a Billingham Hadley (small) bag. I repack everything depending on where I’m going so this bag will combine both Olympus and Panasonic bodies. In this case, because I want to travel light it will be with Oly’s E-M10 with grip and 14-43mm kit lens mounted. My Panasonic body will be my trusty Lumix G5 that I had converted to infrared by LifePixel Lenswise, I’m thinking of also tossing in the 9mm f/8.0 Fisheye Body Cap Lens to use with the Lumix G5.

 As we get close to the trip, I’ll think about what else to include but this is a good start; the main point being that every trip has different requirements on what to shoot. For example, when we went to Key West, I didn’t shoot infrared and used some different lenses. Happy Trails

Tip: You can try infrared photography for yourself by having a cameras that’s just sitting around gathering dust converted to IR-only operation. You can save some processing time (and maybe a few bucks) when having your camera converted to infrared by LifePixel by using the coupon code “farace.”

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My book, “The Complete Guide to Infrared Photography” is currently out of print but you can get a bargain-priced used copy or not-so-affordable new copies of the book from Amazon.com.