Have Camera Will Travel

For leisure trips I usually bring my Lowepro Flipside 400AW backpack. It is large enough to store my Canon 7D DSLR camera with several lenses, cleaning gear, filters, spare memory cards, chargers. I can even squeeze an ultrabook computer into it. I like this backpack because of its security design which prevents theft of your camera gear.

The 400AW opens up only from the rear which is against your back when carried. This prevents strangers from opening and stealing your gear.
The 400AW opens up only from the rear which is against your back when carried. This prevents strangers from opening and stealing your gear.

 

I can carry along a tripod if required. There is also an attached rain cover.
I can carry along a tripod if required. There is also an attached rain cover.

Depending on what kind of photos I plan to shoot, I normally carry a wide angle lens for landscapes (Canon EF-S 10-22mm) and a medium zoom general purpose shots (Canon EF 24-105mm L IS USM).

I also have a Canon 40mm STM prime lens for times when I just want to bring the camera without putting it into a bag. The pancake design of the 40mm allows for a non bulky package that I can just sling on my shoulder. I also have a telephoto lens (Canon EF 100-400mm L IS  USM), but I only bring this if I plan to do any nature photography like birding.

The full tripod doesn’t always travel with me due to its bulkiness. Different security procedures at different airports also means that sometimes I can hand carry it up the plane, and sometimes I need to check it in. I use a Sirui carbon fibre tripod for its light weight and strength.

For business trips where I bring my DSLR, I usually just bring the 10-22mm lens and 40mm lens which are good enough for most situations. Other times I just use the camera on my smart phone.

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