15.08.2011 17 °C
Although many manufacturers offer great camera bags allowing to carry a lot of gear around, I was never a big fan of those. The first reason is that it makes its users really look like tourists and the second reason is that I prefer to travel light. Therefore I simply bought a simple small black army style bag and sew some padding inside to protect my camera. I also incorporated a "sun sniper" sling to the bag so that I can rapidly take out my camera whenever I spot an interesting scene. It´s like a "quick draw holster" for photographs. ^^
To some other fellow amateur photographs used to compact cameras it may still seem like a lot of equipment, but bear in mind that I won´t be carrying all the stuff on the picture at once. I´ll use my trusted Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 zoom lens with the polarization filter during daytime and switch it for my compact and lightweighted Canon 50mm 1.8 lens, the small tripod and the flash unit at night. The grey filter and the timer remote will hopefully help me create timelapse videos. The filter will help me "drag" the shutter to create a smoother animation. A total weight of 3.4 kg including the bag sounds quite reasonable to me; especially taking into account that there are lenses out there that weight more than that alone!
I hope I didn´t intimitade anyone with this "jibber jabber". :P To be honest I´m still in the learning process myself and most of the knowledge I have about photography is just theory. But what really matters is going out on the field, making mistakes and learning from them!!! At least I promise to try hard to capture beautiful shots for my readers that will hopefully make you come back to my blog...