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Help! My gear is too heavy!

 
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Feb 21, 2015 20:15 |  #16

Have you looked at the f stop gear bags? I am not sure that will work with the places that don't allow backpacks (personally I have never encountered such a place, so not sure what criteria separates a backpack from a sling which is apparently allowed), but they have some smaller ones like Guru and the openings are inwards, so stuff can't be stolen easily. And these are light!


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Feb 22, 2015 18:32 |  #17

If they don't allow backpacks, then they generally mean it. My wife had one of those backpack purses that were popular a few years ago. We were visiting the St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, which has a no-backpack rule. She had to check it while I was able to go in with my big old Domke shoulder bag.


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Feb 22, 2015 20:45 |  #18

if you insist on all the gear, get a big shoulder bag...... or a belt system. When I walk a lot, definitely prefer the belt system. Something like a toploader + 2 utility bag 100aw's should be able to house all of your gear, and very quick to access.


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Feb 22, 2015 21:02 |  #19

You might also be able to get away with a photo/fishing vest. At local air shows they allow no bags at all, backpacks, shoulder bags etc... but camera around my neck and a photo vest loaded with memory cards, batteries, and a 50mm lens and they have no problems at all.


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Feb 28, 2015 10:54 |  #20

Jon wrote in post #17435120 (external link)
I would suggest picking up a Domke Post Office Pad (external link) for the shoulder strap ...

I did get the Domke Shoulder Pad. I like it so far, haven't had a chance to give it a good work out yet.

As far as cutting back on gear, the two heaviest pieces are the 70D and the 15-85, which is the set up I prefer to shoot with the most. I may consider leaving everything else behind, but that would make me sad. Oh well, can't win an argument against gravity.


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Feb 28, 2015 12:25 |  #21

I have a LowePro Fastpack and it is just about perfect for travelling. It's split up in two halves - up top is a compartment for anything you fancy and down below is a nice spot to store your gear. There is a lot that can be stored there - I typically have two bodies and lenses on me, but there is room for one body with a mounted lens, three additional slots for lenses (or 1 body and 2 lenses) and two speedlites. There is another compartment for a laptop.

Best of all, it doesn't look like a camera backpack and there is a flap that hides the zipper away from prying hands. The flap itself is secured by two latches so anyone trying to get into your backpack would have to unlatch them, lift up the flap and then unzip. You'll notice!

Fully loaded it does weight a tonne, but it distribute that weight really well across the shoulder straps and a strap across the stomach. For normal use, with your listed gear on board - I wouldn't have any troubles carrying it around for a day. I used to have a 60d and 15-85 combo with two additional lenses, I suppose thats comparable to the weight you carry around.

I have yet to be refused access anywhere because of my backpack. If a shoulder bag is more your style then go for that ;), but then you have only one shoulder to carry that weight.


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Feb 28, 2015 19:00 |  #22

When I was in Europe, I used my wide angle lenses most often, because of the amazing buildings and such. I would take one camera body, one wide angle to standard zoom and leave it at that. And +1 on Crumplers, they are da bomb!




  
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