• Pack Too Much Gear?

    Go Ahead, its Mirrorless

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    On a recent trip to Las Vegas, NV I knew that some street photography would be in order so I of course packed my street photography kit to bring along.  I was going there to shoot some college basketball at a Christmas Tournament so that meant I needed the sports kit and while I had some extra time I wanted to run out to the Red Rock Canyon area and get some landscape shots so I need that kit as well.  The goal was to pack for three different shoots all in one backpack.

    Since late 2013 I have shot exclusively Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras from the OM-D line so this was going to be easy, right?  I assembled my sports kit, landscape kit with Lee Filters and the street shooting kit all into the Think Tank Perception Pro and was ready to see Vegas.

    All of the shoots went as planned and I am very pleased with the images I was able to capture on all parts of the trip.  As I am assembling my equipment back into the Perception Pro I like to evaluate the amount of gear I brought as opposed to what I actually used.  I try to separate the used and not used on a table in the hotel to see what I can do better next time to lighten the load even more.  It would seem that I brought too much gear which I am guilty of quite often, but I am getting better.

    The biggest difference though between today and pre 2013 is I’m not unhappy and dreading carrying all that equipment back.  I may have selected too much gear for these three shoots but I have it all in one bag and I know that bag will easily fit in an overhead on a plane or under my seat.  Will I select more efficiently next time I travel?  I probably will.  Until next time though, I say if you are worried about packing too much gear and you shoot Micro Four Thirds, don’t worry, it’s Mirrorless.

     

    Shoot Light | Shoot Often

    Mike

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  • First Look Perception Tablet

    Last week I received the Perception Tablet from Think Tank Photo and had a chance to get out this weekend to give it a quick first look.  I was going to be doing some Urbex shooting in and around abandoned buildings in Detroit and this was a great bag to have for that type of shoot.  When I go out to shoot abandoned places one of my first rules is to pack as light as possible and only take the essentials.  This is not the time you are hauling more gear than needed.  With the size and weight of Micro Four Thirds gear it’s easy sometimes to pack too much because everything is small and light.  I resisted those urges and went very minimal and I was very happy I did. Below are some of my initial thoughts with pictures included of how I packed the bag.  Please read on.

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    Looking inside the bag I have my Olympus OM-D E-M1 as well as the 12-40mm Pro Lens and the 9-18mm wide angle all pulled tight into the top pouches.  These pouches held the gear very firm and were reliable while crawling over small walls or up ladders.

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    Below the top pouch system is an open area which worked very nicely for two more lenses.  These lenses were protected with my neoprene covers and fit will with two mini bottles of water below.  I like this open area for flexibility in what you might want to carry under the top pouch system.  I had a Panasonic 8mm Fisheye lens as well as a Tamron 14-150mm lens in the bottom area.

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    When working in tight spaces and having to walk to your desired location it’s always nice to have your hands free.  The Tablet Backpack has a unique tripod holder that comes out from the top and the leg is held in an outside pocket.  Very nice indeed to keep all of your gear on your back.  Pictured here is the MeFoto Roadtrip Tripod.

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    Some size perspective of the Perception Tablet.  One of the features I was amazed about was how thin the bag felt even when packed with gear.  No bulging at all.

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    Here is what I carried with me today on the shoot.

    Overall I am very pleased with the quality of the bag in every way.  The durability, size and flexibility would be my top three qualities.  Two items not covered in this mini review is how a tablet might fit into the system and the included rain cover.  I wouldn’t normally take a tablet on an urban explore but they area was still unrestricted where it could have easily fit and the included rain cover is always a bonus when needed.  This bag is definitely worth checking out the next time you are looking for something to keep yourself minimal and easy to maneuver.