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Whats Inside?

I just finished filling my Think Tank Photo International Roller Bag for my flight to Alaska tomorrow and this is what it contains from top to bottom.

Nikon D300S body

Sigma 50-500mm F4-6.3  DG APO  OS HSM

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/4G ED VR

Nikon D700 body

Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS APO HSM

This is my standard set-up for eagle photography in Alaska. The D300S is a really my backup body since my second D700 is in Nikon Service. Notice that the 500 is equipped with a low profile quick release foot. Also the 500 has a lens coat and neoprene cap. Both bodies have Think Tank rain cover eye pieces that I leave on all year long.

Whats Missing?

Lens hoods and lens tripod mounts are always carefully packed away in my check-in luggage when I travel. 1.4x and 2X teleconverters are coming with me but will be carried in my Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise Computer/Camera case. Other gear not in the picture are tripod and Jobu Jr-3 gimbal head, flash, flash accessories, cleaning equipment etc.

Normally I would bring a 70-200mm F/2.8 or 300mm F/2.8 but for this trip I am replacing both with a 120-300mm F2.8 EX Sigma zoom. Also this year I am bringing only Sigma teleconverters as both my Nikon 1.4x and 1.7x TC are at Nikon service.

Let me know if I left anything out or if you have any questions, tips or comments.

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  • Comment by Elliotte Rusty Harold — March 25, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

    I notice you’re actually using the bundled dividers. Most other folks I know either wrap equipment in padded cases (Arthur Morris) or wrap pieces in T-Shirts, socks, and the like. Have you considered that? and if so why did you choose to go with the bundled dividers? (Personally I can never make the dividers arrange right for my equipment.)

  • Comment by admin — March 26, 2012 @ 8:50 am


    Dividers keep equipment safe, organized and easy to access is a second. If you do not choose to use them you really should save money and use standard luggage.

    Using standard luggage or a camera cases without dividers makes your gear difficult to access quickly so generally you will be slower to get out to photograph especially when working from a car and you cannot easily take inventory at a glance when you are done shooting. Also caps and accessories tend to disappear in a mess of T-shirt, socks etc.

    Hope this helps.


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