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Packing Up

Thanks to my friends Cori and Laura, I had most of my personal belongings gathered together last weekend for my trip to Italy. That left any free time during the week to be filled with small errands and last-minute online orders. At the end of it, I’d amassed quite a bit of stuff to fit into my 3 bags.

I took Friday off of work so I would have time for the inevitable errands and packing. I’m so glad I did. It took me all day to clear memory cards, charge camera batteries, arrange dividers in my new photo bags, confirm insurance, …you get the idea.

Here is the photo gear I’m taking along. (Ok, since I’m in Italy now with no cell service I can’t get the photo uploaded from my phone. Instead, picture a 7D, Rebel xti w/ kit lens, 50 mm f/1.4, 8mm fisheye, 70-200 f/4, 24-105mm, 10-22mm, 580 exII speedlight, memory cards, cables, card reader, MacBook, external hard drive, Boda lens bag & AA batteries.

It all ended up here in my new Think Tank Airport Take-off Bag. (Once again, photo upload fail 🙂

I had the bag mostly filled and organized when I realized that I had to fit my new Boda lens bag in there as well. So, out came the gear and I repacked some into the Boda, pulled out dividers, and stuffed it all back in.  It’s a little tight, but I think it works just fine. I guess the real test will be when I’m trying to go from plane to train to taxi and shoot from them. I’m looking forward to trying the bags out and giving a review of each of them soon.

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