Lately I’ve been focusing on a lot of various photography-related articles to help offer insight on the ins and outs of travel photography – from “Great cameras for 2014 travels” to “Choosing the right camera for travel photography”, as well as my 6-part “Guide to Travel Photography” series. Recently, I’ve been asked quite often what sorts of equipment I use and prefer, and if I could offer reviews on my gear. So, here I am, reviewing my new little grab and go gear backpack by Case Logic. I’ve been using this bag for a few weeks now and I really like the way it’s setup, as it had two completely separate sections that zip apart, where the camera and a lens fits snuggly and safely at the bottom, while an iPad, other lenses, and/or other small gear pieces can sit in an open padded section at the top of the bag.
In my “Guide to Travel Photography” series I offer the advice that it’s a bad idea to become obsessed with how much gear you have and if, and (usually) only if you have the money to afford it all – having all of the gear in the world won’t completely transform your work. But to be honest, I used to be a ‘gear whore’ and I would buy up everything I could get my hands on, well I’m here to tell you right now that, that’s ridiculous, and I’ve since learned. I now carry a very humble setup, but as you can see from my Photo Gallery portfolio, the equipment you have doesn’t dictate your ability. I now carry a $500 Canon body, with an $800 lens, a $50 filter set, and a few memory cards – plus, my tripod is a flimsy, toss up and quickly tear down piece of plastic, but the point is that the job gets done.
Well, now that I’ve gotten off subject in my typically famous fashion, I will round back to the Reflexion DSLR backpack. The reason I brought up the ‘gear whoring’ subject is that I’ve had nearly every type of camera bag, backpack, sling, case, kit, and system that you can purchase on the market, through all of my businesses, studios, and career changes – and I have to say that if you can find whatever works for you, and you’re happy with it, then you’ve succeeded. The Reflection backpack is perfect for the one body, 2-3 lens photographer – it’s comfortable to carry on your back and it has plenty of room for the little things, while also offering a quick access whenever the photo-moment may strike.
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