[swipe to see all 5 pics] Today, a mention on the camera bags I travel with, for the wildlife photographers out there. I travel a lot, to places like Tanzania, where these photos were taken. A couple months ago, as usual, I used my Think Tank Airport roller bag to go there. I was very grateful to have a new version as I'd beaten up my old one pretty badly over the years. When I first got a super-telephoto lens (a 500mm), back in 2011, this bag had been recommended to me by several photographer friends as the best big lens roller bag. I still can’t imagine using anything else. It seems to have been designed for my exact needs. For this particular trip, see pic #4, the bag held my gripped Nikon D5 (I carried my Nikon D850 in my backpack), and 3 of my Nikkor lenses: the 600mm f/4 FL; 70-200mm, and 24-70mm (hidden under other objects in this photo), 1.4x and 1.7x tcs, battery charger, card reader, cleaning supplies. It has grab handles in all the places I need them, for lifting in and out of overhead bins and cars. The retractable trolley handle is very sturdy, and there’s a rain cover with a storage pouch and a compartment for your laptop on the side.
I also use the MindShift Gear BackLight 36L backpack (last pic, stock) for when I have to hike with my big lens. It’s super comfortable, durable, and the contents can be accessed by swiveling the bag to your front without having to take it off. There’s a tripod mount on sides and back. It holds my two gripped DSLRs, my 600mm f/4 lens, 100-400mm, 24-70mm, and teleconverters.
Again, I promote a product because I have faith and trust in the people that started and run the company. I’m friends with Nikon Ambassador @deannefitzmaurice, one of the founders/heads of Thinktank. She won a Pulitzer Prize for her photojournalism, and is just a stellar human being. MindShift is an arm of ThinkTank, which brought to the team renowned conservation photographer @danielbeltraphoto. The MindShift slogan, “Engage with Nature,” challenges people to not only become involved in outdoor activities, but to create a conversation about nature and our relationship to the environment.
Much gratitude to @thinktankphoto and @mindshiftgear!