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January 24, 2007


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You got a 50-150 that you were happy with in the end, then? ;-)

Seb Rogers

(Mike's referring to my first 50-150, which went back to the shop after a couple of days because it was soft on one side of the frame).

This one certainly seems much better... so far. Rather than test obsessively, I'm more interested in how it works in practice. So far, so good :)

Chris Ratcliff

Bags are one thing you need many of. Unfortunately it means I forfeit the right to make fun of my girlfriend's handbag 'collection' as she points to the bottom of the wardrobe lined with - currently - four different Lowepro bags, a couple of additional pouches, and a tripod.

Seb Rogers

Ah, but camera bags actually serve a purpose, don't they?


Dan Barham

Do you ever ride with a backup body, Seb? I pack one, yet despite my paranoia I've never had to use it in anger.

Thinking more about this subject, it's certainly one I need to learn some self control with. I regularly pack my bag so full of gear it tops 30-40lbs, yet use a quarter of the gear.

Seb Rogers

Hey Dan, I pack a spare body when I'm carrying my full monty kit (that's part 3, which I'll come back to some other time!), which probably weighs in about 30-40lbs.

But I think you've hit the nail on the head: you take it all with you 'just in case', and then never use it. For me it became a question of how to keep up with riders who are fitter than me. Suddenly every half pound counted, and it forces you to really think about what you need to get the job done.

But there's another advantage to travelling light - it focusses (pun intended) the mind. By not carrying every lens under the sun, I only 'see' the shots I'm equipped to shoot and don't end up wasting time switching umpteen lenses. My really, really pared-down kit - which I've used succesfully to shoot whole features - is the D200, 12-24 and 85. It ain't what gear you're carrying - it's how you use it ;-)

Andy Waterman

I was on a press trip with Sterling Lorence once and that guy basically has a Dakine branded coffin on his back the whole time (he carried a 300mm at all times), and he rode everything too — stuff I was too scared to try (my — admittedly lame - excuse was that Matt Skinner had just smashed his knee to bits and I was feeeling vulnerable).

Seb Rogers

Sterling's not the only photographer who carries the kitchen sink at all times. It obviously works well for him. Personally, I find it easier to work with less gear when there's a lot of riding to be done. If I thought it was having an impact on the pictures I bring back, I wouldn't do it :)

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