I use two bags, one I wear to my destination the other I pack in my suite case. I use the Lowepro Minitrecker. I like this bag for airline travel, especially for standing in long security lines. I will either put it in the overhead bins or under the seat in front of me. I like to take pictures of clouds, so if it is a daytime flight and I have a window seat I can get to the camera. When walking around a city, I will either just carry the camera with one lens or use the other bag for more lenses/gear.
It looks like a computer bag, but has more room. I like it, especially if I am in any questionable areas, I can stash my 5D & 24-105 with out any trouble..
Having never traveled with a DSLR before, what are some tips/advicefor a beginner..
Equipment:DG-200 Canon Gadget Bag40D17-85 IS70-300 IS DO430EX.
Do I throw my Ipod and Headphones into the Canon bag and use it for acarry on for flights?.
Yes. Or, you may be able to get away with the camera bag being a "personal item" and be able to carry it and another bag. Kind of depends on how big the bag is and how up tight your flight staff is..
Safety-Theft: Do I get something other than a Canon bag thatdoesn't scream 'Steal me' ! Or is this a non issue ( I love thebag! ).
Well, any camera bag will look like a camera bag. Other backpacks may scream out "laptop!!" and wouldn't be much better. If at all. Regardless mine is never out of my sight and seldom out of my hand. I even hook my foot through a strap when sitting around waiting for my flight. Some people will steal anything regardless of how it looks..
Obviously once to my destination I no longer carry the bag, now whatdo I do? Carry a bare camera with shoulder strap? (Cruise, Vegas,San Francisco....).
I have been known to pack a much smaller camera bag in my checked luggage and repack it each day depending on what I've got planned. Some of the smaller top loading bags collapse pretty small or can be used to protect other items in your checked baggage..
Then too, sometimes I throw a general purpose lens on it and just go..
Any pointers appreciated! ( I told you I was a newbie, and to behonest although I've done a bit of traveling over the years, I'venever paid attention to other SLR tourists, therefore the questions)..
Never understimate your storage needs. Nothing sucks worse than missing that once in a lifetime shot because you are trying to find a less interesting shot to delete..
If at all possible, carry a light tripod. Heavier is better but having one is better than not. Sunsets look different everywhere you go..
When possible, plan your day ahead of time so you can prepage the right gear. (Be careful here though as other family members may get tired of too much scheduled activity.).
Get a remote. Nothing like a sunset self portrait on your last day of vacation..
Thanks for the tips!.
The first trip is a cruise, never been, in a couple weeks. Do I walk around the ship with just the camera dangling from my shoulder? Can't imagine carrying it around all day for seven days, or do I? Very much looking forward to it, first trip for the camera : - ).
The Canon bag I got as a gift so I'm sort of obligated to take it, it seems as though it should work well, everything seems to fits comfortably in it..
From now on I'll keep my eye on others with camera's to see how others do it, until then I'll rely on what I read here and keep the camera bag glued to me...
Dangling around your neck maybe. I saw a gentleman recently who had his camera slug over his shoulder, I dunno if that's how the pros do it but I'd be paranoid of it slipping off if you bump into someone..
Have you seen the gorillapod tripods? If you don't want to take a full tripod these are a good compact alternative and it might just fit in your camera case..
They are also great fun to play with!..
ChefZ, what do you use for the smaller camera bag?..