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1. Posted by mikeandave (Full Member, 84 posts) 12 Jun '07 07:34

Hi everyone

I'm just wondering what would be the best way of traveling with a Nikon D40x with both lenses 18 - 55 and 55 - 200mm?
Have a separate carrier for it as well as backpack? This sounds like too much hassle for travelling a long time. Also is it worth taking both lenses?

Thank you for any replies in advance!
Mikeandave

2. Posted by Q' (Moderator, 1987 posts) 12 Jun '07 08:24

I would take both. "How" is a personal choice. But I agree with your point about all the "hassle".

I tend to have a medium zoom mounted most of the time and a long telephoto (70-300mm + 2x teleconverter for me, but the 200mm for you) in the backpack. I have a "proper" backpack for my gear, but I find that wrapping a long sleave shirt around the body/lens then throwing it into my daypack is more flexible and works better. One guy suggested bubble wrap but I don't like that idea. In a pinch I can wear the shirt if I'm cold. Extra battery & CF card in a side pocket, along with water bottle, snacks, swiss army knife, and maps are all I need for the day. The backpack and sweat shirt becomes a "bean bag" when required.

[ Edit: clarified my point ]

3. Posted by Anzxio (Budding Member, 69 posts) 14 Jun '07 22:19

I'm currently on my Canada trip, i have a 300d+grip with a 17-40 and 70-300. The 17-40L stays on the camera all the time, and i just put it all into my normal rucksack for day to day use. It's not a problem, the kit really doesn't have a problem getting bashed about a bit :) I was going to buy a new backpack that gave me a padded bottom section for the camera gear, and a top section for day to day bits, but the cost was high, and a normal backpack gives me more space and options, and is perfectly fine for these few bits.

Just so you know though, my camera is a tool, and is used as such. It's looked after as photography is my main hobby, but i don't mind the kit getting a bit of battle damage My camera is also not waterproof, but i've taken it out on RIB's and on the Maid of the Mist into Niagara falls with no problems (and yes it got very wet)

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 14, 2007, at 10:20 PM by Anzxio ]

4. Posted by kombizz (Full Member, 1416 posts) 18 Jun '07 21:28

I would put them in a good camera backpack like lowepro.
I do NEVER separate the lenses and body in different bags as I might forget one of the bags.
All would place in one place all together.

5. Posted by rctravel (Budding Member, 13 posts) 30 Jun '07 18:51

be careful if you bring your camera to the beach i always get sand in mine lol

6. Posted by dajaga (Budding Member, 27 posts) 2 Jul '07 18:26

you should look at picking up a super widezoom lense, like the nikon 12-24 or sigma 10-20 which i have cost a bit more but you can do some very nice land scape or very unique close up shots of buildings.