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    Posted: 09 June 2007 at 15:08
I'm going on a one week trekking in Norway this summer and wanted to bring my 5D with a couple of lenses. But I don't know how best to pack my gear without risking it all getting damaged. So if you have some good advice on how to pack your gear (cam + about two lenses) for a longer trek and maybe also what lenses and extra gear you would bring.

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You're going to Norway too, huh? :)

I'll pack my gear in a camera bag, probably the LowePro 200AW. I'll take four lenses: 20mm, 28mm, 100macro and Beercan, together with my A100 and a Minolta AF5000 body, and probably some filters.

It's hard to give advice on what gear to bring, we'd need to know what lenses you currently have and what do you intend to shoot...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote lauge Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 June 2007 at 23:50
Thanks for the answer :-) Yeah, been trekking there before but never with a DSLR. Since I have a backpack packed at about 18-20kg the trick is to minimize weight/volume so I was thinking packing them into my main backpack. I don’t know if it’s enough to just throw gear into a ziplock bag? What do you reckon? And how durable is camera gear to rain, didn’t look like something special was used at DM02 - Lysefjord.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Reto Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 June 2007 at 20:59
Usually I choose one of two ways to take my gear with me when going trekking:

a) If weight is at a premium: I bought a couple of "Kayaking bags", absolutely waterproof (similar to link). Within those I stow all that needs to keep dry, like wallet, phone, batteries, map, sometimes spare clothes and of course camera equipment along with the rest of the equipment. The biggest of those packs are actually big enough to completely fill the upper compartment of my trekking backpack, a Lowe Alpine 70+20 liters. So you could make one or more compartments completely waterproof (and your backpack floatable btw). Since those bags tend to be inflated by air from folding in the top when closing them, stuff in it tends to get a bit of an additional air cushion surrounding it as well, adding some protection against bumps.

b) If weight is less of an issue, normally for one day, possibly two day trips (without sleeping bag): I've been searching a "real" trekking backpack with all the comfort features for my back and stuff with a small camera compartment in vain. So a while back I took my trekking backpack [the same one as in a)] down to town and went about all the shops that sell small-to-medium sized camera bags and tried them all... The biggest one that fit the lower compartment of the backpack AND was still usable as a "normal" city-style camera backpack is what I bought. So essentially I put the day-pack into the lower compartment and use the upper compartment plus external pockets for all rest of the stuff. Within its own "backpack in the backpack", the camera stuff is well protected against bumps on top of it all. For weather protection I use a conventional external cover for the big pack, which in combination with the double-backpack thing is good to go for a day. This approach also helps to minimize the total number of backpacks lying around in the house.

I need to add that I have one big photo backpack (Lowepro Photo Trekker AW II) on top of that, which comes into play if not trekking, but photographing is the task of day and I want to have lots of equipment with me.

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Originally posted by lauge lauge wrote:

And how durable is camera gear to rain, didn’t look like something special was used at DM02 - Lysefjord.


No, most of us did not use anything special other than due care.
Personally i covered my cam with my body or just stuck the cam underneath my jacket when the rain was on its most.

Beside of that, most had a ordinary camera backpack. If its not raining heavily for several hours, i dont think any would have any problems.

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I was trekking in Norway (Jotunheimen) last year. I kept my 7D + one lens in a small bag, that holds only body+lens (I use a LowePro Rezo TLZ 20, that (only just) holds my 7D and the KM 28-75). For extra lenses I used LowePro SlipLock lens cases (similar cases from other brands will work too, of course), which I attached to my rucksack at semi-convenient places. I couldn't reach the lenses myself, but had my friend take them out for me, so I didn't have to take off the rucksack every time.

In case of rain I put the camera bag into the rucksack and put a rain cover on it, which covered the lens cases too. For light, temporary rain, however, I didn't bother. The LowePro bag/cases protects fine against smaller amounts of rain.

For the next trek, though, I'll probably get an a100 plus the Zeiss 16-80. Carrying the 7D + 3 lenses (17-35D + 28-75 + 100-300APO-D) was too much weight... :( But they all came to good use, so I wouldn't have wanted to bee without any of them. A lighter body and 1 lens to replace the 2 wider lenses would be a much better solution. Oh well, I managed to get home without serious injury. ;)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote cezarL Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 June 2007 at 07:40
I was actually thinking of buying the Lowepro 200AW and hold it across my chest, coupled with a normal backpack for clothes and such. But first I need to visit a local shop, to see how it feels. We're talking 3days with 8-10 hours of walking, and another 3 or 4 of biking in the fjords, so I have to make sure this combination will work.
If not, I'll use my current Lowepro Mini (A100+20/2.8, 100macro) and stuff the Beercan in the main backpack (maybe in a lens-case strapped to it). I'll be going together with my girlfriend, so I can ask her to hold the beercan in her backpack...this way neither of us will have to take off the bags.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote cezarL Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 June 2007 at 11:18
Depending on what gear you intend to carry along, you might be interrested in one of these two bags: option A or option B
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Post Options Post Options   Quote infrastellar Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 June 2007 at 11:43
Might not be helpful, but for my treks, the best carrying product is my wife :)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote lauge Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 June 2007 at 22:59
Thanks you all this is really great advises you have gotten me. I have one of those kayaking bags so I think this will be my camera bag on the trip. I have been looking at the LowePro bags and decided to go an check them out in the local shop soon.

Thanks again this is really a great site
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Post Options Post Options   Quote sporky Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 June 2007 at 00:06
I'm not sure if trekking means day hikes or backpacking for multiple days. If it's not the latter, you might check this series of backpacks from Tamrac, although I'm not sure how easy it is to get them in Denmark. I bought the mid sized one for these reasons:
*I mostly go on long day hikes (no tent-carrying for me (yet))
*It has pockets for water bottles (on the sides)
*It has room for other stuff on top(lunch, bird id book, maps)
*The bottom compartment is padded and holds several lenses (my "beercan" fits fine) and my a100
*I don't have a laptop (next model up holds a laptop)
*Cheaper than Lowepro

Minor annoyances that I've discovered:
*Side pocket can hold a standard 1 liter Nalgene, but it's hard to fit (I use a smaller bottle for short hikes)
*When it's holding a waterbottle, it's hard to zip/unzip the bottom section
*No way to store the "beercan" in the bottom while it's attached to the camera

Otherwise, I'm quite pleased and use it to store and transport my lenses.


Edited by sporky - 12 June 2007 at 00:08
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Post Options Post Options   Quote H20boy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 June 2007 at 00:03
Modular is definately the way to go on a 'trek' or a long hike. I personally like the Lowepro Toploader AW holding a 7D and a 70-200/2.8 and then I put a small attachment case that holds either a 28/2 or the Zenitar on the side, and it works great! Room in the front for some filters, extra batteries and cards, and even comes with that really stylish waterproof cover!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Maffe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 June 2007 at 00:17
I would use same thinking as if I was trekking with out camera gear.
Most important, keep your stuff dry!
Water proof "bag" inside my backpack, I use a ordenary 100 liter plastic sack, pck my clothes in varios plasticbags and finaly a rain cover that is easy to access and put on my back pack.

To apply this with camera gear;
Lenses in lenscases, maybe modify my backpac to take sliplock and modify the harness (if it´s called that) so camera can be attached easy to it. Really good to put the weight of your neck!
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Originally posted by H20boy H20boy wrote:

Modular is definately the way to go on a 'trek' or a long hike. I personally like the Lowepro Toploader AW holding a 7D and a 70-200/2.8 and then I put a small attachment case that holds either a 28/2 or the Zenitar on the side, and it works great! Room in the front for some filters, extra batteries and cards, and even comes with that really stylish waterproof cover!


Is it possible to strip this bag across your chest, or something like that? I mean, having a backpack with clothes and such, while keeping your camera in front?

My LowePro Mini becomes a pain at times, because no matter how much I reduce the length of the shoulder strap and throw it around my neck, it always swings. That's annoying to say the least, especially when you're jumping from one rock to another :)
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