Camera Bag and Lens Cap – Ditch ’em!
Have you ever been on a trip with your DSLR? It’s an expensive piece of gear, you are in a foreign environment, so you keep it safe in a small bag with a lens cap secured!
Then the moment comes when you see a great photo opportunity, and instead of instinctively grabbing your camera, you start debating if it’s worth unzipping that bag, pulling the camera out, taking off the lens cap, all just to get one shot?! Nah. I’ll skip it and take a different picture later.
Another scenario, on that same vacation, as you leave the hotel you start to wonder. “Do I really want to carry around this heavy camera bag all day long?” Nope, not really.
Ultimately, this all leads to your nice DSLR collecting dust. Eventually the thought of even having to make these decisions start to wear on you, and you end up leaving the DSLR at home and resort to your phone camera for vacation photos.
I found a solution for this that has worked well for me. Ditch the camera bag, and ditch the lens cap. Yes. Go naked! Be free!
To be clear, I still bring my camera bag to the hotel, but once I leave the room, the bag stays put. What about the lens? Am I protecting my lens? I don’t use UV filters either! The past three years the only ‘protection’ I’ve used is a lens hood. If I bump the lens while trekking through a city, the lens hood will hopefully take the hit. What if it starts raining? I can tuck the camera under my shirt or jacket. It’s not ideal, but in a true downpour your camera bag won’t hold up well either.
I’ll save why I love the Canon 200EG bag for a later post, but it’s my goto travel bag as it can hold the camera, 2 lenses, and a flash with ease. In addition to additional batteries, cards, etc. It’s also dirt-cheap compared to many other bags.
Here is a link to the Canon 200EG Bag:
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