SO this is what I’m up to the next two days, packing for my Asia tour! Airlines are getting stickier about heavy carryons – Druk Air is 11 lbs!! So’s Bangkok Airways to Cambodia. sigh. It’s just hard to let some of this go into the checked bag, but really it comes down to just having your basic kit with you on the plane so you can photograph when you get there, right? So I’m whittling it down, down, down, and it is STILL not 11 lbs. Nor will it be, no way with 2 bodies, three lenses, straps, ballhead, batteries and charger and the bag to carry that in.


Speaking of bags, my friends at Think Tank Photo are having a 20% off blowout-sale on their Modular and Skin Cases and Pouches.


And when you spend over $49.50, you get a great new selection of a free gift:  In addition to the Pixel Pocket Rocket, Cable Management 10, and Security tag, they now can also select a LARGE Lens Drop In, RU Thirsty, Whip it Out, Skin 50, Skin 75 Pop Down, Skin Double Wide, Skin Strobe, or a Skin Chimp Cage.


Check out the product sale here:


So my likely 12 lbs. of gear will go inside my Speed Racer or Speed Freak, and the total weight will be somewhere around 16-18 lbs. I’ll have offloaded into my vest, to be ready.

I will say that the bags of choice for me have been the Think Tank Photo Speed Racer and Speed Freak – they are terrific for working out of when on location doing travel photography. they are streamlined, really functional and well-made.