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What’s in the Bag?

Why is my backpack so heavy and why do I carry so much stuff? Or maybe a better question is why I was silly enough to choose photography as a hobby? Do any of you ask the same questions or is it just me?

So just what is in the bag? First there’s the point and shoot and DSLR cameras complete with chargers and spare batteries. Because of Mr. Murphy and his unpleasant law, I always carry a spare camera. Then Raeski usually sneaks in this compact digital movie camera.

I pack three lenses; a 20mm, 28 – 105 zoom and a 100 – 300 zoom with UV, circular polarizers, enhancing and 812 filters for each lens. There’s more but when I’m flying to a destination I try to cut down the weight and these are the ones I use the most.

But wait! There’s more! Am I sounding like an infomercial? There’s a remote flash for the DSLR, tripod and head, remote cable, lots of memory cards, cleaning supplies, a power cord converter for foreign electrical outlets and DSLR to laptop cable. But you’re delusional if you think cost the same as a Ronco slice and dice.

Last but not least, there is the laptop and AC adapter I have to take because my job pretty much demands it. That’s the real anchor I’d love to lose. Getting all this through airport security is no joy either. Once we get to the hotel room some of this will come out of the bag and stay in the room.

Now it’s your turn. What’s in your bag?

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Those Darn Spots!

Those darn spots!

I really hate those spots. They always appear at the most inconvenient of times. Never mind what it takes to get rid of them. With hopes of no spots, I tested my camera to make sure everything was is good order before our trip. Lenses and filters cleaned? Check. Batteries charged? Check Camera works? Ah man, those darn spots are showing up again!

I switched lenses and they still showed up. Diagnosis? The autofocus motor has spewed oil on the sensor. So I make my what is turning out to be an annual trip to the camera repair store for cleaning. According to the technician, this is a common occurrence with two major brands of cameras. If you have a Canon you’re safe.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love my camera. It takes stunning pictures and it would probably take more with a different person pushing the buttons. But I digress… I just don’t like having to go into Photoshop to remove spots. It makes me grumpy. Just ask Raeski.

So tomorrow I pick up my camera and the wallet will be a little lighter. And unlike the little guy in the photo, my spots will be gone. Cheers, Wooly