Photography comes with many inherent uncertainties. Weather, permits, language barriers, client expectations, the list goes on and on. It seems I am always going somewhere new to shoot something that I have seen before. That challenge is part of the job that I like. But sometimes the pressure starts to get to me. When that happens I deal with it like most photographers do, I buy a new camera bag.
Buying a camera bag lets me move my attention from something out of my control -like getting a permit to fly a remote operated helicopter over an archaeological dig- to something in my control -how am I going to carry my cameras to South Africa-
This month's stress reliever is the Think Tank Airport TakeOff. It is a roller bag with back pack straps and plenty of room. Right now it has 2 cameras, 8 lenses, 2 flashes, a zoom recorder, a laptop and room for an OWC RAID. In theory it fits in an overhead storage compartment.
For the last few years I have used a pelican 1510. It is still a great roller bag, but it is a little small for this coming trip. Plus I won't be needing to take the bag from the airplane straight to a donkey's back. However, It was the backpack straps that sold me. They should make it a lot easier to use on rough terrain.
I shelled out my own money for this bag. It wasn't cheap but I feel my stress levels returning to a manegable state already.