Having just come home from a 10 day trip to China, lugging my back-breaking DSLR kit, laptop and luggage full of souvenirs through airports, on subways, and through crowded streets, I had the urge to ditch all of my gear for a few iPhone lenses, my laptop for an iPad with a detachable keyboard and hiring a baggage handler to follow me around for any other heavy lifting.
Traveling light is getting a bit easier these days with the the new mirrorless offerings, as I have recently discovered after playing with the Fuji XT-1 for the last few weeks, but if you were visiting an extreme location, like Iceland, what would you need to not only be prepared with your gear, not have to lug around 900lbs of equipment, and still be able to carry it all on with you on the airplanes?
In the following video, Alex Cornell shows what gear he brings to create a perfect one person, lightweight rig for both photo and video, that fits in two carry-ons designed to “be easily transported between cars, planes, hotels, and the field.” Alex used this rig to shoot Planet Iceland and wanted to be able to shoot not only photo, but up to 4k video as well.
He designed the rig with quick set-up and breakdown in mind and recommends this as the ideal image-capture equipment for spontaneous travel.
Alex describes what he chooses and why, including why he doesn’t go with one of the mirrorless offerings. Below is his gear list. To me, it still seems a bit heavy, but I’ve not been to many (any) extreme locations that also required me to shoot 4k video.
Pelican 1520 Case:
– Canon C100 Dual AF
– Canon 1DC
– Canon 16-35mm f2.8
– Canon 24-70mm f4
– Canon 70-200mm 2.8
(At anyone time, each camera has a lens attached. Case is customized to fit them like this to allow for quick access).
InCase DSLR Pro:
– MacBook Pro 13″
– Monster Overdrive 1TB SSD
– GoPro Hero4
– Lexar Dual CF/SD Reader USB 3.0
– Lexar CF and SD cards in Pelican 0945 Case
– Extra batteries for C100/1DC
– ND and Polarizing Filters by B+W
– Gitzo GT1542T with Manfrotto RC2
– Black Rapid Curve with FR-T1
– Ikan D5 (duplicative if you are mostly shooting with C100)
Watch “Travel Gear: A Lightweight Rig for Photo and Video in Extreme Locations”
So now, as you are planning out your 2015 adventures, be sure to check out our airline travel tips for photographers, to help you prepare for your trip. Where are you going in 2015? Comment below and let me know…so I can become green with envy!
[Via iso 1200/Alex Cornell on Vimeo/Images via screencaps]