Holiday is one of the most beautiful word in the English language. Everyone gets excited. Young or young at heart. Traveling do comes with a lot of preparation. Packing the right camera gears in the right bag is as critical as selecting the correct wardrobe for the right season of travel. I hope I am talking sense.
I remembered last year when I travelled to Tokyo; my set-up was X-H2 and 4 lenses. Primarily, Viltrox 13mm F1.4, XF23mm F1.4, XF56mm F1.2 and XF70-300mm. All packed in a 20L Peak Design Everyday backpack and some space left for other stuff. My total weight was 4.5KG. I survived. Why so many lenses? I will hate myself if a great scene present itself and I don’t have the right lens with me. I know I am crazy but If I could; I will bring a GFX.
This recent trip, the set-up was a X-H2 plus 3 lenses. The trios are Sigma 10-18mm F2.8 DC DN , XF56mm F1.2 WR and XF70-300mm. A PGYTech 20L OneGo Air Backpack to pack everything in. Total weight is 3.4kg. I shave more than 1 KG by having 1 lesser lens and a lighter backpack for this trip. If you walk an average of 8-10KM per day, this weight saving is critical. I used a backpack because I also have a laptop. Once I reach the hotel, I will switch to a sling bag. I feel that I am smarter photographer this year. LOL. And I must say, the PGYTech 7L OneMo Sling (0.84 KG) is the best sling I ever used! I actually own 3 other sling bags and therefore know what I am talking about, when I said it’s the best I ever used. The other sling bag that I own is a 3L and 6L PD sling and 10L Moment sling.
I shave another 0.6KG by changing from my backpack to a sling bag. Now my total weight is now 2.8KG. The PGYTech 7L OneMo Sling bag has many great compartment just like all the other sling bag. There are 2 features that makes this sling bag uniquely different from the pack. I have used it exclusively for my 2 weeks in Japan. This 7L this sling bag could shallow quite a bit. Comfortably fits my X-H2 and 3 other lenses.
This sling has a “sandwich” slot. This open space is between the main compartment and the front pocket. It has 2 side adjustable strap. I have sloted my sweater and a bottle of water into this slot. It’s a great space to slot odd thing like a gimbal. It’s extremely versatile. If you needed more space, This sling bag is expandable from 7L to a 9L. Simply by unzipping the zip around the top area and thus increases the height and giving you the precious 2 extra litres of space.
We spend a total of 13 days in Japan. As we all know, when travelling with family; we are only 10% a photographer. The rest of 90% we are parents, logistics offices, safety officers, meals advisors, driver, porter during shopping etc.
First 4 nights we stayed at Hotel Groove at Shinjuku. A noisy and colourful north side of Shinjuku. Next 5 nights we stayed at Hotel Clad at Gotemba. We made this town our base as we explore area around Mount Fuji. When you stay long enough; Fuji San will reveal itself. And the last 3 nights we stayed at Grand Nikko Odaiba. Reason for that, is because of its proximity to Disneyland and Hanada Airport. Just a 20 minutes bus ride to Hanada Airport and 30 minutes train ride to Disneyland or Disneysea.
I cut down by 1 lens for this trip vs last December trip to Tokyo.. And that lens is XF23mm F1.4 WR. Which is my favorite everyday lens. The main reason is, I have a new Sigma 10-18mm F2.8 lens. I told myself to give 18mm focal length a try. So the default lens for this trip is the Sigma. This is a rather small ultra wide F2.8 zoom lens. I do enjoy using the Sigma. Weighting at a mere 250 grams; it’s a gem. Good AF, Good IQ, light weight. Small in dimension and priced well at USD $599 for a F2.8 zoom that is made in Japan.
So together with my beloved XF56mm F1.2 WR and my fav travel zoom, XF70-300mm I conquer this trip. Below are many more of my fav shots. Let me know what you think of my set-up for this trip?
Ivan Loh, A Fuji X-photographer is known for his quirky and different approach through his lens. He has received numerous accolades from the International Photography Award, New York and Photography Master Cup. Most Recently a Gold, 1st Place at the 2014 PX3 Prix De La Photographie in Paris .
Ivan started shooting since his teenage years with his father’s Nikon SLR and he hasn’t stopped since. He has lensed campaigns for clients such as Singapore Airlines, MTV Asia, Nike, Bossini, Nanyang Technological University(NTU) Tuas Power, Allianz Insurance, Manulife Insurance, HSBC Insurance, DHL. TNT, UOB, CAAS, Hilton Group, Intercontinental Hotel Group, Raffles Hotel, Diegeo, Embraer, Carlson, TATA Communication, HDB, Clark Quay, HOT FM 91.3, Kiss 92FM, JIA 88.3, Power 98, and CHIMJES.
His editorial works have appeared in magazines such as Conde Nast, Home+Living, TopGear Singapore, Her World, Cleo, Seventeen, FHM, Parents World and Home & Decor. His works have also glossed the pages of international magazines such as Asian Photography and Digital Photography(UK).
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