Look what camera gear I can now fit into my travelling camera backpack !

I have a thing for camera bags.

One could say it’s bordering on obsession. Fairly close to fetishism. And not altogether healthy.

The following thought is well beknownst to me:
“This new bag will surely complete my lifestyle and fulfil my survival-dependant working requirements.”

So, on completely replacing my Canon DSLR professional kit with the Olympus OM-D system (which in itself is a story for later), it was with absolute relish, that I started research for a new smaller travelling camera bag for my micro four-thirds system.

Hey, a new system calls for a new bag…

Safe & convenient travelling was the main search criteria.  I had the following to find space for:

  • Olympus OM-D E-M1 (with Olympus HLD-7 Battery Holder/Grip) Camera
  • Olympus OM-D E-M5 Camera
  • Olympus m.Zuiko 45mm F1.8 Lens
  • Olympus m.Zuiko 12mm F2 Lens
  • Olympus m.Zuiko 60mm F2.8 Lens
  • Olympus m.Zuiko 75-300mm F4.8-6.7 MkII Lens
  • Olympus 15mm F8 Lens
  • Olympus Li-Ion BCN-1 Battery Charger and Cable
  • Olympus FL-600R Wireless Flash
  • Olympus FL-LM2 Flash
  • Canon 580EX Mkii Flash
  • Joby UltraFit Sling Strap for Men
  • Joby 3-Way Camera Strap
  • Giottos Large Rocket Air Blaster
  • Phottix Olympus Remote Release Cable
  • Hähnel Combi TF Remote Control & 2 Flash Triggers
  • Velbon Ultra Max iF Tripod
  • ExpoImaging Rogue FlashBender Large Positionable Reflector
  • Apple iPad (3rd generation)
  • And of course, extra batteries, memory cards, micro fibre cloths and other bits and bobs
Olympus OM-D Photographic Gear
A fair amount of photo equipment – the Flashbender Reflector and SoftBox is not even featuring on the photo!
Olympus OM-D Photographic Gear
All going into 1 smallish backpack.
Olympus OM-D Photographic Gear
And that’s it. Tripod and reflector included!


The above makes for a great travelling studio – small but powerful. It won’t weigh you down on long walking excursions and is convenient on planes and crowded areas. And you have top optical and image quality at your fingertips – prima prime lenses galore inside!
And the wireless flash options (with Flashbender reflector and softbox) will allow for some serious shindig creativity.

Another main reason for going with the bag above – a Tamrac Zuma 9 Secure Traveler backpack – is that it can’t be opened by any 3rd party when wearing it – the zip area is on the bottom/strap side of the bag, secure against your back.
This is a vital security feature for especially micro four thirds gear – would be nigh impossible to feel an OM-D body or lens exiting your bag on a packed train.

The bag also doesn’t have to leave your body when accessing any of your gear inside – you just unhook the straps from your shoulders and swing it to the front around your waist – just zip open the cover and voila, access to the E-M1 and 5 – and the iPad and all the rest!
Again, the micro four-thirds system proves super beneficial here – because of much lesser weight than a DSLR kit, the swing-around technique works much smoother – not so much downward strain on the ol’ back and sides…

To end off my bag chat – I got into this whole micro four thirds business, wanting a small top quality camera permanently by my side – I found a nice new bag for that as well.. ; )

Now whenever I’m off somewhere, I just quickly grab my li’l Tamrac Aero Zoom 20 where it can either rest between my car seats or hang by my side when walking.
It can easily accommodate either the E-M1 (with Olympus m.Zuiko 45mm F1.8 lens – and what an amazing little lens) or the E-M5 (even with the slightly longish Olympus 60mm F2.8 macro lens).

Take-away photography !

Olympus OM-D E-M1 in Tamrac Aero Zoom 20
The Olympus E-M1 peeking out from the Tamrac Aero Zoom 20
Olympus OM-D E-M5 and Tamrac Aero Zoom 20
Olympus E-M5 & 60mm F2.8 Macro Lens next to the Tamrac Aero Zoom 20


Ps. Franz Rabe is not affiliated with Tamrac in any way – their bags just seemed the perfect fit in these cases – I also love LowePro, Tenba, ThinkTank and Crumpler – now what is the male term for bag lady..?




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