It is Official: Kenya African Wildlife Photography Trip
A few months ago we booked another trip to Africa.
It has been something we have wanted to do again since our first life-changing visit in October of 2012.
We are again going into the wilderness with our friend and guide Mario Moreno.
Also a few months ago, I bought a 400mm f/2.8 lens for wildlife photography - actually, for this trip. On the last trip, I took my 300/2.8, which was comfortably accommodated by my Lowepro Mini Trekker AW backpack.
Unfortunately, the 400/2.8 is a much larger lens, and the Mini Trekker AW cannot accommodate it. Well, it can (barely), but there is insufficient room for everything else I need.
In researching camera bags, I had two criteria:
- it had to accommodate the gear I need and want to take; and
- it had to be airline cabin-friendly.
I was pointed in the direction of the Lowepro Vertex 200 AW, and looked into this bag. When I contacted Lowepro to enquire into whether it would accommodate a 400/2.8, I was told it would not.
Fortunately, that answer was wrong, as it very comfortably accommodates such a lens.
Today I headed into town with the lens and tried it out. It was a perfect bag for my needs.
I brought it home and packed it with the gear I am taking to Kenya:
- Canon EOS 5D Mark II;
- Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM;
- Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM;
- Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM;
- Canon Extender EF 1.4x II; and
- Canon Extender EF 2x II.
It all fits!
My 17" MacBook Pro even fits into the laptop compartment, albeit somewhat snugly. This means I will only need one bag, whereas last time I had a camera backpack and a laptop bag, which is not ideal when travelling internationally.
I am very pleased with the Lowepro Vertex 200 AW. The build quality is excellent, as indeed it is with all Lowepro bags/cases I have owned; and the padding and straps in the waist area really make the fully-packed bag seem much lighter.
Here is a photo of the bag, packed with the bulk of the gear I am taking to Kenya:
This bag will certainly make travelling internationally with bulky and heavy camera gear a much more pleasant experience. It will also serve me well locally and on domestic trips, as since having the 400/2.8, I have not had a suitable method of carrying it.
Published on Saturday, 8th November, 2014.
- Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
- Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
- Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM
- Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM
- Canon EOS 5D Mark II
- Canon Extender EF 1.4x II
- Canon Extender EF 2x II
- Lowepro Mini Trekker AW
- Lowepro Vertex 200 AW
- Maasai Mara
- Mario Moreno
- Republic of Kenya