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Hey, what can I say-I'm a Nikon guy. I've been happily shooting with Nikon equipment for over 30 years. My current body is the D3, although I have a closet full of others that I use on occasion for specific purposes (lower weight, underwater, etc.).

Because I travel so much (I book over 240,000 air miles and travel to more than 50 countries every year), I have managed to cull my photo kit down to an ALMOST manageable size. After years of carrying a shoulder bag, hunched over like Quasimodo, I now use a ThinkTank Photo backpack (the Airport Acceleration v2.0) which I love. It holds everything including my 500mm f/4, and as long as I don’t put a laptop in the front pocket it fits, fully loaded, in the overhead compartment of even the smallest regional jet I find myself on. Furthermore, it is so well designed that I can walk for hours with it on my back. In it, I typically carry the following:

Bodies: Nikon D3, D2X (when crop factor matters)

Lenses: 105mm f/2.8 VR Macro, 80-200mm f/2.8, 12-24mm f/4, 24-70mm f/2.8 (my favorite all-purpose lens), 500mm f4.

Miscellany: Nikon SB-900 flash, Nikon Speedlight Commander Kit R1C1, 2:1 teleconverter, Sekonic L558R handheld meter, folding 4-side reflector, Gitzo tripod and Kirk BH-1 ball head (OK, not in it), Wimberley head for the 500mm, Casio P-5000, remote flash cable, remote shutter cable, intervalometer, batteries, etc.

I also carry disposable shower caps (raincoats for cameras), a small flashlight, a headlamp, about six feet of gaffer's tape, a small beanbag, and a Singh-Ray Duo Variable Neutral Density/Polarizer.

For the record, I always travel with a photo vest, not because I want to look like a photo geek but because its myriad pockets can be stuffed with all kinds of goodies, and it doesn’t count as an extra carry-on bag at security – even though it holds as much as a small backpack. Mine's a Scott eVest.