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Vanguard Supreme 53F case
There's no point having a ton of awesome camera gear and then being too scared to take it into the outdoors. When traveling it's a great idea to have a hard case to put camera bodies and lenses into, and the more gear you have, the bigger the case you need.
The Vanguard Supreme 53F is huge – 24.75 x 20.5 x 9.5-inches – and is built to last.
The Vanguard Supreme cases are O-ring sealed and waterproof up to a depth of 16.5 feet. They are also airtight, and built to withstand the most extreme conditions (-40°F/-40°C to 203°F/95°C), and are great for airline travel because they feature an automatic pressure equalization valve. And, to keep things civilized, it has wheels.
These cases can support up to 265 lbs/120 kg of exterior weight and have anti-slip rubber feet and a solid carrying handle offer extra durability. Thick, quick-release latches lock in place and steel-reinforced lock holders are great for use with pad locks for added security.
Inside is a dense, customizable hexagon-shaped foam for an extremely tailored, custom fit for gear. There's also an option to have dividers fitted.
More info | Price: $250
Genuine Nikon or Canon camera batteries are expensive, and if you buy online there's a good chance that you might be paying top dollar for a fake (I've had counterfeit batteries sold to me by a number of prominent retailers). This is why I tend to buy Duracell-branded batteries.
In my tests they seem to be just as good as the genuine batteries, lasting just as long, and being just as resistant to cold and heat, while at the same time being significantly cheaper.
More info | Price: varies depending on type
Think Tank Photo Hydrophobia 70-200 rain cover
If you're going to take your camera into the outdoors then you have to be prepared for rain! Wile some high-end cameras claim to be "weather-proof," it's not something I like to push my luck with too much, which is why I recommend a rain cover.
There are countless kinds of rain covers on the market, ranging from simple polythene bags to sophisticated covers designed to take the worst that Mother Nature can throw at a photographer.
The Think Tank Photo Hydrophobia falls into the latter category.
Sized to fit most DSLRs with a 70-200 f/2.8 or similarly sized lens attached, the Hydrophobia 70-200 protects expensive – and delicate – photo equipment from the elements, including rain, snow or blowing sand.
Note that the Hydrophobia requires an eyepiece element, which is sold separately.
More info | Price: $150
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