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|| News Item: Posted 2008-07-29

In The Bag: Beijing Bound (Video)
Robert Hanashiro shares his packing secrets for Beijing on video!

By Robert Hanashiro, Sports Shooter

Photo by Myung Chun

Photo by Myung Chun

See the video:
I don't think there has been an event that has generated more calls, emails and conversation than preparing for the upcoming Summer Olympic Games in Beijing China.

Probably 15 to 20 friends and colleagues have compared notes with me on what equipment to bring with them to cover the world's biggest single sports event and more importantly how to their gear to China and what to use to haul it around from venue to venue and on and off buses 4 or 5 times a day for over two weeks.

See the video:


• 2 Nikon D3 bodies (placed in LensCoat Body Bags for added protection; if I need more bodies for remotes, I can use pool cameras we shipped ahead)
• 400mm f/2.8
• 200mm-400mm f/4 zoom

• Nikon D300
• 24-70 f/2.8 zoom
• 70-200 f/2.8 zoom
• MacBook Pro laptop
• Pouch with computer accessories

• Remote gear (2 Super Clamps; Monfrotto ballhead; floor plate, Bogen Friction Arm; set of MultiMaxes with Cullen Cables; safety cables)
• 2 monopods (A new carbon fiber Induro and a medium Gitzo)
• Rain gear (Think Tank Hydrophobia and Aquatech Sports Shield)
• Security (Pacsafes, chains and locks)
• Traveler's scale

I know this isn't perfect. But I've put a lot of thought into this and mixed it with what I probably will be covering day to day. I've built in some flexibility into this so if I decide something isn't working I can tweak things. (For instance I'm using the low divider kit for the roller in case I want to put the laptop in there and I've pack my remote gear into a Think Tank long lens bag so I have that to use if necessary.)

I think this will work for me…whether the ideas and plans I have would work for you, well …YOU'RE MILEAGE MAY VARY!

(Robert Hanashiro is a staff photographer with USA TODAY and is the founder of the Sports Shooter Newsletter. Beijing will be his 10th Olympic Games. You can read a Q & A he did for American Photo about covering the Olympics at this link: .)

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