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Traveling Into The Backcountry

Prepare for any expedition by equipping your vehicle with the photographic essentials

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Induro CarbonFlex
8x CX113
Manfrotto 190CXPRO4
Pelican 1560
Slik PRO 713 CF-II
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By using multilayer carbon-fiber material to enhance rigidity, the Slik PRO 713 CF-II tripod can support four times its three-pound weight. Three leg sections fold down to a manageable 22 inches. When fully extended, it reaches a height of 65 inches. Multiangle locks allow you to individually position each leg. The center column consists of two threaded pieces that unscrew to convert the top piece into a short column. Combined with the multiangle locks, this allows the tripod to lower to less than eight inches from the ground for low-angle or macro photography. Estimated Street Price: $270.

Nikkor 400Transcend 32 GB CompactFlashmm
When building a photo vehicle like the Subaru Outback here, consider how much room you have for photo equipment. After packing the cameras, lenses and laptop, there are essential extras that will help raise the quality of your shots and make for a much smoother journey out on the open road.
Once you’ve reached the end of the road, you need a comfortable, spacious bag that protects your equipment from the elements. The Lowepro DryZone 200 backpack is waterproof, and even when fully loaded, it’s buoyant enough to float. The inner “drypod” with a waterproof TIZIP zipper provides watertight protection with leakproof sealing. The padded interior can be customized in several ways to fit a large D-SLR, four to five lenses (up to a 300mm ƒ/2.8), flash and accessories. The bag features ergonomic lumbar support and fully adjustable shoulder straps for added comfort. There’s also a tuck-away tripod holder. List Price: $364.

In the Tamrac Expedition 8x backpack, a Dual Hinge Divider system adjusts to allow two digital or film SLRs to be carried with lenses attached. The foam-padded main compartment houses additional lenses, flash units and accessories. The QuickClip on the outside safely secures a tripod. A foam-padded front pocket with water-resistant zipper protects laptops with up to 17-inch screens. The plastic, foam-padded platform at the bottom provides shock protection, while a LockDown rain flap protects the zipper from the elements. Estimated Street Price: $230.

Nikkor 400Transcend 32 GB CompactFlashmm
Gitzo GT2941
While traveling by foot requires a light bag with easy access, storing equipment in the vehicle for longer trips calls for safer storage. The Pelican 1560 Case has a soft interior with Pick ’N’ Pluck foam that can be customized to fit your equipment snugly. The foam is high density for protection from impact, shock and vibrations, perfect for protecting sensitive camera equipment while driving. The exterior of the case is virtually unbreakable, with watertight, airtight and dustproof sealing. It’s made from an ultra-high-impact structural copolymer material. The case also is resistant to chemicals and corrosion, and can float in salt water with a load of up to 45 pounds. An automatic purge valve equalizes the case after changes in atmospheric pressure. List Price: $247.

Don’t get caught without juice when your equipment runs out of power. Whether it’s batteries or AC adapters, you need power for all of your high-tech devices. The Brunton SolarPort 4.4 is a portable, solar-powered device that charges your cell, GPS unit and camera via USB. It allows you to link up to three devices at once and charge them simultaneously. Estimated Street Price: $160.

Also from Brunton is the Solo 7.5 rechargeable power storage device for laptops, cell phones and camera chargers. It’s a nice fit for your car with a vehicle DC outlet. Estimated Street Price: $255.

(800) 443-4871
(800) 800-1020
Gitzo (Bogen Imaging)
(201) 818-9500
(914) 347-3300
Kirk Enterprises
(800) 626-5074
(800) 800-LOWE
(800) 669-4477
Manfrotto (Bogen Imaging)
(201) 818-9500
Pelican (BKA)
(847) 821-0450
Really Right Stuff
(888) 777-5557
Slik (THK Photo Products)
(800) 421-1141
(800) 662-0717


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