In My Bag – by John Flores

John Flores
 
John Flores started taking pictures with his mom’s Kodak Disc camera. It had a gold (or was it champagne?) finish. He thought it was the coolest thing in the world. He’s been taking photos ever since and has found a way to combine two great passions in his life – motorcycles and photography – into a fun, fulfilling, part-time gig. By day he is a digital marketing consultant.
 

I’m a contributing editor to RoadRUNNER Magazine, the country’s largest motorcycle touring magazine, which means that several times a year they pay me to go on a motorcycle vacation, take pictures, and write up a story. It’s especially good when they send me to Kansas to ride a Harley Davidson and eat barbecue, or to ride the Maine coast on a BMW to eat lobster. I get press bikes, which range from having tons of storage (I.e., Victory Cross Country Tour) to whatever soft bags I can lash to the bike (I.e., Kawasaki Versys). In either case, I’ve got to plan my camera gear carefully. For these reasons, I favor small/high quality cameras and have made Pentax DSLRs the foundation of my kit because they are typically smaller than competing DSLRs, and have small prime lenses with very high image quality.

I’ve gotten into the habit of photographing the cameras I take on a trip, and my iPad is both a visual reference and litmus test. I try to make all of my camera gear (excluding tripods, articulating arms, suction mounts, chargers, etc…) fit on the iPad. Here’s some of the gear that I’ve taken on recent trips:

Northeast Kingdom Kit

Northeast Kingdom Kit (VT and NH)

- Pentax K-5 with DA 70mm F2.4 Limited
- Pentax K-01 with DA 21mm F3.2 Limited
- Pentax Q with 8.5mm F1.9 (47mm eq)
- Pentax Q 03 Fisheye lens
- Contour ROAM POV video camera
- CamOne Infinity POV video camera

This kit fit inside a Timbuk2 Snoop Messenger (small) which I wore on my back as I swapped between a Ducati Multistrada and Moto Guzzi Stelvio. The Pentax Q was worn around my neck at all times.

Western States Kit

Western States Kit (Las Vegas NV to Sturgis SD. 99% back roads)

- Pentax K-01 with DA 40mm F2.8 Limited
- Pentax K-5 with DA 21mm F3.2 Limited
- Pentax DA 10-17 F3.5-4.5 Fisheye Zoom
- Pentax DA 70mm F2.4 Limited
- Pentax Q with 8.5mm F1.9 (47mm eq)
- Pentax Q 03 Fisheye lens
- Contour ROAM POV video camera

This kit fit inside a Lowepro Stealth Reporter 400AW which resided in the topcase of a Victory Cory Ness Cross Country Tour. The Pentax Q was worn around my neck at all times.

Maine Lobster Kit

Maine Lobster Kit

- Pentax K-5 with DA* 16-50 F2.8
- Pentax DA 70mm F2.4 Limited
- Pentax Q with 8.5mm F1.9 (47mm eq)
- Pentax Q 03 Fisheye lens
- Nikon 1 V1 with VR 30-110mm F3.8-5.6 zoom (81-297mm eq)
- Nikon 1 Nikkor 10mm F2.8 (27mm eq)
- Nikon 1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm F3.5-5.6 zoom (27-81mm eq)
- CamOne Infinity POV video camera

This kit fit inside a Lowepro Stealth Reporter 400AW which resided in the topcase of a BMW R1200RT. The Pentax Q was worn around my neck at all times.

Friend and fellow photog Sandy Noble joined me on this trip and brought his Fuji XPro1 kit:

- Fuji X-Pro1 with 18mm F2.0
- Fujinon 35mm F1.4
- Fujinon 60mm F2.4
- Fuji EF-20 Flash
- Canon G11 (not shown)

This fit in a small LowePro bag which he stored in the sidecase of his Yamaha FJR.

In addition to the POV video cameras, the Pentax Q and Nikon V1 see double-duty as stills and rigged still/video camera. The iPad is not just a prop for the photos either. With the Camera Connection Kit and Snapseed, I can import Pentax raw files (in standard DNG format) and backup, process, and post photos while I’m on the road.

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