The toughest part of the challenge is determining which camera gear to bring and what to leave back home. Usually when I travel with camera gear, it is one camera body, 3 or 4 lenses, one flash and a tripod. But this time, it is 2 MacBook Pro laptops, 3 camera bodies, 9 lenses, 4 pocket wizards, 4 WD 2TB hard drives, tripod, monopod, chargers, adaptors, tons of 1000x memory cards, camera batteries, rechargeable AA batteries...and so much more! All packed into my two trustworthy LowePro bags. These are my two carry-on bags. If the airline loses my clothes, I don't care, but these stay with me!
As you might be able to see from the photo (taken with my iPhone since all my camera gear is packed up), I am taking mostly short lenses. Except for my 100-400mm lens, everything is 200mm or less. That does not mean that I will be limited to shooting with these lenses since we are spoiled at the Games. Canon and Nikon both bring a massive amount of gear for us to borrow while in the country. There is nothing better than showing up to the press center in the morning and having your pick of whatever you want. It is seriously like a kid in a candy shop! "I think I will take a 600mm 4.0, and a 400 DO please". Love that!
Before the Olympics, I will be taking a couple of days of R and R in Paris and London, so stay tuned for some Parisian images and then the big event!
Au revoir and cheers!