Chris Marquardt

Episode 1120 (1:21:43)

Chris Marquardt

This week, Chris has some ideas on how to protect your camera while you're on the road. Chris says having a "ready bag" for your camera is ideal. Minimal in size, and it's protective. But future proof it by getting it a bit larger than you need. A bag sometimes stands between you and your photos when the moment arises. Leo uses a Lowe Pro Sling Bag because it's designed to pull your camera out in one motion. It's a nice way to get your bag out of the way because it's on your back.

Next is a lens cap and a lens hood. They do protect your lenses and there are some gadgets that allow you to attach your lens cap to your lens, but he doesn't like them because they're a distraction. But if you tend to lose them, then get the kind of gadget that has a clip that allows you to clip your lens cap onto your camera strap.

Protective filters can protect your lenses, but Chris isn't a fan of them because of lens distortion and flare. So if you get one, get one that's multi-coated. They're more expensive, but will be worth it for the results you have. There's also display protection. Do you have protection for your LCD screen? Chris says the downside of them is it alters the contrast on the preview so you don't see the accurate look.

Leo says that there's an interesting item called a "rain sleeve," which is essentially a clear sock for your camera and hand with an opening to slip the lens through. Chris uses a hotel showercap.

Chris is against so-called camera armor, which is essentially rubber coating to protect the camera. The problem with them is that it can cause you to lose a shot because they don't always fit right and you can't reach the right buttons.

Don't forget our current assignment - Layers! ! Take a photo of, about or otherwise concerning the concept of "Layers" and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. Make sure to tag it with the word "Layers" as well! And if Chris likes it, it could end up on our next photo segment!