Hi, I'm in need of advice in how to store/carry my equipment. I don't currently carry my stuff that much around, so I think I should ask those of you that do travel and move your inventory from place to place on a regular basis. What do you think is the easier way to store and move your gear? I did read a quite bit of the bags, bags and more bags -thread, but there's more specific models suggested instead of ways to carry. While I do appreciate specific model (or brand) suggestions, I'm more in search of help in HOW to arrange my stuff. I'm not really used to having this much photo gear, I used to have just one body and two lenses + a flash and those are pretty easy to carry around. First a bit of how and when: * I don't travel that much, I only do short walks locally and almost always with family. I usually carry only one system with me at a time. * We do occasionally travel (for short whiles), but it's always just from place A to place B, not that much actual traveling. These time I would need to get all my stuff with me. I currently own five bags that I stuff my equipment in. This is nearly not ideal and taking just one system usually consist of at least two bags. And I don't have a place to "store them all" at home, the bags are just sitting there together. (Plus, I don't really have a good bag to fit my Sigma.) I do have a Tamrac Aero-something that fits my G3 with whatever lens, a battery and a couple of filters but nothing more. I usually move stuff from other bags to this and grab it when I go for a small walk, but then I don't have the option to change lenses on the way. I was thinking about two different ways to store (well, more actually, but anyway). 1) * One big bag that holds everything and has a bit of room to expand. I've been eyeing Lowepro's Steal Reporter D650/D550 bags or Tamrac's Pro 12/13. * Two bags to hold each system, these should ideally be slings (like my current favorite, Tamrac's Velocity 7x-9x). The sling bags should hold the entire system inventory, but as I don't have THAT much stuff, would ideally still be easily carried/used on the move. * Another variation would be to have the "big bag" to actually hold the system INSIDE the smaller sling bags. That way I wouldn't have to pack/unpack the equipment to/from the smaller bags to/from the big bag and could just stick the smaller bags inside the big bag and go. The big bag should then of course still have room for the other stuff that isn't in the slings. 2) * Just two bags, preferably slings and/or shoulder bags (like one of my fav that I've looked at, the Lowepro Nova 200 AW) that should hold one system plus a few extra lenses/stuff when needed. * A variation would be then to have a storage closet/chest/other container at home (that isn't movable) and store all "excess" inventory in that when not needed. The advantage of the first one would be easier way to just grab all stuff and go, but a disadvantage of having to have more separate bags. But also could use two smaller bags and one bigger that I wouldn't have to carry all the time. I find myself liking the idea of sling bags more than backbacks/shoulderbags, so this would be more ideal for smaller slings. The advantage of the second one would be to have just two bags to worry about, even if they end up a bit bigger than the two small bags from the first setup. Also would be easier to have MUCH more room at home for the growing collection of "extra" stuff that isn't always carried around. I'm currently using just shoulder bags and while I do really like them, I think I would like slings more. So it would be a question of finding the right sized sling bags maybe. But I find I really like the Nova 200 AW's ability to have full access to the contents even when the weather cover is installed, I haven't seen that functionality in a sling yet. Each bag should have the ability to fit a small-ish tablet computer (smaller than iPad, the exact thing is Samsung's Galaxy Tab 7.7) somewhere there. But it really isn't that big and I can usually just stuff it somewhere along the other gear. (It fits in "document" pockets just fine, being just shy of 8mm thick.) System 1: Sigma SD10 (w/ any lens attached) Sigma 18-50mm/3.5-5.6 w/ Wideangle SA Sigma 28-200mm/3.5-5.6 SA Sigma 70-300mm/4-5.6 SA Petri 50mm/2 PK Flash (in-body tilt) Batteries + Chargers + caps, rubber hoods and assorted Things(tm). System 2: Panasonic Lumix G3 (w/ any lens attached) Panasonic 14-42mm/3.5-5.6 MFT Photax or Unigor 200mm M42 B&H 135mm/2.8 PK Pentacon 50mm/1.8 M42 Industar-50 50mm/3.5 M39 0.45x Wide Adapter 2x Tele Adapter M42 Adapter (probably attached to lens) M39 Adapter (probably attached to lens) PK Adapter (probably attached to lens) Filters Flash (tilt & swivel) Battery + Charger + caps, rubber hoods and assorted Things(tm). Other Stuff: Photax or Unigor 200mm M42 Reflecta 55mm/1.8 M42 Prinzflex 28mm/2.8 PK Sigma 24-70mm/3.5-5.6 SA Soligor 0.5x Wideangle Adapter (52mm) Body caps, hoods, filters, other smaller stuff. Macro Extension tubes for M42 & PK Planned Additions: Panasonic 45-200mm/4-5.6 (will replace at least the 200mm M42 and probably the 135mm PK from the G3 set) 85mm/~2 PK or M42 (added to the G3 set) TTL Flash for G3 TTL Flash for Sigma What would you suggest I go with? Three bags or two bags with a possible storage at home?