When you're heading off to cover the intense computer show that's Computex in Taipei, you want to make sure your blogger's toolkit has all the equipment you need.
Computex (from June 5 to June 9 in Taipei) is one of the biggest technology events of the year, and since I am a technology tragic (and uni student), I will be covering it. But even before I get there, I wanted to share the gear and gadgets that I will be taking with me.
Figure 1: The gear I will be bringing onto the Computex floor, only my Apple Macbook Air 11in is missing from the shot.
Contents of the bag include three cameras to record images and video from the show floor, (keen photographers will spot the GoPro HD Hero2 and the new Fujifilm X-Pro1 and the trio of lens) along with Joby Gorillapods to keep the camera steady. My trusty Apple 11” Macbook Air will be the main device in writing the articles and storing the images and video. I did consider a portable hard drive, but omitted it at the last minute.
Extra batteries to power the range of electrical goods are a must, as the gear will be pushed to the limits recording millions of pixels. As usual, my cords are all tangled up but they're all there (I think!). Noise cancelling headphones will keep me focused as I attempt to write my blog in the noisy media room. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is my calendar, my email and IM client, and even my phone (gasp!) during the week – a contact point for the vendors and making sure that I’m not late for any press events. I can use it to tether my MacBook, but the Computex exhibition halls are pretty good for free wireless.
Accessories which sometimes gets overlooked include items like card readers (one disadvantage of my notebook), a microphone to record interviews and voiceovers, lens cloths and even silica gel beads which in a humid country like Taiwan is a must if you don’t want your gear to start growing life!
Keep in mind that I won’t have all this gear on me everytime. Some of it may be left in the hotel room, but the majority of the contents will be in the bag every day of the week.
I’ll be doing a daily entry about the new products and events that I attended and experienced so I hope you’ll join me next week for an exciting several days.
p.s iI you think are any other essentials I have should have taken, feel free to add to the comments below.
Camera 1: Fujifilm X-Pro1 + extra battery
Lens 1: Fujifilm 18mm f/2.0 Wide Angle (mounted on the camera)
Lens 2: Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4 (My workhorse lens)
Lens 3: Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 Macro (For close-up shots)
Camera 2: Panasonic LX5 (The everyday camera, light and versatile)
Camera 3: GoPro HD Hero2 (For videos)
Tripods: The smaller one is to keep the LX5 steady and the larger one (JOBY GorillaPod SLR –Zoom + Ballhead) is for the Fujifilm X-Pro1.
: ASUS NC1 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones
MP3 Player: Apple iPod nano (3rd gen)
Smaller items: Batteries for the headphones, silica gel beads, 2x card readers, business cards, 3.5mm microphone.
Bag: Billingham Hadley Small (Black FibreNyte)
Personal items: Wallet, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Notepad + Pens & a book to read.
Bits and pieces: Australian to Taiwanese power plug converter, double adapter and my power cord bag (chargers, USB cables, etc).
You can follow Matthew on Twitter at: @matthewwu where he'll also be posting smaller entries from Computex throughout the week.