Whats in your bag?!

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Wyro, Dec 25, 2013.

  1. Wyro macrumors member

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    It is time to play the game.. There are countless threads on other forums but I'm curious about the macrumors crew!

    I'll Start with my new F-stop Millar Bandon bag with my trusted Canon EOS 3 with 50mm 1.4 and 28mm 1.8. I also carry a black rapid strap, cable release, and assorted 35mm films. I'm usually stocked with Arista Premium 400 but today I'm rolling with Illford Delta 400 and 100! Not shown is my Sekonic 308s lightmeter and other odds and ends...

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    My 35mm bag by Wyro the Elder, on Flickr


    I'm excited to see this take flight...
     
  2. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    The wife and I each have Lowpro pro roller 200 bag with:

    Two bodies: Canon 5DIII, Canon 7D
    Five lenses: Tamron 18-270 ( walk around for 7D), Canon L lenses 17-35, 25-105, 100-400, 100macro
    580II Flash
    Lexar dual USB 3 card reader
    Many Lexar 32GB cards: 600x for 7D, 1000x for 5DIII
    accessories such as: teleconverters, remote timer control, cleaning cloths for bodies plus lens cleaning wipes.

    The outer pockets have room for my 2012 15" rMBP and iPad Air.

    We put our tripods and bullheads in checked luggage.

    This setup works well for us going on multiple week trips.
     
  3. Wyro thread starter macrumors member

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    Wow thats an awesome set up! I'm jealous! Who gets the mark 3? ha What do you think of the 100-400?
     
  4. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    The wife and I each have such a bag with contents. We both have 5D3. The 100-400 is a good value. It is my favorite safari lens. I want to see the Tamron 150-600 when it arrives this coming spring.
     
  5. gdeusthewhizkid macrumors 6502a

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  6. needfx, Dec 27, 2013
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    daily bag : gripped 6d, 40mm pancake, 70-300L, ts-e 17mm, mba, ipad mini

    secondary bag : canon 100d, 28mm IS, 24-105mm L, 100mm macro L, 3x 600 ex rt, st e3 rt, canon oc-e3, canon tc 80n3, canon rs 60e3, tascam dr100 mkii, gopro hero 3 (missing from photo), manfrotto mini led, 4x manfrotto pixi tripods (only one in photo), (gels/chargers/extra batteries not in photo)
     

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  7. ocabj macrumors 6502a

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    Old pic, but this is what my bag basically looks like except I ditched the second body (using EOS M as a 'backup').

    Canon 5D Mark III
    Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS
    Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II
    Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II
    Bunch of PocketWizards (Plus II, Plus III, Mini TT1, Flex TT5, PowerMC2)
    PCB Cybersync transmitter (if I need to pop on someone's lights setup with Cybersyncs)
    Singh-Ray Vari-ND
    B+W Kaesemann CPL
    iPad
    Pouch full of cables (mini to mini, mini to PC sync)
    Gels
    Hand Sanitizer
    Body/fashion tape
     
  8. phrehdd macrumors 68040

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    Billingham f1.4 bag Khaki
    Fuji X-E1
    Fuji X-E2
    18-55 zoom w/hood + sock cover
    55-200 zoom w/hood + sock cover
    35mm 1.4 w/hood + sock cover
    battery charger, 5 batteries
    all lenses have clear UV filters
    Lens/sensor cleaning items

    2nd bag - Billingham Digital (fits single camera with moderate length lens plus some small items)

    My system is simple and works brilliantly for me.
     
  9. needfx macrumors 68040

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    I just ordered the EF 85MM f/1.2 from ebay. Expecting it by 08Jan14.

    So add a Kg to my bag!!:D
     
  10. gdeusthewhizkid macrumors 6502a

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    which two bodies are these?
     
  11. ocabj macrumors 6502a

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    5DIII and 5DII
     
  12. nburwell macrumors 68040

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    I have a LowePro backpack which I bring with me basically everywhere since it's the perfect size for flying as it's usually my carry-on. The backpack contains the following:

    Canon EOS M + 18-55mm STM IS
    5D Mark III + RRS L bracket
    Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L
    Zeiss Distagon T* 2,8/21
    Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS (which will soon be sold)
    Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L
    Various ND, GND, and CPL filters
    A bunch of CF and SD cards
    Intervalometer and remote shutter cables
    Extra battery
    Bubble level that mounts to my hot shoe
     
  13. Laird Knox macrumors 68000

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    Which bag? :D

    When I'm "traveling light" I generally have

    D800 x2
    24-70mm f2.8
    70-200mm f2.8 (sometimes)
    28mm f2.8 manual focus x2
    Induro 213 & 413 tripods with matching heads
    Special bracket I setup to allow me to take long exposure panoramas with the matched 28mm lenses.
    Camranger
    iPad Mini
    Manual trigger release with cables to attach to both camera at the same time.
    Protomachine LED1 & LED2
    Other small flashlights
    Lots of spare batteries
    iPhone with apps (Star Chart, DOFMaster, Light Meter, PinhomeMeter)
    Pocket full of memory cards
    Aspirin for my back after traveling "light"
     
  14. Apple fanboy macrumors Core

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    It's obviously those 2 D800's throwing your back out. Let me take one of your hands.....:D

    Out of curiosity do most of you carry two bodies in case one fails, or so you can have different lenses attached and not have to swap out so often?
     
  15. Laird Knox macrumors 68000

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    Neither :D Well most of the time anyway. I've been experimenting with doing some long exposure panoramas. During a 30 minute exposure (or series) things have a habit of moving and causing issues when stitching. As a result you can't really take the shot, adjust and take the 2nd shot.

    Sure things like star trails can be fudged. I mean who would really know the difference? I would rather not do that, besides it would be more work in post to correct the stitch boundary. I've also used the technique on the Milky Way and this definitely wouldn't work with a time gap between the images. I'm also thinking about heading down to the drags strip and giving it a go. You definitely couldn't do a traditional pano at 200mph. ;)

    As for the "most of the time" part. This summer I went to a family wedding in Jackson Hole, WY and visited Yellowstone. For both of these I used both bodies, one equipped with the 24-70 and the other had the 70-200. It was nice to be able to switch between them at a moment's notice. I have never shot a wedding before (they had hired a pro so there was no pressure) and really enjoyed it. Also walking around Yellowstone I got asked several times if I worked for National Geographic. LOL

    Basically for me it has been a matter of experimenting with new techniques. Even if I do spend more time taking conventional shots I'm still looking for ways to use the pano rig. It also helps to have multiple bodies when out chasing the meteor showers. You never know when you might catch a meteor in a long exposure pano. :)

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  16. steveash macrumors 6502

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    Those look interesting. Never heard of them before a quick Google. Are you pleased with them? They look a bit expensive for LED lights but do seem to have a lot of control.
     
  17. Laird Knox macrumors 68000

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    They are amazing. I learned about them from from Troy Paiva when he started beta testing the LED1. The LED1 quickly sold out and was replaced with the LED2 last November. I was on a workshop with Troy in November and nearly everybody there had one or the other. It was pretty crazy.

    I'm still getting used to the new one as the controls are a bit different. Its shape also doesn't work really well for placing it as a continuous light source. It is definitely designed for traditional hand-held light painting. While the color capability is incredible I also often find myself using them set to a tungsten white balance.

    Even though 1ev on the power scale is arbitrary I have found that the stops are pretty accurate. For example, if I find an exposure I like and decide to change aperture from f4 to f8 I only need to adjust the Protomachine by 2ev to get the same exposure. I've used this in the field many times.

    The LED1 is built like a tank. I've fallen and used the light to break my fall (unintentional) and it doesn't show. The LED2 has yet to prove itself but has one nagging design issue I'm a bit concerned about. The battery compartment doesn't have any springs so over time it might loosen up and lose contact with the batteries. I don't know if this will be an issue and it can be corrected but just something we noticed.

    When viewed as a flashlight it is very expensive. When viewed as a piece of lighting gear it is in line with a descent speedlight. If you do light painting it beats the heck out of a handful of flashlights and pile of colored gels. In the dark is that a red, blue or green gel I'm looking at? It is designed very well and the head is machined out of a block of aluminum (also serves as a heat sink). George (the creator) said that he lost money on every LED1. This would mainly be from the low volume and cost of creating the tooling.

    In the picture I posted above all three colors are from the LED1. the far formations are probably 150 yards or so away from the camera. I think I was at 1600 ISO but am not sure of the aperture. It was probably at least f8 judging by the depth of field.

    The giant Makita battery on the LED1 goes forever. The smaller batteries can easily run for multiple nights of shooting without a recharge. That is assuming you aren't running it continuously at a full 9ev. The light is quite bright (for a light painting tool). It can easily put out enough light to be effective during a full Moon. Sometimes I find it to be too bright even on the lowest setting but this is when I'm using it as a continuous source on a long exposure. In this case I typically use the local plants as a gobo to cast a dappled light or choke it down to reduce the output. It really doesn't put out much light at 1ev but when shooting for 30 seconds at ISO 1600 and f2.8 it can be a bit much. ;)

    I don't regret the purchases in the least. I do sometimes question my second purchase but have frequently used them both together to achieve a shot.

    Now I can't wait for the Pixelstick to arrive. Yes, I like my toys. :D
     
  18. AlexH macrumors 68000

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    Here's my current bag setup:

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    My Camera Bag by ALXPhotog, on Flickr

    Camera bodies: Sony A7, Holga 135.

    Lenses: Sony/Carl Zeiss Sonnar 35mm f/2.8 T*, Minolta Rokkor 50mm f/1.4, Voigtlander Nokton Classic 40mm f/1.4, Industar-69 28mm f/2.8.

    I carry a Domke camera bag and an old school leather journal for making handwritten notes about a photograph. I also carry spare batteries and SD cards in the bag, along with some standard field cleaning supplies.

    You can tell I'm partial to the 35mm - 50mm range. I do rotate in some wider or longer lenses, depending on what I'm going to photograph or what mood I'm in.
     
  19. steveash macrumors 6502

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    Thanks, I've added one of those to my wish list. Hopefully they don't mind shipping to the UK. The Pixelstick does look good I spotted that a few weeks back. It is going to be interesting to see what people find to do with them when they arrive. This kind of technology which forces us to be creative and broadens our thinking is very inspiring.
     
  20. Apple fanboy macrumors Core

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    Did you spot it on froknowsphoto.com by any chance? I thought they looked very interesting.
     
  21. VI™ macrumors 6502a

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    Most of my junk?

    Crumpler 5 Million Dollar Home V1:
    Canon 5D MKII
    Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS MKI
    Canon 24-70 f/2.8L MKI
    Canon 17-40 f/4L
    Canon 85 f/1.8
    Canon 580EX II
    Pocket Wizard PII x 2
    Pocket Wizard MiniTT
    Various cables and cards

    Lowe Pro something or other
    Pocket Wizard PII x 2
    Canon 480EX IIx2
    Gels and various light mods

    Bag o’ big lights
    PW PII
    Dynalite 800w/s pack w/ PW receiver
    Dynalite heads x 2
    Dynalite studio head
    AB Vagabond Mini
    Tronix Explorer XT SE
     
  22. Wyro thread starter macrumors member

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    Sounds like an awesome set up! You should post a picture!

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    Nice bag! Hows the a7 working? It looks like phenomenal camera

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    My new baby to start off the new year! Thanks to all those who participated!
    Fstop Bandon Bag
    with Hasselblad 501cm with 80mm f2.8 cb lens and A12 back! Sekonic 308s, Tri-x, and Portra 400 for the win!
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    Medium Format Bag by Wyro the Elder, on Flickr
     
  23. Puckman macrumors 6502

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    How on earth do you people not fumble around with all this equipment?
    I have trouble enough with bag containing the 6D, the 24-105L and the 70-200L + a pair of remote triggers and the Lee filter holder (plus some filters).

    I usually take all this in a small Lowepro bag, in addition to my tripod.

    Recently got a Lowepro 300(I think?) backpack, but I find that's even more fumbly and bulky. It's not so much the carrying around part (it sits on my back fine), but fumbling around while holding a tripod, and trying to open the backpack to get to a lens (when changing lenses back and forth), etc.
     
  24. VI™ macrumors 6502a

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    Everything has it's place. I can set up and break down in no time at all. Can't keep clients waiting after all.
     
  25. Laird Knox macrumors 68000

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    :D
     

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