What's in the bag?

November 14, 2012  •  1 Comment

 

My first blog post is a show-and-tell. Looking inside a photographer’s bag is kinda like snooping around someone’s home on open day. Voyeuristic but allowed.

 

I enjoy seeing what other photographers have in their satchels, so I thought this is where I’ll start on my very first blog post.

 

First of all, my bag of choice is the F.Stop Tilopa bag. I’ll do a full review on this bag later, but suffice to say, F.Stop will always be my bag of choice. Weatherproof, hard wearing, comfortable on long journeys, etc etc….. It's awesome.

 

Right. Opening the camera compartment from the back shows us what I have inside, which is what this post is about:

 

  1. Canon 1D Mark 3 body - Weather sealed, rugged and fast.
  2. 85mm f1.8 – Lovely portrait lens.
  3. 10-17mm  f3.5-4.5 Fish Eye – A zoom-able fisheye is great for action sports.
  4. 24-70mm f2.8 – Nice but boring lens. I hardly ever use this focal length, going for the longer zoom or a wider angle usually, but I have one because it is handy sometimes. Maybe I’ll sell it. Anyone want a 24-70?
  5. 12-24mm f4.5-5.6 – Super wide angle lens that gets used a fair bit. Keeps lines straight, so great for interiors/architecture etc. 12mm is technically, the widest you can go with the 1D’s 1.3x crop.
  6. 70-200mm f2.8 – Big, heavy, beautiful.  Allows me to get right on in to the action from a safe distance.
  7. Two 580ex II flashes – Canon’s top of the range flash brings all sorts of cool stuff. Weather sealing being one of them.
  8. Three PocketWizard Plus III Transceivers – Fire flashes remotely and operate the camera remotely. These wee radio slaves are brilliant. I have three of them: one for each flash and one for the camera. I’d love to play about with more of them, but that’s a bit rich.
  9. Loads of cables, batteries, memory cards, wipes, chewing gum etc. I need cables galore. Connecting the transceivers to the flashes, pre-shutter cables to operate the camera remotely, connecting the camera to my computer, long cables to fire my shutter manually (as opposed to wirelessly with the PocketWizards). I also carry a heavy duty rubbish bin liner that can cover the entire bag if I get caught in one of the alpine summer storms. It can rain hard enough that you can’t see your hand, and it can go from blue skies to storm in minutes. I also carry smaller clear ziplock bags. Good for covering flashes when it’s raining, adding an extra waterproof cover to the camera and for taking your rubbish away with you at the end of the day (remember the rule: only leave footprints, kids).
  10. My camera clip from Peak Design. Attaching my camera to my bag’s strap means not having to take my bag off to access my camera gear every 50 metres or so… Brilliant little piece of kit that deserves it’s own review.

So that’s it, my online friends. Along with my various tripods etc, this is what I carry with me. Well, actually, I hardly ever carry everything here. I will pick and choose what I think I’ll need for a particular job and carry a lighter backpack when I can. Who really wants to carry a 20kg bag of gear in the backcountry?


Comments

Reuben Shaul(non-registered)
"24-70mm f2.8 – Nice but boring lens."
Haha, you are absolutely right (also have this one).
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