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Bag Check... What's in yours?

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Hey everybody!

I thought it would be fun to do a spot check on what's in your camera bag right at this moment. Please excuse if you've done one of these lately, but I haven't in a while, so thought I'd peek in my bag and see exactly what ended up there after my last session.

I try my best to keep things simple and light... and still I feel like I'm carrying too much sometimes, haha. This below was what my bag looked like today, my last shoot having been an outdoor session, and doesn't include all the big stuff that always gets carried in a rolling studio bag (tripod, reflectors, AB lights, etc.), and put in my car's trunk.

Image taken with a Lumix LX5 point & shoot, with popup flash:

[img]http://ilovephotography.com/bag-check.jpg[/img]


Here's a list of what's there:[list]
[*]LowePro Commercial AW camera bag in the background
[*]Nikon D3 with 85mm f1.4, with dedicated lens hood
[*]Camera backup: Fuji S3 (yes, it's an oldie!), with 50mm f1.4, with short lens hood, non-rechargeable batteries inside.
[*]Nikon 60mm f2.8 micro Nikkor lens, with back and front caps. I use this not only as a closeup lens, but also as a [i]normal[/i] lens.
[*]One camera body cap
[*]Sekonic light meter (which I don't use [i]that[/i] much since I usually eye the available light scene and take a test shot and adjust. Indoors with studio light I use it to get in the ballpark with each scene setup.
[*]One spare Nikon rechargeable battery for D3 (excellent battery and rarely use the spare).
[*]Flare-Buster hotshoe attachment to block sun flare. Great for my standard practice of shooting into the sun.
[*]Model release (used not for client sessions but for occasional street photography)
[*]Pen
[*]Little emery board to sand battery/contacts if I have contact issues between any two connections
[*]Mini level to check levelness of anything
[*]Spare tripod quick release plate
[*]Several spare 500mg flash memory cards (rarely needed), in addition to the 2gig card inside the camera
[*]House electrical adapter that lets me plug into 2-pronged outlets (this has saved me several times in older homes)
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That's about it! And actually, if I were to leave for a session right now where the goals were undefined (which I like), I would probably add my 35mm f2.0 to my bag just to be ready for slightly smaller spaces indoors. But if it was not going to be indoors, I probably wouldn't take the 35mm.

Anyone else for a bag-check?! Would love to see what you carry around!

:)

--Eddie.

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This is good timing. I start teaching (4th and 5th graders) tomorrow so I needed to pack my bag. :)

[size=4]Expedition 8X (The biggest bag I could find that still fits on an airplane) I have a closet full of bags and I still have not found one I really like.[/size]
[size=4](2) 1DS markiii [/size]
[size=4]Canon 400mm 2.8L (the beast) with a 2x extender although I rarely use the extender [/size]
[size=4]70-200 2.8L (mini beast)[/size]
[size=4]100mm 2.8L macro[/size]
[size=4]24mm 1.4L[/size]

[color=#000000][font=Helvetica][size=1][size=4]15mm fisheye[/size][/size][/font][/color]
[color=#000000][font=Helvetica][size=1][size=4](1) 580 exII (main flash)[/size][/size][/font][/color]
[color=#000000][font=Helvetica][size=1][size=4](1) 430 exII for OFC[/size][/size][/font][/color]
[color=#000000][font=Helvetica][size=1][size=4]Tons of memory cards. I usually shoot with 4GB and 8GB because I fear a card failure[/size][/size][/font][/color]
[color=#000000][font=Helvetica][size=1][size=4]Canon RS-80N3 Cable Release for landscape and macro work[/size][/size][/font][/color]
[color=#000000][font=Helvetica][size=1][size=4]Filters: Circular Polarizing filters and a Cokin filter for my Singh-Ray three stop graduated neutral density filter[/size][/size][/font][/color]
[color=#000000][font=Helvetica][size=1][size=4]Manfrotto 055 Carbon Fiber Tripod with a Really Right Stuff ballhead [/size][/size][/font][/color]

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[url="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rmsteckphotography/6828457680/"]bag1[/url] by [url="http://www.flickr.com/people/rmsteckphotography/"]RMSteck Photography[/url], on Flickr


[url="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rmsteckphotography/6828456534/"][img]http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7203/6828456534_ff0e034945.jpg[/img][/url]
[url="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rmsteckphotography/6828456534/"]bag2[/url] by [url="http://www.flickr.com/people/rmsteckphotography/"]RMSteck Photography[/url], on Flickr
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Love your post, Ruth! You must get a great workout trekking around with the 400 2.8 in your bag! Looks like you have a well thought out location setup, thanks for showing!

:)

--Eddie.

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[quote]You must get a great workout trekking around with the 400 2.8 in your bag![/quote]

It is usually just in my bag for travel. Once I am on location it takes up permanent residence on my shoulder. It isn't too bad carried on my shoulder (much easier than in the bag on my back) and I found a wonderful use for the extra pieces you always end up with when you buy a camera bag. I use them as a shoulder pad to help prevent too much bruising. :)
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Eddie, I'm a little amazed you can shoot an entire session on a D3 with a 2G card! I'm guessing you're not a chronic over shooter. :)

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Hi Elizabeth. Actually, I am a hopeless overshooter, because I love to hunt for the right expression, posture, moment. Thing is, I rarely shoot raw, so I usually don't need a ton of memory. :)

--Eddie.
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Hey everyone!

I've received feedback from a couple of you about concerns regarding posting equipment lists and that it might not be a safe thing to do. Although this had occurred to be before starting the thread, my thought was that since most members have their equipment listed in their signatures anyway, it wouldn't be a big deal. [s]However, in the spirit of playing it on the safe side, I've decided to close and delete this thread today, and we'll move on to something else.[/s] Thanks, everyone. :)

--Eddie.

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So sorry you have to close this and I hope to get my comment in before you do. Just curious, Eddie, are you a tennis enthusiast also? They are always doing the pros' "bag check" on the Tennis channel :-)

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Hi Roberta! Yes! :) I used to teach tennis before gradually segueing (about 25 years ago) into photography, and I definitely borrowed the title "Bag Check" from the Tennis Channel's clips they do on the touring pros! Thought it would be fun. [s]If you do post your own bag check, that would fine, just know that we still will remove the thread sometime today.[/s] Thanks for understanding. :)

--Eddie.

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Can't everyone just make their own decisions on whether they feel comfortable posting their gear? My gear is in my siggy on the assumption that the local burglars probably don't have ILP accounts.... :)

(...and everything in my signature is always in my bag, plus some cheap Cowboy Studio triggers....so I guess this count as my post, too!)
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In total agreement with Kara. Seems to me that if you don't want to post your equipment, don't post. (and don't post in siggy)

Great thread, Eddie. :)
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[attachment=987281:IMG_0069.jpg]

So, I consider this the bag from which I do my "real" work, so I shot this one :)

It has:

* 2 Holga 120N cameras
* 3 ND filters
* stickum to hold ND filters to camera (not pictured)
* assorted film
* macro and telephoto lenses (120mm. 250mm, 500mm focal lengths for macros. 2.5X for telephoto)
* 430EX Canon speedlight
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In the Epiphanie (used for my Nikon gear) bag is:

D700
F4
85 1.8
50 1.4
60 2.8 macro
Lensbaby Composer Pro w/Sweet 35 Optic

In my Jill-e (used for film gear) bag:
Crown Graflex 4x5
Hasselblad 500 cm
Nikon F4 mentioned above
Holga with fun lenses
Sekonic L-508 which is all I use for metering film

Shan
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I see no reason to close or delete this thread. Grownups can decide if they want to post their equipment or not. It's not like it's a secret that photographers of any caliber have equipment.
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Let's leave it open then, and see how it goes. :)

--Eddie.
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In my Jill-e medium bag :

5d mkii withe 85 1.2 attached
24-105
16-35
70-200
50
3 compact flash cards
Notepad
Lint free cloth
Lens pen
Radio triggers
580exii
Color checker
Grey card
Card reader
Extra battery
Remote trigger
Manuals

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sigh. i have such a sad and lonely little bag compared to your guyses.

technically, IN my bag right now, all i have is:

a white balance disc, an extra camera strap cover, a pair of gloves with the finger slit so i can shoot in the cold, my 35mm 1.8, my speedlight, my p&s and little things like filters, extra cards and lens cleaning stuff. the most interesting thing in there is a program from my kids christmas concert. their 2008 christmas concert. hmmmm, maybe i should clean out my bag a little more often?

in my house, i don't actually keep my camera in my bag. i hang the bag from a hook by the front door and we hang the cameras on the hook over it so they're more accessible for snapshots. the 28-105 macro is on my daughter's d70 and my nifty fifty is on my d7000.
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I only have my D3000 and my 35mm. Hopefully sessions and sales pick up so I can get another body and some glass :phone: !
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My LoewPro is pretty barren right now...

1D Mark II Body
EX 480
70-200 F4L
50 mm 1.4
spare batteries
Lens Hood for f4L

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oops- forgot... CF and SD cards galore. I think I carry around 130 GB of memory at all times... HA!

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I'll play:

In my bag, well technically not "in" my bag because it's my bag, the tenba shoot out backpack.

This bag houses my: Nikon d3s, 70-200g, 24-70g, 50mm 1.4g, Sb-910, 6 cf cards, colour checker passport,
Rapid strap, Kelly Moore classic bag (croc)...

And hopefully after today a proud owner of a D700 and 105mm macro!

Elaine
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I have a 7 Million dollar home for digital gear:

- 5d classic
- 50 d
- Sigma 30 1.4
- Canon 50 1.4
- Canon 85 1.8
- 2 x pw ii
- sync cord
- 430 ex
- multiple lens hoods
- cards, batteries, manual (s)

In my Lowepro bag, I house all my film gear:

- Mamiya 645 afd medium format
- Canon EOS 3 35mm
- Sekonic l-358 meter
- Rapid strap dbl harness goes in here too since there is no room in the digital area
- film's in the fridge!

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In my large Jill-e I have my:
5d markii
70-200 2.8L
50 1.4
100 2.8
lensebaby composer
580 EX with pocket bouncer
pocket wizards
sekonic meter
extra batteries
extra cards
lense cloth
gum and aspirin

I also have a shoulder Jill-e with my backup 5d and my 24-70 2.8 and 85 1.8

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What i have in my 'bag i bring to shoots' is not the same as what i have as my 'stash'....for a typical portrait shoot i bring my D700, 50mm 1.8 and 2 1 gig memory cards and if i am feeling 'worried' about equipment failure that day i will take either my Fuji S3 or Fuji S5. I don't own a battery pack and don't take an extra battery normally either...that said when i shoot outside, i am literally no more than 15 minutes from home and could run home if i HAD to....i know...boring bag lol!

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