Do you use several bags to pack camera gear for different occasions? Sometimes you need the gear for a professional photo shoot. On other occasions, you only need the basics because just want to have the camera around in case you run into something interesting. Different occasions require different gear, yet this gear requires different bag. In this video, Caleb Pike will give you some for turning any bag into a camera bag.
Travelling with equipment can be difficult. You don’t want to take so much that you’re overloaded with redundant equipment. But you also don’t want to leave vital kit at home when you need it. The bags into which you pack that gear is also important. Some things (like batteries) often can’t be checked, and need to be carried in hand luggage. Picking the right bags to maximise the space and minimise a back issues is a high priority.
In this video, photographer and filmmaker Jonathan J Scott shows us how he packs to travel overseas. He discusses the questions he asks himself in order to figure out what to take and, more importantly, what to leave at home.
Aside from gear, there’s a variety of things photographers keep in their camera bags. I suppose each of us has their favorite combination of knick-knacks we always have around. And to be honest, some of them are probably useless, while we often miss something we could actually use. In this short video, David Bergman gives you a list of 15 things to always have in your camera bag. Most of them are unrelated to gear, yet they can be more than useful in different situations.
So elections have you down. Don’t be sad, it is a windfall for anybody needing construction material for your camera storage options. Recently some folks came up with a more modular idea to fill your Pelican style cases. Essentially, they are correlated plastic with some foam glued to them using some bent wire to fit them all together, like a Lego set.
We’ve all seen bags before that feature things like built in white balance or exposure tools. My Lowepro Slingshot, for example, while not neutral, seems pretty close to 18% grey when I open up the flap. Perfect for quickly metering while out and about. But what about a built in reflector? Well, that’s the new Flash Bag.
The Flash Bag is essentially a messenger style camera bag. When you open up the front flap, it turns into a shiny metallic silver reflector. It doesn’t seem large enough to use as a full time reflector for many shoots, and it’s probably not the most ergonomic of reflectors for regular use, either. But, it could be handy in a pinch.
Cosyspeed is a company that we like. I’ve had some close chats with the owner and his view of how a company should interact with society. They also make killer mirrorless bags (well, the bags, obviously has no mirror, they are aimed at the mirrorless cameras market).
Here is a problem nature and wildlife photographers have to deal with. How to protect gear when accesing the bag. Some shoots involve dust, rain, mud and other elements that may “interact” with your $11,000 600mm f/4 lens. And you wouldn’t want that.
Mindshift Gear’s (re)newed version of Moose Peterson’s “ears” bag suggests a solution to this problem. Here is the premise, while some environmental interaction is unavoidable, the bag tries to reduce them to a minimum. When you open a compartment to get gear out (or put gear in) the flap will automatically close and seal itself so the gear and bag interior stays safe. You still need to close the zipper though.
Camera bags are nothing more than backpacks, luggage and messenger bags designed specifically to safely transport your photography gear around in. It’s what’s inside the bag that matters most.
Of course, you’re going to want camera bodies, lenses, speed lights, memory cards, microfiber clothes and more. But there are some items that you wouldn’t traditionally associate with a camera bag that have proven to be extremely useful in my time as a photographer.
Below I’ve compiled a list of some of the most unlikely items I carry around in my backpack that you should consider as well: [Read more…]
You can’t go more than one or two clicks online without seeing something related to Star Wars. And today, we’re contributing even more to that trend with an introduction to two of the most stylized camera bags we’ve ever seen.
Earlier this week, Gura Gear’s acquisition of Tamrac closed its final chapter when the camera bag manufacturer announced the G-Elite series. While the merging of the two entities might be complete, it’s been far from smooth sailing.
In September of this year, Gura Gear filed a lawsuit claiming Peak Design’s new Everyday Messenger bag, funded on Kickstarter and designed with the help of photographer Trey Ratcliff, infringes on a number of patents held by Gura Gear. [Read more…]