This is the $4 upgrade you should be giving to all your gear bags

Jun 24, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

This is the $4 upgrade you should be giving to all your gear bags

Jun 24, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Fiddling around with little zippers on bags can be a pain, especially when you’ve your camera in one hand, with a bag clenched between your knees trying to unzip it with your free hand.

Caleb Pike of DSLR Video Shooter has a super cheap solution that not only helps to make this problem go a little easier, but also helps with efficiently identifying your kit when shooting with a crew.

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I never really thought about it before, but now that I do, all my favourite gear bags that I use regular, and I have a couple of dozen variously sized bags, have some kind of tag hanging off the zipper to make easier to grasp and open/close them quickly.

The bags I tend to avoid, don’t.

Despite the obviousness of this solution, it would’ve probably never occurred to me had I not seen this video.  Paracord now ordered!

A very simple and inexpensive solution to a problem you might not have realised you had.  Ok, so it’s a minor issue, but it’s one of those little annoyances that we shouldn’t really have to deal with.

I’ve been using gaffer tape to mark my bags and equipment for years, just as Caleb does, but what other little tricks do you use to make your life just that little bit easier on a shoot?  Let us know your tips in the comments.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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6 responses to “This is the $4 upgrade you should be giving to all your gear bags”

  1. Albin Avatar
    Albin

    I’ve done the same for years, and along with the better sort of laces have, over the centuries, have accumulated various little curios – things from key rings or that come hanging on liquor bottles or whatever – not only for bags and packs, but for jacket and coat zippers. A zipper is unfulfilled and forlorn until it has an interesting gripper on it, that’s why it has a hopeful little punched hold at the end.

    1. Paul Brown Avatar
      Paul Brown

      Watch the length. Those airport luggage belts, where one meets the other…will grab onto it and yank the whole zipper off.
      Happened to me and made a real mess.

      1. Kaouthia Avatar
        Kaouthia

        Good info, Paul. I suppose they’d be easy enough to remove for a flight, as long as you remember! :)

      2. ext237 Avatar
        ext237

        Never check my camera gear, so don’t think this would be an issue for many of us.

  2. Patrick Shipstad Avatar
    Patrick Shipstad

    That’s an awesome tip.. i just ordered the Paracord and will put it on all my bags.. thanks for the video! :-)

  3. ext237 Avatar
    ext237

    Great tip/video. I use pink gaffers or duct tape on my bags and pink pulls. I even use the pink tape on some of my film camera gear that has broken or questionable latches. Being a guy with pink pulls and tape is a long running joke because … well … I’m a guy. But it guarantees that anyone that sees pink tape knows the gear belongs to me, even if they make fun of my color choice when I’m not around.