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How to master the technique of: "not carrying everything you own all the time"

 
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Jul 06, 2011 14:28 |  #31

Andrew_WOT wrote in post #12714251 (external link)
Not a big fan of Ken Rockwell myself but found this article, although a bit on extreme side, quite useful

How to Carry Less (external link)

Good article indeed, although he dises the tripod. Now I'm starting to think: do I really need the blurred waterfall effect or any bracketed shots in return for less encumbered travel? Those are my two favorite photography activities... sigh.




  
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Jul 06, 2011 14:41 as a reply to  @ samueli's post |  #32

i've always been guilty of taking more than i need. believe it or not i choose jeans not only by looks but by pocket size. ever since i was a kid i've always felt like the one thing i didnt bring with me would be the thing i'd need. its a pain with regular life just bring dumb stuff like notepads, extra cell batteries, knife, and so on then when i got into photography i started looking like i was on my way to shoot a hiking movie when i was walking to check the mail with a backpack full of everything i owned that was photography related...

now i do pretty much the same but i limit myself to messanger style bag or holster style bag unless im doing something specific that i know i'll need more for.

i too thought about a large hard case in the car but think that may lead to fungus and missing screws from moisture changes and road vibrations.


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Jul 06, 2011 15:03 |  #33

ewheeler20 wrote in post #12707752 (external link)
I have yet to master the technique of being able to only take certain lenses with me when I go out. It's really hard... I am talking about when I go out with friends, go on a family outing, on vacation site seeing, or to a friends house, etc.

I own:

7D gripped
70-200 2.8is
24-70 2.8
50 1.8
tokina 11-16
about to own a 28 1.8
tripods/monopods

I have only been doing photography for about a year now, and I still have a very hard time taking "only what I need". How do you all figure this out? Do you have different sized camera bags that you can take for different equipment? I was thinking of buying a large backpack that would be able to store all my stuff, and then a smaller sized messenger bag for just going out with the body + a lens or 2.

Any tips?

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-Eric

I wouldn't even notice the extra three lenses if that is all I had when I was "carrying everything around". :lol:


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Jul 06, 2011 16:08 |  #34

lol... yeah i suppose my "everything" is a lot different than your "everything"!

Right now I have a backpack that can carry everything I own, and I also have a tenba messenger (large) than can carry 3/4 of everything I own (minus the tripods/monopods). As soon as I buy a good messenger that can only carry 1/4 of what I own, that will be the real test to see If I can stick to the confines of the bag.

thanks!


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Jul 06, 2011 23:47 |  #35

Know what kind of shots you intend to take and what lenses are right for them and then take only what you need.


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Jul 10, 2011 13:24 |  #36

rick_reno wrote in post #12708771 (external link)
I got a wife and got her a sling bag

Damn funny!bw!


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Jul 10, 2011 16:16 as a reply to  @ Mark II Shooter's post |  #37

After a 4 hour hike in Bryce Canyon with all the photo gear in my gear list, I said never again. Now, I spend some time before my puting thinking about (1) what kind of photographic opportunities am I likely to encounter on my next outing, and (2) what lenses and other gear did I use in the past for similar situations and how did I use that gear. After an honest assessment of those two questions, I can now take only the gear I am actually going to use.


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Jul 10, 2011 19:10 |  #38

It's a psychological thing. You're not getting paid, you don't "need" to shoot anything.

Take a lens or two, take some photos, and look at and enjoy the photos you DO get.




  
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Jul 10, 2011 19:43 |  #39

rick_reno wrote in post #12708771 (external link)
I got a wife and got her a sling bag

Im going to get my wife a Pelican 1650



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Jul 10, 2011 23:37 |  #40

This came into play severely yesterday.


I shot my first NASCAR event and the media room was a solid 30-plus minute walk from anywhere you could shoot from.

Had to be real particular about what I was going to shoot with, especially since I was shooting with a 400 2.8 on one body.

I ended up bringing one more body/lens than I needed and regretted it the whole night.


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Jul 11, 2011 12:31 as a reply to  @ Sam6644's post |  #41

I'm surprised no one came up with the solution I did: own so much gear that it would be impossible to take it all with you! So no matter what I'm doing, I have to think about it and decide what I want to bring..and then choose an appropriate bag (or bags) to haul it.


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Jul 11, 2011 12:32 |  #42

So, what you are telling me, is to buy more gear so that I can leave it at home? :roll: :lol:


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Jul 11, 2011 13:14 |  #43

i went on an easy hike (just 1,200 feet straight up) and brought some stuff to take shots. 1 body and like 8 lenses.. by time i got to top, i was exhausted! didnt think 20lbs of camera gear could weight so much!! next time, 1 body and max 2 lenses....


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Jul 11, 2011 15:33 |  #44

Used to have 2 systems. Full pro slr gear. Leica rangefinder and 2 lenses. I couldn't afford the third--a wide angle lens. Beautifully simple and light. Some day. There is Beaty in traveling light. Perhaps some day we won't compromise image q uality doing it with digital equipment.


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Jul 11, 2011 17:38 |  #45

on the other side, you can buy a smaller bag that restricts your choices. honestly, travelling light can sometimes help you enjoy what you're doing more anyway. try it out!


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