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Anyone use individual lens bags exclusively?

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Aug 22, 2014 20:39 |  #1

I have a few old point and shoot camera bags that I have been using, and after a recent rental of two lenses that came in padded bags, I'm thinking about going this route.

Thinking one downside might be if I were constantly changing lenses, but I usually try to avoid that.


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Aug 22, 2014 20:59 |  #2

I have a few of the Canon lens bags and use them sometimes, but not often. They are kind of bulky, and it takes precious time to extract the lens when suddenly you need the lens.

So I sometimes use them when travelling. But when on the prowl for pics, more often than not I have a couple of lenses rattling around naked in a canvas bag.

When flying somewhere, I've been known to slip a lens into a sock, to minimize bulk.

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Aug 23, 2014 01:50 as a reply to  @ Archibald's post |  #3

I use the Manfrotto "Astuccio" lens cases - slightly padded and with full zip access. They fit - Rokinon 14mm, 17-40mm, 24-105mm, 24mm TSEII and the 70-200mm f4. They require extra time to use but at least it keeps my OCD at bay :D

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Aug 23, 2014 04:58 |  #4

I use neoprene cases with draw string. Variety of sizes, thin enough to not take up extra space but thick enough to protect when out of bag. Nice hook on them to attach to belt for easy access when you know your going to want a different lens on the quick.

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Aug 23, 2014 06:08 |  #5

When I'm out shooting locally, I have a 'gym bag' with a camera bag insert to keep my 4 lenses and camera all nicely protected from each other.

But when travelling, I switch to individual Lowepro lens cases and sometimes a separate case for the camera body. But I also prefer to travel light. So I try to plan out my shooting and restrict myself to 2 lenses. If that's the case, I'll make sure that whichever lens is the larger, that's the case I'll carry on my belt with whichever lens isn't mounted to my camera as I'm out walking, riding, or whatever. The camera with mounted lens is on a strap over my shoulder.

So, yes, I have separate Lowepro cases for each lens I own (and used to own). But I only use them when travelling.

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Aug 23, 2014 06:11 |  #6

If my lenses are in a nice well padded and compartmentalised bag (like a lowepro camera bag) I generally just keep them in the bag itself, no separate casing around them. I do tend to keep some things like the Twinflash in its own cast since that helps contain all its parts into a neat little package that's easy to work with and pack.

I only use the cases lenses come in when I'm putting them into more regular bags which don't have compartments (or which I can't pad out).

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Aug 23, 2014 06:31 |  #7

I have some lens bags which I found convenient to use for storage and travelling. UNTIL I discovered that they are a magnet for mildew.


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Aug 23, 2014 07:15 |  #8

I use a padded big bag to tote all my stuff

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Aug 23, 2014 10:34 |  #9


Over the years I have utilized almost all the lens bag & pouch offerings (from Lowepro's S&F Series and in the last approximately 5yrs or so the Think Tank's MODULAR & SKIN Series).
While everyone has to find solutions that work tailored to their diverse & specific needs, with time I've found: "less is more"... and now my primary solution for casual use, shoots, or events/weddings etc. (particularly for occasional air-travel/destination shooting), is just this:

Think Tank SKIN BODY Bag [Mfr# 052]:
http://www.bhphotovide​ …_Skin_Body_Bag_​Black.html (external link)
Use either on a non-photography belt, or a Think Tank SKIN belt, or with a thin Think Tank shoulder strap.
It nicely & comfortably holds two lenses, or a lens & a 600EX-RT, with a good front pocket for cell phone, ND & CPL filters, business cards, misc, etc.
(the bottom of this bag/pouch has a nifty/convenient zipper, thus expanding/elongating the bag/pouch length if one of the carrying lenses is say a 70-200Lf.8 IS mkII or something over 8.2". ID capacity is: 246-354 cubic inches).

If one camera then the Think Tank SKIN BODY Bag, in conjunction a with Peak Design CapturePro Version 2:
http://www.bhphotovide​ …pture_camera_cl​ip_v2.html (external link)


if two cameras, then Think Tank SKIN BODY Bag in conjunction with a Cotton Carrier VEST (with a Cotton Carrier HOLSTER).
http://www.bhphotovide​ …_Camera_Vest_fo​r_All.html (external link)
(comfort & function are my criteria and am not bothered by appearance. If a venue implies an atmosphere of subtleness or a dress, then I will have a light/thin fashionable dress-jacket or something over my upper-half of my body, thus concealing the obviousness of the Cotton Carrier.
-1DmkIII or 5DmkIII with mounted 70-200Lf2.8ISmkII on vest (with mounted 600EX-RT if no assistant)
-5DmkIII(2nd) with mounted 24-70Lf2.8mkII on holster (with mounted 600EX-RT if no assistant)
-85Lf1.2 in TT SKIN BODY bag
-spare 600EX-RT in TT SKIN BODY bag (for rim, backlight accent lighting effects, etc.)

The TT SKIN BODY Bag enables a lot of flexibility, with surprising great lens carrying capacity without bulk, that often lens pouches create (particularly the Lowepro pouches which offer fine quality protection at the expense of bulkiness).
For example: with the TT SKIN BODY bag, last weekend at an evening venue was shooting mingling people cocktail-style party, then was shooting them as a 90-person group photo (nicely & evenly lit with just 600EX-RT's).

You then spend more time shooting and no-time fiddling; the Think Tank SKIN BODY bag capably enables you to "get IN" and "get OUT" - to capture or create the image!

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