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Apr 05, 2010 17:53 as a reply to  @ post 9938695 |  #16

Question: What would you carry if you DID NOT have an assistant? :oops:


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Apr 05, 2010 18:21 |  #17

Mrsjperry wrote in post #9939072 (external link)
Question: What would you carry if you DID NOT have an assistant? :oops:

Probably a little more because now I'd need a light stand.

The reality is, I could go with nothing more than my 35 L on the 5D2, the 100 L Macro IS on the 50D, and a pair of 580's and be fine. And this would all fit in a midsized not-too-heavy back pack bag. But I have the gear and I like having choices.


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Apr 05, 2010 20:04 |  #18

Mrsjperry wrote in post #9939072 (external link)
Question: What would you carry if you DID NOT have an assistant? :oops:

See my post from earlier in this thread...


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Apr 05, 2010 20:44 |  #19

Mrsjperry wrote in post #9939072 (external link)
Question: What would you carry if you DID NOT have an assistant? :oops:

I would probably just take out the battery chargers and the bride kit and plop my back up camera in that spot. Chargers and kit can stay in the car.


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Apr 05, 2010 22:41 |  #20

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Apr 06, 2010 09:59 |  #21

Thanks for that Lloyd

It was my birthday yesterday and i was looking to get a new bag, and now im going to look through that thread to see if that is what i really want.


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Apr 07, 2010 09:38 |  #22

wow man.. You guys really do carry a LOT of gear for weddings. I just carry one bag with all my lenses (50 1.8 / 30 1.4 / 24-70L / 135L / 55-250 / 18-55 ) and 2 camera bodies. 1 580ex2, 1 gary fong, 24 AA batts, 47G of CF Card, 1 OnTheGo.

I use the bag only as A to B. When I get to B, everything comes out and goes into my think tank lens-changers and my speedbelt.

PS ;Anyone of you guys uses a UWA for weddings? Curious




  
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Apr 07, 2010 10:22 |  #23

myjunk wrote in post #9949632 (external link)
PS ;Anyone of you guys uses a UWA for weddings? Curious

I use a 15mm fisheye once or twice per wedding. My 16-35 (does that count as UWA?) gets some use as well.


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Apr 07, 2010 11:33 |  #24

myjunk wrote in post #9949632 (external link)
I use the bag only as A to B. When I get to B, everything comes out and goes into my think tank lens-changers and my speedbelt.

I've looked at a few different belts and like the idea of having everything with me, but can't imagine doing it. I've never tried one on, but anecdotally, it's hard to imagine having the mobility I like to have with all of that bulk and weight.


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Apr 07, 2010 12:38 |  #25

I have 2 Pelican cases. I believe they are the 1570's. FAA regulation max size for carry-on in case I need to fly. Very nice!


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Apr 14, 2010 09:08 |  #26

Well, I thought I'd revive this thread. I've still not yet found the right all-in-one solution for me.

My current set-up is a very large Amvona backpack along with an ApeCase 1400. I like to have lenses already mounted to my three bodies so I'm always ready to shoot. Everything fits inside these two bags as well as a pair of umbrellas; I need only to carry a tripod. What I hoped to do is get down to one very large case that carries it all on wheels so I could manage my gear alone if I had to.

I just received the TT Airport Security 2.0 and possibly I'm the first here to say I didn't like it. Very well constructed, but it didn't swallow the gear nearly as well as the Amvona pack which is not quite as big. One of the issues is the space that's lost due to the retractable handle. There's only one place to put the 70-200 vertically and that's at the bottom. Unfortunately, if I want to place my cameras vertically with lens in place (and I do), the bottom is where they need to go. The other logical place for the cameras is horizontally up at the top (as Lloyd has done), but to do that, it's such a tight squeeze that there isn't even room enough for a padded insert between the two bodies so they need to be left to knock together. The interior pockets aren't realy useful for anything that isn't pretty flat. You're not going to drop something like batteries in there and expect the bag to close; at least not if your lenses, etc., come pretty much up to the top of the bag.

Don't mistake me; a beautiful bag. One with the kind of security features and protection you would want if you're going to travel with your gear. But that's not the equation I'm trying to solve for.

So I'm looking at other solutions. Tamrac's and Lowepro's biggest rolling case isn't much larger than the Airport. There's TT's Logistics Manager. But $600? I keep coming back to the idea of Pelican. But I'd probably have to get into something like the 1624 to do what I want. About the same price as the Airport Security. The only review of that case here shows it weighing in at 60 lbs loaded; ugh! AND, there's still no place to put a tripod and umbrellas so do I still end up with a second bag anyway? At the end of the day, I should probably just travel lighter, but that's not me. I bring an 85 and 100. As much as they are redundant of each other, they also have their special purposes and I really want to have the right tool for the right shot.

It's kind of amazing to me that, given the cost of some of these solutions, my current one is so cheap and does such a good job. I'll need to get pictures posted and I don't think either of these bags have been reviewed here. That Amvona pack which has since become discontinued I picked up used for $40 and the ApeCase is $46. Together they do a great job. I just wish I could mush the two together and put some wheels on it.

So the quest goes on, but maybe I have the right solution for me after all. Who knows.


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Apr 14, 2010 15:11 as a reply to  @ Peacefield's post |  #27

We haul all our gear in one Pelican 1560 (external link) rolling case and then have a separate bag for lightstands and umbrellas that only comes out for reception lighting.

When we get to the wedding venue, we open the Pelican and my wife stocks her Shootsac (external link) (soon to be a Kelly Moore bag (external link)) and I stock my Boda bag (external link) and we got about our merry way.

I've used the Boda v2 bag for the last 2 years and I really liked it, so when the Boda v3 bag came out I jumped all over it. It is a beautifully crafted bag that has all you need while working a wedding or portrait session. The only problem I have with the v3 is that it's a little too big for my style. I like keeping things to a minimum. So I may replace the Boda v3 with a Boda v3 Jr. or just not use it anymore. I think it's great when I only use one camera because I can carry plenty of lenses and change them out quickly, but I've been shooting with 2 cameras lately and like the simplicity of that.

So I think for now I may just pull the Pelican as a "home base" and only access periodically throughout the day. That would allow me to carry just two cameras and my cards the majority of the day. Cards/batteries I keep in my Lowepro DMC-Z that fits to my belt.


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