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Thread started 08 Nov 2013 (Friday) 17:31
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POLL: "In general, what is your preference for carrying gear while working."
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Nov 08, 2013 17:31 |  #1

Just curious how folks take gear into the field. A backpack for me when traveling but a vest or stuff my pockets when working. I'm thinking about moving to a belt system. I'm mad at the vest and don't need as much stuff as in the film days with my 6x7 and 4x5.

Realizing that everyone works differently and that different circumstances call for different solutions, just select your general preference. And don't be shy about commenting.

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Nov 08, 2013 17:39 |  #2

Backpack for me....usually hiking so I find it easiest to carry. Access is restricted but I don't mind.

Driving around with the camera it goes in a Canon shoulder bag. Well padded and fits nicely behind the front seats.


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Nov 08, 2013 18:12 |  #3

Backpack or shoulder bag for travelling (depending on how much walking is involved) with the kit being swapped into a TT belt kit (Skin Set) and cameras on a Cotton Carrier once I'm on-site. Admittedly, I get comments ranging from 'batman' to 'policeman' but it works perfectly for me.


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Nov 08, 2013 22:01 |  #4

What no pocket love from the street'togs??


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Nov 08, 2013 23:37 |  #5

I depends on what I'm transporting it for? I have a backpack that I've never used.
Sometimes I work out of hard cases in my trunk. For "Run & gun", I usually use a waist pack. See post #32 or the Tamrac belt in Post #68.
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Nov 09, 2013 00:17 |  #6

For personal shooting, I use a shoulder bag (Think Tank Photo Retrospective 30), which is large enough to carry 2-3 lenses, a light jacket and a PB&J sandwich.

For work, I use an assortment of Think Tank Photo Skin pouches, usually 1-3 pouches, but no more than that because it gets heavy and pulls my pants down haha.


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Nov 09, 2013 00:40 |  #7

Roller bag for storage and normal work

Camera on each shoulder, spare battery and TC in my pockets for "hard news"


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Nov 09, 2013 02:19 |  #8

I've been shooting a lot of events and sports lately and having a belt system makes it that much easier. For one I have freedom to move around the field (I like to take my bag off if I'm shooting as I have a large bag) and it allows the weight to be around my waist. Another thing is changing lenses and anything else is fast because I have my load out right there.


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Nov 09, 2013 13:07 as a reply to  @ OneJZsupra's post |  #9

It really depends on the plans for the day.

  • I use a backpack when I plan on being out all day, or expect to need every lens.
  • Shoulder bag (any one of three) for lighter days or days I know what I'll be needing in my arsenal.
  • And then there's the bare-bones of my 50D and a lens on a Black Rapis RS-7, and the IR 20D on my waist with the Peak Design Capture system. Allows me 2 lenses without baggage.

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Nov 11, 2013 18:49 |  #10

Thanks for all your responses. I have found them very interesting, especially the disdain for sling bags given the number available and the amount of advertising for them. Keep it coming. Thanks!


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Nov 11, 2013 19:05 |  #11

I voted belt but it depends on what I' working on. The belt system is great for sports, which I shoot a lot. On a sideline you look pretty normal with a belt system on.

I use a Domke shoulder bag a lot, have a backpack that I rarely use and have a lot of stuff in the trunk of my car in a Pelican 1510.

I tend to try to travel as light as I can.


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Nov 12, 2013 03:45 as a reply to  @ bpalermini's post |  #12

I use a LowePro harness and belt system for large events or long shoots outside. Saves me lugging around big backpacks, I leave them in the car or a secure location and take what I need now, so much easier and quicker to change lenses or get certain gear etc.


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Nov 12, 2013 09:21 |  #13

A Lowepro backpack whenever I travel or go to the zoo, as that usually involves taking more gear plus hiking. For day outings, I will use a Tamrac shoulder bag, as I am usually carrying less gear. Some zoo trips are without a bag entirely -- just a 100-400L mounted on the camera, plus a 40mm pancake in my pocket.


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Nov 12, 2013 09:28 |  #14

I carry my stuff in a backpack most of the time, but when working an event I will switch to a shoulder bag. The domke bags are great for that as the gear is pretty easily accessible on the fly.




  
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Nov 13, 2013 14:22 as a reply to  @ gonzogolf's post |  #15

I use a Lowepro Vertex 300 backpack when I need everything, but just ordered a lowepro pro messenger bag because even though the backpack can carry everything but the kitchen sink, if I'm just around town walking, I'm missing shots because it's all in the bag.


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