ed rader wrote in post #18040703
my bag is domke f1-x not real padded but spacious. you don't shoot anything but wildlife by your own admission so how much gear do you carry.
On some outings it can be quite a bit of gear. In fact, on more and more of my shoots I find myself packing more lenses than I used to......perhaps because I think that my "vision" has expanded, and I now see potential images that I didn't used to see. And often these "additional images" that I want to capture require much different focal lengths than the "typical shot" would call for.
So, most often I have with me both of my big lenses, the 300-800 Sigma and the Canon 400 f2.8. Then I have a few small lenses, each of which has it's own specific image-making purpose: the 24-105mm, the 50-200mm L, and the 100-400mm v2. And of course the 1.4x and the 2x tele-extenders.
I frequently take just one backup body with me, either the 5D or the 50D, depending on the needs of the specific shoot I am on. But sometimes I don't put a backup body in the pack, and rely solely on the 1D4.
Then I pack along the Gitzo and Wimberley (always) and sometimes also take an Enduro ballhead for times when I think it would be beneficial to have two different types of tripod heads. Oh, and I almost forgot, the homemade leg extensions for my tripod, and the stool with the adjustable legs so that I can get myself up high enough to see thru the viewfinder when the tripod is up on those homemade extensions (they're like stilts).
And then for concealment, the Ameristep Chair Blind and the 5' by 5' by 5' Doghouse Blind and a backpack with a bunch of camouflage material and a couple dozen spring clamps and some packages of safety pins and some Velcro tape and a couple of relatively light steel pipes (electrical conduit) so that I can build a makeshift blind to fit any occasion. And this time of year I also have a 12 foot tall aluminum orchardist's ladder (painted camouflage) strapped atop my car so that I can get up in the air to photograph from a higher point of view.
And of course the little gadgets like the allen wrench tool kit and the extra speed plates and the remote with the 16' long cable and the sensor cleaning kit and the on-camera LED light and the extra camera batteries and the battery chargers and the reflector panel and the bean bag and the topo maps and the hand saw and the pole saw and the hand pruners and the green folding chair and the nuts and bolts and washers and wrenches and whatever else I am not remembering at the moment.
All this stuff is in my car almost all of the time, except for the orchard ladder, which is cavity-nest specific, and therefore only on my car during May, June, and July.
So I guess that yeah, it is a lot of gear. Certain kinds of wildlife photography really do require a lot of different items. And what makes it hard is when much of it has to be carried into the wilderness when there aren't any roads or trails that go near where the wildlife is.
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