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What's in your bag(s)?

 
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Jan 24, 2009 21:53 |  #1

UPDATE: New bags on page 4. No more tool box!

So I’ve had some people ask what lights/ equipment I carry when I shoot sports so I decided to make a thread showing the “kit” that I carry around. I’m also curious to see how everyone else hauls around there gear.

When I shoot indoor sports I always take three bags in with me. My camera bag, light stand bag, and my lighting box.

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Camera Bag:
Think Tank Speed Racer
Nikon D300
Nikon 80-200 f2.8
Sigma 28-70 f2.8
Nikon 50 f1.8
Nikon SB-800 speed light
Nikon SB-600 speed light
Remote trigger
Notepad/ pens
Business cards
CF cards
Press Cards
Rain Cover
Plastic garbage bags

Stand Bag:
Elinchrom Stand Bag
2x Manfroto 9’ light stands
2x 43” Shoot though umbrellas

Lighting Box
Stanley Tool Box
2x Nikon SB-26 speed lights
Nikon SB-28 speed light
Elinchrom Skyport remotes
2x Quantum Turbo battery packs / cables
3x super clamps
Bogen floor stand
Bogen magic arm
2x umbrella brackets
Camera mount
2x mini tabletop light stands
2x spring clamps
Roll of gaffers tape
Container of ball bungees
Container of misc cables/ studs for stands
32” silver bounce umbrella
Blue painters tape (not pictured)

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Everything fits great into the tool box and fully loaded it weighs under 30lbs. Overall its not too cumbersome to carry around and when the tool box is closed it makes a great seat. I can also get set up (and tear down) in under 10 minutes, which is really nice.

I also always carry three bags in my car. One has my Elinchrom DLite-4 studio strobes in it. The second is my alien bees vagabond and extension cords. The last is a backup camera bag...
Tamrac Expedition 5
Nikon D80
Nikon D70
Nikon 18-70 f3.5-4.5
Nikon 70-300 f4.5-5.6
Spare batteries
Spare Cards
Misc cables

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Jan 26, 2009 14:03 |  #2

Figured I would post up some diagrams of how I use the equipment and resulting shots.


Here is the diagram of the set up I use for basketball

-Two Nikon SB-26 Speedlights (black boxes very top and bottom) for main fill light, set at 35-50mm 1/2 power aimed at top of key
-One Nikon SB-28 Speed light (black box in very middle) for basket fill light, set at 24 mm -1/8th power

Red boxes represent alternate position for SB-26's if there is room between the baseline and the back wall of the gym

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And the resulting view from the gym
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View from the gym with the strobes placed on 9 foot light stands aimed into the court (refer to red boxes in diagram)
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And here are some examples of the shots I get with this set up.
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I use a setup similar for wrestling
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And some resulting images
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Jan 26, 2009 15:08 as a reply to  @ northpointphoto's post |  #3

Sweet setup. Thanks for sharing.

By the way, are the lights being bounced off the ceiling or are you doing direct flash.


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Jan 26, 2009 15:44 |  #4

tmalone893 wrote in post #7192201 (external link)
Sweet setup. Thanks for sharing.

By the way, are the lights being bounced off the ceiling or are you doing direct flash.

Direct flash with the speed lights because I cant get enough power out of them to expose the players good.

If I use my studio strobes I can bounce the flash but I shoot pretty much every night and I dont want to burn them out.


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Jan 26, 2009 17:03 |  #5

northpointphoto wrote in post #7180668 (external link)
So I’ve had some people ask what lights/ equipment I carry when I shoot sports so I decided to make a thread showing the “kit” that I carry around. I’m also curious to see how everyone else hauls around there gear.

When I shoot indoor sports I always take three bags in with me. My camera bag, light stand bag, and my lighting box.

QUOTED IMAGE


Camera Bag:
Think Tank Speed Racer
Nikon D300
Nikon 80-200 f2.8
Sigma 28-70 f2.8
Nikon 50 f1.8
Nikon SB-800 speed light
Nikon SB-600 speed light
Remote trigger
Notepad/ pens
Business cards
CF cards
Press Cards
Rain Cover
Plastic garbage bags

Stand Bag:
Elinchrom Stand Bag
2x Manfroto 9’ light stands
2x 43” Shoot though umbrellas

Lighting Box
Stanley Tool Box
2x Nikon SB-26 speed lights
Nikon SB-28 speed light
Elinchrom Skyport remotes
2x Quantum Turbo battery packs / cables
3x super clamps
Bogen floor stand
Bogen magic arm
2x umbrella brackets
Camera mount
2x mini tabletop light stands
2x spring clamps
Roll of gaffers tape
Container of ball bungees
Container of misc cables/ studs for stands
32” silver bounce umbrella

QUOTED IMAGE

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Everything fits great into the tool box and fully loaded it weighs under 30lbs. Overall its not too cumbersome to carry around and when the tool box is closed it makes a great seat. I can also get set up (and tear down) in under 10 minutes, which is really nice.

I also always carry three bags in my car. One has my Elinchrom DLite-4 studio strobes in it. The second is my alien bees vagabond and extension cords. The last is a backup camera bag...
Tamrac Expedition 5
Nikon D80
Nikon D70
Nikon 18-70 f3.5-4.5
Nikon 70-300 f4.5-5.6
Spare batteries
Spare Cards
Misc cables

I d have to get 2 extra jobs to afford all that.:(


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Jan 26, 2009 22:26 |  #6

gh patriot wrote in post #7192984 (external link)
I d have to get 2 extra jobs to afford all that.:(

I got a lot of my gear off of ebay or from the used case at the local camera store.


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Jan 27, 2009 09:03 |  #7

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I got a lot of my gear off of ebay .

+1. I love ebay for the extra's.


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Jan 27, 2009 11:50 |  #8

tmalone893 wrote in post #7197315 (external link)
+1. I love ebay for the extra's.

No doubt. If you look around you can get some great deals. I got both my Quantum packs (re celled) and cables shipped for $475


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Jan 28, 2009 12:33 |  #9

Just an update. Im going to break out the video camera this weekend and make a short clip on how I set up the lights.


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Jan 28, 2009 21:53 |  #10

northpointphoto wrote in post #7206039 (external link)
Just an update. Im going to break out the video camera this weekend and make a short clip on how I set up the lights.

Looking forward to seeing your setup...


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Jan 29, 2009 11:00 |  #11

Thanks for sharing...

I'd be really interested in seeing sort of a "how to" or walk through of your setup progress.


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Jan 29, 2009 13:42 |  #12

Dude thats awesome but how do you get away with setting all that up in the gym?


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Jan 29, 2009 16:32 |  #13

northpointphoto wrote in post #7206039 (external link)
Just an update. Im going to break out the video camera this weekend and make a short clip on how I set up the lights.

bw!

Let me know when you have it posted.

For what it is worth, I went out and got me a tool box for my light kit.


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Jan 30, 2009 00:51 |  #14

tmalone893 wrote in post #7215209 (external link)
bw!

Let me know when you have it posted.

For what it is worth, I went out and got me a tool box for my light kit.

Im sure you wont be disappointed.

The only other thing im going to buy in the near future for the kit is a fold up rolling luggage cart for when I have to haul gear a long way.

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Jan 30, 2009 00:55 |  #15

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Dude thats awesome but how do you get away with setting all that up in the gym?

Never had any complaints yet. I normally get to the games about 15 minutes before tip off and just set up.


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