Whats in my bag?
On top of the constant adding and subtracting of gear, my choice of what to carry with me on a daily basis has evolved over the last month specifically. With my new found interest in adding film shots into my “workflow”, and a recent change of bag, I thought now would be as good of time as any to update the “Whats in my bag” section.
Im trying to go out as simple as possible these days. I don’t want to be sifting through my gear while missing “The” shot, so I set aside the divider backpack style bag and went with a more convenient over the shoulder open carrier bag. I dont have any dividers on the inside, however I travel simple enough where that doesn’t cause any issues. Im still shooting digital about 90% of the time, however experiment with my 35mm’s as much as possible.
Starting at the top and working forward:
- Vintage Leather”ish” bag I picked up from a vintage camera collector in town for 3 bucks (Awesome right!!! Fits everything beautifully)
- Canon EOS Rebel T1i w/Zeikos battery grip (awesome battery grip for the price!)- Also I have on an old Tamrac detachable strap with suede leather shoulder pad (AWESOME!! will not slide off my shoulder no matter what)
- Canon EF 55-250 4-5.6 (All lenses have a promaster UV filter)
- Canon EF 18-55 3.5-5.6
- Canon EF 50mm 1.8 – typically left on the camera when in bag. Probably my most used lens right now (Found out the problems I was originally having was from dirty contact points for the electronics, works great now)
- 58mm Circular Polarizing Filter – I only carry one with me now days being I don’t shoot much landscape.
- Canon Battery Charger – Mostly left at home if Im just going out for the day. With the extra battery in the grip I dont really have to worry about battery life.
- Cable Release
- 4GB Proline Class 6 backup card, with a 8gb SanDisk Class 10 inside the camera
- Lens Cleaning Cloth
- Canon AE-1 35mm SLR, with a Canon FD 50mm 1.8 (Currently replacing seals, so Ive been carrying my Minolta SRT 202 with a 55mm 1.7, You can see a pic of this camera on the Lightbox Tutorial page)
- Rolls of Fujicolor Superia 400 and 800 (All the local market carries these days)
- Led flashlight – when shooting in the evening the sun goes down quick, you never know when your going to be looking around for something you set down
- iPhone 4s and iPhone headphones (Took the pic with the iPhone so unfortunately it couldn’t be in the family picture 😦 – But I carry this with me at all times for the random shots, as well as a nifty (quite accurate) light meter app
- Cleaning kit (Im climbing over all sorts of stuff or tromping into muddy fields, this comes in handy quit often)
- Probably my most treasured item in the bag, My leather notebook for recording the inspiration that flows between these two ears off and on throughout the day.
There you have it, once everything is packed away its actually pretty simple to navigate through. When Im out shooting the bag resides on my left side and my Canon T1i to my right leaving room to breathe inside the bag with easy access to the lenses and whichever 35mm SLR I have with me for the day. The notebook fits in the back like it was seriously made for it. The only addition I have planned is sewing in a few patches to hold the extra memory cards. Other than that the bag and setup work extremely extremely well. I do still have and use my Vista Explorer (Which is currently covered in mud from an adventurous shoot the other day), but am on the prowl for a REAL tripod, and cant wait to get rid of this cheap thing.
As far as my lenses go, you may notice I do not have my Tamron 70-300 listed, and that is because I recently sold it, and would not suggest it to anyone really. I may be looking to replace my two kit lenses (18-55 & 55-250) with a more versatile wide range lens with better glass, but for now they do the job just fine and I have no complaints. Like I said the 50mm is probably the most used right now, and I don’t see that changing in the near future as long as Im shooting the streets the majority of the time.
If you have any question about my gear or the gear I used to use please feel free to either leave a comment below or shoot me a message via email or on the Facebook page.