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07/31/2006 05:24:52 PM · #1
Last week, I spent the week carrying equipment around three parks. I have a D200 with the extra battery back and the 18-200, 12-24, and 70-200 lens. I have yet to find a bag except for a backpack that can easily carry all this.

My question is how do you all do shoots like this? I was carrying this stuff around for 8+ hours a day and I didn't bring my tripod (wish I had after seeing some shots that would have really been good without the camera shake).

Any comments? How do you all get around comfortably with a camera, several lens, other supplies and tripod?
07/31/2006 05:31:20 PM · #2
Originally posted by robpom:

Last week, I spent the week carrying equipment around three parks. I have a D200 with the extra battery back and the 18-200, 12-24, and 70-200 lens. I have yet to find a bag except for a backpack that can easily carry all this.

My question is how do you all do shoots like this? I was carrying this stuff around for 8+ hours a day and I didn't bring my tripod (wish I had after seeing some shots that would have really been good without the camera shake).

Any comments? How do you all get around comfortably with a camera, several lens, other supplies and tripod?


LowePro Magnum bag, carries Canon 5D, 10D bodies, 100-400 L, 16-35 L, 2x converter, occasionally a 550ex, Several cokin filters, pair of binoculars, 90 deg eyepiece.

Manfrotto tripod bag with tripod and monopod.

I carry the lowepro on one shoulder and the tripod bag on the other. I can carry this for 8hrs no problem, in fact I spent all day Sunday at the International Trialthon World Cup event starting at 7:00 am and finishing at 4:30pm without any ill effects.
07/31/2006 05:36:25 PM · #3
I have the same problem as you, Robert. If I'm carrying my camera-bag for more than 2 hours, my shoulders are killing me.

I think outdoors photography & me wasn't meant to be ;-)
07/31/2006 05:40:10 PM · #4
Army webbing belt with pouches and a 6 point harness.
07/31/2006 05:44:29 PM · #5
Lowe Stealth Reporter 650 and for the tripod, I have it on a padded strap.

The 650 holds 10D, 300D, 8mm fish, Sigma 12-24, lensbaby 2.0, Tamron 28-75 f2.8, 50mm f1.8, 85mm f1.8, 70-200 f4L, 420EX, Lightsphere, Chargers for camera and flash, assorted filters and accessories.

I still have room for a laptop.

I also have the deluxe waistbelt on the bag, using that in conjunction with the shoulder strap helps put a lot of the weight on the hips where it's more easily carried. When I need access to the contents, I just open the belt and swing the bag around so I can access it.

This is the best way I have found to carry a lot of gear without having to stop and set the bag down to do something like switch lenses.
07/31/2006 05:46:46 PM · #6
Originally posted by Spazmo99:

This is the best way I have found to carry a lot of gear without having to stop and set the bag down to do something like switch lenses.


for switching lenses outside I always need 3 hands...
07/31/2006 05:50:12 PM · #7
Originally posted by davyaldy:

Army webbing belt with pouches and a 6 point harness.


smart! maybe not too stylish, but very efficient weight distribution.
:)
07/31/2006 05:54:08 PM · #8
Lowpro Stealth Reporter 650 to carry everything, and a smaller sling bag to carry what I need all the time.

I would keep the stealth in the car with an extra body, extra lens, laptop, extra tripod etc in there.

I probably would have a tripod in my assistants hands, or just use a monopod.

-Hideo
08/01/2006 02:07:10 AM · #9
Originally posted by saracat:

Originally posted by davyaldy:

Army webbing belt with pouches and a 6 point harness.


smart! maybe not too stylish, but very efficient weight distribution.
:)


Soldiers have to carry so much on them that they have generally come up with the better ways of carrying it.
08/01/2006 02:13:15 AM · #10
but seriously - do you guys always carry all your gears when you go out shooting? I know it's cool to have a dSLR where you can change lenses, but can't you plan ahead which lens... well, get what I mean?
08/01/2006 02:37:16 AM · #11
Originally posted by crayon:

but seriously - do you guys always carry all your gears when you go out shooting? I know it's cool to have a dSLR where you can change lenses, but can't you plan ahead which lens... well, get what I mean?


Depends on the shoot.

Message edited by author 2006-08-01 02:37:31.
08/01/2006 02:37:56 AM · #12
Simple. You get someone else to carry it all for you. :D

08/01/2006 02:38:46 AM · #13
Originally posted by micknewton:

Simple. You get someone else to carry it all for you. :D


Some of us are not married or have kids :(
08/01/2006 02:59:15 AM · #14
Originally posted by faidoi:

Originally posted by micknewton:

Simple. You get someone else to carry it all for you. :D


Some of us are not married or have kids :(

Are you kidding? My wife wouldn't carry my camera gear even if I had a gun pointed at her head. My daughter either for that matter. My son might, but he's always off mountain or rock climbing. He tries to get me to go climb with him, but he probably just wants me to carry his camera gear. :D

No, I was talking about paying someone to do it. Hopefully someone that's smart enough not to drop your lenses in the mud, but dumb enough to work very cheap. They're very hard to find.

08/01/2006 03:11:14 AM · #15
My LowePro Nova 4 AW, a classic over-the-shoulder rectangular bag, carries the 20D, the 70-200 f/4L, the 10-22, the 28-75, the 60 macro, the 430 EX flash, a few filters, extra batteries, cable release, a small maglight, cleaning materials, 2 manuals, and some miscellaneous small stuff, and it STILL has room for one more lens no bigger than the 28-75mm, AND it's all convenient to get to. The bag is 12x7 and about 10 inches height...

When I'm shooting I always have the camera on the tripod and slung over my shoulder, so I have reasonable weight distribution. This isn't any good for wilderness, of course, but I don't do wilderness anymore anyhow. I'd be happy to have a backpack for longer hikes, but I don't right now.

R.


08/01/2006 04:16:44 AM · #16
I use a Nikon shoulder bag and sling the body over the other shoulder I find the nikon bag can carry all my lenses fine and even the flash too the rest of the gear is carried by the wife in her smaller nikon bag. Shes a photog too so that helps i guess. Tripod carried by the car when son does not attend he has started nagging me for my old nikon Coolpix 910. I do understand about carrying bagfulls of gear around but unfortunately it goes with the turf so-to-speak, golfers carry clubs we carry cameras.

There are many backpacks that hold a lot of gear and feel comfortable but the constant on/off to change lenses got on my nerves so i opted for a sturdy shoulder bag.
08/01/2006 05:23:56 AM · #17
Just got my LowePro Stealth Reporter 300 and am really happy with it. It fits nicely all my stuff (D50 + 4 lenses + accesories) and is very comfortable to use. Previously had LowePro Nova AW 2 and it was eventually a pain to carry around. Stealth Reporter also has a great zipper on top that lets you change lenses without really opening up the bag.
08/01/2006 07:07:52 AM · #18
I have an Orion AW Trekker. Bottom half for camera gear, top half for water, extra clothes, etc. This weekend I carried 2 bodies and 2 lenses (28-80 and 100-400L)and flash and flashtrax at a national park. I can either carry it on my shoulder or hook it around my waist. Typically, I carry 1 body, 4 lenses, flash, flashtrax in it. As a waist pack by itself, its easy to change lenses while standing up by swinging it around front. I've lasted 8 hours no problem... Haven't replaced it yet as I can't find anything as versatile or convenient.
08/01/2006 07:32:18 AM · #19
I have the LowePro Stealth Reporter AW. It can house my camera, 70-200, 10-20, 28-75 (the 2nd 2 on order) and has side pockets for extra battery, cards and USB cord. Nice thing about that one is it also has a compartment for my laptop.
08/01/2006 07:49:57 AM · #20
I use a cheap old Samsonite camera bag that holds my 300d and the three lenses. I have another small bag to hold my Olympus and my tripod has no bag. I carry everything as well as a diaper bag, lunch bag, bottles of water, sippy cups, sunscreen, change of clothes and one kid in an all terrain jogging stroller. I have absolutely no clue what it would be like to walk around with my camera for more than 10 minutes without all my extra "accessories".
08/01/2006 08:13:22 AM · #21
minitreker with 17-55dx,60or105or200mmAFMicro,10.5mm + rightangle viwer, flash/batteries/cf cards, & 1 plastic bag (rain insurance)
D200 around my neck with 80-200mm on it
sometimes i toss the B&Wfilm camera in as well ;)

either monopod clipped or lightstand/tripod head clipped onto mini treker
-- my spouse carries the water / food/insect repelent/sunscreen/ kids stuff ;)

bb
08/01/2006 08:24:04 AM · #22
I have the Tamrac Expedition 7 with the large padded pockets.
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(No, it doesn't have built-in legs, I hung it on my tripod to keep it out of the mud.)

This backpack is unvelievably comfortable and holds a lot of gear, especially with the extra side bags on there. There are smaller versions (Expedition 5,4,3) and larger (8). It holds a tripod very securely, although being on the front cover does make it a bit more troublesome to get into the main compartment with it attached. The little "wing" pockets on the front are what sold me on it for holding batteries and such without having to go into the main compartment.
08/01/2006 08:47:17 AM · #23
Get a pack from the Lowepro Trekker range.

Most of the time I carry a Lowepro SuperTrekker with a Nikon F5, 701-180mm Micro Nikkor, 80-400 VR, 24-85, a handful of smaller primes and either a Nikon FA and 300mm f2.8 or a Pentax 6x7 and a couple of lenses. Plus waterproofs, survival kit, water, first aid kit, spare clothes, food, filters, viewfinders, batteries, film! flash, reflectors, softbox and loads of bits that I can't remember... oh, and a tripod of course.

So don't buy a SuperTrekker or you'll carry too much! There's even room for my 600mm in there :(

Roger

08/01/2006 08:48:23 AM · #24
Lowepro Nova 5 - D200, SB800, SB600, Sigma 10-20, Tokina 28-80 f2.8, Sigma 100-300 f4, 50mm, 85mm, 1.4x Teleconverter, SB-18 (off camera flash cord), an overfull Lowepro filter wallet, all lens hoods and a Nikon EM film body with room to spare. I usually clip a Velbon 347E tripod on the outside (or hand carry a Manfrotto 055).

If my wife is with me or if it's a shoot where I may need a backup then on the other shoulder is a Nova 3 - D70, Nikon 18-70, Sigma 70-210 f2.8, Tamron 28-200, F801s, 16mm fisheye and a few rolls of film.

I'm thinking of getting CompuRover AW

Message edited by author 2006-08-01 09:00:25.
08/01/2006 09:06:22 AM · #25
Do like me, drive around and then stick your camera out of the window like you are doing a drive-by. I don't get tired or hot that way. Ok, maybe I am lazy. The park I shoot at (Often) has roads all through it and resting spots. I might get out at walk some, but then I get right by in my van and then drive to the next spot.
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