One of my favorite photography sites, The Photo Brigade, does a segment every once in awhile called “In My Bag”. In each of the various posts, they have some of the best photographers in the industry show what they usually take to the various events they photograph. Some of my favorites are posts by Mark Rebilas, Luke Sharrett, Jamey Price, and Jared Wickerham. As a self-proclaimed “gear nerd” I love seeing what other photographers use to get the amazing images into publications around the world. Some kits could be considered pretty humble, others are insane. So, I thought some of my blog followers might like to see what’s “In My Bag” when I head out to photograph any event, such as professional baseball and weddings, and so I can answer that reoccurring question, “Wow, what all do you have in there?” So here we go:
Before I bought this bag, I was using a backpack and tried to fit as much gear as I could into it. Let’s just say, things got very heavy, very fast. This bag has been a huge lifesaver when it comes to the amount of weight it takes off by it being a rolling bag. One thing I love about this bag is the safety cable that allows the bag to be locked in place when I cannot be next to it. The bag also features a combination zipper lock for when I leave it. Think Tank Photo describes the Airport Security as:
“Designed to meet USA domestic carry-on size standards, this roller provides advanced security features for traveling with the maximum amount of equipment. ”
And they mean the “maximum amount of equipment. Here is what I fit into the Airport Security:
This is my main handheld camera, and is attached to my 400 f/2.8 IS, 90% of the time.
– Canon 1D Mark III
This is mostly used for remote work, however, when I shoot weddings, it quickly becomes a second handheld camera.
– Canon 1D Mark II N
The Mark II N has been a real workhorse for me over the past few years, but I really only use it for remote work now.
The newest addition to my bag, the 5D Mark III is my main second handheld camera while out in the field. The addition of a full-frame body to my bag has proved to be invaluable thus far, and I have really enjoyed the camera.
– Canon 300 f/2.8 IS
– Canon 1.4x II Teleconverter
– Canon Speedlight 580 EX II Flash
– Canon Speedlight 430 EX Flash
– Vivitar Auto Thyristor SMS 30 flash
– Pixio Wired Camera Release
– Pre-Release Cables (x2)- for use with my Pocketwizards
– Canon Eyepiece covers
– DIY “Shim” for a floor remote- AKA Two Batteries taped together using Gaffers Tape
– 30 yard roll of 1″ Gaffers Tape
– Lens Cleaning Cloths
– Extra Batteries for all cameras
– Manfrotto 681B Monopod (gets attached to the side of the bag)
– Think Tank HydroPhobia 300-600 V2– Ziptied to the outside of the bag
– Safety Cables
– Leatherman Tool
– 2012 Pocket Calendar
When on a deadline, I bring my 15″ laptop with me and put it inside a Think Tank Artificial Intelligence 15 v2 and use a Cable Management 30 for all of my computer cables and card readers. These get attached to the Airport Security with a carabiner.
It is amazing how much I have actually stuffed into the single Think Tank Bag. I always bring along my Think Tank Photo Modular Belt Pack using the Pro Speed Belt. I use the belt pack while I am out and about in the stadium, on the field, or shooting weddings because it helps me have most of my gear right at my fingertips. I use a Pixel Pocket Rocket to keep roughly 60GBs of memory cards with me.
When I do have longer traveling distances, I will usually put my Canon 400 f/2.8 IS in a Think Tank Photo Glass Taxi.
The last bag I use is a Targus Messenger Bag. This sling bag used to be a backpack for me while I was in high school, but I found it to be a great photo accessory bag. The bag has two large spaces inside the zippered compartment, a front zipper pocket for smaller items, and a back zippered area for thin items. In this bag I always have:
– Avenger Clamps (x4)
– Multi-Plug Extension Cord
– Various Cables
– Power Cables for Alienbee B800s.
– Chargers for all of the camera batteries.
– Flash bracket
As you can probably tell, I love my Think Tank Photo Gear, and highly recommend their products for both the amount of gear you can fit in their bags, but also for the quality products they create. This ends my segment of “In My Bag”.