I still haven’t worked out which camera bag I want, or even need, and one of the reasons why is that I don’t think I have finished working out what I will carry in it.
You see in the simple old Point & Shoot days it was so easy – you just took the camera! Now though I not only have the camera to think about, but I have the lenses, flash, tripod(s), kitchen sink etc to worry about, and I think the list is just going to get bigger.
When I first thought of this post I was going to keep it simple and see what ‘other’ stuff people carried in their camera bag, but given recent comments on the blog I thought I would try and expand it out a bit.
I see it is a problem of two categories – my equipment for taking photographs and my equipment for helping me to take photographs.
Equipment for taking photographs
You would think this was pretty simple but the ‘thing’ is that when I go out to take some photographs I very rarely have planned what I am going to take (although I am working on this) and I also want to be prepared to take some video as well for Almerimar Life. I am also still a big fan of the ‘snap’ for sharing fun stuff with friends and family and so I tend to want to take a Point & Shoot with me a) so I can take odd snaps without having to worry when I get home about uplaoding and processing a load of images, and b) because it sometimes helps to get a perspective on what a potential picture may look like. And it has to be said at times things have occurred so quickly that a Point & Shoot has captured something that I simply wouldn’t have got with the D80.
So when I head out this tends to be the equipment that I take:
- Nikon D80
- 18-135mm Nikon Lens
- 135-400mm Sigma Lens
- 10-20mm Sigma Lens
- Nikon Speedlight SB-800 Flash
- Nikon MB-D80 MBD80 Multi-Power Battery Pack
So that is the Camera taken care of, apart from:
- Sony DSC T7 Point and Shoot
- JVC Everio Camcorder
Equipment for helping me to take photographs
There are a few usual suspects in the list:
- Lens Cleaning Kits
- Remote Control
Then we get to the other stuff:
- Lens Hoods
- Notebook and pencil
- D80 User Guide
- Flash User Guide
- Spare Memory Cards
By the time I have got all that stuff togther I have usually run out of energy, and if I manage to get out of the door I am usually knackered from carrying everything by the time I get round to taking the pictures. The worst bit? I still feel so self conscious carrying all this stuff around and setting it all up!!!
My inclination is to keep everything together at all times so I know where it all is. That way I can just pick it up and go (or will be able to when I get the right bag). The downside is I get to carry a heavy bag all the time, the upside is I should be a good Boy Scout and be always prepared.
What I need to work out though before I buy anything is am I mad to do this and more importantly what else am I going to end up buying?
What do you carry in your bag, and what would you suggest that I look out for next.
As ever, cheers!!!!