Cpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 44 Posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 8272 times:
This could be interesting. What's in your camera bag or case - and out of all the equipment you have, which camera or lens is your favourite and why?
I've got too much stuff to list, so I'll keep it brief.
D700 with a big Nikkor lens and telecoverter, - with the Manfrotto tripod (055XPROB / 808RC4). What a great idea the tripod is - don't have to hold the camera all the time. This is much more convenient that a monopod, provided there is adequate room for the tripod.
That's now my favourite combination, and what I'll normally bring. I get amazing results with this combination, and given I never used a tripod before, I find the tripod makes photography in low light almost too easy.
My old 300mm prime lens doesn't get much use anymore - the 200-400mm covers it well, and is more convenient, despite the size and weight. I normally won't take a second camera or other lenses. But if I do, it'll generally be a Nikon D80 and the 24-70mm F/2.8 Zoom-Nikkor, since that combination works very well.
+Tamrac Expedition 5 backpack (the 200-400 and camera just fit in it, separate of course)
+ Cleaning stuff (lens pens, cleaning cloths)
+ extra CF cards (never used since I don't blast away on the shutter button)
+ something to eat
+ Serengeti glasses
NZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 5672 posts, RR: 40 Reply 2, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 8258 times:
I take a smallish Lowepro satchel around with me. It'll be too small by the time I aquire 3 lenses. It's one of those ones with velcro inners to make 3 portions within the main area. It's rather deformed since I bought it about a year ago. Nearly fraying and badly out of shape. But extremely useful for carrying around for the day. I lugged that and a full backpack around with me in Sydney in January - I'm sure I got fit from that..
What's in it:
Canon EOS 400D attached with the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Canon 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM
Sunblock (For the harsh NZ/Aussie summers.. A must!)
CPL and ND filters
And depending what I'm carrying, maybe the Gorillapod on the handle.
I really hope it's big enough to cater for my friend's 10-22mm as well for my trip to Australia!
Viv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3106 posts, RR: 31 Reply 4, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 8201 times:
My DSLR bag contains a Nikon D700 plus whatever lenses i need for the type of photography on the day; could be a f/4.5 80-400 mm VR, a f/2.8 14-24 mm, and/or a f/2.8 24-70 mm. I will bring a tripod if needed (rarely, given the high-ISO capability of the D700).
My other setup, which is my favourite, comprises a Zeiss Ikon rangefinder film camera, a Leica Summarit-M f/2.5 90 mm, a Zeiss Planar f/2 50 mm, and a Zeiss Biogon f/2.8 28 mm. This entire setup weighs less than the D700 body and the image quality is far better (the lenses are sharper than anything made by Nikon or Canon and a scanned 35 mm slide is the equivalent of 25 million pixels).
I also have a Bronica medium-format camera with a 28 mm lens, but I rarely use it, except for landscapes.
On my wish list; A Leica M9.
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Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-400, Fuji X Pro 1, Fujinon 35 f/1.4, Fujinon 18 f/2
RonS From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 761 posts, RR: 24 Reply 6, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 8169 times:
I have a Velocity 8x slingpack, inside is a Rebel XS/1000D with the attached 70-200 f/4 IS. I just got the IS model about 2 weeks ago, had been using the non-IS for a while. On the side of the bag in the pouches are a 28-105 USMII, the 18-55 kit lens, and the 50MM f/1.8. About 95% of the time I use the 70-200, but I have 3 photos in the database with the 28-105. Affordable lens, purchased used for $120. Once in a while I'm forced to use the kit lens in tight spots but those aviation photos that I've taken with it are not quite up to standards.
I just have a cheap Ritz camera / Quantary QSX-9500 Tripod that I got for $79. I can't say I recommend this, but Ritz swapped it out for me, no reciept / no questions asked, when a leg clamp broke, even after I owned it for almost a year. So for that I'm grateful, but if I had the money I would go with a high end tripod.
I have a bunch of things on my wish list though!
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Dvincent From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 1719 posts, RR: 12 Reply 7, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 8162 times:
I actually have two camera bags. I have a Lowepro Computrekker (just like Stefan) that I use when I'm traveling and I need to hold EVERYTHING. However, it's not really convenient when I'm out shooting and have to carry it all on my back. Getting stuff in and out is troublesome, and there is the risk that I'll forget to zip it up all the way when putting it on my back. I did that on my trip to Montreal and my Bigma fell out, resulting in a very expensive repair. These bags need retaining straps to stop this from happening.
The 100-200 is a special tool used when I need to poke through a fence. The 49mm filter diameter allows it to stick right through with no problems at all. The IQ is about the same as other Minolta lenses of the time.
For accessories, I keep the following:
* Sony HVL-F58AM Flash
* Stofen Omnibounce
* Minolta CD-1000 Closeup Diffuser
* Rocket Blower
* Pad & pens
* Hoya digital circular polarizers (62 and 77mm)
* Short and long cable releases
* Lens Pen
* Bubble level
* FS-1100 flash shoe adapter
* Radio scanner with long collapsible antenna.
* CF Cards and step-up rings
I have a second camera bag, a Tamrac Velocity 9x, for when I don't need to lug everything around. It's a sling-type bag that I keep the body, 70-200, and 17-50 along with the flash and a few other doodads. The nice thing about the bag is that it will fit the 70-200 with the body attached. It won't fit the Bigma with the body attached but it can fit in one of the side compartments. I prefer it to the Lowepro slingbag because there isn't a chance of it falling over and spilling. It also has a hide-away waist belt for when you don't need to get to things and just need to lug the bag.
My tripod is a Manfrotto 055XPROB with 488RC2 ballhead. It does fit in the Computrekker's tripod carrier. I also have a 680B Monopod with tilt-lock head, but I leave that in the car. It doubles as a blunt force weapon and as a hiking stick.
Cpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 44 Reply 13, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 8002 times:
Quoting Dvincent (Reply 7): I did that on my trip to Montreal and my Bigma fell out, resulting in a very expensive repair. Sad These bags need retaining straps to stop this from happening.
Tamrac bags have those, but they don't seem very dependable. Additionally, the velcro they stick to will scratch the outer surface of the "bigma" causing the paint to flake off. So if anyone is putting a Sigma lens with that style finish in a Tamrac bag, cover the lens with something soft to protect it.
I agree on the monopod, my 685B is awfully sturdy and would be a nasty weapon if needed - especially the pointy end. Imagine the 680B is quite similarly sturdy.
Alberto Riva From United States of America, joined May 2002, 124 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 7990 times:
On a typical outing I'll take a Tamrac Mini Trekker AW:
Other lenses cycle in and out of the bag as needed. Sometimes I'll use a TC-20e converter with the 300 if I really want to challenge my hand-holding abilities. At home, I'll break out a heavy Gitzo 1320 alu tripod with a (relatively) cheap but steady Bogen 341 gimbal head if I want to take my time -- otherwise, a Velbon 600 does the job okay with small lenses.
UnitedJumboJet From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 77 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 7986 times:
I use an old blue lunch bag as my bag, since I had it lying around, and it deters theft well since everyone thinks I have food in there. When I need to carry more I use a Targus backpack. As for what's in the bag, for aviation:
55-200 VR mounted
18-55 in the bag(I rarely use this during spotting, but comes in handy for other stuff)
Spare SD card
Body and rear caps
Occasionally I might bring my binoculars.
Digital: Same as above
Film: Nikon N90
Spare rolls(I rarely carry more than one spare roll)
Same lenses(both my DX lenses work quite well on film actually)
Notepad and pen for recording shooting data
Film data sheet (for reciprocity characteristics, etc.)
Body and rear caps
Dvincent From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 1719 posts, RR: 12 Reply 16, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 7976 times:
Quoting Cpd (Reply 13): I agree on the monopod, my 685B is awfully sturdy and would be a nasty weapon if needed - especially the pointy end. Imagine the 680B is quite similarly sturdy.
They're essentially the same, except the 680 is a "manual" monopod with double locking levers, as opposed to the 685 which has a pistol grip type release.
On the subject of reatining straps, I think the "extra" dividers with the bag could perform that function, but I honestly think the velcro would give out to gravity with heavy lenses. I'm thinking more of something that's elastic/stretchy that's sewn into the bottom of the bag.
Iamlucky13 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 227 posts, RR: 0 Reply 20, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 7840 times:
I'm a lightweight. I have a Tamrac Adventure 4 messenger-style bag. It's got the right amount of room for:
Body (Just a D40)
Nikkor 70-300 VR
Nikkor 50 F/1.8
Photographers Bill of Rights
I'm still looking for a convenient 18% balanced grey card to carry in it.
And I've found myself needing but keep forgetting to add a notepad to take memos on. For example, noting registration numbers for pictures where they aren't visible.
I also noticed a 10" netbook would fit very nicely in the side pocket. I may have to get one for traveling.
My favorite lens at the moment is an old Vivitar Series 1 70-210 zoom.
It's AI-S compatible, but completely manual on my D40. Just as sharp as my Nikkor 70-300 VR, but sturdier build, smoother feel, and about twice the macro reproduction ratio. I also like the straight bladed aperture better for shots with strong point-sources of light...much better starburst effect than curved blades.
Even though it's manual focus, the push-pull zoom design actually makes it relatively easy to track focus while adjusting framing of moving objects like planes. Not quite as easy as AF-S, however, so I usually leave it home when spotting.
Dehowie From Australia, joined Feb 2004, 1044 posts, RR: 38 Reply 21, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 7827 times:
Quoting Cpd (Thread starter): D700 with a big Nikkor lens and telecoverter, - with the Manfrotto tripod (055XPROB / 808RC4). What a great idea the tripod is - don't have to hold the camera all the time. This is much more convenient that a monopod, provided there is adequate room for the tripod.
Mate you seriously need to ditch that head and get a Wimberley set up for your 200-400.
Far easier to use and way more flexible and every bit as stable.
I regularly shoot at 1/60th with the 800 on the Wimberley.
Expensive yes but worth every cent.
Have you shot from over the Brighton life saving club atSyd? You can get some lovely banking shots of heavies off 16R in the afternoon.
The set up..
Whne i head out i normally take the 800 and the Gitzo 3541 plus Wimberley plus the 300/2.8 the 100-400 and thats it. At Melbourne the 24-70 is useless.
Love the light weight of the Gitzo set up compared to my old Manfrotto 055B pro legs.
Great for travelling.
However when i head away i pack up the mini trekker with..
was 50D now will take the 7D the crop makes the long glass wicked at places like Narita.
In mini trekker
if not doing to much walking also 70-200 2.8IS
500F4 plus Gitzo 3541 Carbon and wimberley.
Over shoulder 800/5.6. I useed to shoulder the 600 but the 800 is lighter longer and just as sharp so the 600 is on the market.
Cpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 44 Reply 22, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 7806 times:
Quoting Dehowie (Reply 21): Have you shot from over the Brighton life saving club atSyd? You can get some lovely banking shots of heavies off 16R in the afternoon.
No, never tried that yet - thanks for the suggestion mate!
I've used a Wimberley before with a 400/2.8 Nikkor and D3 - liked it a lot, but this one will have to do for the moment, if you get my meaning. A new computer and new tripod stretched the finances a little bit more than I'd like.