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  1. #1
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    Question Casing the joint ...

    It occurred to me that no one had ever mentioned how they store all their equipment and I was wondering ... how everyone else does it, because I am such a ... "follower" of trends. Yeah, as if!

    Anyway ... I am going to go first ... just so you guys understand what it is I am talking (typing) about.

    I keep the bulk of my camera gear in two large (soft) camera backpacks, which are well padded. I then have additional outer cases, which attach, for a few of the larger lenses and a couple smaller zooms. I also have two camera sling bags, for repacking a smaller selection of the cameras and lenses. Nowhere near the same amount of protection, but padded and definitely more than a zippered canvas bag.

    Each (and I mean it) lens has its OWN case (most of them neoprene drawstring bags ... and a few the Lowepro or Tamrac zipper type.) A few came with their own storage bags (SIGMA 10-20mm and CZ 135mm f/1.8 <- the 135 is built like a tank ... even the "lens shield" is metal I have this feeling that if the camera ever fell over ... the A700 would be destroyed ... and the 135mm would walk away unaffected.).

    SIGMA 10-20 case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SONY CZ 135mm case
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    I'm not going to even dignify the TAMRON's 70-200 included "lens bag" as being adequate for that heavy a lens. You really need a more substantial container for it in order to keep it safe. I have chosen the Lowepro LC4.

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    Anyway ... how are you folks toting your $$$ equipment around?

    Anyone using a "hard case" for the camera kit?

    How expensive a lens does it have to be before you take extra measures to protect it from being "banged around?"

    "fess up and show the world ... you care?
    Last edited by DonSchap; 12-26-2008 at 04:06 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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  2. #2
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    I have a Lowepro Flipside 400 AW that can hold all the equipment I own at present.
    Sony α900
    Zeiss 16-35mm f/2.8, Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8, Sony 70-200 F/2.8 G, Sony 100mm F/2.8 Macro

  3. #3
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    I've probably second guessed and researched camera carrying methods about as much as I have lenses. I currently have a LowePro Cirrus CLZ 15 to throw my camera with a short zoom in my backpack, along with a few lens pouches. My wife and I made a little box sorta like the Domke inserts so I can put my camera in my messenger bag, with a few lenses in pouches.

    Today I looked at a camera shop and I was comparing the LowePro CompuDayPack, FastPack 250, Kata DR-466, Kata Sensitivity V, or the Tamrac Aero Speed Pack 80.

    All are made to carry a laptop, and decent amount of camera gear. I'm hoping to find a good way to have a good selection of camera gear with me all the time, but also have my laptop for work.

    Now I have to find a pouch to fit the Beercan. I just got a nice Tamrac pouch for my 75-300, and the Beercan is way too big for it.
    Last edited by laydros; 12-26-2008 at 01:06 PM.
    Jason Hamilton
    Selective Frame

    EOS 5D - Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, EF 35 f/2, EF 50mm f/1.8 Mk II, EF 70-210 f/3.5-4.5 USM, EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro, Helios 44-2 58mm f/2 (with EOS adapter), 430EX, Canon S90
    Nikon FE - Nikkor 35mm f/2 AI'd, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI, Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI, F to EF adapter, 2xVivitar 285, other lighting stuff
    Mamiya C220 - 80mm f/2.8

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  4. #4
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    Most of my lenses are in a cupboard, half of my bodies are in another cupboard, and the bodies I am using regularly these days are in shoulder bags with a normal-ish lens attached. The big lenses that don't fit in the cupboard are in their lens cases on my bookshelf.

    Nikon: D300, D700, Nikkor: 24-70, 70-200, 70-300/VR, 24/2.8, 35/2, 50/1.4G, 60/2.8G, 180/2.8,
    Sigma: 10-20, 50-150/2.8, 50/2.8, Tamron: 17-50/2.8, 28-75/2.8, Tokina: 12-24, Zeiss: 25/2.8
    Olympus: E-520, E-3, 7-14, 9-18, 11-22, 12-60, 14-35/2, 14-54, 35-100/2, 50-200, 25/2.8, 35/3.5, 50/2
    Panasonic: G1, Leica: 14-50, 14-150, 25/1.4
    Sony: A700, A900, 24-85, 35-70, 70-210/4, 20/2.8, 24/2.8, 50/2.8, T 90 macro, Zeiss: 24-70/2.8, 135/1.8
    P&S: Canon S90, Panasonic: LX3


  5. #5
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    Santa just brought me a Vanguard rucksack whose bottom half is segmented & padded for photo gear. This handily beats out my current pack with an extra piece of foam on the bottom!! The new pack will hold everything I own now, but a couple of my lenses will be standing up in a cubbyhole awaiting their turn in the bag, in case of disaster don't want all eggs in one basket. It's a pampas-59 if you're a picture-person not a word-person
    JimR - gear list changes daily
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  6. #6
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    I have the Lowepro Nova 3 was thinking about the Nova 4 or the Slingshot 300.

    Frank
    Sony A77
    Sony A580
    Sony A 100
    Maxxum 400si.
    Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
    Minolta AF 35-70
    Minolta AF 50 f/1.7
    Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 Di LD
    Tamron 60mm Macro
    Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
    Tamron 2x Converter
    Sony HVL-F42AM
    Quantaray 70-300 4.5-5.6 Macro
    Slingshot 200 Bag



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  7. #7
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    And I quote "Casing the joint ..." I'm glad you explained yourself

  8. #8
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    Pelican all the way

  9. #9
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    I ended up deciding on the Tamrac Aero 85. So far seems nice and has plenty of room. I'll see how it goes day to day and report back.
    Jason Hamilton
    Selective Frame

    EOS 5D - Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, EF 35 f/2, EF 50mm f/1.8 Mk II, EF 70-210 f/3.5-4.5 USM, EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro, Helios 44-2 58mm f/2 (with EOS adapter), 430EX, Canon S90
    Nikon FE - Nikkor 35mm f/2 AI'd, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI, Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI, F to EF adapter, 2xVivitar 285, other lighting stuff
    Mamiya C220 - 80mm f/2.8

    Gear List flickr

  10. #10
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    I got the 'kit bag" when I bought my camera, I can hold the body and the 17-50 and the 70 - 300 and thats about it with extra battery etc. then just to confuse people, I have a mid size Canon shoulder bag another guy who shoots high school sports gave me his bag when he went to full sized back pack this fall. I have lens cases for all of my glass, the bad news is that right now I store them in a 'cube' foor stool / storage cube. Am looking at aw 300 sling or the velocity 9X sling. I need to make a road trip, not saying I am in the middle of no where but camera shops are few and far between here, the nearest shop with more then a couple of bags is over 50 miles away!
    Sony A700_____________Minolta AF 50mm. F/1.7
    Minolta AF 70-210mm F/3.5-4.5 Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR DiII LD Asp. [IF]
    Tamron SP AF 70-200mm. F/2.8 DI LD [IF] Macro
    Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2
    Tokina AF 28-70mm F/3.5-4.5
    Tokina AF AT-X 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6
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