Several years ago I bought a generic bag on sale at B&H that has 2 separate compartments. It was inexpensive and I was inexperienced and didn't know what I really needed. It is difficult to use for many reasons. I am considering buying another one for this trip and would appreciate suggestions? I intend to carry the camera, film and lens in it on the plane.
Several years ago I bought a generic bag on sale at B&H that has 2 separate main compartments and lots of side and front pockets. It was inexpensive and I was inexperienced and didn't know what I really needed. It is difficult to use for many reasons including remembering which compartment contains what, constantly zipping and unzipping, can't easily open the bottom bag with the bag laying flat, etc. I intended it for a medium format camera and it is fairly tight getting everything for a 4x5 in it. I am considering buying another one for this trip and would appreciate suggestions? I intend to carry the camera, film and lens in it on the plane.
Thanks Deckled Edge for the advice, especially about the stuffing bags. I hadn't thought about them. Where did you get yours? I really enjoyed your web site and will email you about photographic questions about your migration to large format.
Stuff sacks are a standard backpacker's item, but the coated, waterproof ones are most used by kayakers and canoeists, where gear might get wet. In Death Valley it won't be a matter of getting wet so much as getting dusty. Try REI, Campmore, Bass Outlets or any big outdoor retailer for stuff sacks. They come in all sizes, but get small ones to wrap lenses in, medium size for film holders and a bigger one to store your focussing cloth. I also find that an apron with pockets, or a tool belt or vest with many pockets comes in handy where you can't set anything down.
I carry a backpack when hiking but when I settle on a spot to get set up, finding a place to set everything down without risking misplacing meters, filters, etc is often a problem. Wouldn't be without my seven-pocketed cargo pants to hold all sorts of things. The large pockets with zippers, snaps and velcro closures are just the ticket for holding anything smaller than my camera or tripod. They're the perfect mate (or substitute) for a photographer's vest.
I've done the cargo pants and photogs vest and looked like I had bumps growing all over me and had a hell of a time remembering which pocket I stuffed what into. By the time I got back to the car the camera was the only thing in the back pack everything else was in my pockets.
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