Great ideas in there! Thanks for sharing that. I took a look at your website as well, some very fine work. =)
Originally Posted by eddie
Good idea and cool story, Bill.
Originally Posted by wildbill
So let's hear about this very different/strange workflow.
Originally Posted by Michael R 1974
I suppose my kit sounds like quite a bit but it all packs into the F64 backpack with a little extra room and I have a specific spot for everything so I can access anything I need in a moment.
I forgot to add, I also carry a Toyo 3.6x loupe in a little fitted neoprene case my girl found for it somewhere and small blue tarp to set the pack down on mud if necessary. Still gotta add that level I lost... needed it the last time I was shooting 4x5. I'm going to stop at the hardware store tonight, I need a mouse trap too, unfortunately.
Also, what I love about my Harrison Classic darkcloth is the the shiny silver side acts as a great reflector PLUS it's waterproof so if it starts raining once I've set up (but before I expose my film) I will sometimes wrap the camera in it and wait it out. The F64 pack has one of those fold out rain covers which is nice if it starts pouring during a hike.
scnapps is the real deal, but you need a still, or someone who has one.
Originally Posted by E. von Hoegh
eau de vivre is good-stuff as long as you don't drink the whole flask ...
My field camera cannot be collapsed with an installed lens. That leaves the bellows open to all manner of dust and flying debris, at put up and take down. I cut down an old plastic Kodak Grey Card to the size of the lens boards. I insert this whenever the lens has to be removed. It doubles as, wait for it, a grey card, useful occasionally in difficult lighting when I suspect my spot meter readings my be lying to me, or in color work.
My small Lowe Pro 15L carries 4-5 lenses, Chamonix 45N2, polarizer, R72, 10 stop ND and a deep yellow filter with all the needed step up rings plus a couple of grads. It also holds water, snacks and spare clothing lashed to the outside. With my carbon fiber tripod, light ACRA-tech GP head and various other goodies, 6 film holders and a roll film or Kinematic 10 exposure back, the whole setup weighs in at 22 pounds. Over the years I have noticed how a light pack plays a big role in how long I can stay out, where I can go and how dynamic the resulting photos are.
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GREAT idea! I can't fold any of my lenses into my Toyo either. I'm cutting down a gray card tonight. Thanks!
Originally Posted by ROL
View Omega 4x5, Bogen Tripod and 10 double sided film slides.
I really would like to buy a bag for my LF, but i couldn't decide on one yet, here or on another websites i have hundreds of choices, everybody will feel happy with what they get, so i can't choose one over another if all or most are good enough.
Well, i won a lens for my Graphlex from ebay and just placed the order, also bought a ground glass for my Shen Hao hoping it will be better or bright to use over the manufacturer one came with it.
…and then, of course, there's my giraffe.
Originally Posted by Shawn Dougherty
Thanks for the kind words.
At second glance, my list seems really long. However, I carry all that stuff around along with wooden folder, five lenses, meter, filters, and filmholders and hardly notice. The accessories are not really very bulky or heavy and fit in various pockets in my photo vest, which often remain unopened for months at a time
In another thread one poster mentioned that he had a cloth tape measure sewn into the edge of his darkcloth for measuring bellows extension. Great idea.
My darkcloth is homemade; white Gore-Tex on the outside, black non-slip material on the inside. It has saved my camera from a few crashing breakers at the coast and kept me and my pack dry on rainy days as well.
As for packs: I prefer a lumbar pack with an additional shoulder strap. Then I can just unbuckle the hip belt and swing my pack around to my side and work out of it like a shoulder bag when setting up. The only thing that ever touches the ground when I work are the feet of my tripod (and my shoe soles, of course).
@ROL: Love the giraffe! I'll look for it on the trail.