Gee,I feel so bad now...I only payed $35.00 for an 'outdoors' vest at a Target Store.
Losts of pockets with a large one in the back.
Should I take it back and pay more now.(?)
Dammit!!! At that price I would expect separate pockets to hold an adequate number of 8x10 and/or 4x5 film holders.
Originally Posted by Wolfeye
There are holes in the sky where the rain gets in,
But they're ever so small that's why rain is thin.
In a recent project, a vest really did come in handy. I was driving around L.A. shooting approx. 20 pix per day with my Sinar (Fuji instant 3x4 prints). I kept the beast on the tripod riding shotgun. After the first day of this, it was obvious I needed to condense my two trips back and forth to the car for every shot into one. So I got a $10 used fishing vest. The thing worked great, and really picked up my pace. I put my Polaroid holder, my Pentax spot meter, my Brockway incident meter, my spare film, etc. into the vest. The metronome for timing the Polaroids was taped to the tripod. The thermometer was taped to the camera. The loupe was tied onto the camera with a shoelace. I looked like a stupid idiot (a bearded fisherman roaming the streets of L.A. with a big camera taking pix on people's streets...all I needed was for the vest to be orange or camouflage, and I am sure the cops would have been called on the weird creepy hick), but this getup was very helpful.
In other words, you can rig something that will have 90 percent of the functionality of that jacket for about 10 percent of the cost. The questions are how important are the remaining 10 percent and 90 percent, respectively? Do you really need the special "photo" features (the 10 percent), and if so, are they worth the extra cost (the 90 percent)? You also have to tweak the percentages for each situation.
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Or, you can find one for $20 on eBay: http://cgi.ebay.com/Press-Style-Phot...3A1%7C294%3A50
I have one I use in the field - works great!
I generally like to have jackets, pants, and shirts with lots of big pockets, so I've avoided buying any specialized photo vests or jackets. ExOfficio safari-style shirts have pockets big enough for a couple of 4x5" filmholders or a Grafmatic. I have a corduroy hunting jacket made by Barbour with nice big pockets that can hold Grafmatics. I'm wearing it in this photo--
Some fishing gear works, but often the pockets are too small, I've found. This fishing jacket, which I own, is nicely waterproofed with photographically useful pockets--
But nothing large enough and in the right place to comfortably hold, say a 35mm SLR body. You could fit them in the back pockets, which are large enough to hold maybe two trout each, but I don't think it would be very comfortable to have them there.
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Cmon David, everyone should walk around with a trout in their pocket...its a great conversation starter!
Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb
I have a photo vest (don't remember who made it) that I haven't worn in ages. It was very useful when wandering around a race track but now I mostly shoot nature and wildlife and the vest hangs in a closet. Now my "vest" is a backpack.
How to dress like a photographer?
New York or LA ?
Faded ripped jeans. converse sneakers or some rare Nike's. Black T-shirt. Rolex.
I have never understood why people buy jeans which have been purposefully damaged...
Originally Posted by david b
Actually I'd like to dress like a photographer... just not that one.
This one, please.
Been toying with getting a seamstress to make me a dress like that one... I'll make the pretty painted backdrop and buy one of those "bee" watson exposure meters which i think is what's hanging from her chest in an unladylike manner
You forgot a $7000 linhof master technika. A classic or jubilee version. It's also good for self defense if needed
Originally Posted by Sirius Glass
$600 for the gitzo vest is too much. I wouldn't spend that for the vest, even If I had millions!