Don't even ask that question, or you'll have a whole closet full of them before you know it.
Originally Posted by Markok765
I would need a trailer rather than a bag, so I use a Supermarket recyclable "green" bag which holds all my photographic needs for that day (sometimes two bags).
Originally Posted by Markok765
(I pad out the base of the bags with bubble-wrap, the gear sits on top)
Advantages: everything is easily accessible; you only carry what you need immediately (the rest can stay in the boot of the car); you don't look worth robbing.
I couldn't afford the mule, use the wife to help carry stuff and hand me what I need....I hope she is not reading this.
Originally Posted by Jeff Kubach
don't waste your $$ on a bag ..
if you end up traveling, you can get something small, when
you need it .. but for the handful of things you have, it isn't worth it.
i have a few camera bags, mostly to store my too many cameras and lenses in
but when i use my camera, like today or yesterday or whenever, the bag never comes with me,
unless i am on a job and i don't know what i will be needing ( or i am traveling) .
the biggest problem with photography, is it sometimes requires too much stuff to schlep around when
one camera with one lens will do. if i could, i would get rid of most everything i have just to have one camera
and one lens ... that would be ideal ...
but unfortunately i can't really get rid of them ...
getting back to your question, no, you don't need a bag.
I have several bags. I choose what I'm going to use, and then use the appropriate bag, or in some cases, no bag. The only bag that is used constantly in one configuration with set gear is the bag I use for commercial and wedding photography.
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I've got quite a few but the one I wish I'd bought in the beginning is the Lowepro slingshot,the one that can be moved from your back 'round to the front in seconds-highly recommended.
Main rule: as long as you have more camera's than bags you are OK.
Exeption: LF, but those are not bags but cases: one for the camera, one for the lenses and one for the filmholders
For 35mm I have one general alu case for everything, than a LowePro backpack for travel and an old bag for when I want to go light.
MF: one case for the SL66, one bag for the SL66, for the RB67 I still have to buy a case and a bag.....
Once you start to acumulate gear there will be a growing need for more bags..... as each type of photography needs its own set and bag.
Try them before you buy them and be inventive, try not to show that you have expensive gear with you !
I prefer small bags, like the Domke F3X. Fits a camera and a couple of lenses. I don't like being encumbered by lugging all my gear around; did that when I was getting started, and it really put me off photography until I got better sense. Often I will just sling a camera over my shoulder and skip the accessories altogether. It really fits my style, which is serendipitous, as in "without thought".
So no, you don't 'need' a camera bag. I have nine, they're all full of gear. Bags (in my case) are best suited to keeping systems together, and keeping the dust from fouling the works. Since I began accumulating a Minolta MD setup a few months ago, I can see I'm gonna need another bag. :rolleyes:
Right now in Spain they're holding the Running of the Bulls,
followed by the Soiling of the Pants,
and the Burying of the Idiots.
I personally would get a bag, and a Domke is the right one for the job! They are really really good bags!!
Helping to save analog photography one exposure at a time
I would look into the Kata Sensitivity V. It is made of neoprene, so you can overstuff it and it will mold to the shape it needs to be. I love mine with all my heart.
While it's not big enough to hold my Mamiya kit, I can hold my digital SLR (nikon D40) with it's 3 lenses (18-55, 55-200, and 35 1.8), and my Nikon FG with two lenses (50 1.8 and 28 2.8), with filters, memory card reader, lens cloths, several rolls of film, etc. comfortably.
There's a back panel as well that is useful for magazines or a small laptop as well (my 15" MacBook Pro is way too big, but I'd imagine a 13" laptop would fit, and of course a netbook). There are also pouches on the sides and on the straps for smaller things like a small lightmeter, logbook, etc.
I think it's at least worth a look. I did the research you're doing now back in March and found the Kata. From what I hear their customer service is also very good, though I haven't needed it.