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    I have two "levels" of camera bags when/if I pack a bag to actually carry around with me while shooting.

    One bag is a small men's shaving bag with a shoulder strap. It has a big top-loading pocket with a dual-zipper flap, a velcro divider in the main compartment, and a side zipper pocket.

    The side pocket has business cards, pens, pencils, Sharpies, a retractable brush, lens caps, sometimes filters, sometimes film if I need to make some room in the main pocket. There is a small cable release in there as well and an old mechanical delay for it, though I rarely use either. Sometimes batteries go in here as well, and CF cards when needed. Sometimes I put my Brockway (Sekonic) incident meter in there for quicker access.

    The main pocket usually carries a lens on one side and film on the other, and a light meter (or two), though it has been rearranged every which way that I can imagine. I have even put camera bodies there, and occasionally a speedlight.

    This is usually the bag I use.

    The other bag is at least twice as big. It is an Amvona bag (read CHEEPIE) that was given to me by a friend a few years back. It has a deep main pocket with a velcro divider or two. It has two big side pockets, a zippered mesh net above the main pocket, a front zippered pocked on the top, a front zippered pocket on the body, etc. I like that you can really stuff a lot of crap into it, even though it is not a huge-looking bag. I use it for when I might be going on a short trip, when I simply need to carry more than the shaving bag will fit, or sometimes when I am walking around using medium format instead of small format.

    I have several stepping rings and some filters, cable releases, tape, Sharpies, cards, a brush, and usually lots and lots of film.

    When on a big trip, both of these are usually "satellite" bags to the main bags and cases that are used for storage of the equipment.
    2F/2F

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    Well, I'm in the 2 bag arena as well: the first is always a Zeiss Ikon related (small) bag, now filled with a Ikonta postwar with Tessar, a Gossen Sixtomat digital, a sunshade, a Watameter and a booklet/pen to make some notes (if necessary).
    The second bag is somewhat larger and contains (today) a Canon T90, FD 2/35, FD 3.5/35-105, FD 2.8/20, Cokin A system with some 10 filters.
    Hans.

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    I have two camera bags. One has a Fuji S7000 digital and it's stuff, memory cards, etc. The other has my old gear, a Pentax SP1 that's unfortunately in pretty bad shape, and a black Canon AE-1, several lenses, filters, film, flashes, etc.

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    I just came back from some street shooting I was carrying a Canon EF with a FD 35mm f2 lens attached in a small Lowe pro Top loader bag that contained spare batteries the hood for the lens on a Lowe pro waist belt that also has on it a Think Tank pouch that contains FD20mm f2.8 lens with hood, and a Sekonic L-358 meter plus two spare rolls of Fuji Provia, I keep my gear simple for shooting street.
    Ben

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    Last weekend I went out with a Pentax Spotmatic F, 50mm f1.4 SMC Tak, Asanamua 21mm f3.8, and Vivitar 200mm f3.5.
    I also had an extra sr44 battery, a Gossen Luna-pro which I used for a couple of shots, and both warming and cooling filters for the Tak.
    1 roll Kodak Ektar 100.
    All in a soft leather shoulder bag with some buble-wrap on the bottom for extra cushoning.
    Film is being developed.
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    I'm on my way out for a days shooting It's a very warm sunny day,and don't want to lug too much gear, I'm taking a Canon T90 with FD 20mm f2.8, 35mm f2 and a Vivitar Series 1 70-210 f3.5 zoom , five rolls of Fuji Velvia 100 , and a Sekonic L-358 meter with the 1 degree spot attachment, all in a Billingham 335 bag.
    Ben

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    I don't bring a bag...

    ...unless I'm shooting a wedding. Normal shooting I just go out with one camera with one lens and an extra roll of film or battery.

    On bike, I'll bring the Nikon FE with slow film and a 24 2.8 for landscapes.

    Out with friends I'll bring the Nikon N80 with 400 Tri-X and a 50 1.8 for candids.

    Chasing grandkids I'll bring the Canon T2i and a 50 1.4 for shooting video and stills.

    Shooting low-light city shots I bring the Nikon D700 and a 50 1.8.

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    I stopped carrying camera bags a long time ago. I usually bring 1 to 3 cameras with lenses that I might want to use and my incident meter.

    (I do keep a lot of extras in my trunk... film cooler, tripods, monopods, batteries, darkbag, spare gear, etc.)

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    Two Leica M6 classic bodies, one silver, one black, two 50mm Summicrons and a 35mm Summicron. Lots of film and a Moleskine notebook.

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    I gave up on a bag some time ago. I used to hike a lot more than I do now, and I carried whatever pocket digital point and shoot I was not going to worry about destroying, so I got in the habit of working with very little. When I decided to take the plunge and just bring an SLR and live with it if I ruined it I was using a Kodak C310 and was getting great shots so I know I can deal with not having a huge setup with me.

    When I go out these days, I have three setups I like to use, also I wear a Camelbak backpack with water, clothing, and I will toss in any gear I am not using, lenses, flash, filters etc. if I have it. I sometimes toss in a spare specialty camera, 3D, Brownie folder, point and shoot digital, or something fun like that.

    If I have been there before I bring a camera set up with a lens and filters for what I believe I will do the most of that day, and some extra film, and a flash only if I know I will need it.

    If I have not been there before, or shooting will be varied I bring a camera with a general set up like a Nikon film camera with two or three speeds of film, or maybe the D70 with 18-200mm zoom lens, and a flash.

    If it will be wet I bring my Nikonos V with the 35mm, and some faster film as the flash set up on that camera just looks silly, if I will be underwater I bring the flash and slower film because I will need it.

    I can do a lot with next to nothing so I am lucky that I don't need to carry a large kit for what I do, also I am not a pro so time is not money for me. I have the gear that will allow me to compose a shot quickly and I do use it when I need to do that, but if I don't have the exact gear I need to get a shot, generally I can do quite well with the gear I have with me.



 

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