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Old 03-25-2010   #1
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Default hauling gear around- what do you recommend?

When I go onsite for a shoot, I typicaly bring the main camera and the backup camera. Which is currently in two backpacks which contain:
Each bag consist of:
D300 with grip (well one bag has a 300s but other than that they are identical)
SB900
70-200 2.8
50 1.4
and two other unique lenses in each bag
CF cards, shutter releases, card readers, and such toss in each as well.

The gotcha I am having problems is I have more glass that I can put in the cases, and everything I don't bring everything I tend to forget it and kick myself trying to make something else work for me when on the shoot.

So what do you guys use? It isn't so bad when I am taking lighting and reflectors because I then take those bags and see to cramp my other glass in there then.

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Old 03-28-2010   #2
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I use a couple of these:

Pelican | 1564 Waterproof 1560 Case with Dividers | 1560-004-110

and I have a couple of Tenba shoulder bags and other assorted bags for light stands and other sundry equipment.
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Default Re: hauling gear around- what do you recommend?

I had the same problem since my photography covers a fairly wide range. My solution was to break my equipment up by need. I have a lot of small, fairly inexpensive cases for a lot of my gear. For bodies and lenses I have some high quality bags and a couple of Pelican cases of different sizes.

My other gear has been greatly broken up by types so I only grab what I need for any particular occasion. In the back of the truck is a truck box that I bought some foam for. Drop in the boxes/cases I need and fill in the spaces along the sides with foam to keep everything from shifting. That way I can take what I need for any particular situation without bringing the whole studio.
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Old 05-17-2010   #5
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I was going to update each of you and say thank you for your opinions. I ended up buying a aluminum cart and put the bags and gear in this. It wheels very easily over sand and over terrain. So far it is great.

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My Camera, a Graflex Pacemaker Crown Graphic 45, built around 1952

OK, that is the old way.

Funny thing is that that old heavy kit is about 20#, while the new light weight kit is about 60#. My current location kit takes 6-8 trips from the car to pack in.
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Cool cart. Do you mind if I ask you where you got it and how much it is?
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Default Re: hauling gear around- what do you recommend?

do you really use everything in those 2 bags?

the best thing you can do is decide what you actually need and will use, and leave the rest at home. i carry everything i need to cover a wedding in a lowepro proroller2 (including light stands)
otherwise, i just carry a single backpack and put my location lighting gear in a nike bat bag.
a couple of fast and flexible zooms, and a go to prime or two will all fit in a single bag (even with a second body if you feel like you need one for the gig)
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Old 05-18-2010   #9
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Default Re: hauling gear around- what do you recommend?

The cart was just under $200 and is available at any fishing bait and tackle store.

As for if I need the gear yes. I have tried to leave stuff home and Murphy law always says I need x when I don't have it. So I have learned to haul it instead of regretting it.


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