In my camera bag – the 2018 remix

Screen grab from an older version of my website showing the ‘obligatory bag shot’

I am writing this in response to a request from a long-time follower of my blogs who wanted me to do an update to an old posting which was, in turn, an update to an even older one.

Back in January 2009 I had been freelancing again for just over four months and I posted what I called the “obligatory bag shot” and went on to detail the kit that lived in my everyday camera bag. At the time that was a Lowe Pro Steath Reporter 650AW – a bag that I still own and use from time to time. These days I am more likely to either have a Domke J3 (with less kit) or a Think Tank Airport Take-Off rolling bag (with slightly more kit) and I wanted to compare notes on what I had in the bag back then compared to now. As a direct comparison I am going to talk about how I load the Lowe Pro when I use it:

2009                                                                           2018

Two Canon EOS5D MkII bodies                   Two Canon EOS5D MkIV bodies
Two Canon 580EXII flash units               Two Canon 600EX RT II flash units
Canon 16-35 f2.8L lens                                Canon 16-35 f4L IS lens
Canon 24-70 f2.8L lens                               Canon 24-70 f4L IS lens
Canon 70-200 f2.8L IS lens                        Canon 70-200 f4L IS lens
Canon ST-E2 flash transmitter                      Canon ST-E3 RT flash transmitter
2008 15″ Apple MacBook Pro                          2017 15″ Apple MacBook Pro
8 x Sandisk 8Gb CF cards                               8 x Sandisk 32Gb CF cards
2x Spare Canon LP-E6 batteries                       2x Spare Canon LP-E6N batteries

I don’t know about you but that looks like a mirror image with everything updated and the lenses reduced in weight being replacing the f2.8Ls with f4Ls. Image stabilisation has become part of my life now and I am slowly replacing the primes with IS versions as and when they become available

There are lots of other accessories and batteries in the bag too – including lighting gels, Lithium Ion AA batteries, flash modifiers and a notebook – but the biggest difference is that I rarely pack the same kit two days running. Some days I will use the prime lenses and on others I will leave out either the 16-35 or the 24-70. I rarely carry a laptop in a shoulder bag any more and I almost always have the iPad Mini ‘just-in-case’. I finished the 2009 posting with the following: “I’ve written before about the search for the perfect bag and all I can say is that the search continues.” It still continues but I am closer today than ever before.

Proof, if proof were needed, that everything changes but nothing really changes!

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