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:
2 x EOS5D MkII 2 x EOS5D MkIV
2 x 580EXII 2 x 600EX RT II
16-35 f2.8L lens 16-35 f4L IS lens
24-70 f2.8L lens 24-70 f4L IS lens
70-200 f2.8L IS lens 70-200 f4L IS lens
ST-E2 transmitter ST-E3 RT transmitter
2008 15″ MacBook Pro 2017 15″ MacBook Pro
8 x 8Gb CF cards 8 x 32Gb CF cards
2 x LP-E6 batteries 2 x 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!