Bags, Bags, Bags
In the process of moving our offices, one of our helpers accused me of being a serial camera bag polygamist. In an attempt to defend myself against her scurrilous accusations, I counted. I am sorry to report that she may have a point — 32 (empty) camera bags were relocated in our recent move — plus one bag that had all my cameras inside.
Some photographers change cameras as frequently as underwear; I tend to keep cameras for a long, long time (even in the digital age) but change camera bags instead. This is healthy. It's certainly less expensive. As I've thought about this more, I've concluded that I am, actually, justified. Why? I don't change tool boxes frequently — nor desks, nor computer bags, nor brief cases. It's not that I'm a compulsive organization nutcase. The simple answer is that I tend to use my cameras for different types of photography that often require different kinds of cartage.
- An air trip overseas requires one type of bag — I prefer my most frequently trusted Kata bag. Occasionally I use one of my Lowepro Slingbag.
- A driving trip through the desert requires a dust proof case — my old army surplus instrument case works perfectly.
- Working on my feet over at the shipyard (where I could walk to from our old office) required a belt pack. I have Lowepro Toploaders for this use.
- Walking around in Tokyo or China, I found a fanny pack was ideal.
- When I'm driving somewhere to conduct a 3-camera video interview, I use the same cameras I do for everything else, but have found small, independent camera cases best. This way, each camera and its assorted accessories is housed in an identical bag with identical layouts. When it comes time to pack up, it's easy to see that I have everything I arrived with safely tucked away in it allotted spot.
So, upon reflection, I've arrived at a guilt-free zone. In fact, I feel fully justified in going shopping for a new bag for the LensWork Road Show. Fun!