Blog #141 Camera Wrappers
Blog #141 Camera Wrappers
Maybe it’s the post-holiday high from GAS or the horrible air quality in Hong Kong these days (we haven’t seen the sun in a fortnight) but my attention has drawn once again to gear. Once of my new years resolutions last year was to avoid buying any new cameras, and I stuck to it! (full disclosure, last fall I bought a 16mm f/1.4 Fujifilm lens to tie me over…rehab it for quitters!).
I also posted (before the holidays) about travel plans and gear and the like. Humm… what to bring or what to leave? Will I need that tripod and that shutter release? Best bring it all (if I have the space) or I might miss that epic shot! Heavens forbid!
This blog is about camera bags and if you’re like me you have a whole closet full of them. Some photographers rival their girlfriends or wives with the number of camera bags they own. This is not to say that all woman are bag hoarders but, bags and shoes…enough said.
The camera bag does many things. First, it offers protection. The camera bag is analogous to the motorcycle helmet. It projects but does a whole lot more. Bikers will agree that you shouldn’t buy the cheapest one you can find. Is you head only worth $29.99? I didn’t think so.
The right tool for the right job is the point. Going out for the day and you only need one camera and one to two lenses? Maybe you’re going away fro the weekend and need two bodies and three lens? Don’t forget the extra pockets for the film! For the week long trip or more, a larger cabin-ready bag will do the trick. Think small, medium, and large for the right occasion, of course.
Hiking? Bring a backpack not a messenger unless you enjoy painful shoulders. Need weather resistance just in case? Most cameras don’t like water inside of them. There are many camera bag makers out there. Lowepro is an old favourite and produces relatively inexpensive reliable gear. For something a bit more stylish see Ona. For the Cadillac of photography bags, check out Think Tank. These folks know how to do it right. The website alone is extremely well laid out and descriptive. I bought the Airport Essentials and truly enjoyed using it while in the Philippines for two weeks. These bags are built for cameras and photographers, plain and simple. They have all the bells and whistles you can image. They are so well thought out, ergonomic, comfortable and functional while looking good all at the same time.
If you are in the market for a bag or you just want to upgrade for the hell of it, I would strongly consider browsing the Think Tank website. I wish that I could offer you a discount but they don’t pay me to recommend them. The bags are just that good.
The light is always right.
*Images: © Limelight Limited
Where: Iloilo, Philippines
Subject: Coi pond - Variations
Gear: Fujfilm X-E3 + Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4.0 OIS Zoom Lens