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What's in the bag?- Vol.1

The first in an irregular series of posts about the anxiety I bring upon myself every time I leave the house. I really need to spend way less time attempting to imagine every possible shooting scenario, and way more time shooting. Hey, what's in the bag?

If you are the type of person who frequents this site – I can’t imagine why you would be reading this if you’re not – you either have a lot of cameras, or you very likely soon will. There’s a good chance that you shoot everywhere, all the time. For some of you – those of you who have it real bad – those who have considered seeking professional help to deal with the anxiety you experience on a constant basis over the decisions you must make everyday regarding which cameras you have at your disposal at any given time – you will understand. You will laugh as you recognize the humour in this situation as something you yourself have experienced. Then you will cry. We all cry sometimes.

I am going away for the weekend. Nothing fancy. Just me and a couple buddies meeting at an old farmhouse bed and breakfast to play board games, drink beer, eat good food, and make fun of each other. We do this once a year or so. The house is a cozy place in the middle of no where, there is always the chance that an excellent photo opportunity will present itself.

What camera(s) should one pack for a two night outing like this?
Here’s my bag:

clockwise from top right corner: Horizon Perfekt, Rollei Retro disposable, Superheadz Yellow Peace, Hawkeye Brownie, Blue rubberized Supersampler, Polaroid Land 104, Lomo LC-A+, a couple of flashes, Golden Half, DIY Cam, original Diana, (middle) Polaroid Colorpack II converted to pinhole, Keystone 126, and miscellaneous film.

Since were gone for a couple of nights, you’ll also notice a couple of pairs of socks and underwear stuffed in the top middle section in the photo. I’ll throw a t-shirt and pair of jeans on top of everything before zipping this baby shut.
Luckily, one of my buddies is packing the food and drink.

This bag is the Lowepro Nature Trekker. Great for serious trips, it works as a back-pack, and meets most maximum dimensions for carry-on luggage.

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Of course, I’m packing another bag for three Holgas and their miscellaneous accessories, but that’s another post. What’s in your bag?

written by dirklancer

9 comments

  1. disdis

    disdis

    Don't you have cervical sprains after each trip?

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  2. mijonju

    mijonju

    woo looks heavy but also looks so sweet :)

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  3. eatcpcks

    eatcpcks

    nice bag dude!

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  4. froupster

    froupster

    You've covered every base there.. I like it..
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  5. bear1973

    bear1973

    I also suffer from this type of anxiety and subsequently, I also suffer from back ache and shoulder strain. Enjoy your weekend.

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  6. quaisoir

    quaisoir

    wow...that's a whole lotta stuff for a 2 day trip!

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  7. vicuna

    vicuna

    You're right about the "what camera+film+accessories should I bring with me while travelling" anxiety, I have the same... And I fixed myself a simple rule to avoid to much stuff to carry with me: only 3 cameras, with different picture and film format: something panoramic (Horizon most of the time, but now Spinner and Sprocket Rocket are also in the run...) a 35mm 24x36 one (LCA, XA2, Rolleimatic, Fisheye, Canon sureshot or others....) and a 120mm cam (Lubitel, Holga, Diana, WPC...) and of course a lot of films and some accessories. As I don't have a huge travel bag for cameras like yours, my limit is the Lomo Sidekick bag (large) for the cameras and accessories....
    Enjoy your weekend! :))

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  8. aim2run

    aim2run

    heh! I broke my Lomo sidekick (small) bag loading it with too many cameras. now i have two different bags - one for heavier cameras like the Zorki-4 and a Pentax K1000 - and another for smaller cameras like 3 LC-As, diana mini, Smena 8, colorsplash flash and a hot shots book. :-) of course it sounds like i'd be carrying too few cameras -- the rest of the space is taken up by film, lots of film.

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  9. ipdegirl

    ipdegirl

    You need a good chiropractor!! Seriously, before every outing I spend a good 20 minutes trying to figure out what cams to bring, what film, blah, blah, blah. My husband and children get impatient with me and cut my time short and I don't have an excellent bag like you do to hold a lot of stuff, so I'm usually limited to 4 cameras. Love it!!

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