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Topic: Indispensable little accessories
Posted By: kiklop
Subject: Indispensable little accessories
Date Posted: 22 July 2006 at 16:04
Most of our photographic equipment isn't really cheap and some of them cost a real fortune.
Luckily, there are many little cheap things that can make our "life" easier and some of them are actually among the most important goodies we can have in our bag.
Here are two things that I use very often and that I didn't see discussed in our forum.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/search/ss= SIPLZ&BI=341 - Lens pen
A must have IMHO. I use it along with my blower most of the time.


http://www.bhphotovideo.com/search/ss= KOLT&BI=341 - Kodak lens clean paper
A cheap but safe solutions for lens cleaning. Part of my bag all the time too.


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Posted By: ph0t0man
Date Posted: 22 July 2006 at 16:16
I concure on the lens pen...they work wonders on things like fingerprints and specs of saliva or other dried on gook. They only last a limited amount of time, and then you have to replace them, but they are worth it for sure.


Posted By: Fuzzphoto
Date Posted: 22 July 2006 at 17:28
Haven't found a lens pen yet, but it's high on my list. Every bag and jacket should have one in a side pocket. Let's hope there aren't any bogus copies around.

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Posted By: ph0t0man
Date Posted: 22 July 2006 at 18:50
Try Ritz, they carry them...and the other local store in my area (National Camera) carries a version of them too...
It is a product that is made by some generic company, and gets rebranded by everyone who sells them...


Posted By: Fuzzphoto
Date Posted: 24 July 2006 at 09:19
Well, it's not that I can't actually find them, it's just that I don't feel like ordering one or more separately and paying a lot for shipping. The shops I've bought gear from until now didn't have them in stock. That's all.

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Posted By: keith_h
Date Posted: 24 July 2006 at 11:20
I've recently got a headlamp for night shoots. No need to hold the torch in the mouth any more.

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Posted By: 2manycamera
Date Posted: 24 July 2006 at 15:10
My 1st thought on a favorite cheap accessory is the Giotto air rocket. Looks like a fat missile and shoots out a strong blast of air. Works great on the sensorand fronts of lenses w/o touching.

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Posted By: anderslynge
Date Posted: 24 July 2006 at 15:35
I particularly like my beenbag.
My girlfriend made it for me, it has a zipper, so that I can empty it when boarding, and just fill it up with rice or something when I arrive.
Total cost: a few dollars and an few hours of handy work.


Posted By: Bob S.
Date Posted: 24 July 2006 at 16:32
I like my little battery and card wallet. I have one for each camera that holds two extra batteries and 2 extra CF cards in each. They are small enough to fit under a lens while attached to the camera w/grip - also keeps the camera level in my case.

I bought several Buxton wallets on clearance (the fat ones that hold about 20 credit cards) and cut out the credit card accordian holder. The wide section holds the batteries and the thinner section holds the CF cards.

I also agree with the Lenspen - I never leave home without one. Also, microfiber cloth!


Bob S.


Posted By: Anssisa
Date Posted: 24 July 2006 at 17:04
A few things that always go in my bag: an umbrella (micro sized, aluminium/glasfiber, won on lottery,it fits nicely in a lowepro aw200 slingshot with lots of room left i.e for a lens or flash) and a towel (also in the same compartment). I also have on the outside with the monopod a second umbrella for "just in case".

And i might say, it has not rained a singel day since i put the umbrellas in the bag, at least not when im outside shooting. And the towel is 40cm*40cm, and is just good to have with you.

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Posted By: jeditim
Date Posted: 26 July 2006 at 18:33
I feel really good...I have both (pen and lens paper) for a long time and use them often.
Tim

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Posted By: Fuzzphoto
Date Posted: 27 July 2006 at 00:24
A hot shoe bubble level would also make a very handy small accessory. Dunno if they're available for the Minolta shoe mount.

And what about lens cap retaining cords?

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Posted By: Bob J
Date Posted: 27 July 2006 at 10:16
Tell you what I'd like to find - a plastic case for spare batteries - I don't know what I did with the keeper that came with my original battery, but both the other batteries I have (Uniross and 7-day shop generic) came without one.

Until I find something, I've ended up buying a medium size pill box from Muji - this is about the right size but too shallow - however if you cut the lid off you can secure a battery into it with an elastic band and it keeps the battery contacts away from anything else.

Bob

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Posted By: nigelbrooks
Date Posted: 27 July 2006 at 10:52
I bought a Peli micro case for all the 'odds and sods'.

It was around a tenner and holds two spare batteries securely.

I am also told it floats. Must try to check that out someday -NOT.

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Posted By: tmoreau
Date Posted: 28 July 2006 at 03:52
Wont help with camera batteries, but works great for a spare set of AA's for my flash. I actually cut one down to just (4) aa's to make it smaller.

http://www.toolsaviation.com - http://www.toolsaviation.com


Posted By: cigar
Date Posted: 28 July 2006 at 05:06
I've had a LensPen since 1989 and it seems to be still working fine, they say it won't dry out and I believe them!
This 2-in-one lens cleaning system features a high-quality, soft, retractable lens brush and self-replenishing flexible tip that won't scratch or damage lenses. The remarkable cleaning compound removes fingerprints, smudges and grease marks with no spilling and it won't dry out. Safe for all lenses, including multi-coated surfaces. Use with camera lenses, binoculars, camcorders, etc. Environmentally friendly, non-toxic.


Posted By: tt688688
Date Posted: 30 July 2006 at 15:58
I have three free items in my bag:
1. bath cap from hotel to cover my camera and lens in case of raining
2. cotton bud used to clear CMOS
3. toothpick to change to focusing screen

of course, I like lens pen too. I will bring at lease two, one for filter one for lens glass.


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Posted By: dCap
Date Posted: 02 August 2006 at 21:48
- blower, the bulb

- pentax lens cloth ... I have four of them, one at work, one in my glasses case, two for my camera (one for lenses, the other for 'dirt' on lenses)

- flannel (wash cloth) ... easy fit in back pocket, good for wiping the sweat off your head in this heat.

- plastic bag ... great for sitting or kneeing in the wet or rain

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Posted By: Jacob
Date Posted: 07 August 2006 at 04:02

Swiss Army Multi-Tool

http://www.swissarmy.com/MultiTools/default.htm?category=multitools& - http://www.swissarmy.com/MultiTools/default.htm?category=multitools&


Posted By: tt688688
Date Posted: 07 August 2006 at 06:51
This tool is too expensive, should not be considered as little accessories ^_^

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Posted By: kiklop
Date Posted: 07 August 2006 at 12:44
Originally posted by Jacob Jacob wrote:


Swiss Army Multi-Tool
http://www.swissarmy.com/MultiTools/default.htm?category=multitools& - http://www.swissarmy.com/MultiTools/default.htm?category=multitools&

LOL .. to be honest i have one of those in my bag as can bee seen in this image from my older thread


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Posted By: 2manycamera
Date Posted: 07 August 2006 at 14:56
I have a "new" favorite accessory. For anyone using a tele with a tripod collar, look at "The Pod" im yellow. I've had the original red pod for several years and it works great on a camera body but just too large for a lens. the company added the yellow for p&s cameras, it's half the size and fits perfectly on the tripod cloor of my 300/4. I can grip it in my hand for hand held shots, or balance the lens on a convenient fence post for a VERY stable stand. $15 US!

There is also a blue version, same price and size as the yellow, but with an off-set connector for those whose tripod collars are real close to the camera body. Check it out at: www.thepod.ca

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Posted By: jimbo
Date Posted: 07 August 2006 at 16:12
Originally posted by 2manycamera 2manycamera wrote:

...For anyone using a tele with a tripod collar, look at "The Pod"...


Thanks so much 2manycamera! Never in a hundred years would I have thought of that myself!

I have both the pod (red) AND a suitable lens!

I got so excited I had to go find them both and take a picture of the combo! I've never been further than the back garden with this lens, I will go take it out later, maybe I will use it a lot more now.



I agree the red pod is perhaps a little large (and the 5D looks comically small) but never mind...




Posted By: 2manycamera
Date Posted: 08 August 2006 at 04:04
Jimbo, you're welcome! It's always a nice feeling when you can suggest something that clicks with someone else.

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Posted By: Cope
Date Posted: 22 March 2007 at 16:18
Originally posted by Jacob Jacob wrote:


Swiss Army Multi-Tool

http://www.swissarmy.com/MultiTools/default.htm?category=multitools& - http://www.swissarmy.com/MultiTools/default.htm?category=multitools&


Ever since 9/11, knives and tools are not allowed in many public auditoriums in the USA, and certainly not on airlines. I used to keep a small Swiss Army knife in my camera bag, but now it goes in my pocket (until they start strip searches at auditoriums).


Posted By: Hobgoblin
Date Posted: 22 March 2007 at 23:34
Originally posted by BobJanesSE2 BobJanesSE2 wrote:

Tell you what I'd like to find - a plastic case for spare batteries - I don't know what I did with the keeper that came with my original battery, but both the other batteries I have (Uniross and 7-day shop generic) came without one.

Until I find something, I've ended up buying a medium size pill box from Muji - this is about the right size but too shallow - however if you cut the lid off you can secure a battery into it with an elastic band and it keeps the battery contacts away from anything else.

Bob


I put my batteries in plastic coin bags that banks hand out. Then I can carry them in my bag or pockets without worries about the contacts touching anything. On cold days they go in an inside pocket to keep them warm.

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Posted By: Turerkan
Date Posted: 22 March 2007 at 23:47
artists brush, soft one:
cleaning the camera body, it can remove dust speckles from anywhere.. the most awkward corners like buttons, dials, hot shoe etc.. it simply turns your camera into new:) dont forget to clean the camera body with a cloth beforehand though, or your brush will become dirty too soon.

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Posted By: Tindrum
Date Posted: 22 March 2007 at 23:59
Microfibre towel - for me and the camera!
Blower brush
Foil cover from powdered milk (macro reflector!)
2 pentax slave flashes (guess the exposure).


Posted By: majique
Date Posted: 23 March 2007 at 04:39
Peli cases are indestructable. They DO float, and don't break. i dropped my P&S in a pelicase off a 20ft cliff, which then bounced into the pond below. when i managed to climb down and get it 15 mins later the insides were dry as a bone.

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Posted By: MostlyHarmless
Date Posted: 28 March 2007 at 01:44
Originally posted by Cope Cope wrote:

Ever since 9/11, knives and tools are not allowed in many public auditoriums in the USA, and certainly not on airlines. I used to keep a small Swiss Army knife in my camera bag, but now it goes in my pocket (until they start strip searches at auditoriums).

Leatherman makes a multitool without a knife: http://www.leatherman.com/products/tools/Knifeless-Fuse/default.asp

I've no personal experience with it, however. I do carry around one of these on my keychain:
http://www.swisstechtools.com/productdetail.aspx?PID=NLlBjkwLR0MA

Having both full size and small screwdrivers is great and the pliers are surprisingly useful for a tiny little tool.


Posted By: drjbg179
Date Posted: 28 March 2007 at 06:00
I saw an auction on Ebay for an add on silicone shutter button for the 7D. I think it was selling for about $13.00 US. I realized I had a whole package of them in my workroom which I bought for $2.99 US. They're little 3/8" clear rubbery bumpers made for dampening cabinet doors or for applying to the bottom of something to prevent scratching a fragile surface or keep it from slipping. Some are flat at the top, some are dome shaped. Mine are dome shaped. I stuck one on the shutter button on my 7D and wouldn't ya know it; it's the coolest darn shutter button ever to grace a camera. It actually feels like I have more "control" and better accessibilty to the button with my finger, especially with the HS1 hand strap applied. Anyway, I'm getting just as much of a kick out of my 30 cent addition than I would be with a $300 lens. Maybe others will find it a neat little improvement also.


Posted By: majique
Date Posted: 04 April 2007 at 20:34
Originally posted by 2manycamera 2manycamera wrote:

I have a "new" favorite accessory. For anyone using a tele with a tripod collar, look at "The Pod" im yellow. I've had the original red pod for several years and it works great on a camera body but just too large for a lens. the company added the yellow for p&s cameras, it's half the size and fits perfectly on the tripod cloor of my 300/4. I can grip it in my hand for hand held shots, or balance the lens on a convenient fence post for a VERY stable stand. $15 US!

There is also a blue version, same price and size as the yellow, but with an off-set connector for those whose tripod collars are real close to the camera body. Check it out at: www.thepod.ca


The company that makes the pod is having a sale on ebay right now. looks like they accidentally made the red sized pod with a yellow bottom so they are selling them for $9.99 US. picked mine up today.

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Posted By: stroberaver
Date Posted: 06 April 2007 at 21:35
Originally posted by tmoreau tmoreau wrote:

Wont help with camera batteries, but works great for a spare set of AA's for my flash. I actually cut one down to just (4) aa's to make it smaller.

http://www.toolsaviation.com - http://www.toolsaviation.com

Those are EXACTLY what I'm looking for to hold the two sets of 4 AA cells I have for my flashgun!

But they don't sell directly to the UK, judging by their website. :( Has anyone seen these or anything like them available in the UK?

(EDIT) Not to worry, found something similar!


Posted By: PhotoTraveler
Date Posted: 09 April 2007 at 04:56
In my bag, I carry with me.

1) Pen and Paper, to write down stuff when needed, it happens
2) Lens cleaning cloth of some form
3) Mag lite, flashlights are always handy
4) Spare caps for everything. Just in case one doesn't come back
5) Polarizer
6) Spare batteries and CF of course


Then things that are often with me.

7) Map (of where I am, trail and such)
8) Compass, to figure out where the moon or sun will be (helps to write down sun/moon ups and downs before hand.
9) Snack and bottle of water
10) iPod


Posted By: Maggy
Date Posted: 18 April 2007 at 12:38
String "monopod". Use the type of strings used to set up a tent with a slider to adjust the size of the loop. Put a foot in the loop. Attatch a metal plate with a hole for the rope and a hole for a camera screw to the other end. Screw on camera base plate. As long as the string is stretched to the limit, the camera is almost as stable as on a tripod. But you can still point your lens in any direction except moving the body up and down.


Posted By: aarif
Date Posted: 26 April 2007 at 15:04
I usually carry

1-A lens pen (sensorklear) with a blower

2-extra batteries and CF cards (charger only if the trip is more then one day)

3-cleaning cloth and wet-wipes for cameras that can be used to clean the lens too

4-shutter release cord

5-lighter


Posted By: alberto
Date Posted: 26 April 2007 at 20:52
A 1 meter (3 feet) cord.

Just in case.

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Posted By: keith_h
Date Posted: 03 June 2007 at 13:17
I've got a small spirit level since a hot shoe level was going to cost way too much. About $2-00 compared to $60-00.

And all the small stuff is in ziplock bags too. This is to ensure nothing small falls out by mistake and to protect from sand and moisture. I did get hit with a kite while changing filters once and because the bag was open everything got covered in wet sand. Now the bag is open only long enough to get something out or put something back and as much stuff as possible is bagged.

Anytime I find a gel sachet, into the camera bag it goes.

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Posted By: Mick
Date Posted: 11 June 2007 at 01:53
Originally posted by 2manycamera 2manycamera wrote:

My 1st thought on a favorite cheap accessory is the Giotto air rocket. Looks like a fat missile and shoots out a strong blast of air. Works great on the sensorand fronts of lenses w/o touching.


Also my favourite piece of 'recent kit addition'. Mindblowing.


Posted By: kombizz
Date Posted: 11 June 2007 at 16:47
I think another small thing or gadget to have would be small flashgun in case a person needs it at night photography.

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Posted By: Eclipse
Date Posted: 09 July 2007 at 21:11
I once had to send a brand-new body for repair fro AF trouble, and it turned out that part of the problem was a tiny bit of (factory induced) grit/grease in the motor drive pin socket for the lens. After that, whenever I took that body anywhere, I took a wooden toothpick to clean the drive pin socket out. It worked fine on the one or two occasions it was needed! My Minolta bodies have never had this problem- I think the design of that other body must have left the area a bit vulnerable for some reason- I don't know why but I rather suspect it may have 'leaked' a bit of grease from time to time, and of course any dust would then stick to it.


Posted By: twb119
Date Posted: 29 July 2007 at 09:20
I keep two plastic garbage bags in my camera pack, one for me (cut a hole in bottom for your head to fit through) and one for my camera pack.
They take up very little room, very cheap, and after used for rain just pack two new ones in.
It rains a lot in south Florida :)


Posted By: DargonOnDiet
Date Posted: 24 August 2007 at 00:01
I think this rocket blower works better

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/388983-REG/Giottos_AA1920_Rocket_Air_Blower_.html

there are bigger size as well



Posted By: AlexKarasev
Date Posted: 21 September 2007 at 04:17
1. A Microdear lens cleaning cloth (world's best; sold in Japan but Adorama carries it), in a good-condition ziploc bag that had been degreased with alcohol. I'd never gotten comfortable with the lenspen and disposable cleaning papers.

2. Kodak lens cleaning fluid.

3. An extra rear lens cap - helps in changing lenses

4. A small LED flashlight

5. A nickel, for tripod plate screw

6. A spare battery

7. A small Moleskine notebook and a mini pen


Posted By: Dinostrich
Date Posted: 21 September 2007 at 10:14
A potted history of Minolta to give to the snotties when thay ask - "Minolta - what's that ?"

Seriously ( in addition to the usual spares etc.):-

Lenspen - do check the surface out regularly to make sure there is no grit still attached
The Pod
Small penlight
Camera Rain-coat
Filter wallet - holds 6
Filter wrench
Pen & pad

AND - small white sticky labels ( ??? )


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Posted By: the_journalist
Date Posted: 21 September 2007 at 11:16
I keep a 'Rite in the Rain' waterproof notebook in my bag to scribble notes about my photos while I'm shooting along with a pen with waterproof ink. Not that I do a lot of shooting in the rain, but if it starts raining, I'm so busy getting my equipment out of harms way that my notebook is my last priority. I had a few ruined notepads after quick afternoon thunderstorms before I finally discovered these cool little waterproof ones.


Posted By: Shercando
Date Posted: 08 October 2007 at 18:35
I am looking forward to my Sony A700 in a few days. I also ordered an accessory Sony "Magnifier" FDA-M1AM for $67.99, (after 15% Sony accessory discount) It fits over the viewfinder like a angle finder but is straight on. It has a diopter adjustment independent of the camera. It gives about 2.3 times the view for more accurate focus. Users need to realize the image will cover an area larger than seen. It's like looking at a zoom or crop. Certainly it will improve macro work but I am looking forward to other hard to capture shots like the attached.



I just missed this shot of a very skittish zoo bird That I may have nailed if the Sony Magnifier works as well as I expect with narrow depth of field as in this f/2.8 Sigma 90mm shot:





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Posted By: Mr.Pink
Date Posted: 13 November 2007 at 18:01
Does anyone have any experience with Hama lenspad? How it performs compared to original Lenspad? Or should I be aware of it?!

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Posted By: Mr.Pink
Date Posted: 13 November 2007 at 18:02
Originally posted by Mr.Pink Mr.Pink wrote:

Does anyone have any experience with Hama lenspen? How it performs compared to original Lenspen? Or should I be aware of it?!


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Posted By: dilettante
Date Posted: 13 November 2007 at 18:12
Originally posted by Mr.Pink Mr.Pink wrote:

Does anyone have any experience with Hama lenspad? How it performs compared to original Lenspad? Or should I be aware of it?!


I have one - it seems to work, but I can't compare it to the original since I've never tried one.

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Posted By: Mr.Pink
Date Posted: 13 November 2007 at 18:18
Thx! Anyone used both Hama and original?! What about Hama products overall (blower compared to one of Gitzo, lens tissues, cleaning cloth and, brushes). Any experience with that, anyone:)?!

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Posted By: Two_truths
Date Posted: 13 November 2007 at 19:04
Originally posted by keith_h keith_h wrote:

I've recently got a headlamp for night shoots. No need to hold the torch in the mouth any more.


Similarly; I carry with me a decent pair of climbing gloves; warm yet thin, black, with a good grip on the inside.

Of course there are also the LowePro Photo Gloves but I like my climbing ones :o)

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Posted By: Mick
Date Posted: 06 December 2007 at 04:41
Not really a cheap extra but I've just bought an Olympus Mju770SW for where I daren't take my cameras. It's waterproof, drop proof, crush-proof and has reasonable IQ.

I was originally looking for an underwater housing for my a700 or D7's but, let's face it, I wouldn't dare use it. The Olympus, however, can be thrown into the sea, rolled in the sand, stood on, washed under running water and left out to dry. For holiday photos of coral reef animals etc, it's going to get some serious use - starting in Curacao over Christmas.

I daren't normally take a decent camera to the beach - and when I do I'm way too careful to enjoy myself, so this tiny toy will be a breath of fresh air.


Posted By: Mick
Date Posted: 15 December 2007 at 17:30
Originally posted by Fuzzbass Fuzzbass wrote:

A hot shoe bubble level would also make a very handy small accessory. Dunno if they're available for the Minolta shoe mount.

And what about lens cap retaining cords?


Not sure about lens cap retaining cords - but I made a level for my camera. Works a treat...

Spare hot shoe cover,
cheap generic bubble level,
epoxy 2 part resin,
another level,
vice.

Popped the cheap hot shoe level into the vice, set it level.
Dab of 5 minute epoxy onto the mount plate. Apply the upside-down spare hotshoe cover. Used another level to apply pressure to the hotshoe cap (and keep it level) and then stood there like an idiot for 5 minutes. I then used some more epoxy to strengthen it up.

With hindsight, I should have drilled a hole or two through the cover to allow the glue to get to the inside of the cover - but it might not be necessary.



Posted By: ferretracer
Date Posted: 01 January 2008 at 20:09
Here are a few things I keep with me:

1. iPod (real cheap one- holds about 70 songs)
2. Survival knife which has waterproof matches, fishing line and hook and compass inside- I only take this when I'm going hiking/camping
3. Survival blanket (the shiny metal looking one) they fold up real small- again, I only take it when hiking/camping
4. LCD cleaner/cover (plastic static sheet style)
5. Med kit/ snake bite kit
6. 2 large plastic zip loc bags


Posted By: PracticalUse
Date Posted: 01 January 2008 at 20:28
A list of things to consider adding to your bag depending on needs:

http://aliasimages.com/NonPTools.htm - Non Photographic Tools for Photographers

Cheers,
Alan

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Posted By: Dr.Theo
Date Posted: 13 March 2008 at 17:44
not so much in my bag but on it,
I travell alought and i carry a ton of junk with me, becuase i might need it and i have it so i should bring it with, so my bag is heavvvy its a domke J1 jounalist bag so it can fit a ton and my shoulders hurt alot in airports and what not, and i suffer from the same thing but worse with my dive bag that weighs in at around 80 pounds so i went on ebay and bought 4 golf club bag replacement straps for 2 dollars each and 5 dollars or so shipping, moddified them to use carabiners instead of plastick clips or cheap metal clips. and wallah no more sore burning shoulder from a lightly padded 1.5 inch strap. it works perfect, and it should golf bags are heavey and they are meant to be carried all day.


Posted By: hiepphotog
Date Posted: 11 April 2008 at 16:56
I didn't read through the whole post, but I have to say the Giotto Rocket Blower. I don't use lens solution, most of the time a quick blow from the Rocket would get most of the stuff out. Then I use Impact brand lens cloth to wipe out the rest. I tried many type of lens cloths, but the Impact is gotta be the softest and lint-free one. I find that lens tissue is too rough.


Posted By: Dr.Theo
Date Posted: 01 July 2008 at 04:45
additions, zeiss wet cloths, 3m micro fiber lens cloth, a garbage bag for when it rains, or when i go from air con to warm weather or winter to indoors, just put the plastic bag around your camera bag and seal it up a bit then wait an hour or so befor taking it out so that the contents dont get a bunch of condenation in them. also i carry a sarong with me as it works out as a nice ground mat if i need to lay some things out and it is big enough that if the wind picks up i can wrap it around my gear to keep sand and what not out

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Posted By: andersonivo
Date Posted: 17 November 2008 at 17:30
The Hard LCD Protecting Cover is essencial for me (product id PCK-LH2AM). Don´t buy the soft version of it because it doesn´t work (PCK-LS2AM

Anderson Ivo.
www.flickr.com/andersonivo


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 28 September 2009 at 23:53
With a forthcoming trip to Darwin (and maybe Nepal), I thought it might be instructive to mention a few of the other gadgets that come with me:

1. Travel towel
The microfibre travel-towel is useful to wipe sweat (and other things) off camera gear in hot humid climates. It doesn't take up much space, but often handy.

2. Swiss Army Knife
Having a knife makes it easier to explore under bark for creepy-crawlies, detach leeches, bee-stings and dig parasites out from under your skin. The tweezer can make it easier to remove barbs from vegetation.

3. Comfortable camera straps
Hanging a camera off your neck or shoulder that isn't comfortable will aggravate and annoy you. It can lead to neck pains. The camera straps that come with cameras are typically too narrow.

I use a wide tamrac suede strap that has foam lining inside the suede. It works for me.

4. Rubber bands
Good to help secure improvised rain covers onto a camera and lens



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Posted By: pano200
Date Posted: 16 December 2009 at 17:51
I like to carry....
1. a sephora brush to brush off dust on lenses.. haha

2. clarity lens cleaners!


Posted By: Alanbrowne
Date Posted: 18 February 2010 at 03:51
I copied this list from an old web page I used to have up.
Formatting didn't copy well, read patiently.

"" The other photographic tools list ""

I doubt anyone would need all or even a quarter of this stuff on any given outing, but pick and choose as you need.

Warning: many items here will not make it through airport security.!!


Penknife     Whether a simple one blade penknife or a multipurpose "Swiss Army" knife, always handy. Remove before traveling on airlines.
Electricians Tape     
Duct (Duck) tape     
Gaffers Tape     Preferred tape of photographers as it comes off easily and leaves little or no residue
Flashlight     For night shooting a small flashlight is a must. To conserve night vision, the addition of a red filter is recommended. A larger flashlight can be used for light painting.
Caribiners     Small and regular size to gang things, clip them to your pack, keep them from bumping, etc.
Garbage bag     Before coming in to the warmth from cold weather, put your entire photo bag into the plastic bag. Force out all of the air and twist tight. Bring inside and let rise to room temp over an hour or so. Prevents condensation.
Coins     As a screwdriver for battery compartments, to make payphone calls and for parking meters.
Leatherman tool (multipurpose)     Great multi tool for all reasons
Aspirin, Tylenol, Advil     Headaches, sprains happen
Band aids     Cuts
Pad of paper, Pencil, Pen     Note taking
Business Cards      You never know when contact info should be exchanged
Model Release Forms     If shots might be published, sold, etc.
Invoice blanks     If invoicing for payment occurs on site
Proposal blanks (or pro-forma invoices)     If a proposal for services is made on site
Small screwdrivers     Camera parts sometimes come loose for mysterious reasons
Condom (non-lubed)     Protect camera lens from rain (Ok, won't work with an 80-200 f/2.8 ... but smaller lenses..) Also to store a variety of small odds and ends and keep them dry.
Long twist ties     To hang things or to hold together. Fishing for dropped parts.
Double sided (tape) Velcro strips     To hold up backdrops and a million other things
Wide elastic bands (like the ones used to tie asparagus at the supermarket)     Help with stuck filters
Pliers (apart from Leatherman)     
Scissors     Might be built into the larger Swiss Army knives
Knife     A larger knife for some situations is useful
Exacto Knife     For precise cutting of foam boards, paper props, etc.
Red lens cover for flashlight     Conserves night vision
Split rings on packs for caribiners     Add to packs and bags so caribiners can be quickly used
Baby wipes      Hands can get dirty, this is a quick cleanup. Impromptu portraits of kids (of all ages) may need a quick face/hand wash
Small Level     For landscape, architecture shots (anything needing a 'level' camera) Levels that fit the flash accessory bracket are available
Tape measure     Documentary shots; measuring materials on location.
Spring clamps     A bit bulky, but can be used to hold things in place
Disposable rain poncho     In case of rain, or as a sun shade, reflector, scrim, gobo.
String (heavy, light)     More prop material
Foam core art board     Mounting, refletors, gobo, background
Mini bungee cords     More prop material and can be used to hold things together
Bungee cords      As above. Can also be used attached to tripod with weight of foot to add stability by pressing to ground
Ziplock bags (large)     Protect parts from moisture/condensation/dirt
Compass, Sun Compass     With maps to orient and navigate. A sun compass is not as practical in most cases
Memo/Tape recorder     A compact memo recorder is great for taking notes on exposure, location details, etc.
Paper towels/napkins/towels     Cleanups are always around the corner. Sitting models in certain places may require protecting their clothes. A towel is extra padding to protect gear. Can also be used as a rest for long focal length and or long shutter speed shots
Umbrella     Protect your equipment (you too if there's room!) from unexpected rain
Can be used to block light from reaching the lens and causing flare
Sunscreen     Don't get burned. Note that some sunscreens may damage camera parts and optical coatings
Bug repellant     Warning: Some bug repellents may damage camera parts and optical coatings
Ground pad     If a lot of sitting, squatting, lying down is in your photo day.
Fire starter     This is more in the 'survival' category
Lighter, matches     C'mon baby light my fire...
Snake bite kit     C'mon baby suck my bite...
Cord     More prop support
Monofilament (fishing line)     Prop support or you never know what may be biting
Straight pins     Props and clothing repair
Mints, Clorrets      Be kind
Tampons     At weddings or other social events be the hero.
Rubber tubing     Great to tie down props
Safety pins     Props and clothing repair
Tie wraps (self locking)     Very secure attachments
Mirror     Various uses from weddings to survival
Water bottle (collapsible)     Don't get dehydrated
Water treatment tablets     If you need to drink from the wild, running water (a stream or fast river) is cleaner than a pond or lake. Use water treatment tablets to avoid the revenge of local ghosts. Boiling water for 20 minutes is effective too.
First aid kit     Even a small kit will help for those cuts and abrasions that occur on a hike or location shoot
Orange safety tape     Mark dangerous areas, signal for help
Compact Fishing Kit     Another in the 'survival' category
Hand warmer     Chemical based pouch where you 'snap' a metal part, and the pouch releases heat for an hour or so. Pouch can be restored by simply boiling it in water
Space blanket     Beyond the survival category (conserve heat, signal), can be used as a reflector or gobo.
Coin like variable thickness screwdriver     Coin-screwdriver
Box cutter     Very sharp knife for various uses
Lint removal roller     Someone always shows up with lint
Index cards     Record info, people's e-mail addresses, etc
Water sprayer     Dewy water shots of flowers and spider webs
GPS     Navigate, record points of interest
Machete     Nature shooting sometimes requires cutting out a 'niche'. Survival tool too.
Flint & steel      Survival category (fire starter)
Folded piece of aluminum foil or a whole roll in the lighting props bag     As a reflector, gobo, signaler, to keep things in, etc, etc.
Party noise maker     Survival, to signal to group, to warn large animals that you are coming (they'd rather avoid you)
Compact high energy food     Long days and treks require food
Spare eye glasses     In case you lose/break a pair
Sharpie (permanent marker pen)     Writes on many surfaces, including the film canister that you just underexposed by two stops and consequently needs a 'push'
Allen wrench (Allen keys)     Part of tripod adjustments in the field
"Surefire" torch     Very quick fire starter
Short brass tube     Use as a blower
Sewing kit     
Shower cap (cheap hotel giveaway type)     Protect gear in rain
Handkerchief with name/home address     Expose first frame with mailing data in case film gets lost in processing.
Bean bag     Lens stabilizer
Sun hat     
Knee pads (a la construction worker)     Low level work is a pain...
Tweezers     
Silverized windscreen protector     Use as fill light reflector or gobo
Avery labels     
Maps     
6 inch (15cm) ruler     Usually for documenting. Place in image with subject
4 way screwdriver     Another multitool
Kleenex     
Emory boards     to clean battery terminals/contacts
Super glue     You never know what might need a quick repair
White pantyhose     Weddings (the hero role again)
Section of black pantyhose     quickie softening filter (use rubber band to hold it in place)
Sewing needle     
Thread (black, white, grey, blue)     
Bottle opener     Often in "Swiss Army" knives and there are still bottled products that don't have twist off caps
Corkscrew     Again, often in Swiss Army knives. During breaks, du pain, du vin et du Boursin is a nice way to relax.
Toothbrush, tooth paste     After the pain, vin et Boursin
small combination lock     Where lockers may be provided
Florists wire     strong, non marking wire to hang things
A short length of old film leader     to retrieve film leaders from rewound (oops) canisters
Thermos     Preferably with something to drink in it
Spare shoe/boot laces     They break too, usually at the worst time
Small step ladder     Could be part of a rolling toolbox


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I have discovered photography. Now I can kill myself. I have nothing else to learn.- Pablo Picasso


Posted By: brettania
Date Posted: 24 February 2010 at 03:21
http://www.blackrapid.com/ - Black Rapid camera slings , as suggested by mstaben for use with longer lenses while hiking/camping.


Posted By: Alanbrowne
Date Posted: 26 February 2010 at 16:56
Originally posted by aegisphan aegisphan wrote:

I find that lens tissue is too rough.


Lens tissue (eg Kodak) is meant to be used with a cleaner (eg Kodak lens cleaner) in tiny amounts. I've been using it for 20 years with no seen negative effect on my lenses.

1. Clean with the cleaner (less than a tiny drop) in a wadded tissue.
2. Use a dry tissue for any excess or streaks.

Face it, lens glass and coatings are VERY hard. Lens tissue won't harm the lens or coating.

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I have discovered photography. Now I can kill myself. I have nothing else to learn.- Pablo Picasso


Posted By: PHCorrigan
Date Posted: 02 April 2010 at 18:39
Here are a few of mine:

Filter wrenches

Giottos Rocket Blower (BTW, in an emergency a baby enema bulb is a good substitute. It also probably costs less.)

Op/Tech Rainsleeve - more expensive than a plastic bag (about 10 USD for two), but works better.

Small flashlight

12" translucent reflector - The brand I have is Photoflex LiteDisc. I use this to soften direct sunlight when doing macro work. Not really cheap, but not that expensive either.

Optical lens cleaner kit. Available wherever you buy eye glasses. Includes a spray bottle of lens cleaner and a microcloth in one compact plastic container.


Posted By: RobY
Date Posted: 15 April 2010 at 15:00
Just a few odd items in addition to the more usual items:

Hand "Wet Wipes".

Small pack of tissues.

Headache tablets.

If I'm using the backpack I'll also carry an ex-army Poncho that folds flat and can be made into a shelter.

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Posted By: revdocjim
Date Posted: 15 April 2010 at 17:56
One of http://www.yodobashi.com/ec/product/100000001000865851/index.html - these.
Absolutely indispensable when shooting outdoors in bright light! Got mine for about $35 and it was worth every penny!

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Posted By: roweraay
Date Posted: 07 July 2010 at 15:33
Originally posted by nigelbrooks nigelbrooks wrote:

I am also told it floats. Must try to check that out someday -NOT.


Maybe a smart idea to check out how well it floats, by taking the camera stuff out of it, fill it with pebbles and try to put it into a tub of water at home and check out if any water has entered and whether the combination actually floated. That knowledge might come in handy in a pinch !

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Posted By: emopunk
Date Posted: 08 September 2010 at 16:18
What kind of Swiss Army Knife do you people take with you in order to not have troubles with police etc.? Victorinox has a very broad catalogue and I find it quite confusing to choose one to carry with us in our photographic activities.

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Posted By: TheRuttmeister
Date Posted: 08 September 2010 at 16:35
Originally posted by emopunk emopunk wrote:

What kind of Swiss Army Knife do you people take with you in order to not have troubles with police etc.? Victorinox has a very broad catalogue and I find it quite confusing to choose one to carry with us in our photographic activities.


You need to check you local laws.

In the UK anything with a blade over 3.5cm or of a locking type is in the offensive weapons category. Only way you can get away with that is if its a work tool and you are traveling to or from work.

Do you need the blade? Because Leatherman do bladeless multi-tools!

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Posted By: emopunk
Date Posted: 08 September 2010 at 16:50
Originally posted by TheRuttmeister TheRuttmeister wrote:

Originally posted by emopunk emopunk wrote:

What kind of Swiss Army Knife do you people take with you in order to not have troubles with police etc.? Victorinox has a very broad catalogue and I find it quite confusing to choose one to carry with us in our photographic activities.


You need to check you local laws.

In the UK anything with a blade over 3.5cm or of a locking type is in the offensive weapons category. Only way you can get away with that is if its a work tool and you are traveling to or from work.

Do you need the blade? Because Leatherman do bladeless multi-tools!


Well, I can't say I do need a blade but I can imagine that in some situations it may come handy.

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Posted By: PHCorrigan
Date Posted: 08 September 2010 at 17:42
Originally posted by emopunk emopunk wrote:

What kind of Swiss Army Knife do you people take with you in order to not have troubles with police etc.? Victorinox has a very broad catalogue and I find it quite confusing to choose one to carry with us in our photographic activities.


I would assume this depends on what country you are in. Here in the U.S. the only times I've ever been concerned about carrying a pocket knife are when I'm flying or going into a high-security building, such as a court house. Oh, and going into a school.

I think we have gone a bit overboard on this. When I was a kid I always carried a pocket knife, even to school. In those days switch-blades were considered weapons, normal pocket knives were not. I fact, in the eighties, I always had a pocket knife in my brief case, which I carried on to airplanes.

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A77, A77ii, So50_1.4, So18-200, M35-105, M50 2.8 RS Macro, M100_2.8 macro, So30 2.8 macro, Beercan, M75-300 new, Rokinon 85 1.4, Tamron 16-300, Sigma 10-20, HVL-F42AM, 5600 HSd, Sekonic L-358


Posted By: emopunk
Date Posted: 08 September 2010 at 18:06
Originally posted by PHCorrigan PHCorrigan wrote:

Originally posted by emopunk emopunk wrote:

What kind of Swiss Army Knife do you people take with you in order to not have troubles with police etc.? Victorinox has a very broad catalogue and I find it quite confusing to choose one to carry with us in our photographic activities.


I would assume this depends on what country you are in. Here in the U.S. the only times I've ever been concerned about carrying a pocket knife are when I'm flying or going into a high-security building, such as a court house. Oh, and going into a school.

I think we have gone a bit overboard on this. When I was a kid I always carried a pocket knife, even to school. In those days switch-blades were considered weapons, normal pocket knives were not. I fact, in the eighties, I always had a pocket knife in my brief case, which I carried on to airplanes.


I agree with you that it's a bit overkill when we need to worry about a pocket knife and where we take it too. But I guess that's one other result of the hard times we are living in.. Things are not that easy as they used to be..
Anyway, I was looking for example at the http://www.victorinox.com/product/1/100/1000/1.7725.T - Victorinox Cybertool 34 , which carries mainly screwdrivers and tools for ITers. But I am afraid that in countries like UK this could be identified as weapon (!!!) because of the small blade they carry.



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Posted By: TheRuttmeister
Date Posted: 08 September 2010 at 18:10
And I got my numbers wrong, its 8cm in the UK. Most swiss army knives are under that limit though!

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Posted By: emopunk
Date Posted: 08 September 2010 at 18:30
Originally posted by TheRuttmeister TheRuttmeister wrote:

And I got my numbers wrong, its 8cm in the UK. Most swiss army knives are under that limit though!


That is already sounding better. Do they make some rule if the blade, altough shorter, is lockable?

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Posted By: funnybeep
Date Posted: 12 December 2010 at 21:29
Does anyone know if it is possible to find a remote control that can calculate and exercise exposures in bulb mode (more than 30 sec.)?
Until now I have done the calculation manually and used a stop watch to do this, but a specialized remote control would make everything easier...
BTW, I use a850 and a700.


Posted By: Tue Romanow
Date Posted: 12 December 2010 at 21:43
I've never seen a remote that'll do the calculation of the exposure. I think you need a light meter for that. For the timing i use an Aputure timer remote. It keeps track of the time on long exposures, too and is absolutely indispensable for time lapse work...

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Posted By: neilvan
Date Posted: 03 January 2011 at 04:19
I think I have every accessory known to man but the one thing I find most useful (for a number of purposes) is simple...gaffer tape!

Here is the stuff I prefer:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/354356-REG/Permacel_Shurtape_Gaffer_Tape_Professional.html - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/354356-REG/Permacel_Shurtape_Gaffer_Tape_Professional.html



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http://thewarmland.com - http://thewarmland.com


Posted By: hopelessOne
Date Posted: 11 January 2011 at 19:29
Originally posted by funnybeep funnybeep wrote:

Does anyone know if it is possible to find a remote control that can calculate and exercise exposures in bulb mode (more than 30 sec.)?
Until now I have done the calculation manually and used a stop watch to do this, but a specialized remote control would make everything easier...
BTW, I use a850 and a700.


My Hahnel Wireless T Pro will do timed bulb exposures though obviously it won't calculate the correct exposure time. I use an app for my iPhone called PhotoBuddy and get the camera to do a basic exposure at e.g. f/2.8, ISO6400 and then use the app to calculate the correct shutter speed when I change it to f/8 and ISO400. It's usually a good starting point and can be refined with experimentation.

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Posted By: adamwoody
Date Posted: 09 February 2011 at 08:40
Originally posted by funnybeep funnybeep wrote:

Does anyone know if it is possible to find a remote control that can calculate and exercise exposures in bulb mode (more than 30 sec.)?

Until now I have done the calculation manually and used a stop watch to do this, but a specialized remote control would make everything easier...

BTW, I use a850 and a700.


maybe you can try LCD Timer Remote ,but it just for a700

%20http://www.linkdelight.com/R8E9-LCD-Timer-Remote-for-Sony-A900-A500-A700-A350.html - http://www.linkdelight.com/R8E9-LCD-Timer-Remote-for-Sony-A900-A500-A700-A350.html


Posted By: dagrahph
Date Posted: 10 February 2011 at 08:47
When I saw how much the Sony remote cord costs(40+GBP),I trawled ebay and got a Minolta RC1000L for 5GBP.

A good result It`s surprising how many are for sale too.

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If it wasn`t for bad luck I wouldn`t have no luck at all-Albert King

Cheers Dave A350,Dynax40,50/1.7,50mm 2.8 macro,18-70,28-100,35-70 70-210,Olympus XA,Ricoh CX1


Posted By: PHCorrigan
Date Posted: 11 February 2011 at 03:49
Here is something I find indispensable on cold days-a pair of framer's gloves. They keep your hands warm but leave your thumb and two fingers free to operate your camera:

http://www.amazon.com/Custom-LeatherCraft-140L-Framer-Glove/dp/B0000DYVHL - http://www.amazon.com/Custom-LeatherCraft-140L-Framer-Glove/dp/B0000DYVHL

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A77, A77ii, So50_1.4, So18-200, M35-105, M50 2.8 RS Macro, M100_2.8 macro, So30 2.8 macro, Beercan, M75-300 new, Rokinon 85 1.4, Tamron 16-300, Sigma 10-20, HVL-F42AM, 5600 HSd, Sekonic L-358


Posted By: KeithW
Date Posted: 31 August 2011 at 23:54
I carry a survival blanket which doubles asa reflector, a notebook and pencil (pens always dry out when you need them) a pair of filter wrenches, an LED torch a small pocket calculator and microfibre cloths

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a350, Sony 18-70, 55-200, Sigma 70-300 APO, Minolta 35-70 f/4, Tamron 90mm macro, Benbo Trecker tripod


Posted By: balacau
Date Posted: 25 December 2011 at 00:02
Some very interesting things posted on this thread, I will have to write some down and add them to my own kit list.

Barring lenses and the camera itself, I usually carry the following:

Spare SDHC card (8gb normally or both that & a 16gb if its an extended trip).
Spare batteries.
Rocket Blower - 2.50GBP on eBay, very good value indeed.
Small LED torch - keyring mounted but strong enough for what I need.
Allen keys - used to tighten monopod/tripod legs if required.
Mars Bar - chocolate is always handy!
Wired Remote commander - again 2.50GBP on eBay, I think the cable is about 2.5m in length. Its a very simple design with the button and a latch to hold the shutter release down for longer exposures.
Spare rear lens cap.

Always good to be prepared so before I go somewhere, I'll do a weather check first!

Best regards

Gavin

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Posted By: ratboy
Date Posted: 25 December 2011 at 00:44
Hotshoe spirit level.
Thinking about an electronic one that beeps. That way I can use a spirit level handheld while looking through the viewfinder. Any experiences ?


Posted By: Okapi
Date Posted: 25 December 2011 at 01:09
Originally posted by ratboy ratboy wrote:

Hotshoe spirit level.
Thinking about an electronic one that beeps. That way I can use a spirit level handheld while looking through the viewfinder. Any experiences ?

I'm using the http://shop.graphicart.ch/Accessoires-pour-des-appareils-photo/Kaiser-accessoires-appareils/Kaiser-Niveau---bulle-num-rique--Action-Level-Sound-.html" rel="nofollow - Kaiser electronic acoustic level since a year, very useful with my 700 or 900 when I'm in water for ducks photography, where you have always difficulties to stay horizontal.

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α700, α900, α77, NEX7, A7 7II, and some white lenses…
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Posted By: CharlesMorrison
Date Posted: 25 December 2011 at 02:39
I carry business cards with my name and email. In case I photograph something/someone who wants a copy.

For sunrise shoots I use an LED headlamp.

Lens cloth and solution.

I carry earplugs. For those noisy animals or loud engines.



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Charlie - www.charlesmorrisonphotography.com A580 / A100 > HVL-F58AM > Minolta 50-f1.7, Sigma 8-16, SONY Kit 18-55, 85-f2.8 Tamron 70-300.


Posted By: vidhyadharan
Date Posted: 25 December 2011 at 03:39
Apart from camera, lenses, spare batteries and memory cards, I carry

- few tissue papers
- a nicely folded big plastic garbage bag
- few zeiss lens cleaning moist tissues
- rocket blower
- lens pen - i use only it's brush part after blowing the dust using rocket blower
- one or two coins to tighten quick release plates
- a small led flash light
- a spare quick release plate

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A900 | A65 | CZ1635 | SAL2875 | ∑ 50 | T70200 | CZ 135 | SAL70400G | HVL 58 & 42


Posted By: stiuskr
Date Posted: 25 December 2011 at 09:56
One thing I carry with me is various fasteners, so to speak. Ball bungee cords (x2), a wooden clothes pin and some long wire twist ties. I use the bungee cords for lashing things together like a flash to a branch or to keep the legs of the Gorilla Pod tight to the camera bag, and the clothes pin and wires to position foliage out of the way or hold it in place for example.

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Rob Suits Jr.
a99M2 a99 a77 a700 KM7D|Min24/2.8 Min35/2 So50/1.4 So50/2.8 Min85/1.4G Tam90/2.8 Tam180/3.5|Tam17-50 CZ24-70G2 KM28-75D So70-200G1 So70-300G So70-400G1| SonyF60 AD200R2


Posted By: waleskeg
Date Posted: 25 December 2011 at 12:11
Pepper spray

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Posted By: Saber
Date Posted: 15 January 2012 at 04:14
Pepper spray is a very good idea!


Posted By: babya
Date Posted: 05 March 2012 at 02:42
A Gorillapod and a Slik Mini II tripods are very handy to have and use.Both are small and lightweight mini tripods, which support my 2 DiMAGE super zoom cameras (a Z2 and a Z10) quite well.

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Sony DSLR: DSLR-A390, NEX-6
Lenses: Sony DT 18 F3.5-5.6 SAM, 55-200 F4-5.6, Minolta AF 35-80, 28-80mm F3.5-5.6, 35-70 F4, 28-85 F3.5-4.5
Tripod: Manfrotto 190D
Flash: Metz Mecablitz 24 AF-1 Digital


Posted By: Serdar A
Date Posted: 05 March 2012 at 03:21
Originally posted by vidhyadharan vidhyadharan wrote:


- a nicely folded big plastic garbage bag

+1

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Posted By: dcad10
Date Posted: 05 March 2012 at 04:52
remote release cable is probably my most used "cheap" accessory


Posted By: lafustera
Date Posted: 12 March 2012 at 14:53
Originally posted by dcad10 dcad10 wrote:

remote release cable is probably my most used "cheap" accessory

+1


Posted By: lafustera
Date Posted: 12 March 2012 at 14:57
[QUOTE=balacau]

Mars Bar - chocolate is always handy!

It has to be Dairy milk for me


Posted By: babya
Date Posted: 15 March 2012 at 22:02
I found that a 55mm UV filter for the A390's t 1-855mm SAM kit lens indispensable. Mine's a Optex brand that got for about $12 but other brands are worth a look as well.

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Sony DSLR: DSLR-A390, NEX-6
Lenses: Sony DT 18 F3.5-5.6 SAM, 55-200 F4-5.6, Minolta AF 35-80, 28-80mm F3.5-5.6, 35-70 F4, 28-85 F3.5-4.5
Tripod: Manfrotto 190D
Flash: Metz Mecablitz 24 AF-1 Digital


Posted By: cortell
Date Posted: 06 April 2012 at 03:25
Originally posted by Serdar A Serdar A wrote:

Originally posted by vidhyadharan vidhyadharan wrote:


- a nicely folded big plastic garbage bag

+1


+2

Spot the backpackers?



Posted By: PHCorrigan
Date Posted: 06 April 2012 at 06:01
Originally posted by vidhyadharan vidhyadharan wrote:

- a nicely folded big plastic garbage bag


Even better, a garbage compactor bag. They are much thicker and don't easily tear or puncture when you put them down on the ground.

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Patrick

A77, A77ii, So50_1.4, So18-200, M35-105, M50 2.8 RS Macro, M100_2.8 macro, So30 2.8 macro, Beercan, M75-300 new, Rokinon 85 1.4, Tamron 16-300, Sigma 10-20, HVL-F42AM, 5600 HSd, Sekonic L-358



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