my #1 bag - on the road
In general I love small and lightweight stuff.
And I think the most personal is the choice of
gear rather than any specific item.
My small bag is very small
Very very small:
8,3 x 9,2 x 5,2" h x w x d (h 21 cm, w
23 cm, d 16 cm), and it clicks to my handlebars. It weighs about 8,5
lb. (slightly under 4 kg). It is the smallest Agu
handlebar bag the Quorum
515 KF. It has a raincover built in. I made the inside myself from
closed cell foam.
Under the flap I added some Velcro. So I can close it, without having
to buckle it.
Recently I found out that the Lowepro
Nova #2 has more or less the same format and handles a tad better.
So I use the Nova now, when I'm not cycling. The partition is not as
good as in my Agu. So I will have to customize the Nova as well. Maybe
it is enough to put Velcro on some places on the inside. I added some
velcro under the flap already. The Nova's are not the top range of Lowepro,
especially they are not as water resistent as the AW series. I use the
Nova because it is lighter.
This is in my bag that goes with
long walks, treks, travel and bicycle rides:
2 Olympus bodies (OM4ti's mostly), a 2.8/24mm,
a 1.8/50mm and a 2.8/100mm, all with uv-filters and rubber lenshoods.
(Rain & shine.)
Note that I do not take fast lenses, because of the weight. And that
I take prime's because of the quality.
And: small flash, the T20, with off camera cord. Piece of warm filter
for the flash.
A converter 2X (Olympus own). Makes a 200mm with my 100mm while retaining
the close focusing range.
The 12 mm (shortest) macro tube. To get even more close.
Orange filter (for black and white).
Short cable release with a screw to hold the B.
Microfibre lens cleaning cloth.
Spare button cells.
Spare NiHm's for the flash.
3 or 4 rolls of film.
This could be anybody's bag.
different from somebody else's bag:
A small, retractable, make-up brush.
An A6 greycard.
80A and 80B CC filter, cut out round to fit behind a 49 and 55 mm UV
Piece of string, with a bolt on one side and
a loop on the other, to screw under the camera: I use it as a negative
(or chain-) tripod. (It works with two loops also.)
Tiny stainless steel film retriever from B&H.
Pen-style screwdriver (int. for glasses).
Pen and paper.
Small knife with snap-off blade.
Battery checker, keychain style without the keychain.
Small compass, the fluid type without the fluid.
A key-ring type thermometer hangs from a zipper. I forgot mine on my
last trip and bought a new one with tiny compass at Paragon, but all
outdoor shops seem to have it.. It looks like a toy and I'm not certain
it's reliable enough.
On the Agu a map pouch is sometimes attached on top with velcro.
Totally different from anybody else's bag: the shoulder strap, of my
own design, is a loop that goes over two shoulders.
In my luggage:
Lens and body caps.
A normal and a solar charger. Small Sony world receiver. Mini maglite
with cord and a clip. i usually have a daylight conversion filter on
it, so I can use it as a small photo light. (Thoug I recently purchased
two different alternatives using white leds, but i have not tried them
with velvia yet.)
Foldable umbrella. 10x25 or 12x25 binoculars. Sewing kit. First-aid
kit. Clothes (some). Maps and some good books. Everything in ziplock
bags. A strong plastic bag, normally used for bricks, that will hold
in a bigger bag:
A slightly bigger hold-all bag sometimes also
holds a Polaroid SX70 (without flash or AF).
Especially in countries where I do not speak the language.
Sometimes a Horizon panorama camera or a Voigtlaender Bessa-L with a
Sometimes the binoculars and the umbrella and the minimaglite go into
this bag too.
in an even bigger bag:
In a really big bag (Nova 5 or Tenba) I even take motorwinders.
Sometimes the Hasselblad SWC.
And a separate (flash)spotmeter.
A big Metz flashgun with a slave.
Lots of film.
Tons of batteries.
The mini maglite.
And a bigger greycard.
But then I would go by car. :-(
(I do have a choice of two folding bikes)
carts and cases
And I have some carts now, because there are cases too: the Bronica's;
Hasselblad; Sinar; the Bowens flashes all have their own. And the clamps;
the gaffer tape; wire etc etc etc.