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Old July 6th, 2003, 10:52 AM   #1
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camera bag gear top 5

Just conducting a little poll here people.
We have talked about camera bag contents before, but if you could only have 5 things in your camera bag, in order of importance, what would they be?
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Old July 6th, 2003, 10:59 AM   #2
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1-Batteries
2-Tapes
3-Filters
4-Charger
5-Headphones

and- Tequilla, for those shoots that just go wrong!
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Old July 6th, 2003, 11:00 AM   #3
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Spare battery
extra tape
head cleaning tape
Microfiber cloth
leatherman wave
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Old July 6th, 2003, 11:02 AM   #4
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err...Keith, Bryan...what about the camera?

Dylan...I think you're going to find just about everyone's list will be the same:

[Camera]
Batteries
Tapes
Filters
Charger
Headphones

...and ditto on the Tequila...the little airport size bottles.
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Old July 6th, 2003, 11:02 AM   #5
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What is a leatherman wave?
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Old July 6th, 2003, 11:03 AM   #6
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John- If you forget the camera, you're in the wrong business!
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Old July 6th, 2003, 11:32 AM   #7
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The Wave it the single most useful multi tool I've found. Don't go anywhere without it (at least not on purpose). One exception is onboard a airplane. They will take it away since it is also a knife.
http://www.leatherman.com/products/tools/wave/
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Old July 6th, 2003, 11:48 AM   #8
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a multi-tool... gotcha!

As for what I have in my bag-
GL1
box of tapes
5 batteries
3 filters
2 chargers, one with car adapter
handful of 1/4" to mini stereo adapters
handful of mini stereo to 1/4" adapters
3-4 1/4" to XLR adapters, male and female
Audio Technica shotgun mic
Azden wireless lavs with reciever
several AA and 9 volt batteries for mics and reciever
headphones
screwdrivers, pliers, hemostat
mini maglight
electrical repair kit
15' extension cord with surge protector
2 outlet dimmer switch
12x20 white foamcore board
2 rolls gaffers tape
firewire
A/V wires
2 6' 1/4 wires
camera/lens cleaning kit
my tripod and monopod strap to the outside
and room for 1 pint or 1 5th of tequilla. Airplane bottles don't cut it :)
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Old July 6th, 2003, 12:07 PM   #9
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Wow Keith, hope that bag has wheels on it!
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Old July 6th, 2003, 12:23 PM   #10
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And a handle to pull it :)
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Old July 6th, 2003, 12:46 PM   #11
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<<<-- Originally posted by John Locke : err...Keith, Bryan...what about the camera?

Dylan...I think you're going to find just about everyone's list will be the same:
-->>>

There's method to my madness... I'm curious to see what people are most likely to sacrifice. I should have given the tape and batteries as feebies though.
And the camera itself is not included in the 5 items. That's a freebie too. :)

So changing the rules a little:

FIVE ITEMS, NOT INCLUDING TAPE, BATTERIES AND THE CAMERA, but still in order of importance?
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Old July 6th, 2003, 01:09 PM   #12
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OK
revised list Camera, mic, tape and battery included.

head cleaning tape
Microfiber cloth
leatherman wave
squeeze bulb (air)
cable ties (velcro)
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Old July 6th, 2003, 01:21 PM   #13
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As I teach myself more about this business, I now have TWO cases - one for the cam and major accessories and one (a refitted tool box) for the minor accessories! My list:

[cam, tape, batteries are freebies]
Filters
Quick releases for all tripods/monopods
Extra AAA batteries for shotgun mics
Lens cleaning paraphenalia
Battery charger/ac adapter (if not included as freebie)
OR
Head cleaning tape
Multi-tool (aka: leatherman - yeah, I know - six things)

And what's this about tequilla? Am I the only bourbon fan here? Though with my current diabetic meds, I have more full bottles than empties now-a-days! Now I tend to drink that calorie free FRUIT 2 GO water. Grape is the best!
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Old July 6th, 2003, 01:31 PM   #14
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I would have to say...

shotgun mic
filters
wireless handheld
my random bunches of cords
and business cards...theres never a bad time for publicity

and about the tequilla thing, being 17 i'm slightly too young so i'll stick with my sprite :)
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Old July 6th, 2003, 01:53 PM   #15
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17? That's when I leaned about Tequilla! However (In a responsible adult voice), I agree minors should not drink! They should leave it for the adults :)

Mark- Bourbon is for "happy, relaxed times". Tequilla is for really good "party time", or really bad "want to forget about the day times".

I also had two bags, one for cam, filters, tapes, batts, and one for everything else. But since I got rid of the XL1 and some other stuff, everything fits in my rolling box. Top box for cam, mics, other small stuff. Bottom box hold headphones, gaffers tape, extension cord, stuff like that. $30 at Walmart. Less stuff to shuffle around :)

And business cards ALWAYS go in the shirt pocket where they are easy to reach :)
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