Advice for camera bag, film developing and film choice

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by JZ, Aug 24, 2004.

  1. JZ

    JZ Guest


    I (rookie) have Canon EOS 7NE, Tamron 28-200 len, and 2 filters. I am
    not sure which kind of camera bag I should buy. Any suggestions?

    Also, normally in where do you guys develop your 35mm film? And which
    films do you use? If I use Kodak films, does the exposure chart from
    Kodak web site work well?

    Thanks for any input!
    JZ, Aug 24, 2004
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  2. First decide where you are going to use it and how. If you are going to
    use it going to cousin Fred's place in the car that would mean a more
    traditional bag. If you are more likely to use it an a vacation trip like I
    do and do a lot of walking in town and in the woods, that would indicate
    something in the backpack style. BTW, it need not say camera anywhere on
    the bag. Many backpacks work very well and not having something identifying
    it as a camera bag, makes it less of a target for thieves.

    Next decide how much and what equipment you will need it for. You may
    buy more in the future, but then see the next comment

    Also consider you may want more than one bag for different uses. I have
    several. I find that often I don't use any bag when traveling light.
    I usually do it in my darkroom in the basement. I also have a local 1
    hour lab that does a good job for me when I am not doing enough to make it
    worth setting up. On trips I find local 1 hour places so I can see how
    things are going and eliminate any chance of X-ray damage.
    Of today's films I like Fuji, but Kodak also has good films. Film
    choice involves several factors including what you are photographing and
    your personal choice. I might add that I use negative films. You may
    prefer slides.

    If I use Kodak films, does the exposure chart from
    The exposure charts provided by any manufacturer are good starting
    points. However individual preferences and equipment mean you may need to
    tweak them for your own use. Exposure is a whole art and science in itself.
    It can take a lifetime to learn.
    Joseph Meehan, Aug 24, 2004
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    Paul W. Ross Guest

    Interestingly enough, I've found a hunter's "Dry Box," made by Plano
    to be the most useful -- put some foam padding in the bottom. Tray
    holds smallers stuff, and there is a compartment in the lid that is
    nice for film. Holds 2 Pentax bodies, a couple spare lenses, film,
    cable release, small flash, filters, lens hoods. Is water/dust tight.
    Since I go most places in my car, this works well. For plane trips,
    then some sort of smaller bag, or a backpack. Lenses are in padded
    bags, as well as the camera bodies (B&H photo has these).

    I do my B&W at home, or use a changing bag and daylight tank at my
    summer place, and do the printing when I get back to home base. Color
    at whatever local processor I have available.

    As to film/exposure, the guides are just that -- a guide. Some
    experimentation with a hand-held meter, 18% gray card or a MacBeth
    chart are very insightful. Also read some of the Ansel Adams books for

    Above all, take pictures! Critique your work. Get somebody else to
    take a look at it.

    For "instant" feedback, play around with a digital camera. You can
    learn a lot quickly.
    Paul W. Ross, Aug 24, 2004
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