Neat Items for a Camera Bag...

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Thom Tapp, Aug 31, 2004.

  1. Thom Tapp

    Thom Tapp Guest

    Mike - I thought this was a neat thread on the digital camera newsgroup:
    Roaming around this newsgroup and several photography boards, I've found
    several items I would never have considered placing in my camera bag but
    are now essentials (at least for myself). Things like velcro tape, bean
    bags, and even a space blanket (folds up to extremely tiny dimensions
    and acts as a great in the field reflector).

    Just wondering if the fine members of this newsgroup have any other
    items that one might not consider for inclusion in your bag that have
    proven to be useful?



    - Pringles lid makes a great lenscap for setting white balance... Fits well
    over a 58mm filter.
    - Ear syringe makes a great blower.
    - Car windshield reflector ($2.00 @ Wal-Mart)... but I like your Space
    blanket idea too.
    - Carabiners. I keep one attached to my Tripod so I can clip my camera bag
    to it for stability.

    I'm up for suggestions too!

    - Harrison
    There have been many MANY times where my old stand-by freebie Motel-6 (or
    other) clear plastic shower cap has saved my camera and lens in a downpour,
    and...allowed me to both see see and control my camrea through it's clear

    With its elastic opening, it fits perfectly around a camera body, allowing
    the end of the lens to stick through the elastic part.

    Works like a charm.
    A large heavy-duty zip-lock baggie with a day-light filter embedded
    into one of the sides, (the plastic cut away over the clear area of
    the filter). So as to provide a quick harsh-environment cover. It
    saved my camera from a brief dunking in the bottom of a leaking
    crabbing-boat last winter. The camera beside me slid off the seat
    and became nearly fully submerged in the 6 inches of water in the
    bottom of the leaking boat, but the camera came up unscathed and
    fully functional, I just wiped off the filter (and baggie) and kept
    on shooting. If you enclose enough air in the bag when you seal it
    up the camera will probably even float long enough for any

    A compass.

    2 compact infra-red illuminators (but that's specific to my camera's
    capabilities), for taking extended-range (to 80 feet) wild-life
    photos in complete darkness in infra-red.

    A folding 5-watt solar-panel that charges my batteries in nearly the
    same amount of time as a wall-outlet. Used in conjunction with the
    patch-cords and voltage regulators included with a Digipower-9000
    battery-pack. (Got the solar-panel for $55, which don't seem to be
    available anymore. It's only 1x9x4 inches folded up. Luckily I
    bought two at the time, one for me and one for a friend, or he would
    have killed me out of envy if he saw mine and found out they are no
    longer available. :)
    Thom Tapp, Aug 31, 2004
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    Thom Tapp Guest

    Oops... I thought I was sending this to a friend via e-mail. Sorry for the
    Thom Tapp, Aug 31, 2004
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    Paul H. Guest

    I keep several spring-type wooden clothespins rolled up inside a large,
    white plastic garbage bag in my bag. When you're out in the field, a nearby
    branch can be used to make a pretty good reflector or diffuser to fill in
    shadows or reduce harsh lighting, reducing dynamic range requirements. The
    combo can function as a windscreen, too.

    Note: when used as a diffuser, you should check the white balance, as every
    bag I've used provides very warm lighting, i.e., favor red transmission.
    Paul H., Sep 7, 2004
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