"non photo equipment" tools for the photobag

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Alan Browne, Feb 5, 2004.

  1. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    Just re-packed my bag after sorting out odds and ends and running the
    vacumm cleaner through it.

    I usually carry:
    -roll of black electricians tape


    -small flashlight (essential for night shooting)

    -couple small and regular size caribiners (to hold/hang things, clip
    things to the belt, tripod or bag straps)

    -large garbage bag (to bring in the bag from the intense cold and
    prevent condensation)

    What do you carry as 'tools' in your kit?

    Alan Browne, Feb 5, 2004
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    Roger Guest

    I tend to just take my camera with one fixed lens (20, 28, 50, 85, 135) and
    maybe a couple of filters (usually a polarizer / yellow / orange). Tripod is
    compulsory for me. I don't know if it's because I'm lazy or whether it makes
    me think more about composition when I have just the one focal length. Also
    because I combine photography with hiking I like to travel light anyway.
    When I (rarely) go on holiday and shoot slide film I take 19-35 and 28-200
    zooms, usually with just the 19-35 attached and the longer zoom in my hotel

    Roger, Feb 5, 2004
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    Nick Zentena Guest

    A level. Tape measure. Various spring clamps. I'm not sure how usefull any
    of those are for 35mm but they're in the bag.

    Nick Zentena, Feb 5, 2004
  4. Leatherman tool.
    Several aspirin in case of headache.
    A couple of Band-Aids to keep blood from getting on things in case of a
    Around eight 25 cent coins or whatever the public phones of your country
    uses. They're good for coin slotted screws on photo equipment too.
    Pencil, pad of paper to record things or exchange info with people.
    Charlie Dilks, Feb 5, 2004
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    Doug Payne Guest

    Add to your list: small screwdrivers to fit small screws on camera
    bodies, etc., condom (non-lubed) to put over lens when it's raining (old
    duck hunter's trick for gun barrel), some really long twist ties and a
    couple of double-sided Velcro strips, wide elastic bands (from broccoli)
    for removing stuck filter stack caps, some sort of pliers (I use a
    Leatherman multi-thingie, which combines pliers, knife, scissors, larger
    screwdrivers and probably some stuff I've never discovered). My
    flashlight has a red lens to avoid ruining night vision. Substitute
    gaffer's tape for elec. tape. I've long had the habit of attaching split
    rings to every pack I own; makes it easier to clip the 'biners on.

    And last weekend I spent 4 days in the bush, so I also had a folding saw
    for firewood and a down vest :)
    Doug Payne, Feb 5, 2004
  6. For me, (basically a city boy) cut the saw and firewood, but bump up the
    quarters to about $20 worth. (for parking meters).....Otherwise, I am in
    tune with you guys.....
    William Graham, Feb 5, 2004

  7. Uhhh, lessee...

    Multi-tool (I always have a knife in my pocket too)


    Rubber bands

    Disposable rain ponchos ("Pon - chos! Boil 'em, mash 'em, stick 'em
    in a stew")

    Heavy string

    Mini bungee cords

    Velcro straps

    Pen and notebook

    Ziploc bags, gallon size, and sometimes smaller too

    On occasion:


    Memo recorder or tape recorder

    Folded paper towels or napkins

    Sunscreen and bug repellent, both in film cans

    Handi-wipes (mostly for the bug repellent, which contains plastic-
    eating DEET)

    And I have a photo vest (okay, a fishing vest, because it works much
    better with belt packs) that has plastic ground pad, garbage bags, more
    paper towels, firestarter *and* lighter, snake bite kit, more cord,
    monofilament, and of course several camera-related things which are exempt
    under this ruling.

    My wedding kit (which wasn't always carried in the bag) also had
    straight pins (for corsages), mints, a lighter (always!), and a good
    handful of change as child-bribes ;-)

    - Al.
    Al Denelsbeck, Feb 5, 2004
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    Jim Waggener Guest

    Might seem silly but I carry a package of "Baby Wipes"
    For some reason I always get my hands dirty and they work as a quick

    Jim Waggener, Feb 5, 2004
  9. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    Roger wrote:

    ....er, you missed the point. What NON-photographic tools do you include
    in your kit?
    Alan Browne, Feb 5, 2004
  10. What are NON-photographic tools?
    William Graham, Feb 5, 2004
  11. Alan Browne

    Doug Payne Guest

    Al Denelsbeck wrote:

    Oh well, if you want to get into emergency kits, that's a whole 'nother
    story, involving rubber tubing, safety pins, compass, mirror, ziploc
    bags, collapsable water bottle, water treatment, first aid, fire stuff,
    orange safety tape, cord, fishing gear, space blanket, etc. Around here,
    for snake-bite, we just bite back :)

    For the coin-as-screwdriver afficionados, there's a neat little thing
    sold by a Canadian company that deals mostly in woodworking stuff and
    garden tools. Many widths in one:


    I've got one on all my various keyrings and stashed in all sorts of bags
    and packs. OK, so they're more like $.50 US instead of a quarter :)

    They've got all kinds of cool stuff. I've been buying from them for
    years (I'm also a woodworker in my spare time). My camera bag flashlight
    and my velcro comes from them as well:

    Doug Payne, Feb 5, 2004
  12. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    I thought the list I provided in the OP was sufficient inspiration. By
    "non photographic" I meant odds and ends that we include in the kit that
    are not usually sold in a photo shop. Pen knives, tape, caribiners,
    pens, coins, etc.

    The others who have replied seem to have had no problem with the
    question (although I wonder why Al D. brings a snakebite kit in the
    woods but not to the weddings!).

    Alan Browne, Feb 5, 2004
  13. -Mini Mag-Lite
    -Mini level
    -Swiss Army knife
    -A nickel

    Josie Montserrat, Feb 5, 2004
  14. Of course a pen (a fine Sharpie works on everything) and notebook. I was
    thinking "tools" - like Tim the toolman Taylor, type of thing. :)

    Josie Montserrat, Feb 5, 2004
  15. I was just being a curmudgeon.....(Implying that the only legitimate use for
    any tool is photographic)
    William Graham, Feb 5, 2004
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    H. S. Guest

    Will be a *huge* problem if you are carrying this in your hand baggage
    in/on an Americal airline, won't it?

    H. S., Feb 5, 2004
  17. Exactly!! I've had to leave things home. But, amazingly, I survived
    without them. :)

    Josie Montserrat, Feb 5, 2004
  18. Pen and pad. My best ideas occur when i've no means to act on them, so I
    write them down so I can fail to act on them at a later date.
    Martin Francis, Feb 5, 2004
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    brougham5 Guest

    Similar to your list, but I use gaffer's tape, instead. Leaves less


    small mirror

    box cutter (in addition to a pocket knife)

    that sticky roller thing that helps remove lint/animal hair from clothing


    index cards
    brougham5, Feb 5, 2004
  20. Alan Browne

    KBob Guest

    Alan, clearly you're not a wedding photographer... ;-)
    KBob, Feb 5, 2004
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