"Non photo tools" for the photographers gadget bag - roundup

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Alan Browne, Feb 8, 2004.

  1. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    Compiled from the lists you all provided. Most are self evident in
    terms of use. I've added notes. Feel free to add more items, or to add
    use comments as you mey feel are required. I'm putting up a webpage
    with this stuf, but having some trouble with hostonce at the moment.


    Tool Use

    Electricians Tape
    Duct (Duck) tape
    Gaffers Tape
    Garbage bag Protect from condensation coming
    in from cold
    Coins Battery compartments, phone
    calls, parking meteres
    Leatherman tool (multipurpose)
    Aspirin, Tylenol, Advil
    Band aids
    Pad of paper Notes
    Small screwdrivers
    Condom (non-lubed) Protect camera lens from rain
    Long twist ties
    Double sided (tape) Velcro strips
    Wide elastic bands Help with stuck filters
    Pliers (apart from Leatherman)
    Red lens cover for flashlight Conserves night vision
    Split rings on packs for caribiners
    Baby wipes Hands can get dirty, this is a
    quick fix
    Level For landscape, architecture
    shots (anything needing a 'level' camera)
    Tape measure
    Spring clamps
    Disposable rain pncho Protect from rain; use as a
    reflector (if white or grey
    Heavy string
    Mini bngee cords
    Ziplock bags (large)
    Memo/Tape recorder
    Paper towels/napkins
    Bug repellant
    Ground pad
    Fire starter
    Snake bite kit
    Monofilament (fishing line)
    Straight pins
    Tampons At weddings ... Be the hero
    Rubber tubing
    Safety pins
    Tie wraps (self locking)
    Water bottle (collapsable)
    Water treatment tablets
    First aid kit
    Orange safety tape
    Fishing gear
    Space blanket
    Coin-like variable thickness screwdriver
    Box cutter
    Lint removal roller
    Index cards
    Water sprayer dewy flower shots
    GPS navigation / recording locations
    Flint & steel for those who don't like matches
    Folded piece of aluminum foil
    Party noise maker
    Compact high energy food
    Spare eye glasses In case you lose/break a pair
    Sharpie (pen)
    Allen wrench (Allen keys)
    "Surefire" torch
    Short brass tube Use as a blower
    Sewing kit
    Shower cap (cheap hotel giveaway type) Protect gear in rain
    Handerchief with name/home address) Expose first frame with
    mailing data in case film gets lost in processing.
    Bean bag Lens stabilizer
    Sun hat
    Knee pads (a la construction worker Low level work is a pain...
    Silverized windscreen protector Use as fill light reflector
    or gobo
    Avery labels
    6 inch (15cm) ruler
    4 way screwdriver
    Emory boards
    Super glue
    White pantyhose weddings
    Black pantyhouse quickie softening filter
    Sewing needle
    Thread (black, white, grey, bluweddings, general
    Bottle opener
    Toothbrush, tooth paste
    small combination lock
    Florists wire strong, not marking wire to hang
    Bit of film leader to retrieve film leaders from
    rewound (oops) canisters
    Alan Browne, Feb 8, 2004
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  2. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    Alan Browne, Feb 8, 2004
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  3. Alan Browne

    Bandicoot Guest

    [List SNIPPED]

    I see several things on the list that I wouldn't have classed as 'tools'.
    Not a problem, but as the question asked about 'tools' I didn't include a
    number of non-tool items that I carry - reflectors, sun compass, spare boot
    laces, step-ladder (OK, that's in the car, not in the bag!) and so on and so

    Are these sorts of things worth starting a new list for? Have others
    interpreted the question the same way as me and left out some things?

    Oddly enough I thought a while ago about posting asking people what things
    from the non-photo world they find useful, and was going to start a thread
    next time the group looked a bit quiet...

    Bandicoot, Feb 8, 2004
  4. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    There were no "rulz" for adding things to the list other than that they
    be non-photo specific, but used in the pursuit of photography.

    What should be done (I'll have to come out of lazy mode) is perhaps
    categorizing them in some appropriate way. Right now the whole list is
    pretty much as I read them off of the NG.

    I've started a simple web page for the stuff, but more structure (and a
    "use" column) is needed.


    PS, I'll add your latest items too.
    Alan Browne, Feb 8, 2004
  5. You missed out the sun compass (which is quite different from a normal
    compass) - or am I the only person who finds this useful?

    Good effort; can't imagine how anyone can actually carry a camera
    David Littlewood, Feb 8, 2004
  6. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    Most people don't know how to use a map + compass together (I mean with
    a proper methodical approach). A Sun compass is that much harder. (Do
    youhave a moon compass too? That would be really fun, would require
    tables, etc.).
    Just compiling the data. No sweat.

    Alan Browne, Feb 8, 2004
  7. You don't need a map to use a sun compass (actually, if you have a
    watch, and know the date, and the sun is out, you don't need an ordinary
    compass either).
    Never heard of one.
    David Littlewood, Feb 9, 2004
  8. Alan Browne

    Bandicoot Guest

    Well in that case.... ;-)

    - Tide tables are good when near the coast
    - Notebook and pen
    - Note of times of sun and moon rise and set, and azimuth (only useful if I
    have a compass too...)
    - Large white keffiyeh (Arab head scarf) which can keep the sun off me, be
    used as a reflector or a diffuser, be spread out so that if I have small
    items to put on the ground they don't get lost, etc. (I got used to having
    one always with me when I worked in Iraq)
    - Bungee cord and loop of fabric for applying tension with my foot to hold a
    tripod steady
    - Diffuser - pop out type, similar to the reflectors I also have
    - Couple of clothes pegs
    - Water bottle
    - Muesli bars, Kendal mint cake, or similar
    - Mug for my tea!
    - Hat - usually a Fedora, best lens shade there is

    This is before I get on to first aid kit and anything specific to where I am
    going and the sort of travel envisaged - insect repellent, survival stuff,

    Now, you should see what I keep in the car...

    Bandicoot, Feb 9, 2004
  9. Alan Browne

    Jim Phelps Guest

    [I snipped the list]

    One question, After you put all that in your gadget
    bag/car/porters/sherpas/indentured servants, wheredaya put the camera???
    Jim Phelps, Feb 9, 2004
  10. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    ....I assumed that _most_ people could determine their own needs from the
    list. You fell through the cracks I guess.

    Alan Browne, Feb 9, 2004
  11. Alan Browne

    Jim Phelps Guest

    No Alan, I didn't. It is an all encompassing list, but damn, it long...
    You did forget the Polaroid Clearing Bucket, however :~)
    Jim Phelps, Feb 9, 2004
  12. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    I'm sure it will get longer over time... !!


    Alan Browne, Feb 9, 2004
  13. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    Let's see: you don't know where you are, you don't have a map but you do
    have some kind of compass. So then you know where North is.

    Then what?

    Sorry to sound picky, but I navigate by using a map and compass,
    preferably with a watch to track progress and estimate arrivals at
    waypoints along the route...

    A sport to practise (indeed learn) this is Orienteering.

    Alan Browne, Feb 9, 2004
  14. Here in Oregon, a sun compass is virtually worthless, and you can't see the
    stars after dark either....That's why I carry a GPS receiver and a magnetic
    compass when I am tromping around in the woods, or out on the ocean in the
    William Graham, Feb 10, 2004
  15. ....But then, the point of a sun compass is to work out the position of
    the sun at various dates and times of day; in a place where "the sun
    don't shine" I guess it would be as much use as a chocolate teapot.
    David Littlewood, Feb 10, 2004
  16. Alan Browne

    Chris Guest

    Items in my own personal kit :

    2 small spiral notebooks
    1 large spiral notebook
    2 pencils
    2 pens
    2 "sharpie" markers
    1 Gerber Multi-Plier toolkit
    1 SwissChamp Swiss Army Knife
    1 wallet with separate ID (just in case of loss)
    1 pouch with loose change (filled with coins for vending machines or
    1 pouch with snack bars/survival food (for snacking or if I can't find
    1 wind-proof lighter (don't smoke, useful for emergencies)
    1 small backpack (to hold most, if not all of this gear)

    Now to the cameras...

    1 single-camera SLR bag
    Minolta SLR AF body
    Minolta 38-70mm zoom AF lens
    4 rolls of film - ISO 200/400

    1 small Samsonite belt pack camera bag
    Polaroid P&S 35mm (for backup)
    2 rolls of film - ISO 200/400

    That's my "light" rig. If I am going all-out, I've got a big gear bag with
    my Canons inside, with plenty of film, flashes, extra ambient/flash meter,
    spotting telescope...

    Needless to say, I tend to pack what I need, rather than for all
    contingencies. ;-)
    Chris, Feb 10, 2004
  17. Alan Browne

    Eric Johnson Guest

    You got the bottle opener but forgot the corkscrew !
    Eric Johnson, Feb 12, 2004
  18. Alan Browne

    Edwin Petree Guest

    Oh, *that's* what it's for. I just chuck them to catch people's attention,
    and to make my photos look a bit more, er, 'dynamic
    Edwin Petree, Feb 12, 2004
  19. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    Jeez ... you're right! (My SAK has both... I'll add the corkscrew to
    the webpage...)
    Alan Browne, Feb 12, 2004
  20. Alan Browne

    Bandicoot Guest

    Corkscrew's on the SAK. I think there's a bottle opener there too - but I
    usually use my teeth for that.

    Peter (Crushing another can of spinach...)
    Bandicoot, Feb 12, 2004
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