Truland Photography

Thursday, January 23, 2014

One Big Happy Bag

UPDATE: 2/18/14

I'll leave the post as it was originally written but since then I have finally sold the EOS 5D Mark II (for a fair price) and separated out the 7D and M gear into separate bags. The 7D, EF and EF-S lenses and 430EXII are in a Tamrac CyberPro Flyer (5261) rolling shoulder bag.  The M, EF-M lenses, 270EXII and 90EX are in a Tamrac Aero 50 (3350) shoulder bag.


This has been a horrible January for shooting so far. I know weather isn't really an excuse but my day job and everything else seems to be conspiring against getting out and about. There's something to be said for efforts like my year long Peebles Island Trail Scenic Project to force going out there and shooting something.

I've been going back and forth all Winter about my gear setups and what I want and don't want and how to bag it all up. My latest solution is to hang on to both the 7D and 5D Mark II. Prices have dropped so much on the 5DII that it wouldn't make sense to sell and I can't shoot sports without the 7D.

I've been keeping the EOS-M in a separate bag with certain lenses but then there's the dilemma of "which kit does this lens go with". So, today, I came up with a solution which I'm happy with - at least until tomorrow.

I've managed to get everything except battery chargers - bodies, lenses, flashes, filters, etc. in my Tamrac Ultra Pro 13 shoulder bag. It weighs in at 25 pounds, less than before I eliminated the 300mm f/4 and 17-40mm f/4 lenses and added the EOS-M gear.

I've also switched back to the stock Canon straps instead of the OP/Tech straps I had been using. They take up much less space in the bag.

So, here is a list of the contents:

EOS 5D Mark II w/battery grip
EOS 7D w/battery grip

EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
EF-M 22mm f/2 STM
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Extender 1.4X II

EF to EF-M adapter
77mm 500D Canon close up lens
Anti-Fog eye piece for 7D

Speedlite 430EXII
Speedlite 270EXII
Speedlite 90X
Rogue FlashBender Large Positionable Reflector
Rogue FlashBender Bendable Bounce Card

12 AA Eneloop batteries
4 AAA Duracell Hybrid batteries

RS-80N3 Remote Switch
RC-6 wireless remote
Canon LED flashlight
Self-Defense Spray

CPL, UV and 3 stop ND filters (77mm round)
Boxed Cokin A series filters and 52mm holder

Giottos Rocket Air Blower

Hopefully, I'll actually get out and use the gear before too long.

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