What Is In My Camera Bag When Shooting Commercial Assignments


While holidaying inΒ Hong Kong in 2007, I met up with Roland and along the way discovered that he had an unused LowePro Rolling CompuTrekker Plus AW for sale. Perfect as I happened to be looking for a rolling bag for work. Leaving Hong Kong empty handed was now an impossibility not to mention also there was a sale at the time so I was able to stuff the otherwise empty bag with clothing. Since then, both Roland and I continued publishing our work on WordPress and we’re both authors of a million hits photo blog. This LowePro bag has since been the single most indispensable bag for all my commercial photography assignments within Brunei. While its dimensions are within airline carry-on specification, its laden weight is too heavy to fit in an overhead compartment.

Working solo, I drag the LowePro CompuTrekker bag and custom light stand pouch that weigh a total 26 kilos from location to location bearing in mind the time required to re-pack each time. If budding photographers think this is “so cool” I can honestly say feeling dead tired at the end of a day’s shoot is anything but cool. Try it sometime and we can talk about it over coffee someday β€” now that’s a cool idea! :)

[ See photograph with itemised description on Twitter ]

The LowePro Rolling CompuTrekker Plus AW is spacious and accommodates all my equipment including a 17-inch Dell Studio laptop on the cover. It is also very heavy and weighs 16 kilos (excluding the laptop).

The LowePro bag holds: 2 Canon 5D Mark II bodies, 2 Phottix Odin Transmitters, 3 Phottix Odin Receivers, 2 Canon Speedlite 580EX Flashes, 1 Canon Speedlite 270EX Flash, EF 17-40mm lens, EF 24-70mm, 70-200mm f/2.8mm IS, EF 100mm Macro f/2.8 IS, EF 8-15mm Fisheye, Powerex 2700mAh Rechargeable Batteries, 2 Canon CPE3/4 Power Packs, Gaffer Tape, Velcros, Honl Gels, Honl Grid and a Hoodman 3.0 LCD Loupe. The laminated mesh pockets (not shown) hold smaller items such as 16GB and 8GB SanDisk Extreme Compact Flash cards. [ Laden weight excluding 17″ laptop: 16 Kilos ]

A bag I designed that's tailored to accommdate my needs: 2 aluminium light stands, 1 aluminium telescopic boom, 1 heavy duty tripod with extra room to take up to 2 telephoto lenses in a pouch.

The other bag is a custom made foam padded and lined pouch to accommodate: 2 air cushioned aluminium light stands (fully extends to 8 feet), 2 60-inch and 2 32-inch Photogenic Umbrellas, 1 Slik Heavy Duty tripod and has enough room to accommodate extra camera lenses such as EF 70-200mm stored in a padded LowePro lens pouch if needed. [ Laden weight: 10 Kilos ]

THE ROAD TO VICTORY BEGINS WITH A CLEAN SENSOR | CLEANING THE EOS 5D MkII VIEWFINDER | DSLR FOCUS SCREEN AND SENSOR CLEANING | CANON HOTSHOE MICRO SWITCH FIX | SPEEDLITE 580EX-II HOTSHOE FIX | EOS 20D GRIPPING ISSUES | DRY CABINET | SHOOTING TETHERED WITH CANON SOFTWARE |Β  CANON 70-200MM RATTLE FIX