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Do You Have a Gear Locker at Home?
Doug McSchooler, Photographer, Photo Editor
Avon | IN | USA | Posted: 10:02 PM on 10.17.07
->> I'm in the process of doing a little redecorating in my office (work out of my house) and I'm wanting to create a really efficient place to drop my gear when I walk in from the streets. Here are the questions I pose to my comrades:
- Have you found a really useful cabinet, trunk, locker, tool chest available at my local hardware/department store?
- Have you made something yourself and if so, what cool features does it have that you think was a moment of genius on your part?
- Where do you keep your gear? Do you have to walk half way through your home to get to your camera's space or have you found a nifty corner closer to your car?
- Any questions that I've missed?
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 5:32 AM on 10.18.07
->> I bought a little storage thingy at Wal-ly World; I think it was supposed to be for shoes. It has 12 little cubby holes in a 4x3 grid; it's great for storing a lens collection. I have a similar unit, this one just a single column of four larger cubby holes, for camera bodies & accessories.

I used to keep my most commonly-used gear right near the kitchen door, but the better half quickly put an end to that idea. :)
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Alex Menendez, Photographer
Orlando | FL | USA | Posted: 7:56 AM on 10.18.07
->> Fortunately I have a large gun safe, all of my bodies, 400, and various lenses fit as well as important paperwork, Its very large and I guess fireproof.
I know that you may favor something smaller but nobody will gt this thing out of the house/office as it weighs about 400 lbs. Maybe overkill but it works.

alex
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Dave Amorde, Photographer
Lake Forest | CA | USA | Posted: 8:04 AM on 10.18.07
->> Like Alex, I have a gun safe for glass, bodies, and flash units. For strobes,umbrellas, backdrops, stands, etc., I have two large locked steel cabinets that I purchased on-line for around $200 a piece. Beyond that is my office furniture, which includes two half-cabinets that hold software, DVD archives, manuals, adapter cables, step-up/down rings, filters, etc.
My desk has two large file drawers that are enough to store a fiscal year's worth of documents. Business archives and important family papers are stored in an air-conditioned storage rental.
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Michael Ciu, Photographer, Assistant
Lorain | OH | USA | Posted: 8:51 AM on 10.18.07
->> Like Chuck, I have a "cubby" system. I custom built it to fit all of my bags, office supplies, and misc. junk that I want out of sight. It doesn't lock, but that wasn't a concern for me at the time. I think it cost me about $40 and an afternoon to make it.
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Jeff Mills, Photographer, Photo Editor
Columbus | OH | USA | Posted: 11:30 AM on 10.18.07
->> I built myself a nice closet system for all my gear with shelves, pull out drawers, power for chargers, lighting on the shelves etc for all my gear but I never use it except to store the odds and ends I never use. I think its mostly just full of empty boxes and lens pouches right now.

All the equipment I actually use just stays in my bag or laying on the floor next to my bag.

I never really feel like putting anything away when I know I'll just have to grab the same gear for the next assignment later today or tommorow morning.

I guess if I had any gear that I actually kept in a storage space it would probably be gear I should sell because it would mean I'm not using it like my 135 f2 which is sitting on a shelf gathering dust because I havnet touched it in probably 6 months. LOL
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Rene Mireles, Photographer
Holland | MI | USA | Posted: 11:43 AM on 10.18.07
->> Like Alex & Dave gun safe here for bodies, glass, small electronics, everything else is in a lockable cabinet.
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Rodrigo Pena, Photographer
Palm Desert | CA | USA | Posted: 11:58 AM on 10.18.07
->> I don't have a gun safe, but I've got a Smith & Wesson. On holidays like the 4th of July and New Years, I make sure to let the neighbors know I have it by shooting blanks into the sky.
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Todd Corzett, Photographer
Livermore | CA | USA | Posted: 1:42 PM on 10.18.07
->> I turned the hall coat closet into a photo equipment locker (who needs a coat closet in California anyhow!?!). Put a multi-shelf rack inside and a key lock on the door. It's not fireproof or criminal proof, but it keeps someone from walking off with something without me knowing... it also gives me somewhere to store vast collection of gear that I'm accumulating (and close the door so that it's not spilling all over the place. I've not yet loaded it up with equipment, but it should work quite nicely.

-Todd...
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David Seelig, Photographer
Hailey | ID | USA | Posted: 2:17 PM on 10.18.07
->> I have a nice dresser with two open shelf areas where most of my gear resides
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Doug McSchooler, Photographer, Photo Editor
Avon | IN | USA | Posted: 2:27 PM on 10.18.07
->> You know, I've never really thought about that coat closet before. But, at my house, that closet is more of a catch-all storage space than it is a place to keep our coats. I may have to do some thinking about that option. The gun cabinet idea is pretty nice too.

Of course, the storage I'm really thinking about is that daily use kind of place. Not long-term. Just a place to put my stuff so that I don't have to have stuff just sitting around on my desk waiting for an accident to happen.

So far these are some pretty interesting ideas. Thanks folks!
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Peter Gaby, Photographer
Madison | WI | US | Posted: 4:31 PM on 10.18.07
->> I too have a gun safe, but as of the last couple of weeks, i've just been keeping everything in my Pelican 1630 or whatever it is.

fully loaded it probably weighs 40+ pounds
I keep it locked and will probably chain it down as well when i'm not home and it's not traveling with me.

When I do travel in the car with it, I keep it chained down as well

Pete
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Ben Mackey, Photographer, Assistant
Columbia | MD | USA | Posted: 5:33 PM on 10.18.07
->> Bjørn Rørslett has two alternatives for storing gear on his lens page at http://www.naturfotograf.com/index2.html. A picture of possible field storage is at the top of the page. You'll have to scroll down for his lens cupboard.
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer
Durham | NC | USA | Posted: 10:59 PM on 10.18.07
->> this thread cracks me up......here's what I'm reading in some of the posts:

"Hi!!! I'm a professional photographer with thousands of dollars of expensive equipment. and I'm publicly acknowledging (to the whole friggin world) that I keep it in a) cardboard box b) a rubbermaid bucket c) my sock drawer d) a handy dandy carrying case you can just pick up after the break in and walk out with...

what are ya'll thinking?
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Yamil Sued, Photographer, Photo Editor
Peoria | AZ | USA | Posted: 11:30 PM on 10.18.07
->> Or in my case, I' would be saying that I havea couple of Gun Safes......

I'm just not saying what I'm storing in them!!

Read between the lines.
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Doug McSchooler, Photographer, Photo Editor
Avon | IN | USA | Posted: 11:35 PM on 10.18.07
->> I may be naive, and I do apologize to anyone that feels that they've been exposed to a hardened criminal that has been reading these threads in hopes of learning exactly where that camera equipment is being kept.

I, however, feel I stand a better chance of winning a moderate-sized lottery before a thief that lives within a reasonable distance of my residence happens to be reading this thread on a trade-specific forum and tracks me down only to steal my gear to sell at a pawn shop for pennies.

I don't even play the lottery.

Please read my comments with a air of sarcasm and understand that I completely understand the need to protect your gear (and your family — a much more valuable possession) from potential loss.

Best Wishes.
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer
Durham | NC | USA | Posted: 11:42 PM on 10.18.07
->> doug, no offense meant to you. I just think everyone needs to think before they respond PUBLICLY..put the thread out there...for sure. get your answers...on the side.....hey yamil...I'm reading between the lines...you got guns....you're not home.....yeah baby GUNS and CAMERAS!!!! PAAARRRRRTTTTTYYYYYY!!! 8)
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Yamil Sued, Photographer, Photo Editor
Peoria | AZ | USA | Posted: 11:54 PM on 10.18.07
->> Chuck, I work at Home and I have a Killer Alarm System by ADT for when I'm not at Home and One form Smith & Wesson for when I'm at home!!
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer
Durham | NC | USA | Posted: 12:00 AM on 10.19.07
->> you go man!!! I won't be visitin' anytime soon!!! 8)
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Yamil Sued, Photographer, Photo Editor
Peoria | AZ | USA | Posted: 12:34 AM on 10.19.07
->> C'mon Chuck, I wanted you to visit me so I could play with your MKIII!!!
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William Maner, Photographer
Biloxi | MS | USA | Posted: 1:03 AM on 10.19.07
->> I hear this sign can be effective....

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/i/41aryak%2b5kl._aa280_.jpg
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Jim Comeau, Student/Intern, Photographer
San Diego | CA | USA | Posted: 1:08 AM on 10.19.07
->> Haha William, my dad has had that sign at his office for as long as I can remember. I need to find one for myself.
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James Madelin, Photographer
AKL | Auckland | New Zealand | Posted: 7:10 AM on 10.19.07
->> interesting thread.. my security/ storage solutions are:

1 - a large lockable office cabinet that sits in my lockable office. i bought it second hand a few months ago; it's a standard size that can take my manfrotto 055 tripod and my strobist light bag across a shelf.

2 - my equipment kept in a large peli case that is always locked to something; the car it's in or the building it's being kept in when not in vehicle

3 - i don't advertise my address on the internet

4 - i never EVER park somewhere, put anything in the boot/trunk and leave the car. i either take it with me or store it in the boot/trunk before i get where i'm going.

5 - i have a really good insurance policy !

i don't think you'll ever stop a determined crim, it's more a question of stopping all the others looking for a soft target.
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