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Remote Camera Gear Bag
Brad Tollefson, Photographer
Lubbock | TX | USA | Posted: 2:48 PM on 06.08.16
->> I recently began shooting remotes, and I'm looking to ramp it up in fall. As of right now I'm using an old school backpack to carry my clamps, arms, plates, etc. to the assignment. For those of you that are regulars with remotes, what are you using to carry the gear onto the location?
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 3:24 PM on 06.08.16
->> A couple of videos about remotes on the Sports Shooter Academy Vimeo site:
https://vimeo.com/ssacademy

And a lot of remote photos and BTS setup photos at our workshop site:
http://www.sportsshooteracademy.com
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Justin Berl, Photographer, Assistant
Moon Township | PA | USA | Posted: 5:17 PM on 06.08.16
->> I picked up a Pelican 1510 when Amazon had them on a super deal for like $60, I use it for my MLB remote setup which includes a magic arm, super clamps, ballhead, extra batteries, pocket wizards, safety cables and the 70-200 I use for my homeplate remote.
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Doug Pizac, Photographer
Sandy | UT | USA | Posted: 7:57 PM on 06.08.16
->> Brad...

If your backpack works, use it. There's nothing wrong with it. Plus, since it doesn't say "I'm full of camera gear" you won't have someone looking for a camera bag to steal.

Some four decades ago "the" thing to store/ship equipment in were silver aluminum Halliburton cases. Pros used black cases. It didn't take long for thieves to learn what to walk away with. Around the same time California came out with PP license plates that Press Photographers could get that would identify their cars to law enforcement when driving up to road blocks. The police still asked for ID and it didn't take long for thieves to learn that PP plates meant the cars had valuable camera gear inside. At one of the Los Angeles Rams games at the LA Colosseum several cars with PP plates were hit. What the photographers didn't take with them for the game were taken.

Personally, I use a beat up non-descript Costco luggage bag I got for $5 at a garage sale whereupon I built dividers inside for my lighting kit. My remote clamps, magic arms, etc. are in a 30-year-old backpack that has dividers inside. My winter gear -- gloves, head covering, crampons, hand warmers, etc. are in one of my kids' old backpacks.

Yes, there are cases made for specific needs but they also advertise themselves to those looking for easy pickings. So there are pros and cons to consider.
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Kevin Krows, Photographer
Forsyth | IL | USA | Posted: 9:46 PM on 06.08.16
->> I use a Think Tank Urban disguise shoulder bag as it fits a 1DX w/ 70-200 or smaller lens, clamps, remotes, cables, etc. The reason I like this is because I'm generally having to climb several flights of stairs to get to the catwalks or top of the press box ... so having everything in a shoulder bag just works for me. I'm really not a backpack kind of guy but I suppose that would work as well.
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Michael Chow, Photographer
Phoenix | AZ | United States | Posted: 9:16 AM on 06.09.16
->> You can spend high dollar and risk what Doug said or go nondescript. I use my son's old school backpack for my clamps and a plastic pencil case for my remotes ($1 at Walmart) that fits in the small pocket of the backpack. The backpack makes it easier to carry around, especially when climbing up catwalks.
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Kevin Krows, Photographer
Forsyth | IL | USA | Posted: 12:10 PM on 06.09.16
->> @Michael -- I use my high dollar Urban Disguise shoulder bag for hundreds of other things (not just setting up remotes). I don't think my daughters "Hello Kitty" backpack and my sons "Ninga Turtle" pencil case would provide the same utility or be appropriate with the clients I work with.
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Michael Chow, Photographer
Phoenix | AZ | United States | Posted: 6:03 PM on 06.09.16
->> Kevin, my message wasn't targeted towards you. Apologies if I offended you. I actually hadn't read your post and responded to what Doug had said. There's a reason I rarely post on message boards, it's not like talking to someone in person.
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Alan Look, Photographer
Bloomington - Normal | IL | United States | Posted: 7:20 PM on 06.09.16
->> I use a rolling tool bag. It's heavy duty canvas that doesn't rip or puncture easily and the wheels and handles are more sturdy than many other options. Price - a bunch cheaper than anything that screams "Photographer". A plus is that my main gear bag rides on top of it and can be fixed to the handle so it doesn't fall off. Just one cart to pull.
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