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|| SportsShooter.com: News Item: Posted 2002-12-31

In the Bag
By Robert Seale, The Sporting News

Photo by Robert Seale/The Sporting News

Photo by Robert Seale/The Sporting News

Cat hair is a little known, but highly effective padding agent.
At The Sporting News, we carry all sorts of different gear and cases depending on the assignment or sport we are covering. This is what I carry on a typical portrait assignment for the magazine:

Carry on #1:
This is a Tamrac 652 rolling case (they don't make this model anymore-BASTARDS!!!). It is 13.25w x 19l x 7d. The new ones in this size range are 1.5" thinner, supposedly to fit airline carry-on requirements better, but I have never been on a regular sized jet where this case would not fit in the overhead.

It holds:
2 Hasselblad 553 ELX bodies
40mm, 50mm, 80mm, 120mm lenses.
5-220 backs
Hasselblad proshade, Hasselblad Polaroid back
Various filters
Minolta Flashmeter IVF
Film

Photo by Robert Seale/The Sporting News

Photo by Robert Seale/The Sporting News

Tamrac rolling case with Hasselblad gear.
The zippered pockets in the inside lid hold sharpies, film envelopes, Fed-X labels, small screwdrivers, and extra Hasselblad fuses.

Carry-on #2
This is a soft-sided Tenba briefcase, which is sort of my life support bag for traveling. It holds:
iBook laptop
iPod, w/ cassette adapter for rental cars, cigarette lighter power supply
Noise canceling headphones
Extra cell phone battery, car charger for phone
Filofax, with travel documents, assignment info, contacts, and ff cards
Leica M-6, with 21mm, 50mm, flash (or EOS1-D and 16-35)
Magazines, books
Shot film

Checked baggage:
Versa-Flex case (20l x 17w x 8.5d)
Photo by Robert Seale/The Sporting News

Photo by Robert Seale/The Sporting News

This is a custom sized Versa-Flex case made to fit Seale's Dynalite set.
This is a custom sized Versa-Flex case made to fit my Dynalite set.
It holds:
2-Dynalite 1000 packs
2-Dynalite 2040 heads
1-Dynalite 4080 bi-tube head
lots of head extension cables
3-sync cords
1-7" reflector for the 4080 head
3 degree grid
3-power supply cables for the packs
Pocket Wizards w/ cords
Minolta Flashmeter V (redundancy)
50' extension cord
220 Film, Polaroid film

42" Lightware Cargo case
This case is heavy as hell, and a royal pain in the ass. I hate it, but it is necessary. I used to travel with very small collapsible Bogen stands, and very small softboxes, which all fit into normal sized Lightware multi-format cases. It worked great for several years, but I eventually got tired of the flimsy lightstands, and of inevitably not having the right equipment on location.

It holds:
Matthews Hollywood Beefy Baby double riser stand with Rocky mountain leg (387030). (This is my main stand for large softboxes.)
2-3 Bogen Avenger A635B stands
Photo by Robert Seale/The Sporting News

Photo by Robert Seale/The Sporting News

Seale's 42" Lightware Cargo case. "This case is heavy as hell, and a royal pain in the ass," says Seale.
Bogen backlight stand
2-3 Plume softbox speed rings
Plume Wafer Hexoval (72")
Plume Worldbank 100 (30" x 40")
Chimera small strip bank
Chimera small softbox (16" x 20")
10, 20, 30 degree grids in Tuperware box
Cinefoil (used to make snoots, flags)
Black permacel Gaffer tape
Extra clamps, studs,adapters
Phillips, standard, and allen wrenches
Gelly Roll with CC gels
300' of extension cord (or as much as I can fit)
Westcott circular reflectors (usually used to block sunlight off subject)
Zip-loc full of garbage bags (for blacking out fluorescent lights in offices, etc…)
Lowell scissor clamps (for clamping lights/backgrounds to ceiling tile grids)

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Kart-a-Bag Tri cart 800
I use a Kart-a-Bag Tri cart 800 to carry all this crap.

This is the basic stuff that I always carry. Depending on the assignment, I'll sometimes add to this one or two Lightware Speedpack Cases (these are made to hold our Dynalite 2000w/s arena lights). I can get 2-2000 packs and 4 bi-tube heads in one of these cases if necessary.

Sometimes I use this case for extra equipment for special shoots. Other items I have packed in these include a Lowel 650 watt fresnel light, battery powered Lumedynes, backgrounds, and a prototype Dynalite Inverter, which essentially allows you to use your Dynalite packs out on location with no AC power. When the production model of this unit is released (sometime in 2003 I hope…) then this will become a permanent fixture in my everyday kit.

(Robert Seale is a staff photographer with The Sporting News, based in Texas. He is a frequent contributor to the Sports Shooter Newsletter and has conducted the very popular lighting seminars at the Annual Workshop & Luau.)


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