In Thom's Bag

I actually have several bags. Which one I pick tends to be determined by what I'm shooting and where I need to shoot it. The more extreme the challenge or adventure, the lighter I tend to go. But for the money shoots, I tend to use my FX gear.

Every piece of gear mentioned on this page I can vouch for personally. It's in my bags because I've found it delivers the results I want. Believe it or not, this list is considerably pared down from where I was a few years ago. There's a good chance it'll get pared down more in the coming year; I don't use my DX bag much, partly because Nikon isn't quite making what I'd want in DX. That's not to say that the gear in the DX bag doesn't work well, only that with the appearance of the D800 (now D810) and the lack of some DX lenses, the size/weight gains with DX aren't as dramatic as they were when I was carrying a D3s and D3x.

 

FX DSLR Bag

My pro kit usually lives in a Gura Gear Betaflae 26L [advertising link]. Sometimes I transfer it to a different bag more suited to a particular task; for example a subset of this gear will transfer to my F-stop backpack for hiking, or a superset with a couple of f/1.4 primes will go into a ThinkTank roller bag for sports/event shooting):

  • D5 body 
  • D810 body
  • 14-24mm f/2.8 
  • 20mm, 24mm, 50mm, 85mm f/1.8 primes for low-light needs
  • 70-200mm f/4 VR for most work, 70-200mm f/2.8 VR for low-light needs
  • (400mm f/2.8 VR or 500mm f/4 VR as needed)

At times my D7200 or D500 will be in this bag instead of the D5. This keeps battery/charger/cards the same while still giving me a usable backup to the D810.


DX DSLR Bag

My "light" DSLR kit lives in a ThinkTank Airport Antidote:

  • D500 body
  • 11-16mm f/2.8 Tokina 
  • 18-35mm f/1.8 Sigma or 16-80mm f/2.8-4 Nikkor
  • 80-400mm f/4-5.6 VR for most work, 70-200mm f/4 VR for other needs

Obviously, there's more space in this bag to put in additional lenses and gear. Macro lenses or additional fast optics can go in the center and short side, as needed. I'll often put my chargers, cables, and other miscellaneous gear (compact camera), too.

If I'm shooting out of the bag, I'll reconfigure it slightly so that I've got a body+lens position handy, which is one reason why you'll see some extra dividers ready in the bag. 

With advent of mirrorless cameras, this bag gets far less use than before. 


Mirrorless Bag

See the sansmirror.com site for this information. For example, my m4/3 gear.


Video Bag

In transition. More when I stabilize on my 4K system.


Support Gear

A number of items are used with multiple kits, so I'll list them separately:

  • RRS Versa 2 tripod
  • Uniqball, RRS BH-55, or Acratech head
  • RRS Long Lens Support, Pano Head, Monopod, as needed
  • SB-5000 Speedlights (two to four, as needed)
  • Singh-Ray Graduated ND, Vari-ND, B&W polarizer as needed (I have sets that match each of the common filter sizes I standardize on (77mm, 67mm, 52mm, 49mm, and 40.5mm, plus step up rings as necessary)


I typically use a Panasonic LX-100 for casual walk around work (compact, always carry camera).


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