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Ten items you should have in your camera bag

By dpreview staff on Oct 4, 2013 at 18:02 GMT
Microfiber cloth
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Microfiber cloth

They're not sexy, but microfiber cloths are among the most useful accessories you can have in your camera bag. As well as cleaning off dust and dirt from your equipment, you can also use a cloth to wrap lenses and other small accessories to prevent them from being scratched when they come into contact with one another. 

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Jeff Parry Photography
By Jeff Parry Photography (3 months ago)

gloves with the index finger and thumb tips cut off so you can keep your hands warm but still adjust your camera settings.

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fredphotog
By fredphotog (3 months ago)

Geez, no flashlight? YIKES!

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ciao_chao
By ciao_chao (5 months ago)

Not sure if this applies to every camera bag. It's more of a walkaround kit. I'm sure I wouldn't be needing a CPL, cable release, a poncho or a piddly flashgun at an indoor event.

You've also missed off a penknife, which is the equivalent of a smartphone in the 1990's and still very useful.

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HariGeni
By HariGeni (6 months ago)

In my smallish photo bag go: extra battery(ies), memory cards, polarizer filter, mini tripod (Minox's "pen", the best), Swiss Army Knife (Victorinox Superchamp), plastic bags, rubber bands, LED mini torch (Ledlenser P2), little 2.5" hard disk (1.5 TB), something to take notes. Eyes, sensitivity, wits... hopefully go on me. - "The perfection of something seems to be attained, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there's nothing left to take out." Antoine De Saint Exupery, pilot and author of "The Little Prince"

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jwkphoto
By jwkphoto (6 months ago)

About the duct tape thing. Do you know what duct tape and the Force from Star Wars have in common? They both have a dark side, a light side and they both hold the Universe together!

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beaconsfield
By beaconsfield (6 months ago)

Lenspen and LED flashlight, one camera and two kenses, SD cards, spare battery in a Lowepro Event Messenger 100 and I am good to go.

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Vermeero
By Vermeero (6 months ago)

Strictly photographic gear in my bag, there's no room for other things... since it's small and I like it that way. I Carry it around my sholder, no backpack because I like quick access.

Usually a Canon FTb, three fixed focal Canon FD lenses, a 28mm, 50mm and a 135mm. Mostly when I'm outdoors I put some films in that bag too... some Ektar and Portras, or the Elite Chrome Extra Colour (Kodak).

It's this that will fit the bag, or my Hasselblad 501C with the usual 80mm Zeiss lens, with lens hood and a Gossen Polysix 2 light meter in a pocket. In that case I have some Fuji Reala 100 or Kodak Portra 400 medium format film at hand.

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Constantly Flashing
By Constantly Flashing (6 months ago)

2way radio just in case... been in the middle of no where... and no service
asprin/paracetamol (some people cannot take asprin (ME))
water for the above
tiny torch
P&S

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ofquiet
By ofquiet (6 months ago)

A pocket Llama. Cause you never know...

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wansai
By wansai (6 months ago)

I always keep a box of aspirin or some kind of pain killer in my bag. Nothing like 1/2 way through your day you get a migraine or your leg/feet/shoulders start hurting.

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dotbalm
By dotbalm (6 months ago)

Flares.
Crampons.
Portable smartphone recharger.
The complete works of Dr. Seuss (hardcover).
Sunday paper.
Disposable grocery bag to shield cam from rain/snow.
Garbage bag to cover backpack.
Seriously, if you encounter icy conditions like slopes and river banks, stretchy rubber cleats (metal) you can stretch onto the bottom of your shoes/boots will save your gear and possibly your shoulder socket or elbow/wrist. When you fall, one hand holds onto the tripod/cam, all the force goes to the other arm. Not fun.

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plasnu
By plasnu (6 months ago)

Ziploc

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omoise
By omoise (6 months ago)

Over the years I ended up deciding that less is more. Can't go hiking in the mountains or the slots with all this stuff on my back.

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LiSkynden
By LiSkynden (6 months ago)

Bottle of water and Snickers.
Only have 5 of the ones in the pics.

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mi7
By mi7 (6 months ago)

Business cards come handy and there is a pre-designed app which fits your #6:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.teepee.ecard

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MDGColorado
By MDGColorado (6 months ago)

Since the time I almost could not unscrew a CPL from a stepup ring, I now carry filter wrenches. They are cheap and weigh about nothing.

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dotbalm
By dotbalm (6 months ago)

Good call, especially with the thing filter rings.

Alternative: rubber band. Add a fresh one each season.

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AshMills
By AshMills (6 months ago)

Dont forget your Amazon login details so you can order anything you don't own.

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mwf369
By mwf369 (6 months ago)

Ibuprofen!

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Jack Hogan
By Jack Hogan (6 months ago)

Gray card for white balancing

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KAMSA
By KAMSA (6 months ago)

Just one cam? I always Carrie 3 body's 5 pieces of My finest Glass, an a lot of Li-Ion Cells,...and 4 chargers.

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calking
By calking (6 months ago)

Good lord....

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ecodigitography
By ecodigitography (6 months ago)

Rather than carrying a roll of gaffa or electrical tape ~ try wrapping a few lengths around the leg of your tripod - it doesn't add any weight and is always accessible. I wrap some white electrical tape as well - adds visibilty to tripod legs when you're out in public or for marking something with a sharpie...oh - and electrical tape is WAY better than gaff for those smaller items - doesn't leave any sticky residue - stretch it to get a tight grip and fold the end of the tape over a little to make a tab to easily remove it when you're done :)

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Leiduowen
By Leiduowen (6 months ago)

I always wear a condom in a secret little pocket of my bag. Just in case...

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EDWARD ARTISTE
By EDWARD ARTISTE (6 months ago)

ROFL. You never know!

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dotbalm
By dotbalm (6 months ago)

"Little?"

And you wear it in your pocket? Sounds like you have a hole in your pocket.

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Parampreet Dhatt
By Parampreet Dhatt (6 months ago)

The comments below are much more interesting than the article itself. :)

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Leroy A Skalstad
By Leroy A Skalstad (6 months ago)

EXPODISC,

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MPA1
By MPA1 (6 months ago)

Paracetamol. Never go on assignment without it! Ditto my Fisher Space Pen.

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wildplaces
By wildplaces (6 months ago)

On a hunch, I just bought a Travalo travel perfume atomizer (~$10) for lens solution - was a great idea! Perfect size, fits in pocket, airplane proof and no problem with security (women use it for perfume) - use it for eyeglasses, sunglasses, as well as SLR monitor and lenses. Have a refillable master container at home (unlimited lifetime supply of lens cleaner solution) which I use as as reservoir to fill up the Travalo.

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dotbalm
By dotbalm (6 months ago)

Or, for those of us who have Costco stores nearby, just by their eyeglasses lens cleaner kit. Comes with two of those and includes lifetime refills.

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Constantly Flashing
By Constantly Flashing (6 months ago)

dotbalm... if only they had that offer here in Australia!

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kastaldi
By kastaldi (6 months ago)

I would also that small tool like a pen, with a retractable brush on one side and a lens cleaner on the other.

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calvinboy24
By calvinboy24 (6 months ago)

11. Gaffer's tape, I.e. A photographic McGyver's do it all

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Vlad Didenko
By Vlad Didenko (6 months ago)

Depending on a bag and camera Joby tripods may be of more value than mini tripods.

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Jude McDowell
By Jude McDowell (6 months ago)

+small tube sunscreen

Essential in Aus...

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King Penguin
By King Penguin (6 months ago)

I'd pop Schrödinger's cat in the bag too......it would help me see the scene from a different perspective....... :)

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duchamp
By duchamp (6 months ago)

Aside camera, lens(es), flash, spare batteries/flash cards, I carry a lenspen, a polarizer filter and a 3-stops ND filter. That's it. Other accessories, like trigger/tripod/filters/covers or anything else, are temporary guests in my bag - I take only if I think I may need them.

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Spectro
By Spectro (6 months ago)

continue...
My back told me that being paranoid of what I bring is not as good as planning a head. I have 3-4 camera bags too, so how much I need, will determine the size of the bag I take that day. I did the 2 DSLRs on the blackrapid strap 2-3x this year, but most of the time my mirrorless is fine. I do bring two bags sometimes, leave the extras in the car trunk.

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Spectro
By Spectro (6 months ago)

Less is more. I used to try to carry all the things, but it just get too big and heavy. For a pro you got to have everything ready, but for a weekend photostroll, just a camera is fine. Since I am more of the weekend photographer, if I need a ND filter I will bring it only if I need too. Dust blower? This is done at home if need be, heck Lightroom spot removal is easy. Trigger cord, how about the camera timer? Tripod is a planed thing too, if you don't plan on it, don't bring it. Heavy to carry around if you don't plan on using it. As for a the mini tripod, they aren't very good. I find a ledge or some object on the fly. I use my smartphone for calling not photo related, you must be showing off your webpage with a tiny screen? I have a tablet too, used to carry it, but that was extra weight also.

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Polariser
By Polariser (6 months ago)

Agree - less gear means more fun and less neck ache. As.e would go with lenses - why wheel a baglisd when you can get away with what you need ?

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MDGColorado
By MDGColorado (6 months ago)

Although some mini-tripods are no good, UltraPod is a good one. The small one will support a point and shoot up to an LX7, the larger UltraPod II works fine with a M43 camera. They are light, versatile, and inexpensive.

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InTheMist
By InTheMist (6 months ago)

The ultimate multi-use item is a SPACE BLANKET:

- A gear separator more useful than the foam things
- Biggest reflector you can get
- Save your life if trapped in the cold
- Waterproof as poncho or cover

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Mk7
By Mk7 (6 months ago)

Woohoo, all I need is an air blower.

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mcshan
By mcshan (6 months ago)

What about a machete and fire-starter equipment?

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Constantly Flashing
By Constantly Flashing (6 months ago)

where are you photographing? lol

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kimchiflower
By kimchiflower (6 months ago)

Do people seriously carry all this kit around?

Maybe there should be a Canikon mule to carry it all

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MtOlympus
By MtOlympus (6 months ago)

You forgot the two P's a poncho and a PanoFix Panorama head.

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RichRMA
By RichRMA (6 months ago)

Leatherman tool or Swiss (Victorinox) army knife.

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Philippe R
By Philippe R (6 months ago)

Just remember that if you travel by plane, put those items in your hold luggage so you won't have it taken from you by security checks... IMO

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DonnaRead54
By DonnaRead54 (6 months ago)

screwdriver and allen wrench that fit your tripod. you just never know when something is going to loosen up.

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coronawithlime
By coronawithlime (6 months ago)

If you carry everything suggested, probably a small van to move it around :)

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Mark H
By Mark H (6 months ago)

Massive yawn - can DPReview's articles get any less inspired?

Honestly - this has to be absolutely the lamest front page article I've ever seen.

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Beat Traveller
By Beat Traveller (6 months ago)

Really? I thought there were some good points in here - a few things my camera bag needs before my next trip.

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RichardBalonglong
By RichardBalonglong (6 months ago)

...and a bottled drinking water!
It always saves me during and after shooting especially when I'm on assignment and/or hiking...

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white shadow
By white shadow (6 months ago)

A few can of refreshing beer is better and some chocolate / energy bars for those long day trips.

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Suntan
By Suntan (6 months ago)

Folded up trash bag large enough to place the entire backpack into. They take no space and can really make things easier when caught in a complete deluge.

-Suntan

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Nukunukoo
By Nukunukoo (6 months ago)

You forgot to mention variable ND and Q-tips...

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ed rader
By ed rader (6 months ago)

that's funny because I carry neither :-)

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justmeMN
By justmeMN (6 months ago)

And in the US, some people never go anywhere without bringing a handgun along.

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billbourd
By billbourd (6 months ago)

This is a good point made by someone who obviously has street smarts. Thank God they are not needed elsewhere. :)

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dan801
By dan801 (6 months ago)

Agreed, companies should came out with a gun compartment for times when someone tries and takes your gear.

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coronawithlime
By coronawithlime (6 months ago)

Good thought :)

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white shadow
By white shadow (6 months ago)

In the US, you will also need a bullet-proof vest instead of a photographers' vest.

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fyngyrz
By fyngyrz (6 months ago)

In the US, your risk isn't from criminals, it's from the authorities, who have gone bat-poo insane over the idea of people taking photos. Carry the list of photographer's rights, it'll do you a lot more good:

http://www.krages.com/phoright.htm

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Nukunukoo
By Nukunukoo (6 months ago)

When photographing Zombies in the wild, a small axe and crossbow is my preferred equipment...

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Michael J Davis
By Michael J Davis (6 months ago)

Agree with most....
... but polythene bags big enough to contain camera & lens and elastic band to seal it, for those days when coming into a warm house from the cold outside. Minimises condensation until the gear has warmed up.

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Karl Summers
By Karl Summers (6 months ago)

Can someone recommend a decent rain poncho?

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ed rader
By ed rader (6 months ago)

a Mexican or a sears poncho?

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Leftofcenter
By Leftofcenter (6 months ago)

I guess I am still an old school guy, I keep at min four rolls of film, two Fuji Provia 100, and two Kodak Ektar 100. These are for the two Nikon FEs, one with a 28f28AIS, and the other has a 50fi18D. I have a red led flashlight for the night shots. A compass, and notepad with pencil. Old time locking cable release for the bulb shots with the FEs. A MD-12 motor drive with tripod plate. My digital camera with multifunction remote timer. A charged spare battery for the camera. Most of the things in your list, plus a neutral density filter.

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Constantly Flashing
By Constantly Flashing (6 months ago)

film? I've heard of that stuff... you know Im kidding.

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