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    Re: Useful items in your bag (that other smart photographers forget)

    A "Headlight"...Small LED light that straps to forehead...For hiking up beach trails after sunset...Doug

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    Re: Useful items in your bag (that other smart photographers forget)

    Since you seem to be on some kind of equipment tear, I'm re-posting this from your previous thread
    How do you carry your tripod over hill & dale?
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    Hmmm... no cunning comments, no obnoxious observations, no silly citations. Very disappointing. Or maybe, it's just that everyone carries a stuffed giraffe with their kit???

    Theories, suggestions - other than the obvious insertions?

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    Re: Useful items in your bag (that other smart photographers forget)

    Lots of good ideas here, though to carry them all, there might not be room for the camera!
    Seriously, if I am going far afield, I will carry a plastic space blanket, swiss army knife, windproof matches, rain poncho. Plus, a small screwdriver set for minor repairs, tape, plastic bags for rain protection for the equipment.
    Keith

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    Re: Useful items in your bag (that other smart photographers forget)

    -stopwatch for timing longer exposures
    -matte black cardstock for dodging exposures or using as a french flag on wide angle lenses where a compendium isnt useful
    -gaffers tape on my tripod legs for in field repairs
    -flexiible tailors measuring tape for figuring bellows comensations
    -small LED flashlight for predawn or post dusk exposures
    -blower bulb for cleaning lenses
    - a book or ipod for waiting for the light activitie

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    Re: Useful items in your bag (that other smart photographers forget)

    On my last trip to Death Valley, I tossed in a small pack of 4th of July smoke bombs and a lighter. I hike and photograph solo, so thought they might be cheap (and probably useless) signaling devises if something went wrong.

    Of course fireworks are against the rules, but the smoke bombs are lighter and cheaper than a flare gun!

    As part of my pack (a travel pack, not a camera pack), I have a black 12"x12" piece of closed cell foam (backpackers sleeping pad) -- it pads the 8x10 camera from the film holders. It is great for setting equipment on, or to sit on on sharp rocks, wet ground, or snow. And it also works as a lens shade.

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    Re: Useful items in your bag (that other smart photographers forget)

    In addition to the LF camera, ziptop antistatic bag stored film holders and lightmeter...

    small pen-sized screwdriver, like someone might have in their pocket protector. Good for minor adjustments or if the front standard lensboard retainers are too tight.

    When I'm apt to be carrying fuji instant film: cheap digital timer, small trash bag for the disposed slimy peel apart pieces.

    a little ziplock snackbag with a couple rubber bands, qtips for cleaning, zip ties.

    Along with my LF stuff, I also have a MF TLR and a few rolls of film for that. It's great when I run out of sheet film, or want to shoot quality B&W handheld, etc...

    If you have a pelican case, you could stash some sample work prints behind the foam in the lid. I have done that in my non-LF pelican case.

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    Re: Useful items in your bag (that other smart photographers forget)

    These are all great ideas except maybe the stuffed giraffe, sorry! I wonder if we carried all this stuff if we would have room for our cameras?

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    Re: Useful items in your bag (that other smart photographers forget)

    ROL, I love your stuffed giraffe, don’t let anyone ever take it away from you!

    I also like David’s whistle & Vaughn’s smoke bombs for emergencies – carrying both would still be lighter than a satellite phone…

    I should mention the black tennis head band I carry – think Roger Federer.

    The head band fits snugly around the space where my Lee Hood connects to my Lee filter holder, a crevice where sunlight & reflected light always conspire to sneak into my lens. Reduces flare, keeps my hands free. On the hottest days, I wear it.
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    Re: Useful items in your bag (that other smart photographers forget)

    Many of the trinkets others have suggested.

    In addition: several spring-type clothes-pins.

    I use these to attach my dark-cloth to the carry-handle on my Tachihara.

    And sometimes to hang up my jacket or shirt if I take it off.

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    Re: Useful items in your bag (that other smart photographers forget)

    In mine, I add a bellows factor calculator kit, and an angle finder so I can absolutely match tilts on front and rear standards, Lens Pen for cleaning, a Gray Card cut down to 4x5, an extra dark slide that is cut in half for two panoramas per sheet of film when desired, and an old but still extremely valid Kodak Master Photoguide.
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