Photographers, Bring Yer Own Bag

Okay look, I’m serious about this one my fellow photo friends, there are tons of threats out there in the world. I can only name a handful:

  • First-world problems
  • Not being able to play through fields of wheat
  • Having a camera bag with expensive gear

Today, we concentrate on the 3rd point as the 1st one is self-explanatory and the 2nd is too intense and mentally straining for me to even attempt to cover.

As convenient as camera bags can be with the quick access zippers, the customisable inserts and the general feeling of having a solid, reliable camera bag on you. But there’s a couple of issues with having a bag solely made to hold your camera.

And I mean, if you do have a bag which completely fits the criteria below that I think are lacking in most bags, please do share what bag you use in the comments and just uh… ignore everything I said.

Once again, I’ll try to explain this in a way in which (hopefully) doesn’t turn into a rant.

1. those damn thieves.

There are some anti-theft camera bags, but boy are those expensive. Most CBs, however, aren’t, and they look quite theft-worthy. I mean there are some that are subtle, but their looks and branding can give it away too; it’s worse when the branding is obnoxious as hell.

This is a robber’s thought process (or I would assume it’s like this):

*sees a nice bag – which is a “subtle” bag holding tons of camera gear* 

“mmmm dat bag looks gud, if they got a nice bag they must have nice things”

*proceeds to snatch your bag*

And bam, there goes camera gear worth more than your life taken by an outlaw who thought your bag “looks gud”.

I can give examples here too, camera bags like the Tenba DNA series, Peak Design’s bags and anything from ONA bags can prove deadly as they’re too beautiful for today’s society. Sorry folks.

2. Your bag packs cameras, yes… what else can it hold?

Well? From my experiences, not very much. After 7 months of using the Lowepro D100AW and some other camera bags, I’d say that camera bags can’t do very much beyond holding camera. Maybe your keys, phone, boarding tickets, ID card… then?

Companies have been trying FOR YEARS to integrate an all-rounder bag which can serve for camera gear and for other extra stuff, like and WANDRD, but I honestly do not think anything revolutionary is being made here.

Now don’t get me wrong here, such bags bring forward a whole new level of organisation.

It’s absolute genius but it isn’t a stable solution, only the thought process of something big that is soon to come.

SIDENOTE ABOUT PEAK DESIGN I JUST WANNA QUICKLY THROW IN:
Peak Design uses every single inch of their bag for something useful, except for the interior. Those FlexFold Dividers are damn convenient, but it doesn’t utilise all the space you find in the main compartment of the Everyday Backpack – nothing fits nice and snug.

I can throw a camera body, a couple of lenses here and there and some accessories too big for the side pouches, and I still can’t put my lunch there. It’s either because I’m afraid my camera is gonna smell like pasta sauce or my gear is gonna bounce around as I walk.

But hey, that’s just a nitpick. I won’t be surprised if I see that they do make a bag which improves on that and shuts me up as a result.

SOLUTION

Just use a normal bag dude, one that is quite popular (Hershel’s Supply and Co or even a casual Adidas backpack if you want to stay that safe) and use an insert. There are really good inserts by Tenba’s BYOB series which I definitely suggest you look at. If you’re traveling, this is great to keep your camera gear safe and remain low profile to thieves.

If you can’t live without the quick access, just get yourself a Capture Clip from Peak Design and feel free to slap your camera there because I bet you that no one knows how to steal it. Slightly inconvenient but still, it works I guess \_(ツ)_/

If you’re a mirrorless user or just someone who doesn’t bring a whole lot around you, you can always try out Tenba’s Tool Box series (I swear I’m not sponsored or paid by them in any way), it’s just a smaller padded insert to put in whatever your heart desires.

I mean… your heart’s desires must be within reasonable size as the Tool Box can’t hol- I’ll stop.

But it does save space and your non-camera-specialised bag can fit more now.

And scene

I hope this kinda brought awareness over how much of a vulnerable position your camera gear is in, and how crappy having a camera bag can be too due to a waste of space.

But I wouldn’t totally mind if you had Peak Design’s Everyday Backpack, though my only concern is if someone thinks it unsubtle enough to rob it.

#MakeFlickrGreatAgain

Ever since March 2016, Flickr’s greatest features were only available if you paid. The incredible Auto-Uploadr is gone, and I still damn miss it.

This certainly was a business move, to accentuate the portrayal of Flickr being a photographer’s hipster social network, not a backup to dump memes in. I see their point, but a hobbyist like me and my brother just can’t be bothered to spend £57.72 (during time of writing this blog) annually. And if you’re giving us 1TB of free storage, I’m sure people will still be committed to upload junk there – whatever clears up their phone at least.

Auto-Uploadr was such a huge convenience to us, and even though we have fast internet, the web upload tool is such a pain in the *** and it’s almost as if they purposefully did this to entice us to pay.

That’s why I’m enraged, because I’m trying to put up some of my best work and this uploader is screwing things up for me. It’s either the photos timing out, or the upload bar not moving a single inch for hours.

I’ve literally waited a whole weekend for just 1 batch to upload. I’M SICK OF THESE DAMN STRATEGIC MONEY-MAKING MOVES ON THIS DAMN WEBSITE. Get it together Flickr.