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.

Back-to-school-despite-being-december 2016: Things I would use myself

This was originally meant to be my Back-to-School blog but I just procrastinated thanks to Nishat being Nishat (wooooo). But so many YouTube videos have been made on it, I might as well make one long list that’s actually useful. Because nothing is as exciting as back-to-school-in-december tech, and you know you’re ballin’ when you got affordable tech that’s cool and swaggy af.

(NOTE: I do have affiliate links but that in no way affects my love for these damn products and they don’t bump up the price either. Now scroll, young padawan!)

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So you removed the headphone jack but still get sales…

It’s absolutely unbelievable. One controversial thing has just been completely glossed over because the iPhone 7 came out. Really?

Apple removed the classic headphone jack, claiming that they want more space to place stereo speakers. I only use speakers to show people videos and that’s very rarely, I generally tend to use a headphone. Now they are rendered useless.

“but neshat du dangle comz wif du fone” Don’t care, how am I meant to charge and use my headphones all through one port?

Now if I get this pointless ounce of glass, it’s probably going to break quicker than my temper. EVEN APPLE MADE AN “OFFICIAL STATEMENT” OF HOW FRAGILE IT IS. Jeez, and what do they exaggerate? The cameras.

One is a telephoto and the other is a wide-angle, which sounds like something I would be interested in if I wanted to do photography like a hipster. Why not just slap a lens on the iPhone 6? Why not just use the Galaxy S7 or the Huawei P9?

Everyone raged about the AirPods (don’t get me started on that one) and how stupid dropping the headphone jack would be. But as soon as the keynote released with their only selling point would be more cameras and a fingerprint-magnet colour, all the haters went quiet. Not this hater.

What is there that’s new? The iPhone 6S had 12MP. Just grab a wide-angle lens and boom, you get the same deal but cheaper. I don’t mean to offend people but no consumer, except tech junkies, will understand what the hell an f1.8 aperture is. They literally just say things and emphasise on it as if it’s a new innovation of today, but God Apple just shut up.

“I can’t wait to get my hands on the iPhone 8, heard there’s no screens!” – an idiot.

Apple are the same

There. I said it. It’s obvious, but no one really put their finger on why. Apple gets grilled by many reviewers, but hey, hypocrites be hypocrites. Every product is always the same, except maybe a bump in specs and size. There isn’t really any new features, which is rather disappointing for the luxury reputation they established.

But it seems like it’s intentional. This year has been a great year for the development of tech innovations in the market. So why has Apple not caught up instead of just making new OS’? Because that’s where they succeed.

Samsung, Huawei and other companies have gone above and beyond when it comes to revolutionising today’s phones, with dual-cameras and modular phones. Apple has always stayed behind the curve as that is their stability. Their reputation and level of consumerism isn’t tainted as they aren’t trying something new, they’re sticking to the same, making them seem reliable.

Their reputation is a statement to show off people’s bling. It’s as if they have an acquired taste, like those wine connoisseurs who swish around their champagne and claim that it reminds them of the Summer of ’50s.

It’s made such a mark on society that Apple really doesn’t need to put effort. As long as it is an annual thing, the cash will roll in. It’s really scummy and I hate Apple for it. All of the flaws in their products isn’t cared about, like the downgrade in the selfie camera of the iPhone SE and the stupid shortage of ports on the latest of Macbook.

“But hey, no one really cares at the end of the day” – Apple (there’s a definite chance that they’ve said that)