Camera Bag Must Haves?

Over the weekend in between packing and moving boxes, I spent a little time with the Twitterverse and had a chance to get some fun dialogs going.  One of the questions posed was “Camera body aside, what are the must have essentials for you in your camera bag?”  My answer was my two filters, the polarizing filter and the ND filter for the wide angle (10-22) and telephoto (70-200) respectively.  I got some great responses from people that I thought would be interesting to share here on the blog today.  Here’s the responses from each twitter name:

  • tcrpmg:  Charger, extra cards, batteries bug spray and hand sanitizer
  • DIYPhotography: SB800, trigger, gridspot, flash clamp
  • playleimagery: extension tubes, reflector, filters, and a Cokin p350 hood  (plus tons of batteries)
  • steelersnm: batteries, charger, cleaning supplies and business cards
  • pwscott: Giotto Rocketblower
  • kevin_mullins: My lucky feather
  • lesault: 430EX, diffuser, wireless trigger, hair ties

Batteries seem to be a common favorite accessory, which makes sense because you never wanna be without the juice!  What about the rest of the reading audience?  Any personal favorite accessories you take along with you when shooting?  Sound off in the comments!  Oh yeah, and if you’re not following me yet, jump on board and you too can sound off in real time, as well as see your Twitter account up in lights (well, maybe not in lights, but at least mentioned when I do these questions from time to time…)

In the meantime, keep on shooting – this month the contest theme is Height and the Flickr thread is open for entries through the last Friday of the month – midnight mountain time as always is the deadline.  Happy shooting and we’ll see you back here tomorrow for more photo goodness!

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5 comments for “Camera Bag Must Haves?

  1. February 8, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Other than the ones listed in the post, my bag must haves include:
    – Rag to wipe camera down or to cover camera in light rain
    – Pens/sharpie
    – Hoodman Loupe
    – GPS (for geotagging)
    – Plastic Bag (to put the camera in when transferring it from very cold to warm temps – and as a backup to place over my camera in light rain)
    – A few model release forms
    – 2 GB Thumb drive, with a bunch of PortableApps on it

    There’s probably more… I don’t have my bag in front of me right now 🙂

  2. February 8, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Great question.
    Bubble level
    Canon TC80N3 Remote Control
    Coken Filter case, adapters, filters, and holders
    Batteries, cards
    Manual (never leave home without it)
    Depending on the shoot, from one to three 580ex IIs and ST-E2
    40D for backup

    Of course, if I’m hiking, I use a different bag, with much less in it.

  3. February 8, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    I try to keep it as simple as possible.

    Clif Bars, lenses, lens cleaning cloth, battery charger, my olympus point and shoot, FlipCam – just in case I want some video documentation, extra memory card, my mini tripod, notebooks and pens.
    .-= Greg Taylor´s last blog ..Learning From Other Photographers =-.

  4. Photo1017
    February 10, 2010 at 6:04 am

    Second battery
    cd cards
    cp & nd filters
    microfiber cloths
    camera rainjacket (fotosharp silnylon)
    flash with bounce card & grid
    white, gray & black cards
    lens hood
    These are the regular contents. Different scenes may add items, and I keep all other accessories in a separate bag to keep them in one place.

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