Cameras are Like Camera Bags

Cameras are like camera bags. Why do I say that? When I only had a D90 and only a few consumer lenses, I didn’t realize that having a D700 and pro glass would change the way I think. Back then I didn’t have a choice, I took what I had with me and that was it because the decision was already made for me. All I could do was think about what camera bag I wanted to put it all in. Yes I am going somewhere with this and no the picture of Jade and Ashly do not have anything to do with this. Just keeping your attention.

Jade Vixen MM32777 - D700 / 70-200 110mm f11 ISO 200 1/200th @Lionfish Studios(click to see larger)
Jade Vixen MM32777 – D700 / 70-200 110mm f11 ISO 200 1/200th @Lionfish Studios

If you own more than one camera bag you soon start to realize there is no perfect sack for your camera. Over time you just collect them. Depending on where you are going and what you are planning on doing dictates which one you will bring with you at any given time. At no point is there ever a “perfect” bag. Its always a compromise, but the quest for the perfect bag is always ongoing. Currently my favorite bag is a 12 year old knapsack, that looks old and worthless, but has a $28 Domkey insert. Its as close to perfection as I have every come. I added padding to the bottom of the napsack and placed the insert on top of that padding. It functions perfectly with no indication that anything is expensive. I’ll have to add photos to a future post, but for now Jade and and Ashley will have to do.

Ashley MM2661855 - D700 / 70-200 145mm f5 ISO 200 1/125th @Point View Farm(click to see larger)
Ashley MM2661855 – D700 / 70-200 145mm f5 ISO 200 1/125th @Point View Farm

Just like bags, I’ve decided there is no perfect camera or lens. Its all about where you are going and what you are going to shoot. Now that I have an entire arsenal of gear at my disposal, what do I take when I’m just going out for the afternoon? Do I go lightweight and take my D7000 with a 18-200 or do I go heavyweight and bring my D700 with my 24-70 and 70-200 pro glass? The term heavyweight is quite literal. The D700 with my two favorite lenses is just that, heavy. I actually think I’m hitting my next stage of photography, where the pro equipment is just that, pro equipment, use it when you have something serious to shoot, the rest of the time pack lightweight and easy.

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