An225
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What do you take in your spotting bag?

Fri Apr 14, 2017 4:04 pm

Hello all,
I remember that long time ago there was in A.Net a thread dedicated to the topic of items plane spotters taking with them to such activity.
Unfortunately, I couldn't find it or something similar to this topic. So how about starting a new one?

So here is what I take with me:
My bag is Lowepro Fastpack BP 250 AW II
1. EOS760D body
2. Cannon 18-135 IS + hood
3. 70-200 L non-IS + hood
4. memory cards: 8 GB, 32GB and micro 32GB
5. Lenovo T440p laptop
6. Lenovo Tab2 tablet
7. HTC M9 cellphone
8. Scanner + Batteries
9. GPS logger
10. Slick Propod 660 monopod
11. Remote control for my camera (cable)
12. Chargers: laptop, tablet/cellphone, camera
13. various cables
14. small notebook (paper)
15. Pen
16. Keys
17. ID card/passport
18. small amount of money
19. Bottle of water
20. Hat

Please note that some of these items are needed only during long trips or out-of-the-country trips

Now guys, it's your turn to add a list of stuff you take with you...

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airkas1
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Re: What do you take in your spotting bag?

Fri Apr 14, 2017 4:32 pm

Usually when I am in my home country I'll only take my camerabag with me. By default, that consists of:
1. Camera
2. Lenses
3. Memorycards
4. Batteries

If I'm abroad or spending a long day at a home country airport, I will usually also bring:
5. Drinks (water, sometimes a soft drink/juice)
6. Food (sandwiches and snacks)

And if I'm out at night:
7. Tripod & shutter release cable


I consider my keys, wallet (money/ID) and phone items that I carry with me every day, not necessarily spotting related.
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An225
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Re: What do you take in your spotting bag?

Fri Apr 14, 2017 4:39 pm

Thanks airkas1 for the info
 
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Re: What do you take in your spotting bag?

Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:07 pm

These days, I don't even typically bring my camera bag with me. Just camera (5D2) and lens (usually 100-400L), and extra battery and memory card in my pocket.

Tripod and shutter release typically live in my car's trunk, so they're always available should I need them.

The only time I'll bring a bag is if I think I'll need more than one lens, filter(s), or any other random thing, but that's pretty rare for spotting sessions these days.
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Re: What do you take in your spotting bag?

Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:24 am

Exactly like Vik, I Keep it simple. No special camera bag, Just a camera in my bagpack with maybe another objective (depending where I want to shoot) and another battery.
Nothing more.
If I will shoot just one aircraft inbetween something else I might even just get in the car with the camera in my hands and nothing else.

I tend to leave everything that I don't need (other objectives - tripod, shutter release which I both don't use at all these days) at home. I would't want to carry evertyhing else with me, especially as I might also take the bike to the Airport.
 
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Re: What do you take in your spotting bag?

Sat Apr 15, 2017 11:49 am

For me I always just take the bag with me which is a book bag style gear bag. Usually have the 6D mounted to the 100-400 as my go to. Sometimes I might mount the 7D2 to the 100-400, especially if I am shooting EWR 22 departures. For me with traveling a lot it makes it easy to keep everything together in the bag.

The bag will always have my 70-200, 1.4x III extender, 24-105, 35mm f2, the mounted up body and the extra body. On one side pocket the scanner is clipped on and on the other side pocket the extra batteries are kept. The front of the bag will have my caps/covers and spare memory cards.

Now when I am on vacation and not doing aviation it will usually be a smaller bag with a spare battery and card, body, 24-105, 70-200.
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Re: What do you take in your spotting bag?

Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:34 am

Well, usually i will bring :
1. My camera (5D2)
2. Lenses usually are 70-200 and 24-105
3. Batteries usually bring 1 and another in the camera.
4. Memory Cards 8GB if i spot in my hometown airport i will take only one.
5. Cleaning camera tools.Just in case of dust inside the camera and lenses.
6. sometimes i will bring the radio to listen to the ATC.

If i take a trip to other places for spotting , i will take 100-400mm replace the 70-200 and also take 24-105 and maybe will take another APS-C camera with me (700D) because maybe i am not familiar the situation there longer lenses are better than short lenses.Besides, i will also take more than 2 spare batteries . And... memory cards i will bring 2 8G or 1 32G.

If i go spotting at night time. I also will bring Tripod and shutter release cable. In addition, i will bring 2 more batteries because i found that my batteries are not very durable maybe is too old.
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Re: What do you take in your spotting bag?

Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:20 am

My Crumpler camera bag contains:
    Camera - Canon 5D Mark iii
    Lenses - Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM, Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS USM, Canon Extender EF 2x III
    Memory card - 2 x Lexar 128GB Professional 1066x CompactFlash and reader
    Scanner/Radio - Uniden UBC-75XLT
    Laptop - Macbook Pro
    Accessories - Lens filters and blower
    Other - Suncream (even in the UK I've learned the hard way that standing for 8 hours outside can get your face red). Food/drink. Notebook/pens. Battery charger if im overnighting.
 
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Re: What do you take in your spotting bag?

Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:05 pm

- map
- compass
- liferaft
- butt plug.
 
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Re: What do you take in your spotting bag?

Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:56 am

The airport bag (Calumet Pro 845 - just about goes under an aircraft seat on its side) generally contains

6D
7Dii, replacing the 600D
70-300L
300f4L
1.4x extender iii
several spare batteries (both cameras take the same which simplifies matters). Both cameras have wifi and photos uploaded to iphone, below, for social media purposes. Wifi eats battery life.
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phone battery packs (data+uploading photos eats battery life).

I'm not usually at the airport long enough to warrant drinks or snacks (8am-2pm or so). Maybe water in the summer.
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Re: What do you take in your spotting bag?

Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:51 pm

Gasman wrote:
- map
- compass
- liferaft
- butt plug.


That's all????
 
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Re: What do you take in your spotting bag?

Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:54 pm

Thanks guys for sharing your lists.

I am travelling now to the Baltics and Kiev and am interested to know what other spotters are using so i can have ideas what to add.

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Re: What do you take in your spotting bag?

Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:30 pm

I am taking my Vanguard Up-Rise 16Z bag with one camera with battery grip and one lens mounted and enjoying being light ;-)
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Re: What do you take in your spotting bag?

Mon May 01, 2017 8:24 pm

My bag is the flipside 400AW,which usually contains the following.

7DMKII
600D
70-300L
18-135IS STM
18-270VC PZD
55-250 IS
Spare battery for the 7DMKII
Scanner
32gb card in the 7DMKII
16gb card in the 600D
Lens hood on the 70-300L


Sometimes take my Tamron 10-24 wide angle depending on where I am going. Also a folding chair to fall asleep in if it is a slow boring day.
 
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Re: What do you take in your spotting bag?

Wed May 03, 2017 7:58 pm

Based on these replies a rebound of Nikon's sales numbers looks nonexistent. :fight:
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Re: What do you take in your spotting bag?

Thu May 04, 2017 10:21 am

chuck9941 wrote:
Based on these replies a rebound of Nikon's sales numbers looks nonexistent. :fight:

:blush: It seems yes. Hahah, myabe just they didn't reply here.
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