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The perfect kit at last

For years I've been plagued by forgot-I-had-it syndrome. When I go out botanising I'm often deep in a dank forest. At some stage I will stop to check out a plant, carrying my tripod, because I only have a little shoulder bag. I'll put the tripod down, ID the plant and then walk off, having forgotten I had the tripod. Then, when I realise, I spend an age trying to find it again - not always successfully

So I got a cheapo tripod that collapses really small, but is sturdy enough and high enough for most stuff I do (it's a "Neewer" tabletop one). The important thing is that it can dangle off a small shoulder bag.

The bag was an issue. It needs to be light, small and hold a field guide, a spare lens, a bit of flash kit and a few other little wotnots. And I need to be able to dangle the tripod off it somehow. Plus, I DO NOT want a poncy stylish thing. I want something that is happy getting dragged through the undergrowth and that looks cheap and battered, like me.
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Tripod 40, the canvas bag was a tenner. I sewed some rings on the bottom to hang the tripod off. Hey presto. There's even a little side pocket that's perfect for spare batteries. I suppose I should tidy up the cords, but I probably won't.


Let's see how long this tripod lasts
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Re: The perfect kit at last

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Let's see how long this tripod lasts
Probably not long dangling off the bottom like that

The bag reminds me a little of the one my father used to use when he went to work. It was an old gas-mask bag from the war years!

Anyhow, good that you've found something that works for you.
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For years I've been plagued by forgot-I-had-it syndrome. When I go out botanising I'm often deep in a dank forest. At some stage I will stop to check out a plant, carrying my tripod, because I only have a little shoulder bag. I'll put the tripod down, ID the plant and then walk off, having forgotten I had the tripod. Then, when I realise, I spend an age trying to find it again - not always successfully
A cheap option:

Carry a long (define your own) piece of string with loop on each end. One loop goes around the tripod, the other around your ankle!

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Given the size of the tripod wouldn't it go in the bag?
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A cheap option:

Carry a long (define your own) piece of string with loop on each end. One loop goes around the tripod, the other around your ankle!

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If that doesn't work try one loop around the neck.
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Given the size of the tripod wouldn't it go in the bag?
It does, but the sharp edged metal bits bash into the other stuff I the bag. Plus it gets full.
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It does, but the sharp edged metal bits bash into the other stuff I the bag. Plus it gets full.
There's a range of padded inserts available these days. I've got a canvas contractors (builders) briefcase with a padded insert.

Another option is cheap neoprene pouches which is what I use for the telephoto supports and focusing sliders that would be rattling around in the boot of the car otherwise.
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Re: The perfect kit at last

Looks good - Anything that doesn't look a 'Camera Bag' - Let alone 'BRANDED'
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Looks perfect John. Not sure it would take all my stuff though as it would be full even before I had put any camera equipment in it.
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Re: The perfect kit at last

I do have a pile of neoprene lens/flash protectors because if I'm off climbing I'll have stuff packed in a climbing-style backpack, but that's a rare event these days

I think, if I was to be honest, there's a bit of "not invented here" syndrome in this. I do like improvising things, probably because of a career messing around with computer code. Any other 70's techo programmers will know what I mean
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Having spent rather too much of my working life trying to bend computer code, now I'm not being paid for it I prefer to find something that works straight out of the box

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Re: The perfect kit at last

Looks similar to a bag I bought off a certain auction site a while back. I paid about 14 for it! And it works rather well. I've had Leowe ones; but the cheap works better for me! So all power to your elbow - you don't have to buy an expensive bag to get good results.
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