Shootsac – You May Be Able To Use This

January 26th, 2015

ShootsacAubrey pointed out this new piece of gear to me:

Have you seen this latest Lens Bag? I just got home from a 2-day conference where the owner of Shootsac was there speaking to us. It’s an incredible product that I think the PFRE blog world would love to hear about!

My first reaction was during a real estate shoot I don’t change lenses. For exterior shots, I use my 24-70mm and then leave it in my truck when I go inside. Inside I use a 16-35mm and never change it. But then as I thought about it more I always carry a couple of extra flashes in pockets and a door top clamp for attaching flashes. I used to take my whole roller bag inside but quit because it was  such a hassle. The more I thought about it the more this kind of bag may make a lot of sense. What do others use to travel quickly on a shoot?

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13 Responses to “Shootsac – You May Be Able To Use This”

  • $179 for a neoprene bag with some slots. Camera bags are expensive (and profitable for the makers). This one is a little pricey for me, personally. You could get a think tank belt with 4 bag for the same price, one of their urban disguises, any other number of options.

    For me, its hard to move with a bag in a house, especially nicer properties. Real estate shooters spends lots of time in corners where lamps, accent tables, and all sorts of other “hazards” live. The less I have hanging off my body, the less likely I am to bump into something.

    I switched to Fuji, and a fast prime fits in my jeans pocket now. So, thats made life a lot easier.

  • Yes! I love my Shootsac so much I have two of them! I use them on every single shoot! For photography I use it to keep extra flashes, an extra pocket wizard, my phone, ND filters, business cards, batteries, and my detail lens on me. And when I shoot video I’m swapping out lenses in every single room so I have a “video shootsac” where I store all the lenses I need, a rocket blower, my phone and extra batteries. I can’t say enough about how the Shootsac has totally changed my shooting style! Seriously, before I was really lazy and, if I needed something to get a shot I wanted I’d usually just skip the shot instead of running back to wherever I stashed my Pelican. I’m going to stop gushing now.

  • I don’t have very many photos of me on the job but every single photo that I do have also has my Shootsac! And they’re not that big. They mold to your body so they’re unlikely to cause any bulk issues when you’re shooting.

  • My reaction is that everyone works differently and needs to choose the tools that most suit how they shoot and what they shoot. After a lifetime of shooting almost everything with equipment from 8″x10″ sheet film to 35mm digital, I have a locker full of bags of every description one of which (a Tamrac wheeling back pack) I now use for my DJI Phantom. For real estate, I tend to use the least amount of equipment possible. But keep a lot of generally unused equipment in several larger cases in my vehicle for “just in case”. The only time it seems I ever need that extra equipment is when I don’t have it with me.

    And I agree with a previous post, speaking personally, that since I am always working fast and my back is so often against the wall and corners literally and figuratively the smaller the bag I have the better. How many times do I get back to my digital lab only to find that the damn’d bag turned up in one or two shots over by the back of the couch where it was out of one shot but in the next. So I have another Tamrac shoulder bag with top loading, room for two lenses and body but which will hold the body with a lens on it in the aimed down position. But even this I worry about since I can forget it there and I have a vision of it sweeping a Ming vase to the floor. So often I just wear my equally old photo journalist vest which really makes me look like a dinosaur into which I can stow the extra lens, spare batteries, lens brush and wipe, an energy bar and cell phone which distributed around my person tends to stay close as well. But this is just me. I don’t use flash and if it did it would be flash pack and several light heads and stands. Which is another reason I seldom use lights. I don’t like to change the interior lighting from that created by the home owner or hopefully the stager or interior designer and God with his/her outside lighting.

    This bag looks much like a purse which may appeal more to our female photo professionals but frankly if I can use my photojournalist vest in this day and age and if the bag works, who cares? In fact, I think applies to any equipment at all. If it solves the problem, use it. It does not matter how new or how old, how high end or consumer designed. It is only a tool and you pick the right tool for your job which includes how you like to work. But I think you work best when you are not having to think about your equipment. So pick what works for you and stick with it.

  • I used a Shootsac when I shot weddings. I sold it, but I could see it being useful for RE – for the exact reason Malia uses it. Right now, I just have my backpack of photo gear that I bring into the home and leave it near the foyer or a place that is out of view so I can get to it easily. If it is a fast RE job, I will even just leave everything in the car and just run out if I need something.

  • After carrying my old Domke cotton bag (the most comfortable bag ever!) around for 20 years and becoming very holy, I decided it was time to find a replacement. I was in Costco last summer and they had under seat bags with wheels and a handle for 30 bucks and bought it. I used some heavy duty foam rubber for padding the interior and my old Domke lens partition fitted perfectly inside. I bought another under seat bag and use it for all my flashes, attachments and extra batteries. The only thing I carry on my shoulder is my 30 year old Bogen tripod with it’s cotton shoulder strap.

  • I have one but haven’t thought to use it for RE. I used it when I used to shoot horse shows. They’re great bags.

  • I can see this being useful for wedding, event photographers who don’t have time to go back to the vehicle to change lenses. The bag I have now can carry my camera, 3 lenses, 2 flashes and some other stuff, but its still small enough to not be unwieldy. If I need something else, its a 2 minute trip out to the vehicle. Unless you are knocking out a shoot in under 15 minutes (or doing video), I’m not sure what advantage this bag would give you.

  • It’s not meant to replace your regular camera bag. It’s just a way to conveniently have everything on you during the shoot. I like it because I’m lazy and the houses I shoot are huge. I don’t like having to run all over the place for a different lens, or an extra pocket wizard, etc.

  • I keep all the cameras, lenses, strobes, ect. in a Pelican case in the foyer. Once the cam and tripod are deployed, the strobes get moved as I work through the house. I haven’t found a need to wear a bag, vest or hipsack?

  • I wind up shooting most of my interiors with a 17-40mm and an occasional swap to the 10-20mm. Far less frequently I’ll put on my 50mm f1.4 or a tele for a detail shot. Everything I use for RE goes in one of my Tamrac backpacks where everything has a designated place and unused holes have a filler like black or white material. A quick glance tells me if I’ve left anything out before I leave.

    When I’m shooting, I don’t carry around any extra gear. I work my shots so I am moving my pile o’ stuff once where it will live the rest of the session and not be seen. For me, having a bag slung around my neck is going to be a hindrance. Maybe I’d change my mind if I started shooting mansions like Malia and the trek back to grab a different lens started to require a SatNav and local guide.

    After finding my photo cases/bags in shots from my first few jobs, I’ve been pretty good about not doing that. I’m sure that it will happen again, but most of the homes I shoot are so……, ahem…. lived in, that my backpack would probably melt into the background clutter.

    I just went and had a peak at the closet where I keep camera bags. I think I need an intervention.

  • I’ve found a photography vest is the way to go for me. Has two big pockets in front that I use for flashes, two big pockets in back for another lens and flash if I think I’ll need it, many more pockets for caps, filters, batteries, etc. Weight is distributed onto both shoulders instead of a strap across one. The downside is you have to undure the repetitive comments about looking like a fisherman.

  • I have all manner of bag. An X300 Roller bag, 3 Thinktank bags.

    In the end, I found the most efficient bag for real estate was this:

    It’s a Husky tool bag, to which I added some padding and inserts too. Cost? Including inserts, about $29! No opening and closing. Holster-like access to up to 8 lens/flashes kept in the side pockets and other accessories in the middle. And stong as hell because it’s built for heavy tools. I do caution you to use some form of foam on the bottom to ensure your precious lenses are well protected.

    I started using this bag about 18 months ago and haven’t regretted it for a minute.

    If it had Canon or Nikon branding and a bit of built in padding it would cost 10x more!

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