It’s all in the bag…

The search for the perfect camera bag seems to be an eternal quest for a photographer. When I started out as a professional photographer, my camera bag of choice was the Domke bag. I could fit just about every camera and lens I needed in that bag. The downside was about 30 pounds of gear hanging from my shoulder. Domke also came out with a satchel bag, which became my daily carry all for business. All the business essentials that wouldn’t fit in a camera bag. When traveling, I could even slip in a camera body and lens into the satchel. My Domke gear saw me through decades of use at EAA.

Then came ThinkTank bags. First the airport roller- ideal for traveling. An industry standard. And they had a satchel style bag too, which became my daily carry-all for business. When traveling, I could even slip in a camera body and lens. Hmmm…I seem to be repeating myself.

The downside as time went by was how much I was cramming into the bag. And then finding it when I needed it. And lugging it all around like a briefcase. And while it was sized to fit under an airline seat, when it was fully loaded for a trip, it just barely fit under an airline seat.

Enter MyGoFlight. One of my freelance accounts. They sell fantastic iPhone and iPad accessories for use in aircraft. And, as I found out during my 2015 AirVenture assignment for them, they also sell flight bags.

In my mind, satchels/briefcases are for daily business…flight bags are for flying in small planes. I actually have one- a huge flight bag from Sporty’s. It carries everything I could ever need when I’m flying.  But I never really carry it anymore. It’s too big. But this MyGoFlight bag was different. It was a stylish backpack styled bag that struck me as being more versatile than an ordinary flight bag.

And I was impressed that Patty Wagstaff had gotten her own MyGoFlight flight bag long before I was set up for a photo shoot of her for MyGoFlight. I was impressed Mike Goulian had gotten his own MyGoFight flight bag long before I was set up for a photo shoot of him for MyGoFlight.  Hmmm…I seem to be repeating myself. Again.

It was during the photo shoot with Patty that she opened up her Flight Bag PLC Pro 2016 flight bag and showed me the interior features. Sure, all those pockets and compartments are great in a flight bag. But they might also make a great carry-all bag to replace my ThinkTank satchel. And…since it was a backpack style with options for sling strap or backpack straps, it just might help me distribute the weight in a way that would be easier to carry.

Let’s put the conclusion right here…this has become the perfect daily “briefcase” for me. Goodbye ThinkTank…hello MyGoFlight. And here’s why:

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Rear compartment of MyGoFlight Flight Bag PLC Pro 2016.

I’m frustratingly organized. The rear compartment of this bag holds all of my computer necessities- 15” MacBookPro; iPad; card reader; external hard drive; chargers and cables; spare phone case; backup battery pack. All in little zippered pockets. Very organized. And the bag is set up for going through airport security without having to remove your laptop. Just unzip both sides of the case and let the bag go through the screener. Whether pilot or photographer, this rear section is perfect for keeping all of your electronic gear organized and easy to find.

The front compartment is similar to that on many backpacks and cases- an area for business cards, pens, keys, earphones, sunglasses. Again, whether pilot or photographer, perfect for keeping all of your gear organized and easy to find.

There are small compartments on both sides of the bag, but what I like most is the small zipped pocket on the top of the bag. It is the ideal size for my wallet and phone. And the perfect spot to place it for easy access when traveling.

Top front pocket is great for phone and wallet.

Top front pocket is great for phone and wallet.

Which brings us to the large middle section, where you can let your creativity run wild.

My pilot friend Jessica has a similar bag, and uses this section for her headset, MyGoFlight iPad mounts, GPS puck, charts. You know…all that pilot stuff.

For me, the photographer, I bought a padded insert to hold my Sony camera and two lenses. The zippered inside pocket has a mini tripod and iPhone mount accessories. This is what I keep in the bag every day.

Daily gear: Sony mirrorless camera and three lenses.

Daily gear: Sony mirrorless camera and three lenses.

If I’m on a business trip and traveling with all my camera equipment, I always like to keep one of my Canon 1DX camera bodies and a 70-200 lens in my briefcase just so I have my main gear with me. And those larger camera items fit fine in the center section. More than enough room for that and more.

Center section with large Canon DSLR and air to air zoom lens.

Center section with large Canon DSLR and air to air zoom lens.

And if needed, plenty of room for a noise cancelling headset and light jacket on top of the gear.

I couldn’t get all of that in my previous briefcase. And this bag fits comfortably under an airline seat.

And looks cool.

And whether with the sling strap or the backpack strap is easy to carry. Which my back is thankful for.

And looks cool. Hmmm…am I repeating myself again.

 

All the "essential" gear for daily survival. :-)

All the “essential” gear for daily survival. 🙂

 

The bag, and some really cool gear can be found at:  http://www.mygoflight.com