Wed 15-Aug-12 03:17 AM | edited Sat 18-Aug-12 03:40 PM by ericbowles
This really belongs in a "general tips and tricks" type of forum, but I don't see one...
Am I the only guy who has very limited space in which to store all the "stuff" that has resulted from my extreme NAS problem? Well, here's a tip that has helped me to find the lens I want, quickly and safely (compared with rummaging around on a shelf.)
The answer is to spend $25 on a behind-the-door shoe storage "hanger", and put it on the closet door where you keep your gear.
Note that it wasn't at all easy to find a hanger FOR MEN'S shoes, but they are available. I keep all my lenses in Think Tank lens cases (the ones which fit on a TT harness/belt) and the pockets in the hanger are just big enough for cased 14-24mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses. No, they don't take a 400/2.8!
I can't recommend this approach highly enough! I found these items in stock at "The Container Store", Santana Row, San Jose
(Now, I have such a lot more shelf space that I don't need to cure my NAS just yet - AND, I even have a second door for a second hanger...)
Tristan, I'd be the last person to suggest that more gear is any form of a substitute for SKILL. However, it does add to the enjoyment knowing that one is NOT equipment-limited. (i.e., there's no excuse...)
Hi Jean, I'm a longterm devotee of Think Tank products ( http://www.thinktankphoto.com/ ) and have the appropriate TT lens pouches for every lens plus a selection of their small non-specific bags for the bits 'n bobs. All are intended to hang on TT belts. My biggest lens is a 400/2.8, for which the TT "Glass Taxi" backpack is a perfect fit.
When preparing for some form of a photo excursion, I select the items that I want to take, plus a TT "Large Drop In" and often a TT "R U Thirsty" and fix them to the belt of the harness. Voila!
As I am 72 and only need a small/medium belt, the fact that I can fit no more than six of the pouches/bags on it forces me to keep the weight down. I normally have only 2-3 lenses on the belt although occasionally 4 if I think I might want a fisheye (which is small).
FWIW, I have purchased a second shoe hanger. I use it for many of the small items instead of hiding them away in totes etc. It's a real joy to be able to find things so easily, but I have to put the larger items in the top row of pockets, otherwise I'd need steps...
Hi Naum, I took everything out of the shoe hanger, put it in a tote and weighed it - under 40lbs.
The hanger is made from a sturdy linen or light canvas. All stress points are reinforced. All seams are taped and sewn. It hangs from three substantial hooks over the door and the hooks fit into metal reinforcements "built" into the cloth hanger. IMHO, it could easily take up to 60lbs payload.
No, I have no fears whatsoever of anything breaking or yielding.
Great organization! My only concern is humidity and darkness. I store my gear in a Pelican case with multiple desiccants to prevent mold. If anyone lives in Hawaii or Florida, I wouldn't store them like that.
Alex, I certainly don't want to criticise the care you seem to take with storing your photo gear, but am somewhat curious about what led you to using sealed cases with dessicant (other than just for travel).
Perhaps I have been fortunate, but I have never knowingly suffered from any problem whatsoever due to humidity, even after bodies and lenses were subjected to unexpected downpours of rain - and were not able to be dried off properly for several hours. My gut feeling is that it is far better to store gear in as closely similar an environment (temperature and humidity) as that in which it is going to be used when shooting. i.e., the air inside lenses and bodies should, ideally, match the "outside" environment. I might even anticipate problems when a scrupulously dry body+lens is taken from its case to be used in a humid environment.
The dedicated storage closet is a great idea. The unit is small enough for humidity control with dessicant and looks sturdy enough that one might put an exterior lock on the closet door, thus making it more secure in case of burglary. My only question is: when you open the door, does the hanging rack swing away from the door, then slam back to the door when the door stops moving? Overall, a fabulous organizational idea for photo or other kinds of equipment.
Pete, thanks a lot! After months of working on my photography/computer/printer room to make things more efficient, and thinking that I am all done, you come up with a great idea. Now I have to rethink some things.