I try to keep it somewhat simple, my favorite bag, thinktank airport antidote, loaded up for travel (excuse the crappy iPhone pic):
D700 w/ RRS L-bracket attached to 70-200 f/2.8 in the middle - to the left is the MB-d10 with camera battery in it and a small notebook for film note, then the F100, then the 50mm f/1.4, under it is a gadget bag with quick charger and extra usb chords, then a blower and lens pen
- the black bag is above the 70-200 is the RRS BH-40 w/LR,
- to the right of the D700 is a CF card wallet, then 20mm f/2.8 with step up ring to 77mm, then pocket wizards and 52mm filters, then extra body and rear element caps, AA batteries stored in MB-d10 clip, and 77mm grad neutral density filters and polarizers, then the seam sealed rain cover.
-film kodachrome 64, fuji velvia 50, and tmax 400 goes in a separate plastic bag where the laptop usually goes, the gitzo 1228 mkii goes in the check luggage. I also carry D700 quick guide, allen wrenches, remote shutter release cable for the PWs. My MacBook Pro goes in the laptop case which stays separate from the main bag, it has FW800 card reader, extra cables and a backup drive plus the power adaptor.
I can walk on to any flight with all my camera gear and entertainment for the flight, the only thing gear wise that gets checked is the tripod.
I have used the 1.4x converter on the D700 maybe once or twice when I needed a little extra reach beyond 500mm, so I may not have enough 'data' to give you a full opinion.
That said, overall, it performs pretty well, even with the Sigma at 500mm f/6.3. Obviously, you need good light at that point, but the converter itself doesn't seem to introduce an inordinate amount of softness or vignetting into the pictures.
The biggest issue (for me) is losing the stop - since it limits the ability to sharply capture movement severely. That's really the primary reason I'm not using it more - I typically try to just get close enough to use the 500mm 'natively,' and possibly crop, if needed. I am sure if I had a faster (super) tele, I'd probably use it more...
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I have three bags, but none of them will hold nearly that much stuff. So, what's in my bag depends on what I'm planning to shoot. I have one bag that will hold one of my larger lenses (either 80-200 or 80-400), and I can also cram in a smaller lens like a 35 or 50. I have another one that will only take the camera and a small lens (as big as a 70-300), and another that can take four smaller lenses, but won't fit one of my big ones.
My bag just carries what seems to fit the assignment for the day, which varies a lot from day to day.
I own bags of multiple sizes and shapes and more gear than I could fit in any one. My Lowepro backpack would probsably hold your set up, but my Tamrac Pro5 5605 is my usual go to bag with two outside lens cases and my SB800 case hanging off the side. But sometimes I take much smaller bags, as it depends on how i am traveling, what I plan to shoot and how much I really want to haul. My minimum loasd is usually my D700 with a 35-70 f/.2.8 attached and my 17-35 f/2.8, waist level viewfinder, and a Kenko 1.4 TC for the 35-70. Lately I have added a 16mm fish eye to that mix because it is so small. I can easily fit that in my small bag.
For press work I swap out one of the primes with a Sigma 12-24. I can also slide the D200 in there too if I need a backup.
My problem at the moment is events where I need the 70-200f2.8G - It is too long to go vertical in the Billingham and Horizontal is a waste. I've tried strapping it to the side in the case it came with but other than that I use a Lowepro mini-trecker.
>Picture attached. > >The 'spare' holds the 105f2.8 Micro at the moment as I just >did a baby shoot. Otherwise the 35f2 or the D200 fits in >there. > >The MB-D10 battery pack is a handy way to carry spare AA's and >provides more options if I need them. > >I use a spare velcro flap to cover the D700 in transit. > >
The bag you have, wich make and model is it? It seem to be the size I'm looking for
domke f-1x on the middle is an insert with 4 spaces, one is a 80-200/2.8, the other is a sigma 400 f/5, the other carries a 60 micro nikkor, and a last one for cleaning clothes, blowers and stuff on a side is a d700 with a 50/1.8, and on the other side is a f5 with a 18-35 nikkor pn the side pocket there is a sb-600, on the back pocket all the manuals, on the front pocket, some batteries and CF cards.
Primar Bag, One original Domke F2 inblack canvas, no external markings, just a ta diagnolly across s front pocket. Got from Jim in the early eighties! D700 2nd body in F903pouch on strap 2nd F903 for STUF 18-35/3.5-4.5 AFD 24-70/2.8 AFS 50/1.4 AFD 70-200/2.8 VB Sigma 1.4x DG HSM SB800 SC29 BR2A 52 & 72MM C-Pola and graduated NDs 7 EN-EL3E Batteries 20 AA Batteries Leatherman Wave Tool AA Mini Mag Light 8 4 Gig CF cards Large garbage bag
I have now found myself using several smaller bags to carry. I a Tamrac waist shoulder bag to carry a D700, SB900, Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4, Tamron 28-200mm or the Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 and the Nikon 50mm f/1.4. I use a Tamrac smaller waist bag shoulder bag to carry either the D90/D300 with the Nikon 16-85mm, Sigma 30mm f/1.4 and the Nikon 10.5mm fisheye. I keep the Nikon 70-300mm VR in a small Domke shoulder bag. I always have the D700 combo and the 70-300mm VR. I have another Domke shoulder bag I keep extra flashes and a Tokina 17mm for when i know I am going to shoot a huge multi-room area and will need multiple flashes. I like several small bags aready packed and take what I will need for different projects but have a main kit that cover 85% of my shooting.