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In this part I’ll cover Bags, Cases and Straps for the BMCC.
Let’s divide our travel into quick and light, backpack, single person airline and full cargo. This is a highly generalized guideline – you can always make things easier or harder for yourself.
QUICK AND LIGHT
Quick and light is usually a trip that lasts for just a few hours. You arrive quickly, shoot for a couple of hours, and get back home for tea (substitute your favorite drink here).
My favorite for one camera and a couple of lenses is:
Of course the previous example will hardly do for video. Video always needs more cubic inches. I recommend:
Backpack travel might include many days worth of trekking. It is cool for photographers to do on weekends, but hell for videographers. Forcing yourself to trek alone carrying the entire load by yourself means compromise, even if you are an Olympic athlete.
Trekker bags have to be soft and comfortable to carry, yet be strong enough to bear the load without sagging or having your gear mixed into electronic cocktail.
This is for a one-man crew who travels alone with gear, but luckily doesn’t have to carry it on his/her back. We can go two ways:
These bags better be sturdy – they might get dropped from uncomfortable heights. And they are bigger:
Yet, they have to be rolled in airports for comfort. At this point, it might be a good idea to go sturdier with a different design:
Full cargo cases tend to be packed and forgotten while they travel through many hands. I would rule out soft covers entirely – I just don’t want people feeling up my bag!
Lots of Gear
To ship racks, mounts and other gear, it might be a good idea to use a specialized service like Fedex or DHL, with specially made rack server cases like these:
We can go on and on all day about this, so the options given above should be a great place to start hunting for your perfect travel companion.
Even though a strap comes free with your camera, there are more comfortable opions:
The BMCC with a zoom lens will weigh in at about 3 to 4 kg (6.6 to 8.8 lbs). For anyone who enjoys having dead weight hanging from their necks, a good neck strap is a must.
The BMCC has rubber pads on the front and back for supposedly good grip, but I wouldn’t trust that at all. A great wrist strap is a safety net as well as some support for fatigue.
That’s about it! We have designed, built and wrapped a full BMCC rig and it’s ready for action.
Go forth and record something worthwhile!
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