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How long to gather all (required) your gear?

They are all in the car already, 0 min
8 (7.1%)
All in my bag, just pick it up and go, <1 min
51 (45.1%)
Most in the bag, maybe flash or one lens is somewhere around, <5 min
35 (31%)
Around certain area, just need to gather them, <10 min
18 (15.9%)
Here and there around the house, might find them all <30 min
1 (0.9%)
Not sure about the battery or card space, I think I know where the camera is, <1 hour
0 (0%)
Haven't used for while, not sure of location, and battery flat for sure, >1 hour
0 (0%)

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Re: How ready is your camera gear usually?
« Reply #15 on: June 24, 2013, 05:18:26 AM »
In the majority of times, all I have to do is zip by backpack shut and I'm ready to do.
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Re: How ready is your camera gear usually?
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Re: How ready is your camera gear usually?
« Reply #16 on: June 24, 2013, 06:52:34 AM »
It's very seldom farther away than and arms reach sitting in stdby. Pretty much never ever more than 6-7 seconds away at all times.
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Re: How ready is your camera gear usually?
« Reply #17 on: June 24, 2013, 07:39:41 AM »
Most often my 7D  is 'ready' (in Av mode, ISO 400, f/8 - with my 15-85mm lens attached) on a built in cupboard shelf in my spare bedroom.  My other lenses (UWA, L telezoom, macro) and flash are on the same (large) shelf - 'laid out' in order, all with their hoods and lens caps fitted.

Then on the shelf below it (and on the cupboard ground area) are my spare batteries, tripod, bags, filters, etc - again all 'laid out' ready to put what I need to in either one of my Lowepro bags (both bags have spare CF cards already in them). I also have a Canon 350D as my back up body with battery and CF card inserted (and its spare batteries ready too)

That's the way I like to have my gear ready... as if I need to do some quick / spontaneous photography inside my home, or in my garden - then I don't need to unzip any bag first.  I'll be getting married in the near future - so that might mean it will be laid out a bit differently... though I expect my gracious fiancee (then to be wife) will allow me to keep 1 shelf with my camera gear 'at the ready' if we have enough cupboard space :)
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Re: How ready is your camera gear usually?
« Reply #18 on: June 24, 2013, 08:23:07 AM »
I'm usually ready with my gear in 2-5 minutes. I would have it always ready but I live in a rather humid environment and almost all the gear is stored in a dry-box.
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Re: How ready is your camera gear usually?
« Reply #19 on: June 24, 2013, 08:45:39 AM »
Where's the option for "I'm currently holding it"  ::)
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Re: How ready is your camera gear usually?
« Reply #20 on: June 24, 2013, 09:00:20 AM »
I don't have much, therefore, both camera bodies and lenses are always in Lowepro Pro Roller x200 Case, station @ home office & ready to roll at anytime.

As always, I have 24-70 II on one body and 70-200 on another. Rest of prime lenses are there in stand by mode, ready as needed.
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Re: How ready is your camera gear usually?
« Reply #21 on: June 24, 2013, 10:09:36 AM »
I've got all of my gear in a canon backpack ready to go at a moments notice.   It's not fancy, but for $30 it holds everything I need. 
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Re: How ready is your camera gear usually?
« Reply #21 on: June 24, 2013, 10:09:36 AM »

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Re: How ready is your camera gear usually?
« Reply #22 on: June 24, 2013, 10:41:48 AM »
I like to take time to think about what and how I'm going to shoot. I'm convinced that a good shoot starts with good preparation and it is extremely important to consider the expected conditions. Sometimes I'll be doing research and considering what to take well ahead of the shoot so no rushing out of the door for me.

Aside from this principle, I have too much gear to fit in my bag so in a very practical way I have to tailor my kit to what I'm going to shoot. The time needed to be 'ready' therefore depends on what I have in the bag already, but given that I always have 1 battery that is full and two that are down to 40% at the most, no need to charge up before going out 'ad hoc'. 10-15 minutes is what I need in a rush.
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Re: How ready is your camera gear usually?
« Reply #23 on: June 24, 2013, 11:25:39 AM »
I keep everything in a think tank roller bag. All the equipment stays in the bag all time. The day before a wedding, I recharge all the batteries, format the cards, clean the bodies and set the clocks.

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Re: How ready is your camera gear usually?
« Reply #24 on: June 24, 2013, 11:53:07 AM »
There is always a tripod in the car. The bag(s) are always packed and ready to go. The camera bag (when home) rests on top of a pelican case so if I am heading somewhere wet, I grab that as well. As well, there is a change of dry clothing/towel/umbrella/raincoat sitting in the trunk.
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Re: How ready is your camera gear usually?
« Reply #25 on: June 24, 2013, 11:54:09 AM »
To quote Roger from lensrentels.com:

10. Your favorite lens

    Is never in your camera bag because it’s always mounted to your camera
    Is always in your camera bag in case you need it for that special shot

    Is on your desk near the computer where you can look at it while thrashing those who make negative comments about it in the forums

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I usually keep my camera and lenses in a glass cabinet to the left of my desk. When I go out to shoot I usually grab just my camera and one lens. If I need more I also have to customize my Lowepro Flipside 300 because I use this as my college bag.

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Re: How ready is your camera gear usually?
« Reply #26 on: June 24, 2013, 12:11:02 PM »
For me, it depends.  Usually there's a tripod in the trunk of my car, and usually I have a camera body and a "walkaround" lens in a small backpack that I can easily grab.

But mostly, I do not bring all my camera gear anywhere.  Instead, I have lists on my computer of the equipment I need for specific kinds of outings.  That way I can quickly pack what I need without worrying about forgetting something, and without overpacking and bringing stuff I don't need that will just weigh me down.

For a day baseball game, it might be a long lens, a monopod, and a raincover.  For long exposures at night, I'll bring a tripod, my wired remote shutter release, a manual-focus lens, a red LED flashlight to see by, and other flashlights for light-painting.  For a nature hike, a macro lens and a wild-angle zoom.

I have several different camera bags, and sometimes leave a couple packed with different gear for different situations.  Some venues limit the type or size of bag they allow (a lot of places are "no backpacks" since Boston), so I consider that, too.

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Re: How ready is your camera gear usually?
« Reply #27 on: June 24, 2013, 02:46:45 PM »
Where's the option for "I'm currently holding it"  ::)
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Re: How ready is your camera gear usually?
« Reply #28 on: June 24, 2013, 03:58:08 PM »
If I only need a body and lens or two, 2 -3 minutes.  If I need major stuff, packing the bag will take more time than gathering the equipment.

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Re: How ready is your camera gear usually?
« Reply #29 on: June 24, 2013, 04:04:26 PM »
Is there a rush to get to a session or catch that squirrel/deer running through the yard?

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