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    I have been mulling over my MF habit recently, and have found that there are a few holes in my setup which I would like to fill, but these are non-camera items, and I don't recall seeing any discussions about them here.

    First of all, it is winter, and unusually cold for Berlin, and I have only one pair of gloves. These unfortunately are too tight at the fingers, so they don't protect sufficiently. Does anyone have tips for good gloves which can stay on most of the time while making photos? I don't mind if I have to take them off for the more fiddly tasks, but if I could do basic adjustments and especially tripod extension and collapsing, that would be great.

    Secondly, I have a nice new tripod, the GT3541XLS, and a little to my surprise, I find that the extra height is often an attractive option. The tripod is 2m, however, and I am only 1,78m... Does anyone have a tip for a little stool which collapses small, doesn't weigh much, is easy to carry, but stable enough to stand on? 30cm tall would be ideal (about 1').

    On my list of things to do before I die I have a new item: watch Don use his Gitzo at full extension without using any aids

    Finally, I find that my existing bags no longer fit my equipment so well. I like to carry the Contax 645 and 2 or 3 lenses (of 35/80/120), OR my Hasselblad 2000FC/M with 2 or 3 lenses (of 50/110/250), plus a Pentax Digital Spotmeter, and a small amount of film or other little things. I have been wondering if the Domke F-803 or another similar satchel would fit my stuff. Alternatively, the Artisan&Artist ACAM-7000. Does anyone have any experience with these bags used this way, or another similar satchel (not Billingham, I am not so fond of these)? Ideally, the bag would be able to hold a magazine or two, or a small book as well.
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    Re: Accessories for MF Photography

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    Does anyone have a tip for a little stool which collapses small, doesn't weigh much, is easy to carry, but stable enough to stand on? 30cm tall would be ideal (about 1').
    Quote Originally Posted by carstenw View Post
    Finally, I find that my existing bags no longer fit my equipment so well.
    So you need something to step on and a new bag.
    Take two in one:
    http://www.b-w-international.com/ind...d=25&Itemid=15
    There's a backpack system for the cases:
    http://www.b-w-international.com/ind...d=32&Itemid=25

    You can stand on that cases (I don't know the specs of the cases... but I do it).

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    The number one accessory for medium format is a good sky mask followed by a fast car!

    Gloves I normally wear heavy wool gloves and also carry lightweight gloves that I can wear the same time I wear mittens. The mittens I have are the combo type that are part glove (fingers in glove type with tips left off) and the mitten part is removable (the top mitten part folds backwards). I found a lightweight pair of gloves that would fit the same time I wear the mittens so my fingers are protected. I had a slight case of frostbite as a wee child that affected my fingers and Ive found wool to be the best for warmth and use.

    Tripod/stool Sorry cant help you there maybe someone else who has a slight height deficiency can help, maybe Ken or Guy?

    Regarding your bucket list Come to Carmel next month! Capture Integration will be in Carmel along with Ken & I and Ill see what I can do for you! If you cant make Carmel would a video do?

    Bags- need just a little more information. Are you looking for a device for transport or carrying? I keep my Cambo WRS1000/P45+ along with all the lens and screen in a Pelican case. The Pelican stays in the rear of my Jeep and I work from there. I also have a Lowepro backpack for when I need to be further than a mile from the Jeep; fits the Cambo with lens and an additional lens and a filter or two. I normally keep my 1DsII IR in a Domke which is great as well. My laptop has its own bag.

    Not sure of the stores available to you in Berlin as its been too long since I flew into there and frankly I had other priorities at the time. Gloves you should be okay locally. Look on line for Pelican cases and of course B&H (try to go there off my blog) also you might want to give REI a try.

    Hope this helps. Ill try to contribute more later on.

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    Looks like Thomas was posting during the time it took me to write my response. The box looks like a Pelican case and if so yes youd be able to stand on it. I stood on one just recently changing a light bulb and I weight over 230 pounds.

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    Re: Accessories for MF Photography

    Look for hunter's mittens ... they have a flap that allows you to use your trigger finger ... I use these along with some runner's gloves which are very thin and light weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fotografz View Post
    Look for hunter's mittens ... they have a flap that allows you to use your trigger finger ... I use these along with some runner's gloves which are very thin and light weight.
    Sounds very close to what I use...
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    The fold-back mittens and hunter's mittens are two tips that sound promising. I will follow up on those.

    The Pelican case is great, but not what I am looking at here. I have no Jeep Whenever I can find 4 free hours (I am just 43 years young, with a girlfriend and a daughter, so spare time is like ice cubes in the Sahara for me), I hop on the U-Bahn (subway) and go to the nearest unexplored old cemetary and root around there for a few hours, ending up in a cafe afterwards to warm up again. Hence when I mentioned the Domke F-803 I was really hoping that someone had a good tip on an over-the-shoulder satchel which is easy to reach into, roomy and comfy, without needing to take it off or put it on the (snowy) ground. I have a feeling that the 803 is too small for a Hassie and 3 lenses, but maybe there is something similar? I am not looking to carry a lot in it, and often go even with just 2 lenses, one being on the camera. Something that does for MF what the A&A Oskar's One Day Bag does for my M8. I do have a Kata R-103 for larger kits, like the Contax 645 and 4-5 lenses, along with both film and digital backs etc, but that is overkill for the little trips I am talking about.

    Well, if you don't need a stool, Don, and I need one, then Ken and Guy probably need the stackable version of mine I would love to come to Carmel or anywhere else in the south-western States, but my money goes to keeping my family happy, and my photography addiction stoked, so no go. A video would do nicely, yes
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    Quote Originally Posted by carstenw View Post
    I am not looking to carry a lot in it, and often go even with just 2 lenses, one being on the camera. Something that does for MF what the A&A Oskar's One Day Bag does for my M8.
    I spent four hours trying to find yet another bag....no one bag fits all needs.

    I came home with my fifth Lowepro...Flipside 400AW which may be too narrow for your needs. My H3D II 39 will fit only with the 80 attached. However I can carry Nikon DSLR Oly E-P1 Canon G10 two flashes Quantum battery Fong LightSphere and five lenses with batteries memory cards filters in it.

    However...these two from Lowepro may meet your needs.

    Orion

    http://products.lowepro.com/product/Orion-AW,1987,7.htm

    Classified Sling 200

    http://products.lowepro.com/product/...AW,2141,23.htm

    The Orion will be a more versatile choice...I use mine as a belt pack without the top attachment most times then add the top to turn it into a backpack when I need clothes food etc. The Magnum 400AW is an alternative but not as easy to carry. Pro Roller X is a series of three bags that have rollers but an internal removable pack for short day trips.

    Lowepro bags are overbuilt and therefore quite heavy but the protection is great.

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    I was really hoping that someone had a good tip on an over-the-shoulder satchel which is easy to reach into, roomy and comfy
    http://www.tenba.com/products/Messen...amera-Bag.aspx
    Tenba once made GREAT bags (mine is 25 or 30 years old and still in good conditions). If they are still that good I'd look for a Tenba...
    But a stool will not fit into it :-)

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    i've been using the thinktank airport antidote. not an over the shoulder rig, and you do have to take it off and set it down, but is is handy, holds a 205 body/back and several lenses, cleaning gear and is easy access when you lay it down, back un-zipped.

    works well as a travel bag as it protects the gear better than a softer Domke.

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    The Kata R-103 sounds quite similar to the ThinkTank in size and workflow, but I am looking for a bag I don't need to put on the ground to access everything, since the ground where I am working recently is often wet and dirty.

    The Tenba sounds very neat, although the shape is a little more rectangular than I had envisioned. I will see if I can find somewhere in Berlin which carries them, and check it out. Searching around, the Tenba PM-17C also sounds like it might do the trick...

    Thanks for those tips!
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    I tried a Lowepro Slingshot a couple years ago. There are 2 sizes and both allow you to keep the bag on while getting to your gear. I remember it working reasonably well for me. The downside for me now is that all the weight is on one shoulder and I now have bouts of bursitis which causes too much pain for a one shoulder bag. But then again youre young!

    Look here for the specs on the Lowepro Slingshot 200AW and 300 bags.

    Ive just about given up on a one size fits all bag and look instead for a bag/camera specific.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carstenw View Post
    I have been mulling over my MF habit recently, ....
    That was all I needed to read to get a good chuckle....

    And yes, Don----I saw that....


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    Quote Originally Posted by carstenw View Post
    Does anyone have a tip for a little stool which collapses small, doesn't weigh much, is easy to carry, but stable enough to stand on? 30cm tall would be ideal (about 1').
    Not quite a foot high but I use this one. Very convenient to carry as it folds up quite thin...

    http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/prod...1&SKU=14158430

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    That's very cool, exactly what I am looking for!
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    Quote Originally Posted by carstenw View Post
    That's very cool, exactly what I am looking for!
    No, this is better ...

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    I use f.64 BP Large Backpack for Contax 645 with 140mm and digital back attached I like that the camera is in HORIZONTAL position), plus 35mm and 55mm (or/and 80mm) lenses, plus flash, light meter and cables. The backpack has more inside space, if you can handle such a weight, plus two detachable pouches. It is not perfect, such it's not designed to transport a computer, but my Think Tank Drive is not perfect for MF either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fotografz View Post
    No, this is better ...
    Holy cr*p, I could probably pack my Contax 645 + 80mm in the one hollowed-out sole, and two other lenses in the other!
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    Quote Originally Posted by evgeny View Post
    I use f.64 BP Large Backpack for Contax 645 with 140mm and digital back attached I like that the camera is in HORIZONTAL position), plus 35mm and 55mm (or/and 80mm) lenses, plus flash, light meter and cables. The backpack has more inside space, if you can handle such a weight, plus two detachable pouches. It is not perfect, such it's not designed to transport a computer, but my Think Tank Drive is not perfect for MF either.
    Thanks for the tip, in case I ever want a better backpack. For now, I just want something I can keep over my shoulder while shooting, Leica M-style.
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    Some of my paraglieder friends use those gloves, where you can pull a cover over the fingers off quickly.
    http://www.theheatcompany.com/shop/h...77bdcc88eedfa3
    Personally I prefer to wear warm gloves and pull the gloves off for short moments when taking images.
    A third option there are all kinds of thin running-gloves which might work for you.
    there are some nice ones on the Marmott website for example

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    A pair of silk gloves or glover liners inside your gloves not only keep your hands warmer but stay on when needing to do fine things without gloves . Helps when cycling at -30C and photographing at any weather. If you put them inside the hunter's gloves your skin never touches metal and just peel the glove or mitt fingers off and you still have the silk ones on

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    Re: Accessories for MF Photography

    The very best "accessory" for Medium Format photography is ... money ... and lots of it!


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    Quote Originally Posted by fotografz View Post
    No, this is better ...
    You found my secret!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Libby View Post
    You found my secret!
    Oh sure, *you*, of all people, need platform heels! What, are you starting a Stieglitz-esque series of clouds, *from above*???
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    Quote Originally Posted by carstenw View Post
    Oh sure, *you*, of all people, need platform heels! What, are you starting a Stieglitz-esque series of clouds, *from above*???
    Platform heels and pumps are nothing. (I recommend using them in conjunction with the step stool and 5 series Gitzo...)

    It's when Don starts pulling out the mini-skirts is when I get worried...

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    Oh, boy, I still remember those photos... Better not to think of it.
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    Yeah go ahead and pick on the old guy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kdphotography View Post
    Platform heels and pumps are nothing. (I recommend using them in conjunction with the step stool and 5 series Gitzo...)

    It's when Don starts pulling out the mini-skirts is when I get worried...
    Okay I had to wear them one time working undercover and you're still reminding me of it
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    Quote Originally Posted by thomas View Post
    http://www.tenba.com/products/Messen...amera-Bag.aspx
    Tenba once made GREAT bags (mine is 25 or 30 years old and still in good conditions). If they are still that good I'd look for a Tenba...
    But a stool will not fit into it :-)
    I ended up buying the Tenba Messenger Large Photo Laptop:

    http://www.tenba.com/products/Messen...aptop-Bag.aspx

    Fantastic bag, very comfortable, great strap, millions of pockets (every single person I spoke to about these warned me against losing stuff in random pockets), loads of room for a MF camera, 3 lenses, a lightmeter, and a bit more, as well as magazines, a book, and a laptop. Most of the time I won't stuff that much junk into it at once, but at least I could!

    Thanks for the tip!
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    Quote Originally Posted by carstenw View Post
    Fantastic bag

    Thanks for the tip!
    you're welcome!
    Thanks for the feedback - it's nice to know that apparently they kept their quality and smart design.

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    Carsten,

    Take a look at the Lightware cases. I have several of them for traveling and I placed them inside of a Pelican case. As Don mentioned, the Pelican is so strong and tough, you can stand on it if needed!
    I also switch between Tenba or Lowepro bags depending on what I carry. There is no one bag fit all unfortunately....

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    Definitely not, and I own an Artisan&Artist bag for my Leica M, the Tenba for casual MF and LF, as well as a Kata R-103 for more complete kits. Even so, I am sure I will end up with more I just sold a couple to appease my girlfriend
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