I’m spending this week out of town and since I only have interviews to film I decided to travel light. One zoom lens (canon 16-35mm f2.8), one prime lens (sigma 30mm f1.4), the t2i, Zoom h4n, and my trusty Sennheiser G2 wireless mic. I did pack a few extra memory cards and a few extra batteries, but I’m going to be on my feet for most of the week and I didn’t want to be loaded down with equipment.

The only complaint I have about bags this size is the price. At a quarter the size of my larger camera bags this little Case Logic bag is close to $40. That seems a little high for something that only has room for 2 lenses. But this small bag is enough to carry my equipment and inconspicuous enough to stay off the radar.

One of the great things about filming with a DSLR is that I can walk into a coffee shop, order two coffees, and film over by their fireplace without being noticed. Then I can drop into the lobby of an unnamed hotel and take care of 4 or 5 shots in their glass elevator. If I had a full camera Rig or anything else that stood out, i’m sure security would have asked me to leave, or at the very least I would have met the owner of that coffee shop.

I also don’t have to worry as much about lighting, or logos. By shooting at around f1.8 or f2.0 most of my background disappears and the large windows across the front of the shop provide enough light for me to shoot at ISO 400 without much problem. Since people passing by think i’m taking pictures, they politely stay out of the camera’s view, making the shots that much more personal.

I dread the day that people start to realize what’s going on and demand permits.

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