Event shooting with the Think Tank Speed Racer V2
Event shoots is certainly where I thought this bag would come most handy and although I had unrestricted access to all areas where I could have easily left my equipment locked up, I chose to wear the bag all night to see how well it would work out in cases where I wouldn't be able to put it down.
Running with the Speed Racer for 4 hours wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Considering how much equipment I could put into it, the weight distribution worked out really well.
With both the shoulder strap and the waist strap, I did not find it interfering with my movements at all. I also ran a sling strap across the other shoulder so I could hang my camera from it when necessary. It feels as comfortable as a fanny pack, running mine across my left shoulder and the bag against my right hip all night. It was super comfortable and although the main body, battery grip and lens took most of the weight out of the bag, it still had some weight in it from my extra lens and other lighting accessories.
As a side bag, it made it it easy for me to change out batteries, flashes, modifiers and even lenses. It's been the bag I've been looking for, for a long time. Being that I was covering a lot at the fashion show, I wanted to get behind the scenes stuff and also catwalk shots.
This evening I also had assistance by a young up and coming photographer, Meg Oram. She was my lighting assistant for the early part of the evening and we had a lot of fun lighting up the behind the scenes with my Elinchrom Quadra Rangers in a beauty dish. My behind the scenes shots were all shot with the 85mm F/1.4, on axis Speedlite 580ex and the rangers in the beauty dish.
The rest of the evening I spent down at the floor photographing the models and dresses by the very talented designers from the Pacific Design Academy's Fashion Design Program.
Now conventional wisdom would also say that shooting the 85mm wide open might be a bad idea, but since I was having fun anyhow, I thought I would push the 5Dmk3 to shoot with all zone focus points. This is a group of 9 AF points that I had set up at the top upper most part of my frame. Normally I would only set it up with a single AF point and also set my aperture to F/2 to F2.2. I decided to shoot wide open and for the rest of the evening.
I might also recommend that if you do have an assistant and don't like carrying your bag, that this would be a great one to stick onto them. Regardless of who has it, it will be a more convenient system than most bags or backpacks, and I'm certain, at least for myself, that it will get well used by me for many years to come.
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