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#1 Matt Irwin

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Posted 21 October 2007 - 02:42 PM

I know a beginning AC that's trying to build up her kit... She doesn't want to drop a car payment on the big CineBags tote-- just something organized, durable, and affordable.

What are a few "favorite" set bags out there? Something semi-compact that can tuck in close to camera with the spare mag and battery?
I've used Portabrace doctor bags as well as Galls police / paramedic bags, but everyone has their favorites for "X" reasons...
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#2 Tim Tyler

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Posted 21 October 2007 - 04:45 PM

I got this (pictured) bag when I was AC'ing ten years ago. I've always called it a "Larry Bag" but i'm not sure where that name came from. These days it mostly get's used either as a bag for a portable monitor, or for small grip stuff on run-n-gun style shoots. I remember being hesitant to spend the roughly $250 on a used bag, but I'll tell you, ten years later this bag is in the exact condition it was when I bought it. It has served its purpose well for thousands of days. Well worth the money. I like that it has one large interior compartment and not a bunch of small pockets where you need to remember where everything is. There's a sleeve on the inside too which is nice. The four large pockets on the outside work well for slates, a blackwrap roll, cables, etc.

I've had the (older version) Cinebags Cinematographer bag for a few years and it works well for carrying my notebook PC around. A friend has their Production bag for his HVX package and likes it.

Cheaper tool bags can be found at your local Home Depot / Lowes, or if you're looking for lots of pockets try fishing/gun bags at a big sporting goods store.

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#3 Michael Nash

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Posted 22 October 2007 - 01:07 AM

Something like this (or similar) from Home Depot works well on a budget. I only AC'd for a relatively short time, but I found that I always wanted something that opened big enough to be able to drop in the full 6x6" matte box without having to set it down in the dirt. A bag that's too small becomes a liability.
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#4 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 22 October 2007 - 05:53 AM

I got this (pictured) bag when I was AC'ing ten years ago. I've always called it a "Larry Bag" but i'm not sure where that name came from.


I was on a workshop the International Film Workshops in Maine with the guy who made these bags (or similar). He was an A.C. at the time and his name was Larry, he advertised them in American Cinematographer magazine.
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#5 Mike Panczenko

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Posted 22 October 2007 - 07:03 AM

I was on a workshop the International Film Workshops in Maine with the guy who made these bags (or similar). He was an A.C. at the time and his name was Larry, he advertised them in American Cinematographer magazine.


Larry Huston, a big NY ac, is the namesake for these bags he designed.
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Posted 22 October 2007 - 08:32 AM

Larry Huston, a big NY ac, is the namesake for these bags he designed.


That's right, I couldn't remember his surname.
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Posted 22 October 2007 - 11:35 AM

Oh, wow. I've met him! He used to pull focus for Larry McConkey.
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#8 Matt Irwin

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Posted 22 October 2007 - 01:48 PM

Thanks for the ideas guys, I'll forward this to her.


To the Vancouver guys here:

When I was working up there, I was introduced to a guy that made AC pouches, belts, and other crew gear and sold his product out of a pickup truck at all the rental houses. He also made an insulated slush-proof ditty bag. I bought some pouches and a belt and they're still as solid as when they were new--- best gear I've ever used. He always had Canadian flags stitched into everything-- very cool.

Anyone know his name? Website? Company name? I would love to get my hands on more of his stuff.
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#9 Mike Panczenko

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Posted 22 October 2007 - 02:02 PM

Would it be the Modular 51 bags? www.modular51.com Expensive, but worth every penny in my opinion.
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Posted 22 October 2007 - 03:18 PM

Would it be the Modular 51 bags? www.modular51.com Expensive, but worth every penny in my opinion.

A-HA, that's it! So much for the pickup truck....
Thank you, Mike!
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#11 Chris Keth

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Posted 22 October 2007 - 03:50 PM

Would it be the Modular 51 bags? www.modular51.com Expensive, but worth every penny in my opinion.


Wow, is their AC pouch really big enough to fit a normal slate? That's HUGE. :blink:
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#12 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 08 February 2008 - 05:30 AM

(Resurrecting this one after a forum search for bag recommendations)

I have a Bucket Boss bag that I use for a runner: http://www.amazon.co...a...185&sr=1-26

It's perfect for carrying everything that you would normally put in a front box, along with a few pockets here and there for tucking away other little things like a cable or your DP's script & "look book". Oh, and look, I'm the most recent one to review that on Amazon.com, ha ha!

I was thinking of getting this one for EVERYTHING ELSE that I bring on a shoot: http://www.amazon.co...6...157&sr=1-19

Just shows you don't always have to break the bank for "professional" or "custom made" gear. A lot of our tools are similar or the same as those used by handymen and construction workers. So usually their gear is equally as good.
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Posted 11 February 2008 - 04:24 AM

modular51 is great, but WHY ARE THEY BLACK?!?! gets so incredibly hot in direct sunlight! I'd like a combo... best parts of both canadian bag and cinebag (--->which has terrible craftsmanship, but decent storage space)
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Posted 23 March 2008 - 10:50 AM

What are the modular51 bags made of? Looks like cheap artifical leather.

Has anyone bought the transPorter XL from Camrade?
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Posted 31 March 2008 - 05:50 PM

I'm a fan of the tool bags from the hardware store. They may not have the specially designed pockets, but they have a ton of pockets and are a fraction of the price. I use this one for my big bag:
CLC Bag
Plus, as an accessories bag, one similar to this one:
Little Bag
I like the way you can zip them up to keep sand and dirt and everything else out. But when it's open, it sits wide open. Especially the little one. That thing has pockets all over and will easily hold filters, matte box, eyebrow, slate, extra BNC, spare on board batteries... and so on and so on. Plus I love that little plastic tray for barrel connectors and all those little things that like to hide in big bags. I look forward to when I can afford to get a CineBags Cinematographer's Bag, but for now I have to keep blowing all of my money on groceries and bills.
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Posted 01 April 2008 - 02:24 AM

A very experienced AC I worked with recently had the best CLC bag. It zipped closed, had enough room to safely carry eyebrows, whips, extra BNC's, batteries, everything, a model I can't seem to find anywhere. I'm trying to find out where he got it!
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Posted 02 April 2008 - 10:15 PM

Ah ha! Found it at Home Depot today and got one for myself :)

Model #1589
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The other side is more spacious with less slots to put tools and things, but more space to place camera accessories and cables.

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#18 Matt Irwin

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Posted 02 April 2008 - 11:09 PM

Ah ha! Found it at Home Depot today and got one for myself :)

Model #1589
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The other side is more spacious with less slots to put tools and things, but more space to place camera accessories and cables.

Oh, now that's cool! What are the dimensions?
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#19 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 03 April 2008 - 02:10 PM

20" Wide, 16" Tall (including handle), 10" deep
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Posted 05 April 2008 - 05:33 PM

My bag of choice is the Oakley large duffel bag. Great and easily customizable. Not bad for $90, durable as hell. Sometimes cheaper on Amazon. http://oakley.com/pd/5047
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