Essential Gear: Part 1

February 11, 2015

So I thought I would do a few blog posts about gear I deem essential when I am taking photographs. Items I don’t leave without.

 These are not the everyday items you might usually think of such as filter, lens, memory cards, etc.. but the little things that have always came in handy for me.

Multi-tools

 

I do no leave the house without at least one with my camera equipment. I usually have multiple ones with me, in my camera bag, maybe in the car, or in another gear bag. They are called Multi-tools for a reason and I have found multiple uses for mine.

  • For loosening or tightening t sets screws on your tripod center post to the tripod head. Mine has a screwdriver that fits my Manfrotto screws perfectly. Good for tightening the leg releases.

  • Any item that has a screw will always come loose when you don’t need it, be a Philips or straight. If it has a small enough one as mine has, it can be used on those tiny screws on my glasses that seem to come loose at the worst time.

  • Got a twig, leaf or small limb right in the way of a shot, knife, saw, or scissors quickly take care of that.

  • Now a repair story, so gather around children:

     Once on a photo trip to the New River Gorge to photograph Fern Creek Falls (good link for directions).  My significant other and I were trying to get in position for a shot and the only way to get where we need to be was to jump across a gap in a rock along a cliff face. I had my camera strapped across my arm and neck, made the jump, and the camera swings and the lens hits the cliff side.  After inspection I noticed the only damage was the plastic around the lens end where the threads are. The plastic at the threads was cracked and pushed in. This would not allow any attachments of filters, so a day of photos gone down the drain because I need my ND filters attached. So out came the multi-tool, broke of the cracked plastic area with the pliers and straighten the damage and then I used the file to smooth out the rough area. Filter went back on with no problem and I continue to use that lens today.

      P.S, the photos, did not come out great, stream was running really low that day.

This is just a small sampling of the uses for a multi-tool, I know there are many more ways I used them and this manifest itself with time.

Oh one more quick one, after taking photos for a day and you realize you have no way of opening that bottle of wine you just bought, well you do if that muti-tool has a cork screw on it and one of mine does.

 

My multi-tool, I don’t take photos without it.


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