Mirrorless Shooter/Blogger Bag

on July 26, 2014

People always comment on all the things in my bag of tricks, so I decided to go all Ally Sheedy from Breakfast Club.
This is my everyday carry that I use for mobile blogging and photography and video shooting. Obviously, special assignments require different setups, but this arrangements has me ready for most situations.

Manhattan Portage Bag

Manhattan Portage Medium DJ Shoulder Bag (Black)“”
Like a good hipster, I had these bags before they were cool. Originally meant for hauling around vinyl records, it has a clean design with one interior pocket and one zippered pocket. K.I.S.S.

Cheapo sunglasses
I lose mine all the time. It just doesn’t make sense for me. I love these because they are big enough for my face, have spring-tension joints, and I can put in my short pocket without feeling too precious about them.

Frank Lloyd Wright Bussiness Card Case

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT Architecture HOFFMAN House BUSINESS CARD CASE HolderGarage Sale find. Business cards are an antiquated notion, but they will never die, so why not embrace the nostalgia?

Detachable keychain

Patent Keyholder with 6 Rings (Skyr60) By Sensi“”
I love that these all disconnect. Much more useful than you think.

Gerber Shard

Gerber 22-01769 Shard Keychain Tool“”
No moving parts. Could save your life one day.

Multi-tool key

Swiss+Tech ST66676 Utili-Key 6-in-1 Key Ring Multi-Function Tool“”
Great if a friend asks me for help and I don’t have my tools.

Lock pick set

The Pocket Doctor, Pocket Knife Style Pick Set“”
Once you’ve paid for a locksmith in the middle of the night, you’ll understand why. (Check local laws and regulations).

Handcuff key

Peerless Handcuff Company Standard Handcuff Key – Nickel“”
“Why do you have a handcuff key? Do you NEED a handcuff key?” This is one if those cases where I’d rather have it and not need it instead of the other way around. And when they’re this small/ is it hurting anybody to have it? (Again, check local laws and regulation)

Iamakey Thumbdrive

LaCie iamakey v2 8 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive 131105“”
In an age where cloud storage is more and more available, these will one day become obsolete. However, until then, I keep important information encrypted on the key and a “return if found” .txt. Can come in very handy of you get mugged and they take your wallet and phone.

Divers Watch with James Bond Nato Strap

Casio Men’s MDV106-1A Stainless Steel Watch“”

20mm Classic SS Nylon Striped Black / Grey – Easily Interchangeable Replacement Military Watch Band / Strap – Fits All Watches!!!“”
I love divers watches. Sometimes a submariner is a little too expected. This is a working class version that’s been mistaken for a Tudor on several occasions.  NATO strap inspired by James Bond in Goldfinger. Now that the remastered version is out, the colors have been updated, but I still prefer the black and grey.

Mini Tripod

Polaroid 8” Heavy Duty Mini Tripod With Pan Head With Tilt For Digital Cameras & Camcorders“”
Just a great piece to have for interviews or placed where you can’t really bring equipment. Great to add some stabilization or use as a pistol grip in a pinch.

Tactical Self-defense Flashlight

SureFire E2D Defender Ultra Dual Output LED Flashlight“”
If you ever find yourself in the unfortunate poison if having to defend yourself from an attack, a blinding light to the eye and a quick strike will afford you enough time to make your escape- Much easier to explain after the fact than a knife.


GSI Super Quality Lens Pen Cleaning Brush, Cleans all Camera Lenses, Telescopes, Binoculars, LCD, Plasma, Screens, Watches and Flashes from Dust, Dirt and Fingerprints – Pocket Tool
These are cheap and so much better than the bottom of your shirt.

Green Laser

INFINITER 2000 Ultra Bright Green Laser Pointer/ Emits ultra bright green laser beam over 1000 yards“”
Much more powerful than the reds. Great for aiding autofocus.  Plus, you can see the beam like in Buck Rogers.

Pen with Gaff tape
ProTapes Pro Gaff Matte Cloth Gaffer’s Tape with Rubber Adhesive, 11 mil Thickness, 1” Width, 55 yd Length, Blue“”
Great little hack to keep gaffers tape with you. Just a pen with three feet rolled on it. Comes off cleanly. More handy than you know.

Opinel no 8 pocket knife

Opinel No8 Carbon Pocket Knife“”

Great cheese knife and with a carbon steel blade. Takes a great edge and the handle has a nice feel.

tiny earbuds

Monoprice 108320 Enhanced Bass Hi-Fi Noise Isolating Earphones, Silver“”
Hearos Ultimate Softness Series Foam Earplugs, 20-Pair

Two great hacks in one. The Monoprices are tiny and cheap enough to not coddle. Tough nylon-wrapped cord. Stuff the foam earplugs into the rubber earpieces and you have great sound isolation. The binder clip is a trick I leaned from Lifehacker.

Mini art easel iPhone holder
Reeves 2-1/2-Inch by 2-3/4-Inch Mini Canvas and Easel“”

I used to use a business card holder to hold my phone at an angle and type with a Bluetooth keyboard. Then I saw this cheap mini easel and I like the design so much more. Plus it folds flat.


Canon EOS M Compact System Camera – Body Only (Black)“”

Underrated camera that is great for video. The fact that it got such terrible reviews on launch drive down the price considerably. APS-C sensor and mirrorless. It’s a no brainier.

I don’t like my tech to look too “techie” so I try to add in organic elements whenever possible. A leather half case and strap helps with that.

Half Case
10 Colors! Handmade Genuine Camera Half Leather Case Bag Cover for Canon EOS M (please leave seller a note which color you prefer)“”

Handmade Universal Genunie Leather Camera Neck Strap for Leica Nikon Fuji Pentax Canon Panasonic Sony 3213“”

iPhone 4 for recording and payment
Apple iPhone 4 16GB (White) – Verizon“”

I repurposed this after a friend was about to throw it away. Leave it in airplane mode and it’s a very useful tool with a decent battery life. Plus, you aren’t losing use of your phone everytime you want to record a time lapse

Square Reader

2 PACK – Square Card Readers

Now you accept credit cards. A great way for instant credibility with a client.

Solar Phone Charger

Levin™ Solstar Solar Panel Charger 5000mAh Rain-resistant and Dirt/Shockproof Dual USB Port Portable Charger Backup External Battery Power Pack for iPhone 5S 5C 5 4S 4, iPods(Apple Adapters not Included), Samsung Galaxy S5 S4, S3, S2, Note 3, Note 2, Most Kinds of Android Smart Phones,Windows phone and More Other Devices (blue)“”
I got tired of recharging my external battery charger and having another thing to remember to top up. Also great when camping.

4g Hotspot

Freedom Spot Photon 4G Mobile Hotspot (Black)“”
This is more for the Chromebook as backup. Sometimes you need to post and using your phone as a hotspot is a huge battery drain. FreedomPop has these for almost nothing, with a free half gig a month. It’s a great backup to have.

Rooted Nook

Barnes & Noble Nook 6” Simple Touch (Touchscreen) 2GB eBook Reader eReader (Wi-Fi Only) E-Ink Pearl Technology, MicroSD, USB 2.0 Expansion Ports – Books, Newspapers, Magazines“”
Got this on sale and rooted it to run android. It’s touch screen, has a 32g micro as card, runs kindle and email, and the battery lasts a MONTH.

Travel mouse

Logitech M510 Wireless Mouse“”
I hate little trackpads.

Notebook holder

Lihit Lab Teffa Bag in Bag – Size A5 (10” X 7.1”) – Orange“”
Got this from jetpens. I like notebooks and I can fit the Nook inside with it. Jetpens is a great resource if you’re a pen geek.

Pilot Precise retractable

Pilot Precise V7 RT Retractable Rolling Ball Pens, Fine Point, Black Ink, Dozen Box (26067)“”
Very fine tip pen that is now in a retractable form.
Great for crosswords.

Parker jotter with rollerball gel insert
Parker Jotter Black Ballpoint Pen – 78033-BK“”
Parker Refill for Retractable Gel Ink Pens, Medium, Black Ink, 2 per Pack (30525PP)“”
I live the pilot g2, but it’s a bit expected. Replacing the ballpoint with the gel rollerball insert gives me the same paper fill in a classic and smart form factor that feels a bit mod

Haswell Chromebook

Acer C720 Chromebook (11.6-Inch, 2GB)“”
I have a Hack Pro that I use as home for all my heavy lifting, but when so much of my computer use is just writing or browsing, it’s hard to beat this little beauty under $200. Not a replacement by any means, but easier to use than an iPad and keyboard. Plus it has USB ports.