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Default What is your favorite "indispensable" tool in your run bag.

Hopefully, we all have the basics in our gear bag - Camera, Mics, Tripod and Lights.

What's that unique thing you can't live without?

My good friend, focusthis, can not shoot without a piece of chamois in his pocket (the real stuff - not ShamWow).

Other shooters can't survive without a stash of gaffers tape.

What do you have in your run bag?

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Old 01-27-2009, 03:10 PM
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I always have a few things
1. Dimmers
2. Warmcards
3. Leatherman, but I lost the damn thing.
4.Sekonic light meter for those more than the usual lighting situations.
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It's hard to whittle it down to one thing. But gaffer's tape is always handy. My leatherman is handy. Extra batteries and turnarounds. Clips. It's hard to say.
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candy.... I am worthless when I am out somewhere for an extended period of time and hit a bad sugar low. Without the sugar the other tools become meaningless for me....

the second would be a good roll of tape! and a small toolkit.
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Leatherman and Chamois
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Leather man and Warm cards....its a tie.
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now that I have googled Leatherman and know what it is... I want one.. does alot but takes up little room!
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my back pocket is always stuffed with a wad of tough-spun and some clips.
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I keep a Gerber multi-tool (soooo much cooler than a leatherman) on my belt above my right hip. I have often rested my camera on it, makes for an easy waist level shot. Also great for a ground shot, put the gerber under the front tripod plate gives the camera a slight angle up.

If I can induldge...
1. $2 work gloves, makes it so much easier to pull cable.
2. Garbage bags, you never know how often a $0.25 piece of plastic can save $40k of gear.
3. Gaffer tape re-rolled around an old bic pen. Just enough for when you need it, but doesn't hog up 1/2 your bag like a big new roll.
4. Clean socks.
5. Rubber bands.
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Clips. Handy little things they are.
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2. Garbage bags, you never know how often a $0.25 piece of plastic can save $40k of gear.


the above is very true carry several in my back pocket. always have extras to share....
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A Gerber.............
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Its a 3 way tie for me.

Gaffers tape- Because you never know when you will need it.

Cloths pins- Because When I freelance with station gear I frequently get the light kit with only 1

Dimmer- Has helped me in more night situations than I can count.

2 large spring clamps- used to hold reflector when I need to and on windy night shots when I need to double up 2 flimsy lowel stands that were not made for outdoors use.

Ok so that is 4 but they are the items I keep in a small run kit in the trunk of each of my cars so that I do not accidentally forget them. Or get called in to do a last minute cover when my wife is driving my car.
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My fave is a good small microfiber cloth. In Michigan it wipes off snow & ice in winter and sweat in the summer!
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Anyone remember the old days when reporters would constantly bum quarters to use a payphone?

Leatherman Wave II is my go to device.
I also love my monopod quick release.
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All of the above plus aspirins, Advil, Gas-X, insect repellent, sun block, assortment of band aids, alcohol swabs, disinfectant wipes, sanitary wipes (in case they run out of toilet paper) and much more, these for my domestic travel. For my foreign travel I have more stomach aid remedies and extra sanitary wipes. Never got to use them but it's a piece of mind (or other parts) knowing that they are there.

And my Gold Starbucks card for the drive home after those late days.
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Some of must carry a very LARGE bag for all the stuff..

For me:
Anton /Bauer Satelight
Audio: XLR turnarounds... RCA-to-XLR adapters.
Video: RCA-to-BNC adapters
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Some of must carry a very LARGE bag for all the stuff..
I actually carry 2 one small one for the stuff I mentioned earlier, plus a few basic items like bnc & xlr cables and another larger one that I use when I travel which has the stuff nino mentioned plus a fairly extensive first aid kit with burn gel, bandages and trauma wraps. It is mostly a piece of mind thing but being without when you need them sucks.

P.S. I also keep advil in my mix bag with my coupler box.
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anton bauer Hmi sun gun for my camera. I had to really think hard before I spent that kind of money, but I don't know how I would live without it.
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