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Dennis Martineau

Securing Equipment Against Loss Onsite

Can anyone offer any advice about how one prevents the loss of equipment while onsite, for instance, a wedding reception? Anybody know of portable equipment that might be available to me? Any original ideas about how to protect the extra lenses, filters, cameras? I want the freedom to move around and it's absolutely necessary to be able to move around and not anchored to a table,etc. You know what I'm getting at. I have an assistant, but she also cannot be stationary.

Thank you for your input.

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12/17/2003 1:35:15 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  A photo vest with all those pockets? Somebody makes one that's black and it's supposed to look more like a dress up vest instead of the khaki ones. Supposed to help you blend in.

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12/17/2003 3:39:59 PM

Dennis Martineau   Thank you, Greg. I was thinking of some sort of portable container that looks good, is light and is secure. Or am I trying to tote too much around? Should I only be carrying what can go into the pockets of a photographer's vest? What about all of the backup equipment that I have read about that I should have in the event of equipment failure?

Thank you.

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12/17/2003 8:38:17 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  Well you can buy metal cases that have the foam padding inside and they're lockable. You talking about lighting equipment or extra bodies and lenses?

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12/17/2003 11:38:40 PM

Dennis Martineau   Yes, I'm talking about 2 extra camera bodies and 3-4 extra lenses. I have cases, but I am concerned about things coming up missing from inside as I can't stand guard over them.


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12/18/2003 12:54:07 AM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  I used to manage a catering facility where we hosted many wedding recepions.
The photographers we worked with regularly would often request access to a locked closet or spare bridal suite to store the equipment they could't carry with them.
If no such space was available, they would store their gear close to the DJ, or in an out of the way corner near an area of heavy traffic... (such as the bar).
People are less likely to pilfer with many eyes watching them.

Hope this helps.

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12/19/2003 6:27:32 AM

Gregg Vieregge   Get equipment insurance. Also the coverage comes with liability insurance. Try State Farm or PPA if your a member.

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12/23/2003 6:25:00 AM

Shirley D. Cross-Taylor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/7/2001
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  A friend of mine who's slightly crippled, but a great photographer, bought a piece of lightweight luggage with wheels and a handle tall enough that she doesn't have to stoop to pull it around. She puts a Lot of camera equipment in there and straps her tripod to the top. Works great!

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12/23/2003 3:21:28 PM

John S. Smith   You've got the same problem we had. We solved it my buying something similar to the above idea except I believe it's for tools. It's heavy duty plastic, has a sturdy fold-down handle with MANY handy compartments that keep dust and hands out when shut. It's easy to move around and protects everything. And the best part...I got it at Walmart for $25!
My photo business is mainly mobile photography & printing so I have several. Try it. And...happy shooting! Mary

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1/30/2004 6:40:28 PM

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