One of my absolute favourite photographers, Jeff Ascough of the UK is now a shootsac user! What I love about Jeff's work is that he is so discreet and has such a quiet presence that he is able to be at weddings shooting these intimate moments with nobody even batting an eye as he does his job.
His black and whites, I would say, are the best in the world. If you are looking for amazing BW actions to run on your shots (as well as a few other really clean actions that will make your photos pop), **TRY JEFF'S ACTIONS HERE
Blending into the background and being discreet are vital to Jeff, so it made perfect sense that he would want a shootsac! Check out this fab review he posted for us:
SHOOTSAC REVIEW BY JEFF ASCOUGH:
Iíve got a huge collection of camera bags. I seem to collect them in my constant quest for the Ďperfectí bag for the way I work. Iíve got all kinds of Billingham, Lowepro, and Tamrac bags and yet none of them actually give me what I want from a camera bag.
My personal requirements for a bag are very simple. I need something that is lightweight, well made, and discreet. I donít want a bag that screams Ďphotographerí at everyone, and I donít want a bag that is uncomfortable to carry all day. I also prefer to carry lenses on my person so that I can change focal length quickly, and in the past the only way to do this has been with a belt system whereby you carry the lenses around the waist. The trouble is Iíve often found these clumsy and cumbersome at best, and they look awful with a suit jacket.
Last week my quest for the perfect bag came to an end with the arrival of a Shootsac from uber talented Californian photographer Jessica Claire.
Shootsac is more of a lens bag rather than a camera bag. It is designed to allow the photographer to carry and change lenses easily. I had the pleasure of shooting a wedding on Saturday with the Shootsac and here are my thoughts.
First of all I was surprised at how lightweight the bag is. Most bags are quite heavy even before you add lenses. Worn over the shoulder in a bandola style I hardly noticed the bagís weight at all. This isnít a big bag either. There isnít any wasted space in the design and that gives it a very small profile, which makes it very discreet. The material used for the bag reminds me of a wetsuit and the overall construction is excellent. A lot of thought has gone into the design of the bag and this shows.
The Shootsac has sections for six lenses. Three at the front of the bag and three at the back. I personally donít use that many lenses on a wedding, but I did stuff it full of Canon lenses to see how it felt. I didnít like the increase in weight and the extra girth that the bag acquires as a result, as it kind of defeats the purpose of this bag. Having said this, if you do want to carry six lenses, you will find that they are all well protected, and the bag expands to allow full access to those lenses.
The removable Shootsac cover velcroes to the inside of the bag. This allows the user to alter the look of the bag simply by choosing one of many different cover options available. I think the girls will appreciate this idea as the option to coordinate the look of the bag to a dress or jacket has much appeal. In fact many will see this as reason alone for purchasing the bag. For us blokes who are struggling to reach our feminine side, the plain black cover is just fine :))
On Saturday I wore the Shootsac for eight hours straight and I have to say I was absolutely floored by how well the bag works. I alternated between three Canon lenses (50L, 35L, 24L) and three Leica M lenses (50 Noctilux, 35 Summilux, 28 Summicron). One lens was on each camera body (Canon 1DsMKII, and Leica M8) which left me two Leica and two Canon lenses in the Shootsac at any one time.The lenses are held firmly by the bagís material but when you put your hand in to take out the lens, the bag expands and makes the retrieval of the lens an absolute joy. Placing the lens into the Shootsac is as easy as taking a lens out. However I would recommend that if you use a lens hood on a wide Canon/Nikon lens, put the lens into the Shootsac with the lens hood to the top. This means the thinnest part of the lens goes into the bag first and makes life easier. Leica users can just stuff the lens into the Shootsac any which way they like :))
In use the bag hugs the body and you donít feel as though the bag is going to get in the way. The discreet nature of the bag is fantastic. Worn with my black suit the bag disappeared into my body. This is something that 99% of bags canít manage.
So, is there anything that I would change about the Shootsac? Well no. I was truly impressed by the bag. It suited my style of working perfectly. It might be nice to make better use of the detachable cover, say with a towelling back to allow you to dry off a camera body but thatís about it. Itís brilliantly designed, well made, and it works.
Overall I would highly recommend this bag. 11 out of 10.
And he was sweet enough to send a couple pics:
Check out his equipment!
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