Join Tim Grey for an in-depth discussion in this video Organizing camera gear with racks, part of Photo Gear Weekly.
- I feel like on a regular basis, I'm accumulating additional photography gear and I'm pretty slow to give up the gear that I've already accumulated and that means that I end up with lots of lenses, camera bodies, and a variety of other accessories so as much as possible I'd like to try to keep that equipment organized and a new piece of equipment here that I found actually helps in that regard. What we have here is a modular system called LensRacks that provides a rail system essentially that we can use to organize our equipment and what I like about this, well there's a few things that I like.
First off, there's a no-slip bottom on it so when you put this up on a counter or shelf in your equipment closet, it's going to stay put pretty well. And then we have a variety of attachments so we can attach lenses. For example, I already obviously have a number of lenses attached here and we also have a couple of holders for flashes or other lights that have that hot shoe mount. There's even a little card holder for my SD cards which is certainly convenient and one of the things beyond just organizing and being able to access my gear one of the things that I like about this is that I'm able to actually put it to work essentially.
So when I'm ready to switch lenses I can take a lens off my camera and then put it into its designated spot on the rack, grab another lens right off the rack because as you'll see these essentially serve as back caps for the lens itself so it holds it in place and now I can attach that lens to the camera very easily. So a nice modular system for keeping my equipment organized but it's also very functional as well. Now similarly we can extend the same concept to our camera bag thanks to what I refer to as lens packs.
Now these are the same basic device in terms of forming what is really a back cap for the lens except they have a hook and loop material on the back and what that means is that I can attach those inside my camera bag. So I have a bag here that is just so equipped. I've got a couple of those lens packs that are attached to the hook and loop at the bottom of the camera bag and so for example I'll take this lens and I can attach it, just slide it into place, give it a turn just like I would the cap on the back of the lens in the first place and it's held in place right inside the camera bag.
I'll put another lens in there as well and now when I'm in the field, I can switch lenses very easily and maybe more importantly I can do that one handed. Just reach in, give it a twist, and I can mount that lens onto the camera. When I want to switch lenses just essentially reverse that process, grab the other lens, and I'm good to go. So a couple of different options in terms of modular designs that help you keep your gear organized. If that's at your studio environment, for example, in your equipment closet or when you're on the go in your camera bag as well.