What are the AC Bags of your choice?
I used a large panavision AC bag for a few years, but after a while all the zippers broke, so I had to look for something else.
I was looking for something with wheels and decided to get a Porta brace production bag. Unfortunately the shop where I ordered let me wait for months without telling me what was going on, and eventually cancelled the order because apparently Porta brace had difficulties with production of their bags.
After that I got a cheap toolbag with wheels which is okay, but not as sturdy as I would like it to be; it’s not rain/water proof and it already shows signs of wear and tear.
So what I would like to know is what bags can you recommend? I’m thinking about maybe getting a Peli case next, but I‘m not sure if the lack of outside pocket is something I can get used to...
I would love to hear what AC bags you use on set!
We've all been there right, that nice Arri bag or Panavision bag. And in the heat of the moment the zipper breaks! Gear stuck inside. Or the 2nd ac places it in dirt and mud. . .
So i went to toolbags. I have one with a lid for filters, tools and small spare bags. And one without a lid and a firm handle for all batteries.
Yeah, at first I was quite impressed by the quality of the panavision bag, but the zippers turned out to be really poor... I’ve seen a lot of other people with panavision/Arri bags and ripped open zippers as well.
I still use the small panavision AC bag though, I have it always near the camera with batteries, filters and cards in it, because the size of it is perfect for that.
But it’s interesting to see that you also use “normal” toolbags! Do you find yours sturdy enough for the long-term use on set? And what about rain?
ive bought mine with the idea, this wont last very long. which is now 4 years ago. The Stanley one has a hard plastic bottom so you can place it in dirt and mud. I use a backpack raincover to protect it from rain, But it can handle a few drops.
And i have an open bag with just a handle to store batteries on the magliner. And you can fit both bags exactly on the magliner! as if its made for it....
for years I have been using PortaBrace, Pabavision, or Arri bags ...
one day someone in Germany showed me COP bags ... used by them to go to sports ... they cost nearly nothing, I bought several, sold some to colleagues, and they all were happy about them
Hi Philip, as of me I used the medium arri bag for a lot of years and it never turned me down, now I switched to the small panavision AC bag which is kind of perfect to me since my 2nd has in is bag batteries/filters/expendables and so on so I don’t really need that much room for my stuff. As for the brands that you can find in any hardware store in Spain we have Stanley and Dexter which make really sturdy and durable bags, actually almost one hundred percent of 2AC I see around these days use a hard Stanley bag (sorry I don’t remember the model but if you need I can look it up). In some shootings I also like to use the bucket style bag (panavision has one but you can find some “normal brands” who sell similar versions). Hope it helped!
I swapped to all pelicans recently. I found using bags allowed me to carry too much extra stuff and i was able to condense down to actual necessities by having a smaller profile to work with. It also allowed easier travel ability. Grab a ThinkTank or camera essentials lid organizer for your 1510 case and Trekpack to organize your floor sections. That way you'll be able to adjust your kit if need be. Lastly, don't forget the power of Velcro. You can attach velcro pouches on the outside of the lid to provide more pockets for your aks when on the go. (Photos are of two different cases)