AC bags bags By Philipp Uhl on 2/21/20, 6:23 PM • 729 views Hi! 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! Gunnar Mortensen On 2/23/20, 5:31 PM A lot of the 2nds here have switched to pelican Air cases I believe it is the 1510 equivalent size. In leau of the bags. The Panavision bags did just get a major overhaul from the one that I had. I carry a small boat riggers bag for my tools
Eoin mcguigan On 3/6/20, 5:33 AM I bailed on the large bag long ago. Now I use Kelly Simpson’s “mygogear” set bag for the essentials and a clc open top bag as a dumpster/mattebox bag . Can’t recommend Kelly’s bag more though. It’s perfect
Rozemarijn On 2/21/20, 8:01 PM 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.
Philipp Uhl On 2/21/20, 8:39 PM 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?
Rozemarijn On 3/15/20, 11:57 AM 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....
Philippe Piron On 2/23/20, 3:28 PM hello 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 https://www.cop-shop.de/en/category/equipment-sportbags-430/
Fabio On 2/23/20, 1:55 PM 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!
Matt Emmanuel On 6/2/20, 10:48 PM Just started experimenting with a new floor bag recently, the Milwaukee Jobsite Tech Bag. It was only $79USD. I still use a 1510 with a camera essentials divider as my cart case like many other ACs in the SF Bay Area. Other floor bags I've tried include a CLC open tool tote for indoor/studio work. I used an Arri Basecamp for a bit but it's really just too big. In my broadcast days I used a rangebag from 5.11. It was cheap and the mag holders double for tools. The mygogear.com bags are popular here too, I just wish they had tool dividers on the smaller ones. I'm picky with bags, haven't found the perfect one yet heh heh.
Brian Aichlmayr On 3/15/20, 4:17 PM 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)
Aidan Gray On 3/19/20, 4:08 PM Hm might need to do this... When I was just starting out, I had a very similar toolcase with my 1510 because I was doing almost entirely travel work. The more I've worked local, the more I've benefited from using my Burke Bag as a run bag, and my CineBag as a bit of a "throw all the stuff you need once every 10 jobs" bag... Might try going back to a 1510 post-corona though! Carlos Cañal On 3/19/20, 11:25 AM My first bag was the Harrison doctor bag, as I started first as a video assistant and later on as a 2nd AC, It did the job great as a floor bag. After 14 years of serving me perfectly I sadly had to change to a new one just for my 1st AC tools (since my 2nds bring everything I have now less and less tools) and I decided to go for the Panavision small AC bag. After one month using it I sold it and bought again my always beloved Harrison doctor bag. To me, is the best and more confortable to carry option out there. Cheers! https://www.cameraessentials.com/products/harrison-doctor-bag
Milan van Schaik On 3/14/20, 4:09 PM I’m using a ARRI large production bag, but it can be challenging to keep it organized and the zippers are quite frustrating indeed. Thinking about adding a Peli with a nice lid organizer for tools and cleaning stuff (arctic butterfly, sensor swaps, the stuff that should stay clean) and maybe a toolbag as ditty bag for batteries etc.) (got this idea from Glenn)