In My Bag – by David Welker

David WelkerDavid Welker is a recent graduate of Missouri State University and a freelance photographer based in Springfield, Missouri. David regularly covers sports, news, and events. His editorial clients include Getty Images, the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA), and newspapers throughout Missouri. David’s work has been seen in publications such as, Sports Illustrated, TOPPS Baseball Cards,, and various others. When he isn’t behind a camera David is on the golf course or is spending time with his wife and puppy.

As a self-proclaimed “gear nerd” I love seeing what other photographers use to get the amazing images into publications around the world. Some kits could be considered pretty humble, others are insane. So, I thought some of my blog followers might like to see what’s “In My Bag” when I head out to photograph any event, such as professional baseball and weddings, and so I can answer that reoccurring question, “Wow, what all do you have in there?” So here we go:

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My Bag: Think Tank Photo Airport Security V2 Roller

Before I bought this bag, I was using a backpack and tried to fit as much gear as I could into it. Let’s just say, things got very heavy, very fast. This bag has been a huge lifesaver when it comes to the amount of weight it takes off by it being a rolling bag. One thing I love about this bag is the safety cable that allows the bag to be locked in place when I cannot be next to it. The bag also features a combination zipper lock for when I leave it. Think Tank Photo describes the Airport Security as:

“Designed to meet USA domestic carry-on size standards, this roller provides advanced security features for traveling with the maximum amount of equipment. “

And they mean the “maximum amount of equipment. Here is what I fit into the Airport Security:

Turf Images - in my bag

Camera Bodies:

– Canon 1D Mark IV

This is my main handheld camera, and is attached to my 400 f/2.8 IS, 90% of the time.

Canon 1D Mark III

This is mostly used for remote work, however, when I shoot weddings, it quickly becomes a second handheld camera.

– Canon 1D Mark II N

The Mark II N has been a real workhorse for me over the past few years, but I really only use it for remote work now.

– Canon 5D Mark III w/ Battery Grip

The newest addition to my bag, the 5D Mark III is my main second handheld camera while out in the field. The addition of a full-frame body to my bag has proved to be invaluable thus far, and I have really enjoyed the camera.


Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Fisheye

– Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 II

Canon 24-105mm f/4 IS

Canon 70-200mm f/4

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8  IS II

Canon 300mm f/2.8 IS

Canon 1.4x II Teleconverter


Canon Speedlight 580 EX II Flash

Canon Speedlight 430 EX Flash

– Vivitar Auto Thyristor SMS 30 flash

Canon Off-Camera ETTL Flash Cord OC-E3

Manfrotto Variable Friction Magic Arm (Knob Type) (x2)- Used for my remote work, one has a camera attachment platform.

– Pixio Wired Camera Release

Pocketwizard Plus IIIs and Mulitmax Transmitters– These are kept in a vinyl money case from Walmart. The Pre-Release Cables are also in with the Pocketwizards.

Pre-Release Cables (x2)- for use with my Pocketwizards

– Canon Eyepiece covers

– DIY “Shim” for a floor remote- AKA Two Batteries taped together using Gaffers Tape

– 30 yard roll of 1″ Gaffers Tape

Lens Cleaning Cloths

– Extra Batteries for all cameras

Manfrotto 681B Monopod (gets attached to the side of the bag)

Think Tank HydroPhobia 300-600 V2– Ziptied to the outside of the bag

– Safety Cables

Leatherman Tool

– 2012 Pocket Calendar

When on a deadline, I bring my 15″ laptop with me and put it inside a Think Tank Artificial Intelligence 15 v2 and use a Cable Management 30 for all of my computer cables and card readers. These get attached to the Airport Security with a carabiner.

It is amazing how much I have actually stuffed into the single Think Tank Bag. I always bring along my Think Tank Photo Modular Belt Pack using the Pro Speed Belt. I use the belt pack while I am out and about in the stadium, on the field, or shooting weddings because it helps me have most of my gear right at my fingertips. I use a Pixel Pocket Rocket to keep roughly 60GBs of memory cards with me.

When I do have longer traveling distances, I will usually put my Canon 400 f/2.8 IS in a Think Tank Photo Glass Taxi.

The last bag I use is a Targus Messenger Bag. This sling bag used to be a backpack for me while I was in high school, but I found it to be a great photo accessory bag. The bag has two large spaces inside the zippered compartment, a front zipper pocket for smaller items, and a back zippered area for thin items. In this bag I always have:

Avenger Clamps (x4)

Multi-Plug Extension Cord

– Various Cables

– Power Cables for Alienbee B800s

– Chargers for all of the camera batteries

Flash bracket

As you can probably tell, I love my Think Tank Photo Gear, and highly recommend their products for both the amount of gear you can fit in their bags, but also for the quality products they create. This ends my segment of  ”In My Bag”.

Turf Images - in my bag

All the Gear that fits into the Airport security. All Camera Bodies, Lenses, and Accessories. The Think Tank Photo Artificial Intelligence 15 v2 and Cable Management 30 are sitting on top of the Airport Security V2.

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