A very, very long time ago when I realized for the first time that I loved taking portraits, I decided that though I wanted to do studio work, I also wanted to be mobile. I needed to bring my studio with me on a whim, and able to set up quickly, anywhere. So my first decision was to go with speed lights instead of moonlights or strobes. No cables, ma. I purchased two Photek Softlighters and two light stands. I got two flashes, wireless triggers and a couple of reflectors. I first purchased a bag that fit my two light stands, umbrella and flashes... but barely. Then I still had to schlepp my camera bag and odds and ends with me. My photo shoot around Christmas time was a total fiasco with forgotten gear, dropped cameras and other problems, and I knew, I needed a different system.
So online I went to research the perfect rolling case, one that would fit my lighting gear AND my camera gear and everything else that needs to come along on a shoot. And it needed to look snazzy. I found some really great bags, but they were all way, WAY too expensive. (Hint: When a camera gear bag costs more than one of your lenses, DON'T GET IT.)
Finally, my research lead me to the Photoflex Transpac Single Kit Case. It looked like the perfect container for all my gear, and the price seemed right. It seemed to be exactly what I was looking for, so I ordered it. I must say, I was actually shocked when I first saw it: a beautiful case, but way, WAY too big. So I thought. But once I opened it up and fit all my gear in it, it was exactly right. Not too crammed, not too empty... just perfect.
It fits my lighting gear AND also (safely) camera insert with my camera and lenses. Everything has its spot, and when I'm done, it goes back in its spot and rolled into a corner, out of the way.
The only thing that bothered me was the very, very ugly Photoflex logo. An embroidered eye in a triangle... like the one that used to look at me from the ceiling of my catholic church back in Germany, when I was little... the one the priest said "sees everything I do, all the time... even when I think nobody is looking." Yikes. It needed to go. I found a lovely lady on Etsy that embroidered my chili pepper logo for me, in the same red that's on the inside of the bag, the zipper pulls and the wheels. It arrived a few days ago and I just glued it over the Photoflex logo.
All in all, I am very pleased with my bag. I'm going to a corporate portrait shoot tomorrow and I will be arriving in style. And best of all, I know that I won't forget any gear at all this time around.