Bob did another ‘show and tell’, this time about a simple, inexpensive pull_cart. See attached picture.
He began by showing a set of equipment one would like to take to something like the Canada Blooms show last week or the zoo. In this case it included a somewhat compact camera case with camera, 2 lenses, and accessories; an external flash gun; a light stand to hold that flash; a reflector for backdrop opportunities or special lighting; a large, sturdy tripod; and a folding stool for standing, sitting, or kneeling on.
After noting that one would be at least ‘hesitant’ to carry all this stuff around for the day at these types of venue, he proceeded to prove that you could do it relatively easily with the help of an inexpensive, light, unobtrusive (when folded into a thin, collapsed shape), and very convenient pull-cart. He had purchased one of these for $20 at the Canada Blooms show.
Advantages over some alternatives (e.g. special backpacks):
- stands up –keeps equipment off the floor when not in use
- doesn’t have the appearance of $2000 worth of equipment calling out ‘steal me’, even though there may be that much or more value inside
- inexpensive to buy
- light in weight itself — doesn’t add to burden
- easy to store — folds into collapsed, thin package
- The low price itself presents somewhat of a problem in that the cost to ship this item doubles its price and makes it undesirable as a shipped item. The manufacturer has removed it from its website (www.mooseriverchamois.com) for that reason. It is only sold at live events/shows.
- The non-telescoping back of this model makes it too large for travelling as a carry-on on planes.
However, what is key here is the idea, not this particular pull-cart itself.
Do look for this type of device. It can make the difference between having that accessory you wish you had brought actually with you or having it sit at home.