Initially The G-32
In January 2018, I switched from the photography bag I had been using to the Gura Gear Elite G-32. This bag served me well for one full season, with the equipment that I had at the time.
16-35mm f/2.8 III (Canon)
24-70mm f/2.8 II (Canon)
70-200mm f/2.8 L II (Canon)
300mm f/2.8 L II (Canon)
180mm f/3.5 L macro (Canon)
1Ds Mark III with L bracket (Canon)
miscellaneous additional items
I tried the Gura Gear Elite G-26 with this same equipment minus the 300mm lens, and it didn’t work. The diameter of the wide angle lenses 16-35 and 24-70 were just too wide. (At least I thought so). Removing the 180 macro, things would have worked. Doing so, however, was not something I wanted to do.
In retrospect, I would have liked to try it again. Perhaps it was a myopic view of equipment placement. Either way, it doesn't matter. I no longer have either lens.
2018 Equipment Transportation
For a number of different reasons, during the summer of 2018, I switched out the 16-35 and 24-70 lens for three primes: 24mm f/1.4 L II, 35mm f/1.4 L II, and the 50mm f/1.2 L.
Additionally, I sold the 300 f/2.8 L II, as I used it very little,
Needed - A Smaller Bag
With the removal of the 300, the G-32 was now too large. , My photography lenses became:
24mm f/1.4 L II USM II (Canon)
35mm f/1.4 L IIUSM II (Canon)
50mm f/1.2 L USM (Canon)
70-200mm f/2.8 L III USM (Canon)
180mm f/3.5 L USM macro (Canon)
The Switch - Gura Gear G-26
I really like the way Gura Gear bags work, in terms of equipment protection, carrying, handling, and storage.
Thus, I looked no further than the G-26.
I followed the initial layout of the G-32 when I started setting up the G-26. The numerous removable padded dividers made this easy to place all of my photography equipment.
Side one (the left side looking down, top fo the bag is to your left), contains what I think will be my most used lenses and the camera body.
The 70-200 f/2.8 L III, being the longest lens, was first placed into location. The camera body went next, perpendicular to the bag. Once both were in position, the 35mm L found its home.
The remaining items on side one (the air blower, spare battery, extra cards and hand-held GPS) took residence in the remaining open spaces.
To lay out the right side of the bag (looking down, top of the bag is to your right), I first placed the remaining longest lens – the 180mm macro. The two additional primes, 24mm and 50mm, found their location by being placed diagonally opposite each other. They wouldn’t fit immediately next to each other. (See below for 2019 changes).
The 12mm and 25mm extension tubes share one space with the 1.4x III teleconverter (held in with the strap over the top).
I have two polarizing filters, both share a space with a small cleaning cloth.
In the lower right corner, you’ll note two black pouches. The larger of the two is the rain cover for the Gura Gear Elite G-26. The G-26 by itself is weather resistant, the cover is for heavier rains.
The second, small pouch, contains a simple clear plastic rain cover for my camera. Although the camera body and all lenses (except the 180 macro) are weather sealed, in heavy rain I like to add the rain cover.
The small pouch itself,, though not completely rain resistant, is used to cover the tripod ball head in the rain (when no camera is attached). Probably not needed, but also doesn’t hurt.
The small open space in the lower left corner holds the Canon remote timer (not shown).
Easy To Carry, Easy Storage
The Gura Gear Elite G-26 bag with my equipment weighs just under 24 pounds. I consider that very light. (The tripod, which I always hand-carry, is not included in the weight).
Like the larger G-32, the G-26 maintains its shape. The bag doesn’t flop over, or “collapse”, making it easily storable.
Being about four inches shorter than the G-32 doesn’t seem like much. However, when packing it limited space, (ie. closet, car, etc), I do notice the difference.
You’ve no doubt have read other reviews that detail the sturdy material, easy-to-carry handles, or harness system, so I won’t go into those wonderful features.
Early 2019 Changes
In January of 2019, after thoroughly reviewing my images, I changed my equipment, and opted to sell my 180mm macro lens. In its place, I added the Canon 85mm f/1.4 L IS USM lens.
Being smaller (though not much lighter), it takes up half of the space previously allocated for the 180. I purchased it primarly for taking grandkids indoor sports images, particularly basketball, tennis, and volleyball. The gymnasiums and indoor tennis courts are rather dark, especially for the camera. Additionally, I intend to use this lens in my landscape photography.
With that addition, I now have three lenses (24mm f/1.4L, 35mm f1.4L, and 50mm f/1.2L) on Side One with the camera body. Side Two now holds the 70-200mm f/2.8 L III and 85mm f/1.4L, along with the filters, etc.
The Perfect Bag?
I don’t know that there ever is a “perfect” bag, though the Gura Gear Elite G-26 photo bag is very close to perfect for my photography.