For a recent wedding shoot in Italy, I decided I needed a better solution to holding unexposed and exposed together in my camera bag, which, when it contains a myriad of Hasselblad equipment, is far from being light! So I searched for a “film belt” of sorts without much success. In the end I decided two “bum bags” or “fanny packs” might be appropriate. In my hunt for some suitable ones, I was plagued with failure after visiting several sports shops. None were either big enough or quick enough for use during the shoot of a wedding.

Then I visited one of those stores for outdoor equipment. Whilst visiting the shop (called Go Outdoors) I stumbled across something really rather special….rock climbers chalk bags! In particular, there is a brand called ‘La Sportiva” and these are the bags :

La Sportiva Chalk Bag

La Sportiva Chalk Bag

They are about 7″ talland about 4″ wide. They have a cable pulley on the side that keeps the top shut, and then you simply squeeze the pulley to open it. It wraps round your waist with a simple buckle. So I bought two – one for exposed film, one for unexposed film (and you might want a pair for your assistant)! So as I was shooting, I’d empty an exposed roll into my right bag and retrieve a fresh roll from the left. Better still, they are modertaley good at keeping the light out when sealed up. So although it’s a far from being a light tight darkroom bag, it helps protect the film during the day of the shoot.

Climbers Chalk Bags used for holding film

Climbers Chalk Bags used for holding film, carried by my assistant

Climbers Chalk Bags used for holding film

Climbers Chalk Bags used for holding film – the second one is behind me

Very handy piece of kit for any film photographer and costs about £12 as of May 2016. More information about them HERE and if you choose to buy them from where I did, the link to Go Outdoors is HERE