The Other Bag You Should Have

By December 17, 2010Products

I consider Ziploc style bags essential gear for protecting my cameras. Here in North America, it’s a bit chilly this time of year. But it’s also a great season for photography if you make the right preparations. One of my favorite cold weather tricks is to put the camera in a Ziploc style bag before I return indoors. By doing so, any condensation that might appear when the warm room temperature hits my cold gear, will form on the bag and not the camera itself. Once the camera has reached room temperature, I can safely take it out of the Ziploc. If you don’t have a Ziploc with you, then leave your camera inside the Lowepro bag until everything warms up.

Of course there are dozens of other uses for Ziplocs, ranging from temporary rain protection to transporting found objects. It’s definitely the other bag you should have.

Derrick Story is the Photography Evangelist for Lowepro.


About Derrick

Derrick Story is a professional photographer, writer, teacher and photography evangelist for Lowepro. He has authored several digital media books, including his latest, The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers and The Digital Photography Companion (O'Reilly Media, publisher). Derrick is a Senior Contributor for Macworld magazine where he writes a digital photography column, and he's a regular presenter on the popular training site, Online, Derrick has formed a virtual camera club called The Digital Story ( that's open to all photography enthusiasts. The site features weekly podcasts, daily posts, training videos, and reader-submitted photos. You can reach Derrick at


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  • Guillaume says:

    You could also buy a tropicalized Pentax DSLR 😉

  • Ronald C Krause Jr says:

    I was also hoping to see something added into this article about the LowePro DZ series; which are a heavily industrialized version of these small plastic bags mentioned in this article.

    The DZ’s offer a considerable amount of thermal protectionand have completely waterproof compartments; and (yes) can even float.

  • Olivia Chelsea says:

    Great advice!

  • David Dvir says:

    Wow, that’s a really really clever idea in fact! And the science behind it is quite sound 🙂 Good thinking.

  • Also in the southern states ( or anywhere where it really gets hot) leave you camera gear in a non air conditioned room if possible, and when you get out and go in the car, put it in the trunk instead of inside the vehicle (where you gonna have the ac on) for the same reason, so when you shoot your lenses don’t fog up.

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