Good morning everyone.
I have been very busy customizing my new trolley. To explain, I hate turning up for a days shooting only to find I have left a lens or some other piece of kit at home that would have been perfect for the shot in hand, I therefore have a rather large bag that has all my gear in it, this makes it a touch heavy. On the last weigh in it was roughly 2 stone.....ish. This is not an easy thing to hump around and as I have bad knees anyway it is even worse.
I do however respect the fact that I want to take all of this gear with me, so it is my responsibility to cart it around and I never complain about it, nor do I ask for help from my mates, even though they have offered it. When shooting though I can guarantee that I am the only one that isn't complaining that I forgot something and nine times out of ten I lend one of the others something to shoot with.
My friends have affectionately given my bag a name, they have christened it "The Arc of the Covenant" which was quite apt on the morning this shot was taken as it was on Holy Island.
Anyway, due to it's weight I decided to purchase a trolley for it. I found one for £10 which was designed for transporting 4 stone of camping gear from the car to the pitch. Perfect, or so I thought. The day out to Northumbria proved it was excellent, but had floors. I found the solid wheels on it were rather noisy when traveling along the road, which to be honest was probably more annoying to the residents of Holy Island than me at 6am. Ooooops!!!!
The second downfall was that some of the journey to the beach was offroad, once again the wheels didn't cope to well with this either.
The final problem was stability. The track width of the wheels was exactly the same as my bag which meant if a bump was hit the trolley would try and overturn, not good.
Now I know I have highlighted a few problems, but I have to say it was fantastic, I was not tired from carrying the bag, my shoulders were not screaming like all my friends were from their relatively small bags and to top it all my bag never touched the ground, which was a godsend when on the beach as it didn't get wet or covered in sand.
As i said at the beginning I had a new trolley. I have this week received the trolley from the supplier, it cost me £20 reduced from £75 and is amazing. I have chosen it as it removes all the concerns I had with the other trolley.
It is designed for fishermen to move all their gear from the car to the fishing peg, around a lake, across grass and offroad particularly.
It has pneumatic tyres, so is virtually silent when moving over tarmac. This size of the wheels is a little larger than the old trolleys and therefore will run smoothly over rough terrain. The wheels can also be removed which means it actually folds flatter than the old trolley. The track width is larger than that of my bag and the old trolley, so stability is not an issue. Finally, it is designed for even more weight, so is alot more robust.
When it arrived it is basically a frame as fishing gear fits on the framework so doesn't require a platform area like my bag does. Using some exterior plywood I have made the platform and a panel to fit between the handles to stop anything falling through.
I have also added some quick release straps to allow me to secure my tripod to the trolley rather than the top of my bag as it was before.
I am over the moon with it, I just need to get out and about with it for a full test. My friends have now named the trolley. It was suggested that it was the "Hummer" of the trolley world, so now it is known as the "Hummarc". What they like.
This shot as stated earlier was from Holy Island and another from my trip out last week.
I hope you like this one.
Thanks for looking and for any comments.
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