Tools and Supplies

Camera Bag Requirement

In order to utilize and protect the camera equipment available for qualified RCC Photo students, there is a camera bag requirement.

The bag must be large enough to safely contain and carry a medium format camera. This results in having the minimal interior dimensions of 12″ x 9″ x 6″. The bag must be fully padded, have a sturdy handle or strap system and have space enough for a light meter and film to ride along.

There are many bags on the market from which to choose. A good strategy is to consider getting a quality bag that will last for many years and will adapt, by way of moveable internal dividers, to other camera gear as you progress through the program.

Manufacturer and ModelPrice Range +/-
LowePro Pro Trekker BP 350 AW II $300
LowePro Flipside 400 AW III $170
Lowepro Fastpack 250 DSLR Camera Backpack$145
LowePro ProTactic BP 350 $200
 LowePro Pro Roller x200 AW (Used)$170
Manfrotto Advanced Tri Backpack – Large $150
 Manfrotto Pro Light 3N1-35 Camera Backpack$200
Manfrotto Pro Light RedBee-210 Reverse Access Backpack$200
Portabrace CAR-1B Cargo Case $200
Portabrace CAR-2CAMFX3  $170
Think Tank Retrospective 10 V2.0 $190
Think Tank Retrospective 30 V2.0$220
Vanguard – VEO Select 36S Shoulder Bag $130
Tenba DNA 156 Pro Camera and Laptop Bag $200

Of course, it’s not possible to list all of the camera bags that meet our specifications and prices may vary depending on the vendor.

For more information about camera bags, check the manufacturer or vendor websites.

LowePro  Porta Brace   Manfrotto   Think Tank  Tenba Vanguard

Rev. 8-8-2022

Recommended Light Meters


In the beginning of the fall semester of the first year in RCC Photography Technology program students are required to have a light meter. There are several light meters in the marketplace from which to choose and more expensive or bigger isn’t always better.

The specifications for the light meter you will need for the RCC photography program are as follows:

  1. The meter must be able to take both ambient and flash readings.
  2. The meter must be able to take both incident and reflected reading.

Many of our students have found the Sekonic L-308X-U FLASHMATE Light Meter or an older L-308 S series to be a good meter to start with.

If you already have a light meter from another manufacturer please consult with us on the first week of the fall semester.

Below are some suggestions and price points.

Mfg.ModelPrice Point +/-
SekonicL-308 Series$200 – $250
Sekonic*L-478 Series (see below)$390 plus $100-$125
SekonicL-758 Series$550
Shepherd PolarisKarat Flash Meter$285 – $300
GossenDigipro F2 Light Meter$260 – $300
HenselStrobe Master Light Meter$600-$625
*Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D/L-478DR5 Degree Spot Viewfinder (must have for reflective meter reading)Additional $100 – $125

You can learn more about the above meters on the Sekonic, Gossen, Hensel, Polaris,  web sites.

Rev. 3-3-2022