How do you carry your DLSR?

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Re: How do you carry your DLSR?

Post by nyker » Sat Dec 14, 2013 9:33 am

It's going to be a trade-off. How much do you want good publish-quality images for your image library vs. just good images to look at on your phone or via email to share with friends?

I carry my DSLR on every hike or climb now and just put it in my normal backpack. I used to bring a point and shoot, but never was able to get the photos I wanted which was important to me especially in lower light. I'd get back home and most images were just not good, particularly when enlarged. So, I deal with the extra few pounds and carry it in my pack. I don't carry it outside my pack (ie around my neck) for fear of it bumping into a rock or something. When there is a chance of seeing notable wildlife, I also take a longer fast tele zoom with me (which doubles the photography gear weight) and figure it makes good training weight! haha. Occasionally, I'll bring a tripod too if I'll be walking in an area during sunrise or sunset or where reflective lakes may exist, etc.

On the other hand, if I am doing a daytrip assault on a long, Whitney-length climb, I'll only carry one small lens and just the camera, (still DSLR), but no tripod and no other lenses.

If I am doing a PURE photography trip (rare) I'll bring a photo gear designed pack with slots for LONG zooms, bodies, and small lenses...which is in a reinforced pack. Usually though unless I need a 400mm lens, I'll just wrap each lens in a Tshirt and put them in my existing pack.
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Re: How do you carry your DLSR?

Post by climbing_rob » Sat Dec 14, 2013 9:35 am

No carry case for me! I keep it simple and ready, hanging from my neck wrapped in a Zing neoprene wrap, only a few ounces: ... pd_sim_p_5" onclick=";return false;

The pack's sternum strap keeps the hanging camera close to my body. When I use the camera, unbuckle the strap, unwrap the zing and snap away.

A second lens in a lightweight zipper pouch attached to my pack waist belt. Two lenses is all I ever carry for anything longer than a few miles. I've tried various cases numerous times over the years and basically, if my camera is in a case, I won't be taking pictures as often. My DSLR for longer hikes is very light, 13 ounces, plus a 7 ounce lens, the Canon SL1 w/ 18-55mm STM/IS. Barely even notice it hanging from my neck. When absolute best image quality wanted, I carry my 28 ounce full frame Canon 6D in the same zing wrap (I have two) with a 28-105mm lens. Still only 2lb-11 ounces. the extra lens on my belt is a 15mm ultrawide or sometimes a long zoom.

Just my own personal Modus Operandi.
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Re: How do you carry your DLSR?

Post by dehrlich101 » Sun Dec 15, 2013 10:57 pm

Has anyone used any of the Clik Elite chest carriers? I am interested in getting the ProBody SLR Chest Carrier. ... obody-slr/
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