How do you carry your DLSR?

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Re: How do you carry your DLSR?

Post by jlarocco » Wed Dec 04, 2013 8:28 am

I use the "Sneak Camera Case" by Timbuk2, and carry it over my shoulder with the shoulder strap. When it starts getting in the way of climbing I toss it in my backpack. I've used it to haul around a Canon Rebel and my Fujifilm X-Pro1, and it would probably work well for even slightly larger cameras. It has enough room for a camera with a mid-range zoom lens, a spare battery or two, a few filters, and some extra memory cards, but I'd be hard pressed to fit a spare lens. Not an issue for me, because I typically just use a 18-55 zoom lens on hikes.

My one complaint is that there's not much padding or "support" inside, so the camera kinda just sits in the bottom. At first I was worried it'd bang around, but it really hasn't been a problem. ... 005HEVYUO/" onclick=";return false;
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Re: How do you carry your DLSR?

Post by tuan » Fri Dec 06, 2013 2:10 am

Not sure if you have seen this bag but the lowe pro sport 200 has treated me well for six months. It is perfect if you are active and shoot on the fly. it has a raincover built in and a separate padded side pocket for the cam and one lens. Ive used it for crags, mtn biking, long hikes and grocery stores. I went on a snowboard hike recently and it even carried the board. This is a solid bag maybe pricy but a nice size for 14 ers and weekend jet setting if you need to be able to shoot on the fly ... 7Aodb38Azg" onclick=";return false;
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Re: How do you carry your DLSR?

Post by Taillon75 » Fri Dec 06, 2013 2:57 pm

in my hands...
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Re: How do you carry your DLSR?

Post by mtn_nut » Fri Dec 06, 2013 11:01 pm

In my pocket... :-P" onclick=";return false;
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Re: How do you carry your DLSR?

Post by klinger » Sat Dec 07, 2013 7:45 am

mtn_nut wrote:In my pocket... :-P" onclick=";return false;
that looks like a nice camera.....
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Re: How do you carry your DLSR?

Post by LivingOnTheEdge » Sat Dec 07, 2013 9:36 am

jchapell wrote:
Bean wrote:I'm a fan of the Peak Designs Capture system, which works great for smaller bodies. I used it with a 30D on my shoulder strap without issue and was pretty happy with it. That setup isn't quite working out with a 7D, it's just too heavy and bulky. If I had an unlimited budget I'd probably pick up a OM-D E-M5 - I'm a big fan of weather sealing so that cases/bags are extraneous - but my budget unfortunately is quite limited.
This has interested me in the past, though I'm probably too chicken for moisture - how does it work putting on/taking off a heavy pack? Do you have to unclip the camera?
Just for reference, I have a Nikon D7000 that I bring with me on almost every climb and I normally use one of two products.

I have the Peak Designs Capture V1 and so far it's worked well on any pack I've tried it on. You can adjust where it sits on your shoulder or hip strap so that it's snug to your body and there is a button you push to remove the camera. With the right coordination, I found that I could remove the camera from my shoulder or hip with one hand in a couple seconds. The downside is obviously that your camera is out and not too protected, so I tend to put it in my pack when we get into any 3+/4 scrambling." onclick=";return false;

The other solution I've enjoyed is the Lowepro Sport series. I have the 200AW which serves well as a light daypack during the summer or a nice summit pack on longer hikes. They also have a 30L model now that looks like a very serviceable daypack. The best thing about these packs is that the camera is removable from the side pocket so that you don't have to fully remove the backpack to remove your camera. Plus there is a cord that snugs the camera to your lower back so it isn't bouncing around." onclick=";return false;
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Re: How do you carry your DLSR?

Post by Oman » Sat Dec 07, 2013 11:26 am

+1 on that Peak Designs clip. I got my first when it was on Kickstarter, and I think there have been a few new models since. Excellent durability. It's great to clip on a backpack strap or belt in summer.

For skiing or mountain biking, when your camera needs more protection, I like one of the chest carriers from Clik. These like a Baby Bjorn for your camera. There are a few different models, depending on what kind of lens you want to haul. ... -carriers/
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Re: How do you carry your DLSR?

Post by dfrizzle » Sun Dec 08, 2013 8:49 am

anyone try this?" onclick=";return false;
One foot in and one foot back, but it don't pay to live like that.
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Re: How do you carry your DLSR?

Post by Somewhat of a Prick » Sun Dec 08, 2013 11:25 am

I just keep it in a small case inside of my pack and typically only get it out for summits or when I see something awesome I want to shoot. Otherwise I use a Canon P&S for the quick shots.
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Re: How do you carry your DLSR?

Post by habaceeba » Sun Dec 08, 2013 2:33 pm

I use a soft Lowe Pro case with loops and use a quickdraw to attach it to the outside of my pack for easy access. It does get in the way sometimes.
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Re: How do you carry your DLSR?

Post by scottda » Thu Dec 12, 2013 3:33 pm

I use the Cotton Carrier ... 5rtl-s.htm" onclick=";return false;

It holds the camera rock steady even when bending over or scrambling and access is very quick.

I also occasionally use their StrapShot ( ) if I don’t want the full vest system or if I know the weather will keep the camera in the pack for much of the adventure. This is similar to the Peak Design solution. This is OK as long as you are using a small lens. A large prime or zoom, IMO, is too big for this as it pulls on the pack strap too much.

The other advantage of the full vest system is that you can take your pack off and still have the camera with you. With the Strapshot you have to be careful taking the pack off and not having the camera hit the ground as you put the pack down.

I carry a hotel shower cap to cover it up in light rains. If the rain gets harder I put the camera in the pack while I get the rain gear out for me.
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Re: How do you carry your DLSR?

Post by GravityPilot » Fri Dec 13, 2013 11:53 pm

I'm not sure who said it, but first and foremost, "How much are you going to be shooting?" This is the question and it a doozy. My personal set up depends on the trip. If I'm out on a shoot I have a Lowe Pro Top Load Zoom AW. I have this rigged up with big homemade waist belt. I run what would be the shoulder strap under my arms but over the top of my pack. This puts the bulk of the weight on the frame. Though this means there is a big case in front I have found that in time it doesn't get in the way too much if the waist belt allows it to move side to side.
I refuse to carry too much, I have maybe a second lens and maybe a flash if the shoot warrants (or I think it could be useful). This little system has allowed me to have the camera at the ready though it is a problem if I need to do anything else in my pack ( I have to take the rigging, pack off). It's made me plan and pack better for sure. All in all it's going to be a fight of packing equipment and having it ready for the right moment.
All this being said, on my last trip to NZ I left my DSLR and took a "pro level point and shoot" (not my words) and my results have been fantastic. It has pros and cons but overall I'm very happy with a lighter, more accessible option. I took way more frames only because I had the camera handy. I'm not giving up my DSLR by any means, though I will be more selective to when I bring it on a trip.

I hate the "Photo Pack" fight. If you are serious about outdoor photography F-Stop is your best bet short of custom." onclick=";return false;
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