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06/11/2005 10:14:22 AM · #1
How do you guys and gals carry your cameras? I have a cheap backpack that I use but I am on trails very often in the North Georgia Mountains. It seems as my camera swings alot and is just plain bothersome at times, but I dont want to take my pack off everytime I see something interesting and its tough if you see wildlife to take the photograph when seconds count if the camera is in a bag over your shoulder. Just wanting some thots of what my friends do.
P.S. I think I need a better camera strap also, the one that came with my Canon isnt the most comfy. Any suggestions?
06/11/2005 10:16:01 AM · #2
Used to use regular shoulder bags but have been using various sizes of Lowepro backpack style camera bags for the last couple of years and wouldn't change back!

Easier to carry large weights without back pain and the gear is also protected against accidental knocks. The bags I have are also the right size for airline handluggage too.


06/11/2005 10:22:57 AM · #3
This bag.

Website for Australia and I think the company also has a site for US-based customers.

I like the bag because it doesn't scream "camera" and looks like a regular backpack. Bottom section is separate and unzips very nicely, even if slung over one shoulder, and that's where my camera and attached 24-70 lens sit.
06/11/2005 10:23:06 AM · #4
When I want to be prepared to shoot quickly, I keep the camera out of the bag. I don't use a backpack-style bag now, but would definitely be using one if I was dong a lot of hiking. When I am walking longer distances with the camera, I put the strap around my neck and swing the camera back over my shoulder, leting it rest against my back. That minimizes the jostling and makes for more comfort on long walks.
I agree that the Canon strap is not the most comfortable, but I still use my original strap, until I see one that I really like better. Haven't had the real incentive to look, though. Again, if I was hiking a lot, I would defintiely look for a more comfy strap.
06/11/2005 10:27:57 AM · #5
I use a Promaster Backpack The pockets are huge on it and it allows me to keep my wallet in it also. It holds both my DSLRs, two telephoto lens, one wide angle and one flash with room for cards, my flashtrax and a lot of other things pluys a pace for a tripod if I need it...when I think i'm going to need the camera out quickly i carry the backpack by the handle thats on it..and can easily grab the camera out, that way i'm protecting the camera from accidently slips.

I have seen a nice bag with one strap that you cross on your body taht allows teh bag part to be brought to the front to allow easy access too, but cant remember where i saw it or who made it

Message edited by author 2005-06-11 10:30:42.
06/11/2005 10:34:50 AM · #6
Originally posted by Kavey:

Used to use regular shoulder bags but have been using various sizes of Lowepro backpack style camera bags for the last couple of years and wouldn't change back!

Easier to carry large weights without back pain and the gear is also protected against accidental knocks. The bags I have are also the right size for airline handluggage too.


Ditto...

I have both the lowepro Trekker Micro 100 and the Trekker Classic AW (has the handy tripod mount) backpack packs...I have done a lot of 3, 4 and 6 mile run/walks around here with the gear on my back. The Micro is small for those days I don't carry flash and/or a lot of lens but you don't even know it is on.

if you have a backpack make sure you adjust it properly and use the waist belt and you can go for miles.

As for the camera, there is always one hand of the grip...never let it flop around freely or it will beat you to death...I alternate between strap around the neck or strap just hang off one shoulder. I did swap the really cool EOS canvas strap for a reinforced neopreme <sp> soft one that has some give and quick release buckles.

Message edited by author 2005-06-11 10:35:25.
06/11/2005 10:44:12 AM · #7
My Olympus fits in a tiny shoulder bag, about 4x4x6 inches, which I carry almost all the time. My Canon S1 fits in a shoulder bag about 4x6x6 inches.

I'm only carrying the cameras, cards, and some AA batteries though. I think if I had to deal with lenses, I'd want a backpack-type bag for the ergonomics, and probably have to carry the camera out a lot.
06/11/2005 10:45:45 AM · #8
If you want to store the camera BUT have it available quickly, try the Tamrac Velocity 7. I keep my camera around my neck/in my hands all the time when I'm out hiking but I keep other lenses and memory in a Canon backpack.

M

Message edited by author 2005-06-11 12:50:30.
06/11/2005 10:51:11 AM · #9
I pointed this bag out in another forum but I use it all the time for riding my bike and hiking it has a waist strap and it swings to the front very nicely to pull out the camera and it's not a big bag... see below ... fyi

below from the following forum Who has a Rebel and 3 lenses?

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Tamrac Velocity 7 - Photo Sling Pack I use it all the time if I go out walking, hiking and/or just for general usage. It's handy cause it's hands free pretty much, not too bulky and it's slingpack like scalvert mentioned. It's a cool little bag.
06/11/2005 11:03:45 AM · #10
mines kinda small so i just put it in my pocket. lol. but its pretty banged up already.
06/11/2005 11:10:23 AM · #11
Originally posted by kiropractic:

How do you guys and gals carry your cameras? I have a cheap backpack that I use but I am on trails very often in the North Georgia Mountains. It seems as my camera swings alot and is just plain bothersome at times, but I dont want to take my pack off everytime I see something interesting and its tough if you see wildlife to take the photograph when seconds count if the camera is in a bag over your shoulder. Just wanting some thots of what my friends do.
P.S. I think I need a better camera strap also, the one that came with my Canon isnt the most comfy. Any suggestions?


Like you I don't like to keep taking my camera out of my camera bag all the time when hiking and taking pictures. I usually hold mine in my left hand while walking unless the hike is more than 3 miles each way.

I worry more about damaging the camera by lettimg it jostle than anything else. I also tend to be more spontaneous in shot selections which works better for me.

06/11/2005 11:39:39 AM · #12
When I am on the move, I usually use either a cheap backpack, with just the camera and one lens in it, along with whatever other stuff I happen to have with me, such as jackets or a heavy shirt, etc. Geared up, I use a Lowepro Computrekker, which holds everything I need for the day.

Walking around shooting, I carry the camera attached to my right hand with the wrist strap incorporated into the battery grip. Thanks again to Jacko for reccomending that little piece of equipment.

I am thinking about trying out one of those crumpler bags tho, they look pretty good.
06/11/2005 12:13:09 PM · #13
I have a little clip that I put on one of the rings for the strap. So I wear the strap diagonal (over my head & shoulder) and then I clip the clip to my belt loop. It's secure when you have to climb a ways but ready when you need it. :0)
06/11/2005 12:21:58 PM · #14
I like to take pix in urban areas, so I picked up a Crumpler bag...I forget the name but it says "sporty guy" inside. It doesn't scream "Camera Bag!" as I carry it, the access to my camera is really simple/quick, and I can hold some filters and other necessities in it as well. Once I get going, though, I carry my camera in my right hand with the strap wrapped about my arm--so I'm ready to shoot on the fly. LOVE my Crumpler, though. It's sturdy, it protects, it's comfortable, and it's just the right size for me.
06/11/2005 12:56:35 PM · #15
I have a Roadwired Podzilla, which I love!! I am able to backpack with this one. have a "4 point harness" that allows it to sit right at waist/bellybutton level
This thing holds my D70 with 18-70 lens, the 50mm, 70-300mm, 3 filters in their boxes, the exta battery pack and batteries x6, lens pen and cloth, the USB wire and TV connector, flash, CF cards, biz cards, WhiBal cards, bubble level, waterproof pad and spacepen, Lumiquest Ultrasoft flash bounce, 18-70mm shade, bugspray, wireless remote, other small things. Have room to shove in the battery charger and I imagine the power cord if I had one. WIth more room for other small things. Cell phone, GPS, etc connect/fit in pockets on the outside outside.
Works great!!

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06/11/2005 01:03:11 PM · #16
I've had the same problems.. I love hiking, and I love to hike quite far. Recently I've found a very good way to do this.

I bought this Lowepro Street and Field vest, it has loops in front, where you can hang your camera with quick release straps, I had some custom made for that purpose, with the camera attatched like that you can hardly feel the weight, I still use the neck strap for when I release it.

And I bought a neoprene fast action cover, the camera slides really fast out of it, check it outHere.

I also attached a small hydrationpack to my S&F vest.

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I have now everything withing easy reach, batteries, one extra lens, tripod, phone, wallet, water. It is not in the way, and it is extremely comfortable to hike with.
06/11/2005 01:13:06 PM · #17
I use an old Billingham shoulder bag my dad graciously gave me. It's pretty big and heavy, but it's designed with pro's in mind, so there's plenty of pockets and flaps and it's supposed to be fairly water resistant.
06/11/2005 02:20:40 PM · #18
I have the LowePro DryZone backpack for wet/humid weathers and I have the LowePro Rover plus AV for longer trips since it has a big compartment for extra clothes, laptop and more, bought it for my 5 day trip to Italy and England.

I really need a small shoulder bag, that just fits my 20D with 70-200L IS attached and my flash and diffuser, some batteries and cards. no need for an additional lens in that bag.. any suggestions ?

Message edited by author 2005-06-11 14:21:25.
06/11/2005 02:30:41 PM · #19
Originally posted by Sonda:

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I have now everything withing easy reach, batteries, one extra lens, tripod, phone, wallet, water. It is not in the way, and it is extremely comfortable to hike with.


WOW! That's impressive.

Ya gotta respect a woman that's firm on her gear.
06/11/2005 02:48:13 PM · #20
Originally posted by oOWonderBreadOo:

I have a little clip that I put on one of the rings for the strap. So I wear the strap diagonal (over my head & shoulder) and then I clip the clip to my belt loop. It's secure when you have to climb a ways but ready when you need it. :0)

I do the same. I adjust the camera strap so it is at its longest and put it over my head and one shoulder (usually the left shoulder) so the camera hangs at my right side, and I can easily push it my lower back.
This is good for shorter hikes or when you are stopping all the time for photo-ops, because the camera is just right behind my arm.
I don't have the clips that Laura is talking about.
06/11/2005 03:37:05 PM · #21
Originally posted by pawdrix:


WOW! That's impressive.
Ya gotta respect a woman that's firm on her gear.


rofl .. It looks ok I think.. I wish it was a little more subtle, but hey.. Who cares in the sticks..

I don't seem to scare away the animals anyways :p

For comfort and ease on the trail.. it is really awesome.
06/11/2005 04:39:50 PM · #22
Originally posted by kiropractic:

How do you guys and gals carry your cameras? I have a cheap backpack that I use but I am on trails very often in the North Georgia Mountains. It seems as my camera swings alot and is just plain bothersome at times, but I dont want to take my pack off everytime I see something interesting and its tough if you see wildlife to take the photograph when seconds count if the camera is in a bag over your shoulder. Just wanting some thots of what my friends do.
P.S. I think I need a better camera strap also, the one that came with my Canon isnt the most comfy. Any suggestions?


Fanny pack....for Sony Cyber-Shot, enough from for 5 batteries, memory stick case, glasses, instruction book, car keys and a stick of gum...you can carry in the back (the fanny part) or in the front for quick access. Not heavy.

Bmm
06/11/2005 07:55:41 PM · #23
I just got the Lowepro Orion Trekker. I like it for day trips - not to hold my entire set of equipment (once I get more).

It has enough room to throw protein bars and various items in the top part and the camera w/attached lens and some accessories in the padded bottom. It's not huge in either section - but will work well when I take it to Ren Faires. Was pretty handy for my trip to DC. Not overly easy to grab my camera out - so I kept that around my neck when expecting to shoot. I definitely liked using the backpack style - left both hands free to shoot and still had my pack secure.

I do need a different neck strap (using the Canon issued). At least for hot weather. Any recommendations on that? The Canon strap hurt my neck (rough) and was not comfy in such hot weather.

Message edited by author 2005-06-11 20:00:12.
06/11/2005 07:58:44 PM · #24
i carry mine in a pencilcase in my handbag :)
06/11/2005 08:01:52 PM · #25
Ansel Adams had his own burro for equipment.
:)

I carry mine in my hands, when I'm shooting. When I'm not shooting, it's not with me. :)

Message edited by author 2005-06-11 20:08:15.
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