Jun 5, 2014 at 12:59 am #1317582
@vision-questLocale: Boulder, CO
Hey guys, looking for some suggestions for storing my DLSR and lenses/filters in my pack. I like the F-Stop protective cases but they are quite heavy. Are there any protective alternatives that aren't so heavy?
I'm carrying a D800E, 14-24 + filters in the pack.Jun 5, 2014 at 4:35 am #2109028
I too am interested in this topic. I thought of just a dry bag or something…Jun 5, 2014 at 6:11 am #2109040
I have a Mountainsmith Kit Cube (http://tinyurl.com/l2at2uk) which holds a camera and a couple of lenses. The new version seems to have more features, like a roll top instead of a drawstring. I don't think it's very heavy, but I can weight it when I get home if you like. (Send me a PM.)
Another option might be one of the Gura Gear cubes, which will hold a lot more gear. (http://www.guragear.com/photo-modules/)Jun 6, 2014 at 12:31 am #2109277
@vision-questLocale: Boulder, CO
Thanks for the reply Ken. Just checked out the kit cube.. still heavier than I was hoping at just under one pound. Bummer. Maybe these things just have to weigh that much to get the right protection. Sucks when you already are carrying 10+ pounds of camera gear to add another pound just to protect it. Seems I might keep looking for other alternatives.Jun 6, 2014 at 6:42 am #2109302
I've thought about creating a custom "case" using a walmart blue closed cell foam as dividers. Right now I have neoprene pouches for most of my stuff, so I just plan on putting it all in a roll top dry bag at this point.Jun 6, 2014 at 7:08 am #2109310
@dwambaughLocale: Pacific Northwest
Look for the plastic food storage boxes with locking tabs and a silicone seal, like Lock n Lock, Sistema and Mira. You can find some in discounters like TJ Max, but storage specialty shops will have the best selection.
The sealing boxes will protect from rain, dust and bumps. You can add thin foam or even bubble wrap. My favorite combo is a Zing neoprene wrap and a box.
I'm sure they would survive a dunking, but I won't buy you a new camera if you go canyoneering with one :) They are bulky.
Smaller locking boxes are great for point and shoot cameras and small electronics. If your camera box has extra room, you could slip your phone or GPS in there too.Jun 6, 2014 at 12:41 pm #2109399
I'll weigh mine when I get home – can't believe it's that heavy, but maybe I'm just not noticing the Cube weight with all the camera gear inside… :)
I swapped all my Canon gear for Fuji and saved a ton of weight. The Gura Gear Uinta pack comes next week; going to see how that combo works for the kind of stuff I shoot.Jun 6, 2014 at 2:02 pm #2109413
My Kit Cube weighs 5.7 ounces with a single padded divider and the drawstring removed. Again, mine is an older model without the roll top and the side buckles.
It will hold a 5D Mark III with two lenses – a 24-105, and a 70-200/4 (hoods reversed), to give you an indication of size.Jun 6, 2014 at 2:14 pm #2109421
@jephotoLocale: New Zealand
http://www.zpacks.com/accessories/backpack_lid.shtml plus MYOG foam inner/dividers could work well. Joe would make a custom sized one for your kit if needed.Jun 6, 2014 at 2:41 pm #2109426
Check out ortlieb, not sure on weight, but good protection, mine has a dry bag fold over top.Jun 8, 2014 at 11:39 am #2109801
@pbjamesLocale: High Sierra
When I backpack with my D800, I keep it on my chest, ready to shoot, attached to the shoulder straps of my pack. Extra lens packed inside a pice of clothing inside the pack. Never had a water issue with that camera, even shooting in a downpour. These cameras are incredibly tough, and you shouldn't lug pounds of extra gear just to baby them.Jun 9, 2014 at 11:18 am #2110026
@mikuLocale: Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada
rmJun 20, 2014 at 4:41 pm #2113187
I would wrap my 5lb DSLR+24-70mm f2.8 in my Stoic thermal jacket (similar to NanoPuff from patagonia) and would put it on top of the rest o fthe gear. Had no issues in Sieras even in late fall when they had some snow. I would take battery and put it into my sleeping bag though.Jun 24, 2014 at 2:18 pm #2114327
@genecxLocale: SF Bay Area
I keep my camera attached to my shoulder strap with a Peak Design Capture Pro Camera Clip (though I think the cheaper Capture Camera Clip is lighter, if less durable): https://peakdesignltd.com/store/?c=clips
A camera in my pack is a camera that doesn't get used!
When I know that I won't be using the camera, then I put it in a dry bag (currently, a Sea-to-Summit roll-top dry sack) stuffed inside of my backpack.
I only bring one lens, an 18-270 Tamron, so that I don't have to worry about fidgeting with lenses (and dust in the camera) while I'm in the backcountry.
Accessories (extra batteries, memory cards, lens wipe) go in a small zippered bag in a front pocket of my backpack.
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