Jun 28, 2013 at 8:54 pm #1304747
I have tinkered with different ways to carry my DSLR on the trail–and I'm not really happy with any solution I've found so far.
A few thoughts:
>If I carry my camera gear in my pack, I have to take my pack off just to take a picture.
>If I carry it on a strap around my neck, it eventually becomes painful and the camera tends to swing, putting it in danger of sideswiping a rock or something.
>I modified an el cheapo no name fanny pack and strapped it between my shoulder straps so that it would ride across my stomach. This wasn't a terrible solution, but I kept wondering if there wasn't something professionally made that would do the same thing better. Also, my modified fanny pack wasn't waterproof.
>I just ordered Zpacks Chest Pack–anybody tried it for camera gear? No padding to protect the camera and probably a bit small (might fit the camera, but no filter case)
Any suggestions? What has worked for you? HELP!
P.S. In spite of this being BPL, I'm not terribly concerned about weight. I'm more concerned about gear access and keeping my (expensive) camera safe. Let's face it–those of us posting in this particular thread have gone ultralight…SO WE CAN CARRY MORE CAMERA GEAR!Jun 28, 2013 at 9:12 pm #2000701
We discussed this just the other day.
–B.G.–Jun 28, 2013 at 9:27 pm #2000705
Links, d— it, links ! ! !
(I found a couple of the more recent threads, Bob…thanks. I'm working some crazy hours and don't have time to dig too much, though, if you–or anyone else–know of any particularly good threads, please post the links)Jun 28, 2013 at 11:05 pm #2000721
If you click on my name, it will take you to my list of postings. Look for a camera case thread from about a day ago.
–B.G.–Jun 28, 2013 at 11:48 pm #2000725
Fred ericBPL Member
@fre49Locale: France, vallée de la Loire
i use it to carry my camera and posted photos in the review thread
otherwise have a look at :Jun 29, 2013 at 12:52 am #2000730
Paul MountfordBPL Member
@sparticusLocale: Atlantic Canada
Zpacks will also do custom chest bag. It allows for more items.Jun 29, 2013 at 6:55 am #2000757
I've used a Think Tank DH-20 Digital Holster for backpacking with a DSLR and zoom lens (17-50 f/2.8). I put Op-Tech Reporter straps on my pack shoulder straps; these clip to Op-Tech Pro Loop connectors on the bag for quick release. This keeps the bag from swinging side-to-side. To control front-to-back swinging I run a light strap from one of the loops on the bottom corner of the bag to where the shoulder straps tie into the hipbelt of my pack. Works very well, although on very steep descents I pull the bag to the side so I can see my foot placement. The DH-20 holds a consumer DSLR with the 2.8 zoom very comfortably; I've also used it with a 7D but I had to take the L bracket off in order to get it in and out comfortably. If you want to carry a pro body such as a Canon 1-series cinderblock you'll need a much larger/heavier bag, such as a Lowepro holster.
I've recently switched to micro 4/3 for hiking. I've carried the OM-D without a bag, either with the 12-50 kit zoom or the 17mm f/1.8, using the same Reporter / Pro Loop connectors without a problem. In the past when I tried to carry DSLR + 2.8 zoom without a bag the weight of the lens pulled the camera down enough that the bottom edge of the body was bumping against my chest; this got annoying after a while. The m43 lenses I'm using are light enough that isn't a problem – until I decide I need a faster or longer zoom on the trail.Jun 29, 2013 at 12:47 pm #2000863
@ramblerLocale: On the AT in VA
This Lowe pack comes in a variety of volumes:
Fastens to shoulder strap or belt:
I have used a Cotton Carrier chest harness and they have a way to attach a camera to a shoulder strap, too.Jun 29, 2013 at 12:54 pm #2000865
Frank, that Dan Bailey thing looks completely impractical for a backpacker. I think he is just hawking them on his web site for mercenary reasons.
I use a variety of different Lowepro packs and cases for different purposes, but this is one that I think I will skip.
–B.G.–Jun 29, 2013 at 6:13 pm #2000913
@ramblerLocale: On the AT in VA
Well, you mentioned wanting to be able to reach your camera without removing your pack. The Lowe packs have that capability. I have done a multi-day hike with a holster-type camera case attached to my hip belt for easy access. I have also done multi-day hikes with the aarn pack which has large pockets on the front which can be accessed without removing the pack. A camera could be carried there.Jun 29, 2013 at 6:59 pm #2000925
@fluffinreach-comLocale: no. california
deconstructed and made again Dana Wet Rib.Jul 2, 2013 at 5:17 pm #2001844
Thanks for the suggestions. Peter, thanks for the pic – looks like a great alteration. That looks practical.
My trip is coming up soon. I have the Zpack thingamabob on order. If it doesn't meet my needs, I guess I will use my old converted el cheapo for this trip. I sure wish I had started this thread six months ago.
Thanks guys.Jul 5, 2013 at 4:25 am #2002629
HElinTexas CBPL Member
I haul a DSLR camera on my trips. To provide easy access and to prevent neck strain, I use the keyhole solution. http://Www.backcountrysolutions.com
It weighs about 3 ozs and most importantly it works. The straps attach to your backpack shoulder straps and in effect replace your sternum straps.
Very simple solution to having easy access. You can dirtbag a piece of plastic under and over if rain threatens for protection.Jul 22, 2013 at 5:24 pm #2008505
I use a Lowepro AW 65 attached to my shoulder straps of my pack via biners. It swings a little but works pretty well. I'm happy with it.Jul 22, 2013 at 5:26 pm #2008506
@attaboybradLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
I know a few people that love the Capture Camera Clip.
Super durable and pretty much the lightest option out there.
They just put v2 on Kickstarter, and I've ordered on for myself: http://kck.st/17L2c5a.Jul 22, 2013 at 5:50 pm #2008513
This is what I use for climbing/backpacking. There is a retaining strap that goes around your body to keep the camera from bouncing off you with each step.Jul 30, 2013 at 6:55 pm #2011036
I have the first version and will purchase version two.
What I want is some kind of lightweight bag that I can put in my side-belt pocket, something like sil-nylon with elastic around the edge for times when it rains.
Any ideas of where I can get one made?Aug 30, 2013 at 9:36 pm #2020372
@diablo-vLocale: Orlando FL
I have several CLIK chest/side packs and they have a feature that enables connecting the chest pack to your backpack straps using delrin buckles. I have a couple of Lowepro's as well but the CLIK is lighter, is more modular for flexible carrying configurations.
Lowepro has quick deploy rain covers though, big plus.Sep 5, 2013 at 3:19 pm #2022192
Mike OxfordBPL Member
@moxfordLocale: Silicon Valley, CA
I have one of the toploading Lowpro AW holsters. I removed the shoulder-strap and put a heavy-duty web belt on it. Then added lower strap around the bottom (think, military gasmask pouch-on-the-leg.) They don't show it (they always show it on the chest for some reason) but at least on the older models on the backside there's a wide hip-belt slot. I actually use a military web-belt with ALICE clips with the handle loop on the back but both work.
It has the SLR w/tele+hood, all the supplies, an extra 50mm 1.4. Attached to one side is a flash (SB-800) in its case, and on the other I put a drawstring waterbottle holder. Double double duty as water carrier and/or catchall pouch, or secondary flash.
I love it. Mostly I love..
1) It doesn't interfere with the pack, at all
2) It does not bounce around
3) I can drop the camera in, swipe the zipper and have both hands free. In or out takes < 5 seconds.
4) It's comfortable. I've worn it on multiple 12-hour stints.
5) When I go to Disneyland, I have both hands free with no camera in the way. I can put my kids on my shoulders and it's not in the way. They're not kicking it. It can go on rides with me, by shifting it around to the front of my leg.
6) The weight is mostly on your leg
7) When I bend over, the camera doesn't fall in the way.
9) Built-in raincover.
10) It makes for an acceptable day-hike carrier. Note the water-bottle carrier above, and depending on what side you get it'll hold various amounts of food, wind jacket, etc. If you're carrying the camera anyways, you can fit a decent amount in there unless you have a monster FF w/2.8 tele on it. Then it gets a little tight.
1) Padded carrier is not silnylon. But at least it's protected!
2) It's a tad heavy, but the stuff's protected!
3) The belt CAN interfere with some backpacks. However, you don't have to worry as much about the positioning of the belt because, since the weight is mostly on your leg with a lower strap, it has a broader "acceptable ride pattern." The belt becomes less load-bearing and more bounce-control.
I looked at the more recent models on Lowepro's website, but it looks like they have changed up the bags.
This is the closest …. http://store.lowepro.com/toploading/toploader-pro-75-aw
Here's the older version that I have:
Regardless, check out that style of case … I really (REALLY) like having it on my leg.
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