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how to carry my new dslr

Postby betsylwhs » Mon Jul 05, 2010 2:56 pm

just bought a d5000 and was wondering how to carry it. I really don't want to carry it in my pack (because its BIG!) and would like it more easily accessable. Was thinking about buying a camera bag and somehow tie it onto my pack. Anyone have anything a bit less cumersome than that? Thanks much!



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Re: how to carry my new dslr

Postby maverick » Mon Jul 05, 2010 5:18 pm

Hi Bestylwhs

I have been using various Lowepro belt packs for years, and they have served me well.
http://products.lowepro.com/catalog/Beltpacks,7.htm
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Re: how to carry my new dslr

Postby LMBSGV » Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:34 pm

I also recommend the Lowepro belt packs.
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Re: how to carry my new dslr

Postby SSSdave » Tue Jul 06, 2010 1:12 pm

Could carry it inside a protective box inside a daypack attached to the back of your main pack. Will need to customize two packs to mate. I've used quick release buckles custom sewed onto my packs for years plus a bunji to help dampen stability. Advantage of a daypack while backpacking is one will often need to carry more than just camera gear on daytrips in the backcountry that really aren't a design factor with dedicated photo packs who expect users to be closely tied to their urban umbilicals or vehicles. Stuff like extra clothing, food, etc. Dedicated photo units also tend to be bulky with overly heavy protective foam etc thus are extra weight one can do without when climbing up mountains. My view camera and lenses go inside cheap paper shipping boxes without any paddding at all that I losely fit into a daypack with one large volume. Every few months I spend a buck or two for a new box as corners begin to get bent up.
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Re: how to carry my new dslr

Postby schmalz » Tue Jul 06, 2010 3:30 pm

I always figured belt packs would conflict with the belt straps on my backpack. Do you just have the beltpack on especially low?
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Re: how to carry my new dslr

Postby ChinMusic » Tue Jul 06, 2010 3:35 pm

I carry a Syncpack for trips where I want my Canon 5D. IMO the Syncpack does not play well with all packs so you should schedule a practice hike before a big trip. The belt clips need to be within a certain range for the adjustable ball/socket mechanism to fit comfortably. This can be a pain with some packs. Also with some hip belts the front weight can dig into your hips. All that said, with the right pack (ULA Catalyst for me) it is a winner.

It come with two side pockets. I use one for my water and the other for my Gorillapod. A Canon 70-200 fits perfectly in the side pockets as well if you are bringing one of those. There is plenty of room for snacks and other items as well.....stuff you want quick access too.

The Syncpack adds a bit over 2 pounds to your load but since it helps with weight distribution it almost FEELS like a net plus. Don't let the 2 pounds scare you.

Some use this pack all the time. I don't, yet. I just use it for trips where I want quick access to my DSLR.

http://thesyncpack.com/

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Re: how to carry my new dslr

Postby LMBSGV » Tue Jul 06, 2010 10:32 pm

When backpacking, I wear Lowepro Trail Runner in front, a little lower down then ChinMusic's photo of the Syncpac. I only find it a little annoying on really steep climbs. Lowepro says the Photo Runner will hold a "DSLR with attached standard zoom lens, plus one additional lens."

Since I'm one of those dinosaurs who still prefer film, I carry a Leica M7 with a 35mm lens on the camera and a 50mm and 90mm lens in the slots on either side. The whole kit weighs about the same as a DSLR. When I want to drop the weight a little more, I only carry the 35mm and 90mm.
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Re: how to carry my new dslr

Postby treadwell » Wed Jul 07, 2010 10:14 pm

I've used the Lowepro Top Load Zoom 1 for the past three summers to carry my d40. I use it on my side attached to my pants belt ( you can also use it on your chest or neck w/ attachments) and it rides below my pack belt (Osprey Aether). It has small pockets for batteries or filters and the top flap opens away from your body. I've used it with up to an 18-200mm zoom with no problems.

SellnSend is a good supplier with competitive prices and free domestic shipping on most items.

http://www.sellnsend.com/p-943-lowepro- ... r-bag.aspx
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Re: how to carry my new dslr

Postby PCT1981 » Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:48 pm

I will be carrying my DSLR on my JMT hike in a few weeks. I purchased a Thinktank top loading holster pack to wear. My only concern is it somewhat restricts the view of my feet when going through rocky areas. Anyone else have this concern or issue when wearing top loading packs on their chest?
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Re: how to carry my new dslr

Postby SSSdave » Fri Jun 20, 2014 9:15 pm

The 5D Mark II has dimensions of only 6.0 x 4.5 x 3.0 inches. Would easily fit in S-4063 7 x 5 x 4" corrugated boxes available at many shipping supply outlets. There are similar boxes for most all inch dimensions. They weigh almost nothing.

Cheap cost $0.38 cents:

http://www.uline.com/Product/Detail/S-4 ... ated-Boxes

I've been carrying camera gear, both bodies and lenses in such boxes within my daypacks and backpacksfor decades instead of the conventional wisdom of bulky heavy dedicated camera packs promoted by photography product vendors. And never broken anything due to usual jostling, squeezing, or bumping. That includes larger medium and large format gear. Such boxes will over a few trips get corner dings and start to collapse. But easy and cheap to replace. However if one is a klutz, yeah go with the off the shelf products. Also if one is carrying a lens on the outside, say on a belt loop, buy a regular camera lens case which is what I did for a new zoom lens for my A6000. In fact most DSLR lenses are so small that any of the off the shelf soft lens cases

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/Lens- ... 4077634519

And if one wants more protection inside a pack either buy a pricy hard case or put a soft case inside a to size corrugated box.
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Re: how to carry my new dslr

Postby Eiprahs » Sat Jun 21, 2014 8:19 am

This Spring I started using a Peak Design Capture Camera Clip to secure my CanonT4i with 18-135mm zoom to my left pack strap. Any size lense can be accomodated and the company's promotional info shows people with much larger body/lense combos.

Pushing a red button releases the camera from the strap-attached mount, so I can take a photo in seconds while on the move. I keep the camera strap around my neck just in case my fumble fingers drop the camera.

The primary disadvantage is that the camera is exposed to dust and moisture. I've read that people protect their cameras by putting a zip lock bag over them.

So far I'm pleased with the Clip and plan to use it on longer trips.
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