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    Anybody have any clever ways they are carrying their cameras in the field? For years I have been using a small point and shot pocket camera. Pics are Ok but pretty limited for getting good pics easially. Recently I got a kinda a hybrid camera, not a pocket camera but not a SLR either and trying to figure out a way to safely carry it and have easy access. At times the camera may have a 6" telephoto lens on it. Thanks...
    "Just say no to groomed snow"

  • #2
    I use a chest pack. Clik makes some snazzy ones.
    This is the one I got.

    http://www.photographybay.com/2010/0...photographers/

    It's got enough room for my

    and my Contour helmet cam as well.

    Having the camera on my chest insures that I'll take more pictures - easy access.
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    • #3
      These days I just stuff my slr in my front softshell pockets. It barely fits with a zoom, but does fit. Hurts the ribs if I take a hard fall skiing.
      I also have a Clik Elite chest pack that's handy but also kind of a bother sometimes. I bring that if I'm out there primarily to shoot (like for a paid gig). It has its own harness or I can attach it to the straps of another pack like my BD ski pack.
      Often I'll mount up a smaller lens so it's easier to bring the camera. My camera and a couple of prime (non-zoom) lenses takes a lot less space and weighs less but also may be less flexible for the photos.
      Everything is a trade off, you just have to pick what you are willing to trade.

      I shot this with a little pancake prime on my K-5 which I carried in the softshell pocket for the tour.

      IMGP2433.jpg by MattB.net, on Flickr
      Last edited by MattB; 14 October 2013, 11:56 AM.

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      • #4
        I almost moved up to an SLR, but found the new Canon G15 does about everything that an SLR did 2 years ago. It's definitely heavier than my previous Canon point and shoots. It's not uncommon for me to take 50-100 shots a day....it's the Chugach! Ease of access is really important as I like to leave locals or clients some good pics of their experiences. Few take picture anyway because a camera is a hassle in snow no matter where you store it.

        I headed to radio shack and found a perfect padded case. This allows me to continue to carry it in a BD fanny pack, pulled around so my camera is always at my belly button. Accessibility is the key I keep the case unzipped so I can slide it in and out easily and then zip up only fanny pack between shots. I also keep the safety loop visible so I can find and yank it out quicker. I have tried to keep it in jacket pockets, but then it just gets to be a hassle swimming through pack straps. Since I keep my gloves looped through my pole straps, I just drop my gloves and poles, and barehand the camera out of the pouch and shoot. I takes seconds.

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        • #5
          Hey, Quadz. You've seen mine.

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          I put a full-frame DSLR in this one but smaller ones are probably available. I prefer the Tamrack brand, which has a holster style with a clip closure for instant access and a zipper for better protection. If you don't have instant access, cameras tend to not get used. Mini-carabiners attach it to my pack yoke and I also attach the bottom to the strap to keep it from banging around so much. And I don't even notice the expected limitations on vision toward my feet.
          It's turns! Of course it's worth the hike!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by jfb View Post
            Hey, Quadz. You've seen mine.
            I don't even notice the expected limitations on vision toward my feet.
            I only do when skiing something steep, like the steeps at Crested Butte. Kind of annoying if I'm just out to have fun skiing.

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            • #7
              mattb...that guy standing on the edge is one step from a better shot!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Valdez Telehead View Post
                mattb...that guy standing on the edge is one step from a better shot!
                Like this?

                IMGP2442.jpg by MattB.net, on Flickr

                He didn't want to send it that day. Still a little early/firm.

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                • #9
                  Nice....

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                  • #10
                    I have been meaning to check this out to carry a readily accessible camera on the strap of my backpack:
                    https://peakdesignltd.com/capture/

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                    • #11
                      Also, I used a medium sized lowepro dashpoint attached to the strap of my backpack on a recent bicycle tour and it worked pretty well.
                      http://store.lowepro.com/pouches/dashpoint-30

                      I also carried my micro4/3 system (body and three lenses) in a photosport 200 on the same bicycle tour:
                      http://www.lowepro.com/photosport
                      It made getting to my higher quality gear pretty easy, while also allowing me to carry some snacks and extra layers.

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                      • #12
                        DSLR pack it in a camera pack....inside a back pack....reduces the amount of beer I can carry....bummer.....Teleman

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                        • #13
                          This camera carrying system: http://buy.cottoncarrier.com/cotton-...t-p/211cps.htm
                          handles my Sony NEX 5 as well as my Nikon DSLR. It offers a quick release and is secure when mounted, but also includes a short clip leash just to be sure.
                          The camera is exposed to the elements, but if the weather turns foul, then back into the carry case it goes. I've not used it skiing yet, otherwise, it has worked out just fine.
                          Cotton offers a few variations for quick access carrying systems for mounting on packs or worn directly on the hip, chest, pack strap, belt etc..

                          "There's a whole lot of reward on the other side of risk."

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