Lugging your DSLR around

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Re: Lugging your DSLR around

Postby Oman » Fri Jun 17, 2011 10:29 am

thexcat wrote:I'm also trying to find a solution to carry a my dslr: rebel + 70-200 telephoto lens (f4). If anybody has solved this conundrum, do share please.

I ski with a Clik Elite chest pack. Works fine for hikes, too, though you feel a little like you're wearing a Baby Bjorn. You put it on first and wear your backpack over it. Quick and easy camera access.


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Re: Lugging your DSLR around

Postby Bill Cummings » Fri Jun 17, 2011 10:57 am

+1 on the bandolier technique

+1 on wrapping & stuffing your camera until you find your "wow moments"

Also: Take a good look at the Canon G12.
It's Canon's top end point-and-shoot, takes great pictures, small and lightweight, 10MP, shoots RAW (as well as JPEG), accepts filters, and has a good tele capability. The downsides are its kinda small sensor size and limited wide-angle capability. It should be fine for just about anything short of taking pictures for sale or big blowups. If those are your concerns, the decision is already made--lug along the best DSLR you can afford and keep it on your neck.
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Re: Lugging your DSLR around

Postby Atitone » Thu Sep 01, 2016 11:18 am

Bean wrote:Get a LowePro TLZ-1 (or similar camera bag that fits your camera + lens). Put the waistbelt on your pack through the beltloop on the back of the TLZ-1. Hook a biner from one of the D-rings on the TLZ and attach it to the shoulder strap or something similar to restrain it back out of your way. I should just write a blog post when I have time on this issue since I keep repeating myself.

Do you have a photo of this setup for better vizualization?

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Re: Lugging your DSLR around

Postby mts4602 » Fri Sep 02, 2016 11:36 am

I bought these two to try out, the strap shot, and wanderer holster.

They have more elaborate systems as well.

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Re: Lugging your DSLR around

Postby rmattas » Fri Sep 02, 2016 12:58 pm

the spider holster- solid build, has lasted for years.
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Re: Lugging your DSLR around

Postby xthine » Sat Sep 03, 2016 7:49 am

^ That's the one I've been using with my Sony A6000 (I'm sure it will work with DSLRs too). Took sometime to position it right on my pack but once adjustments were made it stayed secure and comfortable to wear.

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Re: Lugging your DSLR around

Postby jrs1965 » Sun Sep 04, 2016 11:01 am

Packing up this morning to head down to the Crestone and I'm trying to figure out a solution to this problem myself. I recently smashed a lens to my D610 in a minor fall on the El Diente Traverse. I just picked up the Lowe Top Loader bag but I didn't like how it rode up high up on my chest. My solution was to improvise an attachment down low to the waistband of my pack using two BD Neutrino carabiner's and some para-cord. I think it's going to ride really well and I'll be able to use my dslr outside of summit shots!

Patent pending...

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Re: Lugging your DSLR around

Postby pman » Sun Sep 04, 2016 12:08 pm

Sorry for your loss. Keeping cameras safe on climbs is not easy. I also struggle with this but the trade off carrying a big camera means higher res photos etc ect. I would love to buy a full frame mirrorless Nikon but " Mucho Dinero " Until then I will continue to take of my pack, pull my camera out, get some shots, pack it away and move on. Good luck out there. We are fortunate to have access to such unique places to shoot photos....

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Re: Lugging your DSLR around

Postby Bill Cummings » Sun Sep 04, 2016 12:49 pm

OK, not a clip or strap, but I have a new favorite small camera to recommend: The Canon M3 Mirrorless. Compact, reasonably light (about 1.25 lb with kit lens) and packs a lot of power with its 24MP APS-C sensor. With its smaller scale (which it gains largely by relying on its LCD screen and giving up its prism/mirror system), it uses smaller, lighter lenses. It also has a lot of customization, which some of the earlier Canon compacts lacked (e.g., customizable picture styles that allow you to get those good, high-contrast/saturation Fuji Velvia-style landscapes). On a recent trip to Maine, I shot pics that also drew a lot of praise and stood up to high-quality 16X24" enlargements. I've been most pleased!

The low weight also allows me to take a smaller tripod that I can easily slide in an old stuff bag and slip in my pack.

The downsides are relatively slow focusing and back-panel buttons that are too easy to hit and re-set some of your camera settings. The smaller lenses are not a crisp as big lenses, but the quality difference seems to be small. For me, these are not show-stoppers--worth it for the +++ I otherwise get. It means a lot to me to have a light camera on either a high-endurance hike or when going into a new area that I don't know will yield great views.

I always hike/climb with my camera looped over my neck and one arm. I accept the risk of a busted lens or filter as part of the tradeoff of having my camera ready to shoot. (And if the shot is good enough, I stop and go for my tripod.) Yes, I have fallen and once smashed a good polarizer in Big Bend, but the camera and lens both survived OK. (This is one of many reasons you should ALWAYS keep a filter on any lens worth having.) I carry spare lenses in a waist pack in Zing pouches and always carry a spare dry bag in case of serious rain.

OK, thanks for letting me ramble on. If any of you have or get one of these (or another light mirrorless), I'd enjoy hearing about your experience.
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Re: Lugging your DSLR around

Postby mattpayne11 » Tue Sep 06, 2016 11:51 am

I also use the LowePro toploader system and have found it to be pretty ideal for most climbs. I've lugged my D800 up a lot of peaks with it and have had very few problems. It is heavy though. I've used the Sony A7R but the weather proofing on Sony systems is pretty terrible so I switched back to my Nikon set-up. Honestly, you can spend less money on other gear to make it lighter than to re-invest in a new camera system.

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Re: Lugging your DSLR around

Postby ezabielski » Tue Sep 06, 2016 12:15 pm

I've used the PD Capture Clip (linked above) a lot with my Canon 7D2 and I think it's awesome. I've used it on class 4/5 terrain with a pack on it's been great to be able to get super fast shots off and then keep climbing, without fumbling around in your pack or a separate case. I've even used it with my 400mm f/5.6 lens successfully.


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