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Walkaround solutions (not lens related)?

 
Coppatop85
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Apr 03, 2017 15:48 |  #1

Hi everyone,

I'm going to Italy in a few weeks, and I intend to be on my feet all day taking photos. Here's my issues though: In past trips, walking around all day with a camera on your neck gets tiring, and also, the thing bounces around like crazy. I do have a backpack, but I don't want to keep taking it off and putting it on to get my camera out.

Is there anything like a harness or strap system that lets the camera / lens rest a bit differently, so that it is easier to walk around all day with it, and still have the camera be easily accessible?

Thanks so much for your input!


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Apr 03, 2017 17:05 |  #2

Perhaps not exactly what you are looking for, but a very viable solution that works well for both men & women…

Lowepro PASSPORT SLING III [Mfr # LP36657]:
https://www.bhphotovid​eo.com ...port_sling_iii_blac​k.html (external link)
(bags are such a subjective & personal choice, but after a lot of years & bag iterations, this is my casual-travel choice which has seen a lot of miles/kilometers, by foot, train, vehicle & air - both domestic & abroad)
-easy to access camera, or just rest your camera on top of the bag
-handy, for when backpacks are prohibited at some tourist sites (such as some museums), etc.
-the economical price is right too!

https://www.youtube.co​m/watch?v=d90NWhuLffc (external link) (1:57 minute video)
https://www.youtube.co​m/watch?v=VttN-cOzW6E (external link) (4:51 minute video)
https://www.youtube.co​m/watch?v=5_4REaFKF2M (external link) (3:57 minute video)
for example of capacity: https://www.youtube.co​m/watch?v=2weitp63ly0 (external link) (9:45 minute video)

Or, perhaps a lighter-weight camera is in your future, for travelling.
(hmmm… maybe your body is indicating to you: not to be a slave to your assets/photography).
Less is often more - enjoy the journey.

Just one view…
Have fun & happy travels to you!

Mary


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Apr 03, 2017 20:53 |  #3

Heya,

I use two things.

1. Rifle sling style strap. Takes it off your "neck."

2. Backpack that opens from the inside, like the fast-backs from Lowepro, you simply turn the back while wearing it, unzip, get in there, zip it up, turn it back. It never gets taken off.

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Apr 03, 2017 21:32 |  #4

I just hang mine from one shoulder. (Watch out for the grab & run guys!) ; )


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Apr 03, 2017 22:43 |  #5

Spider holster is my go to set up. lays on your hip, and takes all pressure off your neck/shoulders. It locks with a flip of a switch, so you don't have to worry too much about it being snatched.


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Apr 04, 2017 05:03 |  #6

MalVeauX wrote in post #18318800 (external link)
Heya,

I use two things.

1. Rifle sling style strap. Takes it off your "neck."

2. Backpack that opens from the inside, like the fast-backs from Lowepro, you simply turn the back while wearing it, unzip, get in there, zip it up, turn it back. It never gets taken off.

Very best,

#1 for sure. Basically, just stick one arm through and loop the end over your neck. What do you call that: shoulder sling? Whatever the case, it allows you to hang the camera to your side when you want to free up your frontside. Definitely check out the Peak Designs SL2 strap. Life changing.

As for bag, I wholly recommend a sling type for travel. I used the Tamrac Velocity 8x for travel for years (to Italy once, actually). Very easy to sling it around, open top, change lens, sling back. I don't believe the Velocity is available anymore, unfortunately, but a more modern option is the ThinkTank TurnStyle 20. Very light weight, but if you're away from base for too long the lack of space to carry other essentials begins to wear on you.

Last time I did some urban travel I converted from the sling-style bag to a backpack. It's definitely cumbersome having to unsling it to switch lenses, but I also appreciate the extra bit of storage for phone, wallet, light jacket, water bottle, sunglasses, etc. I went with the ThinkTank Trifecta 10. The Thule Aspect is good for this too (which I also have, for sale no less :-) )


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Apr 04, 2017 08:48 |  #7

5280Pics wrote in post #18318869 (external link)
Spider holster is my go to set up. lays on your hip, and takes all pressure off your neck/shoulders. It locks with a flip of a switch, so you don't have to worry too much about it being snatched.

+1 for the SpiderPro!


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Apr 10, 2017 21:47 |  #8

I used peak design strap for my eurotrip and it was very convenient!




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Apr 11, 2017 09:57 |  #9

I use the Luma Cinch, it is the original over the shoulder cinch strap for cameras and has served me well. it can be attached to your camera the same as your normal strap at two points and allows you to pull up the slack so it does not move around when you walk. wearing it over you shoulder is very comfortable and does not pull on your neck like a traditional strap will. the Peak design came out a few years after Luma and is very similar except that the strap is not neoprene but i have a few friends that own it and are very pleased with its comfort. there several sling straps out there and most of them attach at a single point (tripod mount) but these tend to swing around when you are walking.

https://luma-labs.com/products/cinc​h-2 (external link)

Cotton Carrier makes a harness that goes over both shoulders that will secure your camera well enough for you to go jogging but may be too much for walking around the town.

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Apr 21, 2017 11:49 |  #10

I like the Think Tank speedbelt and harness with a few pouches solution. Camera basically hangs from a sternum strap---much better then around neck.


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Apr 21, 2017 12:03 |  #11

Really, in Italy, you should not have your camera in view unless you are taking pictures. Stuff it into an inconspicuous bag that is easily accessible, and get the camera out as necessary.


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Apr 24, 2017 10:31 |  #12

Would just a normal messenger style bag be the answer? Something top loading that you can also have on the side of your body to keep things in check.
Ive always used this type of bag as i dont like having my camera out all the time, but dont like the inconvenience of a back pack.


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Apr 25, 2017 16:52 |  #13

Thanks everyone for the suggestions.

I went with one of the Peak Design Capture clips, along with a Peak Design slide camera strap. It was super convenient, and exactly what I needed. The Peak Design capture clip was super helpful in securing the camera to me so that it wouldn't get stolen, and didn't bobble around when I walked.


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