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Camera weight fatigue - solutions?

 
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Mar 23, 2011 12:03 |  #1

Last year I shot multiple weddings, family portrait sessions and birthdays with my 40D/18-50 Sigma/580ex (with dome) combo. I was using a padded neoprene strap (Op Tech brand) and the whole assembly felt manageable for me to carry all day without a lot of fatigue.

Now, I've got my 5Dc with BG, 24-70L, 580ex (plus a QuikBounce) and am also considering adding a TD-381 to my hip. I shot a 4 hour birthday party last Sunday and I was completely drained by the end of it. I was using the standard Canon strap...

Other than swapping over the Op Tech strap, what else can I do to help my situation? I wasn't concerned about weight until just the past weekend (first event with my new rig). Help?


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Mar 23, 2011 12:06 |  #2

The strap will help, you could lose the grip as its optional if the total weight is an issue.




  
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Mar 23, 2011 12:23 |  #3

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Mar 23, 2011 12:46 |  #4

Woah - nice piece. Thanks!


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Mar 23, 2011 13:12 |  #5

I would recommend the Cotton Carrier. I wear it all day and I don't feel fatigued.


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Mar 23, 2011 13:21 |  #6

I find the position of the strap to make at least as much difference as the brand. I went from the Canon neck strap to the Optech neck strap. It helped, but it was still a lot of weight on my neck. When I started wearing it sling style, putting the weight on my shoulder, it made a big difference.




  
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Mar 23, 2011 13:23 |  #7

Cotton Carrier times infinity plus 1. No neck, back, or shoulder pain or strain


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Mar 23, 2011 13:27 |  #8

Okay - so here's the big question. I shoot weddings - how professional can this be made to look? Does it hide well under a suit jacket?


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Mar 23, 2011 13:40 as a reply to  @ CiM_Photography's post |  #9

Remove the battery grip, that's a good amount of weight right there. Also is the weight problem holding the camera, or weight around your neck, or all of the above? I personally didn't mind the weight around my neck but my right hand would get cramped from holding a heavy camera.


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Mar 23, 2011 14:48 |  #10

The Cotton Carrier actually looks pretty good with a suit or tux, at least the guys I've seen in pics wearing it at weddings and such look good. It may seem a bit obvious to people but for the most part a lot of people just look right past it. All they see is a guy with a few cameras. I'd rather have the neat and tidy appearance of the Cotton Carrier over having gear bobble and swing on straps, to me straps look sloppy.


With the Cotton Carrier you can take your straps off and use the cameras bare, nothing gets in your way and nothing dangles around looking messy. The worse thing is the excess that hangs out for the adjustment straps, and that can easily be fixed. Once you have the Carrier fitted to you, take some black electrical tape and tape the excess strap, or cut it off and burn the edges.


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Mar 23, 2011 14:51 |  #11

+1 on the blackrapid!! very nice gear!!


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Mar 23, 2011 15:19 |  #12

+2 for the blackrapid. GEtting it off your neck and onto your shoulder makes all the difference.


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Mar 23, 2011 15:33 as a reply to  @ OneyedJack's post |  #13

Can anything be possibly more visually intrusive at a wedding than a photographer looking like Universal Soldier all strapped up and with cameras attached in disconcerting ways that a Cotton Carrier affords?




  
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Mar 23, 2011 15:50 as a reply to  @ Savas K's post |  #14

Bring along wife, girlfriend or friend and let them carry your stuff.




  
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Mar 23, 2011 17:11 |  #15

Savas K wrote in post #12078156 (external link)
Can anything be possibly more visually intrusive at a wedding than a photographer looking like Universal Soldier all strapped up and with cameras attached in disconcerting ways that a Cotton Carrier affords?

Yes, many many things can be more visually intrusive. I was at an event recently where the photographer was using the Cotton Carrier and was wearing all black. They were very unobtrusive. They moved about the venue pretty gracefully and unobtrusively. I know that wasn't ALL the CC, but it helped because they could move as they wanted and nothing was flopping around, swinging free, etc.


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