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May 13, 2011 10:02 |  #1

Hi, all --

First, let me describe my situation: I do not have a big lens yet; my longest is the 100-400. But it is likely I will get a big lens in the near future (maybe the Sigma 120-300 OS, maybe a Canon 300 /2.8).

Also that photography is not my only concern. I often go hiking (~10 miles or more) and have to carry water, food, etc. I usually use a Tamrac holster style bag to carry a DSLR + 100-400 (sans the hood). This just fits the holster bag and it is nice because I can easily access the camera -- I can take it out and start shooting in less than a second. This is important because when you are in the mountains unexpected situations do arise.

I carry a backup DSLR + 1 or 2 lenses, accessories, sometimes a tripod, and food, water and trail guide in a backpack.

Now, if I have a big lens, how would I carry it? I can of course put it in my backpack, but to take it down, get the camera, shoot, put it back seems very cumbersome to me. I do not think there is any holster-style bag that will fit a DSLR + a big lens, right?

Please share your experience.


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May 13, 2011 10:08 |  #2

I carry mine carefully!!

Seriously though I doubt there is a holster style bag you can use as the lens would go way too far down your leg to be comfortable. I don't walk too far with my 500 and generally carry it over my shoulder on the tripod but this can get uncomfortable. This seems to be the only way of having the camera at the ready all the time. I am going to get a Lowepro Lenstrekker 600 next month as I have seen a few people using these and they look ideal for the purpose of carrying a big lens a long way before you start shooting.

My Sigma 300 2.8 actually fits into a standard Lowepro backpack. Mine is a Minitrekker. I know the Canon 300 2.8 is larger but I think it could probably squeeze on and there will still be a bit of room left.

Using big lenses takes a bit of commitment and prior planning as they can be quite cumbersome. They are not something that you can get out of the bag at a moments notice for a few quick shots. Your 100 400 is ideal for that and it is exactly what I use mine for. I take the big lens when I have a specific plan as to where I am going to be sitting waiting for the birds or whatever to appear. I arrive, setup, sit down and wait.


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May 13, 2011 11:08 as a reply to  @ big_g's post |  #3

Got a wife? girlfriend? friend? Two legged pack animals work good and cheap, and unlike the four legged variety you don't need a trailer to haul them around.




  
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May 13, 2011 11:59 |  #4

I use ThinkTank Glass Taxi for carrying my 200L with hood and camera attached.


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May 13, 2011 13:23 |  #5

Sherpa.

Really, I just keep it slung over my shoulder on the monopod.


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May 13, 2011 13:50 |  #6

over my shoulder on a tripod or monopod, however if I'm walking a long distance before I'm going to need it in a backpack, I've tried shoulder bags but the lenses (300mm f2.8 or 500mm f4) are too heavy and become uncomfortable after a short distance.




  
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May 13, 2011 15:12 |  #7

i just bought a f-stop loka which can take my 70-200 attached to my 7d. also looking at getting a crumpler prime mover when i just want to take out the 7d and 70-200.


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May 13, 2011 17:30 |  #8

LowePro backpacks... I use the Mini Trekker (fits up to 300/2.8 IS) and Photo Trekker (fits 500/4 IS).

Any larger, I'd probably go with the Lens Case 600 or similar.

The Mini Trekker will fit into an airline overhead. The Photo Trekker certainly won't.

I bought a 300/4 IS for any significant trekking. It's a lot easier than trying to haul around the 300/2.8 or 500/4.


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May 13, 2011 18:29 |  #9

joonrhee wrote in post #12403122 (external link)
I use ThinkTank Glass Taxi for carrying my 200L with hood and camera attached.

+1

Great small backpack. Can fit my Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 plus two other lenses and a team of TC's, and it fits perfect.




  
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May 13, 2011 18:54 |  #10

I use the large Tenba over the shoulder bag for the 300mm. Great for hiking as it puts the weight near the CG so you notice it minimally.




  
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May 13, 2011 19:07 |  #11

joonrhee wrote in post #12403122 (external link)
I use ThinkTank Glass Taxi for carrying my 200L with hood and camera attached.

Great backpack. Or sometimes I can get away with the lens changer 300 on my thinktank belt system.


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May 13, 2011 19:52 as a reply to  @ rdalrt's post |  #12

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May 15, 2011 14:30 |  #13

How do you carry your big lens?

Like a man...

No seriously, my 7D - 70-200 2.8II combo goes in a F-Stop ICU Large inside a regular (but sturdy) backpack. ICU is unzipped and this makes the camera easy to grab from the top of the ruck.

For long haul/transport I use a Pelican 1510.


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May 15, 2011 16:55 |  #14

I got a girl friend who carrying it for me..hhahaha

rick_reno wrote in post #12402852 (external link)
Got a wife? girlfriend? friend? Two legged pack animals work good and cheap, and unlike the four legged variety you don't need a trailer to haul them around.




  
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May 16, 2011 05:30 |  #15

ThinkTank Glass Taxi is too small to hold a 300 2.8 with the hood in shooting position. I prefer to carry mine over one shoulder - ready to shoot. If I'm going to be trekking a long way with it then I'll use a Lowepro 600AW. That can hold the 300 2.8 with hood ready and camera + TC attached. There's not much room for anything else, but I use Sliplock pouches for carrying food, water, TCs, additional lenses, binoculars, etc. It also has fitments for carrying a monopod or walkstool.


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