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May 17, 2014 21:24 |  #1

I have been getting into convention shooting the last couple of years. These are comic conventions where I am taking cosplay photos. Im really getting into it with all the challenges since I am still learning, but as I am getting older I am lugging a full sling around and when the camera is out my neck starts to hurt after a while.
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I used to take extra lenses because I wanted to always be prepared but after a few of these conventions coupled with the fact that I am taking hallway shots for the most part when I can find an opening in the crowds I really never change my lens now.

So.... If I wanted to "run and gun" so to speak and be pretty light while on the convention floor, what kind of bag would you say I should use? also, I am still using the original neck strap that came with the 7D even though i bought the camera in 2010 (I'm cheap and probably dumb :roll eyes: ) any recommendations for that would also be helpful.

Lastly, if you want to see some of my recent shots I would be happy to share.

Thanks in advance for the help!


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May 17, 2014 21:50 |  #2

First to save weight and bulk I would ditch the grip. I have never used a grip and never needed the extra batteries built in.

I seldom use the neck strap. I use the wrist strap (external link). If I do use the neck strap It is the op tech (external link). Sometimes I use the http://optechusa.com/b​ino-cam-harness.html (external link) All these make the camera easier on the neck/back


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May 17, 2014 22:06 as a reply to  @ Skip Souza's post |  #3

not a bad thought. I like the feel of the 7D with the grip. I have large hands and the grip makes the 7D fit like a glove. With out the grip is feels like it will slip out of my hands. I also will switch up between portrait and landscape but because its a lot of people posing I am usually holding the camera vertical.
Thats really the best reasons I use the grip.


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May 17, 2014 23:45 |  #4

How about a sling like BlackRapid or similar? Then you don't even need a bag.


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May 18, 2014 00:40 |  #5

As I get older, my back gets worse (slight scoliosis). I have been using the Op/Tech sling for few years and it was a big improvement over the traditional "neck strap". Last week I picked up the ThinkTank Belt System, and I think I may be in love after just a few times of use. Also, today I found that I can get the the Spider Holster adapter kit to use right on my ThinkTank belt. Couple that with a decent hand strap, and this may just become my dream set up.

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May 18, 2014 00:55 |  #6

Sling such as a Black Rapid, Carry Speed, Luma, or the Op/Tech.


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May 18, 2014 00:57 |  #7

BR sling or Crumpler wrist strap. That's my gig. I use the strap 80% of the time. Very comfortable. You should be able to cruise the Con for 2-3 hours with no problem.


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May 18, 2014 07:52 |  #8

As I get older, no neck strap, no bags of any kind are painless to me. I ditched them all now in favor of Cotton Carrier Vest and Think Tank Belt system.

For your needs, I'd take a look at either the Cotton Carrier Vest (alone or with the Think Tank Belt) or the aforementioned Spider Holster with the Think Tank Belt since you seem to want to keep your grip. There's also Peak Design Capture Clip but with your grip and the flash, it might be getting a bit too heavy for the Clip.

My personal choice, and the most comfortable of anything I've tried on my aging and aching body, is the Cotton Carrier Vest. The only thing I didn't like about it was it's "looks" that made me feel uncomfortable using it in public. However, with a very light summer photographer's vest on top, as seen here, I no longer have that issue and feel very comfortable using the CC Vest anywhere now:


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May 18, 2014 10:52 |  #9

I like that.


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May 18, 2014 19:39 |  #10

Loving the thought of the thread. I myself am still in the beginning stages of what GeekTechLive is doing, but with video. While the hand grip idea is good, I'm a geek first, and sometimes need both hands free to enjoy many things at these cons. With SDCC coming up, I tend to start walking more (lost almost 10lbs last year at SDCC, and my ankle hated me for it!) AND read up on every tip and trick for photography and video i can find to make what I do easier and fun!

I currently use a no name neck strap that i can wrap around my wrist when using the camera or just drop it around my neck when I need both hands free.




  
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May 19, 2014 00:21 |  #11

Optech neck strap - i still think it the best valued strap at <$20

Grip is a personal preference. I don't like it in general and i usually don't buy it, until I got the 6d which has a comfortable grip for my 'small hands'


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May 21, 2014 10:41 |  #12

godashram wrote in post #16913670 (external link)
Loving the thought of the thread. I myself am still in the beginning stages of what GeekTechLive is doing, but with video. While the hand grip idea is good, I'm a geek first, and sometimes need both hands free to enjoy many things at these cons. With SDCC coming up, I tend to start walking more (lost almost 10lbs last year at SDCC, and my ankle hated me for it!) AND read up on every tip and trick for photography and video i can find to make what I do easier and fun!

I currently use a no name neck strap that i can wrap around my wrist when using the camera or just drop it around my neck when I need both hands free.

I bought the cotton carrier. OMG. It's gonna make SDCC so much more enjoyable.

Godashram, if you are going to sdcc this year maybe we can meet up.


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May 21, 2014 11:06 |  #13

SYS wrote in post #16912447 (external link)
For your needs, I'd take a look at either the Cotton Carrier Vest (alone or with the Think Tank Belt) or the aforementioned Spider Holster with the Think Tank Belt since you seem to want to keep your grip.

Why does the Spider Holster require a Think Tank Belt for keeping a grip?

I use my Spider with 2 different gripped bodies no issues.

Also OP: Glad you found a solution you like.


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May 21, 2014 11:09 |  #14

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Why does the Spider Holster require a Think Tank Belt for keeping a grip?

I use my Spider with 2 different gripped bodies no issues.

Also OP: Glad you found a solution you like.

Never said it was "required."



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May 21, 2014 11:10 |  #15

jmikolich wrote in post #16919936 (external link)
Why does the Spider Holster require a Think Tank Belt for keeping a grip?

I use my Spider with 2 different gripped bodies no issues.

Also OP: Glad you found a solution you like.

For me, Spider Holster on a Think Tank Belt offers more support and comfort. For me, gripped bodies with the Spider attached to your pants belt would drag it down.

If you're using the belt/pad that Spider offers, you'll get the same support.


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