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Aug 22, 2014 06:39 |  #1

Hey guys,

The title says it all.
I am a huge flash shooter and I want an ability to carry my flash on my Spyder Pro Belt.

The thing is I never use on-camera flash, instead I hold it in one hand to the side of camera when "running and gunning" or for casual shots and as such I need a good carrying system that also allows easy access.

What I have just bought is the "Lowepro S&F Quick Flex Pouch 75 AW" for my 600EX-RT.
It feels amazingly built and very secure, and decently comfortable. But I don't thing it allows as quick of an access to the speedlite as I would like as its somewhat tight with the speedlite in.

I am wondering if there are any alternatives out there for carrying external speedlites.

Thanks !


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Aug 22, 2014 07:36 |  #2

I am also looking for such a system. Think Tank must have something specific for flashes, no?




  
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Aug 22, 2014 07:53 |  #3

A couple of times I've worn cargo pants and slide the flash into one of the big thigh pockets.


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Aug 22, 2014 08:16 |  #4

GeeMack wrote in post #17111087 (external link)
A couple of times I've worn cargo pants and slide the flash into one of the big thigh pockets.

I thought about that too, but I can't wear cargo pants when shooting a wedding.




  
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Aug 22, 2014 08:27 |  #5

Yes, Think Tank has the Skin Strobe v2 (external link) that I use. It will fit onto any belt. You could also look at their Lens Drop (external link) bag which does not have the top flap so maybe will be easier to use. Their belt system components are great.


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Aug 22, 2014 08:49 |  #6

Maxpedition water bottle holder. Can fit a Rogue diffuser and gels in the front pocket. Bulletproof and extremely well-made. Very handy on my Lowepro S&F utility belt. MOLLE attachments on three sides for sunglass case, small pouchs, etc. I have one for water and one for the flash. I bought that same Lowepro flash pouch and never use it now.

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Aug 22, 2014 09:14 |  #7

Van Gogh wrote in post #17110988 (external link)
Hey guys,

The title says it all.
I am a huge flash shooter and I want an ability to carry my flash on my Spyder Pro Belt.

The thing is I never use on-camera flash, instead I hold it in one hand to the side of camera when "running and gunning" or for casual shots and as such I need a good carrying system that also allows easy access.

What I have just bought is the "Lowepro S&F Quick Flex Pouch 75 AW" for my 600EX-RT.
It feels amazingly built and very secure, and decently comfortable. But I don't thing it allows as quick of an access to the speedlite as I would like as its somewhat tight with the speedlite in.

I am wondering if there are any alternatives out there for carrying external speedlites.

Thanks !

Would a flash bracket (external link) be a useful approach?




  
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Aug 22, 2014 09:17 as a reply to  @ DC Fan's post |  #8

Spidermonkey ?
http://spiderholster.c​om/spider-monkey/ (external link)

(Dont have one, but love my spiderholster pro system)


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Aug 22, 2014 12:25 |  #9

Echo63 wrote in post #17111217 (external link)
Spidermonkey ?
http://spiderholster.c​om/spider-monkey/ (external link)

(Dont have one, but love my spiderholster pro system)

While it does look comfortable to use for easy access, I would not get anything that attaches to the speedlite permanently as is the case here.
I have the spyder holster as well and it is indeed amazing.


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Aug 23, 2014 14:00 |  #10

Dear VAN GOGH,

I have found either of the following simple & effective, as well as protective (reassuring in occasional potentially harsh environments: dust, sand/beach etc).
-either holds up to three(3) 600EX-RT's (with Rogue Flashbender-Large).
-either folds flat for travel

Lowepro POUCH 60 AW:
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …SlipLock_Pouch_​60_AW.html (external link)
-discontinued; but maybe available on Amazon or eBay (maybe Vistek-Toronto, or Henry's may still have this item kicking around in their inventory shelves).
-very effective & handy for speedlights (without bulk).

or

Think Tank SKIN BODY bag [Mfr# 052]:
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …_Skin_Body_Bag_​Black.html (external link)
https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1394559 (see POTN entry# 9)

Both provide relatively easy access and you can just slide either pouch/bag around on your belt to the back of your belt, out of the way when not in use, thus ensuring a photographer's total uninhibited mobility - but instantly available when situations require!

Good luck & happy shooting.

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Aug 23, 2014 23:00 |  #11

I have used two different non-flash cases to carry 580ex's on the S&F belt. They might work for the 600EX but I don't have one to compare.

The Lowepro ILC 50 holds the 580EX II in 90 degree position with a pocket for batteries. The case has the SlipLock belt loop attachment or a shoulder strap if you need it. The flap keeps it covered and simply clips to close, faster to open than a zipper.

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The Lowepro S&F Water Bottle Pouch is probably simplest, believe it or not. Made of neoprene it offers good protection and the drawstring top is as easy as it gets.
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Aug 24, 2014 06:40 |  #12

For a flash carrier, I like something that zips and is weather sealed.


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Aug 25, 2014 08:37 |  #13

Yes, but OP requested something just for fast access. His shooting style seems to suggest a holster to use along with his Spyder Pro.




  
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Aug 25, 2014 08:53 |  #14

I use the Spider Holsters Spider Monkey

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Aug 25, 2014 11:38 as a reply to  @ iazybandit's post |  #15

But doesn't the spyder system (its called spyder monkey if I am not wrong) attach to flash permanently? That's kind of a downer for me honestly ...


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