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Jul 20, 2009 23:48 |  #1

Well, about a month ago someone posted a link to www.cottoncarrier.com (external link) in a thread on camera holsters. After watching the video, I knew I had to have one. This was exactly the carrying system I have been dreaming about. I actually went to the "Buy" tab and placed my pre-order for the introductory price of $119 (Regular price is $139).

It looks like it was shipped on July 14th, and I recieved it here in South Dakota on the 18th. It ships from Vancouver, Canada via Canada Post Airmail. EDIT: I think they are shipping via UPS now.

EDIT: There is an updated version of the CC out now. Here is what I was told what was improved (Email response from CC):

The latest version of the Cotton Carrier has:

Slightly wider shoulder straps
A reshaped chest plate
Higher quality buckles (Nifco)
Lens stabilization strap
Quantity (2) Camera Tethers for keeping your camera secure when it is handheld

Yes, you are correct. The upgrade is $79 which offers a $50 savings. We think this is a great deal because the upgrader can easily sell their previous Cotton Carrier for at least that. So, in that light, they could look at it as a free upgrade.

We switched from Lexan to aluminum on the hubs because they are quieter sliding in and out of the receptacle.




It comes in a nice black mesh bag. Nothing fancy, and mine will never be back in the bag so I have it to use for other things.

My first impression upon taking it out of the bag was that it is well made. Stitching is very well done and the camera inserts are very nice. It has cotton imprinted on the plastic parts and stitched in a couple of places.

Here is what comes in the bag (main chest carrier, removable holster holder, two camera inserts and a decent set of instructions):

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Close up of the inserts (very well made):
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Here is the front of the chest carrier:
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I assume that the small pocket in the front is for carrying business cards, as its a little too tight for anything else. You may be able to get some memory cards in there, but they would likely be tough to get out.

They are even nice enough to send you a few business cards in case you don't have any of your own :):
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Here's the back, it is mesh to help from heating up too much. The straps attach to some velcro inside, this thing has a lot of adjustments:
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Jul 20, 2009 23:48 |  #2

Here's the holster, it can be worn on the vest, or on a belt or it can be attached to you favorite backpack. Here it is on a regular belt:

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And here is the flaps that you use to connect it to the vest or a backpack strap. Notice the bottom flap that doubles back onto the main flap. This makes sure that it will never come undone and addresses a concern that I have seen some people voice:

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The inserts attach very easily using a coin and is very secure:

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The camera sits fairly stable with the insert installed and it fits well in the palm of my hand when I am shooting in portrait orientation (very important to me as most of my shooting is in portrait):

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Jul 20, 2009 23:48 |  #3

Eureka! Way to Go. Now, on to read the review...


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Jul 20, 2009 23:49 |  #4

I was wearing the vest for almost the entire day on Sunday with my 150-500 hanging off of my MkIIn. I even sat on the couch with it there while I was on the laptop. I found it very comfortable, and I never once worried about my camera or lens.

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I love that I can have my 150-500 with lens hood fully extended hanging from my chest and be able to bend over to tie my shoe or pick something without my camera swinging out and/or banging against the ground. The video shows him skiing, climbing, hiking and riding a bike with his camera and I have no doubt that this would be easy to do with the Cotton Carrier vest.

I find it best to have the long lens on my chest, and my short lens in the holster. A longer lens may hit the ground with a long lens (150-500, my 70-200 2.8 seems plenty high up).

This is the system to use if you regularly use two cameras. I can't wait to use it on Sunday for a concert, this is going to my so much nicer than having two cameras flopping around and neck straps getting twisted up. It will also be nice for in between sets. I use my MkIIn with 24-60 for my main wide lens and my 20D with my 70-200 on it for tight shots.


The insert and receptor squeak a little bit with a heavier lens/camera attached. Nothing major, but worth noting.

I felt it was fine with my gripped 20D and 150-500. I can see where this may concern some though. Absolutely no worries with lighter lenses mounted.

I much prefer the vest mount. Other than the looks, it is a much safer place to have the camera. With the camera on the hip, you can bump the camera into things on accident but on the chest the camera is very safe.

A hand strap is nice to have on your camera with this system. Neck straps will get in the way.


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Jul 20, 2009 23:50 |  #5

Feel free to ask questions and I'll do my best to answer them.

In case you're curious, I love this system.

Here's another great review by POTN member Jonathan Ocab (ocabj).

http://www.ocabj.net/?​p=611 (external link)


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Jul 20, 2009 23:52 |  #6

Holster pics not loading for me in second entry. Edit: See them now.

This thing looks really well planned out even at macro level. Most products seem a little rough around the edges. This Cotton fellow must be a bear for details. Indeed my concern has been addressed about the holster.


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Jul 20, 2009 23:56 |  #7

DDCSD wrote in post #8316011 (external link)
Feel free to ask questions and I'll do my best to answer them.

In case you're curious, I love this system.

Um, how much for the belt holster and a button?

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Photon Phil wrote in post #8316019 (external link)
Holster pics not loading for me in second entry. Edit: See them now.

This thing looks really well planned out even at macro level. Most products seem a little rough around the edges. This Cotton fellow must be a bear for details.

Sorry, had to get them back up. I had to split my original post and the picture links didn't copy over.


This certainly isn't something slapped together in a basement. I'm very impressed.


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Jul 20, 2009 23:57 |  #9

dan j wrote in post #8316039 (external link)
Um, how much for the belt holster and a button?

dan

LOL The question of the last few weeks for many of us.


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Jul 20, 2009 23:58 |  #10

dan j wrote in post #8316039 (external link)
Um, how much for the belt holster and a button?

dan


They only sell it as a set for right now, but the buttons are $19 each (EDIT 8-15-2009: looks like the inserts are $40 each now) if you order extras.

On there website FAQ page they do mention that they plan on offering the holster separate eventually.


If you're wondering how much I'd take for mine, not a chance. ;)


EDIT: They now sell everything separately, so you can mix and match for what you need! :)


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Jul 20, 2009 23:59 |  #11

No, no, no. I'm asking you Derek! How much ;)

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Jul 21, 2009 00:01 |  #12

I do declare that the Cotton Carrier has conquered S.D.

Is that "non-slip" stuff on the bottom of the insert soft, grippy or both? Acts like cork I'd imagine. Another nice and probably important touch from Mr. Cotton.


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Jul 21, 2009 00:07 |  #13

Nice! Thanks Derek, I appreciate this as many others do as well, I'm sure.

This looks like a quality product for sure. I'm eager to get a holster.


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Jul 21, 2009 03:23 |  #14

The holster looks interesting. Thanks for sharing the review & pictures.




  
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Jul 21, 2009 07:35 |  #15

Photon Phil wrote in post #8316065 (external link)
I do declare that the Cotton Carrier has conquered S.D.

Is that "non-slip" stuff on the bottom of the insert soft, grippy or both? Acts like cork I'd imagine. Another nice and probably important touch from Mr. Cotton.

Its a somewhat grippy fibrous type of material. Cork-like, but not cork. Really helps keep things nice and secure.

Todd Lambert wrote in post #8316088 (external link)
Nice! Thanks Derek, I appreciate this as many others do as well, I'm sure.

This looks like a quality product for sure. I'm eager to get a holster.

viet wrote in post #8316611 (external link)
The holster looks interesting. Thanks for sharing the review & pictures.

My pleasure!

dan j wrote in post #8316057 (external link)
No, no, no. I'm asking you Derek! How much ;)

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