Carrying your SLR camera and a lens

#1 Sep 30th, 2004, 10:04
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I recently upgraded my lens from an old Tamron 28-200 to a pair of lenses the Tamron 28-75 f2.8 and the Canon 70-200 f4 L lens. The Tamronís not to bad size wise but the Canon is a beast even for their light L lens (7 inches). How do you like to carry your equipment when you have two lenses? I used to use a top load triangular bag. I thought about a backpack but Iíd like to be able to get at my other lens easily to switch back and forth. Iíd also like to try to keep it low profile so it doesnít scream steal me as well as comfortable enough to walk around all day with it. How do you balance accessibility, safety, protection, and comfort? Any suggestions?
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???

Some one who buys such lens MUST be a PHOTOGRAPHER. So, WHY to ask for such suggestions?
Happy Shooting!
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Originally Posted by joki Some one who buys such lens MUST be a PHOTOGRAPHER. So, WHY to ask for such suggestions?
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I've gone to India with multiple lenses before. If I was going out for photography I would either make due with just one lens for the whole expedition (we're talking an hour or so), sacrificing opportunities for the convenience of not having to carry a big camera bag, or if I had to have both lenses then I had the other one loose in my small backpack. There's no easy or obvious solution to the problem. You have to suffer a certain amount if you're going to have that much gear. it's a fact.
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Originally Posted by sbballer33 I’d also like to try to keep it low profile so it doesn’t scream steal me as well as comfortable enough to walk around all day with it. How do you balance accessibility, safety, protection, and comfort? Any suggestions?
Just the fact that you're there wearing what you're wearing & looking how you're looking, says rich pickings to a thief if he gets the chance to steal whether you're flashing your camera gear or not. Fortunately just like anywhere else not all Indians are bad, just take the normal precautions that you'd take anywhere,,,,,,,,,
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I arrived from india a week ago. I took a Lowepro backpack with one camera and two lenses. It turned out that I used mostly my 50 mm lens because I like taking portraits and the aperture of that lens is 1.7 so it's great.
I would also advise you to take slide film (I took Fuji Velvia 100 and the photos have amazing colours).If you're a lomo fan, take one! India is great for lomo shooting.
Also I didn't feel unsafe carrying my camera in the neck and also a video camera. Indians are great to photograph, they like it a lot. They love digitals because they like to see the picture you've just taken.

Enjoy!
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Consider the Lowepro Nova series. The Nova 3 or 4 should do for you, otherwise the 5 is an option. All are airline carry-on size.

Enjoy the 70-200 L, it's SHARP! I have the IS version and love it!

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#8 Sep 30th, 2004, 20:01
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Any small shoulder bag will do. If you get one marketed to photographers, you'll pay considerably more. I have a little Eddie Bauer waistpack thing with a shoulder strap that holds a ton of stuff (multiple cameras, lenses, film). It's small and doesn't necessarily look like a camera bag, which is a bonus--but, really, if you're a tourist in India, you've got a camera somewhere.
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I personally don't like those special made camera bags. I bought a cheap, used military bag with lots of pockets in it. There I have lots or room for my SLR, one extra lens, filters and my LOMO cam. It doesn't look flashy and no one would want to steal it if they don't know whats inside!
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No sense in starting a new thread when you can resurrect an old one. How do experienced India travellers carry their cameras: 1) from point to point, and/or: 2)in the field. I've tried various methods over the years and have accumulated a dozen odd camera bags, speed belts, mono&tripods+heads. For me the real challenge is wildlife & trekking photography, where lugging a couple of SLR's really starts to be a pain after awhile (actually, after about 100 yards). Any tips?
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#11 Sep 7th, 2011, 03:41
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Maybe you have seen this, but these look practical: http://www.cottoncarrier.com/

(..and by the way this is an old thread..)
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I have one of those Cotton Carriers (Canadian invention, eh?). Looks a bit posh, but easy on the old back. Especially like the side holster, for whipping out the old 40D with a wide angle.
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Carrying a Lowepro slingshot AW (100, 200, 300) worked very well for me last time (1 SLR, 1 videocam, 2 spare lenses). The unique thing about the slingshot is that its not a backpack but a sling carried over one shoulder, this means you can pull the pack around and in front of you and put an arm around it when added security is called for, eg. in crowded places. If you walk with a regular camera backpack, it stays out of your sight on your back, a pickpocket can open your backpack zippers easily without you knowing.
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I have a Slingshot at well. Great idea, but didn't take long for the zipper on the camera compartment to come loose. I was able to stitch it back, but now can't use just one puller to open the compartment. It is amazing how much you can cram into one.
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I use a Lowepro Computrekker backpack when lugging lots of equipment over long distances. For accesibility i use a ThinkTank Urban Disguise 70 shoulder bag...

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