Camera zoom holster vs Shoulder bag vs Waistpack

#1 Dec 15th, 2013, 21:25
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Hi

Does anyone have experience / recommendations to share on which one is ergonomically better - this is for a single camera + lens + flash total weighing about 1.5 kgs.

1. A lowepro inverse beltpack (100 AW) or a Thinktank speeddemon v2.0?
2. Something like a Lowepro toploader zoom (50 AW)? A holster that is.
3. Equivalent of a crumpler 4 million dollar home - essentially a small shoulder bag.

OR (afterthought) - do i just buy a better neckstrap and leave the bag in the car? I suppose the dust would be a problem then though.

Which one works best to keep hands free and back comfortable? I tend to use the camera for 5-8 hours at a stretch when am at it.

thanks for any suggestions.

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I've used most of the options listed, plus a Cotton Carrier system. My current favourites for travel are the LowePro Slingshot bag, which is good for walking and hiking on nice days, and the Flipside Sport for more challenging conditions. Stuff that hangs off the waist starts getting pretty heavy after an hour or so, or when you are doing lots of walking. Under those conditions I find the Cotton Carrier chest harness more useful, especially where serious hiking is involved. An advantage of the Slingshot and Flipside is that they hide the camera when not in use, which can be useful in places like India. They also have slings for a monopod/tripod.
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Thank you. I have the Lowepro slingshot 200 AW already and it is indeed great. I am looking for a more compact option for the times I have to carry a single camera + lens; but I do appreciate the point about the waistpack bit getting heavy after some serious hiking - I have a bad back.
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What I have is the Slingshot 100 - just big enough for a DSLR plus midsize lens with pocket room for a flash.
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Re: camera zoom holster vs shoulder bag vs waistpack

Have you had a look at black rapid or similar systems. I use BR 7 and found out that It is extremely fatigue free for extended hours of photo walking. Your sling plus black rapid can be one solution. Have a look
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Re: camera zoom holster vs shoulder bag vs waistpack

I also add that the thinktank bags are better than lowepro / kata in quality. A bit pricey though.
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Hello, this seems to be a old post but a necessary question. I do have two Lowepro bags (one shoulder bag and one bag-pack.) I find both of them not useful while I am carrying a Rucksack. This is when I go for trekking. I hate to pay to a porter to carry my luggage.

With the bag-pack the problem that I face is to properly see ahead of me when going through down slopes or a narrow road. I am going to a trekking this December and I am searching for a proper bag this time. Could please help me with this?

Things I carry,
1. Canon 500D with a battery grip.
2. 10-18 Lens.
3. 18-55 Kit Lens.
4. 55-250 Lens.
5. Accessories like - Remote Shutter Release, Memory Cards etc.

It is not mandatory to carry each lens in one bag, I can surely use Lowepro lens case or exchanger to hold 1-2 lens in my waistline.

Please suggest!

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Originally Posted by aneek View Post With the bag-pack the problem that I face is to properly see ahead of me when going through down slopes or a narrow road.
Do you carry you bag-pack like shown below?

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Yes, while carrying rucksack on my back.
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Then where do you carry your baby?
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What problem do you face with the shoulder bag? Never been on a trek to the mountains so excuse if you find my questions funny / irritating.
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I don't, my wife carries
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The bag that I have is https://store.lowepro.com/flipside-400-aw
The problem is the upper side of the bag sometimes create issue when you need to see just the below when you have a trail very narrow or a good incline downwards.

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Have you tried putting the camera bag on top of your backpack. I have seen some people use this method. Makes your main pack higher but you can see the trail while going down the hill.
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I just realized I never reported back , joining the ranks of thankless hit and run experts on the forum, ..anyways.
I bought a lowepro 100aw inverse beltpack. It contains my Nikon d7000 coupled with an 18-140mm, the tiny sb400 flash and there's space for a few filters or the battery charger and lead.
It doesn't interfere with a backpack or anything else, can be moved to front or back or side as needed. In fact, in the last nearly four years I've had the camera, lens set up, I've only used this bag - It's been with me on about ten or so trips and has aged gracefully.

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