questions on photo gear

Discussion in 'Photography' started by anonymous, Sep 3, 2003.

  1. anonymous

    anonymous Guest

    Hi Photogs,
    I am sure this question has been asked before:

    I am looking for some gear to carry my stuff while I go
    photo-walking. I currently have a shoulder-bag in
    which I stuff all my camera and lens equipment and
    I carry my tripod in my hand [rather inconvenient].
    My problem is that whenever I want to stop and
    look thru the viewfinder, I need to drop my tripod
    on the ground, put the bag on the ground, open it
    etc. etc. etc.

    1) my main question is that is there any kind of
    equipment out there which makes it easy to
    lug a tripod [so that is attaches to the side
    of your body, for example] and once can
    just yank it out when one wants.

    2) I'd like to invest in a holster kind of attachment bag
    so that my main camera with a lens attached
    is always accessible to me without having to keep
    opening my main bag again and again.
    Any suggestions for these ?

    3) finally, I'd like to buy a backpack for carrying
    other lenses and backup camera etc in case
    I need them.

    any advice on what choices should I make in the
    above or in general will be appreciated.

    thanks a bunch !
    -- rajeev
    anonymous, Sep 3, 2003
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  2. anonymous

    Anthony Guest

    Get a Monopod and you can use this as a walking stick too!
    Anthony, Sep 4, 2003
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  3. anonymous

    Bluesea Guest


    Yes, I used to have that problem. It's a real drag.
    Yes, I have a tripod strap made by Op/Tech that I sling over my shoulder.
    Two loops, one for either end of your tripod, and a comfortable strap in
    between. It's great for walk-and-stop excursions. When I need to use the
    tripod, the quick release buckles make accessibility a breeze and I only
    have to drape the strap around my neck until it's time to move on again.

    I got mine years ago and can't find a label on it but it's one of the best
    purchases I ever made. It has a simple, adjustable web belt and webbing that
    supports the weighted camera holster down the length and across the
    front/bottom where the lens is. It also has a small zip pouch on the lid for
    extra filters, etc. My main suggestion is for you to get one big enough for
    your camera with your longest lens. A smaller holster bag came with my
    camera that was too inconvenient when I switched to a longer lens and didn't
    want to switch back for awhile but had to merely to get the camera back into
    the holster.

    Sorry, can't help there. I tried a backpack once and missed some great
    helicopter-rescue shots of a fallen climber when I was delayed by having to
    move to a location where I could safely take the backpack off my back, set
    it down, open it, and get what I needed. After that incident, I got zippered
    lens cases that attach to the belt of my camera holster so everything is on
    my waist and immediately accessible.

    You're welcome.
    Bluesea, Sep 12, 2003
  4. I still use my old Quest Vest. I can carry all my stuff and not have
    to sit stuff down...ruffle through a bag for's all right
    there. Works as good with the 10D as it did for my Hasselblads and
    Pentax 6x7.
    Randall Ainsworth, Sep 12, 2003
  5. anonymous

    Bluesea Guest

    I thought about getting a vest and may yet do so, but since my holster belt
    works fine I've had no compelling reason. The main thing is like you said,
    having everything at hand and not having to hassle with a bag.
    Bluesea, Sep 12, 2003
  6. anonymous

    RugbyAnimal Guest

    Try looking at the Lowepro website. They've got just about everything
    that a photographer would ever need. I currently use their Strret and
    Field system, which consists of a web-belt with several different
    pouches of different sizes. I find I can customize my pouches to what
    I am needing or what type of photography I am doing. As I shoot
    mainly sports, I find being able to have two camera bodies and lens
    easliy accessable very important.
    RugbyAnimal, Sep 22, 2003
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