New Camera Logistics

It’s all very well having a great new camera to take with me when I’m walking the hills. I’m hoping of course that the pictures I take will be much improved over my previous point-and-click camera. The reality will become clear over the next few weeks.

The immediate problem I have though is how to carry the new camera in it’s new LowePro case. It’s much bulkier than my Fuji F11, a compact digital that fits nicely onto my belt in the tiny LowePro case I bought for it. This issue was always in the back of my mind when I decided to go for something other than a compact digital, but it wasn’t something that could be decided until I knew exactly what I was dealing with.

I’m in the process of testing several different options at the moment. What I don’t particularly want is to be wearing it around my neck a-la “Japanese Tourist” style. Although the camera needs to be easily accessible, it shouldn’t be swinging around loose all over the place.

Current favourite is strapped to the left shoulder strap on my pack, giving good access to the camera and fixed into position. This will probably be a trial and error process.

What do other large format camera users do I wonder?

lonewalker

Fell-walker, trig-pointer, peak-bagger, Wainwright-er & Pennine Way author, with a passion for long paths, malt whisky, fast cars & Man City

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8 Responses

  1. Fred says:

    I have removed the strap from the Lowepro Bag and attached it to my waist belt for easy access. I carry the telephoto in my sack which is not ideal ,hence fewer telephot shots which are taken during tea breaks and at the campsite. Perhaps I should get a seperate tread through telephoto bag for the waist belt.

  2. lonewalker says:

    Thanks for the replies.
    I’ve only done one proper walk with the camera, but it seemed to work best with one arm through the strap and the camera sitting just above belt height on the left hand side. A bit like Geoff’s position I guess, but a bit higher, above the hip. I got good access to the camera and quite quickly, although nothing like as easy as the point and shoot I was using before, but that’s down to the size of the camera and the fact that I now have a lens cap to remove each time I shoot.

    BG, I tried your option and although it felt comfortable and secure, I didn’t like the lack of visibility on the path ahead, even though my camera bag is much smaller, it still seemed to hamper me. I guess I’ll continue to perfect it.

    I did become aware that I would always have to be wearing a collared shirt from now on, otherwise the camera bag strap would rub my neck raw. Logistics like this comes with trial and experience – but it’s funny how something that seems so simple at first can become so complex.

  3. GeoffC says:

    I carry mine with the strap diagonally across the chest and the case on my right hip. The process is like BG but I put one arm through.
    Strange thing is, this is very comfortable on mountainous walks with a lot of ascent/descent, relatively slow pace and short distance, but on the other type of walk with little ascent, brisk pace and long distance I quickly develop a pain at the base of the back of my neck. Walking quickly on the flat is worst of all.

    I’ve seen specialist camera harnesses with a double strap over both shoulders but that puts the case in the middle of your front. The problem with this is that it obstructs your downward vision: imagine descending steep rocky ground when you can’t see your feet.

  4. rambling pete says:

    I hang mine around the neck and then sling it to the side so it doesn’t wobble around. If it’s raining I just sling it under my jacket, which has the effect of looking like something out of Alien! I soon got used to it when out and about and now its second nature, even when climbing or scrambling. So far I haven’t bashed it around too much. Time wil tell. I’m also using the energiser Lithium batteries which are proving to have a much longer life than the best alkaline AA batteries.

  5. lonewalker says:

    The description made perfect sense and the photo confirmed what I’d read – thanks very much for taking the time to respond.
    During testing yesterday, attachement to the pack shoulder strap didn’t work – it was flapping about all over the place and I can’t figure out any way to secure it easily.
    I will certainly give your method a go – even though my case isn’t as large – I’m using the LowePro Apex 100 AW.
    Thanks again, LW.

  6. BG! says:

    FWIW, here’s a link to a pic that shows what I’ve tried to explain. For the record, I’m the one on the right 🙂

    http://www.zoto.com/beardedgit/img/original/cfa0771f59d159f647dfd727461ee14a.jpg

  7. BG! says:

    “What do other large format camera users do I wonder?”

    I’ve found the following to be the best way for me to carry my dSLR kit in a LowePro Rezo 170AW:

    1: Put on pack.
    2: Put camera case strap over head so that the strap’s against the back of neck and the case is in front at about waist height.
    3: Then put my arms through the gaps between strap and chest, so that the strap is under armpits.
    4: Lift the case slightly to allow strap to settle onto top of pack harness behind head, this transfers the weight from the neck to the pack.

    I find this to be the most comfortable method I’ve used. On the plus side, it’s really easy to change lenses, filters etc with both hands free and the case right in front at about chest-height, where it’s quite sheltered if standing with your back to the elements. On the minus side you can’t always see where you’re putting your feet!

    Does any of that make sense?

    Stef

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