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Christine Zipps
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2007
 

How to choose vest or pouch, etc?


I would like an easy way to carry my equipment in the field on a shoot. I like the idea of a vest as I think I would also use it for other applications, like out shopping or traveling (good alternative to handbag or carry-on), but have heard blogs from pro photographers who say they find vests hot and not as convenient as alternatives like pouches.
Would love to hear comments on this from those who've used a variety of accessories.
The vest I'm looking closely at as it has great reviews and seems good value is this safari vest thru E-bay --
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=110145115170&ssPageName=ADME:X:RTQ:US:1123

Thanks!

Cris


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12/3/2008 11:39:19 AM

 
Pete H
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/9/2005
  Christine,

much of what we use as photographers depends on the service we intend it for.
I rarely shoot in the field anymore, but I have used various vests to carry equipment.

No matter what you buy in the way of a vest, it had better be built like a tank if you intend to use it a lot.

The #1 problem with vests, and also the reason I no longer use them is protection. Vests offer little if any protection to equipment, especially lenses. But again, this depends on what and where you are shooting.

Although I don't shoot in the field any longer professionally, I do go out and shoot in nature for fun.

I will give my vote of confidence to the "Tamrac" sling bags. You wear them on your back like a hiking pack. They are very comfortable, protect the equipment well and you have access to your camera at a moments notice.


Pete


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12/3/2008 11:53:09 AM

 
Pete H
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/9/2005
  Christine,

much of what we use as photographers depends on the service we intend it for.
I rarely shoot in the field anymore, but I have used various vests to carry equipment.

No matter what you buy in the way of a vest, it had better be built like a tank if you intend to use it a lot.

The #1 problem with vests, and also the reason I no longer use them is protection. Vests offer little if any protection to equipment, especially lenses. But again, this depends on what and where you are shooting.

Although I don't shoot in the field any longer professionally, I do go out and shoot in nature for fun.

I will give my vote of confidence to the "Tamrac" sling bags. You wear them on your back like a hiking pack. They are very comfortable, protect the equipment well and you have access to your camera at a moments notice.


Pete


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12/3/2008 11:55:29 AM

 
Oliver Anderson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/16/2004
  I have used cameraman vests before the facility upgraded to the optic orange Media vests and they SUCK. They're hot and the pockets aren't needed to hold 50 rolls of film anylonger. I love the sling bags and have used it at a wedding, the model I used could hold my Canon 70-200 and still have room for the 50mm. Some slings can be worn on the stomach or shifted to the side or back...for total comfort.


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12/3/2008 12:25:18 PM

 
Ken Smith
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  I purchased a fisherman's vest/jacket (or hunter's jacket) at Bass Pro Shop. It has a zillion pockets, velcro to keep the pockets from opening, plus little pockets that are perfect for batteries, photo cards, etc. And the larger pockets can easily handle several lenses. And it was a lot cheaper than finding a vest specifically for photography.


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12/3/2008 1:00:36 PM

 
Christine Zipps
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2007
  Thanks, Pete and Oliver --

Appreciate your insight - will check into those sling packs...

Cris


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12/3/2008 1:00:52 PM

 
W.   
I agree wholeheartedly with Pete and Oliver, Christine. I had 3 of those vests, over the years, and found 'm either too hot or too cold. And I could never quickly find what I was looking for in one of the confusing 2 dozen pockets.
When mobile – "in the field" – I use a small backpack with a couple lenses, a flash gun, a backup camera, and small stuff, while I carry my main camera and lens on an R-strap.

Those vests may look very 'pro' to the blissfully innocent, but in practice they're better suited for fly fishermen than for photographers.

http://www.blackrapid.com/video.php

Have fun!


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12/3/2008 1:05:44 PM

 
Christine Zipps
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2007
  More great stuff, thanks, W!

C


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12/3/2008 1:31:49 PM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  Consider a roomy backpack to carry essential gear.
Your legs (and back) will support an often too heavy load better than a shoulder-strapped bag, fanny pack or pouch...and a backpack will fit a lot more gear than any vest.

You can attach a body and lens to a strap and sling it over your shoulder for those "quick shots" that always seem to pop up while the rest of your gear is stashed away in the pack.

Sure, it may take longer to access a different lens or accessory but you don't want to be in a situation miles from your car wishing that you had a piece of equipment that wouldn't fit into your vest or fanny pack.


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12/3/2008 3:58:23 PM

 
Oliver Anderson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/16/2004
  if you go with the backpack pay for the camera pack so you'll have padding between the lenses and camera bodies. I've used a regular backpack a few times but its got a laptop pocket to separate the camera from other lenses and I had separate cases for each lens...I only did this cause I was going to be walking through a REALLY rough area and didn't want the bag to look like a camera bag.


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12/3/2008 4:30:20 PM

 
Christine Zipps
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2007
  VERY excellent points, Bob and Oliver...

Those tips are all great and MOST helpful - WHATA community this BP is, isn't it?

Thanks so very much.

Cris


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12/3/2008 5:06:58 PM

 
Alan N. Marcus   Over the years I have tried lots of carrying devices. I settled on a padded shoulder bag. The shoulder strap has imbedded metal rope, purchased from Sports Chalet. This reduces loss via a thief cutting the strap (happen to me twice).

On top I ware a correspondent’s bush jacket purchased on the web from Travel Smith.

Hope this helps.

Alan Marcus


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12/3/2008 9:24:03 PM

 
John G. Clifford Jr
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/18/2005
  As others have said, photographer's vests are no longer the preferred way to carry gear. They're great for concealed carry, though!

When I'm traveling light, I carry a dSLR body, two lenses (Sigma 18-50/2.8 EX and Sigma 50-150/2.8 EX), plus a 1.4x teleconverter, spare camera battery, several memory cards, and a Lenspen in a Lowepro Nova 2 AW shoulder bag. When I'm working out of my car, truck, or Jeep, like going to viewpoints to make multi-row panoramas, I bring more gear in a larger Lowepro Nova 4 AW bag. When I go to airshows and want to bring along big lenses, I haul them in my Tamrac Velocity 9 Sling Pack. The Velocity 9 is the largest of these sling packs, and what's neat about it is that you can quickly move it around to your side or to your back and get it out of the way... and just as easily move to in front of you, so you can put your dSLR with a 100-300/4 lens mounted in it.

Tamrac also makes a 'suspenders' system (like the military combat web gear) that lets you add different bags/pouches on a suspender-supported belt. The advantage of this system over the photographer's vest is that you can carry heavier loads in padded cases, and configure your system for the particular gear you want/need on a particular day.


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12/3/2008 11:22:32 PM

 
Christine Zipps
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2007
  Thanks, Alan and John --

I sure am getting my moneys worth from this feedback! Thanks for saving me from yet another rookie mistake! Now, which one to go with.. hmmmm.....

Much appreciated.


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12/4/2008 4:46:37 PM

 

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  I use a backpack and a lens belt. Good for carrying water too (leakproof). Lowepro


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12/6/2008 2:08:54 PM

 
Christine Zipps
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2007
  Thanks, Anonymous!


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12/6/2008 2:10:41 PM

 
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