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    Method for bringing the SLR on the trail

    I picked up a Capture Camera Clip the other day. Took it out for a ride over the weekend and was pleasantly surprised by the unobtrusive nature of bringing along the SLR. In the past I have fashioned a case to clip on my chest using my hydration pack as the base. This gizmo attaches to one shoulder strap and is super secure. Of course the camera is out in the open so if you are always pushing your limits and biff on occasion this probably isn't for you but it was perfect for me as a way to bring the SLR out to play.

    The device was a successful kickstarter project. I bought mine through amazon. Very worth the money.

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    awesome!

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    Very interesting, thanks!
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    Yeah I have no connection at all to this product but am an impressed customer. What surprised me the most was the stability and security of the camera. I have a Canon 500d and had my 10-22mm wide angle along for the ride. Not a huge setup but not tiny either.

    The particular trail I was riding is a good mix of buff high speed singletrack, chunky rock gardens, and several log crossings. The camera was much less obtrusive than chest packs I've used in the past.

    Regarding my equipment, I've come to the point where I'm not worried about a scuff or scratch. I'd rather have the ability to shoot images than have a mint piece of equipment stashed at home.
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    ^^^The ability to shoot images in interesting conditions and settings is where it's at... you can clone out that lens gouge later.
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    Cool device. Lets see your pics!

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    Huh… maybe me riding along one-handed with my SLR in the other hand the other day wasn't so smart, then!

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    I am a professional photographer and I inadvertently found the Lowe Pro AW 400 to be awesome for biking. It carries a ton (I use 2 bodies, 12-24, 24-70, and 70-200 or 300) and keeps everything comfortably close so the CoG isn't too bad. The waist band is too high on me at 6'0" for hiking/backpacking comfortably but bikes just great. It is padded and I have taken a spill or two with no damage. The only real negative is the same with any backpack... sweat!

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    the Lowesport 200 AW is a pretty good biking, hiking, and snowboarding bag for one DLSR and two lenses. Comes with a space for a hydration pack and an additional general compartment to haul enough necessities for a day's outing.

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    was just about to ask what people used for riding, I have been hesitant to bring my d300 and lenses into the woods on my bike. may have to invest in one of those Lowepros!
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    I ventured out onto the trails with my dSLR recently. I wanted to get a couple nice 'studio' style shots of my bike out on the trail. I had with me:
    Canon 5D mkII
    50mm f1.4 lens
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    Pocketwizard trigger and receiver
    Lumiquest Ultrasoft
    Gorillapod and cold shoe mount for the flash

    Amazingly, this all fit quite easily in my Camelbak M.U.L.E. NV pack. Everything except for the Gorillapod went into the main zipped compartment. The pod fit easily in the outside mesh pocket. I could have even had a bigger lens or a second lens if the flash wasn't needed. I even had a second flash crammed in there at one point, but then figured I didn't really need it for my shot.

    I had the bladder about half full, but I don't think topping it off would have been a problem. I still had my full compliment of usual gear in there: folding tool, metal tire levers, spare tube, first aid kit, pump, wallet, keys, phone. The weight was totally manageable and it didn't really bother me while riding. I definitely rode a bit more conservatively, as I was worried about bailing and landing on my back. But I've always had a mantra in photography: you can play it safe, or get the shot. I've busted gear in the pursuit of photos before... that's what insurance is for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by splatworldwide View Post
    I ventured out onto the trails with my dSLR recently...
    Pics, or it didn't happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rx4mtb View Post
    Pics, or it didn't happen.
    Well fine, then. Here it is

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    Very nice.

    I'm glad the MULE NV is working out. I have a older MULE, but it has much less volume. I've been looking for a new pack and the new NV is high on the list.

    I have a Clik Elite, Compact Sport model that I got mainly as a regular camera bag that I could take on the trail.

    I've only had it on the bike once and just brought a wide tele. I put most of the bike tools in a small under saddle bag and put a tube, tire pump, and shock pump in the Compact Sport along with a full 70oz CamelBak Res. There was room for more stuff but it was just a short "shakedown" ride on a new bike, so I didn't get too crazy. I also didn't want to get the Compact Sport all mucked up w/sweat & dirt. The NV's looking like a better alternative for longer of rides.

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    I've taken my DSLR setup before- a 40D and 15-85mm lens- but it's always been too heavy and obtrusive in my pack for me to want to use it very often. This past weekend I swapped out the 40D for a T1i to decrease the weight and size, and I'm hoping it will help me bring it along more frequently. When I do bring it, I typically just wrap the camera up in a towel or shirt and put it in my Deuter Race pack, which has plenty of room. It's somewhat a PITA to stop and take the pack off to have access to my camera, but with a larger camera that's the only logical thing I've found that works.

    There's no way I could ride out here in CO with a DSLR strapped to the front of my pack. I'd be worried the entire time.

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    I've been surprisingly happy with my DSLR stuffed into my backpack inside a smaller camera bag. The padding from both bags is nice and I can grab the camera fairly quickly when I want to shoot some pictures.

    I have to stop and get the pack off my back to access the camera, but that's just enough hassle to ensure I only stop for really worthwhile shots. In someways the enforced quality standards is a good thing.

    I also carry a P&S on my waist belt for fast shots I want, but don't need the DSLR for.
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    Small camera bag inside my pack...not the best but has been good thus far.

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    hmmm. very interesting solution. something tells me my K1000 may be a little heavy, but not terrible.. i'll have to keep this in mind.

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    been very happy with this so far! Standard SLR Chest Carrier
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    I occasionally mountain bike with my DSLR gear, several lenses and sometimes a tripod. I also snowboard regularly with it as well. Here is the only pic I have of my pack out on a ride:



    The backpack is a F-Stop Loka. In it for this ride was:

    Canon 7D (now replaced with a 5D mkiii)
    24-70/2.8L
    70-200/2.8L
    Extra batteries
    Extra cards
    Filters
    Pocket wizards and 2 x 580EXIIs
    And probably more...
    Attached to the outside in a bag is a Benro A-2690 tripod.

    My simple motto is: "don't fall." But if I do, that's why I have insurance.

    Here is a sample mountain biking shot I took of a friend, which I need to work on, as my mtb shots are not very exciting looking, at least compared to the west and northwest guys catching images of guys doing big airs, or with super scenic mountains in the background:



    Here is a sample snowboarding shot I took of a friend:

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    I've had the Lowepro Photo Sport 200 AW for a few weeks now and have used it for mountain biking in addition to some other outdoor activities.



    It sits well on the back...


    ... is fairly fast to use...


    ... and a m43 system fits without problems. A Panasonic GH2 body, four lenses and flash poses no problems. The only thing missing is slots for memory cards and filters.


    A small tripod sits tight.


    I think I'm going to be very satisfied with this backpack.
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    I use the lowepro flipside 10L or 15L (I have both) for mtb photography. Both allow me to carry photo gear water and a few bike tools as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by hogprint View Post
    I picked up a Capture Camera Clip the other day. ...
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    Watching the pitch video, I was like then I LOL'd. Anyone that carries their camera around their neck should just wear a sign saying "Does this camera make me look hip". A camera strap goes around your neck and over a shoulder, so the camera hangs are you side, much like his magic holster. The holster is cool, but the video was

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    So, I'm new to DSLR's. I just got an OM-D (which I guess technically isn't a DSLR, just an EVIL M4/3) and have thought about taking it out on rides. But with spending this much on lenses, I just wonder if the vibration and jolts from riding are bad for the lens elements, especially the ones with VR. Two of my lenses are Olympus, so they don't have VR in the lens (since it's in the camera), but I just got a nice Panasonic 25mm f1.4 I wouldn't mind taking out. Should I turn off VR in the lens? Like I said, I'm a bit of a camera noob. I could just bring the kit lens, but it's not very fast for any action shots.
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    I use a Lowepro nova 140 bag for my Canon T3i and it held up well on a snowboarding trip. The all weather cover came in handy since it was snowing most of the time. am thinking of getting an Ibera handlebar camera bag so that I don't have my Lowepro sliding around my back when I switch to the bike. also don't want to miss any shots. has anyone tried a handlebar bag or Ibera bags?

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    I use one of these for snowboarding....

    Dakine Europe Packs : Mission Photo 25L

    Have yet to take it out biking but I should be more than sufficient. Just have to be selective with what equipment I take as it's very easy to overload this pack with lenses, flashes and other gear as there is so much space!

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    i grabbed one of these on their last kickstarter deal and got the leash strap as well. It was a little pricey i suppose but man does it work. I was skeptical but it worked great. so much easier than fishing it out of my bag. I did however pick up so insurance for my camera before heading out. but it is very secure and works as advertised. I like how you can lock it down for extra peace of mind.


    edit: camera was Nikon d7000 with 18-200 lens so not exactly an ultralight setup
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    Quote Originally Posted by hogprint View Post
    I picked up a Capture Camera Clip the other day. Took it out for a ride over the weekend and was pleasantly surprised by the unobtrusive nature of bringing along the SLR. In the past I have fashioned a case to clip on my chest using my hydration pack as the base. This gizmo attaches to one shoulder strap and is super secure. Of course the camera is out in the open so if you are always pushing your limits and biff on occasion this probably isn't for you but it was perfect for me as a way to bring the SLR out to play.

    The device was a successful kickstarter project. I bought mine through amazon. Very worth the money.

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    My wife bought one of these, but the thumbscrew peice that is meant as a safety lock (in case you bump the release button) does not thread in far enough... did you experience this?
    EDIT: we love the product, sturdy and versatile. and she was one of the early kickstarter backers, so she got a first run... curious if this problem was solved so perhaps the guy who is behind it might send her a replacement thumb screw.

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    I use a <a href="http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/16065-REG/Domke_720_230_FA_230_Insert.html"> Domke insert</a> stuffed inside a <a href="http://www.rei.com/product/830501/camelbak-alpine-explorer-hydration-pack-100-fl-oz"> Camelbak Alpine Explorer.</a> The pack is big/stable enough to carry my dslr body (5d) with a 24-70 2.8 and battery grip attached, 2 other lenses and a speedlight. The outside of the pack can carry my small tripod (a carbon Sirui t25) if a bother to bring it. Aside from all the camera gear, there's still room for all my riding essentials - tools, spares, food, extra layers if needed, phone, and a 100oz. bladdar to boot.

    So far it's all worked out great if not a little heavy, but if I have everything with me, I'm likely doing more shooting than riding anyhow.

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    I have the Lowepro Fast Pack 200. It's freaking sweet. Holds a fair amount of gear in nice padded pouches and has some nice room up top for other stuff to keep you from having to pack multiple bags. Great for hiking/biking and just about any travel activity.



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    I just got a T4i! it fits with room to spare in my Ibera handlebar bag. I can stuff a lightweight jacket into the other half (there is a padded divider) along with some food and another lens. used it twice so far with no problems, I was able to get some nice shots as soon as I stopped my bike and reached into the bag.

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    which ibera bag?

    Quote Originally Posted by jenkibike View Post
    I just got a T4i! it fits with room to spare in my Ibera handlebar bag. I can stuff a lightweight jacket into the other half (there is a padded divider) along with some food and another lens. used it twice so far with no problems, I was able to get some nice shots as soon as I stopped my bike and reached into the bag.
    do you mean this one BikePakmart - Ibera Clip-On Bicycle Handlebar DSLR Camera Bag or this one BikePakmart - Bicycle Bag, Handlebar bag, Carrier bag, Camera bag ? this site has one more handlebar bag, but it looks too small for a DSLR.

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    I use a Photo Sport 200AW for my 5D Mark III with 16-35L and 70-300L fits a water bladder too in a separate compartment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hogprint View Post
    I picked up a Capture Camera Clip the other day. Took it out for a ride over the weekend and was pleasantly surprised by the unobtrusive nature of bringing along the SLR. In the past I have fashioned a case to clip on my chest using my hydration pack as the base. This gizmo attaches to one shoulder strap and is super secure. Of course the camera is out in the open so if you are always pushing your limits and biff on occasion this probably isn't for you but it was perfect for me as a way to bring the SLR out to play.

    The device was a successful kickstarter project. I bought mine through amazon. Very worth the money.

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    Pardon my ignorance, but this is the worst idea I've seen for tail riding. Aren't trails....dusty, have water crossings? Why would you want your SLR exposed to those conditions?
    Don't get me wrong, I think it's a fantastic product, but absolutely the worst to bring out on a trail. I don't know about your're tyres but mine like to kick up dirt. What about the camera bumping/boucing off you, the trails I use are not smooth by any means.

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    Ive used peak designs for about 2 years. used it for mtb biking, horse rides & hiking and it works great.

    Easy one hand grab & shoot. I mount it to my shoulder strap

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    Clik Elite has some great options. Contejour 35 or 40 are both great packs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishrising View Post
    The backpack is a F-Stop Loka.
    I'll second this recommendation. Great pack. I have the medium and small inserts for it. With the small, I can take a minimum amount of gear and have plenty of room for other stuff-like a jacket and some energy bars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eeyon View Post
    the Lowesport 200 AW is a pretty good biking, hiking, and snowboarding bag for one DLSR and two lenses. Comes with a space for a hydration pack and an additional general compartment to haul enough necessities for a day's outing.
    Great pack, poor straps, poor customer service. Mine started tearing. The chest strap, one of the belt straps, and one of the top compartment straps. I was told by lowepro to find a local seamstress to fix the straps. Wtf? The plastic clips that cinch down the straps and the cheap webbing are the cause. The clips are sharp, and the webbing is thin. I had a friend of mine who sews fix the belt strap, but the other two are sewn directly to the pack and she couldn't fix. After going back and forth with lowepro they agreed to have me send it back for inspection. Then they said it looked like it was exposed to chemicals. Again wtf? I keep it in my coat closet, and they were clear tears in the webbing. After going back and forth too many times, they agreed to fix it. Mind you I had only had this pack two months. When I received it they still didn't fix the belt strap. I ended up purchasing a piece of webbing to make it usable. Bottom line, cheap construction, and jerk you around customer service. Dear lowepro, don't offer lifetime warranties if you're going to make people jump through hoops to get anything done.

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    It's been a while since the original post and was wondering if anyone has feedback on the Capture clip after long term use? This idea seems intriguing and would probably work for most of my riding.

    After posting I noticed two posts up someone's been using it for two years, anyone have pictures of how you mount this while riding?
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    Can you please tell me more about this standard size ? Will it hold just a dslr with the kit lens or wil a wide angle lens such as a 10-20 fit ? It seems I heard th diameter of some of the wide angle lens might me too large.

    Of more importance how is scooching behind the saddle with the thing strapped to chest ?

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    been very happy with this so far! Standard SLR Chest Carrier

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    I'm not one to bring up old stuff very often, but I wanted to put a little info here. I picked up a Peak Designs Capture Clip after reading through this thread, because I thought it looked like it would work pretty well. And the short version is, it does. But I took a huge spill Saturday with my DSLR on the shoulder strap of my camel back. I was going into a switch back that I've ridden hundreds of times, my speed was good, everything was cool. And then both wheels of the bike where up in the air, the whole works was sideways, and I came crashing down, hard. It was like someone pulled a carpet on the trail out from under me and I was in some sort of cartoon. Even the guy behind me on the trail described it like that. My point is this - I came down in an uncontrolled fall on my left side/back, which is the side my camera was on. It didn't hit the ground though, it just landed on me. In face, the capture clip held it so well, it didn't even flip around enough in the impact with the ground to, say, hit me in the face or anything. I knew it was secure, and worked well, because I've ridden pretty hard with the camera clipped on, but I was impressed after the fall with how it held. Oh, and the camera is just fine. I am certain that if I'd had the camera in a back pack, that wouldn't be the case at all. So, there it is. I'm a very happy capture clip customer, and I'd highly recommend this delightful gadget to anyone.

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    I'm still thinking about picking one up but it seems like my setup would be way heavy to hang off a shoulder strap. What body and lens are you using?

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    Method for bringing the SLR on the trail

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    I'm not one to bring up old stuff very often, but I wanted to put a little info here. I picked up a Peak Designs Capture Clip after reading through this thread, because I thought it looked like it would work pretty well. And the short version is, it does. But I took a huge spill Saturday with my DSLR on the shoulder strap of my camel back. I was going into a switch back that I've ridden hundreds of times, my speed was good, everything was cool. And then both wheels of the bike where up in the air, the whole works was sideways, and I came crashing down, hard. It was like someone pulled a carpet on the trail out from under me and I was in some sort of cartoon. Even the guy behind me on the trail described it like that. My point is this - I came down in an uncontrolled fall on my left side/back, which is the side my camera was on. It didn't hit the ground though, it just landed on me. In face, the capture clip held it so well, it didn't even flip around enough in the impact with the ground to, say, hit me in the face or anything. I knew it was secure, and worked well, because I've ridden pretty hard with the camera clipped on, but I was impressed after the fall with how it held. Oh, and the camera is just fine. I am certain that if I'd had the camera in a back pack, that wouldn't be the case at all. So, there it is. I'm a very happy capture clip customer, and I'd highly recommend this delightful gadget to anyone.
    Great write up, I've been running the peak now for a couple of years. It's great. I haven't had any falls, but I'm sure glad the positioning helped in your crash.

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    I'm using a camera/lens combination I wouldn't be torn up about being wrecked if something bad did happen - my old Canon Rebel XT and either the Canon 50mm 1.8 the 18-55 kit lens that came with the T3i my wife shoots with - which may be worth more than my body, but still isn't a great or expensive lens. So it's not a very heavy setup, but I'm not certain I'd want a real heavy setup on a bike at all unless I was specifically riding somewhere to take pictures.

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    Method for bringing the SLR on the trail

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    I'm still thinking about picking one up but it seems like my setup would be way heavy to hang off a shoulder strap. What body and lens are you using?
    I run either a d90 or d7000 Nikon body. And 10-24mm lense or the 18-200mm. I mount it lens facing down on my front shoulder strap. It's comfortable, feels secure when riding and its easy to grab when I want it quickly.

    If I remember correctly the mount is like $75. It's made of aluminum and should last forever.

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    I carry my NEX 6 (with any lens I may have) in a Clik Elite Access chest bag. X-country skiing, snowshoeing and mountain biking. I have considered using a Peak Design Capture Clip on my Camelbak, but I always refrain because of potential fall, dust and dirt, rain, sweat.... With my chest bag, there is at least some minimal protection. I'm always looking for better ways to carry my camera that provide quick access and some protection.

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    Keep your DSLR in a padded bag where it belongs. Having a $5000 camera and lens dangling from your waist while going down rocks is not a good idea.

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    I picked up a Capture Camera Clip the other day. Took it out for a ride over the weekend and was pleasantly surprised by the unobtrusive nature of bringing along the SLR. In the past I have fashioned a case to clip on my chest using my hydration pack as the base. This gizmo attaches to one shoulder strap and is super secure. Of course the camera is out in the open so if you are always pushing your limits and biff on occasion this probably isn't for you but it was perfect for me as a way to bring the SLR out to play.

    The device was a successful kickstarter project. I bought mine through amazon. Very worth the money.

    Link to the product Kickstarter campaign

    Product web page

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    Quote Originally Posted by CupOfJava View Post
    Keep your DSLR in a padded bag where it belongs. Having a $5000 camera and lens dangling from your waist while going down rocks is not a good idea.
    Couldn't agree more!

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    ^Yeah but a $750 dslr/kit lens on your camelpack strap might be a great idea. Going down rocks... meh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bsieb View Post
    ^Yeah but a $750 dslr/kit lens on your camelpack strap might be a great idea. Going down rocks... meh.
    Slightly longer access time, but this would probably keep your camera safer, and better anchored to your person: Lowepro | Toploader Zoom? AW Series

    Also depends on ones riding style and the local terrain!

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