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    What to carry camera equip with?

    I just started getting into photography and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions as far as a hydration/camera pack. Something to carry more than one lens in and maybe a tripod, also something I can fall on and not worry too much about breaking my camera (If thats possible)

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    Pretty sweet, boxedrn! I wonder if anyone has any experience falling with or on a bag like this and the equipment being unharmed...
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    I'd suggest one of these.

    http://www.clikelite.com/shop/

    There is a thread on this forum somewhere in which several posted about these packs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Hecklerr
    I'd suggest one of these.

    http://www.clikelite.com/shop/

    There is a thread on this forum somewhere in which several posted about these packs.
    That looks awesome, just sort of what I was looking to carry the Canon. Definitely like the Go-Pro, but i like still photography a lot more

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    I have never personally heard of a mountain biker breaking a camera by falling but I'm sure someone has. Just shove it in your Camelback. Get an VR (vibration reduction/image stabilization) lens and leave the tripod home. A seamstress friend sewed me a fleece bag out of an old fleece jacket sleeve to prevent rub marks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Hecklerr
    I'd suggest one of these.

    http://www.clikelite.com/shop/

    There is a thread on this forum somewhere in which several posted about these packs.

    I'll second this one. Love my Clik.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bsieb
    I have never personally heard of a mountain biker breaking a camera by falling but I'm sure someone has. Just shove it in your Camelback. Get an VR (vibration reduction/image stabilization) lens and leave the tripod at home.
    Amen and you don't need a VR lens. Mine typically stays at home.

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    I found the best way to do it was to get a neoprene case for it and just shove it in the Camelbak. There's no bag that will protect it if you actually fall on it. Like they've said, that's unlikely though.

    Oh, and trust me, you won't want more than a body and a lens. It gets really heavy really fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theextremist04

    Oh, and trust me, you won't want more than a body and a lens. It gets really heavy really fast.
    Sorry, can't trust you on that. I usually carry more than a body (heavy one too) and one lens. I usually have a couple of lenses and a couple of strobes. Sometimes I also add a video camera.

    What you'll carry really depends upon what you are used to riding with and what you want to be able to capture.

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    I have a little D5000 with a 35/1.8 lens that fits well in my Camelback HAWG. Much more than that and it's a photo shoot trip for me. One of my pro photog friends sometimes schleps his heavy camera and a lens or two but then it's usually a job, as it affects his biking enjoyment. If you are just getting into photography carry a prime lens of choice and develop that eye.
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    When I'm carrying my SLR and focusing more on getting lots of photos than riding hard, I like to have my "baby on board" with this. Mountainsmith Descent AT Chest-Pack. All my friends love it since it looks a lot like a baby carrier when wearing it.
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    I've been saving my pennies for a Dakine Sequence Photo pack. Here's a few options from them, nice stuff:

    http://www.dakine.com/ski/packs/photo/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ouchy The Clown


    Sorry, can't trust you on that. I usually carry more than a body (heavy one too) and one lens. I usually have a couple of lenses and a couple of strobes. Sometimes I also add a video camera.

    What you'll carry really depends upon what you are used to riding with and what you want to be able to capture.
    I guess I also forgot to take into account that I only carried it on long rides- 4-5 hours. And 3L of water plus a 40D plus the 17-55 gets real heavy real fast.

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    When off-road touring, the camera can take a caning at times, just as much as when photographing riders in harsh conditions.

    The tripod I put on a beam rack, and it's held on with a bungee cord. The camera a DSLR, I have in a small Lowepro Topload padded pouch for slipping into my back pack. I put small lenses in Canon hard cases and a telephoto lens goes in a long thick Marino wool sock.








    I've just recently acquired an Extrawheel Voyager for touring, it can now carry the gear on longer trips, including the tripod.




    Following on from theextremist04's comments, it is good having what you need, especially the tripod, I also suggest not taking too much gear at once. Unless you have specific things that require a range of gear to be able to capture well. Riding as light as possible is best. I have found that the more gear I take, the less I tend to shoot. Being spoilt for choice creates too much thinking and not enough doing.

    A shot from my last ride ... a Blakely's Red Gum in an open woodland, the Southern Tablelands, Oz. the same tree is in the shot with my bike.




    Unless you are right at the top end with gear, not much else is adequately water-proofed or dust-proofed. In bad conditions a camera rain/dust sleeve which is only a few bucks can be useful and gives excellent protection. I wonder how many cameras got fine talc grit in them during the World Cup at Mount Stromlo ... thanks to the planet's most obnoxious chopper pilot, who repeatedly dusted the hapless spectators.




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    I have one of these. http://www.tamrac.com/frame_velocity.htm.

    I dropped the bag a few times from about 4ft and nothing broke. Ive also read about lens filters keeping the actual lens from breaking during falls. So it be a good idea.

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    If you have a top load style bag, a simple chest harness works well for the camera. Clicky
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    I throw my SLR into a top loading padded bag, then put that into my Camelbak Alpine Runner which has plenty of room for it and whatever else you need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theextremist04
    I guess I also forgot to take into account that I only carried it on long rides- 4-5 hours. And 3L of water plus a 40D plus the 17-55 gets real heavy real fast.
    Yes, again, what you'll carry really depends upon what you are used to riding with and what you want to be able to capture. That's a lighter pack for some folks.

    The good thing is that for longer rides your pack gets lighter as the ride progresses.

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    +1 for clik bags. Suuuuper comfy.

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    I have been thinking of rigging up an Pelican hard case or something like it for my D40/35mm prime to stuff into my Dakine pack. Anyone try something like that?

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    This little guy....

    http://products.lowepro.com/product/Rezo-30,2012,25.htm

    Attached to the front of my camelbak. So I can get it out quick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by firefox90
    I have been thinking of rigging up an Pelican hard case or something like it for my D40/35mm prime to stuff into my Dakine pack. Anyone try something like that?
    I have Pelican cases for all my gear but they are pretty bulky and heavy for riding with, especially at dslr size. I have bungied an 1150 to a seatpost mount rear rack for an extended arctic bike tour. Overkill for most bicycling in my opinion but they do have their place for camping and river tripping. My Pelican 1450 with dslr and a few lenses survived a rather extended and wild dunking when my inflatable kayak overturned on the San Juan River. It was several years old at the time but no problems, it will prolly outlast me.
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    Another vote for the clik line. I've been shopping for something that'll hold a hydration bag. Just got the Probody Sport and can fit my dslr w/2 extra lenses when I'm willing to pack a load in. It has a lash point for a tripod too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whodaphuck
    Another vote for the clik line. I've been shopping for something that'll hold a hydration bag. Just got the Probody Sport and can fit my dslr w/2 extra lenses when I'm willing to pack a load in. It has a lash point for a tripod too.
    It looks wonderful... access to the camera without removing the pack is worth a lot. How does it feel in hand? Is the bladder junk?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wild Wassa
    A shot from my last ride ... a Blakely's Red Gum in an open woodland, the Southern Tablelands, Oz. the same tree is in the shot with my bike.

    Wow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsieb
    It looks wonderful... access to the camera without removing the pack is worth a lot. How does it feel in hand? Is the bladder junk?

    Where did you get it?
    Had a gift certificate from Amazon, so it came through them. It doesn't come with a bladder and in fact I haven't tried to fit a full 100oz. It's beefy and feels tight. The wide waist pad really helps transfer the weight to the hips more comfortably.

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    I have a clik elite probody sport. Bladder is not included.

    Here is a blog post about it. Guys at the photography forums recommended this one to me and they weren't wrong. I ran into some other biker on the trail the other day who had the same bag. He said he rolled over on it once and his gear was fine. There's a lot of padding inside to help cushion the gear in case of mishap.



    http://explorethelightphotography.bl...ody-sport.html


    By the way, I love mine!

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    How easy to get the camera out of the probody sport without taking the pack off your back?

    Thanks for the photo! Looks better than anything I have ever seen...
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    I usually have the waistband attached and sling the bag off one shoulder to be able to open the camera pouch from the side. The waistband holds up the bag while I pull the camera out.

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    Clik Elite thread here. Clik Elite ProBody Sport

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    I've been debating this whole thing also. I was looking at the stuff from Clik vs just using my Hawg and a chest harness. Though, I'm thinking how much it'd hurt it you did a superman crash landing on the chest with a camera bag.

    The good about a chest harness I guess is having the camera right there for easy access. But really the Clik has more uses. Esp if one goes hiking also.

    I'd be carrying a 40d, 24-70L and possible my 100mm macro along with batteries, filters and memory cards.

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    First of all: please lose those bulky DSLR cameras. Go for Panasonic Lumix GF1/GF2 or any other mirrorless 4/3 or APS-C camera. Will save you a lot of pain carrying and handling with similar picture quality.

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    Tamrac Adventure Series bags are awesome. I have been using an Adventure 9 for hiking trips for years. I have a smaller Adventure 7 for biking that can hold a DSLR body, two lenses, flash and accessories. It has side pockets that fit water bottles and an upper compartment that will hold food, jacket, etc... The 9 and 10 also offer a laptop compartment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arcticrobot
    First of all: please lose those bulky DSLR cameras. Go for Panasonic Lumix GF1/GF2 or any other mirrorless 4/3 or APS-C camera. Will save you a lot of pain carrying and handling with similar picture quality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arcticrobot
    First of all: please lose those bulky DSLR cameras. Go for Panasonic Lumix GF1/GF2 or any other mirrorless 4/3 or APS-C camera. Will save you a lot of pain carrying and handling with similar picture quality.
    Really? That's the advice you're going with? It's a nice camera, but I'll take my 50D bulk and all.
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    I added foam to a Bike Box 2 for extra padding. It holds a D700 and 1 or 2 lenses and I like the safety of a hard case.



    This is a shot of my Fargo which is used for Rails to Trails, etc. where photography is as much a part of the experience as riding. I don't bring along a camera with my Kona Unit.
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    I have a Sony P&S and a GoPro so I generally sport a cheap $15 fanny pack from Walmart. I wear it so the pack sits in front and easy access to the cameras. I just bought a larger tripod not too long ago so I will have to shuffle things around though.
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    Can't say I agree with the delivery of the message "Ditch that SLR" but I kinda agree with the message.

    For me, the ride is about the ride and taking my SLR can really become a distraction. The weight is no concern for me but I cant find a comfortable way to carry it up front for easy access which leads me to the deal killer...if I have to stop, take my pack off and dig out my camera, I just won't use it much.

    Alternatively, with a point and shoot I can keep it on my pack strap and have the camera out in seconds..even shooting while riding on occasion.

    Many newer P&S cameras have very wide lenses, IS and manual controls. Are they replacements for an SLR? Of course not, but great photos have more to do with being in the right place at the right time and composure than they do with equipment.

    In the end, it's all about what works for you and if that means carrying an SLR or biking out for a full on photo session, this thread has some great ideas.

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    This is what I rock, Dakine Mission Photo. Its a skate/snowboard pack with decent strapping and a really nice camera block. I try to leave the full size tri-pod at home, and just use a ultra-pod mini pod if i need any stabilization..

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    Another vote for the Tamrac Adventure 7. Plenty of room for the SLR and lens and more storage for junk.

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    I just ordered my first SLR and the Clik bag as well. It really looks like a nice bag and seems to be well liked.

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