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08/11/2006 11:34:22 PM · #1
When walking through a park or hiking or just out and about, how do you carry your camera?
In a huge case with all the extras?
in a small case, purse style?
in a small case cross chest rambo style?
around your neck tourist style?
in your pocket, point and shoot style?
held in your hand at the ready style?
08/11/2006 11:43:12 PM · #2
In my hand. I removed the neck strap, hate that dead weight, and replaced it with a wrist strap that buckles around my hand. By hold the camera this way, I am ready for a shot much quicker. Also, I can let go of the camera to flex my fingers occasionally and the camera doesn't go anywhere.

08/11/2006 11:50:45 PM · #3
Same, got rid of the neck strap and only use a hand strap.
08/11/2006 11:51:05 PM · #4
Camera around my neck, the other lenses and flash and stuff in the backpack. I usually carry the camera in my hands, and let it hang if I need to do something else for a bit.
08/11/2006 11:56:16 PM · #5
Since I usually ride my bike when I go shoot, around my neck and one shoulder with the neck strap. If I need to bring tripods and flash and more lenses, I bring a backpack and throw everything in it so the camera doesn't swing around when I'm pedaling.

I think I might get a wrist strap after I get my battery grip.
08/12/2006 12:02:13 AM · #6
Army webbing belt and 6 point harness, camera bag - with lenses, batteries, extra memory card and the camera itself - attached, a couple of army pouches with food and drink.
08/12/2006 12:04:44 AM · #7
wrap the neck strap around my hand and hold it

08/12/2006 12:04:53 AM · #8
One of the advantages to the 350xt. (small)
I have a Lowpro 3 bag and in it I have
1. My camera
2. Canon 50mm f/1.8
3. Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8
4. Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
5. canon 18-55mm kit lens
6. 4 filters
7. Camera manual
8. Cheat Sheet
9. Charger
10.Remote

Usually carry it over one shoulder.

Message edited by author 2006-08-12 00:05:06.
08/12/2006 12:08:43 AM · #9
I carry with neck strap over my left shoulder. This way I can maneuver and carry the camera from damage and keep it semi-hidden, while at the same time I can in less than a second grab it with my right hand and be ready for a shot. I never have to take it off my left shoulder, both during shooting and walking around. It's also less conspicuous and "touristy".
08/12/2006 12:14:02 AM · #10
Cabela's Fowl-Proof Camera Bag
100% waterproof; soft lining; velcro section dividers! Tripod in it's carrying case.
I fit my camera (and my 35mm Rebel), three lenses, 430ex, spare memory/batteries as well as a waterproof disposable, and some 35mm film.

Although I do get some funny looks going into a church to shoot a friends wedding with a camo hunting bag...
08/12/2006 12:18:49 AM · #11
Originally posted by Southern Gentleman:

One of the advantages to the 350xt. (small)
I have a Lowpro 3 bag and in it I have
1. My camera
2. Canon 50mm f/1.8
3. Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8
4. Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
5. canon 18-55mm kit lens
6. 4 filters
7. Camera manual
8. Cheat Sheet
9. Charger
10.Remote

Usually carry it over one shoulder.


This is exactly what i carry in my Lowepro bag...sans the Tamron.

Had to go make sure you didn't steal my bag when i wasn't looking. LOL
;-)

Message edited by author 2006-08-12 00:19:34.
08/12/2006 12:19:24 AM · #12
Tourist style...with a small backpack for the rest of the schtuff.
08/12/2006 01:01:13 AM · #13
When I'm not expecting to shoot, but expecting to have to dodge people and protect the camera across the chest with the camera over my right kidney.

When expecting to shoot, either strap around neck or hand, camera in hand.
08/12/2006 01:24:07 AM · #14
been thinking about getting one of those wrist straps, mainly because last weekend I took an opertunity to shadow a photographer from our local news paper, He has won several awards for his work so I thought it wouldn't hurt to sort of mimic him. I checked out all the angles he was shooting from etc. then bombarded him with questions. He said I need faster glass, and said the wrist strap would probably help hold the camera steady a little better. the guy really does an awesome job,
08/12/2006 01:25:35 AM · #15
It's a cheap P&S. Carry it in my pocket
08/12/2006 01:28:55 AM · #16
I wrap my neck strap around my hands to use as a handstrap. I purchase a holster in Japan that makes it look like I have a gun strapped on my side. I use it when not using the Bigma (won't fit).

Message edited by author 2006-08-12 01:29:12.
08/12/2006 01:55:44 AM · #17
When I go somewhere not really intending to shoot photos, but know there is the off-chance for a shot, I take my Rebel XT and Tokina 24-200 in a small Tamrac holster and carry it over my right shoulder and across my chest (bag hangs on left side.

If I'm going a little more intentional, I have two medium (for me) sized bags. The smaller is a Tamrac also, I can't think of the model number right off, but it's squarish, about 8"x8"x4", so I can take various combos. My camera with a lens up to 5.5" or so mounted fits in one side lens-down, and there is another slot which will fit up to my Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS. When recently in downtown Chicago, I carried this with my two Tokinas, 12-24 & 24-200...great range for nice, sunny weather!

The other is just a little wider Tenba bag. It has four slots in a row, a narrow one on one end usually holds my Canon 580EX flash. The opposite end is where I keep my camera lens-down with my Tamron 28-75 or Tokina 12-24. The other three are large enough to hold 77mm filter lenses and it is barely deep enough to hold my 70-200 and close securely. That's the bag I have on at weddings (12-24, 28-75, 70-200) and allows me quick lens changes. Depending on my other intentions, I may switch out the 70-200 with my macro lens, or the 12-24 with my 50mm f/1.8.

No, I haven't put much thought into this :)

Edit: Oh, I almost forgot, I also rarely have a neckstrap on, I have a shorty little Tamrac hand strap on 98% of the time. It does have quick release buckles that match the neck strap, so when I do change, it's easy. I'll usually stuff it in the skinny side pocket on the medium bags just in case.

Message edited by author 2006-08-12 01:58:13.
08/12/2006 03:30:26 AM · #18
If I'm actively shooting, neckstrap.

If I'm just carrying, I've got an altogether-too-small bag that was meant for a large P&S rig. I've got my 350D, 430EX, 18-55, 70-210, and a buttload of filters jammed in there. It's bursting at the seams.

No... literally. It's bursting at the seams.
08/12/2006 03:33:23 AM · #19
neck strap.

but I'm thinking about a wrist strap. thatseems so much more comfortable!
08/12/2006 03:40:11 AM · #20
A friend has been trying to convince me to go strapless (you know what I mean) for a few years, but I've been just as strong trying to get him to use a neckstrap. I even put one on his camera one day because he makes me so nervous. Got my 30 a few weeks ago and I haven't put a strap on it yet. I've done one off-site shoot and a bunch of studio stuff and that was great because it was firmly affixed to the tripod. Still, I can't imagine taking it out for a day just shooting for fun and not have a strap around my neck. Lenses get heavy and if nothing else, I need to use my hands sometimes! :P

Edit to add: And a huge-ass backpack on my shoulder if I am anywhere shooting for shooting's sake. Even when I just dash out with camera "just in case" I usually just grab the whole backpack, its ready-packed and easy cause its the best place to store my lenses when they're not being used.

Message edited by author 2006-08-12 03:44:33.
08/12/2006 03:41:52 AM · #21
I have my assistant carry it.

;-)
08/12/2006 05:44:52 AM · #22
Originally posted by butch81385:

When walking through a park or hiking or just out and about, how do you carry your camera?

I carry my LowePro MiniTrekker, though I don't have as much stuff to pack in mine as PShizzy's can pack in his.
08/12/2006 06:19:38 AM · #23
I replaced that wide strap supplied by Cannon that yells "ROB ME" with a very thin strap. I carry it over my right shoulder and shorten it so that when I pull my camera up with my right hand, it is tight, acting like a rifle sling. If I push on the camera a bit and hold my breath, I can quite often get a natural light still life at 1/60th with no motion. A camera on a short strap is also easlly held down with my right arm/elbow tight against my side in the rare instince I feel the necessity to run.

Message edited by author 2006-08-12 06:25:12.
08/12/2006 07:17:24 AM · #24
I carry everything in a huge ish back pack. Although I do have a day bag as well. If I'm going anywhere though I've usually got the baby so I just strap the backpack to the back of her buggy and off we go. I usually get nagged to have the strap around my neck but I prefer to wrap it round my hand when taking photos.
08/12/2006 07:17:59 AM · #25
I carry mine on my lower back slung over my neck/shoulder "messenger bag" style. That way it doesn't cramp my style and when I need it I just sling it to the front and shoot.
I usually only bring one lens. If I need more I stuff my cargo pants.
Occasionally I use a LowePro Slingshot to hold all the stuff.
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