Something that will last
I've got a Canon EOS 30D mated to a 17-85mm IS USM Lens. I've had it since 2006. Still going strong (albeit with some niggles).
My camera bags for the camera however have not fared so well. During the five years, first my Lowe Pro bag has failed, then my Sony Alpha bag has aslo failed.
The cause of failure for both bags has been the same. Namely, I carry the bag attached to a hip tension strap on the side of my rucksack via the camera bag's belt loop. The tension strap chafes through the camera bags belt loop over time until it's hanging by the last few threads, and then it fails, dropping to the ground.
Can anyone recommend an camera bag that will actually last longer than my camera? It's got to be free from wear on the typical load points that I use. I've heard of Kata camera bags, and they seem to be highly respected, but they don't seem to draw too much attention to their bags being attached to the side of hiking rucksacks.
Well, I suppose I could carry it via a strap around my neck, but it does get a bit uncomfortable after a while. Plus, it's going to swing about all the time when I'm walking.
I could carry it inside my rucksack, but then I'm needing a faff each time I want a photo.
What other carrying methods do you recommend?
Lowepro do a chest harness for some of their bags, ones I have seen work with toploader bags. If your rucksack has D rings on the shoulder straps you could look at attaching a toploader (or similar) to the D rings with short straps, think lowepro or tamrak do the straps.
Heres a tamrak setup
it would seem that the way you carry your camera is responsible for the failure of the bags rather than the quality of the bags. would not a more robust bag carried in the same way simply go to war with its securing strap until one of them won as is the case now.
how to carry your camera will be very much down to personal preference and comfort but continuing with your current method does seem to be a bit self destructive.
i carry mine around my neck with a dry bag over the camera if it's dampish. if not about my neck then it it's in my pack.
Anthony Dyer wrote (see)
I carry the bag attached to a hip tension strap on the side of my rucksack via the camera bag's belt loop. The tension strap chafes through the camera bags belt loop over time until it's hanging by the last few threads, and then it fails, dropping to the ground.
Don't do this? Have the weight of the bag held by carabiners through other loops or clips (I assume that most bags will have mounting points for a shoulder strap) so you only need use the wait belt loops for holding the bag in place.
Unless you find a bag with metal belt loops, repeating this strategy is inevitably going to end the same way each time (and even metal will wear through in the end).
A chest-mount camera bag might do the job, but you might also find it a wee bit sweaty. Lowepro Toploader AWs and Think Tank Digital Holsters both offer this facility, and both should be reasonably robust and weatherproof.
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