What are the best and the worst ways to carry your gear
No matter if you only have a point and shoot camera or three tons of gear – you need something to carry it in, right? Chris from The Camera Store TV guides you through eleven different ways of carrying your photographic gear. From free manufacturer’s camera strap to pricey stylish bags, you’ll see all sorts of ways to carry your gear and their good and bad sides. Which one is your choice?
Manufacturer’s camera strap
It’s free and handy, as your camera is always around. But if you carry the camera in front, it makes you kinda look like a tourist. Regardless of the aesthetics (I personally don’t care about it), the camera bounces when you walk which can be pretty annoying. When I carry my camera this way, I always lean one hand on it; otherwise, it hits me in the belly as I walk.
If your camera and lens are heavy, it can be uncomfortable to carry it this way, and it’s a pain in the neck (literally). If you have long hair, taking the camera around your neck and taking it off involves a lot of hair pulling. Chris may not mention it, but trust me.
Of course, if all this bothers you, you can casually carry it on your shoulder – but frankly, I wouldn’t do that. It calls for a theft.
Neoprene camera strap
Neoprene camera strap will give you a bit of cushion and help to carry a heavier camera be more comfortable. However, it’s a bit large, and in the summer it can be uncomfortable as you’re sweating under the cushion. According to Chris, most of these also make the camera bounce. It has quick release clips, which is handy for you – but so it is for the thieves.
BlackRapid straps attach to the camera tripod mount. According to Chris, they’re handy to use as the camera is easy to grab from the hip. But when I imagine my camera dangling like that and hitting me in the hips, I don’t think I would prefer this solution. Also, you need to remove the strap every time you want to use a tripod, which can be a minus as well.
I’ve never used any of these, but according to Chris, cotton carries are usable, comfortable and safe. But if you care about the aesthetics, you’ll probably avoid it. Indeed, it looks kinda like you’re wearing a bra on your T-shirt. But hey, if safety and usability come before the aesthetics (and if you care about your gear, they should), I believe this could be a good solution.
Photo vests and belt systems
Vests and belt systems are modular and you can add pouches and stuff you need for the type of shoot you’re doing. They are safe and handy, but like cotton carriers – they look a bit ridiculous. The minus side of the belt system is that, depending on the amount of gear you’re carrying, can feel as if your pants are gonna fall down. I used these a couple of times and gave it up precisely because of this feeling.
It’s hard to imagine not having a backpack, right? Large backpacks allow you to carry a lot of heavy gear on long distances and still feel (relatively) comfortable. Depending on the type, they can make your gear more or less exposed to thieves, so pay attention. The minus side is, if you’re traveling, there’s hardly a way they’ll fit in the carry-on.
Mid-size rear access backpacks
According to the video, it seems this is Chris’ absolute favorite. He shows Manfrotto Pro Light RedBee-210 backpack, and it has lots of advantages. It fits the airline carry-on and still fits a fair amount of gear.
It’s comfortable and secure, and you can get the stuff without taking the backpack off and putting it to the ground.
Just like their big brothers, the tiny backpacks are comfortable, safe and easy to carry. The only difference is that they carry less gear.
These are kinda like hybrid between the shoulder bag and the backpack. Chris likes them because of availability of the gear and because they are comfortable (unless you overload them). If you ask me, I find them very uncomfortable. The weight distribution with slingbags just feels weird for me and I don’t like them.
In Chris’ opinion, shoulder bags should disappear because they are uncomfortable and very bulky and heavy. And this is all true if you have a lot of gear to carry. But for me, this is my favorite option. I don’t carry too much gear, and I put the bag across the body, not on one shoulder. It’s not too heavy when I carry it this way, and my gear is available at any time.
Fashionable shoulder bags
The cameras are getting smaller, so the bags getting smaller too, and they can become a fashion accessory. Therefore, if you don’t carry too much gear and opt for the camera bag, you can make it stylish as well. Make sure not to carry it on one shoulder like Chris, so someone doesn’t steal your “purse.” :) Joke aside, I believe stylish camera shoulder bags attract thieves less because they don’t assume there’s photography gear inside.
Well, now we’ve gone through all sorts of ways of carrying the gear. For me, the shoulder bag is the way, or I carry the camera around my neck (and my hair in a bun). What about you? What’s your favorite and the handiest way for carrying the camera and the rest of the gear? Share it with us in the comments.
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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.