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A Trolley for Camera Bags at Outdooor Locations

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  • A Trolley for Camera Bags at Outdooor Locations

    I often go out to local wildlife reserves and other woodlands, etc, mainly to shoot macro. I carry a lens or two for non-macro subjects and maybe a second body.

    The above may be in two shoulder bags or one shoulder bag and a small backpack. the combined weight can be up to 10kg and I may carry it around for 2-5 hours. Being in my mid 70s, my lower back, and maybe my hips, is starting to can ache a bit at the end of such a day.

    It seemed to me that the principle of the golf trolley had appeal. I was fortunate to obtain a sack trolley, which was foldable and weighed only 2kg. It could carry "only" 50kg so was more than adequate. The wheels were large enough to cope with grassland tracks and woodland ground.

    The images show the trolley loaded with my two shoulder bags. They are loaded so that access is easy when the trolley is horizontal to the ground. I can open one, or both at the same time

    My actual use has been with my backpack and one shoulder bag.

    The handle doubles as a coat rack when the weather warms up and the coat is superfluous. It is also useful for relocation my equipment when I have wandered away e.g. in long grass.

    My experience is that pulling the trolley when negotiating narrow sheep tracks or boggy ground is hard work. For up to an hour, I may decide not to use the trolley but it is of considerable benefit for longer periods. Where there is a short section of very boggy or uneven ground, or where is need to clamber over a fallen tree, it is very manageable to just pick up the whole thing and carry it.

    Harold









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    Re: A Trolley for Camera Bags at Outdooor Locations

    Its very often a problem about how much kit do you want/need to carry. I quite often just carry my camera with a full battery and the 300mm pro attached, pair of bino's (Olympus waterproof) ...If I think I might need another lens, a bum bag can carry the other lens. Or I carry my sling bag with spares and spare lenses...Weight is a factor, and like you a couple of hours on, my hips and knees begin to feel the strain....

    Not sure I would want to go down your route, but I think you probably need more kit to produce you excellent macros and 3D's
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      Re: A Trolley for Camera Bags at Outdooor Locations

      Originally posted by MJ224 View Post
      Its very often a problem about how much kit do you want/need to carry. I quite often just carry my camera with a full battery and the 300mm pro attached, pair of bino's (Olympus waterproof) ...If I think I might need another lens, a bum bag can carry the other lens. Or I carry my sling bag with spares and spare lenses...Weight is a factor, and like you a couple of hours on, my hips and knees begin to feel the strain....

      Not sure I would want to go down your route, but I think you probably need more kit to produce you excellent macros and 3D's
      It would be quite a bum bag to carry my 100-400mm!

      Flash guns add to the bulk.

      Harold
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        https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2-x-Spare...MAAOSwc4FdC2cN

        The fishing trolleys themselves are quite reasonably priced as well and most could be used for camera gear.

        Jax

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          Re: A Trolley for Camera Bags at Outdooor Locations

          Originally posted by Jax View Post
          https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2-x-Spare...MAAOSwc4FdC2cN

          The fishing trolleys themselves are quite reasonably priced as well and most could be used for camera gear.

          Jax
          Thanks, Jax.

          I would welcome that.

          Harold
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            Re: A Trolley for Camera Bags at Outdooor Locations

            Originally posted by Harold Gough View Post
            Thanks, Jax.

            I would welcome that.

            Harold
            I've considered if I need to do anything. The wheels on offer are 10", pneumatic or solid. We used to have quite a few punctures in out wheelbarrow tyres during normal garden use. We changed to solid tyres and never regretted it.

            The wheels of my trolleys are 5" and the tyres are solid. As it will be used where there are lots of sharp objects on the ground, I will leave it as it is.

            Harold
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              Re: A Trolley for Camera Bags at Outdooor Locations

              Originally posted by Harold Gough View Post
              I've considered if I need to do anything. The wheels on offer are 10", pneumatic or solid. We used to have quite a few punctures in out wheelbarrow tyres during normal garden use. We changed to solid tyres and never regretted it.

              The wheels of my trolleys are 5" and the tyres are solid. As it will be used where there are lots of sharp objects on the ground, I will leave it as it is.

              Harold
              I've also never had much luck with standard wheelbarrow tyres. In fact I now don't have a wheelbarrow and use the trolley instead. The tyres on my garden trolley and I suspect some of the wheels for sale online are not made from the same material as the standard thin rubber wheelbarrow tyres which, as you say are easy to puncture. They are made from some type of hard plastic material.... ( no idea what it is ) but still inflatable as they have an inner tube. This seems to be a much better idea than thin rubber, given the intended usage. I do appreciate and understand your concern regarding possible punctures though.

              Jax

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                Re: A Trolley for Camera Bags at Outdooor Locations

                A birding friend uses an Andersen shopping trolley to carry his kit with large tele lenses. These are available with pneumatic wheels for rough ground or even towed behind a bicycle. See https://www.andersen-shopper.de/en/p...wheel-oe-29cm/
                Mike
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                  Re: A Trolley for Camera Bags at Outdooor Locations

                  A more expensive, but specialised solution could be something like the Lowepro PhotoStream RL 150 (see https://www.wexphotovideo.com/lowepr...l-150-1606763/)

                  They have larger sizes too, but of course replace your existing bags.

                  Chris
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