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Re: Could You / Would You Wear A DSLR With Battery Grip & 70-300mm Round Your Neck All Day?

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I like the idea of having various options.

Can anyone see any flaws/problems with this?

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The only comment I have concerns changing from the neck strap to reporter strap. The only way I can see this working is to detatch the pro-loops from the bino/camera lugs which on the camera is quite a fiddly job and not one I would wish to do on a regular basis. When I bought my neck strap I had hoped to get the reporter straps as well, expecting to be able to keep the camera fastening (pro-loop) in place and clip on either strap type using the lower (closest to camera) quick release fastener shown in your pictures of both straps. As it turned out the neck strap has a quick release fastener only at the connection to the neoprene strap and a fixed buckle connection at the pro-loop end.
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Re: Could You / Would You Wear A DSLR With Battery Grip & 70-300mm Round Your Neck All Day?

Thanks for thinking about it and replying, Steve.

Yeah, I saw that the neck strap only has the QR at the neck end. But Op/Tech also do a Uni Adapter Loop - http://optechusa.com/system-connecto...pter-loop.html - a little more expense, but a solution to that issue.

In the pics I put up, I actually included those Uni Adapter straps, rather than the ones that come with the neck strap, though my list didn't include them. Perhaps a retro-option for you?

For the backpack set-up, I'd have two separate pairs of Reporter/Backpack straps left fitted all the time, and another pair left fitted to the neckstrap all the time - I'd be concerned that constantly swapping one pair between backpack and neck strap might wear the clamps to the point of failure. Again, a little more expense, but a big gain in convenience.


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Re: Could You / Would You Wear A DSLR With Battery Grip & 70-300mm Round Your Neck All Day?

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Once you've used one of these, you'll never go back..... after getting rid of the D-SLR I made a mini version for my pen out of 20mm webbing I missed it so much .
This particular ebay seller has now been removed. They've done something naughty but ebay won't say what. The Q Strap can be bought from a number of other suppliers though.
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Re: Could You / Would You Wear A DSLR With Battery Grip & 70-300mm Round Your Neck All Day?

I know I keep replying to my own thread, but I figure it'll only be those who are interested that'll have a look anyway...

Been thinking some more...

Since you guys put me onto Op/Tech, and I first looked at their site, I really liked the look of the Adapt-Its, and the Swivel Hook straps - much neater on the camera & binos when disconnected.

So now I'm thinking some DIY or improvisation could yield a set-up I really like:

Backpack Set-Up 2:


Neck Strap Set-Up 2:


Lengths may become an issue - mock-ups are all well & good, but it's hard to guage what the lengths involved are.


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Re: Could You / Would You Wear A DSLR With Battery Grip & 70-300mm Round Your Neck All Day?

I don't mind you replying to your own thread.

One thing to think of with this idea is that the camera will stick out the front, resting on your chest & with the weight of the lens, the camera will tilt down with the botom of the camera digging into the chest. Also, the amount of plastic fittings leaves me feeling less secure with the camera (especially a heavier outfit). It all depends on what is the best choice for you as no system is perfect but gives various options to choose from.
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Re: Could You / Would You Wear A DSLR With Battery Grip & 70-300mm Round Your Neck All Day?

Hi Mark,

An interesting variation! I was also tempted by the Adapt-Its but as yet have not tried them. Mainly as I have bought into the Pro Loop set up and would also need to buy a load of Swivel Hook items to switch over.

With regard to security, as stated above,i have no experience of the swivel hook/adapit it parts but all of the Op Tech kit I have is very well made and very secure.

Do let us now how you get on.
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Re: Could You / Would You Wear A DSLR With Battery Grip & 70-300mm Round Your Neck All Day?

Also I am very impressed with your mock ups, very profesional looking.

Maybe you should approach Op Tech for discount by way of commision?
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Re: Could You / Would You Wear A DSLR With Battery Grip & 70-300mm Round Your Neck All Day?

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Also I am very impressed with your mock ups, very profesional looking.

Maybe you should approach Op Tech for discount by way of commision?
Oh, those old things... I just threw them together in between preparing coq au vin and bathing the kids...

I emailed Op/Tech yesterday querying those exact proposed set-ups (the revised ones, with the Swivel Hook Straps).

Got a mail back today confirming that they'll work just fine , and that if lengths are an issue, it's easy to do a DIY mod to alter the lengths (basically cutting & re-stitching - I've done similar before on a fishing backpack I had).

Splashing on a new (to me) E-620 & lenses first, and new memory cards to go with that, and a replacement for the Tamrac Adventure 6 I'm giving to my wife (along with giving her E-410 & 2 lenses back), and hopefully a 70-300mm if one comes up that I could stretch to, and... well - you get the picture. I may have to struggle on with 2 neck straps for a couple of months till I've put aside enough to get the Op/Tech stuff.

Off now to find a UK dealer with all the components I want (rather than having to buy from a couple of different stores, who each have some but not all of what I want), and price it all up.


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Re: Could You / Would You Wear A DSLR With Battery Grip & 70-300mm Round Your Neck All Day?

Back to the subject of camera bags, I saw this and thought of this thread.

http://www.redsnapperuk.com/camera-a..._Backpack.html

I have never heard of them, or seen their kit so I cannot comment on quality etc but it does seam good value.
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Re: Could You / Would You Wear A DSLR With Battery Grip & 70-300mm Round Your Neck All Day?

You won't go wrong with anything from Redsnapper..... great quality and service, and all made in the UK as well....
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Re: Could You / Would You Wear A DSLR With Battery Grip & 70-300mm Round Your Neck All Day?

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You won't go wrong with anything from Redsnapper..... great quality and service, and all made in the UK as well....
I recieved my new (2nd edition) Quick Strap today from the ebay supplier you have a link to earlier in this thread & just after I paid for it, ebay took them off for doing something naughty, but the price was cheap & the service was excellent. The surprise was the connecter is exactly the same as the Black Rapid one (because I've already bought one for my first Quick Strap).
I highly recommend this new version of the 2nd Edition!! NEW Black Quick Rapid Camera Sling Strap

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Re: Could You / Would You Wear A DSLR With Battery Grip & 70-300mm Round Your Neck All Day?

I use a sash type quick release neoprene strap with E5 + EC14 + 300MM f2.8 (4kg) for several hours on occasions with relative comfort and ease of use. Like others mentioned the camera slides on the strap rather than the strap sliding over clothing. It only cost 9 from Amazon and I have two, however I understand that it is currently unavailable from Amazon.

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Re: Could You / Would You Wear A DSLR With Battery Grip & 70-300mm Round Your Neck All Day?

Thanks for the Red Snapper link - will deffo look at that later. Looks like a Lowepro Compurover clone (or vice verca), but at less than half the price.


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Re: Could You / Would You Wear A DSLR With Battery Grip & 70-300mm Round Your Neck All Day?

Had a look at that Redsnapper bag. Looks like a great bag for a great price.

Seems to be comparable in style/size/features as the Tamrac Adventure 9 & Lowepro Compurover.

I'd like to hear from anyone who has one or who's used or seen one in the flesh. Can't find much in the way of reviews, pics or vids for that CompuCam Backpack.

Kinda feel like I'm cheating on Tamrac by even looking at another bag


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