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    Posted: 12 December 2017 at 20:50
My quest to find a comfortable way to carry a camera with me when cycling goes on...

Shoulder/messenger bags seem to shift when pedaling from comfortable over the hip, to dangling inconveniently, banging against me. I'd rather not use a backpack as this is too hot over summer and they're inconvenient to get the camera from.

I was wondering if anyone had experience with the Joby UltraFit Sling Strap (or similar). Do they hold the camera in place when pedaling and are they convenient to bring up/around to shoot with?

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Any of the sling straps will probably give too much movement of the camera while cycling, but might work well combined with one of the 'clip' style holders

https://www.peakdesign.com/capture

This would secure the camera from movement while cycling.

The sling strap would also be a backup in case of failure of the clip (saving the camera from flying off across the road) - they are fairly reliable as far as I am aware, but the rigours of cycling are more than you would expect from just walking.

There are other similar clip systems, and also a number of cheaper Chinese copies, depending on how risk adverse you are
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What kind of cycling, trail riding or city commuting? What about instead of carrying it on your body you stored it on the bike somehow?
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Originally posted by wetapunga wetapunga wrote:



I was wondering if anyone had experience with the Joby UltraFit Sling Strap (or similar). Do they hold the camera in place when pedaling and are they convenient to bring up/around to shoot with?

TIA- B


I've used the Joby UltraFit Sling Strap. I'm not sure if it's useful for cycling. With the lock clip not engaged, this allows for quick and easy movement of the camera up to the eye but the camera has a tendency to slip further and further down the strap, especially if you are moving a bit (which I guess would be the case on your bike). The strap gets longer as a result. On the other hand, locking the clip stops the camera slipping lower in this way, but requires the clip to be unlocked before you can bring the camera up to your eye. You can do this with just one hand, but it does require an additional manipulation.
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Originally posted by Faldrax Faldrax wrote:

Any of the sling straps will probably give too much movement of the camera while cycling, but might work well combined with one of the 'clip' style holders

https://www.peakdesign.com/capture

This would secure the camera from movement while cycling.

The sling strap would also be a backup in case of failure of the clip (saving the camera from flying off across the road) - they are fairly reliable as far as I am aware, but the rigours of cycling are more than you would expect from just walking.

There are other similar clip systems, and also a number of cheaper Chinese copies, depending on how risk adverse you are


thanks- that's an interesting option. Looks like it still needs a bag strap or belt to attach to, which is trickier on the bicycle.
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Originally posted by stiuskr stiuskr wrote:

What kind of cycling, trail riding or city commuting? What about instead of carrying it on your body you stored it on the bike somehow?


I use a road bike. I did dabble with a handle-bar bag a few years ago, but once you get some road vibration going the camera would start bouncing up and down inside the bag. Plus finding something the right size for a camera was problematic.
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Originally posted by braisim braisim wrote:

Originally posted by wetapunga wetapunga wrote:



I was wondering if anyone had experience with the Joby UltraFit Sling Strap (or similar). Do they hold the camera in place when pedaling and are they convenient to bring up/around to shoot with?

TIA- B


I've used the Joby UltraFit Sling Strap. I'm not sure if it's useful for cycling. With the lock clip not engaged, this allows for quick and easy movement of the camera up to the eye but the camera has a tendency to slip further and further down the strap, especially if you are moving a bit (which I guess would be the case on your bike). The strap gets longer as a result. On the other hand, locking the clip stops the camera slipping lower in this way, but requires the clip to be unlocked before you can bring the camera up to your eye. You can do this with just one hand, but it does require an additional manipulation.


Indeed, you move a lot on the bike- more than I really realised. I was hoping the sling-strap would keep it at roughly hip height, without shifting to my front, on the rides.
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I find a small rucksack (child size) works for me, provided it has long enough straps.
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Originally posted by Miranda F Miranda F wrote:

I find a small rucksack (child size) works for me, provided it has long enough straps.


At the moment with high humidity and summer temperatures, I'm trying to avoid backpacks or rucksacks. If it was cold I'd use my Kata torso pack.
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