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Post Options Post Options   Quote H20boy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 June 2007 at 08:15
Originally posted by cezarl cezarl wrote:


Is it possible to strip this bag across your chest, or something like that? I mean, having a backpack with clothes and such, while keeping your camera in front?


Ahhhh yes, I hate it when it swings to and fro as well. lol

And yes, the AW Toploader does have a chest strap. check it out.



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Post Options Post Options   Quote lauge Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 June 2007 at 22:27
Originally posted by Maffe Maffe wrote:


To apply this with camera gear;
Lenses in lenscases, maybe modify my backpac to take sliplock and modify the harness (if it´s called that) so camera can be attached easy to it. Really good to put the weight of your neck!


What kind of lens cases would that be?

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Lowepro have lenscases.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote lauge Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 June 2007 at 22:33
Originally posted by H20boy H20boy wrote:


And yes, the AW Toploader does have a chest strap. check it out.


This looks pretty cool, was wondering if it's possible to have it on at the same time as a backpack without compromising the comfort on you shoulders.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote H20boy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 June 2007 at 22:39
Tamrac has those modular accessorie lens cases too that work just as well on the lowepro bags, in case their availability and pricing is better. Both are interchangeable on each other.
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Lowepro also make a belt system, with a belt to which you can attach lens and camera cases with their SlipLock system. Should be compatible with a backpack. Another idea - have you thought about a reporter's vest? There are some made for photographers, with padded pockets that can hold amazing amounts of gear.
 



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Originally posted by lauge lauge wrote:

Originally posted by H20boy H20boy wrote:

And yes, the AW Toploader does have a chest strap. check it out.
This looks pretty cool, was wondering if it's possible to have it on at the same time as a backpack without compromising the comfort on you shoulders.
If you want to carry a toploader on our chest the Lowe chestharnass is the thing to buy. I have one myself and in combination with a back-pack it is conveniant. First put on the chestharnass with toploader, than your backpack.

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The only thing that remains is wishing you luck and strenght overthere in Norway.
I know a little joke about Norway : Tourists asks a child : "Does it always rain overhere ?" I don't know, sir" the child answers, "I'm only eight years old".
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Post Options Post Options   Quote cezarL Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 June 2007 at 15:15
Originally posted by ChrisH ChrisH wrote:

Originally posted by lauge lauge wrote:

Originally posted by H20boy H20boy wrote:

And yes, the AW Toploader does have a chest strap. check it out.
This looks pretty cool, was wondering if it's possible to have it on at the same time as a backpack without compromising the comfort on you shoulders.
If you want to carry a toploader on our chest the Lowe chestharnass is the thing to buy. I have one myself and in combination with a back-pack it is conveniant. First put on the chestharnass with toploader, than your backpack.


I found a store here in Bucharest that sells the Toploader (all versions- 65, 70 and 75), it seems they have all in stock. I'll try to get there this weekend, and try the bags out, see how they feel. If I manage to do that, I'll let you know my opinions.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote flyingscot4 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 August 2010 at 21:45
I have finally settled on a Lowepro Fastpack 250. I have not climbed the fjords, but I have been in the Alps and this was my final choice after using a couple of TLZ's. I carry a regular backpack on my back and my Fastpack on my chest. I don't recommend this for long hauls, but to get from base to train to next base, it's not too bad. The Fastpack has a compartment at the top for an extra sweater and a few chargers and computer stuff and a pocket for a laptop. On day trips, I just carry the Fastpack with about 9 lbs of camera and lenses. Chargers and netbook stay at the hostel, hotel, etc. I can carry that load all day.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jphank Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 August 2010 at 16:50
I've been using a Lowepro toploader 50 AW and have been happy with it. When I'm hiking/climbing, weight is normally a top priority. This setup allows me to carry my A700 with 16-80 attached (you could probably get away with a larger lens), and has room for a couple batteries or cards. I use the shoulder strap that came with the case attached to the two lower points and wrap it around my midsection, and the two upper point I attach to the shoulder straps of my backpack. It keeps the camera handy and encourages me to take pictures along the way (I don't have to take off my pack to get my camera out). I haven't tried this setup with the Lowepro chest harness, but I might, it's fairly inexpensive and it would allow me to keep the camera on me when I take my large pack off.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Maurus Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 August 2010 at 17:23
I've quite good experiences with a 'two option' setup (used both in Norway and in the Alps):

(1) Allow place inside the main backpack for all your gear, make sure the place is waterproof, as mentioned above. Tricky question here is the weight, carrying too much definitely distracts from enjoying the hike.

(2) Add a small beltpack that takes the camera and one medium sized lens attached to it (I am using Lowepro Off Trail 1; 2 would be larger). When the weather is good you can carry this at the side below the backpack, when weather turns worse or the terrain gets more difficult you can put it in the backpack quickly.

This way, in good weather conditions and during smooth walking, you have the camera handy. I prefer this to a front pack.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Paul07 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 August 2010 at 10:08
Fully agree with the above.

I am actually just back from the Alps: naked a700 (- so grip staying home -) + CZ16-80 was a wonderful combination. I don't need anything else for hicking.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ChrisH Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 August 2010 at 11:10
[Maybe some already wrote this]

One of the best solutions I think :
Chest harness + Lowe-'telezoom' with a DSL+lens+some filter+lens cloth and other small stuff ; if you have more lenses put them into your back-pack
or
your packpack has D-rings on the shoulder straps ? --> attach your 'telezoom' with some carabiners to it and put your cam+lens etc in it [a bit more work when you put down your back-pack]

These solotions have several advantages
- your cam is in front of you and ready to use
- your cam is out of reach from your water supply such as a camel-back

And I'm planning the Tour Mont Blanc ; solo end of this week. , depending on the weather.
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Dear Dyxum-friends,

During mountain trekkings in the winter I use my camera without the VG and only a 18-200mm lens. The build-in flash is usually enough in the mountainhuts. I do realize that this flashlight doesn't give the best effect, the lens is not fast enough for lowlight conditions (f3.5-f6.3), 200mm is not much if a group Ibex or Murmeltieren will be spotted and without the VG I look like an amateur.... but so what?
In summer and autumn I also bring along my 10-20mm for landscape shooting.

In the winterseason when we go camping in the Alps in solitary areas we have to carry a rucksac with tent, sleepingbag, food and so on. The weight is an issue. I also make every year documentary with my small Sony CX 105 AVCHD camera. It doesn't weight that much but when you have to carry also a compleet DSLR-set it's getting to heavy.

Enjoy your trekkings and never (never !!) leave your camera at home! Hope to meet you one day out there!



Edited by der dickgg - 08 September 2010 at 15:45
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