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How do you carry your camera gear?

Discussion in 'Non-Bikes' at netrider.net.au started by Pompy, Apr 17, 2015.

  1. Just looking for tips on carrying your camera gear on a bike, I have a DSL and a few lenses etc, I have heard that the vibrations from a bike can rattle the little screws etc loose.
    Any thoughts?

  2. I carry mine in a shoulder bag TT Retrospective 30 or in a small padded tail bag in my pannier.
    For the big glass 400/2.8 & 600/4, I have a pelican hard case for each and that can be fitted to my BMW rack
  3. I have mine fitted into a back pack.
    For local trips then I'd just wear it, but for longer trips then it goes on the pillion seat.
    I'd expect the multiple layers of padding would spare it the worst of the vibrations.
    I think bike vibrations would really only be an issue if you were doing a lot of off road or gravel road riding through corrigations.
  4. I have a Lowepro bag for my DSLR body and two lenses / chargers etc. I used to just put it into my Ventura tailbag and have never experienced any problems. I have taken it to the Barry Sheene Festival of Speed, Speed on Tweed (the year it was twinned with the World Rally Championship - we rode from Nerang to Murwillumbah and back) and the Muscle Car Masters without issue.
  5. One of the main reasons I swapped from Nikon to Micro 4/3rds is the smaller size and lighter weight is better suited to carrying on a bike. I can fit the EM-1 body with grip, the 12-40 f2.8 and the 70-300 plus a flash in a bag that sits nicely in one pannier.
  6. You're looking slightly younger in that shot Uncle Greg (I hope you've updated your gear since then though!).
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  7. Padded bag or even make a bag from bubble wrap and keep the camera in there.
    I carry my gear on the bike all the time and never had problems.
  8. Im a commercial photographer and have been for 30 years. Only been riding for 6 months though on a scooter. I have just been putting my small tenba bag with a 5d and a few lenses into a milk crate on the back with a strap over the top. Low tech i know but bikes and cars have fairly low frequency vibrations. Aeroplanes on the other hand are a problem. The high frequency vibes of a jet do loosen screws so i always uses extra foam when travelling. The bike im not worried about. At least not for around town.
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  10. Thanks timax, so I am guessing a Ventura bag with spare cloths etc and the camera etc in with it is ok?
  11. I would think so. Just have something soft under it.
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  12. #13 KharmaKazi, Jul 6, 2016
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    old thread, but thought id'e show what i use, very compact but holds a lot...

    lowepro Flipside 400 AW backpack :

    in it i have :

    my dslr with Pentax WR18-55 lens attached
    Pentax 50mm prime lens f1.4
    Pentax WR55-300 lens f4-5.8
    Tamron 90mm macro lens f2.8
    Tamron 10-24 wide angle lens f3.5-4.5
    tamron 2x teleconverter
    sigma external flash
    video camera
    3 x circular polarizing filters for my main lenses
    set of square effects filters and holder
    wireless remote for camera
    spare batteries of various types, IE for camera, remotes, etc...
    spare high speed SD cards
    cleaning equipment including blower, cleaning pens, cloths etc.

    pretty much all i need except my tripod...
    depending on what i'm doing i take some things out if not needed as it's pretty heavy with everything in it, approx 15-18kgs fully loaded.
    it's a very compact solid and sturdy well padded bag the holds everything in place securely and also has a waterproof cover...

    front :


    Back :

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  13. Ressurecting this thread ..with a trip to Bright aproaching fast , i've been thinking about taking my DSLR. A lot of the post here seems to suggest backpack style lowepro. I prefer to avoid this where possible, does anyone else have sugestions or tips for panniers (i've got a lowe pro bag that fits camera +single lens attached +2 other lenses etc ..cant remember the style at the moment )

    NosohNosoh MrDataMrData ?
  14. I carry mine the same way as I carry my phone, in my pocket. May sound silly, but most modern phones have such good cameras it makes sense.
  15. a modern phone does have a good camera, but in no way compares to a good DSLR with multiple lenses and accessories and a good user (y):snaphappy:
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  16. #17 MrData, Oct 31, 2016
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    For me it depends on the length and purpose of the trip. If I'm going for a short outing specifically to take photos, I'll take the Lowepro I have, a small one. If I'm going for a longer trip, I take my 30L backpack and stash the bits of gear I want to take in there, usually wrapped in the clothing I'm taking with me.

    If I have the 30L backpack I've also come up with a good way to have the camera worn around my neck and slipped through the backpack straps. That way if I see something cool I can stop quickly and take some shots without having to shrug off the pack, open it, etc.

    Why don't you want to take the Lowepro? They're great in terms of storage but also abrasion and impact resistance for the camera. I've had one literally thrown out of a car before; after some shouting and a u-turn, I found the bag and contents safe and sound.

    NB: I don't have any sort of luggage on my bike yet. That clearly influences my answer.
  17. For me, if I am taking extra lenses or my 400mm lense I take the back pack, If I am just taking the camera and my 17-70mm lense I have a small bag that goes in the top box in between cloths etc. I wouldn't put my camera gear in soft panniers.
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  18. MrDataMrData i dont have backpack style lowepro rather a side sling, will definitely be bringing the bag but i highly doubt ill be carrying them in my panniers since its medium hard and secondly i dont trust the vibration from my bike. If anything i will most likely keep the gear in partners hard panniers. Also had accident many years ago wearing backpack been banned from wearing one since :) .

    middomiddo whilst i do like my phone photos as KharmaKaziKharmaKazi said DSLR takes a million times better photos and my phone cant handle ( i think it has a mental breakdown ) taking action shots
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  19. Yeah, I can see why the side sling wouldn't work... though you could probably make it relatively safe through using some additional slings. There are a bunch of usable, cool slings you can get from any rock climbing / outdoors supplier that should give you the ability to fasten it tightly to your person.
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