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Bag + Vest

Postby steve40 » Sun Feb 12, 2012 5:35 pm

Has anyone considered, adding a vest alternative to their camera bag. I recently did, and the pair work together! much better than either one alone. The bag works better for primary transportation of your gear, and the vest can be loaded for the current shooting conditions, from day to day.

Thus eliminating the hassle of carrying, and protecting a large bag from theft! if temporarily un-shouldred. And pockets are a lot handier than digging through a crowded camera bag; a place for everything, and everything in its place. :)
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Postby WestCoast » Sun Feb 12, 2012 5:50 pm

I thought the vest went extinct with film and the pipe.
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Postby steve40 » Sun Feb 12, 2012 7:28 pm

No they are very much alive, and well.
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Postby Gordon Laing » Sun Feb 12, 2012 9:21 pm

I think it depends on where you are. On a safari or a remote hike I would consider a vest, but in an urban environment I wouldn't.
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Postby WestCoast » Sun Feb 12, 2012 9:39 pm

Here's my son demonstrating my fishing vest that I also use for photography when out all day birding at the sanctuary.

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Postby HikingMike » Sun Feb 12, 2012 11:44 pm

I was at a zoo/wildlife park in Tucson AZ and a lady was wearing not a vest like a fishing vest but more like a tactical vest like i would wear for the Army. She had 2 cameras attached and all this stuff hanging on her. Said it was the best thing if you needed 2 cameras handy.
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Postby Trevor Harris » Mon Feb 13, 2012 1:42 am

^^ Get a name? Not the girl... the vest...
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Postby steve40 » Mon Feb 13, 2012 2:38 am

Mine is a Domke Protogs, not so tactical it provokes the swat team. But has plenty of useful pockets, and places to stuff things. While being really functional, its also practical/conservative looking.
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Postby maxjj » Mon Feb 13, 2012 6:55 am

I see it a bit like the camera bag and bush walking/ hiking day pack. It may have its place in specific purposes.

I have got a Tamrac Expedition 5xxx Series bag, great for putting all your gear in, stores in well, protects it, keeps it dry and safe.
But a rather horrible back pack to take on a day hike. Ok if going to the zoo or similar or just transporting all your gear. I much rather take my proper day hiking pack when going on any bush walk. They are much more comfortable and easier to use.

A vest might be great for storing all the stuff in, but is not really a jacket to protect you from the elements or to keep you warm and dry, alternatively you may just get too hot and want to take it off.
Good if you need quick access to batteries, cards and cleaning gear with the odd lens tugged in.

I got a pretty weatherproof resistant jacket with a top pocket that is fully sealed and generous side pockets as well as generous interior sidepockets that work really well. I can tug the 7D with 15-85 lens into interior side pockets and the 70-300 into the outside sidepocket.
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Postby Joris Van den Berghe » Mon Feb 13, 2012 8:02 pm

I have quite a bit of Street & Field gear from Lowepro which I've used while on assignment last summer. Here's what I use with it:

  • S&F Technical Vest (which has an incredibly press badge/event credentials holder),
  • S&F Deluxe Technical Belt,
  • S&F Utility Bag 100 AW,
  • S&F Audio Utility Bag 100,
  • S&F Bottle Pouch,
  • S&F Memory Wallet,
  • S&F Phone Case 20,
  • S&F Transport Duffle Backpack.
It's an awesome system - love it!
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Postby Trevor Harris » Mon Feb 13, 2012 8:58 pm

The vest reminds me of what would be on the back of any generic 90's cereal box... Well... Almost. The binoculars are missing... :-)
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Postby Jiko » Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:21 pm

I have an old Canon camera vest, which is quite nice. The problem with it is: I cannot put the camera inside the vest so I have to carry a bag (in my case I just bought a Lowepro Fastpack 350, nice) and now there's not so much to put into my vest. OK, last week I put a 80-200mm 2.8 lens into the vest and some batteries for quick access.
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Postby Maestro » Wed Feb 15, 2012 2:39 am

I've got a 5.11 vest that I like because I can put 2 long lenses in the rear "water bottle" pockets. And a bunch of other stuff elsewhere, of course.

At the very least, wearing the vest saves me some time going back-and-forth to the Lowepro Roller x200 which houses all my other gear. And at best, there's the day-to-day option that Steve pointed out in the OP.

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Postby RexGig » Wed Feb 15, 2012 3:11 am

Amazon.com (which can be accessed through the Camaralabs link to benefit Cameralabs financially) lists a Billingham vest that I would like to order. I have used a Royal Robbins Guide Vest for several years, whether shooting photos or not, as it does a good job of concealing a holstered handgun while being reasonably comfortable in warm weather. (In the USA it is customary for police officers to be considered subject to duty at all times, so it is normal for us to carry weapons virtually all the time.)
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