How do you protect your gear from vibrations?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by Klorenzo, May 9, 2016.

  1. Klorenzo

    Klorenzo Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 10, 2014
    What are your tricks to protect your stuff when traveling, in particular offroad, on car, motorbike, bike, etc.?

    Preferably something on the light weight side. I suppose the best to dump vibrations is some foam like the one found in the pelican cases. Any alternatives?
  2. John M Flores

    John M Flores Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2011
    Somerville, NJ
    When I'm on the motorcycle I have my camera gear in a padded backpack and my body helps to damp vibrations from the bike and road. Once in a while I'll put a padded camera bag in a topcase or pannier and have not experienced any issues.
  3. janneman

    janneman Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 6, 2012
    Jan (John) Kusters
    On my motorbike I use no special precautions; camera and lenses are in a normal soft shell photo-bag (a very old, 1cm padded Canon bag). That bag goes into my tank bag. I have been transporting my E-M5 for 4 years like that now, with no problems. Just make sure nothing can rub against other hard objects (no two lenses rattling against each other for example). When I bought the E-M5, I was a bit concerned about that, by now I am fully confident normal vibrations will not harm my gear. No serious off-road work though; just tarmac and the occasional gravel road. And speed-bumps.
  4. Tsky

    Tsky Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 21, 2015
    Tank bag and normal camera bag. Might stick a cloth or something soft under if I know it's gonna be a rough off-road ride but don't bother with that at all on pure road trips.
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  5. Carbonman

    Carbonman Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jul 10, 2014
    Vancouver BC
    I keep my gear in a padded ThinkTank MM 30i. This bag is often dropped into an L.L. Bean padded messenger bag that lets me haul my camera and lenses plus files, documents and notepads together. I've never been particularly concerned about vibration issues because I can't do much about it when getting from point A to point B in a hurry. I've never noticed a vibration induced issue with either film or digital camera equipment in more than 40 years.
  6. Klorenzo

    Klorenzo Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 10, 2014
    Thanks for your answers. I usually keep the camera in a small tank bag that has no padding. So I usually put some bubble wrap on the bottom to protect the camera but I think is not the best thing for vibrations. I did this for years with different cameras with no problems, still I feel I should find something better.
    Other lenses are in neoprene pouches inside a backpack or a bag fixed on the tail of the bike (I do not like to drive with a backpack on, I feel tied, my back sweats more and I think it is not safe in case I fall especially if it contains hard metal parts).

    My worries are not about commuting or a day long ride but about weeks long travels. The shutter on the E-M10 died (stuck closed) a few weeks after I come back so I made this connection even if this is a problem a few other users are experiencing here.
  7. On the whole my lenses are more expensive than my bodies, so actually my bodies are easier to replace...
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  8. In that case it makes sense, but a 12-40 f/2.8 is a different story.
  9. kajunito

    kajunito Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 6, 2012
    Non padded bagpack or men purse inside the top case. Never had any problems
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