Transporting one camera

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by prophet, Dec 28, 2014.

  1. prophet

    prophet Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 10, 2014
    Say I would like to go out for some trip, I have a daypack with me, but no photo bag. Still, I would like to bring along my E-PL7 with one lens: any advice on the best method to store the camera in a normal daypack?
  2. usayit

    usayit Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Options similar to what I have done....

    * Insert. Many on ebay. Some with drawstrings.

    * ONA makes one too but it is relatively expensive.

    * Clik makes a capsule

    * Zing... neoprene ever ready (never ready some would say). I used this for my Canon. Not sure which fits the E-PL7.

    * Large lens case. I have a large lens case left over when I shot with large EOS lenses; Lowepro branded. I can fit my E-PL1 + lens in it just fine.

    * Towel. I used to simply wrap a towel and used a shoe string when I was in college.

    Pack the camera towards the top.
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  3. ThereAndBackAgain

    ThereAndBackAgain Fighting GAS

    May 26, 2014
    North Devon, England
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    +1 for the towel option. Personally in the outlined circumstances I would use my spare socks as a pouch and pack at the top. Dead easy to get out and into use.
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  4. Ellsass

    Ellsass Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 15, 2014
    Have you already purchased a daypack? The only method that's worked for me is to use a daypack with a dedicated pouch for the camera. It doesn't have to be a made-for-cameras bag per se, but having a dedicated, zippered pocket for the camera is huge. It's especially helpful if you can reach behind you and unzip it and remove the camera with one hand, without having to shuffle the bag around your shoulders. I use the LowePro Streamline Sling which is great for this, though the non-camera storage area can be a bit stingy.

    If you already have a bag, just put an ND filter (or whatever) on your lens to protect it and chuck the whole thing in the bag and enjoy your trip. If you make too much of a fuss about getting your camera out and putting it back in, you'll end up skipping shots or using your smartphone just because of the hassle. You'd be better off keeping the camera in a jacket pocket. If there's anything in your bag that's harmful enough to scratch/dent your camera, you should consider protecting/isolating/moving the offending item so it doesn't wreck anything else
  5. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 26, 2013
    Real Name:
    Andrew Lossing
    Tenba Messenger wraps are great (and cheap). I like to steal the padded insert from my Lowepro messenger bag for use in my full size backpack, but the wrap works almost as well.

  6. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
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    I've used Op-Tech's digital pouches with great satisfaction. I find that I can get them off and have the camera ready in seconds. I have the pouch attached to the strap and just unsnap it, roll it off, and let it hang. Provides some bump and scratch protection as well as a bit of weather protection. I'm sure you can find one to fit your body and lens config. Amazon sells them, among others.

    If speed of access is a factor for you, then maybe you'd prefer some sort of belt holster that holds the camera outside of the daypack so you can get to it quicker? Maybe there's one that you can attach to your daypack straps.
  7. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
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    I use some old towels in the saddlebag of the bike.
  8. alex66

    alex66 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 23, 2010
    For a cheep cheep option get a laptop pocket thing from a pound shop (dollar store?) I got a load of cheep neoprene ones and have made lens pouches bag inserts etc from them or as others have said look for the ones on Ebay.
  9. oldracer

    oldracer Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 1, 2010
    Heavy sock aka boot sock