Waist style pack for event photography. What do you use?

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by So Thankful, Feb 1, 2016.

  1. So Thankful

    So Thankful Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 9, 2015
    Midwest
    I am looking for a waist style pack that will hold a body with grip, three lenses and a flash. I think the Think Tank options are all to big.
    What do some of you folks use?
     
  2. Hypilein

    Hypilein Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 18, 2015
    I just ordered a cosyspeed bag. They work on a belt and are designed for mirrorless. It hasn't arrived yet but might in the next few days (it was an indigogo project, but they already have other bags on sale). Might work for you.
     
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  3. Rudy

    Rudy Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 24, 2013
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    Think Tank Speed Demon should be just right. Unless those lenses are huge.
     
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  4. tradesmith45

    tradesmith45 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 13, 2012
    Oregon
    Would be helpful to know which 3 lenses & the flash size.

    Depending on the sizes, you may be trying to get too much into a single hip pack. I've used several lumbar packs & love them. My most recent is this one: Amazon.com : Tamrac 3458 Rally 58 Photo Hip Pack - Black : Camera Cases : Camera & Photo
    I've carried an E-M1 & 4 lenses + stuff in it. And the E-M1 w/ 12-40mm zoom & grip will fit in the middle just right.

    Each of the 3 silos has a velcro padded trap door in the bottom allowing you to stack a couple smaller lenses in a single silo. So if you are using a couple primes & a zoom & the flash isn't huge, it would work as is.

    But if your stuff is bigger, you could add a belt pocket of the necessary size to give you more capacity & still have everything at your waist.


     
  5. So Thankful

    So Thankful Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 9, 2015
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    I am looking at carrying a E-M5 MK II with a grip. The lenses I own are all primes and smaller zooms. 12-50 EZ and 14-150 II. The flash is a FL-600r.


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  6. Chazworth

    Chazworth Mu-43 Rookie

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    Oct 12, 2012
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    I use a Think Tank Hubba Hubba Hiney to hold two M43 cameras. It is minimal, but works great. I sometimes use a belt, and sometimes use the shoulder strap. I also have a Think Tank Speed Changer for hiking with two cameras or more items than will fit in the Hubba Hubba Hiney.
     
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  7. bassman

    bassman Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Apr 22, 2013
    New Jersey
    Scott
    +1 on the Hubba Hubba Hiney. I can carry an E-M1, 12-35/2.8, 35-100/2.8 and either the 9-18 or a small 1.8 prime. Plus extra batteries, etc. I always use the shoulder strap and have never put it on a belt. With all the gear in the bag, it's snug, but obviously the camera and one lens are out when I'm shooting.

    If I need more room, I'll put a Skin 50 on my belt.
     
  8. Tilman Paulin

    Tilman Paulin Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 10, 2013
    Dublin, Ireland
    another +1 for the Hubba Hiney. :) I wear it on a gaffer's belt.
    (You can always add an additional lens changer pouch if need be.)

    I used the Speed Demon before but that was ultimately just a little bit too big for hiking.

    Maybe have a look at those two, to see if one fits your needs.
     
  9. tradesmith45

    tradesmith45 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 13, 2012
    Oregon
    My old Sunpack flash is 6.5" long when opened flat. Only says the FL-600r is 4.1" but I'm sure that's when its bent. So I'm guessing you'll want a bag that has a 6" or so interior depth.

    Just tried it & the Tamrac bag I have will easily hold flash, E-M5m2 w/ grip + 12-50mm & 14-150. Can probably squeeze a f1.8 prime under a trapdoor in one of the silos.

     
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  10. So Thankful

    So Thankful Mu-43 Veteran

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    Would the Hubba Hiney hold the E-M5 MK II with the grip and a lens attached?

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  11. tradesmith45

    tradesmith45 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 13, 2012
    Oregon
    You might also look at Lowepro Inverse 200 AW & 100 AW. I bought the Tamrac after many years of use wore out my Lowpro PhotoRunner. These have a dual zipper so have a bigger opening. The Tamrac has a permiter zipper around 3/4ths of the lid so it opens wide too.
     
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  12. Tilman Paulin

    Tilman Paulin Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 10, 2013
    Dublin, Ireland
    With the battery grip? That might be a bit too tight. The Speed Demon could be better then.
    I'm using it with the EM5 (mk1) and Fotodiox grip and it's a little fiddly (the Hubba Hiney just has a centre zipper.)
     
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  13. Tilman Paulin

    Tilman Paulin Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 10, 2013
    Dublin, Ireland
    Yup, these are worth a look too. I think they're comparable to the Speed Demon.
     
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  14. So Thankful

    So Thankful Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 9, 2015
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    Thanks for the help.

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  15. So Thankful

    So Thankful Mu-43 Veteran

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    Have looked at the Lowepro Inverse packs. They might be an option.

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  16. So Thankful

    So Thankful Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 9, 2015
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    If anyone has pics of any of these bags with m4/3 gear in them and would be willing to post them I would really appreciate it.

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  17. I've become a fan of lumbar packs myself and have had good luck with the Mountainsmith items. The one I use is the Kinetic TLS, but I'm not toting as much as you wish to. Their whole line is changing and they have some that are larger and may work for you. Many of their packs are more square in shape than a standard fanny pack, which can help be more accommodating of camera gear.
     
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  18. So Thankful

    So Thankful Mu-43 Veteran

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    I have seen a couple of them on B&H site.

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  19. tradesmith45

    tradesmith45 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 13, 2012
    Oregon
    Can't get photos done 'til tomorrow.

    My experience is all these & similar packs will work for you given their dimensions. The 2 biggest issues I've found are:
    -how much other "stuff" am I carrying & how does the bag hold it.
    -how wide does the bag open so I don't have to pry the gear out.

    Now that I use a pano head often, I sewed on a small pocket to the Tamrac bag to hold the head.

    Every lumbar bag will mold around you making it harder to get stuff out. That's what makes big openings helpful. Bags w/ a single zipper down the middle make it harder to find small stuff & to get big stuff out.
     
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  20. So Thankful

    So Thankful Mu-43 Veteran

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    I appreciate any shots you can get. Thank you kindly.

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