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Stylish way to carry an SLR?

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Renault78law, Oct 19, 2008.

  1. Renault78law

    Renault78law Senior member

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    Does it exist? Or are you doomed to look like either a tourist or photogeek?
     
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    GQgeek Senior member

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    Does it exist? Or are you doomed to look like either a tourist or photogeek?

    Depends on how much kit you have. The more you have, the harder it's going to be to look stylish. I don't even worry about it, however it's the only time you'll ever see me with a backpack when I'm not hiking. I don't think i've ever seen a particularly attractive camera bag though. I'm sure this si the real reason nantucket shoots with a film leica. [​IMG]
     
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    Depends on how much gear, what sort of SLR, and what you consider stylish I supppose.

    There are pretty nice looking shoulder bags for DSLR's out there. The Billingham Hadley bag isn't too horrible looking, comes in various tasteful colors, and is relatively un-camera bag looking.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Scott Schuman does a good job at this I think.
     
  5. matadorpoeta

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    Does it exist? Or are you doomed to look like either a tourist or photogeek?

    if it's just one slr you are carrying, and no extra lenses, don't bother with a camera bag. also, i use a wrist strap (sans logo) instead of a neck strap.

    if you dress well, you won't look like a tourist or a geek.

    the bag tokyo slim posted doesn't look half bad either. the lack of a shoulder strap keeps in from looking feminine or like a camera bag.
     
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    Depends on how much gear, what sort of SLR, and what you consider stylish I supppose.

    There are pretty nice looking shoulder bags for DSLR's out there. The Billingham Hadley bag isn't too horrible looking, comes in various tasteful colors, and is relatively un-camera bag looking.

    [​IMG]


    The thing is, that might be fine for carrying a camera from point a to point b, but it's useless for shooting. You can't use the camera and hold the bag. The advantage of LowePro etc is that the're functional. Slingshots rotate and open towards your chest for easy lens swapping, as do some of their backpacks.
     
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    The thing is, that might be fine for carrying a camera from point a to point b, but it's useless for shooting. You can't use the camera and hold the bag. The advantage of LowePro etc is that the're functional. Slingshots rotate and open towards your chest for easy lens swapping, as do some of their backpacks.

    but this is just plain ugly.
    [​IMG]
     
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    but this is just plain ugly.
    [​IMG]


    I do'nt really see the appeal of those types of bags. The backpacks and the slighshots are by far the most functional. I have a Slingshot 100, which is good for a camera plus two lenses or 1 lens and a flash. They make bigger slignshots, but the fact that all the weight goes on one shoulder turns me off of the bigger ones. My new camera and glass is a lot heavier than my old kit glass and prosumer camera, and i don't even have my new telephoto yet, so i want the even weight distribution of a backpack cause otherwise it starts to hurt my shoulder.
     
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    I do'nt really see the appeal of those types of bags. The backpacks and the slighshots are by far the most functional. I have a Slingshot 100, which is good for a camera plus two lenses or 1 lens and a flash. They make bigger slignshots, but the fact that all the weight goes on one shoulder turns me off of the bigger ones. My new camera and glass is a lot heavier than my old kit glass and prosumer camera, and i don't even have my new telephoto yet, so i want the even weight distribution of a backpack cause otherwise it starts to hurt my shoulder.
    this thread is called "stylish way to carry an slr?" [​IMG]
     
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    the bag tokyo slim posted doesn't look half bad either. the lack of a shoulder strap keeps in from looking feminine or like a camera bag.

    Um... it does have a shoulder strap. Thats why its a shoulder bag. [​IMG]
    Maybe you missed that part of my post.
    [​IMG]


    The thing is, that might be fine for carrying a camera from point a to point b, but it's useless for shooting. You can't use the camera and hold the bag. The advantage of LowePro etc is that the're functional. Slingshots rotate and open towards your chest for easy lens swapping, as do some of their backpacks.

    How is it useless for shooting? Why wouldn't you be able to hold the bag and the camera at the same time and you would the lowerpro? The Billingham bag is widely regarded as one of the best and most functional makers of finer camera bags out there. They were one of the first companies to ever make a soft bag.
     
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    this thread is called "stylish way to carry an slr?"

    [​IMG]


    My point is that I don't think there is such a way that will also allow you to remain functional. The thing with an SLR is you have multiple lenses. You can go the Bellingham route, but it's non-functional for the wandering photographer. You have to be able to change your lenses quickly in some cases, and that's what the big strength of the slingshot is. And having the bag on your back grants you maneuverability that you lose if you've got a messenger or briefcase style bag. I almost never leave the house without a sportsjacket, and I hate backpacks, but I just don't see any other options.
     
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    Um... it does have a shoulder strap. Thats why its a shoulder bag. [​IMG]
    Maybe you missed that part of my post.

    i just looked at the pic which does not show the strap. it lookes much better without it.

    btw, i've never found it necessary to hold/wear a camera bag while shooting. i just set it on the ground. many people use their camera bag to anchor their tripod.
     
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    My point is that I don't think there is such a way that will also allow you to remain functional. The thing with an SLR is you have multiple lenses. You can go the Bellingham route, but it's non-functional for the wandering photographer. You have to be able to change your lenses quickly in some cases, and that's what the big strength of the slingshot is. And having the bag on your back grants you maneuverability that you lose if you've got a messenger or briefcase style bag. I almost never leave the house without a sportsjacket, and I hate backpacks, but I just don't see any other options.

    This is all personal opinion, and in no way fact. I've seen way more professional photographers carry something discreet and functional over one of those weekend warrior backpacker monstrosities.

    I don't see how digging around in a backpack is easier or faster than a compartmentalized top loading softbag you can open and pull a lens out of with one hand.
     
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    btw, i've never found it necessary to hold/wear a camera bag while shooting. i just set it on the ground. many people use their camera bag to anchor their tripod.

    Assuming you only shoot from a tripod, or fixed position, and not walking around or taking shots on the street. Thats sort of not the point here though.
     
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    This is all personal opinion, and in no way fact. I've seen way more professional photographers carry something discreet and functional over one of those weekend warrior backpacker monstrosities.

    I don't see how digging around in a backpack is easier or faster than a compartmentalized top loading softbag you can open and pull a lens out of with one hand.


    word.
     
  16. GQgeek

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    Um... it does have a shoulder strap. Thats why its a shoulder bag. [​IMG]
    Maybe you missed that part of my post.
    [​IMG]




    How is it useless for shooting? Why wouldn't you be able to hold the bag and the camera at the same time and you would the lowerpro? The Billingham bag is widely regarded as one of the best and most functional makers of finer camera bags out there. They were one of the first companies to ever make a soft bag.


    I cannot imagine spending several hours walking around with a strap that only goes over one shoulder. Good camera equipment is heavy. It's one thing if you have a plastic prosumer camera and kit lenses, but good glass is heavy. Not to mention, i've owned a messenger bag in the past, and it bounces around on you in a way that's really annoying. I just find it completely uncomfortable. I'd rather look like a tourist than be uncomfortable all day. Maybe if I had meatier shoulders I would feel differently, but even the current weight of equipment in my LowePro is annoying. Besides, I'm really not concerned with looking styling when i go out with my camera. I don't wear my good clothes because the rub of the bags creates too much wear.

    And to address your other question about fumbling around, the LowePros are compartmentalized.
     
  17. matadorpoeta

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    Assuming you only shoot from a tripod, or fixed position, and not walking around or taking shots on the street. Thats sort of not the point here though.

    i'm saying i've done all sorts of photography, including street, and a few weddings for friends, and i've never found it necessary to wear a bag, even with film.
     
  18. Tokyo Slim

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    I cannot imagine spending several hours walking around with a strap that only goes over one shoulder. Good camera equipment is heavy. It's one thing if you have a plastic prosumer camera and kit lenses, but good glass is heavy. Not to mention, i've owned a messenger back in the past, and it bounces around on you in a way that's really annoying. I just find it completely uncomfortable. I'd rather look like a tourist than be uncomfortable all day.

    I dunno man, maybe you should grow a pair. [​IMG]

    These types of bags have been hauled around on African safaris and shit. The strap is way more comfortable than you probably realize. (if you are wearing it properly, of course.) They have leather shoulder pads that do a very nice job of distributing the weight.

    Oh, and BTW genius, the Lowepro slingshot only has one strap. And you wear it pretty much like you would a shoulder bag if you knew how to wear a shoulder bag.

    [​IMG]
     
  19. matadorpoeta

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    I cannot imagine spending several hours walking around with a strap that only goes over one shoulder. Good camera equipment is heavy. It's one thing if you have a plastic prosumer camera and kit lenses, but good glass is heavy. Not to mention, i've owned a messenger bag in the past, and it bounces around on you in a way that's really annoying. I just find it completely uncomfortable. I'd rather look like a tourist than be uncomfortable all day. Maybe if I had meatier shoulders I would feel differently, but even the current weight of equipment in my LowePro is annoying. Besides, I'm really not concerned with looking styling when i go out with my camera. I don't wear my good clothes because the rub of the bags creates too much wear. And to address your other question about fumbling around, the LowePros are compartmentalized.
    then why enter this thread? your responses have nothing to do with the o.p. or you could have just answered, "no."
     
  20. GQgeek

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    i'm saying i've done all sorts of photography, including street, and a few weddings for friends, and i've never found it necessary to wear a bag, even with film.

    It's easier to avoid carrying lots of stuff if you know specifically what you will be shooting. If you're doing street photography, you may only be using one lens anyway. When you don't know what you're going to do, unless you're just carrying a super-zoom, I don't see how you can avoid it. Personally, I like having a bag so that I don't have to have 4-5 lbs weight hanging around my neck for 8 to 10 hrs a day (when I AM benig a tourist, for instance).
     

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