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best way to carry camera while hiking the city and mountain trails
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Jun 1, 2017 08:15:22   #
home brewer Loc: Fort Wayne, Indiana
 
I just got back from a vacation and need a better way to carry my D500 with the 18 to 300 mm lens. The neck strap is not comfortable and walking around holding the camera all day got tiresome.
I want the camera handy at all times. Except when the trails get steep or slippery.

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Jun 1, 2017 08:22:23   #
boberic Loc: Quiet Corner, Connecticut. Ex long Islander
 
I use an Op Tech Shoulder sling. very comfortabe for getting the weight off the neck.

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Jun 1, 2017 08:24:21   #
tinplater Loc: Scottsdale, AZ
 
If you are not self conscious, the Cotton Carrier system (harness and side holster) is amazing. My most used bag, however, is the Lowepro Slingshot which is a back pack that swivels to the front to allow easy access to your gear.

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Jun 1, 2017 08:26:34   #
Wanda Krack Loc: Tennessee, USA
 
I use a harness that is made for binoculars. It is a little flimsy, but I'm not a big hiker. It has clips that can release the camera easily, and goes around the chest. Camera is held on the front of the chest, which I find the most comfortable when needing two hands, and still protect the camera. You can google it, as I don't remember the website it was ordered from. So far, this is the best I have found, and I've even tried to make one, unsuccessfully.

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Jun 1, 2017 08:28:26   #
dck22
 
I use Peak Design straps. For the D500 I would recommend the PD Slide. https://www.peakdesign.com/product/straps/slide

For my Fuji X-T2, I use the PD Slide Lite. https://www.peakdesign.com/product/straps/slidelite

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Jun 1, 2017 08:35:46   #
Lenshood Loc: Maine
 
boberic wrote:
I use an Op Tech Shoulder sling. very comfortabe for getting the weight off the neck.


I agree. I've had a Slingshot for about ten years, and can't imagine anything better for travel and all-day comfort. I've taken it to Europe and across the USA and it has held up with virtually no wear or visible signs of aging. If you're in a tight place like a bus or cable car, you just swing it onto your lap and all your gear is right there in front of you ready for action. It allows for storing a DSLR with a long lens with plenty of space for your chargers, estra batteries and extra lens.

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Jun 1, 2017 08:37:32   #
anotherview Loc: California
 
Yes, a bag suitable to the camera with lens mounted on it along with a shoulder strap made for comfort will do the trick.
I too use Op Tech straps for their comfort.
boberic wrote:
I use an Op Tech Shoulder sling. very comfortabe for getting the weight off the neck.

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Jun 1, 2017 08:40:26   #
JeffR Loc: Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
 

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Jun 1, 2017 08:40:38   #
Fotoserj
 
I'm fan of the blackrapid sling, you can block the camera mouvement at your side, up in front or in the back as the need arise and it put the weight across your chest.

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Jun 1, 2017 08:45:42   #
Waltm Loc: Fredericksburg, VA
 
I prefer to hand-carry. My no-name handle adjusts to any mounting anchor, has a holder for an off the camera flash at the top of the handle, and the grip fits almost any size set of fingers. There is a strap to secure your hand around the handle. The camera is always instantly available, without having to find a comfortable hand position. I have carried it around the world for over 50 years, and it has adapted well to every body.
Having only one hand free has not affected my wanderings at all.

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Jun 1, 2017 09:09:48   #
WayneT Loc: Paris, TN
 
I'll second the Peak Design straps as they are still on you neck but only on one shoulder and the way I have mine set up the camera hangs in a way that allows me to grab the camera with my right hand the way I shoot. No fumbling

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Jun 1, 2017 09:30:59   #
mackphotos Loc: Washington, DC
 
I use Peak Design's Slide as a cross-body but it's versatile you can wear around the neck, or hang it to the side, etc. They have a three-strap combo deal:
https://www.peakdesign.com/all/the-strap-battle

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Jun 1, 2017 09:35:34   #
PixelStan77 Loc: Vermont/Chicago
 
tinplater wrote:
If you are not self conscious, the Cotton Carrier system (harness and side holster) is amazing. My most used bag, however, is the Lowepro Slingshot which is a back pack that swivels to the front to allow easy access to your gear.


I agree..Cotton Carrier. Have it and love it.

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Jun 1, 2017 11:21:48   #
Adrienne
 
Thank you for the strap suggestion for mirrorless. I'm going to check it out now! - Kindly, Adrienne

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Jun 1, 2017 13:23:52   #
rgrenaderphoto Loc: Hollywood, CA
 
Black Rapid's shoulder slings. Carrying the camera over one shoulder and positioning it at waist level makes the grip easily accessible and readily available. I agree that the over the neck, camera on your chest is completely uncomfortable.

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