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best way to carry camera while hiking the city and mountain trails
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Jun 2, 2017 11:22:10   #
rfahrens
 
I make the third indorsement for Peak Design. It's very comfortable on or off the trail. It's easy to quickly remove the camera for tripod work without the strap. I replaced my Blackrapid carrier, which works, because the Peak Design more usable for my purposes. The Peak Design accommodates quick adjustments to strap length much easier, which is important if you are carrying the camera all day.

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Jun 2, 2017 11:43:21   #
Fotoartist (a regular here)
 
Op-Tech sling strap.

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Jun 2, 2017 11:43:51   #
Flash Falasca
 
the right size lowepro sling camera bag is ideal ,I have 4 !!

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Jun 2, 2017 11:55:45   #
SteveR (a regular here)
 
You've gotten good advice regarding straps, but is all that focal length necessary on a hike? Perhaps a shorter lens would make things much easier.

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Jun 2, 2017 12:00:28   #
frankraney (a regular here)
 
There are lots of harnesses....I suggest you check out each listed here and see which one would serve you..Some are quick release and some use a cable. The cotton carrier is good. Here is a link to some reviews also.

https://flipboard.com/@phil3fio/best-camera-harness-for-hiking-user-reviews-2016---2017-rkdofvnjy

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Jun 2, 2017 12:32:18   #
mjgoulet
 
I'm with the Black Rapid crowd. It's the most comfortable carry distributing the weight across the body and on the opposite shoulder. You can cinch it out of the way while hiking and bring it up quickly when you're ready to shoot.

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Jun 2, 2017 12:38:17   #
frankraney (a regular here)
 
I forgot to mention, I use a LowePro shoulder sling with body strap. It does the job for me. You do have to stop and take it off to get the camera out, or swing it to the front.

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Jun 2, 2017 12:39:12   #
crphoto8
 
I concur with the Op-Tech recommendation. Took the weight off my neck and it's easy to swing for a shot.

home brewer wrote:
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 2, 2017 12:59:50   #
Kissel vonKeister
 
mjgoulet wrote:
I'm with the Black Rapid crowd. It's the most comfortable carry distributing the weight across the body and on the opposite shoulder. You can cinch it out of the way while hiking and bring it up quickly when you're ready to shoot.

Yes, and it's a bit more difficult for a grab and run thief, because it crosses over your body.

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Jun 2, 2017 13:14:38   #
bpulv
 
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 use a Cotton Carrier all the time for my D800 with a 24-70mm f2.8 attached. I attach Adorama Slinger soft lense cases to the body strap to carry an extra lens and my flash unit. I wear cargo pants and use the large pockets for accessories such as filters, spare batteries, etc.

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Jun 2, 2017 13:17:37   #
polonois
 
I use this and I never have any problems. It's always handy, it locks in place and is ready with just a quick push on the locking lever and the camera is in your hands. If your strap is long enough you can put it around your neck as a back up safety catch and there won't be any tension on your neck.
https://picclick.com/Capture-Camera-Waist-Belt-Holster-Quick-Strap-Buckle-182460019291.html

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Jun 2, 2017 13:35:43   #
Fotoartist (a regular here)
 
Good gadgets!

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Jun 2, 2017 13:37:33   #
Sladecam
 
If you are hiking with some form of back pack on with accompanying straps running vertically down over your shoulders then the Peak Design Capture Pro clip is a God-send. If you are actively hiking, let alone climbing, having your hands free with nothing swinging is a big plus and being able to quickly click in or out your camera for the all-important shot is convenient and very comfortable. Comfort and efficiency however, will be inversely proportional to the size of camera/lens combo. I'm also a big fan of the Black Rapid Sport which I use for casual walking and general use.

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Jun 2, 2017 14:33:27   #
donnahde
 
dck22 wrote:
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


I second Peak Design but I use their capture clip on a belt which keeps my camera's weight centered on my core rather than my neck but immediately accessible.

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Jun 2, 2017 15:10:42   #
RWebb76
 
I was in the same situation. I THINK my method works well. My wife and I hike occasionally. We just completed several vacations that include longish distances for hiking (12 miles a day). I carry the Mindshift Rotation backpack which has an integrated fanny-pack in it. The pack holds jackets, etc. It has a pocket for a water bladder which I use frequently. I have an OpTech neck strap and wrist strap that I carry with the kit. But, the best part... OpTech makes straps that can attach the the shoulder straps of a backpack. The OpTech fasteners work for the neck, wrist and shoulder strap so I can use any of the three as I wish. The shoulder strap situation works exceptionally well in that the camera rests against my chest at all times, but I can pull it up to take a shot. Best of all, once we are done hiking, I can use the neck strap to walk around the cities. I can also just use the fanny-pack should I want to carry some camera kit but not the entire backpack. When I get time, I will post a photo of the shoulder strap set up. It works exceptionally well, keeps the camera from swinging around, is flexible and reliable.

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