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david debalko
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p.1 #1 · best way to carry 2 cameras?


I am wondering everyone's opinion on carrying 2 shooting cameras, I've been having the 2 straps around my neck, I'm concerned about the cameras knocking against each other and my neck-in that order. I've seen this - http://www.blackrapid.com/product/camera-strap/dr1/ has anyone used this set up and if so how is it? any other options? thanks Dave


Apr 18, 2012 at 11:57 AM
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p.1 #2 · best way to carry 2 cameras?


Consider a carry over your neck and shoulder to put one camera on each side, or one over your neck on the front and the second on one side. Or, consider two different lengths of straps, so that the cameras are just far enough apart that they will not hit. For different lengths of straps, you would normally have the camera with the smaller and shorter lens on top to help with clearence.

I gave up on two camera carry using straps, and changed to a good shoulder bag. I set up the bag with spots so that the cameras are lens down and can be fully ready to shoot just by grabbing them. When shooting, I keep the shoulder bag on one hip, but when walking with no shooting need, I move the bag around behind me like a fanny pack. I use a bag that is deep enough to handle the lens with the hood stowed, but can also then put the hood on and still stow the camera without closing the top of the bag. I still have straps on each camera in the bag so that if I really need both on my neck I can do that. I also use OpTech quick release straps, so that if I want I can have one camera on my neck and the other parked in the shoulder bag with the strap removed, but still ready to shoot by grabing it.

If you really only need just two cameras, each with its own lens, and no other lenses or accessories, then the Black Rapid DR-1 double strap may be worth considering, but I have never used one. I can see that you would not be able to add a shoulder bag, because it would interfere with one of the cameras. Perhaps a photo vest could act as a place for the additional items you may need.



Apr 18, 2012 at 01:22 PM
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p.1 #3 · best way to carry 2 cameras?


I personally shoot with two cameras often and I use a Domke F-7 DOUBLE AF BAG which you can find at B&H. It fits two pro sizes bodies side by side with the lens facing down. I can just leave it open and work out of it swapping cameras. Or if can fit a single pro body with a 200 f/2 in which case I can use two bags, one on each hip. I have a postal strap with a soft rubber support - comfy.

I ran into a photographer carrying two cameras while hiking and he used this system:
http://buy.cottoncarrier.com/cotton-carrier-camera-system-p/111pro.htm
It looks nice. He liked it.

The problem with the DR-1 type systems is the cameras swing around when you move and that's hard to control with two cameras. The above two solutions keep the cameras from swinging.



Apr 18, 2012 at 03:21 PM
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p.1 #4 · best way to carry 2 cameras?


a lot of wedding photographers are using the Spider holster setup (dual or single)

I have one camera with the Spider single setup and use black rapid RS-4 strap for the other camera. I don't shoot too often with two camera though, but it works well so far



Apr 18, 2012 at 03:30 PM
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p.1 #5 · best way to carry 2 cameras?


A good shoulder sling strap works great. I can't believe I didn't invest in one earlier. Black magic has worked well for me and my neck feels so much better. Worth every penny and don't buy a cheapo. I wouldn't want to risk several thousand falls to the ground.


Apr 18, 2012 at 03:33 PM
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p.1 #6 · best way to carry 2 cameras?


Roland W wrote:
... consider two different lengths of straps, so that the cameras are just far enough apart that they will not hit.


This is what I do, these are rangefinder cameras but it works equally well with dSLRs too. You are always ready...







Apr 18, 2012 at 04:46 PM
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p.1 #7 · best way to carry 2 cameras?


I very seldom use two bodies, but to help you out I have a few links for you...
http://www.cottoncarrier.com/
http://www.spiderholster.com/blackwidow/
http://www.blackrapid.com/product/camera-strap/rs-5/



Apr 18, 2012 at 04:56 PM
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p.1 #8 · best way to carry 2 cameras?


This one works well for one camera, for sure:
http://www.outdoorphotogear.com/store/trekking-safari-strap.html



Apr 18, 2012 at 11:32 PM
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p.1 #9 · best way to carry 2 cameras?


Some people use a strap for a camera and a hard case for lenses in the waist to place the second camera connected to a lens. That seems to work for some people but I have never tried myself


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p.1 #10 · best way to carry 2 cameras?


I use the blackrapid double. Note that you will want to have the cams being around the same weight, having a bigger lens like a 80-200 or 300/4 and a ZF prime on the other makes for strange balance on your shoulders.


Apr 20, 2012 at 01:55 PM
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p.1 #11 · best way to carry 2 cameras?


I attach both sides of the standard strap to the left mounting point of the camera with 1" key rings and a snap connector as shown below:





The strap goes over my shoulders and the cameras hang down between my body and arm, swinging up when needed for shooting.



Apr 21, 2012 at 11:21 AM
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p.1 #12 · best way to carry 2 cameras?


I often use two 1D-series bodies on Domke Gripper 1.5" straps. While actively shooting, I have one over each shoulder, with the lenses pointed backwards when they're hanging down. This lets the bodies and lenses tuck in nice and close to your body. I modify the straps for quick release (see strap links), and to increase strap length so the camera bodies hang down with the body grips at the same height as the palms of my hands, when my arms are relaxed, hanging down at the sides of my body. When moving around, I increase control over the bodies by simply lifting the straps over my neck, one from the left and the other from the right, and so both are supported diagonally across my upper body.

I recently bought a Black Diamond Zodiac Gear Sling for carrying protection gear while rock climbing, to try with dual bodies. It looks very promising, but I haven't had a chance to try it yet, see last link.

Strap links:

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1067381/1#10163047
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1103127/0#10530515

Black Diamond Zodiac Gear Sling
http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/Climbing/SlingsWebbing/PRD~4004-867/black-diamond-zodiac-gear-sling.jsp



Apr 21, 2012 at 01:17 PM
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p.1 #13 · best way to carry 2 cameras?


JR Magat wrote:
a lot of wedding photographers are using the Spider holster setup (dual or single)

I have one camera with the Spider single setup and use black rapid RS-4 strap for the other camera. I don't shoot too often with two camera though, but it works well so far


I do the same, except I use a Camdapter sling strap instead of Black Rapid. Never had problem with it.

Cheers
Simon



Apr 22, 2012 at 01:55 AM
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p.1 #14 · best way to carry 2 cameras?


When I go birding I often have a two camera setup. A tripod and gimbal head with 500 and 1 series, slung over my shoulder, and a 7D + 100-400 around my next but by the side of my body, rather than in front. Works ok. For smaller lenses I have one on the chest and one to the side.

I have been curious as to how well Cotton Carriers work. With that special plate you have to mount how do I attach them to the tripod?



May 11, 2012 at 06:52 AM
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p.1 #15 · best way to carry 2 cameras?


I have no trouble carrying 3 bodies; two readily accessible:

I use the Think Tank 360 Rotation bag and keep the 5D2 in there with the 24-70; I attach my 1Ds3 with the 70-200 (in a Think Tank Holster) via clips to the front straps. Then I put the 5D with 16-35 zipped into the upper portion of the backpack. I do have to remove the pack to get access to that. My tripod fits into the loop on the rotation belt, so everything is handy.

No trouble carrying all that for a full day of hiking. Couple of sidepacks fit the food and water.

Bart Carrig



Jun 10, 2012 at 01:10 AM
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p.1 #16 · best way to carry 2 cameras?


I have been using the Op/Tech Utility Sling Strap for a few weeks and found that it works well for the body with long lens along with a body with mid range zoom lens and regular neck strap.

I think having two sling straps cross wise would not cause a problem if you have strap extenders on both slings. The extenders put the camera far enough out so that the strap doesn't pull out hardly at all. The best part is that one sling strap with shoulder pad and extension straps only costs $30.



Jun 24, 2012 at 01:49 AM
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p.1 #17 · best way to carry 2 cameras?


Just put an Upstrap on each body and carry one on each shoulder. With an Upstrap the cameras, no matter how heavy or large, will stay on your shoulder without sliding off! You can even put two on one shoulder and they are fine. When I'm working on a job I am carrying two Nikon D300s bodies with a 17-35 on one and a 70-200 on the other. On a film/TV job with both cameras/lenses in my Jacobson Sound Blimps with Upstraps I never have a problem with cameras slipping on my shoulders. You buy Upstraps direct from the company in Florida.


Jun 29, 2012 at 03:58 AM





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