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| p.1 #1 · Easy way to carry an extra lens around |
I have been thinking about getting one of the Think Tank lens (belt) pouches to carry an extra lens when I'm walking around town or whatnot. I typically keep a mid-prime on my camera, but I wanted to be able to carry either a wide angle or an 85mm as well. My issue is that neither my wide prime or my 85 1.8 fit in my pocket very well (especially during the summer when I'm not wearing a rain jacket), and I don't like carrying a bag around alot of the time. So, I came up with this idea... I bought one of these climbing chalk bags from REI for $15. The bag came with a small belt, too small for me actually, so I bought a couple feet of webbing and some extra hardware to make a belt that would fit me and swapped it out. My total cost for the bag, webbing and hardware was $19.20
Here's the bag I purchased (I got one in tan though):
I selected this this particular bag for two reasons... 1, it was less expensive than all the others, and 2, it is a little taller/deeper than most of the other bags they had (making it more secure in my mind). This bag will hold any of my primes with the hoods on forward or reversed (20, 40, 50, 85) and seems that it would fit any other prime/zoom that has a filter size of less than 72mm. What I particularly like about this setup is that it is small, light, easy to put on (and take off) and will fold flat and stuff in one of my camera bag pockets so I can have it around all the time. The bags (all the ones I saw) are all made of nylon and lined with fleece so they are gentle inside much like the Think Tank drop in bag. These bags also all have a drawstring near the top that closes the pouch up to keep the chalk stuff you would normally put in them (doesn't come with chalk though, they come clean and empty inside) from falling out. What I find cool about this is that the drawstring does a great job of holding a lens in there and keeping it protected from mild weather, falling out during crazy parkour activities or pickpockets.
I'm going to try this setup some more this weekend, so far it seems to be great.