UPDATED ON OCTOBER 31, 2015
Square peg into a round hole. This has been a test problem that has been presented for years and I do not believe it has ever truly been solved without making the square peg smaller or the round whole bigger.
It is sort of like looking at a toddler’s toy which is to get the toddler to put the right shapes with the right shapes. Eventually the child figures out where everything goes and then they move on to other challenges.
I am sure by now you have figured out where I am going with all of this. And yes I have written articles about this serious and almost fixable physiological and physical problem but it never hurts to revisit it.
There are a lot of ways to carry equipment but for this article I want to talk about those methods that will allow quick access to one’s gear and that will pretty much eliminate back packs and yes even sling bags. The criteria for shoulder bags and waist pack which is what we shall discuss here is based on 1-being able to gain quick access to your camera and lens of choice, and that either of these methods will 2-provide sufficient protection against dings and bangs and inclement weather so your gear remains safe and dry and ready to record your very important images.
A lot can depend on how much gear you have collected and in reality how much of it you actually normally use. Just because you own 4 bodies and 12 lenses and a collection of many not used accessories does not mean there is a reason for all of it to go with you. But if you cannot resist having everything you own close by then you really have to consider one large (BIG) bag to carry it all with the understanding that you also need much less of a bag to throw across your chest or on your shoulder to carry what you (REALLY) need. So let’s put everything you have on a table.
Now pick out 2 zoom lenses or perhaps 3 primes or a combination that covers your preferred shooting range. Now pick out 1 body that you absolutely love. Pick out a flash if you use one, a couple of batteries, a couple of memory cards and maybe a cable release. Now push everything else away.
Take a large piece of drawing paper or whatever, and make an outline of your gear, making sure that each piece can be grabbed without ripping off your finger nails. This will give you a general idea as to the height, width, and depth that the bag needs to be in order to comfortably create a smooth working environment. All of this effort applies whether you are shooting with a large Canon or Nikon system, or even better with a small mirrorless system. You should be able to retrieve your gear without it binding against dividers in the bag. In other words, breathing room.
Your next step is to go to a local camera store if you have one and check out bags that you are going to consider purchasing from them. The bag should be made from light weight material, water resistant or water proof, easy to get gear into and out of without being to tight around you equipment or for that matter too loose. You should be able to take your gear in and out without having to struggle. Smooth and easy.
Take your gear with you just to make sure you can try it in different bags.
If you are going for a days walk in the city or the country side or even uncharted paths that you will create as you go, then I like a waist pack. They too come in all sizes, but again you must consider that for this kind of shooting you more than likely want one zoom or a couple of primes.
Here is what I use for this kind of a day trip with very limited gear. It is called the Camslinger and you can find more information at this web site
Another one is the lowepro inverse-100-aw but
Compared to the Camslinger bags and belt system the Lowepro is heavy, over padded, and holds less than the picture depicts. The camslinger bags are the lightest and most convenient way to carry a camera and a couple of lenses without any body strain what so ever. Nice design. Click on their site to have a luck at this year old manufacturer with mirrorless in mind.
As for camera bags, I know that all bloggers who write articles about this have their own preferences and unfortunately many of them receive samples to write about, as opposed to buying the bags. On my site I only recommend what I bought and paid for. My local camera store is WWW.EPHOTOCRAFT.COM