Chest Pack Roundup

Started May 16, 2011 | Discussions thread
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Chest Pack Roundup

My Lowepro belt bag isn't the best for backcountry use (poor environmental protection), and I need something a little larger anyway. I'm sizing the bag for my largest configuration because it's important that I can secure the camera quickly, with no need for a lens change. I'm looking for a chest carryable bag that'll hold the following, all mounted:

  • E-PL1 body

  • VF-2 viewfinder with EP-9 eyecup

  • 45-200mm lens, with hood reversed

With the lens facing down in a toploading configuration, that equals:

H 6 5/8" x W 5" x D 4 1/2"
Hood down: H 8 3/8"

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http://www.m-rock.com/yellowstone-camera-holster-bag.html

M-ROCK Yellowstone: These cases seem to be sized pretty well for m43. The included harness system doesn't look comfortable, but I may be able to rig something up for attachment to my packs' shoulder straps. They look durable and seem to offer good weather protection, including a rain fly.

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http://www.clikelite.com/products/access/

Clik Elite Access: I'd rather not wear a separate harness system for a camera bag when I'm wearing a backpack, and it looks like I may be able to attach the Access to my packs' D-rings with a few quick release buckles. If not, the Access' strap system looks fairly comfortable. I don't like that the zipper and strap has to be released to gain access. I'm not sure about how good of weather protection this bag offers. It lacks a rain fly, and the long zipper looks vulnerable.

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http://www.thinktankphoto.com/products/digital-holster-10-v2.aspx

ThinkTank Digital Holster 10 V2.0: It's a little bulky, and stowing with the viewfinder installed may be snug, but the next size up is considerably larger. With the lens hood mounted, my camera measures 8 3/8", which the DH 10 can accommodate with the “Pop Down” feature. I'm surprised more bags don't offer this obvious FL adjustibility. It would also handle a 300mm lens if I ever get one, so that's another advantage. Weather protection looks good, with an included rain fly.

ThinkTank's Backpack Connection Kit would work with any of my packs, but I don't think I'd bother using the diagonal strap.

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Any opinions on the above bags, or suggestions for other chest carry options, are welcome. As it is, I'll probably go with the ThinkTank DH 10. As long as I can keep the viewfinder mounted, I think it's the best option of the three. I'm also impressed with the rest of TT's products.
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