Belt pouches

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OP Nwcid New Member • Posts: 16
Re: Belt pouches

amateurphotographer wrote:

I used to be a full time event photographer for about 4 years.

Was carrying two D850/D4s using two CarrySpeed slings (the 2nd/3rd version where the ball joints doesn't wear down quickly). Their shoulder straps are wide and so comfortable even with heavy gear.

Then I used the Think Tank Slim Pro belt with skins. The skins were handy to carry spare batteries / memory cards, but also one /two lenses. So when you change lenses you don't need to put the one you just took off on a table/floor or hold awkwardly. Put it into the pouch, and then took out the other lens. The covers were also useful when it was raining. The pouches become vital if you don't have time to go back to your main bag to change gear. I like their extendable pouches for different length lenses. I did get the pouch for the 70-200 which was great as I could actually get my hand down in the pouch to pull out the lens. Some other brands their 70-200 canisters are too tight to take the lens out quickly. These skin pouches you can unzip the bottom to increase the depth of the pouch. Was useful for a 70-200 lens. And when depth wasn't required can zip up. The skins have lasted for years! Their belt is excellent, fabric is first class, comfortable, doesn't smell when you are sweating and the most importantly the buckle doesn't come undone when you are kneeling to take low angle shots, or the belt doesn't come loose as the tightening straps loosen. My lowe pro belt did that as my stomach pressed onto the buckle. I preferred using sling as the camera bodies where higher up my body, especially useful when the bodies had flashes mounted to them. Your side system probably doesn't work too well when speedlights are connected to the body and you need to move fast. With slings it is easier to push one body behind you to squeeze through gaps. I believe there are no many other slings on the market. Regarding looking like you are heading to a combat zone. most events you wear black attire so they know you are a photographer. I don't care what people think as long as i get the job done in an efficient manner and comfortable. Hope this helps

So it sounds like the skins are better than their lens changers if a person is looking for more compact.

I appreciate the feedback the belt system, but I already have one that works well for me.

I recently go the belt system to try out, I have no had a chance to practice with speed lights yet.

While looks are somewhat important, it was more about being streamline enough to move easily in a crowd.   In reality at any given time only one camera should be hanging, the other in the hand.

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