Belt pouches

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Nwcid New Member • Posts: 16
Belt pouches

As business is picking up I finally got my dual, matching bodies. In the past I had a primary camera FX and my "backup" or times I really need a second body DX body.

In the past I mostly kept my primary camera on a short tether hooked to the left shoulder strap of a sling bag. In the sling bag I was able to carry a lens or two or whatever extra gear I thought I might need shooting an event. Everything else stayed in my main bag and I would get items as/if needed. If I used my second body it would get slung on my right side. Ultimately this was very cumbersome.

After working with a photographer that used a belt system I decided to try one. I went with the Promedia set, SH1BK2 Dual Camera Belt Holster System for DSLRs and Mirrorless Camera and then built my own belt that met my needs. Typically I will have the traditional 24-70 on one body and 70-200 on the other.

Now that I will not be carrying the sling bag anymore I am trying to decide what the best way is to carry 1-2 lenses (primes likely a 50mm or 85mm), or a flash, or water bottle or whatever else I might want. I do not need a dedicated pouch for each item but maybe 1 or 2 pouches that are "universal". On the flip side I don't want to feel over loaded or look ridiculous while so wide/round that I run into everything.

So far I am looking at 3 types of systems and they are not really the same:
1. Peak Design Lens Kit, but they do not make a Z mount yet. I also have some concerns about damage to the mount, or stuff falling into the open side while in the up position.
2. Think Tank either Skin or Lens Changer likely in the 50 and 75 series for versatility. The pro of this they are dedicated lens bags, but I read they are fairly bulky.
3. What is called a dump bag in tactical gear. They come in various sizes. What I like about this is that they are intended to be rolled/folded up fairly small when not in use.

Is there a system I am missing that might fit my need. What are you experience using any of these systems.

Chris 222 Senior Member • Posts: 1,802
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Nwcid wrote:

As business is picking up I finally got my dual, matching bodies. In the past I had a primary camera FX and my "backup" or times I really need a second body DX body.

In the past I mostly kept my primary camera on a short tether hooked to the left shoulder strap of a sling bag. In the sling bag I was able to carry a lens or two or whatever extra gear I thought I might need shooting an event. Everything else stayed in my main bag and I would get items as/if needed. If I used my second body it would get slung on my right side. Ultimately this was very cumbersome.

After working with a photographer that used a belt system I decided to try one. I went with the Promedia set, SH1BK2 Dual Camera Belt Holster System for DSLRs and Mirrorless Camera and then built my own belt that met my needs. Typically I will have the traditional 24-70 on one body and 70-200 on the other.

Now that I will not be carrying the sling bag anymore I am trying to decide what the best way is to carry 1-2 lenses (primes likely a 50mm or 85mm), or a flash, or water bottle or whatever else I might want. I do not need a dedicated pouch for each item but maybe 1 or 2 pouches that are "universal". On the flip side I don't want to feel over loaded or look ridiculous while so wide/round that I run into everything.

So far I am looking at 3 types of systems and they are not really the same:
1. Peak Design Lens Kit, but they do not make a Z mount yet. I also have some concerns about damage to the mount, or stuff falling into the open side while in the up position.
2. Think Tank either Skin or Lens Changer likely in the 50 and 75 series for versatility. The pro of this they are dedicated lens bags, but I read they are fairly bulky.
3. What is called a dump bag in tactical gear. They come in various sizes. What I like about this is that they are intended to be rolled/folded up fairly small when not in use.

Is there a system I am missing that might fit my need. What are you experience using any of these systems.

I hadn't checked PMG in quite a while and I'm surprised to see that they still don't make accessory pouches that just slide over the belt via a pass-through or loop.

What pro friends with multiple rigs do, is use a fanny/waist pack for extra lenses and accessories. Getting your stuff is super-quick, simply swing the pack around to your side or front.

My community has actually been testing a bunch of leading waist packs and I'll write an article with the results when we are done. Feel free to PM me

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Links to a few resources I published here to help my fellow photographers:
R1: BEST BACKPACK / RUCKSACK FOR HIKING PHOTOGRAPHERS (2021) https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4574941
R2: Most versatile ICU (camera insert) for backpacks and other bags: https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4585593
R3: How to make your own custom dividers for any photo bag or ICU (Internal Camera Unit) https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4594146
R4: Reviewed: Cosyspeed mini-pouch, hand strap, waist / sling bag, powerbank https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4585015
R5: Best carry on wheeled backpack you've never heard of https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4446343

amateurphotographer Senior Member • Posts: 1,055
Re: Belt pouches

Nwcid wrote:

As business is picking up I finally got my dual, matching bodies. In the past I had a primary camera FX and my "backup" or times I really need a second body DX body.

In the past I mostly kept my primary camera on a short tether hooked to the left shoulder strap of a sling bag. In the sling bag I was able to carry a lens or two or whatever extra gear I thought I might need shooting an event. Everything else stayed in my main bag and I would get items as/if needed. If I used my second body it would get slung on my right side. Ultimately this was very cumbersome.

After working with a photographer that used a belt system I decided to try one. I went with the Promedia set, SH1BK2 Dual Camera Belt Holster System for DSLRs and Mirrorless Camera and then built my own belt that met my needs. Typically I will have the traditional 24-70 on one body and 70-200 on the other.

Now that I will not be carrying the sling bag anymore I am trying to decide what the best way is to carry 1-2 lenses (primes likely a 50mm or 85mm), or a flash, or water bottle or whatever else I might want. I do not need a dedicated pouch for each item but maybe 1 or 2 pouches that are "universal". On the flip side I don't want to feel over loaded or look ridiculous while so wide/round that I run into everything.

So far I am looking at 3 types of systems and they are not really the same:
1. Peak Design Lens Kit, but they do not make a Z mount yet. I also have some concerns about damage to the mount, or stuff falling into the open side while in the up position.
2. Think Tank either Skin or Lens Changer likely in the 50 and 75 series for versatility. The pro of this they are dedicated lens bags, but I read they are fairly bulky.
3. What is called a dump bag in tactical gear. They come in various sizes. What I like about this is that they are intended to be rolled/folded up fairly small when not in use.

Is there a system I am missing that might fit my need. What are you experience using any of these systems.

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

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

Chris 222 wrote:

I hadn't checked PMG in quite a while and I'm surprised to see that they still don't make accessory pouches that just slide over the belt via a pass-through or loop.

What pro friends with multiple rigs do, is use a fanny/waist pack for extra lenses and accessories. Getting your stuff is super-quick, simply swing the pack around to your side or front.

My community has actually been testing a bunch of leading waist packs and I'll write an article with the results when we are done. Feel free to PM me

If I was using slings a was I can see a waist pack being very beneficial.

My concern would be too many layers, belt in pants, camera belt, then adding waist belt.

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.

Chris 222 Senior Member • Posts: 1,802
Re: Belt pouches

Nwcid wrote:

Chris 222 wrote:

I hadn't checked PMG in quite a while and I'm surprised to see that they still don't make accessory pouches that just slide over the belt via a pass-through or loop.

What pro friends with multiple rigs do, is use a fanny/waist pack for extra lenses and accessories. Getting your stuff is super-quick, simply swing the pack around to your side or front.

My community has actually been testing a bunch of leading waist packs and I'll write an article with the results when we are done. Feel free to PM me

If I was using slings a was I can see a waist pack being very beneficial.

That would give you a totally tangled mess and make swing the waist pack around difficult or impossible.

My concern would be too many layers, belt in pants, camera belt, then adding waist belt.

I know what you mean.

This is a very personal thing but for me, having pants belts PLUS a heavy gear or tool belt has never worked. When I use the latter I always wear comfy pants with an elastic belt (tons of styles available there.)

As to the fanny pack, it doesn't interfere because it's worn several inches higher than the pants or gear belt (see R1 link below my siggy, Article 5.)

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Links to a few resources I published here to help my fellow photographers:
R1: BEST BACKPACK / RUCKSACK FOR HIKING PHOTOGRAPHERS (2021) https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4574941
R2: Most versatile ICU (camera insert) for backpacks and other bags: https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4585593
R3: How to make your own custom dividers for any photo bag or ICU (Internal Camera Unit) https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4594146
R4: Reviewed: Cosyspeed mini-pouch, hand strap, waist / sling bag, powerbank https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4585015
R5: Best carry on wheeled backpack you've never heard of https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4446343

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cjb Contributing Member • Posts: 557
Also consider Kinesis

+1 for Think Tank. It's what I bought into.

You might also look at Kinesis Photo Gear . They make some interesting stuff.

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amateurphotographer Senior Member • Posts: 1,055
Re: Belt pouches

Nwcid wrote:

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.

Yes, the skins are great. But mine are V2. I have three of the same ones. I didn't bother with the one specifically for the 70-200 as I didn't mind it protruding very slightly from the other wider skin pouches.

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

That's good to find a system for your purpose. It all depends on what bodies you using and what lenses / speedlights.

My system was to carry 14-24 2.8, 24-70 f2.8, 70-200 f2.8, fisheye, 50 f1.4 lenses. I doubt I could your waist system for a 70-200 lens on the body (with sometimes speedlight attached). I would think the speedlight would hit the side of my leg, possibly snapping it. Also in heavy flash situations I had an external battery pack connected to the speedlight via extendable cord.

Would the 70-200 f2.8 lens clash with any pouches you add? But maybe you don't need this lens.

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.

I found the two slings I could hold one body at the front, while my other arm pushes the other camera unit behind me and protected by my arm. I think your system with two side unit that cant retract you may end up bashing them into people. Also think how to shoot when you are kneeling with the speedlight attached to the body upside down. With my CarrySpeeds I have a front adjustment to pull up the camera unit higher up my body when I am kneeling.

In reality at any given time only one camera should be hanging, the other in the hand.

I personally don't prefer those ball joint attachments for the camera as I would need to look down each time to put it into the belt slot. When changing cameras rapidly, this in my opinion is awkward. But as I have never tried your system, I am just assuming:)

In terms of double slings some use the Black Rapid system. But most photographers I have seen (including Getties photographers) are old school and just one camera on each shoulder with the standard neck straps.

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

amateurphotographer wrote:

Nwcid wrote:

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.

Yes, the skins are great. But mine are V2. I have three of the same ones. I didn't bother with the one specifically for the 70-200 as I didn't mind it protruding very slightly from the other wider skin pouches.

That makes sense.

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

That's good to find a system for your purpose. It all depends on what bodies you using and what lenses / speedlights.

My system was to carry 14-24 2.8, 24-70 f2.8, 70-200 f2.8, fisheye, 50 f1.4 lenses. I doubt I could your waist system for a 70-200 lens on the body (with sometimes speedlight attached). I would think the speedlight would hit the side of my leg, possibly snapping it. Also in heavy flash situations I had an external battery pack connected to the speedlight via extendable cord.

Would the 70-200 f2.8 lens clash with any pouches you add? But maybe you don't need this lens.

The way the cameras hang, the speed lights are facing out.  The plates/pins are able to be moved in a variety of positions if needed.

No need for an external battery pack, aftermarket units I use have under a 1.5 second cycle time at full power vs the OEM 3 second.   Of course it is typically under 1 second since I rarely shoot at 1/1.

The 70-200 is one of the lenses I use the most, unless I am in a tight venue or need that wide shot.  The pouches will likely ride behind my hips since the point is not for quick change, but to have extra goodies if I need to be away from my main bag.  If I can have my main bag close the pouches are likely to be empty which is why I was looking for compact/foldable.

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.

I found the two slings I could hold one body at the front, while my other arm pushes the other camera unit behind me and protected by my arm. I think your system with two side unit that cant retract you may end up bashing them into people. Also think how to shoot when you are kneeling with the speedlight attached to the body upside down. With my CarrySpeeds I have a front adjustment to pull up the camera unit higher up my body when I am kneeling.

If I am using my 70-200 the other camera does not have a lens long enough to hit the ground.  If I am "parking" my 70-200 if I do it on the left side the lens points rearward, not down.  On either side my speed light(s) point outward.  Ultimately with a pin system depending on where you mount the pin the camera can hang in a wide variety of ways.

In reality at any given time only one camera should be hanging, the other in the hand.

I personally don't prefer those ball joint attachments for the camera as I would need to look down each time to put it into the belt slot. When changing cameras rapidly, this in my opinion is awkward. But as I have never tried your system, I am just assuming:)

In terms of double slings some use the Black Rapid system. But most photographers I have seen (including Getties photographers) are old school and just one camera on each shoulder with the standard neck straps.

Again I just got mine and have only played with it a little bit.  Like most things learning a new system takes a little time.  So far just in practice, once I got the belt set up right, which took a few tries, the holders are in a natural place for me to reach down and hook.  They have a fairly wide and long slot so it does not take precision.

I have a great sling bag that I attach my body to when I am just shooting with a single body.  I do not normally run with a neck strap, when I first went away from using one it was scary.  Now all they do is get in the way.  I have tried some different strap styles and have not found one that works for me yet so I thought I would try this system.  Time will tell.

HRC2016 Veteran Member • Posts: 6,874
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I'm so glad to see alternatives to slings.

It so unhealthy to carry weight on your shoulder like that.

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OP Nwcid New Member • Posts: 16
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I got the belt all set up with the 2 camera hooks, 2 lens pouches (matching TT Skin 50) and just added a collapsable pouch for a water bottle.

I had the opportunity to practice with it at an impromptu shoot last night of about 20-30 min.  This by far is the most comfortable way to hold gear that I have experienced yet, especially 2 bodies.

I will be shooting a full 1.5hr family session on location tomorrow and will be using it for sure.  I have a commercial shot also, but I do not know what parts of my kit I will be using until I get onsite.

While I do not think this will work well in all situations, I think this is going to work very well for events.  I will get a picture of my set up in a day or two.

amateurphotographer Senior Member • Posts: 1,055
Re: Belt pouches

HRC2016 wrote:

I'm so glad to see alternatives to slings.

It so unhealthy to carry weight on your shoulder like that.

I've used CarrySpeed for 4 years of event photography work. I used two CarrySpeed straps carrying two D850/D4s with 24-70 / 70-200 lenses and Speedlights. Done many 8 hours shoots. Never had neck of shoulder problems. Probably because the straps are 8cm wide which them distributes the load very well across the shoulder. With other thinner shoulder straps you would get a neck and shoulder ache for long shoots. The CarrySpeed straps also have these "bubbles" on the underside, I guess to allow some breathability. The straps don't smell after a long day's shoot. Am using the CarrySpeed Pro Mark with improved quality in ball joint. Not sure whether this strap is still available.

I would think if you carried all my above gear on the waist it can't be good. Would have thought it is better to distribute around the body.

Mirrorless systems are lighter than the big bulky DSLR's I have been using to maybe it is comfortable nowadays to carry everything on the waist.

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

amateurphotographer wrote:

I would think if you carried all my above gear on the waist it can't be good. Would have thought it is better to distribute around the body.

Mirrorless systems are lighter than the big bulky DSLR's I have been using to maybe it is comfortable nowadays to carry everything on the waist.

No comment on the first part, but I will use back packers as an example.  If their pack is set up correctly, most of the weigh is on the hips and not their shoulder.  The shoulder straps do carry some weight but are mostly there to keep things in place.  This is how the body most appropriately carries weight.  Googling will provide lots of results on the subject.

As you said in the main part of your comment, strap size mattress.  The same is true for belts.  A simple, thin dress belt is not going to be very comfortable or durable during long sessions.  For example the one I am currently playing with, the main belt is 2" SCUBA webbing which is very ridged and keeps it shape well along with being able to hold a lot of weight.  This is used in conjunction with a 3" wide belt pad that has some padding and a very nice non-slip backing.

There are lots of photography branded belts that are similar in nature.  I chose to go with this system because I used the same set up in another situation and it works well.  It has way more weight on it than a couple of cameras and some lenses.

OP Nwcid New Member • Posts: 16
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I did 2 shoots today with this set up so here are my primary findings.

The first session was for a realtor that wanted images of a large property (160 acres) and all of the structures on the property.  I spent an hour with the belt on and probably walked a total of about 1 mile while wearing winter coat and boots, since we had decent snow storm 2 day ago.  Total time in the belt was about 90 minutes.

The second shoot was with a family in a "park" type area.  I was dressed the same, but walked less than 1/4 mile total and spent about 60 minutes in the belt.

Overall I think it is going to be a great system for shooting events with 2 bodies.  I think I would still use my sling bag system if shooting with 1 body, not because the belt is bad, but the sling is better for my style.  Like any other system I just need more practice time with it.

Things I noticed:

I wore the belt over my coat so there would be no interference.  This made the belt not feel as tight/stay in place because of how the lining of the coat rides on your body.  The belt stayed in place firmly on the coat.

I originally set the belt up with the hooks at roughly the 3 and 9 position on my hips.  This is a little to far "behind" to easily hit the latches the pins fit in.  I moved them up to roughly the 2 and 10 position (just head of the hips) which worked great.  With the coat on this made the latches move back closer to the 3 and 9 position.  While not bad, it was not as natural and I really had to pay attention.

Just like any other system, you can put too much in.  Again today was practice with the new system so I kinda "filled up" the pouches to see how it would work.  I carried more weight and more gear (risk of damage) than I needed.

Here is a quick cell phone pic of the set up.

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