Camera Holsters / Top loaders

Lyrrad

Summit Camper
That's the original product. There are also cheap AE copies out if you want to test out with cheaper version.
Invariably people using a Peak Design Capture Clip could easily have a few thousand pounds worth of equipment attached. This is one product where a knock off version would be a false economy. If it fails it could be catastrophic
 

turkeyphant

Section Hiker
Invariably people using a Peak Design Capture Clip could easily have a few thousand pounds worth of equipment attached. This is one product where a knock off version would be a false economy. If it fails it could be catastrophic
I've used a knock off for years without any issue. Only used aps-c and mirrorless but wouldn't want a full frame slr on there anyway.
 

Dave V

Moderator
Staff member
Very smart, though it looks pretty wide. I can’t see any dimensions listed?

The one I modified into a chest rig servered a few purposes for me. 1) do I get on with having something strapped to me, 2) does it give me good access to everything I need, 3) does it get in the way or float about.

I have found it fairly comfortable wearing the camera in front but I’ve lowered it so the bottom of the case is just above waist as I found that any higher felt annoying for me.

I can fit my Sony A7ii with a 24-70 without a problem, the 28-70 kit lens also fits ok and I think I could squeeze in a 16-35 attached. I also have just enough room for one screw filter in the front but that’s it.

The camera body with battery fitted is 617g, another 211g can be added if I’ve got the L bracket attached, the 24-70 with hood and cap is 497g. With the camera bag, added in I’m looking at about 1300g.

The Lowepro 45 is modded is relatively narrow and the camera fits snugly. The other case I pictured above is half as wide again and just about matches up with the width of my backpack straps when it’s on my back. Any wider and you’d have to use extra rigging to stop it floating left, right and forward as you walk as it would exceed the width between the straps your attaching it to.

Looking through my materials, I think I’ve enough webbing and bits to make a prototype of the one I mentioned above so will try and get one made on my days off :)
 

George387

Trail Blazer
Im using something not too far off that at the moment, shop bought, It weighs in at just over 150g but its too wide and interferes when walking, Ive had it in multiple positions from belt, across my shoulder to chest mounted & the width interferes & becomes annoying after time. Dave what you modified is ideal camera & lens only with nothing else to interfere, slim & wont get in the way, everything else can be carried in the pack on your back as its not immediately needed.
 

harok11a

Summit Camper
I use a Peak Design Capture Clip with a Sony A7 IV + 24-105 F4. Camera weight is ~1.5kg.

I partially offset the weight by having a water bottle on the other strap.

It works very well. I use my camera far more with this setup and would highly recommend it. I do continue using my cameras neck strap though as I do have trust issues with the Capture Clip, but the strap is purely there for a backup.

If it rains enough then I will just stuff my camera into my backpack with everything else.
 

Lyrrad

Summit Camper
I use a Peak Design Capture Clip with a Sony A7 IV + 24-105 F4. Camera weight is ~1.5kg.

I partially offset the weight by having a water bottle on the other strap.

It works very well. I use my camera far more with this setup and would highly recommend it. I do continue using my cameras neck strap though as I do have trust issues with the Capture Clip, but the strap is purely there for a backup.

If it rains enough then I will just stuff my camera into my backpack with everything else.
I've never used one because it seems cumbersome to continue shooting in the rain and my body/lens are WR, but if it's just protection you're looking for the Peak Design Shell might be worth considering. I find Peak Design has too much of a 'fan club following' for my liking, but like yourself, I rate the clip.
 

George387

Trail Blazer
After a reply from both UK suppliers for the HMG Pod & uncertainty of its appearance in the UK for several months if that, I pushed the button on the Shimoda Top loader after all, which will be chest mounted.
Cant complain as its my chosen manufacture of camera bags for several years now & never let me down yet, Thanks to everyone who contributed in one way or another 👍
 
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Patrick

Ultralighter
SLRs used to come with tight fitting cases which neatly encased the body and a standard lens. They usually screwed into the tripod bush underneath and the camera permanently lived in the case. I'd really like something like this for my Canon Eos 1000d - I generally just use the one prime lens on it, and really don't need the space of a "bag" to hold it. Anyone know of anything along these lines that's available today?
(For those interested, I find my phone does wide angle landscapes very well, but my SLR still wins for "people" shots and semi-telephoto shots. So I keep a 50mm f1.8 lens on the SLR, and find that complements my phone well. But I don't need a big bag for it!)
 

George387

Trail Blazer
SLRs used to come with tight fitting cases which neatly encased the body and a standard lens. They usually screwed into the tripod bush underneath and the camera permanently lived in the case. I'd really like something like this for my Canon Eos 1000d - I generally just use the one prime lens on it, and really don't need the space of a "bag" to hold it. Anyone know of anything along these lines that's available today?
(For those interested, I find my phone does wide angle landscapes very well, but my SLR still wins for "people" shots and semi-telephoto shots. So I keep a 50mm f1.8 lens on the SLR, and find that complements my phone well. But I don't need a big bag for it!)
Yes,you can still get them but mainly in 2nd hand shops nowadays.

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This neoprene is today's modern equivalent but its a sleeve and you have to remove camera to do any work.

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Patrick

Ultralighter
Yes,you can still get them but mainly in 2nd hand shops nowadays.

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Yes, that's exactly what I meant. Since they fit the camera tightly, however, I assume a random one from a secondhand shop is unlikely to fit a modern dSLR. I agree your neoprene example is along the same lines, but the neatness of these "oldfashioned" cases was that there was no need to remove the camera from its case to take a picture, you just unclipped the top and folded it forwards. This made access much quicker, as well as not being any bigger than it needed to be.
 

George387

Trail Blazer
Yes, that's exactly what I meant. Since they fit the camera tightly, however, I assume a random one from a secondhand shop is unlikely to fit a modern dSLR. I agree your neoprene example is along the same lines, but the neatness of these "oldfashioned" cases was that there was no need to remove the camera from its case to take a picture, you just unclipped the top and folded it forwards. This made access much quicker, as well as not being any bigger than it needed to be.
If you were wanting to buy an old fashioned one, I would take your camera with you to see if it fitted, & not just assume. I used to have an old fashioned camera shop close to me before covid struck it out of business where if you took your camera with you he would clean the sensor & if you wanted anything specialized he would try to find it for you.
 

Teepee

Thru Hiker
My cameras live permanently in silicone jackets, with glass screen protectors and inside an L bracket.

You can get silicone jackets for all cameras in every colour under the sun.

Whilst it's not a full hard case, it does give reasonable protection and personally I prefer the feel of the cameras with one on. It's less slippy and some of the controls are easier to find. It's also warmed up the body, quite important in the depths of cold when cameras and lenses suck the heat out of your fingers.

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