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04-27-2013, 05:25 PM   #1
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Bicycling with camera

I've been doing a ton of cycling lately, and just shove my K5 and FA43 in my backpack wrapped in a hoodie. Never know when you need a hoodie.

But a lot of the time I wanna take a photo I gotta pull my backpack around, pull the camera out, and shoot, then rewrap, put it back, and get back going. It's getting annoying.

I was wondering if you guys have any ideas for a bag or something that would still give good protection while providing quick easy access. I'm on a urban bike, no off road, so chances of spilling are a lot slimmer as I stick to the paths 99% of the time.

Any ideas?

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A strap like the Carry Speed might work, (quick and easy access is the idea behind it) but provides little protection. A top loader or a sling type bag would likely be a good idea.

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I put a top-loading bag in a pannier. Not fantastic for access but excellent for protection.
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Road vibrations are death on digital cameras. Either wear it on your body with a chest harness or whatever, or make something that will seriously protect it (don't just throw it in the trunk bag). I use a holster type bag that hangs off the side of my trunk rack like a pannier -- I use elastic straps so it has a bit of suspension system. Then I use foam between the bag of the vertical side bars of the trunk to dampen vibrations. I can just reach back, grab the camera, shoot, and put it back easily. Rarely though do I actually shoot when on the bike, if I see something I generally get off and find a good angle, etc, but it is still helpful to have quick access.

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I agree with vonBaloney. I killed a camera year ago, strapping my camera bag on to the back of my motorcycle, the vibration broke the motherboard.
I was a Lowpro SlingShot 102 AW for mountain biking and general. It's side loading and well padded and come with its own rain coat.
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chest rig sounds like a not bad idea. don't like the idea of a backpack if I need to bail, chances are my back or shoulders will be what takes the brunt of the impact.

I think a pannier bag with suspension/foam to help reduce vibrations might be the way to go... but Iike the idea of the Slingshot bag, looks ultra easy and quick.

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I would put it in a handlebar bag with some soft padding to absorb bumps. I used that system for years on bicycle tours in the film days. I would not recommend a chest bag. A friend of mine ended up in hospital when he fell on his SLR and broke a couple ribs. The handlebar bag gives good access and minimizes vibration if you set it up right.
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what about modifying this?

TopeakŪ Cycling Accessories ? Products - Fuel Tank, medium

seems like a good place to mount, aside from vibration and shock.

my bike:

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For this reasons I bought a Q, and fits nicely in the pocket of the back f the cycling jersey.
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When I jog or cycle, I use one of these two bags:
Lowepro Toploader TLZ1 reviews - Pentax Camera Accessory Review Database, or
OP/Tech Neoprene soft pouch D-SLR Mid-size reviews - Pentax Camera Accessory Review Database

I strap the bag across my shoulder and chest., fairly tight Access is very rapid. The first one gives a good protection from vibrations, ant it can carry an extra battery and cloth to wipe the lens.

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I was a Lowpro SlingShot 102 AW
Good advice - just swings around to your chest. A couple of extra clips prevents the contents spilling out when you unzip, room for your hoody in the top compartment and has an inbuilt raincoat.
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good place to mount, aside from vibration and shock
Not that good then really...

Pleased to say that my bike days are long gone, four wheeled transport is the way forward for me now.
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It'd be simple for me, I'd get one of the orange camera bag inserts from Ebay and put it in my actual messenger bag, that's what it's made for.

Urban riding with ready access to what you're carrying. Also, worn properly, it's the best you can possibly do about vibration worries. Puts as much of your body beterrn stuff and the road as you can. Lets you have your natural riding position and everything: you're basicaly wearing it on the rib cage, not 'carrying' it on your shoulders, etc. (Most people that don't like them aren't wearing them properly: those big strap buckles are so that you can snug them up to wear high. (Though in my case I can just slip right in, being smaller.) )

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