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05-13-2015, 07:52 AM   #1
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Camera bag for rides on horseback

I'm going to have a many days ride on a horseback in mountains. So I need a bag that would allow me to keep a camera handy so I can take shots while riding. I suppose it should be held somewhere on a belt or chest. Any suggestions?

05-13-2015, 08:29 AM   #2
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Why not get a sling bag.
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How much stuff do you need to carry? And what weather do you expect? If riding in rain you'll need a fully waterproof solution. If riding in hot weather you'll want something small or mesh to let your body breath; big bags can get hot.

A convertible backpack/sling like the Lowepro Slingshots might work. I use one while bicycling. I keep the bag tightly on my back with the supplementary strap. It takes less than 5 seconds to unsnap the extra strap and rotate the bag for gear access. Horseback will have more bouncing around than bicycling but you can fill empty space around small lenses with spare clothing so they don't bounce in the bag. There's a pullout rain cover for unexpected rain but I wouldn't trust it in an all day downpour.

I do find it annoying to keep opening the bag to retrieve my camera. Moving the bag is fast, but unzipping and retrieving a DSLR gets tiresome especially for a fleeting photo opportunity that's gone. Every bag has that issue. I've looked at straps, harnesses, and technical vests but haven't found a better solution yet. Anything that straps the camera tight enough to my body to protect the camera from shaking (our upper bodies are pretty good shock absorbers if something is firmly attached) takes just as much time to unfasten as it does to open up a bag.

The best solution I found for a combined day of bicycling and photography is to keep a Ricoh GR in my shirt pocket. It's not WR but if it starts pouring I'm going to cut my bike trip short, anyway. If I need a full DSLR then I can keep that in the Lowepro Slingshot.
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I would look into saddle bags. There may be photography specific bags designed to attach to a saddle.

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Camera bag for rides on horseback

If you are going to be "busting brush" you will definitely want a bag you can shift to your back in order to protect your camera. If not, consider the smallest usable top loader and rap the carrying strap around the saddle horn and use a strap to anchor the bag to the saddle breast collar ring or saddle cinch ring in order to stabilize the bag. I would carry extra lens in a lens case in the saddle bags.
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Thanks for your suggestions! A sling or a top-loader bag could be an option. What do you think about a beltpack like Lowepro Inverse? I can only imagine how it is comfortable to wear while sitting or riding.
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Thanks for your suggestions! A sling or a top-loader bag could be an option. What do you think about a beltpack like Lowepro Inverse? I can only imagine how it is comfortable to wear while sitting or riding.
I would think, but have no experience with it, that theLowpro Inverse would be uncomfortable to wear while in the saddle. It would interfere with the cantle and your natural position in the saddle. It would either be pushed up or force you to sit forward. Only my opinion, but I do have 25+ years experience on horseback in the mountains.

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What about a clik elite chest carrier?
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I've reviewed several options and finally decided not to purchase any bag that can be quickly shifted back and forth. And my experience during the trip showed that was right decision: it would have been difficult to take out a camera while in the saddle. It's always possible to just stop, get down the ground and take a shot.
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Another option is one of the Think Tank's camera holsters & harness's. It secures the camera/holster to your chest.
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