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12-03-2013, 05:47 PM   #1
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Vests - do you wear a vest

I got a photographers vest as a gift a few months ago. But it was too small. I couldn't wear it.

Nevertheless I liked all the pockets. And I'm hoping to find an affordable 2XL one at some point, I think.

But a lot more people seem to be going for those high tech-oriented laptop and DSLR kit combo type backpacks, and not so much vests.

Do you ever wear a photographer's vest? Is it useful? Or more just a silly cliche?

Just askin'!

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The past several times I went out, I packed all my essential gear in my vest rather than carry a backpack. It was much more distributed and easier on the back.
I had my 16-50 (on camera), the 50-135, and 50-300 lenses were in the vest. Along with; 540fgz flash, at least two sets of extra batteries for camera and flash. I usually cary other misc like bottle of water, memory cards, cable etc...

Great for travel, as "clothing" is not considered a carry-on! So all the more room for camera gear on the plane.
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I was thinking vest for filters and smaller items.

I didn't even consider that a few lenses could fit into a vest's pockets!

Btw if there is a vest brand that stands out in particular I'd like to know!

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I do some, it depends on the shoot. I like the pockets for lens changing. I tend to use a large pack more but sometimes both. It just depends. I do like them though.

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I use a fishing vest when out in the country. Works well with smaller lenses like the limiteds and to carry filters, extra batteries etc. Its pretty cheap...
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QuoteOriginally posted by davids8560 Quote
I was thinking vest for filters and smaller items.

I didn't even consider that a few lenses could fit into a vest's pockets
For Pentax Ltd's you don't need big pockets I like to carry them in cargo pockets.

For something like DA* zooms, a pouch with a loop to carry on a belt, would probably be the best choice.
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My wife got me a Humvee vest last year from B&H. Good vest, lots of pockets and I don't think it was very expensive.
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I love my vest, now wear it on nearly every outing. For my K mount rig, it will hold my 15, 21,31,43, 10-20zoom, and a 77 plus all filters, a hat, gloves, phone, battery, pen, whistle, hand warmers, etc... Pretty much eliminates the need for a bag sometimes.
People make fun of my vest but I could not care less how I look when I am getting the job done.
Go for it!

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I love my vest, now wear it on nearly every outing. For my K mount rig, it will hold my 15, 21,31,43, 10-20zoom, and a 77 plus all filters, a hat, gloves, phone, battery, pen, whistle, hand warmers, etc... Pretty much eliminates the need for a bag sometimes.
People make fun of my vest but I could not care less how I look when I am getting the job done.
Go for it!
What make is it?
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I would like to try a Billingham vest.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mikeSF Quote
I love my vest, now wear it on nearly every outing. For my K mount rig, it will hold my 15, 21,31,43, 10-20zoom, and a 77 plus all filters, a hat, gloves, phone, battery, pen, whistle, hand warmers, etc... Pretty much eliminates the need for a bag sometimes.
People make fun of my vest but I could not care less how I look when I am getting the job done.
Go for it!


Whistle ???
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Whistle ???
Yes, a loud coach's whistle in case I fall down a crevasse or something and my groans cannot be heard over the roar of the ocean.
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I've never seen a photographer wearing one. My wife asked recently if I wanted one - but qualified that with "You'd look like a ******".

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QuoteOriginally posted by davids8560 Quote
I got a photographers vest as a gift a few months ago. But it was too small. I couldn't wear it.

Nevertheless I liked all the pockets. And I'm hoping to find an affordable 2XL one at some point, I think.

But a lot more people seem to be going for those high tech-oriented laptop and DSLR kit combo type backpacks, and not so much vests.

Do you ever wear a photographer's vest? Is it useful? Or more just a silly cliche?

Just askin'!
I keep a Billingham PhotoVest in my car. I can get a DA* 300mm f/4 and a DA* 60-250mm f/4 (with hoods reversed) in the two main pockets. There is lots of other pockets, some with zips for added security. It is a bigger size than I would normally wear, because this allows more space in the pockets for bulky items.

I have narrow bony shoulders and the PhotoVest spreads the weight better across my shoulders than a back-pack. But it can get too warm on a hot day, and I wonder if a vest made of netting would be better.

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I would like to try a Billingham vest.
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