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    Lens Holder/Belt



    I saw a photographer with a Lens Belt/Holder thingie. I am shooting a wedding in a few weeks and I only have one camera body, I need something that i can grab different lenses quickly without having to go back to my bag. Any suggestions or idea of what I am looking for, oddly enough I haven

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    Re: Lens Holder/Belt



    Lowepro makes something called the 'Street and Field' system which consists of a belt, harness, or vest (depending on how much you want to carry) and many options for pouches and bags.

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    Re: Lens Holder/Belt



    Think Tank makes some nice belt systems too.


    Shoulder Harness:


    http://www.thinktankphoto.com/products/pixel-racing-harness-v2.aspx





    Modular Components have some padding:


    http://www.thinktankphoto.com/categories/modular-component-systems.aspx





    Thin Skin Components have no padding.


    http://www.thinktankphoto.com/categories/skin-component-systems.aspx





    Belts:


    http://www.thinktankphoto.com/categories/camera-belts.aspx





    I use the ThinkTank system but the LowePro is very good too. I can only really comment on The ThinkTank System. They have 3 levels of belts, thin skin belt no padding, pro speed belt (padded) and the heavy duty padded steroid Belt with some back support.


    You can buy different components to hang off of it. Some people like no padding and then they store the lenses in the skin pouches for easy packing into another camera bag (because the skin pouches take up less room) and some people like the slighltly padded modular components for the extra protection when the lens is hanging off of the belt in case you bump into anything.


    I happen to have the pro speed belt and the full modular system with the pixel racing harness shoulder strap.


    What ever belt system you end up with, make sure that the opening for the lens pouch opens away from your body to make it easier to put the lens back in it. The lens changers have quick access draw string so you don't have to deal with zippers. If I were to going hiking I would probably like the security of the zipper better, plus the zipper will keep dirt out better on a dusty trail, however for fast lens changes I like the draw string better. They also come with a rain cover that stows inside.


    If you have any other questions about the Think Tank System or what fits what, then just let me know.





    Rich

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    Thx guys,


    I called Think Tank and they totally talked me through it, I am going with the modular series. Thx again for the help!

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    Excellent! Think Tank Photo is awesome!

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    Re: Lens Holder/Belt



    I have the LowePro system. Belt, suspenders, LensCase for 70-200/2.8, LensCase for general lenses, SlipLock pouch 60 for two flashes, water bottle holder, and I think it
    We're a Canon/Profoto family: five cameras, sixteen lenses, fifteen Profoto lights, too many modifiers.

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    Re: Lens Holder/Belt



    Quote Originally Posted by peety3
    I have the LowePro system.

    Have you tried theLowepro S&F Lens Exchange 200 AW?I like the idea a lot - it would be very useful for me to carry the 70-200/2.8 II like that and easily swap the 24-105mm (on the body with a Blackrapid strap), but the reviews on Amazon suggest it's not optimal for a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens...


    Also, what case do you use for the 70-200/2.8 - the LC3?


    Thanks,


    John

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    Re: Lens Holder/Belt



    I might be a little late, but check this site. http://www.cottoncarrier.com/


    A friend recently purchased the Carry-Lite and absolutly LOVES it.

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    Re: Lens Holder/Belt



    [quote=neuroanatomist]Have you tried the[url="http://products.lowepro.com/product/S-F-Lens%20Exchange%20Case%20200%20AW,2226.htm]Lowepro S&F Lens Exchange 200 AW[/url]?I like the idea a lot - it would be very useful for me to carry the 70-200/2.8 II like that and easily swap the 24-105mm (on the body with a Blackrapid strap), but the reviews on Amazon suggest it's not optimal for a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens...[/quote]


    Update: picked one up and it's great - 70-200 f/2.8<span style="color: #ff0000;"]L IS II fits with the hood reversed, and it makes it easy to swap the 70-200 II for the 24-105 and back. Next up is a Deluxe Technical Belt to hang it on, which will be more convenient than the shoulder strap.

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    Would not want to try the belt holder with a heavy lens. Would not look cool if you got pants-ed by your own camera.

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