About 35 years ago, we had a carry-system that put a tripod with legs partially extended on our backs with a camera body attached, but not a big lens. We carried the lens/s in vest pockets and bins on straps or on a harness. We moved away from this mainly because it took too long to set up and get a shot. Worked better for folks who used it for tripod and scope. I think these were called Tri-packs and were sort of promoted by George Lepp. As I recall, they were made by a Mom-and-Pop company that specialized in gear for photographers, so they might not even be available today.
Hope this adds a useful dimension to the search.
From: Nagi Aboulenein
Sent: Friday, November 6, 2020 9:10 AM
To: Richard Walker ; OBOL
Subject: [obol] Re: [Tweeters] Camera/binocular harness
I have the same dilemma, and haven’t really found a perfect solution. I usually carry a big and heavy Canon lens with extenders, for which none of the solutions suggested so far is suitable due to the heavy weight of camera+lens.
So, the answer really depends on what camera you’re carrying around with you. If it’s a relatively small/light camera+lens combo, then some of the suggested solutions might work. If it’s a long/heavy combo, then none of the dual-strap systems are rated for that kind of weight, or if they are rated for it, then it’s not very convenient or comfortable to have highly unbalanced weights on your sides. Another potential issue is that you would usually want to have the binoculars centered on your chest for easy use. The dual strap systems that I’ve seen basically put the two cameras/bins to the side, which is not an optimal position for carrying binoculars. I’ll be happy to be corrected if folks have found a dual-strap system that works for heavy/long lenses + bins.
What I’ve found to work for me is a regular bin strap - I prefer something that actually allows me to also strap the bins down so that they don’t swing around when I’m kneeling or otherwise doing strange acrobatics to get a photo. I use the S4 Gear Lockdown straps for my bins. Then for the camera I use a long shoulder/neck strap for the camera+lens and carry it diagonally. This gives me enough play on the bin straps to be able to use the bins without issues.
On Nov 5, 2020, 18:05 -0800, Richard Walker <RichardAWalker...>, wrote:
I usually carry a camera and a pair of binoculars. Using a neck strap on either one is getting to be difficult.
Does anyone know of a shoulder harness that can carry both at once?
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