Accessories for Think Tank belt

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  1. Ben Egbert

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    I have the Think Tank belt with a couple of holsters for camera and spare lens. Now I am thinking about how to carry filters and batteries as well as water.

    I found the water holder, but not sure what I need to batteries and filters.
     
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    I use a Think Tank bag called a Speed Changer for filters, lens cleaning rag, batteries, and spare memory cards. It also has some front pockets where you can put your lens cap while you are shooting. The web site shows the bag with lenses in it but it works quite well for filters.
     
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    That's big enough for a gripped camera, I was thinking smaller.
     
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    Hehe - I actually ran out of room with the belt mounted Speed Changer so I added the Hubba Hubba Hiney shoulder bag to carry most of the filters:

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    This also gives me room to carry my sunglasses, gloves, and headlamps/flashlights too.
     
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    Maybe I should get that . But how does it work with two other bags on the belt.
     
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    I actually have that last bag with a shoulder strap. I keep the strap short enough so it doesn't interfere with my belt stuff at all. I still have the Speed Changer on my belt. I don't use the little loops on the belt so I can slide the lens bags around as needed. This is my belt with 3 lens bags, one water bottle holder and the Speed Changer.

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    Thanks for the photo Alan, I think just one bag would do the trick for me. I have not tried this with the back pack in case I wanted to do a hike and had to carry hiking gear. I also use my backpack to carry my tripod, but I have a shoulder sling for the tripod too.
     
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    Hey Alan, I just got the harness for my belt system. The loop that fasten around the harness are too short for the belt, like I see here and in the instructions that came with the harness. I got it to work by putting them around outer belt as opposed to the padded belt as you have.


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    Very curious - what was the part number for the harness you got? I am on my second one now after some of the shoulder webbing was failing on the first one. The construction on the second version is much beefier for the area that failed on my first one (8+ years of service) so hopefully I won't need a replacement soon but am concerned if they have changed the design.
     
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    Hmm - the product images from B&H show the loop fitting around the belt and the verbiage describes that it fits any Think Tank belt:

    ThinkTank.jpg

    You might want to query B&H - they are pretty good customer support.
     
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    I think my belt is wider than shown, It works ok but I was surprised that the loop was too short to fit as shown.
     
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    I need to find my belt for it. I had bought it a few years back thinking I would use it, but I never have as I just through everything over my shoulders with the shoulder straps for the 1 bag and the 1 holster I use. If my belt is better or anyone needs it just let me know as I am not using it.

    Of course, that means I need to find it. :rolleyes:
     
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    Yes, some TT belts are narrower than others. I use the Speed Freak which is like the Speed changer but it has a built in belt that acts like the separate TT belt all around. It holds many accessories plus two or three lenses so I don't need so many individual bags for each lens. And because the belt is integrated, it is more stable. And I use the shoulder straps to support the weight when mounting it to my body or loosening the belt to rotate it for better reach to some items. Ben, look at the belt bags at the TT site. They have so many in various sizes, one will be right for just what you plan to put in it.
     
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    Thanks Jeffrey, I think I am happy with what I have now, just had this question because it was different than the instructions. It works just fine however. Well I have not used it as presently set up yet. I had the single strap before and it was hurting my shoulder on longer trips so I decided to get the harness. I am sure it will work fine. I only carry a camera and lens in the holster, a lens (11-24) in the lens pouch, then I have two auxiliary pouches, one for water and one for filters batteries etc. It is still heavy because the gear is heavy.
     
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    Interesting belt - and a different design from mine. Will the speed harness connectors go into the D-rings on this belt? They are in the right locations for that.

    Curious that the Steroid Speed Belt isn't listed on the Think Tank site at all.
     
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    Hey, duh, why didn't I think of using the D rings, Now I need to go try it out.

    Hey Alan, it works like a charm, like it's made for it. Glad I started this post.

    With all my gear and a bottle of water, it's 13 pounds. Still need to add the tripod which has it's own sling.

    Someday I will be carrying all mirror-less and get even lighter.
     
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    Someday.....
     
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    I tried it out this morning on a moderate hike, it worked like a charm. Having the weight distributed on my hips and at the side rather than higher up on my back made for much better balance and sure footing. Being able to get at the gear without removing the belt is another big bonus. It is a bit of a trick getting it on as the whole set up wanted to tangle and is not easy to reach to untangle. Part of this is because I have a 5DSR with a 24-70 F2.8 on one side and an 11-24 on the other, pretty heavy items. But it's still easier than a back pack.
     

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