Need belt holster ideas

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  1. Ben Egbert

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    I want a belt and holster system for those short trips where the backpack is too cumbersome.

    Here's the issue. The belt won't stay up without a harness or suspenders, so it needs to be put on in the morning and taken off at night. That way I can drive and do stuff without the camera on the belt.

    So I need a quick connect system so the holster can just click on to the belt.

    The holster needs to hold a 5DSR and a 24-70 lens. and another holster for an 11-24. I can sling my tripod and everything else fits in my vest.

    Looking at Lowepro, I find what I need other than it appears to be a belt loop sort of mounting system. That would require removing the belt to add the holster, not good.
     
  2. AlanLichty

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    Check out the Think Tank Belt System. I use a pro speed belt and what's called the Pixel Racing Harness in conjunction with lens cases that let me carry my 100-400, 17-40, 24mm TS-E, one or two water bottles, and a small pouch with movable dividers. On rare occasions I have it all on the belt but often I yank some of the lens pouches off depending on what I want to carry. Its easy to reconfigure on the fly so I carry an athletic bag that has all of the accessories in my RV and then pick and choose which pieces I want to hike with before heading out the door.
     
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    Thanks Alan, I just watched 3 videos on Think Tank and have a good idea about everything except which holster would hold a DSLR and 24-70 attached. Also which bag would hold an 11-24 which is larger than a 17TSE
     
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    I use 2 lens changer 35's that are just big enough to be interchangeable for my 17-40mm, 24-105mm, 24-70mm, and my 24TS-E. Since I am constantly switching which lens I have on the pouch needs to be able to accommodate whichever lens I just yanked off so I didn't use a precise fit for any of them. The big one for my 100-400 is a lens changer 75 and I often dump one of the smaller lenses into that pouch when the 100-400 is on my camera. I have a Speed Changer 2.0 on the belt for filters and assorted junk (extra batteries, flashlights, spare batteries, etc) and two of the R U Thirsty skins for water bottles on long hikes.

    For walk about shooting I also use a small Think Tank shoulder bag called a Hubba Hubba Hiney that is just about right for a lunch bar, the DSLR with a 24-105mm mounted and my sunglass case. When I really go nuts I have all the pouches on my belt and carry the shoulder bag as well.

    Don't ask me how they came up with the names for this stuff :)
     
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    Hey Alan, it looks like a lens changer 35 only holds a lens, but I am looking for a system that holds a DSLR with the lens mounted. How do you carry your camera?
     
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    Mounted to my tripod that I carry over my shoulder with one of the lenses attached.
     
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    I should add that for walkabout I just use the shoulder bag.
     
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    Ok, I researched it and see I would need a Digital Holster 20 for a 5DSR and 24-70.
     
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    Ok, another question. How well do these fit under a parka?
     
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    I use mine over my parka. I don't want to open my parka to access my gear.
     
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    Ha, they may not make a belt that big;)
     
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    Ben, perhaps you didn't notice that I was heavily into ThinkTank and their belt system. Their line is so extensive that you can certainly come up with a setup for your needs. Yes, the Digital Holster 20 is good for your Canon body and lens. You can configure a belt with two or three bags and be set. I did that originally and later on switched to the Speed Freak belt/bag that allows additional pouches to be added just like the stand alone belt. It will hold any of your wide angle lenses plus filters, and a prime or two. This may seem confusing at first, but it is worth looking into as it's the best by far.
     
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    Is Speed freak a Think Tank product?

    I am basically a two lens guy, 11-24 and 24-70. The 100-400 is a special event lens so I suppose I could get a bag for that two. I would still need to tote my tripod of sling it. The rest fits my vest.

    You are one of the lucky guys who has a real waist, but when you are built like a penguin, it all falls off, pants included. I see you did not use a harness.
     
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    Hey Ben, you didn’t notice my Think Tank setup? Both bags I just use the shoulder straps, but they both fit on the belt, which I have sitting gsthering dust at home. Very small I have 3 lenses that I have access too and spare batteries, memory cards, etc.
     
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    Ben, regarding keeping it up, I tighten the belt but do also use a single shoulder strap connected to the belt at two places. TT sells a full suspender type of two-shoulder harness that really keeps it up and supports weight, taking a lot of it off the hip belt.
     
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    I noticed but did not take notes. I also noticed Jeffrey's, and that is what started me thinking about it.

    I noticed the single strap option, and that is probably where I would start, just to keep it up. I have not worn a belt in 25 years. I first went to suspenders, then to light weight pants with virtually nothing in the pocket and everything in a vest. Tight belts are bad for digestion.
     
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    This is why I use the Pixel Racing Harness - as suspenders to hold up the belt. Hard to concentrate on your image if the belt pulls your trousers off while you are looking through your viewfinder :D
     
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    What is a pixel racing harness, another TT accessory?
     
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    Yup - it's a suspender system for the belt. Think Tank shows it with additional accessories on their web page but I mostly use it to distribute the load between my shoulders and waist. Especially helpful when I am trying to carry everything on the belt at once.
     
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    Thanks Alan, I am getting all this stuff added to my favorites at B&H
     

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