Wrong place to post this liao!Originally Posted by TMC
Wrong place to post this liao!Originally Posted by TMC
Nick, with such heavy equipment, I don't think the 85AW is suitable unless you are physically strong. I have the older version and I got a deluxe waist belt to support the bag with my hips. But the new version comes with the waist straps built in. I use my 85AW with deluxe waist belt to carry my 10D w/ grip, 16-35mm/f2.8L, 70-200mm/f2.8L IS, Tamron 28-75mm/f2.8, 550EX plus spare batteries and extra storage. Without the waist belt, I wouldn't carry such a load. It is a killer on my shoulders. The waist belt helps to distribute the load to the hips but it is quite cumbersome to move around. I now prefer to use my mini trekker to carry the same setup but I wish the padding on the shoulder straps were thicker and the waist straps were more useful like those on a hiking backpack.Originally Posted by nickmak
p.s: I am 1.68m tall and weigh 80kg so I think I'm stronger than you.
Tamrac is my choice. Got mine 10 years ago, and still going strong!
Not sure if it's still available. I got it at CP last time, but they're not selling anymore. Can order from BH Photo and Video in US, but got to pay premium for transport and handling charges.
Sorry to OT a bit but where is this place CP is and what is the actual name? I only know AP
Originally Posted by John Teoh
It located at Penisula. The building opposite St Andrew Church.
CP = Cathay Photo. It is located at Peninsula Plaza.Originally Posted by John Teoh
I have not used a waistbelt before. I think that a waistbelt is not intended to function like or support the intended weight of its contents, say, of a backpack. It is like a motorcycle vs a passenger car. Both will bring one from pt A to pt B. But the capacity to carry pillion or passengers, comfort level, weight bearing, etc are not the same.Originally Posted by Newman
actually you can just get the harnass straps to use it as a backpack...
Originally Posted by Newman
i thought we were talking about waistbelts. with a harness straps, one can imagine it akin to wearing a fully loaded SBO, which defeats the original purpose of using a waistbelt.
Thanks Tupi Guy and XXX Boy. Walked past a few times but never notice the shop name. I went in a few times but I found the price quite high.
shoulder bags are really killer for a long day. My entire shoulder was devoid of skin after carrying 4kg of stuff inside for about 6 hrs.
Yes, I would agree that no waistbelt is designed to support the weight of the contents of a backpack. However, I am using the deluxe waistbelt to support the weight of my Specialist 85AW, which is one of the few bags it was designed to work with. It does help to ease the strain on my shoulder and without it, I wouldn't carry any heavy stuff in my 85AW. And as Modelshooterz have mentioned, the harness can be used on the 85AW which sort of makes it work like a backpack. However, it makes retrieving equipment from the 85AW troublesome. And you can and should use the harness with the waistbelt to give you better support.Originally Posted by reachme2003
Last edited by Newman; 25th October 2004 at 05:40 AM.
tamrac bags spotted in hasselblad shop at plaza singapura..
I prefer the shoulder bag, as I can reach for my camera more easily. If I got tired, I can always rest it on the other shoulder or hand carry it...
I too consider a backpack, but having experience carrying a backpack (everyday with laptop home-office trip), I decided on shoulder bag.
I have a bad back. After fixing my gig that are carried on a Lowe Pro Stealth Reporter 200, I often dislike the bag sling across my body while shooting. After some time, I found that that bag carry be carried 'like' a backpack.Originally Posted by StreetShooter
ie : The bag is right behind me - above my bum. The broad part of the strap runs over the back of my neck and the narrow part under both armpits.
It works - helps my back a lot, frees both arm and I shoot better with the monopode.
Do zip up and buckle up for a better peace of mind as you will not be able to see the bag behind you.
I probably look a wee bit unconventional but nevermnd - my skin is thick and solid.
Newman, thanks for clarifying. anyone knows which is/are good shoulder pad(to be used together with a shoulder strap of a camera bag) to help distribute weight and at the same time provide some comfort. saw one at one of those shops which sell haversacks and outdoor gears.Originally Posted by Newman
eagle creek. Get the 2 inch wide version. fantastic for the comfort it brings. Altho your shoulder would still be sore after one whole day. but it is not as bad since the strap spreads out the weight across a larger area.
No problem reachme2003. Using a good should pad may help a bit but I still find the deluxe waistbelt helps a lot more if you can use your bag with it. I think all the bags in the Lowepro Stealth AW series can use it, besides the Specialist 85AW. Like TMC mentioned, you will feel sore even with a better pad. I used to get headaches when I was using the 85AW without the deluxe waistbelt. I believe it was due to the pressure on the neck/shoulder region. Now with the waistbelt, I don't have that anymore. Those who hike/backpack regularly would know that the best place to support a lot of weight on your body is the hips. The shoulder strap(s) is just to keep the bag in place. I do get headaches even with the minitrekker due to the lack of hip support.Originally Posted by reachme2003
Amen to that!Originally Posted by Newman
I use a Lowepro PhotoTrekker AWII. When loaded it weighs about 20 kg.Without the waistsupport it would ba an absolute nightmare to have all the weight on the shoulders. With the waist straps, a hike becomes quite pleasant (unless one is climbing vertically! But that is another story).
For my streetshooting, I have a small Billingham on one shoulder strap across my chest. Pretty and easier to use!