Great shot of the Osprey with the fish, Moose.
On 9/11/20 7:09 PM, Moose wrote:
On 9/11/2020 1:43 PM, Wayne Shumaker wrote:
A camera in a bag hardly ever takes photos, except if you have set
the gear to ‘no sleep’
The best bag is open air with the strap around your neck or on your
Same with camera, the best one is that you have in your hands when
Am I so wrong ?
The rest seems to me, immaterial …
A great deal of my travel, and photography, involves vehicles to get
the the place, trail, etc.
I carry two or three camera/lens combinations. Thus the desire for
bags that both carry and protect the gear on the way and allow the
fastest possible access when needed. The cameras I have these days,
and the training my fingers have to turn them on as I grab them mean
sleep isn't a problem. (STILL a terrible ergonomic weakness of the
OM-D models; the switch in the wrong place.) Once arrived, the bag(s)
stay in the vehicle.
I have issues with the strap around neck or shoulder. Especially when
hiking and biking. For casual outings, OK. But just bend over and the
camera comes swinging around. Sometimes you need your hands free to
maneuver or to use trekking poles.
Biking and trekking poles aren't part of my world.
I have a Peak Design capture clip attached to the backpack strap.
Camera is always in reach and does not flop around like a camera
strapped around the neck. Works great for me for biking when attached
to my Camelbak shoulder strap. Like the GX9 + PL 12-60. Very
comfortable hiking with no neck weight. Scrambling up rocks, etc. the
camera does not get in the way nor swing around into rocks, leaving
both hands free. Probably does not work well with heavy
Here's a pic of Moose in serious mode, circa 2018.
E-M5 II + PLeica 12-60
E-M5 II + PLeica 100-400
Grabbed off Peak Design capture clip attached to my belt:
GM-1 + 7-14
For 2020, replace all three bodies with GX9s
I imagine I scramble up things where I need both hands far less often
than do you. In the above pic, you may note that the straps are
different length. When I lean over, they don't bang into each other.
For more serious scrambling, move cameras to shoulders and behind
arms. Awkward, indeed, with the occasional accident, but none fatal as
Part of the price for the photographic range and flexibility.
The above photo of me (credit MikeG) was taken just before embarking
on a tour of the Essex River Estuary on a small boat. With one body,
switching lenses on a bouncing boat, with occasional stray bits of sea
water flying, I don't get at least one of these shots of an Osprey in
surrounding context <https://photos.app.goo.gl/TMRjLvxt6HXUuNjs7>
and Osprey with catch taking off.
Fortunately, my neck and shoulders aren't bothered, and the rest of
the inconvenience is worth it.
I've tried all sorts of ways to keep camera at the ready and so far
this works the best.
For one camera, modest size lens, sure.
Necklace O. Cameras Moose
Tullahoma, TN USA
Themed Olympus Photo Exhibition: http://www.tope.nl/