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Camera and Bins accessible at the same time?

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Old Monday 17th September 2007, 19:45   #1
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Camera and Bins accessible at the same time?

What do you use so that you can have your bins and camera accessible when your birding? I was able to use one of those bino harnesses with the bins attached by one loop on the left side (instead of 2 loops like normal) while my camera was hanging over my left shoulder. This got fatiguing though and I had to drape the camera over my right shoulder which is much stronger. I also had a Lowepro Slingshot draped over my right shoulder which held various supplies.

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Old Monday 17th September 2007, 21:24   #2
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Personally I have my bins round my neck with my camera and main lens on a tripod over my right shoulder. I then have a rucksack on my back with other camera gear and my scope in. My bins are fairly light so I can easily use them one handed and it only takes a few seconds to set the tripod down to take a shot. The only think that's slow is getting other bits out of the bag.

If I'm travelling light I'l have my bins round my neck and my camera with a 100-400 lens on one shoulder.
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I have a shoulder bag hanging across body on my right-hand side with scope/tripod and other bits inside and across the same shoulder my camera in a pouch, which sits nicely on top of the bag. My bins are normal around the neck.
When i need to spring into action and tack a fast photo i just swing the pouch in front of me, pull the camera out and i'm ready to go. Because the strap is attached to the pouch and not the camera i can just pull the camera out without the strap getting caught up with my bins strap. With a little practice it works fine and i have camera in hand within seconds.
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Old Monday 24th September 2007, 11:04   #4
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Hi CCRII, as you're based in the US I'm sure you're aware of Op/tech and their range of straps.

Have a look at their Reporter Strap and see if this offers you a solution...


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I have my bins around my neck and my camera in my right hand - with a wrist loop attached. If I need to use both hands on the bins I just let the camera dangle. I'm sure it looks a bit scary, letting all that expensive gear dangle from a plastic strap, but that's what insurance is for.
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