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#1 rafikiphoto


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Posted 09 July 2016 - 10:54 AM

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If you cycle and take camera equipment with you what bag or pannier do you use to carry it securely? Are there dedicated camera bags for this?

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Posted 09 July 2016 - 12:20 PM

I don't generally carry the Fuji when cycling, but a smaller Olympus Em-10 (and before that a really compact Sony Nex-7 plus a Sigma 35 Art).

The Olympus plus its sharp 14-42 kit zoom (28-85mm eq.) and a Panasonic 35-100 (70-200 eq.) fit (barely, a Panasonic GM5 plus the 12-32 pancake would be a better choice) into a top tube bag like this one:

As an added bonus I can keep my phone with the GPS running in the central pocket to see where I'm going.

If I'm carrying more stuff or the Fuji kit:
- for one day rides, I just strap a small Lowepro fannypack on the rear rack; in that I can carry one camera and up to 3/4 lenses
- for tours I stick all the kit in an handlebar bag or in the pannier farthest from traffic (so the right one unless you live in the UK or the like, where they drive on the left)

If at all possible I avoid though putting the camera:
- in a backpack, because you never know when you're gonna kiss the asphalt, and because on the uphills that here range generally from 15 to 24% I sweat like a race horse... ;)
- or in the left side pannier, because you never know when some idiot driver is gonna smack the panniers with his car trying to pass you.


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Posted 09 July 2016 - 06:22 PM

this came up before and then I answered this...



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Posted 10 July 2016 - 03:50 PM

Depends on how much kit you actually want to take with you.


When cycling either for the day or touring, I go as lightweight as possible and therefore carry my X-T10 with an XF27mm (or XF18mm) attached in a Thinktank Mirrorless Mover 5 on my waist belt. The camera is protected from 'road shocks' (well as much as I am!) and is easily accessible.

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Posted 15 July 2016 - 03:19 AM

I strap my x100t to my back with my peak design slide. It fits snug and stays in place. Never take a bag.

Edited by Tom H., 15 July 2016 - 03:20 AM.


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