My gear’s too heavy: how can I spread the weight? part 1

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‘The photo kit I have is heavy! It is too heavy to be supported around the neck!’ (customer feedback 2010)

Wearing camera gear around your neck and over your shoulders for prolonged periods, may cause you aches and pains and eventually damage your neck and, or back…

For times when you need to carry camera equipment on your body a one good solution is to spread the weight across your body using a combination of belt and harness with pouches attached for your camera equipment.

For those of you who need a light weight solution with minimum bulk, the Think Tank Photo belt, harness and pouch system could be what you are looking for.

Think Tank Photo Modular System
Think Tank Photo Modular System

There are three options to choose from with the belt:
Thin Skin – webbing only, so very lightweight – great for hot countries, times when you need to travel light or carrying a few small pouches
Pro Speed Belt – lightly padded, for more support and comfort, and to carry an average amount of gear
Steroid Speed Belt – double rail, padded, extra wide for support and comfort and to help spread the weight of heavy gear, especially good for those with back problems

Think Tank Photo Pro Speed Belt with Speed Changer & Whip It Out
Pro Speed Belt with Speed Changer & Whip It Out

Two harness options:
Pixel Racing Harness v2 – Harness affixes to all three styles of Think Tank Photo belt & helps spread the weight of the gear across the torso, not just the waist or hips
Belly Dancer Harness – is a one size fits all belt and harness that clips at the back & helps spread the weight of the gear across the torso, not just the waist or hips

Pixel Racing Harness with belt & Lens Changer 50 & Whip It Out
Pixel Racing Harness with belt & Lens Changer 50 & Whip It Out
Pixel Racing Harness attached to Pro Speed Belt (rear view)
Pixel Racing Harness attached to Pro Speed Belt (rear view)
Belly Dancer Harness
Belly Dancer Harness

Lightly padded pouches for three typical zoom lenses:
Lens Changer 50 or Large Lens Drop In = Canon 16-35 f2.8 OR Nikon 14-24 f2.8 (in each case with lens hood in position)
Lens Changer 35 or Lens Changer 50 = Canon 24-70 f2.8 OR Nikon 24-70 f2.8 (in each case with lens hood in position)
Lens Changer 50 = Canon 24-70 f2.8 OR Nikon 24-70 f2.8 (with lens hood inverted)
Lens Changer 75 Pop Down = Canon 70-200 f2.8 OR Nikon 80-200 f2.8 (can fit lens with hood in position or inverted AND tripod collar in place)
Whip It Out = Canon 70-200 f2.8 (with lens hood in position BUT no tripod collar)
Lightning Fast
= flash / strobe / speedlight or battery pack

Modular Pouches
Modular Pouches
Lens Changer 75 Pop Down
Lens Changer 75 Pop Down

Non padded pouches for your specific lenses:
Skin 50 = Canon 16-35 f2.8 OR Nikon 14-24 f2.8 (in each case with lens hood in position)
Skin 50 or Skin 75 pop down = Canon 24-70 f3.8 (latter pouch with lens hood in position)
Skin 75 pop down = Canon 70-200 f2.8 OR Nikon 80-200 f2.8 (can fit lens with hood in position or inverted AND tripod collar in place)
Skin Strobe = flash / strobe / speedlight or battery pack

Skin pouches
Skin pouches

Pouches for the camera bodies:
The Chimp Cage – for pro DSLR body
Skin Chimp – for pro DSLR body or holds a semi pro body with up to a 24-70 lens on it (also has pop down feature so can accommodate lens hood in position AND inverted)

Chimp Cage
Chimp Cage
Chimp Cage interior
Chimp Cage interior

All the Think Tank Photo pouches come with a fully seam sealed rain cover, for the times when it is bucketing down!

Look out for Part 2 next week for more techniques to spread the weight…

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