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    Looking for advice on walking around with large lenses

    Sorry if this has been asked before, I've searched but didn't know what to look for.

    I usually like walking around with my camera and lens around my neck (usually a 12-60 or 50mm)

    I just picked up a lens I've been dreaming about for 5 years now and was finally able to afford (150 F2) and was wondering how people would walk around with it normally.

    Sorry if this is a silly question, but I figure you can't put it around your deck due to the weight possibly damaging the camera, and walking around holding it seems impractical but my best solution.

    Thanks for all help and advice
    E-5: ZD 50mm, Sigma 105mm macro, ZD 150mm; ZD 7-14, 12-60SWD, 50-200SWD, Sigma 50-500mm, EC-14.

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    Re: Looking for advice on walking around with large lenses

    You can use some of the straps like Black Rapid, etc. , mounted into the lens tripod collar. If you set the length properly, the lens-camera combo should be hanging at your side(or back) at the waist level, still ready to be used anytime.
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    Re: Looking for advice on walking around with large lenses

    A sling type strap attached to the lens tripod foot will work. My usual method is to mount the lens on the tripod/monopod and carry the rig over my shoulder. Having used a few lenses with their own strap lugs I have to say I've never carried them that way. ..
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    Re: Looking for advice on walking around with large lenses

    I generally use an Optech sling strap attached to the bottom of the battery grip on my E-M5 (the grip has a metal post on the bottom that was designed to attach one end of an Olympus hand grip). I often carry it with large lenses like the 50-200 SWD, and I've never had a problem with it damaging the camera (no damage that I can detect, at any rate . . .)

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    Re: Looking for advice on walking around with large lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by hschnee View Post
    I generally use an Optech sling strap attached to the bottom of the battery grip on my E-M5 (the grip has a metal post on the bottom that was designed to attach one end of an Olympus hand grip). I often carry it with large lenses like the 50-200 SWD, and I've never had a problem with it damaging the camera (no damage that I can detect, at any rate . . .)

    - Hal -
    Similar strap-set here. I carry the lens/camera just under my lower part of my arm.

    Regards. Barr1e

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    Re: Looking for advice on walking around with large lenses

    I've also finally bought a lens I desired for some time, but not in that same price range, the 50-200 SWD instead & wondered how best to carry it too. The sling strap is a good idea as suggested above (I have used the Q-Strap with Black-Rapid fasteners), but one thing to remember when using a camera with an EVF is the danger of the sun entering it & actually doing some burning damage to the EVF display (remember setting leaves alight with a magnifying glass as a child?). It generally only happens if the dioptre is set about +3 (I think). I decided to try a top loader bag (Lowepro Toploader 75 AW II) & being able to drop the camera with lens & hood into it so the lid can cover the camera when not in use (reversing the hood for normal storage though), but have yet to actually try it in practice. It's not exactly small either.
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    Re: Looking for advice on walking around with large lenses

    Have a look at Peak Designs stuff

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    Re: Looking for advice on walking around with large lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by maccabeej View Post
    Have a look at Peak Designs stuff
    I've been using OpTech straps for decades and they work beautifully and are built to last. I just switched to the Peak Designs Sling Strap Lite for one reason alone. I have arthritis in my hands and my fingers no longer have the strength to open and close the Quick Release Clips that allow OpTechs' straps to work so well. So far the Peak Designs Quick Release Anchors are much easier on my fingers. Instead of squeezing the clips together on the OpTechs I just place my thumb on the Peak Designs Anchor and push down and it slides right out. So far, so good.
    Bobby

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    Re: Looking for advice on walking around with large lenses

    Another vote for peak design. Their Capture clip is also worth looking at.

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    Re: Looking for advice on walking around with large lenses

    I don't have a huge lens, my biggest is the Oly 75-300, but I plan to use the Cotton Carrier vest when I ride my bicycle, with the camera/ lens combo.

    The CC hub fits nicely on the E-M5 body.

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