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I'm planning to use a modular belt system on vacation and outings. Last weekend I tried putting a lens changer and flash on my left side and kept the camea on a Backrapid strap hanging on my right.

I think I want a "holster" for better protection and containment, but:

  • will that get in the way when the camera is "out"?
  • is it too heavy to keep on a belt?

Using a simple clip (how to attach it at the same time as the strap?) will prevent the cameara from swinging, but doesn't offer protection and getting out of a sudden rain. But, are there any other alternatives along that line?


Inventory

  • Canon 70D body
  • EFS 17-55 f/2.8 normally attached
  • lens changer pouch for EFS 55-250 f/(4-5.6)
  • pouch with flash
  • "Nifty fifty" lens
  • collaping monopod
  • screen hood loupe to see in sunlight and/or without reading glasses
  • drink container
  • extra battery, memory cards

Bags

I currently have a Lowepro S&F Light Utility Belt and am using a lens changer pouch and flash pouch that goes with that system. I'm eyeing the ThinkTank Holster 20. ThinkTank modular bags can attach by going around the entire outer part of the segment, rather than through a loop on that segment. I've done that with their StuffIt pouches.

The Lowepro modular pouches don't have outer pockets or additional attachment points, and they don't make a holster for the modular system. That's one thing that made me wonder if it's impractical to put it on a belt.

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I've for years been using a LowePro beltpack camerabag. Works great. But it's a personal preference of course, see for yourself if it's what you want/need.
LowePro Toploader Pro
Another option (or combine with the Toploader would be the Street&Field series belt with pouches.

The 55-250 might get a bit uncomfortable banging against your leg. Apart from that, I'd not expect trouble. the belts are wide enough to comfortably distribute several kilos of weight. Using the Toploader I can carry a D200 with 70-200 f/2.8 attached and some cleaning kit, spare batteries and CF cards in the front pocket, plus a half liter bottle of water and a monopod around for hours with no problems.

  • About the Loewpro toploader... the pictures (store.lowepro.com/media/catalog/product/cache/4/image/1160x1160/…) show a mesh-covered back. Where's the S&F attachment loop? – JDługosz Jul 3 '15 at 7:27
  • The 55-250 is smaller than the fast 17-55 actually. How do you carry the monopod? The holster it came with is a plain belt loop which won't go on a modular belt, and the times I've used it, it gets in the way esp. to sit down. – JDługosz Jul 3 '15 at 7:31
  • @JDługosz the Toploader doesn't attach to the S&F system. It does itself have 2 loops for attaching S&F lens pouches on the sides. Mine comes with a belt of its own (see store.lowepro.com/media/wysiwyg/lowepro/product/… ) and I think you can loop another belt between the mesh and the case proper. – jwenting Jul 3 '15 at 7:32
  • So, are you using it on a belt, with no other harnessing? – JDługosz Jul 3 '15 at 7:34
  • @JDługosz I just hook it its carrying strap to one of the rings on the bag. Hardware stores and outdoors shops have things like carabiners en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quickdraw which are just perfect. – jwenting Jul 3 '15 at 7:34

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