How do you carry 2 cameras?

ptrmckyptrmcky Posts: 44Member
edited January 2014 in Nikon DSLR cameras
So I recently purchased at D800 with a 24-70 to go with my D7000 and bag of many primes. I would usually carry my bag on one shoulder with my camera on the other. I'm now finding it a bit awkward to juggle 2 cameras and a bag full of lenses.

How do you go about carrying all your gear? Most of the time I'm in the studio, where this ain't a problem. My next wedding is the first week of February so would like to get something sorted for then. I would appreciate any wedding photographers input.

Peter M
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  • JakesGTJakesGT Posts: 38Member
    I have a black rapid double strap and that works really nicely
  • fmrnykrfmrnykr Posts: 3Member
    + 1 for Black Rapid. D3 w/70-200 & D3s w/24-70.
  • PhotobugPhotobug Posts: 4,118Member
    +1 for Black Rapid.

    Also check out the Boss strap, a new product.

    I normally go over the head and under one arm for one camera and then put the other goes under the other arm. This keeps the bodies and lens away from each other to minimize damage.
    D750 & D7100 | 24-70 F2.8 G AF-S ED, 70-200 F2.8 AF VR, TC-14E III, TC-1.7EII, 35 F2 AF D, 50mm F1.8G, 105mm G AF-S VR | Backup & Wife's Gear: D5500 & Sony HX50V | 18-140 AF-S ED VR DX, 55-300 AF-S G VR DX |
    |SB-800, Amaran Halo LED Ring light | MB-D16 grip| Gitzo GT3541 + RRS BH-55LR, Gitzo GM2942 + Sirui L-10 | RRS gear | Lowepro, ThinkTank, & Hoodman gear | BosStrap | Vello Freewave Plus wireless Remote, Leica Lens Cleaning Cloth |
  • dissentdissent Posts: 1,190Member
    I carry one camera, typically with the 70-300 lens on a Black Rapid strap on my right hip. My camera bag is across the other shoulder on my left hip and I have a Peak Design Capture clip attached to the strap towards the front. I'll keep the second camera either in the bag or clipped onto the Capture clip, also using a Peak Design Cuff strap also looped through the camera bag strap to attach to the camera as a safety tether. A second Cuff is looped onto the BR to act as a tether for the camera on that strap.

    Imagine how many tethers I'd have if I was using those pricey FX bodies! 8-}
    - Ian . . . [D7000, D7100; Nikon glass: 35 f1.8, 85 f1.8, 70-300 VR, 105 f2.8 VR, 12-24 f4; 16-85 VR, 300 f4D, 14E-II TC, SB-400, SB-700 . . . and still plenty of ignorance]
  • spraynprayspraynpray Posts: 5,404Moderator
    Good thread. I have a BR putting number one camera on my right hip, standard strap putting number two camera low in the centre on my ribs/stomach and my bag on my left hip.
    Always learning.
  • MsmotoMsmoto Posts: 5,313Moderator
    edited January 2014
    I have a strap through the L plate on one camera, short, and a Black Rapid vis ARCA Swiss connector on second, long. Cameras do not crash into each other, but in reality I rarely carry two bodies around my neck, instead have second body in my waist bag.

    I long for the old days when my grip carried the second and third bodies, reloading after 12 shots....500C Hasselblads
    Post edited by Msmoto on
    Msmoto, mod
  • sevencrossingsevencrossing Posts: 2,800Member
    + 1 for the black rapid double strap
    but I also use a spider holster
    so if I running about a bit, the camera not in use, can be fixed to my side
  • NikonerNikoner Posts: 8Member
    D800+85/1.8 goes on blackrapid sport with the underarm sling; I do not trust any blackrapid for D4+300/2.8, I have it on a monopod and use the strap on 300/2.8 when moving around. Normally I end up carrying it with two fingers under the tripod collar. None of the camera's have straps
  • ElvisheferElvishefer Posts: 329Member
    I use the black rapid double strap and it's great for when you need to move the cameras around your body as you walk, like in heavy bush or when you're moving up and down a rock face.

    But sometimes I look longingly at the spider holster, because I think having the camera(s) locked on my hip might be better for shooting events for example, where you might not want them swinging (relatively) freely at your side.
    D700, 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII, 24-70mm f/2.8, 14-24mm f/2.8, 50mm f/1.4G, 200mm f/4 Micro, 105mm f/2.8 VRII Micro, 35mm f/1.8, 2xSB900, 1xSB910, R1C1, RRS Support...

    ... And no time to use them.
  • ptrmckyptrmcky Posts: 44Member
    I thought Black Rapid was probably the way to go. I like the look of their Yeti strap.
  • proudgeekproudgeek Posts: 1,422Member
    Recently carried 2 D800s, one with a 300mm f/2.8 and the other with a 70-200 f/2.8, using a BR double. Very secure and more importantly very balanced so it was easy on my back.
  • sevencrossingsevencrossing Posts: 2,800Member
    edited January 2014
    But sometimes I look longingly at the spider holster, .
    There is absolutely no reason why you cant use a Spider Holster AND a BR; it is certainly my preferred method on my electric mountain bike ( when I only have one camera)
    Post edited by sevencrossing on
  • adamzadamz Posts: 842Moderator
    +1 to blackrapid - D800 & D3s, can walk like this for hours
  • ElvisheferElvishefer Posts: 329Member
    @sevencrossing - Good to know - hadn't thought of combining the two.
    D700, 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII, 24-70mm f/2.8, 14-24mm f/2.8, 50mm f/1.4G, 200mm f/4 Micro, 105mm f/2.8 VRII Micro, 35mm f/1.8, 2xSB900, 1xSB910, R1C1, RRS Support...

    ... And no time to use them.
  • blandbland Posts: 809Member
    I've tried several of the gizmos that are out there and they worked great, but I've gone back to using two cameras with only the straps they came with.

    It's all good, it's just finding what is comfortable for you in using two cameras.

  • kyoshinikonkyoshinikon Posts: 410Member
    When working I typically carry 3 cameras. I put my Black rapid on my 300mm and leave the camera strapless and shoot the other two with the straps they came with. If I tote the bag I will have 2 strapless (or one on the black rapid) and the third as my prime.
    “To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.” - Bresson
  • MikeGunterMikeGunter Posts: 536Member
    Hi all,

    I have a two camera strap (Dual Harness) from Op-tech that works pretty well. I used to carry six with their original straps trimmed, worked okay, but not well at all.

    My best,

    Mike

  • Golf007sdGolf007sd Posts: 2,840Moderator
    edited January 2014
    For those times that I have needed to carry two bodies, I have one stapes to my Black Rapid RS-7 Cure..which is usually my D4 /w the 70-200; and my D7000 is mounted on my back-pack shoulder by using Peak Design Capture Clip. The D7000 will have a prime (24-85mm) or the small telephoto (14-24 or 24-70 2.8). To see what I think of the Capture, watch this video.
    Post edited by Golf007sd on
    D4 & D7000 | Nikon Holy Trinity Set + 105 2.8 Mico + 200 F2 VR II | 300 2.8G VR II, 10.5 Fish-eye, 24 & 50 1.4G, 35 & 85 1.8G, 18-200 3.5-5.6 VR I SB-400 & 700 | TC 1.4E III, 1.7 & 2.0E III, 1.7 | Sigma 35 & 50 1.4 DG HSM | RRS Ballhead & Tripods Gear | Gitzo Monopod | Lowepro Gear | HDR via Promote Control System |
  • adamzadamz Posts: 842Moderator
    @golf - great you consider 14-24 & 24-70 a small lens :)
    as for Peak Design Capture Clip, you showed it to me once and I've played with it in a shop and I'm still not convince to put an FX camera with FX glass on it. maybe a small DX (N3300) + one of the 1.8 primes yes.
  • dissentdissent Posts: 1,190Member
    edited January 2014
    Can't speak to FX and FX glass, but I don't have too much issue with the Capture clip holding my D7xxx and the 12-24 or 105mm prime. Still keep an additional tether attached to the camera though while walking around.
    Post edited by dissent on
    - Ian . . . [D7000, D7100; Nikon glass: 35 f1.8, 85 f1.8, 70-300 VR, 105 f2.8 VR, 12-24 f4; 16-85 VR, 300 f4D, 14E-II TC, SB-400, SB-700 . . . and still plenty of ignorance]
  • Golf007sdGolf007sd Posts: 2,840Moderator
    @Adamz: Yes, the 1.8's would be a much better setup in keep the weight lighter...specially if ptrmcky considered it for the D7000. I'v used the two camera setup for two outings, which consisted for about 3 hours each. Thus, I would yield to those that have conducted this type of setup more and for longer duration.
    D4 & D7000 | Nikon Holy Trinity Set + 105 2.8 Mico + 200 F2 VR II | 300 2.8G VR II, 10.5 Fish-eye, 24 & 50 1.4G, 35 & 85 1.8G, 18-200 3.5-5.6 VR I SB-400 & 700 | TC 1.4E III, 1.7 & 2.0E III, 1.7 | Sigma 35 & 50 1.4 DG HSM | RRS Ballhead & Tripods Gear | Gitzo Monopod | Lowepro Gear | HDR via Promote Control System |
  •  DavidJaan DavidJaan Posts: 284Member
    I got the Black Rapid Yeti and all I can say is the thing is a champ. Holds everything securely and responds great.
  • HvalHval Posts: 110Member
    edited January 2014
    I have a Black Rapid Sport. Have used it with my 300mm f2.8, teleconverter and D300. I worry about how strong it is but have had no problems so far. Am thinking about going for a double Black Rapid with restraining straps in the future.

    Only problem I have is that the Black Rapid screw does not work with my Manfrotto fluid video monopod (I have a 561 BHDV-1 video head on it which I find great for photography - even with the 300mm f2.8 lens on).
    Post edited by Hval on

    Cheers,

    Hval
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  • MikeGunterMikeGunter Posts: 536Member
    Hi all,

    Does the Black Rapid make no provision for a tripod plate? A feature of the Op Tech is that the tripod plate can be left in place and the camera can be unsnapped from the harness for use in tripod or mono-pod.

    Depends upon how you want to work.

    My best,

    Mike
  • proudgeekproudgeek Posts: 1,422Member
    I have seen Black Rapid screws that have been designed to replace the screw that goes into the Manfrotto plate.
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