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Carrying digital camera (DSLR) while skiing

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
Did a search, but did not turn up anything relevant, so here goes...

I just bought a Nikon D50, and would love to take it out on the slopes for pictures. The problem is that it is very big (it's a DSLR) -- the only way to carry it (that I can think of) is in my backpack. But then I know I won't take many pictures because of the hassle of taking the pack on and off -- I used to carry my Nikon CoolPix 5700 in my pack and rarely brought it out, especially if I was skiing with others.

Any way to have easy access to the camera?
post #2 of 20

Carrying camera while skiing

I routinely ski with a heavy professional camera and 200mm lens. I use a front pack by Lowepro that works perfectly. You don't have to take it off to get on the chair, the camera is easy to access and you don't notice it at all while skiing. I highly recommend it.
post #3 of 20
TNF Steep Tech Jacket with a built in front pouch. Tyrone Shoelaces jumped Hospital Air at Kirkwood with one; how bad could it be?
post #4 of 20
the trick is to get a small camera. i have a canon powershot and keep it in my jacket's upper pocket inside the coat. i've taken a ton of pictures and its pretty fun too. they make for good wall art!
post #5 of 20
I agree with coskibum. There was a point in my life I had to have the best SLR complete with lenses and filters, etc. I learned that aside from big trips, I never had my camera with me. Now I have my Powershot with me pretty much all the time, so I'm ready for that great opportunity.
post #6 of 20
go tiny, size does matter
post #7 of 20
The Nikon D50 is very small as far as Dslr's are concerned, so it should be easy to find a chest pack that fits it. Look at the M-rock, and lowepro lines.
post #8 of 20
If you are not a slave to fashion, I have used an old fanny pack of the appropriate size that can be easily swiveled from the back while skiing, to the front while accessing camera or riding chair lift.
post #9 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the info. I think I'll check out the Lowepro and M-rock. Jamesj -- I used an old fanny pack to carry around my Nikon 5700, but the pack has no padding, and I'm reluctant to carry my new D50 without any protection.

And about size -- I do have the small Nikon 7600. It's very handy, but it just does not provide the same level of control that I'd like for many shots.

I'll try to post some shots after this weekend with cgeib and Noodler.
post #10 of 20
I carry a Nikon Coolpix 5200. It's five megapixel, has a very handy bulge along one edge that lets you hold it quite well with one hand and fits in any pocket you could have put a cigarette package into. I usually have it in an inside zippered pocket of a ski parka or shell jacket.

Can you see the skier in his red parka?




Here he is from my original pix, which was taken from the catwalk leading left off the Pierre's Knob chair at Bridger Bowl, looking across I think it's South Bowl toward the ridge above it.

post #11 of 20

Small works

I agree with the smaller camera idea. I have an Olympus C5000 which makes stunning 11X14 prints. Does evertything a SLR does except change lenses. Just go at least 5 megs and a good lens.
post #12 of 20
Duct tape it to your helmet.
post #13 of 20
Hi, faisasy.

I also have a dslr, the Canon Digital Rebel. When I carry it with the strap around my neck, the camera body sort of tucks in under my left armpit. I have the strap a little longer than people would ordinarily wear it so that it hangs low enough to be just below my ribs but above my hip.

I then can just unzip my jacket and have the camera up to my eye. I think it's a great way to carry it. I suppose sooner or later I might fall chest first and either break the camera or some ribs, but it's worked extremely well for me all this winter. This way, I have the camera available when I want it and I don't have to stop and dig around in a pack. It's very hard to get friends to stop skiing for even a couple of minutes, so this arrangement makes it fast and convenient.

I also tried the smaller camera idea (Nikon Coolpix something-or-other). I didn't like using the camera or the results. IMHO, the dslr is the way to go.

No comparison.

Good luck with it.
post #14 of 20

fanny pack

I have used a small but rigid fanny pack for years with my film slr. Right before I get on the lift I move it to the front, when I get off I move it to the back. It's so easy that I can do it as I am moving down from the lift. When I want to shoot/capture something I once again easily move it to my front and the camera and lens is easily assessible.
post #15 of 20
Faisal, check out the Lowepro Toploader series. They've got a chest harness that allows you to wear it in front, while the bag is toploading with a flap on top so you can pull the body right out from the top.

Also, the Tamrac Velocity sling packs are pretty similar. They can ride on your back but then be slung around to the front to access your gear.

Either way, be sure to search around for the best prices. Ebay is good for these sometimes.
post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by Bob Peters
Hi, faisasy.

I also have a dslr, the Canon Digital Rebel. When I carry it with the strap around my neck, the camera body sort of tucks in under my left armpit. I have the strap a little longer than people would ordinarily wear it so that it hangs low enough to be just below my ribs but above my hip.

I then can just unzip my jacket and have the camera up to my eye. I think it's a great way to carry it. I suppose sooner or later I might fall chest first and either break the camera or some ribs, but it's worked extremely well for me all this winter. This way, I have the camera available when I want it and I don't have to stop and dig around in a pack. It's very hard to get friends to stop skiing for even a couple of minutes, so this arrangement makes it fast and convenient.

I also tried the smaller camera idea (Nikon Coolpix something-or-other). I didn't like using the camera or the results. IMHO, the dslr is the way to go.

No comparison.

Good luck with it.
The method Bob describes is exactly what I did with my old film SLR and it worked fine. It didn't alter my skiing in any way, but the risk of a chest first crash is still there.

Mtbakerskier does this for a living, so I'm sure his advice is sound as well.
post #17 of 20
I've used a variation of Bob's method when i used to carry a big SLR (Canon EOS). But I found a cheap, elastic belt that was very easy to unbuckle. I strapped it around my lower rib cage, pinning the camera to me right where the strap meets the camera body, to keep the camera from bouncing.

My sister got a DSLR for Christmas from her husband, and got the Lowepro front pack. I got to play with it a bit and it's really cool the way you can access the camera and view the screen with the camera still in the pack in front of you. Very well designed.

I sort of don't agree with the idea of just taking a small camera, although I use one pretty regularly for skiing. They don't have the optical zoom available through a larger lens. Some of the smaller digital cameras (non-SLR) have up to 20x optical, but they get substantially larger than the standard 3x-4x of most cameras. And when you are skiing, as demonstrated by Kneale's picture, you need to be able to zoom in (digital zoom is useless as you probably know). And zooming in after the fact, when it gets on your computer, destroys the resolution if you're going to print it out or use it for anything other than viewing a small version on your computer screen.
post #18 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob Peters
Hi, faisasy.

I also have a dslr, the Canon Digital Rebel. When I carry it with the strap around my neck, the camera body sort of tucks in under my left armpit. I have the strap a little longer than people would ordinarily wear it so that it hangs low enough to be just below my ribs but above my hip.

I then can just unzip my jacket and have the camera up to my eye. I think it's a great way to carry it. I suppose sooner or later I might fall chest first and either break the camera or some ribs, but it's worked extremely well for me all this winter. This way, I have the camera available when I want it and I don't have to stop and dig around in a pack. It's very hard to get friends to stop skiing for even a couple of minutes, so this arrangement makes it fast and convenient.

I also tried the smaller camera idea (Nikon Coolpix something-or-other). I didn't like using the camera or the results. IMHO, the dslr is the way to go.

No comparison.

Good luck with it.
I do that with my Canon A610. The added benefit of keeping it sort of under your armpit is that it stays warm and the batterys don't drain as quickly.
post #19 of 20
Check out the Lowepro Slingshot 100. It goes for about $70.

This bag rides on your back normally, and has 2 straps to secure it, then when you need to access the camera (or get on a lift) you simply swing it around to your chest and you have a zippered compartment to get to the camera, an extra lens or 2, and whatever else you can fit in the bag. I absolutely love this bag for my D70s and other accessories. Being able to swing it around so easily makes riding the lift, or stopping to shoot fast and very easy.
post #20 of 20
I have a Nikon N80 (film, not digital). I use to carry it in a Lowepro pack with a harness that makes it a front pack. I don't like backpacks, because of the possibility of falling on expensive electronics. I eventually found that the pack was just too big, so I now put the strap over my neck and just tuck the camera under my jacket. The batteries last longer, no straps to get stuck on the lift.
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