Strapless and bags

In my previous blog post I mentioned my love/hate relationship with a camera strap. When it’s on, it is always annoying me. When it’s off, I miss it because where do you put the camera when both hands are needed for another task …
A camera backpack I don’t like either. It doesn’t allow quick access and where do I leave the other stuff I need to take with me, like water, some food, a raincoat and stuff like that. 

So I bought a ThinkTank waist belt with two “skin pouches”. Now this is a set up I love. It allows easy access and I can still use a regular backpack for the non camera stuff I need to bring. I asked a shoemaker to sew a couple of small straps to my ‘old’ Lowe Pro sling bag. I didn’t cut the shoulder strap off, so that it still can be used without the belt. Using the small straps I can attach the sling bag to the waist belt as well, proving me with ample space for my full kit. When not needed, I can rotate the pouches out of the way. When needed, the pouches can be rotated to my front, allowing easy access!

I’ve tried this setup a couple of times now, and this does feel like a good solution!