Active & Carrying a Camera?

After hiking too many trails along the edge of a cliff face and trying to scoot across rockslides washing out the trail without two hands, I decided there had to be a better way to carry my camera.  Even riding my bike, it had to be in the backpack … inaccessible.   I want it out and available for wildlife.  The first time I left it in the backpack while hiking, I rounded a trail corner and came face to face with a bighorn sheep .. guess what, no photo.  🙁

Hiking high up to Rainy Pass in North Cascades National Park there were a few scrambles that required two hands and no swinging camera.

Given our planned hiking exploring the US southwest, I had to find a better way.   Then I saw a guy at an airshow carrying a gazillion cameras, but one of them was strapped to his chest.  Excited, I accosted him to ask – I’d never seen a contraption like it.  The Cotton Camera Carrier.

With my new Cotton Carrier -- voila!  Both hands free!

With my new Cotton Carrier — voila! Both hands free!

Amazing.  I had to have one.  Doing the research, I found that it’s almost perfect for what I wanted.  The only downside is the price, but when I calculated the price versus not getting photos while hiking because my DSLR is in the backpack … or worse, the camera swinging from its strap pulling me off-balance scrambling across some rocks to stay on the side of a steep mountain … the Cotton Carrier won.

See the small clip that securely screws into the tripod hole on the bottom of the camera?  This is the clip that attaches the camera to the carrier.

See the small clip that securely screws into the tripod hole on the bottom of the camera? This is the clip that attaches the camera to the carrier.

Despite the fact that it’s a vest, it looks alot more complicated than it is.   It’s easy to slip on & off with just one buckle to snap once you get it set, comfortable to wear, lightweight, fits easily in my camera backpack for when I don’t really need two hands and just use a camera strap, plus the camera is always secure and easily accessible.

Turn the camera 90 degrees, insert the clip on the camera bottom (tripod hole) and turn the camera 90 degrees to lock securely.

Turn the camera 90 degrees, insert the clip on the camera bottom (tripod hole) and turn the camera 90 degrees to lock securely.

There was a bit of a learning curve until I learned the motion to the the camera to release from the secure fitting, but now it’s rote motion.  And it’s easily converted back to use a tripod quick release or a different strap by simply unscrewing the base plate and storing it in the handy velcro compartment on the front of the vest.

Camera is securely locked in place, with a safety strap, but is instantly accessible.  No more swinging camera!

Camera is securely locked in place, with a safety strap, but is instantly accessible. No more swinging camera!

So if you’ve been looking for a solution to the “serious” hikers (geezerheikers?) swinging camera dilemma, look at the Cotton Carrier.    And never miss a hiking shot again!

Comments?  Questions?  Fire away!  Cheers!  Jan

Easy release to hand the camera to someone to take our photo together!

Comments

  1. That is way helpful! Thanks for the info. I’m bookmarking this.

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