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My Camino Camera Strap Solution
One of the more significant equipment questions for walking the Camino was what to use for a camera strap. This may not seem significant on the surface, but when you're carrying three pounds of camera gear for five hundred miles, it becomes super important. Whatever I chose had to be really light (that ruled out most of the systems out there), it had to handle rain well and it needed to spread the weight of the camera through the backpack straps rather than riding on my shoulders or neck.
I found the perfect solution in a cameras trap I already owned, the ThinkTank Camera Strap V2.0. I actually got this strap as a freebie when I bought a ThinkTank bag. The beauty of this strap is that it has a ring on each strap that I could slip onto a carabiner. My Osprey Stratus 36 bag has straps on the arm straps that hold a carabiner. This allows me to carry the camera weight through the backpack straps, distributing the weight much more evenly than a simple neck strap. The camera remains in perfect position for me to raise it to my eyes to shoot in either landscape or portrait orientation. When I'm hiking the camera stays nicely positioned, not bouncing or swinging around.
Thr last thing to figure out was what to protect the camera with if I ran into really heavy rain. The D800 is weather sealed,but if I were caught into a huge downpour, I'd want to protect it. I looked at lots of solutions on the web, but they all seemed overpriced and over engineered. What I finally landed on was simple...a bag. Not just any bag, though. An Apple Store bag. If you've ever shopped at an Apple Store, you will know that they have the best bags ever...period! The bags are double thickness and have a drawstring. I found that the small Apple Store bag fits perfectly over my D800. I can then cinch up the drawstring if I want to give the camera even more protection.
I love it when things I already own can be repurposed to meet a need perfectly, at no incremental cost.
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