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Old 09-20-08, 03:08 PM
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Combining Cycling and Photography

Hello

Before I became interested in cycling I was already interested in photography, and thought that these two hobbies would be great to combine. So far, this has not been the case.

I have not found a good way to transport my SLR camera and lenses in a suitable manner. If it is on my shoulder, where it is the most easy to reach, it is bouncing to and forth and if I put it in a bag the scene has to be truly marvelous for me to stop, dismount the bike, dig the camera out of the bag and shoot. Then I have to showe it in the bag again and try to find my mates, which of course have lost their patience long ago. Due to the hurry, the very few photos that were actually taken, leave a lot to be desired..

So I would like to hear from some people who have successfully combined these two activities and how they lugg their equipment around.
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A shoulderbag like the Domke J-803 satchel is a good in-between.

Personally, I wouldn't want to have my dSLR not in a bag while riding anyway (a spill could potentially cost $2000 depending on what lens I have on!).
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Hello

Before I became interested in cycling I was already interested in photography, and thought that these two hobbies would be great to combine. So far, this has not been the case.

I have not found a good way to transport my SLR camera and lenses in a suitable manner. If it is on my shoulder, where it is the most easy to reach, it is bouncing to and forth and if I put it in a bag the scene has to be truly marvelous for me to stop, dismount the bike, dig the camera out of the bag and shoot. Then I have to showe it in the bag again and try to find my mates, which of course have lost their patience long ago. Due to the hurry, the very few photos that were actually taken, leave a lot to be desired..

So I would like to hear from some people who have successfully combined these two activities and how they lugg their equipment around.
I just use a point and shoot digital. It's around my neck in my avatar.
 
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If you have the money to spare, I suggest you get one of these: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridge_digital_camera

More compact and easier to handle, and cheaper, than your typical good SLR. Yet the best of them can equal or surpass a cheaper SLR+lens combo in both sensor resolution and optical performance of the lens assembly. Some also feature a superzoom range with suprisingly good long-end sharpness. Their only major downside is the small sensor area which inevitably means more noise. But for day shooting, they're just fine.
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You may want to consider a sling-type bag. e.g., Tamrac's Velocity series, the Lowepro equivalent, etc. Basically, these bags ride on your back like a backpack, but because they only have one main strap (like a messenger bag), you can swivel them and access the camera without taking off the bag (or, in this case, dismounting your bike).

They come in various sizes. All would prevent the unprotected bouncing of a camera on just a strap. You may find them convenient enough to shoot more on rides.
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They have some straps with a chest harness, meant to keep your camera from bouncing around while you hike. You might check into them. I think the more common answer for cyclists is to use a compact camera. The problem in my case would be getting sweat all over it.

I used to carry an SLR when I hiked, and I'd just carry it in my daypack, whip it out when I needed it.
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I was thinking i was going to say you need a trunk bag...but i can see not wanting to get it out every 5 seconds.
how about a handlebar bag? that'd be fred-tastic, but it'd get the job done.
I'm going to be transporting an old Minolta SLR w/ lenses to and from school in the coming days, and i have to figure out whether i can bike or not with it. I'm leaning towards not, since if it were to get damaged it's fairly hard to find now...at least the sentimental aspect is.
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Old 09-22-08, 01:28 PM
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Thanks for your answers.

I went on a short ride (44 miles and 3000 feet climb) last Sunday with my small P&S in the handle bar bag and here is what I brought home:













And I found this, to my amusement, in the train:
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I leave my Nikon DSLR at home and take my Ricoh GX100 on my bike.
The IQ and manual controls are so good that a rarely miss the DSLR.

Here's a couple from my last ride, taken just seconds apart...



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The biggest flaw of my fuji F30 is that it does not show histograms, so it is a bit difficult to determine if the shot is correctly exposed or not.

But dont you just hate it when you see a shot in the middle of a steep climb????
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I strap my camera around my neck and shoulder.. kinda messenger bag style so that it hangs to my front right chest. It doesn't flop around as much as it would if it were just around your neck, but if you adjust the strap right it's loose enough so that you can still grab it and swing it in front of your eye.

I actually don't do this as much as i'd like. Mainly because I don't want to risk my good cameras in a crash. I just loaded up my Holga with a roll of film this weekend, and I might bring it along one morning when it's not so cloudy.
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Even with my point and shoot digitial , I'll only take it when I am out and about on my commute bike with a rear rack.. Putting it in my jersey pocket while on my road bike just does not cut it.. Its takes up too much space and I don't want to crash with it in such a vuneralbe spot.
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I bought one of these http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_se...p?product=1287
Damn near indestructible.... mud,water,snow,dropped it. Nothin' (so far) has fazed it.

I keep my Nikon N90S & lenses pretty safe in a small Lowepro sling pack, but it's not quickly accessible, like my Olympus.
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I carried a DSLR in a handlebar bag on a cross country tour and it worked out fine. It got a good shaking at times with some of the rough roads, but I bought it to use it.
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Yep, DSLR and handlebar bag works very well. (Mine's Pentax K10D, Topeak middle size bar bag). I often carry a compact in the side pocket as well, for happy snaps while on the bike etc.

I find in practice the biggest problem is riding in a group - you just can't really stop. Or being so tired that I just don't feel like stopping and starting all the time.

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I agree with Steve, It is both difficult when you are in a group to stop, the good shots seem to be in the climb/decent, rather than on the top, and I also just don´t seem to be in the right mood for photography when I´m on my bike. Then it becomes rather an obligatory documentation than something I should be enjoying enough to have as a hobby.

Hiking seems to be a different matter though, here is one I took last summer:

This is probably all up to conditioning your self.....
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I have a Pentax K20D and I've been trying to figure out a good way to carry it, along with the 18-55 & 55-300 lenses. Unfortunately, everything I've thought about puts the DSLR at risk for damage in a fall/crash.

My wife carries a Casio Exilim credit card sized camera with her in the middle pocket of her jersey.
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>Unfortunately, everything I've thought about puts the DSLR at risk for damage in a fall/crash.

Really? IMHO the Topeak bag I describe would protect it a lot. The K10D/20D is a pretty robust camera, and there's a fair bit of padding in the Topeak bag, and I usually end up cramming in some other soft stuff like gloves or jacket anyway. It would have to be a pretty severe crash (ie, a car driving over the bag) to damage it imho...

Btw, Pedalwhirl, that's an amazing photo - got a larger version somewhere?

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>Really? IMHO the Topeak bag I describe would protect it a lot.
Is this the bag you're using?

http://www.ems.com/catalog/product_d...rmics_ShopWiki



Btw, Pedalwhirl, that's an amazing photo - got a larger version somewhere?
That is a great photo.
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I've been a portrait/wedding photographer for over 30 years. I tried carrying my digital slr camera, but just wasn't as convenient as I'd like. So I bought this point-and-shoot:
http://www.fujifilm.com/products/dig...0fd/index.html
About $150 at Walmart.
Unless you are wanting to create high quality images, this little camera works fine. Can grab it from my jersey and shoot while going down the road. Top iso rating is 1600.
I shot over 400 images on my recent 6 day tour. I have 110 of them posted (starting on Day one):
http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/4286
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I have thought about bringing a camera to capture the highlights of my longer rides. I ride over some bridges over rivers, pass through several towns etc. The problem is that I do not want to stop to take pictures. I guess I will have to sacrifice one of my rides as a more leisure picture taking ride and not a workout.
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I bring my Canon 20D along with me when I ride, in a lightweight sling bag that I bought for $15. It does not come with protective padding, so I only carry the camera with my favourite lens, the 10-22mm.

I do have a Lowepro sling bag that comes with padding and compartments for various lenses, but I dislike the weight on my shoulders while riding. However, I do bring it for all other occasions, and find it more convenient than backpacks.

I haven't tried messenger bags solely for cameras, though for a period of time I did bring my laptop on it. After a couple of months I got annoyed with the weight on my shoulders and carry my laptop in a pannier instead.

It is difficult to give up the quality of DSLR, even with all the inconvenience that comes with it. Sometimes you just need that extra flexibility. I was using a point and shoot and was pretty happy with it, until I got a bridge camera. I was more than happy with it, until I switched to the 20D. The noise, tonal range and angle of view bring photographs to a different level.

Here's from a P&S:



Here's from a bridge (Panasonic FZ7):



Here are ones from the 20D:







I do ride solo, so no catching up to the group business to deal with.

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No, that's the "small" - I have the "medium":

This one.

I originally bought the "large" but it was ridiculous, and I returned it.

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I bring my Canon 20D along with me when I ride, in a lightweight sling bag that I bought for $15. It does not come with protective padding, so I only carry the camera with my favourite lens, the 10-22mm.
Yup, you'll never get the nice wide angle or the dof like ^this with a point n shoot. Good to have a 2nd "smaller" body like an old XTi just in case.
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Cannon Power shot A530 mounted on the handle bars.
Set on Auto and to take the largest size photo.

Tuesday's 100 miles ride:



Can switch to video real quick:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGilpYieG9U
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