Carrying a spare lens suggestions/advice wanted please.

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  1. snerkler

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    As some will know I was persuaded out of getting an all-in-one lens in favour of 2 separate lenses. When I'm out and about ideally I don't want to be carrying my camera bag around with me, as I can't be bothered to keep taking the camera in and out of it, and it's obviously extra weight. I've therefore bought a sling strap, but of course there's nowhere to store an extra lens.

    So what do you guys do? I've seen those lens bags/pouches, but this either means having another strap around your neck/shoulder on top of the sling strap, or looping it through your belt, which causes a problem if you're not wearing one :rolleyes: So what do you guys do, what alternatives are out there? I'm not talking massive telephoto lenses, just your standard zoom lenses (I have the Sony 16-50mm f2.8, and 50-300mm f4-5.6), or in future a macro lens.

    (Putting it in my wife's handbag is not an option :p)
     
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    a) Shouldve gotten a Canon, could get the 40mm pancake and stick it in your pocket. Doh.

    b) Itll soon be winter and youll be wearing a coat, put your lens in a pocket. Sorted.

    c) Could always ask Gary if you could borrow his fanny pack.
     
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    Fixed for you :laugh:

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    oooo pretty. But nobody wants a Pentax ha ha. Just kidding.
     
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  5. snerkler

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    Pancake lenses do sound good, although I'd want something less than 40mm. I wonder if Sony will bring anything like this out? Although if I'm using a pancake I'd have to carry the 50-300mm around :facepalm:
     
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    So to clarify, you want more than 1 lens, dont want to carry a bag or lens bag, dont have big pockets, dont want to wear a coat, dont want someone else to carry the 2nd lens. You cant not carry something and it physically be attached to you.

    Aint going to happen. Get a superzoom or a bridge. Tie a piece of string to the lens the other end to your shoe and drag it behind you in its own purpose made trailor on little itty bitty wheels.
     
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    TBH sounds like you shouldve bought into M43.
     
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    :rotfl: I wasn't saying I'm ruling it out completely, just asking what alternatives there are, if any, and apparently the only alternative is to tie it to my shoe, which I'm not too keen on :laugh:

    Sounds like a lens bag's the only sensible option for me during the summer then :smashin:
     
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    Could always borrow Garys fanny pack.
     
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    Well on the rare occasions that I have to take more than one lens, I use a bag. The Lowepro Slingshot for quick access to the body with smaller lenses and a Flipside if using the 70-400mm.

    I know what I intend to shoot before going out, so just the one lens on the camera does me.
     
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    could you not get something like a Q-Strap and mount one of those belt-mount lens cases on that with the camera still available to move freely ?
     
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    That was my hope, but the strap is a closed system, i.e. you can't feed one end through the case. I've seen some cases with a velcro type belt fastener but not sure how secure they'd be and how I'd attach it to the strap without it getting in the way :confused:

    I'll come up with something ;)
     
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    What you need is a all-in-one lens. :devil:
     
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    :rotfl:
     
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    Most belt fastening systems are attached with velcro though AFAIK, be silly if you needed to take your belt off to remove something. Spoils the air of a pro if your trousers fall down.

    To be honest though I think you want a bag of some sort with you at all times, what if it rains or you need to use a dirty toilet or go in somewhere where they frown on cameras etc etc, nice to be able to put it away.

    Some very nice camera bags about
     
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    Got a nice camera bag, complete with waterproof cover. There will be many days when I don't want the bulk of the bag on top of having a sling strap though. Obviously there will be situations where a bag will be needed :smashin:
     
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    What you need is a all-in-one lens.
     
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    :facepalm:
     
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    There's an echo in here. :D
     
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    echo echo echo, I was taking the P Eddie, of all the people you shouldve gotten that.
     
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    So was I. :laugh:
     
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