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Riding with a DSLR

July 31, 2009, 1:55 p.m.
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I have always been scared to ride with my camera. Does anybody do it regularly with no ill effects to the camera?

Do you just put your camera bag in your pack? Any special modifications to keep it safe?

I know they make special backpacks for cameras but I don't know if they would be any better at protecting against vibrations or crashes.

I sometimes use a small Pelican case for my LX3 but one for a DSLR would be pretty heavy.

Any ideas or suggestions on keeping things safe?


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July 31, 2009, 2:03 p.m.
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i ride quite a bit with a dakine mission photo pack. everything stays nice and tight. i tend to ride a little more cautiously, but haven't had a problem yet. no crashes with the camera on board, so I can't comment on how it holds up.

July 31, 2009, 2:05 p.m.
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just picked up a pelican 1300 from MEC for $65 - will fit in my day-pack fineā€¦

not too heavy really

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July 31, 2009, 2:11 p.m.
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Should be fine for the most part, Depends what your riding tho, fast bumpy trails could be a problem in the long run perhaps

July 31, 2009, 2:20 p.m.
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I just put a smaller padded waterproof lowepro bag in my backpack. Usually fits a body with a grip and one lens.

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July 31, 2009, 2:47 p.m.
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I would take the lens off the body, and pack them separately, just in case.

July 31, 2009, 2:55 p.m.
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i've ridden tonnes with a dslr/multiple lenses in a dakine sequence pack.
rough, steep trails, jumps, drops, etc.
the only thing i've never done is take a hard fall.
here's 10 days riding dh in costa rica.
wore the pack for at least one run/day day.

July 31, 2009, 3:03 p.m.
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Cool, carrying a camera while riding doesn't sound as instant death as I thought.

My new camera is still under warranty so I guess now is the best time to find out if it will survive.

I'll see if I can add some extra padding to one of my camera bags.

I would take the lens off the body, and pack them separately, just in case.

Is that to protect the mount from possibly breaking?

I would probably just use my little 50mm so it wouldn't have much leverage on the body. The camera body is also magnesium with a stainless chassis and they say it is more rugged.


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July 31, 2009, 4:43 p.m.
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I ride all the time with a Backpack loaded to the tits with gear/lights etc.
I haven't had a problem yet. Touches Wood

I haven't crashed on them though either.

Just remember that if you are packing a bigger bag to think about the differences in how the bike will jump and the additional suspension load of having 20+ extra Lbs on board.

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