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Using a belt system is by far the best option when you want to keep you gear accessible while you are shooting. It is much more accessible than any backpack or slingbag such as Lowepro Slingshot. The two most popular belt system come from Thinktank and Lowepro which offer a full range of belt system components. From Thinktank, it offers a Modular Set which comes with six modules include:
Large Lens Drop In: For quick access to lens. Lens Changer 35: For zoom lens with hood attached. Lens Changer 50: For wide angle lens with hood attached. LC 75 Pop Down: For telephoto lens with hood attached. Lightning Fast: For SLR flash unit. Speed Changer: Utility bag for CF cards, batteries, etc.
The three lens changers (35, 50, 75) are designed to hold wide angle, standard zoom and telephoto lens respectively. Image below shows the three lens changers will fit Nikon’s Holy Trinity perfectly (Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 and Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8).
The modular set also comes with:
Lighting Fast for speedlight,
Speed charger to fit small lenses, filter, etc. It can also fit a pro DSLR without lens attached.
Large Lens Drop In for quick access of your lens.
To hold all the components together, you can choose from Skin Belt, Steroid Speed Belt or Pro Speed Belt (as shown).
Thinktank Modular Set with Pro Speed Belt.
Thinktank Modular Set with Pro Speed Belt in action
Thinktank modules are less padded than Lowepro’s. Therfore, the modules are smaller.
Thinktank modeles are compressible for storage whereas Lowepro’s are not compressible due to the thick padding.
Thinktank has specific modules for speedlights and various modules for accessories such as Speed Changer, Trim Changer, Bum Bag and Chimp Cage
Thinktank utilises bungee cord top access, so the top acess is not fully covered for dust.
Thinktank modules come with raincovers.
All Thinktank belts are harness compatible, whereas only the Lowepro S&F Deluxe is harness compatible.
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