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jacobsen1
08-10-2009, 02:07 PM
anyone seen these ads yet in the photo rags?
www.cottoncarrier.com

I've been toying with the idea of a belt system or vest or ??? for a while now. After seeing these I think it might be my best solution. The chest mount would only get used on the boats, bike or skiing (and skiing might not work because I like having the camera in a bag in the cold). But the belt portion seems like it could be an amazing solution for actively carrying and shooting?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7naJTDpo8vI&fmt=18

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ravjE30LC-k&fmt=18

http://www.cottoncarrier.com/home1.jpg

MoLS
08-10-2009, 02:17 PM
does it come in kevlar?

jacobsen1
08-31-2009, 05:08 PM
so I ended up ordering one. I won't be using the chest portion EXCEPT on the boat, so don't expect shots of that anytime soon, but here's the belt portion from yesterday:
http://www.benjacobsen.com/wp-content/gallery/niks-pics/img_0718.jpg

http://www.benjacobsen.com/wp-content/gallery/niks-pics/img_0728.jpg

to me it's less obnoxious than a strap. It's just the camera on your belt, so if people can only see your top half they don't see anything. If they can see the bottom half, then obviously they can see it, but it's less "in their face" and not moving around. I like it a lot. The only weird things about it is that if you wear it on the side you can bang it into doors/walls if you're not careful, but the same could be said about a camera on a strap. The other thing is to make sure you get the "button" nice and tight because otherwise when you go to rotate the camera to get it out you're loosening the screw so the button won't actually rotate. Once you've got it tight (just use a quarter and some elbow grease) it's VERY slick.

Now I just have to sort out how to do this with a RRS bracket/clamp w/o it being too big/bulky.

jacobsen1
09-21-2009, 10:37 AM
bump!

I used my (belt) carrier all day Sunday. Went to the boat show for ~2 hours with Elias (and no Nikki to help but my mom was there for some of it) and then to the zoo with Smizar, but again, I was the sole "handler" of Elias so my hands were full. This thing worked AMAZING. I have to work on dialing in the angle to get it in/out faster (there were times when I'd be pulling and it wouldn't come out, but only because it wasn't lined up), but I used it for 1.5 hours at the zoo with ONE HAND and had no issues. D700 w/70-300 the whole time.

Now my only issue is sorting out HOW I want to attach the button. Right now I have it on a RRS screw clamp and I have the L-bracket on the body (w/o the grip). I have the second button on the bottom of my grip as well. But this means if I want to use the body only, it needs the L-bracket in order to use the CC button which makes it ~1" taller (tall enough my Boda won't zip completely w/o removing the RRS clamp with the button on it). Adding the grip would only make that worse though. The other concern I have is the whole threading and rethreading the L-bracket and grip as needed. My thought here is I could just get the L-bracket for the grip, use the CC button on the RRS clamp on that plate and then when I don't need the L bracket OR CC I just spin the grip off. Want to use either the CC or the tripod, spin the grip back on (because it's geared screw makes this very very easy and tool less where the CC button needs a screwdriver if going straight onto the body and the L-bracket needs an alen).

Anyway, I couldn't be more thrilled with the CC itself. Now I just need to sort out how I want to attach it so I can add it easily as needed w/o using tools too often. :) :lol: :diaf:

oh, and not only are they "in stock" now, but they're also finally selling JUST the belt portion. ;)

subimatt
09-21-2009, 10:38 AM
^ those shots I took are on your 5d btw.

jacobsen1
09-21-2009, 10:39 AM
good, so I can delete them then? ;)

Idjiit
09-21-2009, 10:44 AM
Seems a bit bulky for my tastes. My ghetto holster sits just low enough so that if I'm sitting down cross-legged, the camera touches the ground but doesn't disengage from the holster.

subimatt
09-21-2009, 10:45 AM
good, so I can delete them then? ;)

:lol: Damnit!

If you want your lens cap to live you wont do it!

subimatt
09-24-2009, 09:52 AM
ugh, looks like the cheapest way to go is to get the whole thing.. I really just want the holster and 2 mounts.

jacobsen1
09-24-2009, 09:58 AM
you want the belt part and 2 mounts right?

Whole "system" (2 buttons, 1 chest, 1 belt): $139
Belt Holster (1 belt, 1 button): $59
extra button: $29

So to get one belt with 2 buttons would be $90? Two belt setups would run $120? Either of those is less than the chest system no? Not sure what you're after I guess. :lol:

DotGrl03
09-24-2009, 10:01 AM
I wouldn't be able to use this, so I'm not sure where Matt is going either.

subimatt
09-24-2009, 10:05 AM
Oh the holster comes with a button, the description on the site said its just a replacement for the whole system, so I figured Id have to add another button.

so 60$ and an additional 60$ for buttons.

jacobsen1
09-24-2009, 10:17 AM
you want the belt part and how many buttons exactly? :confused:

here's the link to the belt holster:
http://buy.cottoncarrier.com/product_p/500cch.htm
description:

The Cotton Carrier Camera System removable Side Holster that allows you to keep a second camera on your Vest Unit, or remove and place independently on your pants belt or the waist strap of your favorite camera bag.

Comes with one (1) Cotton Carrier Insert.
(make sure you scroll down, the upper description makes it seem like it's just a replacement w/o a button)

that's $60, 1 belt holster, 1 button. If you want a second button you can order one from this link for $30:
http://buy.cottoncarrier.com/product_p/300cik.htm

so 2 buttons and one belt holster would be...... $90! ;)

but if you wanted 2 belt holsters AND 2 buttons you could double up on the holsters and get 2 belts and 2 buttons for $120.

got it? :lol: :diaf:

subimatt
09-24-2009, 10:18 AM
:lol: yea, didnt scroll down. Just want the belt holster and 2 buttons.

Alchemy-Z
09-24-2009, 10:51 AM
Hmm...thats pretty cool might have to check my cookie jar money savings

jacobsen1
09-28-2009, 10:49 AM
So who shot me on Panther wearing this on Saturday? Eric? Jeremy?
PLEASE post pics (or even email them to me) so people can see how well it works! :)

CIM_Photography
09-28-2009, 10:50 AM
I'll post pics when I get home. Can you remind me?

jacobsen1
09-28-2009, 10:56 AM
yeah, hey, remember to post them later. ;) :lol:

jacobsen1
09-28-2009, 10:59 AM
well, here are two where you can see it at least (the holder):

http://www.benjacobsen.com/wp-content/gallery/eaj-81-week-update/bbj_1645.jpg

http://www.benjacobsen.com/wp-content/gallery/eaj-81-week-update/bbj_1659.jpg

jjswee
09-28-2009, 11:22 AM
So during a race event, I used a carabiner and an eyebolt. It wasn't super quick and kinda hung on an angle, but it cost me less than 5 bucks. :lol:

Tylersladen
09-28-2009, 11:42 AM
So during a race event, I used a carabiner and an eyebolt. It wasn't super quick and kinda hung on an angle, but it cost me less than 5 bucks. :lol:

thats not a bad idea lol

case sensitive
09-28-2009, 01:40 PM
after seeing ben with the cotton carrier going up panther, i have to say it is useful. i retract my previous statement regarding said cotton carrier.

CIM_Photography
09-28-2009, 07:32 PM
Here you go:

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l256/redlinerally/Photography/NSOP/IMG_0444.jpg

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l256/redlinerally/Photography/NSOP/IMG_0445.jpg

jacobsen1
09-28-2009, 08:25 PM
nice, thanks! :)

NickSchietromo
09-30-2009, 10:50 PM
iwantthis.

jacobsen1
09-30-2009, 11:46 PM
yeah, so I tapped my L bracket at work today so I could ditch the extra clamp. So much happier with it now. :)

NickSchietromo
10-09-2009, 12:51 PM
Hey Ben, whats the L bracket for?

jacobsen1
10-09-2009, 01:48 PM
RRS L bracket for my tripod clamp. not cheap, but sooooo nice when using a tripod.
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/accessories/rrs-l.shtml
http://reallyrightstuff.com/QR/05.html

NickSchietromo
10-09-2009, 04:52 PM
That's pretty cool.

BobbyT
10-09-2009, 05:34 PM
I'm thinking about grabbing the side holster. I think I would like it a lot better than the Rstrap. I find myself only using the Rstrap when I absolutely have to.

NickSchietromo
10-20-2009, 09:04 PM
anyone know if any other brands make something like this?

jacobsen1
10-20-2009, 09:10 PM
spyder but it's not out yet and DSLRholster or something like that.

unamused
10-22-2009, 05:39 PM
the spyder looks pretty slick...

http://www.engadget.com/2009/10/13/spider-camera-holster-review-stick-em-up/

jacobsen1
11-28-2009, 01:10 PM
BUMP!

So I'll admit, I've been wearing the chest portion over this weekend. I wore it to the "pie run" Thursday AM because I knew I'd be walking (quickly) for 3 miles and the belt option bounces a bit when you're walking briskly. So I went with the chest AND tamrac bag. This was also great because Nikki decided to take the stroller last second but give me half the crap out of it. So the camera came out onto the chest harness, the water bottle went INTO the camera bag, and he pants went in the bag as well. Elias cooler got strapped onto the shoulder strap of the camera bag and I also got Moseley. Anyway, the ONLY complaint I have is it got hot under the camera/chest plate itself. My back/shoulders were fine, but I had on a cotton T-shirt under a warm jacket and was walking hard/fast so the shirt got wet under it. But it works BRILLIANTLY.

I wore it again today on a small hike with the tamrac and my tripod Xed up bandoleero style. Works VERY well, even when Elias asks to be carried. Yes, I'm sure it looks retarded, but I really don't care. It keeps the camera close where it CAN'T bump anything (it could on your belt if you're not careful) and in easy reach. It doesn't move around AT ALL.

I'll probably have it on again tomorrow morning for the sunrise shoot so I'll have Andy or someone snap a shot of it.

NickSchietromo
11-29-2009, 09:20 AM
my girlfriend just ordered my the belt portion of it for Christmas, cant wait!

jacobsen1
11-30-2009, 10:16 AM
Andrew took this of me Sunday:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2703/4143873745_4a700d9d99_b.jpg

as geeky as the chest portion looks, I LOVE it whenever I'm outside. :)