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    Photo Vests

    Some of us have heavier equipment and can't throw a couple of bodies, 6 lenses, spare batteries, extra mem-cards, pad of paper and pen into a satchel and carry it on, say, our left shoulder. *ahem* You know you who are.

    For the rest of us, we look towards the Photo Vest to carry the various pieces of equipment we want with us.

    What do you use?
    What do you it for?
    How do you like it?

    Myself, I use a Domke Photo Vest.
    I use it for my Canon eq (40D/5D), 85/1.2, CZ21/2.8, 24-70/2.8, filters, remotes, batteries, lens clothes, garbage bags, etc.
    Other potential eq: 70-200/2.8 or 70-200/4.

    My ideal vest would have all zippers (STORM ZIPPERS!); as I don't want metal parts scratching lenses or bodies. And I'm tired of stuff falling out of my top velcro pockets because I'm leaning over.

    I'd love to hear what vests other people use! Guy, this means you! The vest you had at Yosemite looked very nice.

    -C

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    Re: Photo Vests

    LOL yes that one comes from Orvis and it is called a Zambezi

    here it is

    http://www.orvis.com/store/product_c...subcat_id=6107
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    Re: Photo Vests

    The Zambezi doesn't seem to have the epaulets like a photo vest.

    I have a Tamarac, but only wear it when shooting basketball.

    I had seen a Billingham vest a few years ago and it seemed like a nice vest more in the lines of what Guy has. I don't know where you get them though.

    http://www.billingham.co.uk/prodbuy.asp?id=108

    http://www.rtsphoto.com/html/billvest.htm
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    Re: Photo Vests

    Jack has a nice one also but you can't get it anymore, i think it was LL Bean
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    Re: Photo Vests

    Adorama carries the Billingham vest but it is pricey. Domke makes one also.

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    Re: Photo Vests

    That's expensive . Christmas present folks, get a friend to send link to spouse
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    Re: Photo Vests

    Yes, mine is an older LL-Bean travel vest, quite similar to Guy's Zambezi...
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    Re: Photo Vests

    I'm rather enamored of a product called the ScotteVest, although I can't say I've used it for photo stuff yet (my lenses have been at Leica). I took one on a trip to Italy because the carry-on weight limitation was such that I wanted to "wear" as much of my stuff as I could in case they weighted my bag.

    They're actually designed more for electronic gadgetry, but have some very deep pockets, all nylon zippers (when there are zippers, as they also have pockets that close by magnets and with Velcro). The thing I like about them is that most of the pockets are on the inside so (1) they don't look too geeky, and (2) no one can see just how much you seem to be carrying. I own the Classic Vest 4.0, Travel Vest, Evolution Jacket, and a pair of the Hidden Cargo Pants. See, I told you I was enamored of the stuff!

    Again, I've not used any of this for photo work yet, so will have to update this when I do.

    www.scottevest.com

    Chris Herbert

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    Re: Photo Vests

    I've worn out one and am on my second Domke. Just love it. But they need to make a larger size or I need to lose some weight.

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