Perfect gear for a field geologist
review by Rick on 7/2/2012
I'm a geology student, and as such, I spend a good amount of time outdoors. I like to bring my camera (basic Canon XS with kit lens) along to photograph interesting geologic features, friends, and the natural world. Geology is often not trail-side. With the kit strap, I spend most of my time hanging onto the camera with one hand to stop it from swinging into the rock face I'm scrambling up. On one trip, we climbed a steep hill of wet, exposed glacial lake clay deposits (it's worse than it sounds). I needed two hands to grab onto trees to pull myself up, but I only had one hand free. Sure, I could put my camera in my pack. But that is one step away from leaving it at home.
I spent a lot of time researching solutions, and eventually found your product line...and the solution. The Digital-D soft pouch does a great job protecting my camera from all the small bumps I subject it to. I'm often off-trail, and I spend far too much time walking through (and into) tree branches. The pouch keeps my camera safe. When there are those branches are covered with wet leaves, my camera stays nice and dry. When I do put my camera in my pack, I'm confident it will be safe. In the field, I use the elastic Bino/Cam harness. Combined with my pack's chest strap, it keeps my camera immobile and both my hands free to climb. I've climbed Mount Monadnock with this combination. My camera was always at the ready, both my hands were free, and I got some great photos. For daily use, I use the Utility Strap-sling. The Uni Loop connectors make it easy to change straps.
I'm currently experimenting with your Media Holsters (fits my battery perfectly) and I've got the Media Keeper on order. Even on a student's budget, your products have all been affordable (and with photography, few things are). However, I do have one complaint: you don't make gear for geology equipment. I'd love to see your solution for a rock hammer holster.