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Camera Armor
Tim Snow, Photographer
Montreal | Qc | Canada | Posted: 1:07 PM on 11.20.09
->> Does anyone have any experience with Camera Armor? I'm thinking of picking it up for my 5d MkII.
Here's the deal, I do a lot of hiking, and want to be able to keep a camera around my shoulder without worrying about it bouncing off of trees or rocks while walking or scrambling. I have thought of rigging my Think Tank Digital Holster to a belt, but it will be way too bulky.
Does anyone who has and hands-on use with the Camera Armor know if it will offer sufficient protection (obviously I know if I fall from a cliff the camera won't make it...), or is it mostly a way to avoid cosmetic blemishes?
Thanks!
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Bruce Twitchell, Photographer
Coeur d'Alene | ID | USA | Posted: 1:18 PM on 11.20.09
->> I bought one for my 30D. Didn't like it. I could not get used to the extra bulk around the camera body. If your primary concern is protecting the body, it will work, but it will take a long while to get used to the feel.
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Ron Metz, Photographer
Tampa | FL | USA | Posted: 3:05 PM on 11.20.09
->> I have a Cotton Carrier http://www.cottoncarrier.com/ and it works great for hiking. It keeps your camera tight to your chest or your side. I prefer the camera on my chest.
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Tim Snow, Photographer
Montreal | Qc | Canada | Posted: 3:33 PM on 11.20.09
->> I thought of one of the Cotton Carriers, but I hesitate since I always wear a daypack, I'll feel as if I'm wearing an extra layer of clothing. My goal is to lighten my load a bit...
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Ron Metz, Photographer
Tampa | FL | USA | Posted: 3:45 PM on 11.20.09
->> Have you thought of or tried the Black Rapid strap? www.blackrapid.com I use this for football and soccer for my second camera and lens (70-200mm). It works very well.
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Tim Snow, Photographer
Montreal | Qc | Canada | Posted: 4:10 PM on 11.20.09
->> It's not quite a strap I'm after, (I use the Think Tank ones and love 'em, it's an enclosure for the camera so that if I have it on my shoulder and it hits something, I will be less likely to damage the camera.
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Debra L Rothenberg, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 4:19 PM on 11.20.09
->> have you looked here:
http://www.lenscoat.com/
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Ron Metz, Photographer
Tampa | FL | USA | Posted: 4:25 PM on 11.20.09
->> Also Optech http://optechusa.com/product/detail/?PRODUCT_ID=32&PRODUCT_SUB_ID=&CATEGORY...
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Nick Morris, Photographer
San Marcos | CA | United States | Posted: 3:28 AM on 11.21.09
->> Tim, I swear by the thing and you can go to their website and click on featured photographers... read the post they have on my personal story. That stuff is friggin amazing. I wouldn't attempt putting it to the test I did because I'll admit their was divine intervention along with luck that saved my camera along with the Armor. The only thing I had to say bad is the learning curve getting use to having the stuff on your camera but once your used to it it's great protection. The people that work their are top notch as far as customer service and I mean TOP KNOTCH!! I highly recommend Camera Armor for anyone working in the field.
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Mark Peters, Photographer
Highland | IL | USA | Posted: 4:28 AM on 11.21.09
->> Nick - just read your account on their site - that's wild.

Looking at the images, it's not clear to me how you access the hot shoe - is there a flap that folds back?
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Kevin Fujii, Photo Editor
Seattle | WA | USA | Posted: 9:27 AM on 11.21.09
->> I have a brand-new, in-the-box, Camera Armor protector for a Canon EOS 1D Mark II that's yours for $25 (that includes shipping).
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Tim Snow, Photographer
Montreal | Qc | Canada | Posted: 4:38 PM on 11.21.09
->> Nick- Thanks for the heads up, I'll take it into consideration. I'm still thinking about it...

Kevin- Thanks, but I need it for the 5d MkII...

Thanks all, the hunt continues (at this point I may still use my digital holster on a belt or something...)
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Nick Morris, Photographer
San Marcos | CA | United States | Posted: 5:55 PM on 11.21.09
->> Tim, yeah it's a flap for the hot shoe that pop's in and out.
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Jody Gomez, Photographer
Murrieta | CA | USA | Posted: 1:26 AM on 11.22.09
->> Tim, I've climbed (hiked) several mountains with my camera in hand and have never had a problem. I put the strap around my neck, tuck the lens under my arm, and hold the body in the crook of my elbow. It's a nice fit, not bulky, and if I trip, the camera doesn't go down because of the strap. I shot downhill mtb this way and have used this method on big mountains like Brianhead, Mammoth, Deer Valley, etc.
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Gerry Maceda, Photographer
La Quinta | CA | | Posted: 3:07 AM on 04.06.10
->> I am looking for a Camera Armor skin for a 1D Mark IV but their website only list one for a Mark III. Does anyone know if the Camera Armor for a Mark III works for a 1D Mark IV? I compared a product photo of the Mark III to my Mark IV and they seem to be the same controls but I would like to confirm before purchasing one. I tried contacting Camera Armor via email but kept getting mail undeliverable failures sending it at csinfo@daymen.us.com.

If anyone has suggestions to similar type product I would be glad to check it out.

Thank you!
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Aaron Poole, Student/Intern, Photographer
Ventura | CA | USA | Posted: 7:12 AM on 04.06.10
->> If your hands sweat it gets very very slippery.
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