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Old 02-06-2008   #1
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Just a quick question for you all. My wife wanted to know what I wanted for my birthday & I really could not give a definite answer except maybe a gift card for somewhere. She then asked if I would want a Photographers vest. My question is (seeing is I don't own one) Do you own one & do you use it? Is it a hindrance or very useful? As stylish as they are I never put any thought into buying one Thanks for any input.

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Nope, I prefer to lose my photography widgets in an open top bag like a Domke instead 15 coat pockets.
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to be honest, i have used my fly fishing vest as one. worked pretty well.
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You must not catch any fish -- my fishing vest is covered with trout gunk
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I have one of these: Domke | Photogs Convertible Jacket/Vest, XX-Large | 735-005

It's a jacket and the sleeves zip off to make it a vest. I like it.
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I wear one even as dorky as they look and I find it very useful.
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I wear one even as dorky as they look and I find it very useful.
same here. Although it isn't strictly a photographer's vest, I use one quite a bit on travels where hiking and photography combine. For me it's easier than trying to lug stuff around in a shoulder bag. It also forces me to think about what I really need to carry, so I don't overload myself on a long hike.
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I shoot a lot of sports so a vest it just part of my gear. I can carry a couple of extra lenses, flash unit, filters, spare cards, batteries for my different camera bodies, a couple of bottles of Gator Aid in the back pocket and misc other junk. It is there, it is handy and it is not heavy or in the way. Plus with multiple camera bodies it has eppelettes that allow me to secure a couple of camera bodies on my shoulders.

It is also handy to me for general shooting. I don't have to fumble in a bag, I have stuff in pockets. The back pocket will hold a 70-200 f2.8L with hood, so most of my lens collection is not a problem.
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A vest is a on my high priority list. Spring is coming and my back cant take 25lbs in a low pro anymore.
The vests with a tool belt help distribute the weight.
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I use a belt kit similar to this one instead of a vest: Professional photography equipment - camera bags, camera cases - from Think Tank Photo

I purchased my pouches individually (different than the set linked), and just add and subtract as needed. More customizable, better support and protection for the gear.

In general, the vests are a good idea (spreads out the weight) but I don't like how most of them are designed. Also, you can't reconfigure the pockets, and I find that I'd be stuck with empty ones when there's nothing I have that fits in them. I played with the idea of getting something like MOLLE to use for equipment (I mean, fishing vests work...) but the cost compared to something designed for photography (i.e. ThinkTank's Modulus) made the endeavor not worth the cost.


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