Working as a professional photographer I’m always looking for things to make my life easier when taking photos. I was recently provided with a Cotton Carrier Lite camera system which does just that. While I may not use this around the studio (I do keep the hand strap on though) this is perfect for outdoor and even wedding photography.
Its a great system for anyone. First it starts with the camera hub that will screw to the bottom of your camera. The kit should come with two, one for straight hand held shooting and another if you will be using a tripod. The tripod hub allows you to also attach your tripod shoe to the camera. This hub is what is used to attach your camera to any of the systems holsters, belt or chest.
For the lite system it comes a belt to attach the holster to. After you get the belt to fit you it also comes with a shoulder strap to go over the shoulder opposite of the hip your camera will be on. This works great for taking some of the weight off the hips and balancing it all out. Next there is a ring that you attach to your camera opposite the hand grip. This will then attach to a strap connected to the shoulder strap. This is to prevent accidental dropage 🙂 if it falls out of your hand it won’t hit the ground. Now if you are using a pro line camera and a long lens this may dislocate your shoulder but it’s better then a smashed $2k lens.
So when you are shooting and need to take a break you just slip the camera hub into the holster. You do this by sliding it in sideways then rotating so the lens faces down. Now the camera can’t slip out of the holster! It’s a pretty safe way to carry your camera around and have it at the ready. If you are a wedding or sports photographer or just like carrying around two cameras for the fun of it you can add the chest harness. This way you can have one set out with your short lens and another for your long and have both ready to go.
like I mentioned I wouldn’t use this much in studio but while hiking or back in the day when I did shot weddings this is great. You can find the Cotton Carrier Carry-Lite On Amazon or check out the website Cotton Carrier for their other great products.