Some of you may have seen me walking around with my camera on a harness. It is called a Cotton Carrier and I wouldn't be without it. It is a company based in North Vancouver and they have a terrific deal on them for Black Friday. I thought I would pass it on as I swear by it. I have no affiliation with the company.
Murray-I have the camera vest plus another holder for binoculars or another camera; buy.cottoncarrier.com/category-s/56.htm I wish I had gotten these prices. Keep in mind these are for refurbished models. I had a problem with my original vest. I phoned them and a new one was in the mail immediately. I have had mine for about 3 years.
Last Edit: Nov 27, 2015 17:02:14 GMT -8 by oldfulica
Hi Fraser Valley Birders: I'll add a slightly different perspective. I, too use the Cotton Carrier System. I suppose it's okay to say that I first saw the system in operation on Attu when B.C. birder Jess Findley was using the chest model. Under full disclosure I think he represents the company in some way, or has some of his birding costs underwritten by using their equipment, ( at least he did then ). In any event, I was impressed by how his camera was, more or less, fixed, to his body, not " swinging around in the wind " as so many of us are used to, freeing up his hands. After looking at demos on line, I decided to go with a different Cotton Carrier model. I guess I still don't know whether I made the right choice, as I never really field tested the chest model. My theoretical concern was how that system would work when having to jump into a car on short notice and having this system strapped to my chest, when putting on seat belt, etc. So, I purchased the hip carrying model. I haven't even checked to see whether they still sell it, but have to say I really like it. It works on the same principle of having your camera, more or less affixed to your body. Instead of it being attached to your chest, however, it is attached to your hip, holster like. You wear a sturdy belt around your waist, and the holster has a secure device into which your camera attaches. It is secure and yet comes out easily as if you were reaching for a gun like an old style western movie " gunslinger ". As an added safety feature in case the camera slipped out of your hand at this point there is a safety strap that does go over your shoulder to prevent the camera from falling to the ground. What I really like about it is that the weight of the camera is mainly on your hips, as opposed to your upper body, so depending on where your arthritis is located, ( older guy joke ), you either bear the bulk of the weight on your hips or distributed across your chest/shoulders. I also like that the camera is better separated from your bins, reducing the possibility of entanglement. Finally, going back to the car scenario, it is very easy to flip the camera off the holster and rest it besides you when getting quickly into a car, and not having to worry about entanglement with seatbelts, and so on. In any event, as is always the case, it is a matter of personal choice. Bottom line: I believe all the Cotton Carrier systems do a better job of carrying our cameras around than dangling them around our necks or over our shoulders. Nice to see a Canadian company taking this innovative approach. Travelling throughout N.A., and a little bit of the rest of the world I have received a lot of positive comments about this system, as, I am sure the other posters have. Cheers, Thor
Thor Manson Gallagher Lake, currently in Green Valley Arizona
They have "extended" the sale on "refurbished" items. Not sure what they mean by refurbished. I suspect its just the previous versions that are on sale!
Bert I think the refurbished ones are returns that are repaired. I had one strap that defrayed and they replaced the whole harness. I suspect it is this type of thing they are selling although they never asked me to return it and I still have the old one. Thor, I use the side holster for my binoculars or a spare camera with a wide angle lens. My main camera is too big to put on my hip but if I had a regular sized camera I definitely would use the the side holster, like you. Do you have the Sinaloa Wren yet??
Hi Len: Got the Sinaloa last December in the Tubac spot. It doesn't seem to be around there this year, so far. Huachucha ( sp) is the only place to look for it this year, ( so far ), and we all know how much fun it can be for Canadians to get access to that military installation!! No new birds for me so far , and at this time of year in Arizona. Have to come back in the Spring/Summer for what I call some " low hanging fruit " if there is really such a type of bird. Challenge right now is try to get a photo of Rufous capped Warbler, a bird I have seen up Florida Canyon a few years ago with the Schmors, but still no pic. As far as the Cotton Carrier is concerned, I have a 300 mm prime Canon lens, which occasionally I use with my 1.4x teleconverter-bad purchase, and find it fine with the hip holster model. Don't know how much bigger I would go as far as total length and weight using this hip system, but I am not sure I am willing to say I am maxed out. I actually do have some arthritis in my shoulders, aggravated this past Fall by a fall into one of the infamous bone yard holes on Gambell, so am happy to have most of the weight of the system on my hips where arthritis is less painful; ( I guess I should have given up running sooner!! ) Cheers, Thor
Thor Manson Gallaghe Lake currently in Green Valley Arizona