Alternatively, you might want to look at a backpack frame, as used by people who may go camping for several days with only what they carry on their backs. With a backpack frame, the vertical load is carried almost entirely by the waistband, and the shoulder straps do very little more than provide stability in the horizontal directions. I have carried 50+ pounds with a system like this with less effect upon my shoulders and back than a 10 pound load in a fabric backpack, because almost all of the load is carried directly by the hips and legs.mvanrheenen wrote:A friend of mine had een good idea: why not split the load? Not everything has to be carried on your shoulders/back!
Brilliant and simple! I'm now looking into a beltpack for my camera or a solution to carry a tripod on my waist/belt in stead of on my back. Could be a solution!
You do not mention how much you are willing to spend, so some of my comments may not be valid if your budget is limited.mvanrheenen wrote:Now I'm looking for a new tripod which I can carry around on my travels and hiking trips.
I'm looking into buying a not-too-heavy tripod because of medical problems with the muscles in my shoulders and neck. If the bag I'm carrying gets too heavy (>8 kg) I'm in trouble. The problem using a lightweight tripod, I can imagine, is that it's not too stable, especially in slippery or windy conditions. This feels like a problem to me, especially for the stability I need.
For a head, I like to use the ballhead, as it seems to be very flexible in usage and setup. The downside seems to be that when tightening the screw, the ball can shift and you have to start your carefully planned setup over again.
If anyone can help me with above questions/doubts or share some insight in how he or she uses a tripod in similar conditions, I appreciate it!
I have never looked to see if there are any frame/bag combinations designed just for camera gear, as I have only used a backpack frame for camping in the High Sierras on trips where the camera was a very small part of what I was carrying.mvanrheenen wrote:Do they have these frames for camera gear only, or do you buy a frame bag which also holds your camera bag?
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