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Great Holster For the Fast Shot
Friday 2 September 2011   —   Category: Equipment




When out and about on a photo outing, I need a way to transport my camera so that it’s easily and quickly accessible, but at the same time, protected from the elements, or any other potential damage, especially while hiking. After researching the various possibilities, I ended up settling on a Digital Holster 20 V2.0 by Think Tank Photo. This compact camera case has some great features which make it the holster of choice.

When going for a hike in nature, I wear a backpack to carry my additional lenses and other photographic equipment. But my camera and whatever lens is currently attached needs to be readily accessible — at my fingertips. Therefore, I put my camera in this holster, sling it over my head and across my shoulder, and let it hang either in front of me, or on the side.

The holster has a hinged, zippered lid. Generally, I keep the lid closed, but I don’t zip it shut. With the lid covering the camera (but unzipped), it does have some protection from the sun and the elements. When I want to use my camera, I can simply flip the lid open and pull out my camera. In more extreme environments, where there is mist from a waterfall or the ocean, dust from the trail floating in the air, or when the trail gets steep enough that I’m worried the camera might fall out, I go ahead and zip the lid shut.

One of the great features of this holster is that the length of the case can be quickly and easily extended about three-and-a-half inches to accommodate longer lenses. Simply pull the cleverly-designed zipper one-and-a-quarter times around the bottom of the case, and the eight-and-a-half-inch inner depth suddenly becomes twelve inches! This is a very cool — and very practical — capability!

With my camera — a Sony Alpha α55 — and my normal everyday lens — a Sony Carl Zeiss 24-​70​mm f/2.8 zoom lens — I can put this camera / lens combination (without the lens hood, or with the lens hood reversed) into the holster in its normal, short, non-extended form. When the holster is extended, I can fit the same lens with the lens hood attached, or I can fit my Sony G-Series 70-​200​mm f/2.8 telephoto zoom lens (without the lens hood, or with the lens hood reversed). Awesome!

Even with one of my shorter lenses, this holster works great — the shape of the case conforms to the camera, with one straight side and one curved side. Therefore, the camera does not slide down to the bottom of the case with a shorter lens, because the curved side of the case supports the camera. There is a removable, adjustable partition that can be used as a platform for a shorter lens to rest on, but I don’t use it — the holster works fine without it.

Another nice feature of this holster is the integrated, seam-sealed rain cover, which stows in an outer side pocket. If I’m ever out hiking and it starts to rain (a likely occurrence here in Oregon!), or walking behind a waterfall at Silver Falls State Park, or hiking up the Mist Trail at Yosemite, I can easily keep my camera safe and dry. I might get soaked, but at least my camera won’t!

The strap that comes with the holster is OK, but not really great. If you are going to be carrying your camera for an extended period of time, especially if you have a big, heavy lens attached, I would highly recommend the additional strap I bought: the Think Tank Curved Comfort, Deluxe Bag Strap with Contoured Shoulder Pad & Metal Snap Clips. Unfortunately, it seems to be no longer available! Bummer! You can just look around for a nice, padded case strap — this one on Amazon looks pretty good, and this other one one does too.

Well, I guess that’s about all I have to say about the Think Tank Digital Holster 20 V2.0. It’s one of the best camera accessories I own, and I use it all the time! I’ll leave you with one of their promotional videos, which shows a little bit of the case in action.

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