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Old 11-15-2011, 09:48 PM   #1
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Question DSLR camera on a bike

I have been wondering how safe it is (for the camera) to transport a DSLR camera on a bike.

The topbox would probably be a big NO-NO!
The safest way would possibly be to have it in a backpack, but it defeats the purpose of having it with me if it is a mission to get to it every time I want to take a snap.
How about in a relatively padded tankbag?

Your experiences & comments please.
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Old 11-15-2011, 09:55 PM   #2
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I have been wondering how safe it is (for the camera) to transport a DSLR camera on a bike.

The topbox would probably be a big NO-NO!
The safest way would possibly be to have it in a backpack, but it defeats the purpose of having it with me if it is a mission to get to it every time I want to take a snap.
How about in a relatively padded tankbag?

Your experiences & comments please.
Top section of a two story tank bag will work nicely, if you don't have anything to carry it in. I keep mine in a small Lowe camera bag that fits in a saddlebag. Thousands of miles without an issue. The padding in the camera bag works well and I can keep an extra lens in there. I could get a nice padded holster but that doesn't really hold the couple accessories that I like to carry: a small tripod, another lens, a charger and a spare battery.
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Old 11-15-2011, 10:51 PM   #3
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The topbox would probably be a big NO-NO!
And why would you think that would be a no no? I've a tail bag on my GS in place of the passenger saddle. It holds a 7D, speedlite, a couple more lenses, and some filters and stuff. Before I got the 7D my previous camera lived in that bag or a similar bag. No issues. I do have a waterproof cover to throw over the bag if riding in the rain.

You can see the tail bag behind the saddle here:


The very next day proved that the camera can survive stuff like this (and I've done that more than once, on dirt and on pavement ):



Not sure it would have survived that if in a back pack. To be more honest I'm not sure my back would have survived if the camera were in a back pack.

BTW: The camera I used to take that picture lives in my tank bag. I'd have no problems keeping the DSLR in my tank bag if I had the room. So far I've about 70,000 miles riding with a DSLR without issue.
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Old 11-15-2011, 10:55 PM   #4
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Only good news so far! Thanks gents!
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Old 11-16-2011, 12:45 AM   #5
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I carry my canon 7D in a padded camera bag in my top box .
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Old 11-16-2011, 06:18 AM   #6
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My D40X has been pretty heavily abused, thousands of miles rattling around in the hard cases (in a lightly padded lowepro case), dropped in sand and gotten wet. Still works perfectly and takes great pictures - I did fubar one lens in the sand incident but it was the cheapy 18-55 that came with the body. Since then it has had a Nikon 18-135 on it as a walkaround lens.

Still takes pics like this (Creed, CO this August);

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Old 11-16-2011, 06:30 AM   #7
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I carry a Panasonic GH2 with me wherever I go. On my KTM 950 I carry it in the tank bag where it is pretty accessible. No problems.
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Old 11-16-2011, 07:28 AM   #8
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I've carried my D90 for thousands of miles in my tank bag, and in a top box. I just put it in a padded case and never worried about it.
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Old 11-16-2011, 08:40 AM   #9
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Tank bag, 950A. 5D mkII:



Vary the densities of foam you use to dampen different frequency vibrations.



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Old 11-16-2011, 12:07 PM   #10
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I've carried DSLRs (Nikon D70 and Nikon D1X) in my tank bags and in top cases for tens of thousands of miles and have had no issues with them. In the tank bag, the camera usually just rested on a piece of cloth to give it a little damping from vibrations.

I haven't rolled this photo out in a while, so here goes:



There's a D1X (a very robust metal-bodied camera) in the tank bag in this picture. See the tank bag under the tank? The camera was just fine. (Again, it is a metal-bodied camera. A plastic-bodied camera probably would not have fared so well, even though this was a fairly gentle drop.)

As always, YMMV.

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Old 11-16-2011, 03:08 PM   #11
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In the tank bag, never had a problem.
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