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Topic # 112940 28-Dec-2012 16:59 Send private message

Hey all.
Question from a newbie camera owner:

I bought a Canon EOS 1100D in the specials just on at the moment and needed a case to fit it in so I got the LowePro Adventura 160 case - 




My question is: is it OK to store the camera "snout" down, or lens down as it is in their promotional  picture? 
I was kinda worried about storing it like that - like shouldn't it be flat or something?
Or are they quite hardy and able to be carried that way.

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  Reply # 738091 28-Dec-2012 17:15 Send private message

It's fine that way.

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  Reply # 738092 28-Dec-2012 17:18 Send private message

As long as there is sufficient padding beneath it will be absolutely fine. I also have a backpack which is designed to store the camera body in this orientation and it's never been a problem.

Modern DSLRs are actually a lot more robust than a lot of people realise anyway.

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  Reply # 738093 28-Dec-2012 17:20 Send private message

I should have also pointed out that some heavier zoom lenses suffer from 'zoom creep', meaning that they gradually zoom themselves out when pointed downward like this.

Don't panic if this happens - some people consider it a minor nuisance but it won't do any harm to your equipment whatsoever.



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  Reply # 738094 28-Dec-2012 17:24 Send private message

Thanks.
I mean, it's a padded interior, but it's basically a compartment with nothing else supporting under the sides or anything. I have the 18-55 lens on the front.

I guess they wouldn't picture it like that if you weren't supposed to carry it that way....
I put the other lens in the other compartment (as they have it in the pic), but it seems like it'd knock about a bit, so I stuffed some bubble wrap in beside it :)




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  Reply # 738095 28-Dec-2012 17:26 Send private message

btw, I should have gotten an SLR years ago. The pictures this thing takes compared to my compact (Canon IXUS 860IS) are AWESOME.

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  Reply # 738098 28-Dec-2012 17:49 Send private message

I never keep lenses attached to cameras when they're stored, I read that it can hurt the lens mount if it gets a shock. I have dropped my cameras a couple of times with quite heavy 24-70 and 16-35 lenses fitted, but they're pro lenses and low end pro bodies (D700) not consumer. The Nikon bodies and lenses are really robust, I found Canon semi pro bodies and lenses quite fragile - I owned 6-8 Canon bodies and 10 lenses over 5 years before I switched to Nikon.




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  Reply # 738104 28-Dec-2012 18:30 Send private message

da5id: I bought a Canon EOS 1100D in the specials just on


Congrats, where did you purchase from and did you get a good deal?



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  Reply # 738107 28-Dec-2012 18:39 Send private message

Jaxson:
da5id: I bought a Canon EOS 1100D in the specials just on


Congrats, where did you purchase from and did you get a good deal?


Hmmm, I think so.
I did the DSE thing, where they were priced at $598, plus I had a $100 gift card that someone had given me, so that saved me some as well.

I think that DSE only brought the price down to $598 to match Harvey Norman, and the price is back at $798 on the DSE website (where it says it is still a special, saving $140 and which ends today).
So I'm assuming the normal price after today will be $938.00

So, I'm quite happy with that :)






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  Reply # 738109 28-Dec-2012 18:41 Send private message

timmmay: I never keep lenses attached to cameras when they're stored, I read that it can hurt the lens mount if it gets a shock. I have dropped my cameras a couple of times with quite heavy 24-70 and 16-35 lenses fitted, but they're pro lenses and low end pro bodies (D700) not consumer. The Nikon bodies and lenses are really robust, I found Canon semi pro bodies and lenses quite fragile - I owned 6-8 Canon bodies and 10 lenses over 5 years before I switched to Nikon.


So, you think I should take off the lens when storing it? 
Hmm, not sure what to do now...


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  Reply # 738110 28-Dec-2012 18:46 Send private message

When storing it makes no difference. When moving it, if you have space in the bag, leave the lens detached. If you can't detach the lens for travel I wouldn't worry about it, I think it'll be fine. I'm just careful with my equipment, since I rely on it to do a job.




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  Reply # 738111 28-Dec-2012 18:52 Send private message

There is a thread on the subject of whether to detach a lens or not for storage/travel by some aussies HERE, and many advocate just leaving the lens attached.

Hopefully it will be OK.

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  Reply # 738143 28-Dec-2012 20:51 Send private message

Preferred style of changing lenses too. Keeping the body pointing down lessens the chance of debris falling into the body during changing.



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  Reply # 738152 28-Dec-2012 21:17 Send private message

Thanks. All good tips for a beginner :)

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  Reply # 738369 29-Dec-2012 17:22 Send private message

I'll bet that you will find that bag is too small within a couple of months.

We have all been there :)





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