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DSLR Camera Case: ThinkTank Digital Holster 10

by Tyler

Bringing a digital SLR on our world tour was a last-minute decision. About a month before we left, my friend Ian Meyer convinced me that we'd be fools to leave without one. At the time, my main concern was how we'd carry yet another heavy and expensive piece of electronics. We have a lot of technology in tow. The right case wound up making our SLR easier to use than our point and shoot, which we have since sent home. You were right Ian, thank you!

We carry a Nikon D60 with the kit lens, one of the smallest/lightest DSLRs on the market. The job of keeping it safe, dry, and readily accessible goes to another remarkably small piece of gear: ThinkTank's Digital Holster 10.

The most important feature of the case (for us) is the sturdy velcro-secured flap on the back. ThinkTank calls it the "Rotate or Lock" flap; it is meant to mount to some other fancy product they sell called the "Pro Speed Belt". We use it to mount the case to the bungie net on the back of my bike. An unintentional benefit of this system: the bungie strapping acts as an effective suspension for particularly rough roads!

ThinkTank Digital Holster 10 Mounting ThinkTank Digital Holster 10 Mounting

The Digital Holster 10 zips open easily from the top and I can now retrieve our camera from it in a matter of seconds, even while riding. This wound up being so convenient that a week into the trip we completely stopped using our point and shoot. The darn thing would invariably be lost in Tara's handlebar bag every time we wanted to use it!

The nylon case is waterproof enough to withstand mild showers on its own, but when it really starts pouring we use the included "Two Stage Rain Cover" to keep our camera safe and dry. When skies are clear, the protective cover gets stuffed into the bottom of the case itself, taking up practically no space at all. Other features include a zippered compartment in the top flap where we store a lint-less cloth to clean our lens, a side compartment where we store our battery charger and an expanding bottom for longer lenses.

ThinkTank Digital Holster 10

Our Nikon D60 is not a ruggedized camera but it is still working splendidly after nearly a year in the elements, a testament to the case it lives in when we're not shooting (and the care we take with it when we are). Looking at our photo collection now, I cannot imagine going on a bicycle tour with anything but an SLR, nor can I envision a case more perfect for keeping it safe than ThinkTank's Digital Holster 10.

Tyler
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8 comments

Jamie is sooo jealous that you brought a Digital SLR on your trip - good call.
Posted by Sarah on December 18th, 2009 at 1:05 PM
Wow this is perfect
Thanks You :)
Posted by reza on June 16th, 2011 at 6:10 AM
You're welcome reza :)

The Digital Holster line really is perfect for bicycle touring. We carried the Digital Holster 40 with a D700 for over a year and it worked just as well.
Posted by Tyler on June 16th, 2011 at 7:43 AM
This is very nice
I hope to find it in my country
Posted by reza on June 17th, 2011 at 4:21 AM
Hi how do you charge your camera I am thinking of taking my Sony Nex 5 when we tour later this year but am worried about charging it. Thanks
Posted by Nicola on June 24th, 2011 at 1:37 PM
Hey Nicola! Our charger is very similar to this one:
http://www.amazon.com/EN-EL3e-Digital-Camera-Battery-Charger/dp/B001J1QF2G/

Basically, you want a charger that will take a both AC and DC power sources. If your charger has a DC input, you can use all sorts of things to charge your battery (dynohub, solio, cigarette lighter adapter etc).

I'm not sure what you need specifically for your camera, but if you find the model number of the battery you can look for AC/DC chargers that support it.
Posted by Tyler on June 24th, 2011 at 11:45 PM
You really make it seem really easy with your presentation however I in finding this topic to be really something which I feel I might
by no means understand. It seems too complicated and very
large for me. I'm taking a look ahead to your next post, I
will attempt to get the dangle of it!
Posted by best biometric gun safe on February 11th, 2014 at 4:49 PM
As I finalize my gear choices for my first epic long-distance tour I was particularly interested in your photography equipment. I choose an Olympus O-MD E-M1 micro/four thirds camera for the same reasons, small and light weight. Using an iPad mini for on the road post processing. I am definitely going to check out the Think Tank Digitial Holsters. Thanks for sharing the excellent photos of your adventures. I can only hope mine turn out as well.
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