Which camera bag to use?

For long hikes I am very fond of a backpack. It gives me freedom to move around easily and the extra weight is at a comfortable place. I used to have Lower SlingShot 100  AW (All Weather), however, with first getting my D700 and later my D800, I had to look for a larger backpack. The SlingShot had the advantage that in one swing I could take out my camera and have easy access to the accessoires.
IMG_0875Nowadays, I use the Lowepro Transit Backpack 350 AW which is almost as easy to use as the SlingShot and at the same time offers more space to take several lenses with me. The additional advantage is that I can also take my MacBook Air and iPad. I am also able to attach a Bottle Pouch to take a bottle of water.
Last year I also took it to Barcelona. For strolling through the city it is very convenient, however, in the metro, where I almost got robbed, I felt less comfortable. So, now I use a Lowepro Messenger 180 AW which I can carry in front of me, to keep an eye on my equipment. I can also carry it on my side or back. It is very spaceous, so no problem taking my D800 and several lenses, and my iPad. When I take the car to a photoshoot I usually take this bag.
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In case I only want to my camera with one lens I take a simple toploader.

Carrying my camera in the Alps

When my family and I are in the Alps, we hike trails that last 6 to 7 hours. My main challenge is how to carry my camera during these hikes. I normally take my camera and my 16-35mm lens. Together this weights something like 1.6kg. Preferrably, I like to carry my camera in a backpack, however, around “every corner” there is another beautiful scene. This means that I have to take out my camera almost continuously. So, in the end I was carrying my camera with a strap around my neck, which is not a good idea. It is too heavy around the neck and the camera continuously bumps against my body while walking. So, I started to look for another solution.
First I found a strap that firmly presses the rear of the camera against my belly. For regular hikes and a lighter camera this works fine. For me it did not work. Recently I found the B-grip. It allows me to carry the camera pointing down around my waist. It is very comfortable to walk with and the camera is always ready to shoot with. I still take my backpack for another type of lens, food, water, and, if necessary, warm clothes. Sometimes, when it is foggy, it gets pretty cold.
IMG_0860After becoming a fan of the B-grip I also bought the handstrap. The release plate of the handstrap can be used both on the belt holster and on a regular tripod. So, it is very convenient for shorter and longer hikes. Only during portrait photo shoots with the battery grip attached, which is very convenient for vertical shots, it would be nice if the handstrap could be removed from the camera quickly.
Here are some nice pictures of the Alps I took during my hikes.