I am an enthusiastic amateur when it comes to photography.
Taking photos is a hobby I stumbled into as an outgrowth of my outdoor trips.
I enjoy taking photos and have received some nice compliments on them over the years.
Enough where I invested in a DSLR camera for the options and the quality of the photos.
It is heavy to schlep at times, but I enjoy the results.
Having easy access to my camera is key. If the camera is buried in my gear, I am less likely to use it.
So how to carry the camera?
A simple solution I found that fits my needs is to use a Lowepro Photo Runner 100. It is a solution I have been using ~5 years now.
This bag is technically shoulder bag, but can also be used as a waist pack. More importantly, from my view point, it can easily be fashioned as a chest pack when backpacking.
The camera bag is weather resistant, has enough compartments for two extra lenses (though, I rarely use that feature) and some other storage space for SD cards and similar. It is durable and protects the camera for off-trail hiking and even falls. Not intended to haul gear, I will occasionally stuff a map or liner gloves in the pack as well for convenience sake, too.
The bag is not lightweight..but I am hauling a heavy camera in any case.
Someday I may splurge on a fixed lens camera, but for now, the Lowepro Photo Runner 100 is a very good solution when I haul the DSLR.
Disclosure: This camera bag was purchased with my own funds. The MSRP is $50, but it can be purchased for under $40. Mine was purchased at the great camera store in Boulder called Mike’s Camera. Started in Boulder, Mike’s now has some other locations and an online presence. I have no affiliation with this store other than having excellent service in the past from them.