New Products From Cotton Carrier
The SKOUTThe SKOUT is a single camera sling style harness system. It’s extremely lightweight, adjustable, and works great with an additional backpack. It uses the same patented twist and lock system as all of the cotton carrier harness systems. The hub and washer are super easy to attach to your cameras with the included Allen key. Be sure to note when attaching your hub that the arrows are facing front and back.
Video The Skout (2:02)[embed]https://youtu.be/4ZfjB9u-SXA[/embed] I also like that there is mount at the bottom of the hub to attach a tripod plate. This is easier than having to remove the hub and washer and will save time in the field. Once the hub is attached and the camera is tethered you are good to go. The big benefit of this system is it gives you the ability to be totally hands-free. It keeps the weight off your neck and also keeps the camera secure to your body so it is not swinging around at your side. I did some bike riding with this system and it worked great. It allowed me quick access to my camera without having to stop and reach into my bag to take a quick shot. Each SKOUT also comes with a weather cover and there is a stash pocket on the side which is a great place to keep your Allen key and anything else you might need to access quickly. Unfortunately, it was a little small for my iPhone8 Plus with a case. I really enjoy using this product and it works best with a smaller lightweight camera system. The SKOUT is available now at CottonCarrier.com for $79 dollars and comes in grey or camo. Overall, this new system is a great way to harness your photography.
SlingBelt and Bucket Carrying SystemFirst off, the SlingBelt Carrying System is extremely comfortable. All the straps are adjustable and the velcro pads keep things from moving around. I found when I go out on a Photowalk or short hike I don’t always want or need my giant camera bag and all that comes in it. Right now I have my Canon 5DMarkIV with grip and 70-200mm and 16-35mm lenses.
Video The Sling Belt[embed]https://youtu.be/dgCm3KB_xWE[/embed] The biggest benefit to all the Cotton Carrier systems is having quick and easy access to your camera while out on location. Having my camera on the right side and the bucket on my left side really distributed the weight nicely on my hips freeing up my neck and shoulders. Just a quick note, the bucket is an add-on to the system and costs $49. The bucket includes a small and large DryBag designed specifically for the bucket. It provides a nice added layer of projection from the elements. If you only needed one lens you could simply detach the bucket for a lighter load or use the bucket for something like an external flash or a water bottle. I actually preferred having the bucket attached so that the weight was evenly distributed on both sides. I do recommend using the tether strap especially if you are accustomed to using neck-straps. It can take some time to mentally adjust to using the holster and there have been times where I have almost dropped the camera thinking it was attached around my neck. Having this added safety precaution is always a good idea and I found it not to be limiting or cumbersome at all. The only issue I had was with the strap rotating. It is designed for the pad to rest on the shoulder but I found while shooting that it would shift around. Since there really isn’t any weight on it, it wasn’t a big deal but it is more comfortable when it rests properly. The SlingBelt is available for $89 from CottonCarrier.com , B&H Photo or Roberts Camera and it includes the patented Twist and Lock mounting hardware and sling tether. Overall, I like the comfort and ease this system provides. The product is built very well and I like having this as an option for simply going out and taking some photos.
Michael Durr May 2020
After studying broadcast journalism at Illinois State University, I began my career in Central Illinois creating commercials and on-air promotions for local television affiliates. From 2008 to 2012, I worked for The Marketing Store where I created content for clients such as McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, and Southern Comfort. From there, I worked for Maddock Douglas, an innovation consulting firm, developing an internal photo/video offering. I left Maddock Douglas to be a creative director at FÁS Chicago, where I worked primarily for Case Construction. In 2017, I relocated to Indianapolis with my wife and two sons and I have started Michael Durr Photo/Video, LLC. Currently, I work in partnership with Kevin Raber and PhotoPXL, creating video content on all things photography. In addition I work on other freelance projects primarily around the midwest. Throughout my career, talented friends and great mentors have surrounded me. I have been fortunate to wake up every day never feeling like I was going to work. The combination of my professional experience, personality and drive to improve has given me a unique perspective from behind the lens. It is a combination of work and life that inspires me.