Found the Camera Case for the G12

Post by blogger | March 30, 2012      

Okay guys and gals, trip reports and ski reviews shall ensue quite soon, as Lisa and I are heading back to Europe in a few days, and we’re getting the Ultimate Quiver review whipped into shape as well. But meanwhile, we really don’t have much of a season here in Colorado. Though people are getting out and doing alpine tours, just about anything is dicey and now with a corn and warmth cycle starting, a whole different set of strategies and dangers will ensue due to our lurking facet layers. Thus, I haven’t been enthused about writing trip reports for our local haunts, though we have been out on occasion in the West Elk mountains and so forth. Oh, and just to keep it real, yeah I’ll admit we’ve been uphilling on the piste to stay in shape for Europe. Terrible, I know, but you do what you gotta do. Meanwhile, back at WildSnow HQ….

I had a bunch of trouble figuring out how to carry the “brick,” as I’ve come to affectionately call the 14+ ounce Canon G12.

Canon G12 and Lowepro Rezo 50

Canon G12 and Lowepro Rezo 50

Lowepro zipped up with G12 snug inside.

Lowepro zipped up with G12 snug inside.

My pouch on shoulder strap just wasn’t working. Luckily I found this Lowepro Rezo 50 at Wallyworld. It’s snug but fits the camera, and hangs from my pack waistbelt off to the side where my thigh doesn’t hit it during strides. A bit of duct tape added security to the attachment. One idea for carrying a G-series cam, anyhow.

I cut a BUNCH of junk off the case. Most of you already know that was done, as this is and we hack on nearly everything, but worth mentioning as the case looks quite a bit different at the store. Also, again please note that this case just _barely_ fits the G12.

It needs to be solidly mounted to a backpack or something like that, otherwise you’ll struggle with getting it zipped over the camera. Too bad this particular Lowepro is not just a few millimeters larger, but it will stretch out just a hair while in use so perhaps it’ll be perfect.

Update: the Lowpro Apex 60 is larger and has become our camera case of choice for the Canon G12. The camera drops into the case nicely. Our one gripe is that it flops around a bit when it’s attached to the shoulder strap of our backpack. That probably can’t be helped much due to the size and heft of the G12. All in all, it works.


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11 Responses to “Found the Camera Case for the G12”

  1. aaron trowbridge March 30th, 2012 2:32 pm

    I never have been able to find camera cases that fit like a glove but let one handed operation while skiing. I am now on my 3rd custom case, each one for a smaller and smaller camera. Current version down scaled from an earlier pvc coated polyster fabric nicely sewn around spandex wrapped ensolite to purely 5mm yellow ensolite carpet taped to a crazy carpet shell held together with Tuck Tape. Crude, but took 15 minutes to build, is crush proof and can one hand the camera in and out. Low tech!

  2. Rob March 30th, 2012 2:58 pm

    Lou, as you ponder the horrible lack of snow in Colorado, rest assured that there is a decent population of aspiring ski mountaineers inspired by you still out there eking out 14er summit “skis” . . . and be thankful you finished your list before encountering a season like the present.

  3. Lou March 30th, 2012 4:16 pm

    Au contraer (or however you spell it), one reason it took me so many years to do them all is many of the seasons during time were rather thin. Indeed, that used to be somewhat the norm in Colorado, as we are just a high elevation desert. Recent fourteener skiers have been blessed with some good years, but everyone from Davenport on down to Crossen had to contend with some thin stuff as well. Better information these days allows one to work around the thin zones, and folks have also gotten better at “Davenporting” down the bony sections. But still…


  4. Art March 30th, 2012 4:32 pm

    Come on Lou, it takes longer to type “(or however you spell it)” than it takes to look it up on Google. 😉 But seriously, I’m still amazed at how often I think first to reach for a book on the shelf before going to Google or wiki.

  5. Lou March 30th, 2012 5:09 pm

    You are inimitably correct!

  6. Dan March 30th, 2012 9:07 pm

    What is Google?

  7. gentle sasquatch March 31st, 2012 3:05 am

    Why does the case have to be snug? Aren’t you going to struggle with your mittens to take it out and especially put it back in when you need a quick shot? I much prefer a generous chest pack where I can just throw things I need for quick access (camera, gloves, hat, cereal bar, map…) items like need to fly in and out as needed.

  8. Robtyr March 31st, 2012 3:16 am

    Hi Lou, I use the Lowe Pro Apex 60 AW case. It fits the Canon G12 with a little room, can be attached to your hip belt (I secure it also with a small carabiner to the bag, so it doesn’t sip off when I take the bag off), has also space for a few storage cards and even a slim cell phone (for when you are in Europe) and for hiking in summer it has also a rain cover.

  9. Lou March 31st, 2012 5:33 am

    Gentle, I’d agree that the larger chest pack can be nice. But I’m headed for Europe and want to look somewhat like the locals, who have packs the size of men’s wallets and would never wear a chest pack that wrecked their profile.

    Seriously, I like everything minimalist these days. But the case can indeed be too snug. This one is quite snug, but seems to work ok. I tested yesterday on a ski tour.

  10. Matt Kinney March 31st, 2012 12:32 pm

    Get real simple. I don’t use a case once I pull it out of my pack for the first shots of day. I just stick it in a coat or pant pocket with the lanyard hanging out and don’t; really notice it. in seconds I can pop my mittens off between my knees and reach for the camera with bare hands, grab the shots, stick my camera back in my pocket, stick my hand back in my mittens and give chase. It is another reason I prefer mittens.

    Once skiing settles down and I get my shots of the day, I store it back in the camera bag in my pack. Hand cameras are more durable than you think. I use a fanny pack (“man purse”) when not carrying a backpack.

    I bought my G12 camera bag at “Second-Time-Around” for $2. They don’t have a web site. 🙂

  11. Jim April 1st, 2012 6:08 pm

    A Coaxsher Scout Radio Chest Pack with a string attached to the cam, shove it in the front pack which is rigged to clip to backpack straps. Pull it out, click, shove it back in. If cam goes into a pocket….uh, which pocket was it in?

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