Choosing Photo Vests and Jackets
Photographers use photo vests and jackets to keep their hands free while carrying equipment during long shoots. Photography apparel can also carry personal items such as cell phones or money, so that you don't need to carry a bag.
Benefits of Photographers Vests
Putting photo equipment in a vest instead of a bag works well for landscape and travel photographers who need to have their equipment on hand. Camera vests can hold cleaning wipes, light meters, and IDs such as licenses or passports. The pockets vary in size, so you can store everything from a DSLR camera to shoe mount and 1/4-20" adapters. Vests also help distribute weight evenly across your body, for a more comfortable fit. Organize all your gear, such as filter kits, mini tripods, and helmet mounts, so that you can find them easier. Additional items, such as memory card cases, get further protection from damage when stored in photo vests and jackets.
Types of Photographer Apparel
Ranger vests, also called safari vests, can have over twenty pockets, while combat vests generally have around fourteen; both of which you can wear to hold your photo gear. Depending on the vest you choose, it may have zippered, single-snap, or Velcro pocket closures. Choose a vest with zippered pockets to protect sensitive items, such as lens filters, from falling out. To conveniently transport cameras, you can attach a camera jacket to a vest using durable nylon straps. Jackets protect your equipment from dust and moisture, and they hold larger items that don't fit in vest pockets. Other accessories, such as photography gloves with fold-back mittens, allow you to keep your hands warm while still securely gripping your camera.
B&H Photo and Video carries photographer jackets and vests to make carrying equipment and accessories easier. Additionally, feel free to browse the wide selection of other apparel and collectibles to enhance your equipment and photography experience.