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Clik EliteBodyLink Telephoto Pack (Clik Gray)
 
4.7

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable strap (9)
  • Durable (9)
  • Compact (7)
  • Good protection (7)
  • Lightweight (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Travel (9)
  • Daily transport (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (6), Pro photographer (4), Semi-pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

There's Room for Improvement

I needed a camera case for long hikes that would allow me to store a camera with a 70-200 zoom attached and give me quick and easy access to the camera. The Clik...Read complete review

I needed a camera case for long hikes that would allow me to store a camera with a 70-200 zoom attached and give me quick and easy access to the camera. The Clik Elite Bodylink seems to be that case. It is well constructed, has a hood to keep the pack dry in case of rain and a well padded body harness. It even has a bar for attaching a camera as an alternative to a monopod. But there is room for improvement.

According the the shape of the case and the accompanying photos, one is to put the camera with the lens pointing downward in the case. If this is done, the entire 8 pound weight of camera and lens sit on the tip of the lens. I don't know if Clik Elite has done extensive testing to ensure that there is no impact on the equipment while trouncing around in the forest, and in the absence of that, I don't get a good feeling about all that pressure being placed on the tip of the lens alone. There should have been horizontal supports around the body of the camera to distribute the weight more evenly. I put the lens pointing up in the case.

Another place for improvement is when opening the main compartment, the case flops down for access to the camera as can been seen the the BH photos. Removing the camera entails pulling the camera out of the case with one hand and then juggling the camera to zip up 3 sides of the case. This is simply no where near as convenient as a top loading case where I don't even have to care if the case is zipped up or not. This case can be made much more versatile by putting a zipper opening where the seam is sewn at the top.

An alternative that I see to this pack is the Lowepro Top Loader Pro 75 AW Camera Bag with a separate Lowepro Chest Harness for Topload Zoom Bags.The major complaint about the Lowepro Chest Harness is that the straps are not padded and are uncomfortable for long hikes. The top loading Lowepro is much more convenient for taking pictures on the go, whereas the Clik Elite is more about taking pictures at the destination, or for slow meandering photo walks. Its definitely not for snow boarders.

Another improvement that could be made to the case is the camera attachment bolt on the bar. It is fixed, so a tripod head is needed before a camera can be attached. If this bolt was attached to a thumb wheel, a tripod head would be optional. There are nice features to this case and could be deserving of five stars, but for the short comings, I'll have to give it four.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not bad, Not a tripod

I was surprised that I could put a Nikon V2 with a mounted FT1 adapter, TC 1.4, and a 300mm/f4 in the bag. Tight fit, but it worked. I had to...Read complete review

I was surprised that I could put a Nikon V2 with a mounted FT1 adapter, TC 1.4, and a 300mm/f4 in the bag. Tight fit, but it worked. I had to buy a 1/4" to 3/8" adapter for it, and I had to find a strap to keep it at the right angle/distance from my face. I tried the Clik on a windy day at the beach and I could not hold it still enough. It was better when I wedged my monopod into the sand for a make-shift tripod. It's probably better than using a monopod by itself... perhaps.

This bag would probably be better for a smaller kit. A long lens takes up the whole bag and the bag doesn't provide the stability I was hoping for.

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5.0

Nothing else like it !!! Shame it's gone.

By MedicineMan4040

from Roan Mountain,TN

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy to Use
  • Ingenius

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about BodyLink Telephoto Pack (Black):

    5 stars for ingenuity. There is simply nothing else like this on the market. I purchased it primarily for my mFTs kit and though the main compartment is small it swallows a Lumix GX8 and 4-5 lenses easily.
    The surprise (and a happy one at that) is that it also easily accommodates my 7D mk II + 100-400ii. The 7Dii and the 100-400ii is not a super heavy combo but after holding it a while even it becomes weighty. Enter the bar and mount system. I actually will carry the weight of the camera + lens to the hips!! Not that is golden.
    Agreed it is not a system of quick access while one the move, moreso one for when you get to the venue.
    speaking of the bar system. I goes completely around the bag=big protection in case the errant force happens to strike along the bar. If it strikes anywhere else then you have the protection of a normal camera bag, well a normal camera bag that is well padded.
    The accessory pockets are small. Too small in my opinion but this is subjective and does keep the overall size down and more sleek.
    Shoulder straps are comfortable as is the waist belt, and the waist belt as mentioned above can transfer the weight of the camera. I wouldn't put a 500mm lens set up on the bar (via a ball head you supply) but the bar is strong enough to hold it.
    Add-ons. I just received some Clik-Elite accessory pockets. I chose a medium and a large and the large will be perfect for changing out lenses in the field-acting as a second set of hands. Speaking of, depending on the size of your camera+lens combo you can also pull it out of the main compartment and put it lens down into the large accessory pocket, then zip of the main compartment.
    Main compartment as bucket. The design allows you to open the main compartment as pictured. It tumbles down but side support nylon prevents it from going vertical (as exemplified by the images of the product but they also keep items from falling out of the pack=fantastic!
    Color=10 stars. Very earthy/organic/low key.
    Product which works great with this pack is the LensCoat Lenshide.
    Wish list. I wish there was an additional pop on bar that would turn the Clik-Elite Bodylink into a true tripod.
    Well you can tell I'm smitten with this piece of kit. For ingenuity alone it gets my highest praise. Perfect? No but what is. The zippers could be tweeked a bit to prevent snagging but I've learned not to help the pack into position but just pull against the resistance of the zippers when closing the pack-when you do it that way it doesn't snag. Size? I wish they'd offered a larger model for even more kit....my back wouldn't thank me but we all want more lenses with us.
    I do think I got one of the last Bodylinks available and paid dearly for it but I have no regrets.

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    5.0

    Great alternative to carrying a tripod

    By ANH

    from Colorado

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable Strap
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Good Protection
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about BodyLink Telephoto Pack (Black):

      I purchased this item to take with me on a road trip. It is small but holds my Sony a7 with a grip and a 70-300mm lens with adaptor. I had to stuff a small towel at the bottom of the bag since the lens is short. Larger DSLR lenses should fit fine. I have a ballheld attached to the tripod plate. The height is adjustable and easy to use. The top has a place for batteries and SD cards. There is also a pocket for filters, small wallet or whatever. When I am not shooting I place it on my back like a normal backpack.

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      3.0

      Not bad, Not a tripod

      By Jpaul

      from Hawaii

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Travel

        Comments about BodyLink Telephoto Pack (Clik Gray):

        I was surprised that I could put a Nikon V2 with a mounted FT1 adapter, TC 1.4, and a 300mm/f4 in the bag. Tight fit, but it worked. I had to buy a 1/4" to 3/8" adapter for it, and I had to find a strap to keep it at the right angle/distance from my face. I tried the Clik on a windy day at the beach and I could not hold it still enough. It was better when I wedged my monopod into the sand for a make-shift tripod. It's probably better than using a monopod by itself... perhaps.

        This bag would probably be better for a smaller kit. A long lens takes up the whole bag and the bag doesn't provide the stability I was hoping for.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great Pack

        By Mike

        from Big Pine, Ca

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about BodyLink Telephoto Pack (Clik Gray):

          Fit a Nikon D200 with 80-400mm and Battery Pack plus a 18-70mm.

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          • Yes

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          5.0

          Outstanding and functional

          By E-climber

          from North Dakota

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about BodyLink Telephoto Pack (Black):

          I love the BodyLink Telephoto pack I recently purchased. It has proven to be very functional. As a back pack, it is lightweight and rides well balanced. As a front pack it is easy to access equipment. The steadiness of the built in mount depends upon the steadiness of the wearer and with a little practice and some minor adjustments to the straps, I've found that it is better then carrying a tripod or monopod. The ease of adjusting the straps and the ability to extend the mount as little or as much as needed has allowed others to utilize this pack efficiently. Many have asked me where they could get one. The only criticism I have is that the top zipper pouch is really useless. Tough to access small items. I've stopped packing accessories in it and have utilized the other storage pouches instead.

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          4.0

          There's Room for Improvement

          By Light Garden

          from Toronto

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Almost hands free use
          • Durable
          • Nice features

          Cons

          • Needs more support
          • Needs tripod head
          • Slow access to camera

          Best Uses

            Comments about BodyLink Telephoto Pack (Black):

            I needed a camera case for long hikes that would allow me to store a camera with a 70-200 zoom attached and give me quick and easy access to the camera. The Clik Elite Bodylink seems to be that case. It is well constructed, has a hood to keep the pack dry in case of rain and a well padded body harness. It even has a bar for attaching a camera as an alternative to a monopod. But there is room for improvement.

            According the the shape of the case and the accompanying photos, one is to put the camera with the lens pointing downward in the case. If this is done, the entire 8 pound weight of camera and lens sit on the tip of the lens. I don't know if Clik Elite has done extensive testing to ensure that there is no impact on the equipment while trouncing around in the forest, and in the absence of that, I don't get a good feeling about all that pressure being placed on the tip of the lens alone. There should have been horizontal supports around the body of the camera to distribute the weight more evenly. I put the lens pointing up in the case.

            Another place for improvement is when opening the main compartment, the case flops down for access to the camera as can been seen the the BH photos. Removing the camera entails pulling the camera out of the case with one hand and then juggling the camera to zip up 3 sides of the case. This is simply no where near as convenient as a top loading case where I don't even have to care if the case is zipped up or not. This case can be made much more versatile by putting a zipper opening where the seam is sewn at the top.

            An alternative that I see to this pack is the Lowepro Top Loader Pro 75 AW Camera Bag with a separate Lowepro Chest Harness for Topload Zoom Bags.The major complaint about the Lowepro Chest Harness is that the straps are not padded and are uncomfortable for long hikes. The top loading Lowepro is much more convenient for taking pictures on the go, whereas the Clik Elite is more about taking pictures at the destination, or for slow meandering photo walks. Its definitely not for snow boarders.

            Another improvement that could be made to the case is the camera attachment bolt on the bar. It is fixed, so a tripod head is needed before a camera can be attached. If this bolt was attached to a thumb wheel, a tripod head would be optional. There are nice features to this case and could be deserving of five stars, but for the short comings, I'll have to give it four.

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            4.0

            Sturdy construction - Does exactly what

            By Dsulvett

            from Southern NJ

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable Strap
            • Durable
            • Good Protection
            • Sturdy

            Cons

            • Not Enough Pocket Room

            Best Uses

            • On the go shooting

            Comments about BodyLink Telephoto Pack (Black):

            I use the product to shoot my sons soccer games. I have a large 400mm lens and this bag certainly keeps the camera stable so there is no need for a tripod. It also allows me to shoot multiple frames with no blur.

            The only thing I wish the bag had was another pocket for a standard lens.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Unique product

            By Getman

            from Almaty, Kazakhstan

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable Strap
            • Compact
            • Good Protection

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Daily Transport
              • Travel

              Comments about BodyLink Telephoto Pack (Black):

              If you're reading this, you probably understand just how great the idea is. I believe this is going to be on me most of the time I'm awake =)
              The bag accomodates a pro body with 70-200/2.8 on and basically nothing more. There are two spacers in case you want to carry a shorter lens along with some other stuff. There are also two pockets, one suits batteries and filters, the other can let in a smartphone.
              The angle of the frame incline is fairly tough to adjust (friction elements), I expect it to get easier over time.
              Note that the bolt on the frame clamp is 1/4", so I needed a 1/4" to 3/8" adapter to mount a Manfrotto ball head.
              Fits very comfortably and tightly both on the back and on the front. I have tried cycling with the bag on the front - works well if torso is long enough (I am 183cm tall) - not sure for shorter cyclers.
              There is a rain cover hidden in a pocket at the bottom. The bag is very high quality, semi-hard construction and good padding.

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              5.0

              BodyLink Telephoto Pack

              By Ragai

              from Montreal, Canada

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable Strap
              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Good Protection
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Transport
                • Storage
                • Travel

                Comments about BodyLink Telephoto Pack (Black):

                I use the product mainly to mount my camera on it
                and it is great since I don't need a tripod any more
                Plus it has enough space to store my camera and Accessories.

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                • No

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                5.0

                "I would buy this product again

                By danypla

                from miami fl

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about BodyLink Telephoto Pack (Black):

                very good product

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great bang for your buck

                By brightside11

                from NY

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Adjustable Harness
                • Comfortable
                • Easily Accessible Equipment
                • Roomy
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Protecting Gear
                  • Storing Gear
                  • Transporting Gear

                  Comments about BodyLink Telephoto Pack (Clik Gray):

                  it can carry a lot of things for a small bag.
                  DSLR with lens attached longest lens attached 9 inches. along with flash, and or a smaller lens.
                  it's comfortable, adjustable, stabilizes the camera for a tri-pod like shot.
                  The stabilzation bar is removable, making it a great bag just for carry your camera.
                  I haven't found a downside to the bag.

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                  5.0

                  Great Pack, Great Idea, Best Price, B&H

                  By Steviep

                  from Colorado

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable Strap
                  • Durable
                  • Good Protection
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel

                    Comments about BodyLink Telephoto Pack (Black):

                    Pack is very well built with great detail to ingenuity and craftsmen ship. The concept behind the camera bag and tripod is something that is going to make shooting video with DLSR even better then ever and more affordable then ever. This company is making packs that are cutting edge and have new ideas to do stuff easer and better. This pack has the ability to help people with limited hand function.

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                    5.0

                    great for places that wont allow tripods

                    By rustyfazul

                    from ny

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable Strap

                    Cons

                    • Not Enough Pocket Room
                    • Too Small

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel

                    Comments about BodyLink Telephoto Pack (Black):

                    places that will not allow tripods

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great for Photowalk and Hiking

                    By Gerry

                    from New York, NY

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable Strap
                    • Compact
                    • Good Protection
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Too Small

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Transport
                    • Hiking
                    • Photowalk

                    Comments about BodyLink Telephoto Pack (Black):

                    Great for hiking and for photowalk around the city. It's a little tight inside but love the little pockets outside for accessories. Love the the camera attachment, it saves me from bringing along my monopod. When your not using the camera link you can carry it just like a small backpack.

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                    5.0

                    impressive construction

                    By Roger

                    from Arlington, VA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable Strap
                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Good Protection
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Travel

                      Comments about BodyLink Telephoto Pack (Clik Gray):

                      I ordered this pack to photograph on the Washington, DC National Mall, where tripod/monopod use is not permitted. Still not experienced with it, but I'm impressed with the construction and design of this item. Seam sealing, hardware, materials used are all first class. It's the first product I've bought from this manufacturer, but I can tell, it won't be the last.

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                      4.0

                      Excellent for telephoto and video

                      By Howephoto.us

                      from southern Utah

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable Strap
                      • Telephoto and video pans
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Action shooting
                        • Daily Transport
                        • Event telephoto use
                        • Panning

                        Comments about BodyLink Telephoto Pack (Black):

                        Very unique product that works well in conjunction with a small ball head. You can carry a pro SLR with large telephoto (think 70-200 f2.8), or an SLR with smaller lenses and a separate camcorder. This pack carries well in backpack style, then reverses to form a chest pack with camera-holding frame. Adjust the retractable frame to hold the eyepiece at eye level, and you can effortlessly hold telephotos for long periods, and follow action with SLR or camcorder by twisting your torso. Call it a combination backpack/steadicam. There is an extensive review of this pack, with photos, on my blog. If interested, see [@]. Highly recommended. No other product like it currently on the market. The only reason I gave it four stars is because overall it's a bit bulky, and probably too specialized for amateur snapshooters. But the bulk is more a fault of the camera gear than this pack. It's a pretty awesome rig if it suits your shooting needs.

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