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Quikdraw: Innovative Canon & Nikon DSLR Lens Management

Do you own a Canon or Nikon DSLR camera? Do you have more than one lens for it? If so, then you know what a juggling act it can be to switch lenses while on the go.

I have not yet dropped a lens during the process, but I have dropped my share of back lens caps. But that is just part of the problem. Having to carry a camera bag everywhere and swing it around every time you need to get a lens is time consuming, so you don’t want to change lenses unless absolutely necessary.

Of course, I could buy extra camera bodies to keep all the lenses mounted, but that just adds more weight to the gaggle of gear, not to mention the cost of having many cameras. Every time I see someone with multiple cameras swinging perilously, it makes me shiver.

Riley Kimball, engineer and photographer, has prototyped an innovative solution to the cumbersome, age old problem of carrying, managing and changing SLR lenses. He calls it the Quikdraw.

Quikdraw puts your lenses around your waist, utility belt style. It gives you direct access to several lenses at once, depending upon how many holders you put on the belt, and enables you to change them easily with one hand.

Twist the lens into the mount and flip it down to lock. (Credit: Riley Kimball)

Each lens holder has either a Canon or Nikon lens mount to securely hold onto the lens. After rotating the lens into the mount, in the same fashion as on the camera body, you simply let it flip down. In this position the mounting mechanism is locked so that the lens can not accidentally come loose.

As an amateur travel and nature photographer, Quikdraw finally gives me a convenient, mobile and secure way to carry my lenses and quickly switch to the best one for the shot I want. So, of course, I jumped on the Kickstarter project to get it.

One concern I have about the Quikdraw, though, is the protection of the lenses. They will be completely exposed to being bumped and scraped since they are just hanging around your waist rather than tucked away in a padded bag. A worthy tradeoff for speed and convenience. Just be a little extra careful until you get used to the lenses being out in the open.

If you want to get your Quikdraw on, you can back the project until September 16, 2012. Riley’s funding goal to begin production is US $100,000 and he is getting close at over $82,000 as of this writing. Be sure to select the correct lens mount type, Canon or Nikon, when pledging.

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