Sweet glass and a nice camera usually have meant heavy and not light weight. But I smartened up and got myself a Fujifilm X-E2 mirorless camera with a Zeiss 2.8/12mm (18mm full frame equivalent) to do just that. I use a B-Grip EVO Camera Belt Grip with a B-Grip Travel kit and quick release adapter to attach the camera to my Ultimate Direction Scott Jurek hydration vest.
I can not only hike, but run on quite technical trails at a good clip, bounce free without looking super weird and nerdy. Just slightly nerdy, which I am OK with.
So first with the straight poop on the vest. It is a super light weight one with every possible consideration having gone into keeping it light. I did make a few modifications to make it work but they were minimal.
One of the reasons I got this vest is so when I am running long, I can easily put 4 of my home made sweet potato-beet gels in each bottle pouch and squeeze them out as I go. Besides, with the camera set up I am with out one bottle anyway.
As you can see in this photo and the next, I twisted the camera a little inboard to avoid the lens hood from hitting the extra elastic buckle I put on there. Where did the starboard side bottle pouch go you ask? It is squashed nicely beneath the B-Grip thingum.
The Fujifilm X-E2 has a decent electronic view finder (EVF), takes 30MB, 16 megapixel RAW images and shoots up to 7 frames per second (and really does). This is essential in any camera shooting fast moving, endurance chumps and gals as they are always drooling or drooping their eyelids and this ensures that at least a few pictures are usable. I use a plastic shower cap to put over it when it rains. I also run without the lens cap on for quicker shooting action.
I got the 2.8/12mm (18mm in 35mm equivalent) prime lens to go with it instead of the wider f4/10-24mm Fuji lens because it it lighter, and faster with a wider aperture. You can never go wrong with Zeiss optics either. Here is an in depth review of the Fujifilm X-E2.
The first time I used it I ran 25k on the Fundy Footpath with Tim Barry on his Epic 135km Fundy Trek run on October 4th.