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    Woops, forgot to mention my bag solution!
    I like to use a Timbuk2 classic messenger bag with a camera case insert. Works beautifully and quickly, never had a single issue. Plus, it doesn't look like a camera bag.
    Everybody has a photographic memory, some just don't have film.
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    You can accomplish what you're looking to do with any bag that has lens dividers. The ideal situation is to have hoods on the lenses, put them in slots front down, especially with hoods, the front element won't contact anything. Use rear caps, or not, it's usually fast enough to twist off the cap as you grab the lens. Work with the bag unzipped or latched, if you have the bag top down most of the time, the rear of the lenses will be fine unless you're working in very dusty conditions. And if that's the situation, you may not want to be chaning lenses anyway.
    When things slow down enough, put the rear caps on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LiamG View Post
    If you really need this feature, at the exclusion of much else, I think the best way to go is something like ThinkTank's belt system (http://www.thinktankphoto.com/catego...s-pouches.aspx). The trade-offs are pretty obvious- it's not really a camera bag anymore, you will look like a sports photographer, and there is always some risk with a system like this.

    I try to do multiple bodies to avoid lens changes, but that isn't always a possibility.
    Well I was going to say something similar as most of the time I carry two cameras. But I'm sure the best solution is this:-

    http://i47.tinypic.com/2u7uid4.jpg

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    I'm leaning towards the Think Tank, but I'm still not sure if the Neoprene will conform and fit the lenses (especially the smaller ones) better. I guess i could use the Think tank with an insert to hold smaller lenses, but then the question is, how easy is it to shoot with it on and forget your hauling around other lenses?
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    Actually, I'm giving strong consideration to the Retrospective 30 by think tank... The lens changer is great but it is very one-purposed. With the right configuration of the dividers, I could essentially do the same thing, but have a more useful bag...
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    Quick Change Lens Bag?

    I have a couple of Think Tank Urban Disguise bags, and they are very practical and well made, and quick to work out of. The traditional Domke is also a very practical working bag with inserts chosen for your setup.
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    Consider a chalk bag(without chalk) used by rock climbers. They're roomy and can be adapted to a belt.
    Stay away from the funny fur lined one, they shed.
    Heavily sedated for your protection.

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    I might have found a $12 soloution. At the hardware store they have carpenters pouches (like $20 and suede) or for around $12 they have a cloth one. The cloth is a little rough but has no rivets like the leather and a few trips through the wash might fix that. Uv filter on the lens and rear cap in the respective pouch dividers waiting... Seems like fast access. It's called a finishing pouch, I'll give it a try. And I have a retrospective 30 on the way
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    I use(d) a Crumpler messenger bag for this purpose, specifically the Seven Million Dollar Home, though you can get smaller ones of course and less garish colours. Holds a 35mm body with grip and medium-sized (24-70/2.8) lens nose-down plus 4-5 other lenses or flashes separated by dividers. Can even fit a 300/4 laying across the top.

    Beware carrying a heavy messenger bag for extended periods of time though; the asymmetric load on your shoulders will do your back in.

    My 4x5 kit (Toyo 45A and ~10 holders with lenses resting on top) now lives in that bag.

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    Whatever bag you choose the secret of doing quick lens changes on the run is practice, practice, practice.
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