Is the ATM Camera Shack with magnetic catch just the bees knees for carrying a Micro Four-Thirds or mirrorless or DSLR camera on your bike? Well it might be. So far so good for me with my bikepacking Salsa Mukluk and my currently preferred bikepacking camera kit, an Olympus E-M5 Mark II with a Olympus M.Zuiko 14-150mm F4.0-5.6 I. I have the Camera Shack mounted to the right of the stem on my Jones H-Bar as you can see above.
One negative with this step-up is that you lose some handle-bar real estate and in my case I had to remove a Revelate Designs Mountain Feedbag to make way for the Camera Shack. Not a big issue as I was previously sort of squeezing my camera into a Alpkit Fuel Pod so now that is freed up space which can replace the loss of the Mountain Feedbag. Maybe not as handy as the Mountain Feedbag but I can live with that in exchange for a decent way to carry and protect my camera.
I have a small-sized ATM Camera Shack which works fine for my Olympus E-M5 Mark II plus Olympus M.Zuiko 14-150mm F4.0-5.6 I combination, however my second camera and largest lens is an Olympus E-M1 and an Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO is not such a great fit. The lens does have the lens hood on it but I don’t think this really makes much difference as the camera body itself is a tight fit. Adding into the mix a Peak Designs Slide Lite and whilst it just fits the ease of accessing the camera and putting it back is just not there. The larger sized Camera Shack would probably be a better choice for the E-MI.
I want my camera easily accessible; the Camera Shack with the magnetic catch in combination with my Olympus E-M5 Mark II ticks that box. Also on the positive side I have no issues with my knees hitting the Camera Shack when standing-up (or sitting down) and there is no noticeable pull to the right with the camera onboard.
There was one other small negative for me and that was I had to shift the mounting of my Garmin Edge 1030 from the stem as it was a pain trying to mount the Edge 1030 with the Camera Shack right alongside as you can see in the photo. My solution was to fit a F3 Cycling Form Mount. The Form Mount overcomes the difficult of finding an out-front mount for the Garmin Edge that fits smaller diameter handlebars.
If you have experience with the ATM Camera Shack, other ways of carrying your camera on your bike or have a comment or question please comment below.