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01/21/2007 06:41:16 PM · #1
I would like to know if there's any recommands for a DSLR camera bag.
I need enough room for a D200 (with the vertical grip and lens attached) 2 other lenses a flash, all my other acceries (i.e. memory cards, gray card, batteries, etc...) and maybe a book or two.

Thanks
01/21/2007 06:42:01 PM · #2
the lowepro mini trekker is really nice

Message edited by author 2007-01-21 18:42:12.
01/21/2007 07:04:26 PM · #3
I have the Kata R103. It is a great bag - comes with all sorts of features - is very sturdy and holds my N70, 3 lens, filters, batteries and my laptop. In addition it has rain hood and an attachment for a tripod.
01/21/2007 07:13:17 PM · #4
Tamrac adventure series. Looks like a backpack, but top half flips back to reveal camera gear stored in lower half, similar to a rectangular camera bag. I've got the 7 which has plenty of room for camera and lens + 3 additional lenses, bateries, memory cards, filters etc.. Perfect day pack size, and easy access to gear, though you do have to remove the pack to get at it. The 9 is a bit bigger if you carry more gear.
01/21/2007 07:16:28 PM · #5
Need links peeps - I am also in the market for a good bag.
01/21/2007 07:17:09 PM · #6
Originally posted by megapix:

Tamrac adventure series. Looks like a backpack, but top half flips back to reveal camera gear stored in lower half, similar to a rectangular camera bag. I've got the 7 which has plenty of room for camera and lens + 3 additional lenses, bateries, memory cards, filters etc.. Perfect day pack size, and easy access to gear, though you do have to remove the pack to get at it. The 9 is a bit bigger if you carry more gear.


I'm thinking about getting one for myself.

Tamrac 5547
01/21/2007 07:18:21 PM · #7
I bought this one based on recommendations from folks here. It holds my 30D with grip, flash, 4 extra lenses and all the crap. Good bag.
01/21/2007 07:24:54 PM · #8
Originally posted by Marc923:



I'm thinking about getting one for myself.

Tamrac 5547


That's the one I have. Love it. Doesn't look like a camera bag, so no one know you're carting around a load of expensive stuff.
01/21/2007 07:53:44 PM · #9
Keep in mind that any bag that gets carried like a backpack is practically impossible to access without removing it and setting it down. That works great in some instances, but if you are standing in a muddy field, or knee deep in a swamp, it can be problematic.
01/21/2007 07:59:40 PM · #10
I bought some bag inserts and I can configure it anyway I need and just put it into any backpack, messenger bag, etc that I plan on bringing. This is the most flexible since every place you shoot requires a different size bag.

Museum - smaller bags as they don't like folks wearing backpacks.
Hiking - bag that can accomadate tripod, water bottles.
City - messenger style bag, doesn't look like a camera bag, but still able to wipe out the camera quick.

So with the insert I can use a different bag depending on situation. The inserts seem harder to find in the U.S. I guess because they want you to buy the whole bag instead of just the inserts. Some places carry the domke ones but they are a lot more then I paid for them while in Japan.

Message edited by author 2007-01-21 20:07:49.
01/21/2007 08:05:17 PM · #11
Sad man here, I have the Lowepro Photo Trekker AW II for serious fotog trips, the Lowepro Slingshot 200AW for short trips when I know what I need to take and 2 old Billingham bags when I'm not walking too far. I managed to hike 10 miles with the Photo Trekker AW II but suffered badly, it takes almost all my gear.

01/21/2007 08:07:26 PM · #12
Originally posted by megapix:

Originally posted by Marc923:



I'm thinking about getting one for myself.

Tamrac 5547


That's the one I have. Love it. Doesn't look like a camera bag, so no one know you're carting around a load of expensive stuff.


It looks a little awkward to get gear in and out of. Those of you with this, how do you find it when out and about?
01/21/2007 08:17:27 PM · #13
Don't ask me. I put my camera inside my computer bag. Made by those tricky Swiss Army Knife guys
01/21/2007 08:26:07 PM · #14
Originally posted by Nuzzer:



It looks a little awkward to get gear in and out of. Those of you with this, how do you find it when out and about?


I like it because it is compact, lightweight and carries most gear for walk arounds. As indicated in my earlier post and others, you do have to take it off to get at gear, but that's not a problem for me because I usually carry the camera in my hand or around my neck, so only need to get at main pouch when I want to change lenses. I like that gear is stored upright, so no risk of something falling out when you open the pack to get at it. Having a separate compartment for other stuff (windbreaker, food) or more frequently used gear (flashes, etc) helps keep expensive camera gear away from the elements. That said, it IS going to be tough to get at when you're standing in a swamp; for that, you probably want a slingshot style bag.
01/21/2007 08:31:52 PM · #15
Rotation 360 by ThinkTank seems like a good hybrid between backpack and belt bag. Easy to access lenses without taking the whole bag off.
01/21/2007 08:36:33 PM · #16
Kata R-103

Here is the link to the Kata R103 - a little expensive but completely worth it
01/22/2007 05:36:28 AM · #17
I have the 7 Million Dollar Home bag from crumpler and it fits my camera with battery grip and lens attached, my speedlight, 2 lenses, and various stuff with tonnes of room to spare. It's a messenger style bag so it doesn't look like a camera bag and I don't have to take it off when getting access to it.
01/22/2007 06:32:32 AM · #18
Originally posted by Foolish Ice:

I have the 7 Million Dollar Home bag from crumpler and it fits my camera with battery grip and lens attached, my speedlight, 2 lenses, and various stuff with tonnes of room to spare. It's a messenger style bag so it doesn't look like a camera bag and I don't have to take it off when getting access to it.

thats the one I've got my eye on - I like having an over the shoulder camera bag, it's much more convenient than having gear stuck on your back, but then again its not really practical for carrying lots of gear all day long.
I was having a family picnic in Melbourne a few weeks ago and about 15 wedding parties went past on their way to a popular photo spot - and I reckon about 2/3rds of the photogs had crumpler 7 million dollar homes
01/22/2007 08:41:30 AM · #19
I have the Tamrac Expedition 7 and I love it:
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I tried on quite a few, and this was by far the most comfortable, and excellent on day hikes. The Expedition 5 is also nice if you don't need something quite this big, and the 8 is HUGE! The optional large side pockets are worthwhile too, I put my Turbo Battery and cords in one (not while hiking), and the 580/Lightsphere in the other. The little wing pockets on the front are great for small items so you don't have to open the whole bag. Holds a tripod nice and sturdy too.
01/22/2007 09:57:34 AM · #20
I have the Tamrac Expedition 8 and love it. Holds everything and easy to carry.
Saved $35.00 over camera shop by buying from Amazon.
01/22/2007 10:00:54 AM · #21
Originally posted by pccjrose:

Kata R-103

Here is the link to the Kata R103 - a little expensive but completely worth it


this is the one i have, and i love it. especially for taking lots of gear on a hike. very comfortable.

i would like a shoulder bag to carry less gear on shorter trips, though, so i'll probably get the w-92 waist pack to add to it...
01/22/2007 10:03:25 AM · #22
I have a Crumpler Talle and I just love the bag

Also this website is great for checking out camera bags, lots of pictures with reviews
http://www.cambags.com/
01/22/2007 10:40:39 AM · #23
Tamrac 5258, holds my 7D, 50mm, 15-30, 28-75, 70-20, flash, batteries, etc with plenty of room to spare as well as a slot that can hold a laptop as big as an Apple 17" Powerbook.

Message edited by author 2007-01-22 10:42:36.
01/22/2007 11:19:31 AM · #24
Originally posted by kudzu:

Originally posted by pccjrose:

Kata R-103

Here is the link to the Kata R103 - a little expensive but completely worth it


this is the one i have, and i love it. especially for taking lots of gear on a hike. very comfortable.

i would like a shoulder bag to carry less gear on shorter trips, though, so i'll probably get the w-92 waist pack to add to it...


I also have the Kata R103. It's great, especially with the tiny pouch in the back for a small laptop.

Since I travel for work quite a bit, I thought I should have a messenger style bag too, because when I travel I have to carry my work computer (too large for the Kata) with a bunch of work stuff. So I bought a Crumpler Daily XL, but I'm not too crazy about it. The velcro is unbelievably noisy and the bag is quite awkward getting into, especially compared to the Kata.
01/22/2007 12:58:13 PM · #25
I have a LowePro Mini Trekker Classic.
All my gear fits in there, even when the longest lens is mounted on the body. There's even room for one extra lens. Flash, charger, books, raincap etc can be stuffed in one of the two front pockets. Comfortable quality bag.

But....

Now I wish I had spent a bit (two bits, no make that three bits) extra on one of the LowePro Dryzone bags. Never ever to worry about the elements. If you want to you can drag that bag behind you when you swim across a river.


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