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05/08/2018 09:43:09 PM · #1
I just bought the Amazon Basics medium camera bag. It's just a bit to small.

By time I put my
Nikon D3400 with a 55mm lens
300mm zoom
Extra batteries and charger
Extra filters
Cleaning supplies

Let's just say it's a tight squeeze

It works. I'll use it for now. I just have a feeling I'll outgrow it. Maybe I'll want to through my keys and wallet in there with a weeks worth of dirty laundry.

Ok, kidding about the laundry. You get my point.

Hey, I spent $15. Like I said, it'll work for now

Thanx

Steve
05/09/2018 08:38:20 AM · #2
Ha, careful... equipment expands to fit the space available in the bag, LOL. Next thing you know, you're toting a brick.
05/09/2018 08:40:44 AM · #3
Ha, I was thinking the same thing.
05/09/2018 08:47:41 AM · #4
Originally posted by kirbic:

Ha, careful... equipment expands to fit the space available in the bag, LOL. Next thing you know, you're toting a brick.

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05/09/2018 03:41:25 PM · #5
This may or may not help shoff, but maybe useful to someone. I've just been going through this whole camera gear bag ordeal. I have lots of stuff, but rarely need to carry all, or even most of it. I've had this Canon backpack for years and it has always, and continues to hold all my gear. Then I have this tamrac holster I've also had for quite a few years and use it all the time with my 6D and 24-105 f4L. But now I have a 70-200 2.8L that I carry around as well, so I was looking for a bag that fits the 6D Mark II with the 70-200 attached and also has room for the 24-105, but not a full size backpack. I wanted a holster or a sling type. I went through two other bags on Amazon that looked like they would work, but they were not able to do what I needed:

This CADeN Large Camera Sling Backpack Bag with Rain Cover was around $43...
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But it only opened from the sides and was limited and awkward in configuring it, and ultimately it didn't work for me. Returned to Amazon.

So I bought the Lowepro Flipside 300 DSLR Camera Backpack for $80...
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And found that it would not hold the 70-200 attached to the camera. Most of these bags were designed to store everything sideways, not lengthwise and the bags are hard divided lengthwise so not going to work. Holsters I looked at - a couple were good for the camera+long lens, but no ability to hold one additional lens.

After several hours of looking, reading reviews, etc. I found this AmazonBasics Sling Backpack for $22...
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And after messing around with the dividers, I was able to come up with a configuration that will hold the 6D+70-200 and is accessible (a little tight though) and also holds two lenses underneath it or one under and one in the top compartment or a speedlight and battery grip in the top. So you can pack it in pretty good, but best for just camera+long lens + one or two lenses and then filters, batteries, etc.
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Did I mention that it was $22?? :)

If I had to buy another full sized backpack, I would probably buy that Canon one again or one very similar.
05/09/2018 04:21:06 PM · #6
Thanks, Ken. I like the looks of the sling bag, and I cannot believe the price.
05/09/2018 05:08:49 PM · #7
Well dang! I don't even need a new bag and you convinced me! Ha!

Ordered. It will be here Friday. :D
05/09/2018 06:43:20 PM · #8
Oh this is just what I am after - thanks Ken
05/09/2018 10:11:40 PM · #9
Nice bag

I was considering this one

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PV0IEDY/ref=ox_sc_act_title_5?smid=A1WFSHX6J483SX&psc=1
05/09/2018 10:26:33 PM · #10
Originally posted by shoff:

Nice bag

I was considering this one

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PV0IEDY/ref=ox_sc_act_title_5?smid=A1WFSHX6J483SX&psc=1

I did look at that one, but interior max length is 10.2" and the 6D+70-200 needs almost 11". Other than that, that one does have a few more little pockets I think, but very similar otherwise.
05/09/2018 11:15:07 PM · #11
Both nice bags!

One thing to look at when buying a bag is whether or not it has a built-in rain cover, or one you can purchase. Weather resistant is not weather proof and if you're caught in a rainstorm during a hike...

Personally, I've got more bags than cameras.

My favorite personal-trip bag for my APS-C or smaller cameras is the Tamrac Velocity Sling Bag. It's nice and small, but fits my APS-C camera with a 10-24mm lens + an extra lens like the 18-200 Nikon or 18-135 Fuji, plus I often squeeze in a fisheye in the accessories pouch. My perfect kit. I have two of the larger Tamrac Velocity bags but they're too big for my liking, and once you are in a bigger bag, I prefer a sling backpack. None of these have a rain cover.

Which was my favorite bag - the Lowepro 350 AW DSLR Fastpack. Fits everything I like to carry either Full Frame Nikon D600 or APS-C (Nikon 7100 or Fuji XT series) and a ton of accessories. In fact, I can carry two Fuji's plus my all my main lenses.

However, last year I found backpack I don't have to remove from my back...it sounded like a silly idea at first, but it's ultra cool, as well as ultra expensive :(. I finally went for it and bought the pro version (not the kit). What's cool about it is that you release a buckle and a fanny pack slides out of the bag around your waist and then in front of you. It opens away from you and you have nice access to all your kit. There's no need to remove one of the straps of the backpack and sling the bag like my Lowepro. It's ultra cool. And both the backpack and fanny pack have rain covers, if you are walking with the fanny in the front. And it has a water bladder pocket in the main bag. Basically it has everything. Except it is a bit too heavy and big...they make smaller ones than the Pro version, but then the fanny holds less. I paid close to $400 for it. I must have been insane at the time, but camera equipment is expensive, and this pack will last forever. Right now I have my Fuji X-T20, the 16mm f/1.4 (which is large), the 18-135, the 10-24, the 55-200, and a 10mm fisheye in the fanny, plus four batteries and a card wallet. You can use the fanny by itself too, which I've done. But if I had to do it again, I might opt for the smaller Horizon ($259) or Panorama ($199). But those are expensive as well, and I believe the rain cover is extra. If I were rich, I'd buy all three!

Quite a contrast from your very usable inexpensive packs here!

I still use the LowePro and the Tamrac too, especially since the Mindshift is so big!

Message edited by author 2018-05-09 23:15:36.
05/11/2018 12:26:13 AM · #12
Take a look at some military style bags with the molle webbing system. You can add items to it via the web attachments to expand the functionality. With an appropriately sized padded insert, they work nicely, are not pricey, and aren't obviously holding an expensive camera. I just bought the following slingbag and accessories for my Micro 4/3 camera, though you would of course want something larger.

Slingbag
Padded camera insert
Molle attached water bottle holder

Message edited by author 2018-05-11 00:29:27.
05/11/2018 12:38:05 AM · #13
Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

This CADeN Large Camera Sling Backpack Bag with Rain Cover was around $43...
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But it only opened from the sides and was limited and awkward in configuring it, and ultimately it didn't work for me. Returned to Amazon.

I was looking at that one and really liked the design, but even the smallest model was way too much for my little Olympus. If they had something sized a bit smaller, i would have bought one.
05/11/2018 10:59:09 AM · #14
Just received the AmazonBasics Sling Backpack and it does indeed fit my Canon 5D Mark III and the 100-400mm lens. Plus 2 more lenses.

The camera and 100-400 lens feels a bit unprotected though compared to the other bag I use that just holds the camera and lens. Be useful though still. Thanks for the recommendation

05/11/2018 06:51:59 PM · #15
I got mine today, too!

And... I agree it's not protected in a massive degree... but it's certainly better than the price reflects!

I got a bargain! Thanks bunches, Ken!
05/11/2018 07:32:34 PM · #16
I put all of the padding that I didn't need as dividers on the bottom (as it lies on a countertop, not on your back) since they included more than I need for the main area to hold my 6D and 50-500mm "Bigma" and an extra lens. The side pocket holds another lens and some stuff like charger, etc.
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