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02/08/2005 10:25:52 AM · #1
If you could design the perfect camera bag what qualities would you incorporate in it? A friend of mine designs bags for the medical field, I've approched him about making up camera bags so I'm trying to get an idea of what it should have...all suggestions will be considered.
02/08/2005 10:47:55 AM · #2
Extremely spacious on the inside and extremely compact on the outside. ;)

I have the lowepro off-trail 1 (or is it 2, the larger one) and I like the fact that I can wear it as a side pack/fanny pack and take the camera in and out and reach accessories without removing it, and it fits my dSLR with my 70-200mm lens mounted. But it's still too big on the outside, a bit awkward to walk with. And the side lens pockets fit the 70-200mm when not mounted, but not the lens hood. So the lens hood for that lens is always in the bottom of the main compartment, where it gets pulled out by accident when I take the camera out (and once when I did this it fell done a rivine 50 feet!).

Also, it doesn't have any hooks for my tripod or monopod.

For my nonSLR cameras, I have a nice case logic fanny pack/shoulder bag, and a nice eagle creek one, and the latter also works well when I only have one lens on the SLR to carry. These work out much better for hikes etc.

So for me, like I said, small on the outside and big on the inside! ;)
02/08/2005 10:48:53 AM · #3
Originally posted by daveit:

If you could design the perfect camera bag what qualities would you incorporate in it? A friend of mine designs bags for the medical field, I've approched him about making up camera bags so I'm trying to get an idea of what it should have...all suggestions will be considered.


One that conveniently holds and protects all the bodies, lenses and acsesories I want with me on any particular day.
02/08/2005 10:51:55 AM · #4
It should have some anti-grav hover capability so heavy camera equipment feels like it weighs nothing.

It should be made of a cut proof, blast proof, hack proof material with a biometric security system so that theives can't steal your equipment.

It should have a built in dust removal system that not only keeps the contents of the bag dust free but actually cleans any dusty camera equipment that one puts in.

It should have a built in battery charger, redundant data storage, and should massage my back and neck as I wear it.

Oh... and it should be available in a variety of fashion colors that I can choose with a press of a button.

There you have it... now get crackin'.

02/08/2005 11:00:05 AM · #5
On top of any functionality and bells and whistles out there, have your friend design some for the fairer sex... in terms of size, weight, and COLOR! I know I can't be the only girl out there who would like to have a bag that works AND is cute too! ;o)
02/08/2005 11:03:54 AM · #6
1) Ability to Carry Camera with one Lens 70-200mm its fairly long.
2) Carry about 5 more lens
3) Carry External Flash
4) Tripod clips/hooks
5) Easy Access without removing from side or back.

I have a backpack but I have to remove the back to get to anything. It sucks sometimes as space might be limited. I shoulder harnes style with belt holster might be some thought. the lens and everything else on a belt system and the camera on a shoulder harness so its easy to get to.
02/08/2005 11:08:10 AM · #7
My 70-200 lens hood doesn't fit in my bag at all once I put in my other gear. And neither does my flash - and it's a BIG bag....basically it just doesn't comfortably fit ANY of my gear. Wish I'd known that before paying $150 for it. A few inches deeper should solve some problems.

The main thing with bags is protection. If I slip and drop my bag I'd like to know that not every piece of equipment will be smashed to bits - well, actually, I'd hope that NONE of it would be.

Edit: oooooh and I'd like it to be cute also! Mine's black and is probably one of the nicest bags I've seen, but it's not exactly "girly".

Message edited by author 2005-02-08 11:09:57.
02/08/2005 11:08:14 AM · #8
I think the LowePro Rovers are pretty close to my ultimate bag. I'm waiting for my local shop to get one in stock for me right now. Here's what I like about it:

(1) Highly modular. I can add external pouches, waterbottle holders, etc. If I were designing a bag I would probably make it compatible with the military MOLLE system which has hundreds of tactical attachments, or compatible with the LowePro accessories.

(2) Easy conversion of one section to allow for either segmented + padded lens storage or day hike gear. When I'm out all day I need to carry more than my photography gear, but very few bags take this reality into account. I don't want to be burdened by both a camera bag AND and a misc stuff bag. I want ONE bag.

(3) Very solid and easy to use tripod attachment which is useful for the larger tripods you carry for landscape work. I don't mean mondo studio tripods, but something like a Bogen 3021 with a good size ballhead. It takes a well designed bag to handle a med - large tripod and not have it slopping all over the place.

As far as I can tell, that's exactly what the LowePro rover is... I'm HOPING it is, or I'm about to waste money :)

I've also heard some very positive things about the Moose Peterson MP series bags. Haven't seen 'em myself though.
02/08/2005 11:13:19 AM · #9
Ive just ordered the Lowepro stealth reporter 300AW. It is very practical. It have a big zipper on the top so you can take something from the main compartment withought having to open it all. And have a rain cover for all weather usage.
02/08/2005 11:16:50 AM · #10
Originally posted by Nuno:

Ive just ordered the Lowepro stealth reporter 300AW. It is very practical. It have a big zipper on the top so you can take something from the main compartment withought having to open it all. And have a rain cover for all weather usage.


I have the stealth 200 as my everyday bag. It's amazing what fits inside. I agree about the top zipper, it's great for swapping lenses. I plan to get a stealth 650 as my "everything and the kitchen sink" bag.
02/08/2005 11:35:42 AM · #11
Originally posted by Spazmo99:

I plan to get a stealth 650 as my "everything and the kitchen sink" bag.


Just checked it out. Nice bag but it's not very wide. It's definetly deeper than mine (which is a plus) but it's fairly narrow so I couldn't fit a flash and/or battery :-( The dividers are nicer/stronger than mine. Hmmm so many pros/cons. Do they make a larger stealth?
02/08/2005 11:56:19 AM · #12
The only thing about the Stealth reporter bag is the resistance to shock. You can't run your car against it or throw it from the window on the second floor. Besides that it is great.
If you need a deeper bag why don't you go for the Pro Mag AW? Probably you can't fit everything in it like the Commercial or Stealth series but it is deeeeep (you an pu a camera witha 80-200 f2.8 in it, and is almoust bullet proof.
02/08/2005 11:59:22 AM · #13
Originally posted by GoldBerry:

Originally posted by Spazmo99:

I plan to get a stealth 650 as my "everything and the kitchen sink" bag.


. Do they make a larger stealth?


check out the compact aw and the commercial aw series. They are for people that needs to pack everything in one bag with lots of protection.
02/08/2005 12:23:37 PM · #14
Originally posted by GoldBerry:

Originally posted by Spazmo99:

I plan to get a stealth 650 as my "everything and the kitchen sink" bag.


Just checked it out. Nice bag but it's not very wide. It's definetly deeper than mine (which is a plus) but it's fairly narrow so I couldn't fit a flash and/or battery :-( The dividers are nicer/stronger than mine. Hmmm so many pros/cons. Do they make a larger stealth?


Which bag are you looking at? About the only shoulder bag Lowe makes that's bigger than the 650 is the commercial AW and that thing is cavernous.
02/08/2005 12:29:05 PM · #15
Originally posted by Nuno:

The only thing about the Stealth reporter bag is the resistance to shock. You can't run your car against it or throw it from the window on the second floor.


Not sure what bag you're looking at, but my stealth reporter and the other stealth bags I've looked at have plenty of padding in them, certainly comparable to what was in my computrekker backpack. With the reporter bags, you do have the option of removing the padded insert, giving you an unpadded bag, should you want that.

I doubt that any bag, short of a Pelican (or similar) hard case would survive being run into with a car or dropped from a 2nd story window.


02/08/2005 12:40:12 PM · #16
Has anyone tried any of the crumpler camera bags?
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