What's Your Camera Bag of Choice??

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Postby cayce » Tue Jul 20, 2010 12:22 am

i was looking at the first page and i saw the pelican hard case. i have a vanguard case just like it. u have a question though

do you rip out those little foam squares to fit your camera+lens(es) close to exact? if not i messed up

Postby Canon 500D » Tue Jul 20, 2010 9:02 am

If you have a solid sheet of foam, then it is best to draw around each item and cut the foam out so it fits in. There may be a thinner sheet of foam underneath it as well. If there are foam squares included, then these are to pad out the case, you just dot them around, to aid protection.
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Postby sandgroper » Mon Jul 26, 2010 2:02 pm

Halden mini toploading bag. It's large enough to fit my Panasonic FZ5, with the lens apdaptor attached; and yet it is small enough to be discrete. I also own a Lowepro Nova AW1. It is large enough to hold a DSLR or similiar, and a flash unit. There are heaps of storage compartments. I don't use it anymore as it is a bit bulky to carry onto a plane with a backpack in tow. Hence the Halden. It fits very nicely into the backpack.

Postby AnderssonPhoto » Sun Aug 01, 2010 9:36 am

Hmm my camera bag of choice.

Lowepro Vertex 300AW and Stealth Reporter D400AW + Sliplock pouch 30AW for cleaning equipment :P

I can fit all my gear in both bags.... I mean Split it into 2 bags not all in one xD

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Postby rei_vilo » Thu Aug 05, 2010 7:28 pm


Actually, two bags ;) :

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Postby Gnat » Fri Sep 24, 2010 9:48 am

Just picked up a Think Tank Urban Disguise 60. A bit overpriced, but its quite awesome. Swallows up my D90 and kit though, now I want more lenses....uh oh

Postby Citruspers » Fri Sep 24, 2010 2:53 pm

I would call thinktank expensive, not overpriced. Overprices is if you don't get value for your money ;)
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Postby zackiedawg » Fri Oct 15, 2010 6:52 pm

I've just added a 4th bag to my collection, so I found this thread and thought I'd go ahead and list all of my bags and their uses.

1. Kata R102 backpack - this is the big travel bag that holds everything...it is for transport, travel, and home storage, but not much in-the-field use as it is quite heavy with everything in it. Currently holding DSLR body and 7 lenses, flash, and all wires, chargers, batteries, filters, cleaning kit, and remotes (also P&S camera and accessories, and netbook with charger when traveling). It acts as a home base, either from home or at hotels/villas/ship cabins etc.

2. Tenba Shootout shoulder bag - this one gets used when I'm out in the field and want to bring camera plus 3 lenses, or two lenses and flash. The bag can comfortably handle the camera with 18-250mm zoom attached, and bring along two smallish lenses, such as my 50mm F1.7, 30mm F1.4, 10-24mm UWA, or 90mm F2.8 macro. The camera can lay inside for rain protection or storage, but mostly the camera is out and the bag is there for carrying a few extra lenses and as a rain shelter.

3. Tamrac Adventure video bag - No, I don't use it for video - I actually use it as a soft, emergency DSLR bag. I'll bring this one when I want to travel light, with mainly just my camera and one mounted lens...the bag is often empty and just there to serve as a rain or splash shelter for the camera if I get caught out...sometimes I'll bring a small prime like the 50mm F1.7 along in the bag - and can just wedge the DSLR with attached lens + the 50mm in the bag with the zipper closed.

4. Think Tank Retrospective Lens Changer 2 - My most recent bag, just purchased and due to arrive in a few days! This one is a dream bag that I've been on the hunt for as long as I've had DSLRs...the one thing NONE of my bags could do was allow me to have access to my two long tele lenses, with the ability to change between them on the fly without putting anything down. I currently do a lot of bird and wildlife photography, and shoot with a Tamron 200-500mm lens as well as a Minolta 300mm F4 prime. Both lenses are about 8.5" long, and both about 4 - 4.5" wide...so few bags can accomodate either one in the first place. Those that do, require opening the bag, unmounting the attached long lens from the camera, putting it down somewhere, removing the other long lens from the bag, uncapping it, attaching it to the camera, then capping and putting away the other long lens - usually they share the same slot. It's an unwieldy operation to have to do...made more complex when doing it in a wetlands, forest, or dirt levee. What I love about this bag is that it is designed holster-style, or vertically oriented for long lenses...it has two side-by-side lens pouches with a flexible flap that lays over the top. The mounts of the lenses face up and out...the bag isn't designed to carry the DSLR attached. When you're a two long-lens shooter, it's the ability to switch between them easily on the fly that's the big selling point. Say I've got my Tamron 200-500 mounted to my DSLR...and I've got the 300mm F4 in one of the two lens slots (the other is empty)...the bag hangs low off the shoulder, either cross shoulder or straight...I'd adjust it long, to hip height. If I want to change lenses, I flip the lid up, insert the Tamron 200-500 into the empty chamber, and hit the lens release...off comes the DSLR, and the lens is in the empty chamber...swap lens caps from one to the other, then twist-on the DSLR body to the 300mm lens which is sticking mount up...once locked, pull it out of the sheath, and you've just switched lenses without putting anything down on the ground or fumbling with balance. What a nifty idea!

I had actually been proposing around the photo forums for over a year looking for exactly this solution - mentioning I had two long lenses and wanted a long holster type bag that could let me switch between the two on the fly - noone had one, or knew what I was looking for. Finally, someone on a photo forum mentioned that these Think Tank bags sounded a lot like what I was looking for...following the link, I knew that I had ended my search. I contacted Think Tank on one issue - the specs say the bag can handle two lenses up to 70-200 F2.8 in size...both of my lenses exceed the typical dimensions of that lens. But after talking with a rep, they measured out a lens of 4.5" diameter and up to about 10" long can fit in each pocket. The top flap is flexible and soft and can accomodate lenses sticking out of the two pockets a bit...as it happens mine are about 8.5", so they'll fit comfortably in the 9" space.

So that'll round out my bag collection at least for a little while!
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Postby Joris Van den Berghe » Fri Oct 15, 2010 7:12 pm

I'll probably upgrade (yet another upgrade :lol:) to either a Pro Runner 450 AW or a Pro Trekker 600 AW somewhere next year, when the new Sony gear should be here (are you reading this, Sony :P ?)...

I intend to get to Wales in the UK to photograph low-flying aircraft there, so I want to take quite a bit of gear up the hills...
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Postby Lee Brandon » Fri Dec 31, 2010 5:12 pm

I ended up buying Jessops home brand Trek2 £39. It takes my D7000, 18-200VR, 55macro + extension set, 50 prime, 50-500 Bigma, Cokin filterset all the usual batteries and charger+ leads ,cleaning kit,spare cards etc and I have a Manfrotto hooked on the side with a Slik pistol 1100 head.
It weighs a bleeding ton but at least I wont forget anything :lol:
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Postby DualPlatform » Thu Jan 26, 2012 3:15 am

While I just started amassing my camera gear collection as a new 600D (T3i) owner I chose the Lowepro Nova 160 AW

Good size bag for the money. I plan to carry the body w/ 18-55 kit lens installed, a travel charger, a couple of extra batteries, memory (sort of a given), and there should still be room for the 55-250 telephoto lens I'm hoping to pick up soon. I'll probably get another bag years from now when I decide to buy better lens' for my needs.

One key thing I liked about this model was that the bag was still usable with the all weather cover on.

The reviews on amazon have some good shots of the bag with gear.

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Postby Joris Van den Berghe » Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:08 am

I have a Nova 140 AW as well - a great bag. The 360° All-Weather Cover is a great feature. I've got a Toploader Pro 75 AW which has that feature as well and it's a joy to use...
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Re: What's Your Camera Bag of Choice??

Postby Baltic » Sat Mar 17, 2012 12:59 pm

Billingham Hadley (small)- It fits my Nikon D90 with 18-200mm lens attached - does the job for me and I for what equipment I do have and for what I need a bag to do - it suits me perfectly.

Re: What's Your Camera Bag of Choice??

Postby Jiko » Sat Mar 17, 2012 9:11 pm

Lowepro Fastpack 350 and I'm happy with it.
Why I like it?
- It doesn't feel too heavy
- I can reach the camera from the side
- its size is about perfect for my equipment
- it has a laptop compartment

Anything bad?
- No weather sealing. There is an AW version of that bag but it is much more expensive and the small front compartment is not existing any more.
But the weather sealing is not such a big deal to me - it's still quite weather resistant and I don't expect too much water inside even in heavy rain. Maybe I can find some kind of fitting cover one day but I doubt I'll be outside in rain that's heavy enough to make me worry about the equipment inside that bag.

I do have the Lowepro Nova 160 AW as well (theoretically; don't really know where it is at the moment), but this one is much too small. One lens + one camera without the battery grip are OK, maybe a flashgun can be squeezed in - but that's about it. My main bag for quite a long time was the Tamrac 5405 in black and I still have it and use it for a second camera or a reduced equipment.
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Re: What's Your Camera Bag of Choice??

Postby Joris Van den Berghe » Sat Mar 17, 2012 9:19 pm

Jiko, you might be interested in this post from the Lowepro blog.
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