A&P Backpack for camera? Suggestions?

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  1. Wobistdu

    Wobistdu Guest

    Looking for a better case/carrying method for my camera and 3 lenses. What about lowpro backpacks?

    Also want to be able to use it to take to Europe in September.

    Nikon D90
    50 1.8
    Tokina 12-24
    55-200 VR
    Misc Accessories

    http://products.lowepro.com/product/Fastpack-250,2086,14.htm

    Also would like to take a laptop.
     
  2. KenRockwell

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    Look up the following crumpler:

    Customary Barge

    6 million dollar home

    Sinking Barge

    The Whickey and the Cox
     
  3. EWhytsell

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    I use a Tamron one because there cheaper:) I think mine was $80 and it carrys my 40D, 70-200mm 2.8, 16-35mm, 28-135mm, 50, and a 430ex speedlight in the main compartment. Then I got filters and other various stuff in the other pockets.

    Its really full at that point and it works. I'll probably be getting a standard shoulder bag at some point for jobs and only using the backpack when I need mobility such as day trips in the mountains.
     
  4. Wobistdu

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    this stupid fucking AE needs to be banned

    i'm guessing it's louisiana since he's banned for 2 weeks
     
  5. KenRockwell

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    Those are real camera bags...crumpler names them weird.
     
  6. Wobistdu

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    i see

    all but 1 are over $200

    the cheaper one looks tight as hell
     
  7. KenRockwell

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    The million dollar? It's a whole line, there's a 7 and 9 million dollar home also if you want bigger.
     
  8. turbodude

    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    i could sell you my tamrac adventure 9. ive outgrown it :(
     
  9. Dwight Schrute

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    ThinkTank makes the best bags.
     
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    dakine sequence or burton zoom. they're both fucking awesome.

    My sequence follows me from my car to the train to the 10 block walk to work, through daily abuse, then back again every single day. It's been almost 2 years now, and it still functions as new.
     
  11. Wobistdu

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    do any of these allow a pocket for some misc crap?

    the 250 and 350 lowepro are appealing for the fact u can slide a laptop in and the top pocket can hold like keys/wallet/misc crap/passport/etc
     
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    ThinkTank Airport Antidote has a laptop sleeve.
     
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    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    adventure 9 has a side pocket for a 15" laptop, and numerous pockets for all sorts of shit
     
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    wow sweet bag. holds a ton of shit!
     
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    You can't find a bag that holds for more the size. No wasted space, yet still tons of padding and protection. And it's a real backpack. You can hike a hundred miles without feeling it.

    ThinkTank's build quality is outstanding too. They're the best.
     
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    the canon backpack is the best starter one
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    you can buy it for $34 off of amazon :o
     
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    i wouldn't mind weight so much since i'm a pretty big guy.
     
  22. haku

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    the bag is a bit heavy but i was fine lugging it around


    the best thing about the bag are the waist straps, because you can easily pull out or put away your camera without taking the bag off (like the slingshot series)


    your best bet is to go to your local camera store and try out a few bags...
     
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    Gromer Strange things are afoot at the Circle-K!

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    This is win:

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    Kata DR467
     
  24. RoudyruffKK

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    i have a lowepro fastpack 250 and a kata dr467 ..... i wanted a backpack just because it's much more comfortable if you have to carry your stuff for a few hours. my requirements were ...

    - holds body + attached lens and at least 2 lenses, blower, wipes, extra batteries, charger, CF card case, and a couple filters
    - laptop + charger, nintendo DS, ipod .....
    - a decent sized compartment for other stuff
    - can be able to use on a plane as a personal bag (fits under plane seat) as i travel quite a bit and have clothes as my carry on so i never have to check in anything
    - looks like any regular backpack

    the most important one was being able to use on a plane as a personal bag as i really hate checking things in and waiting on the conveyor belt. with those things in mind i bought both the Kata DR 467 and the Lowepro Fastpack 250 ... here's a short review


    KATA DR-467
    this is the first one i picked up and it actually feels smaller than the lowepro, i know it's wider than the lowepro by an inch and a half, shorter by an inch, and an inch smaller in terms of depth. build quality is great and is much more comfortable on the back as it's not as firm, there's a buckle that goes around the waist and a buckle that goes around the chest which helps even more to take the load off your shoulders .... only bad part is that there's no padding on the chest/waist strap so it's just the nylon.

    i love the external pocket layout of the Kata, in one of the side pockets i put all my CF cards and on the other side i put extra batteries and grip tray, i use the middle vertical pouch for random chargers and small accessories. there's a little pocket on the side that has a mesh pouch that's too small for a bottle of water, but can hold a tripod, there's also a ring in the middle of both shoulder straps which i'm assuming is to attach a camera so that it doesn't have to hang from your neck, but i don't know if it would work because you can't change lenses or anything that well with the backpack still on

    the camera space of this bag is sufficient but i'm really anal about my gear rubbing each other and with a 50d, without grip, and a 24-70L attached i can only fit shorter lenses. some of the guys on FM and POTN can fit alot of stuff in this bag but i guess they don't have a problem with their equipment rubbing against each other or don't mind trying to really shove everything in to close the zippers. the dividers felt a bit flimsy and taking your gear in and out isn't the greatest.

    the kata doesn't offer much protection if there's a slick thief as there's nothing to protect the zippers of the camera section to be easily opened


    Lowepro Fastpack 250
    i got this one because i didn't really like how the kata held the equipment so i ended up buying this one on an impulse thinking i might like it a bit more. in terms of size it's not as wide but is an 1"-1.5" taller and deeper and when i got the 250 in i'm having my doubts that this will be usable as a personal bag as it just looks much larger that it really is.

    the 250 is much stiffer than the kata even though the exterior padding is about the same. there's a waist belt that is padded at the sides and a thick nylon belt with a massive buckle. i really wished this had a chest belt as well since it would have made it much more comfortable (the 350 has a chest belt but is even taller than the 250).

    on the exterior there's not as many pockets and pouches as the Kata. there's a little pocket on the left shoulder strap which i can fit one extra battery or a couple CF cards, it's pretty handy if you need it quick. if i went to the beach or something where i'm not going to carry a wallet i would probably put a little cash in there or something for quick access. there's a side mesh area where you can put a water bottle which will definatley come in handy. one large exterior pouch and one thin one that's under the front double buckle flat which can use to put your CF card holder and whatnot but it's pretty thin.

    the camera section in this bag is amazing the part that acts as the "floor" to the section is very stiff (that's why the bag feels so damn stiff though), all the dividers are also very stiff, and the velcro feels much more secure.

    i can fit my 50d with the 24-70L attached and can still fit another lens standing up, my 70-200 f/2.8IS fits attached to the lens as well which will make this an amazing outdoor backpack. but section at the bottom can hold 2 lenses standing up as long as it's not a real long telephoto lens (the 24-70L fits well standing up) and the top isn't really usable for lenses. i use the top to hold my 580 ex II, filters, and lens cap. the fastpack 350 allows the top portion to hold 2 more lenses as that's where the difference in height is distributed. this bag also makes changing lenses on the go much easier as i don't have to take the backpack off, i've tried it at home and it worked very well

    with the flap of the lowepro coving the camera section it helps quite a bit in terms of sly thiefs, and it's much less flashier without any rings or as many loose strap ends like the kata


    Conclusion
    i wish someone would make a bag that looks like the kata and has the external pockets but with the internals of the lowepro BUT if i had to pick one or the other i would probably pick to keep the lowepro because this is a camera pack and it does a much better job at doing so. i'm not sure which one i will be keeping but if the lowepro can be used as my personal bag then i will most likely end up selling the kata as there's no point in having 2 backpacks. i'm really hoping that the stiffness of the lowepro doesn't bother me too much though as i haven't carried it for more than 15minutes so far but the kata is definately very comfortable IMO


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    i have a crumpler 5mdh that i take to the park or carry around the city and i think it's :bowdown:
     
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    i tried to do that review as quick as possible and i don't intend to reread it so if there's errors or parts don't make sense than :fawk: .... i'd be more than happy to answer questions though :)
     

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