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Recommend me a bag?
« on: August 13, 2013, 07:19:06 PM »
I'm not too sure if this is the right place but after failing myself to look for a suitable bag (not too sure what to search) I am turning to you in hope you could recommend me a simple photography bag.

The equipment I would need to fit in would be A DSLR camera and my Sony AF 70-400 F4-5.6 G SSM while also leaving a little room for a drink and maybe some extras for future purchases.

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Re: Recommend me a bag?
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2013, 03:31:13 AM »
A photography bag is a very personal thing and as such is hard to advise on. It is almost certain that no matter what you pick it will never be large enough. I can only tell you what I use. I found that the Lowepro slingshot AW backpack camera bag was ideal for my needs and fitted my wallet. It allows a camera (A850 + V. Grip) with a mid sized lens attached and space for a second camera body (A700 + V. Grip) without lens, four additional lenses and three large pockets for all the filters, batteries a charger and two flash guns. It can also carry my tripod strapped on, although I do not use this feature (I throw the tripod and mono-pod in the rear of my vehicle). This worked out satisfactorily until I got my A77. So after using my old worn out traditional hand carry type bag for a while, I ran out of space. So now I have two Lowepro slingshot aw backpack camera bags. :|

The key words are, you never have enough space, no matter what you may think at this moment.
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Re: Recommend me a bag?
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2013, 04:39:28 AM »
I echo Ascot, the bag is very personal thing. My last purchase was from ThinkTank, Retrospective series. Good quality, tough material and it does not look like a camera bag.

Depending on your usage and type of photography, you might need several bags... I have :)

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Re: Recommend me a bag?
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2013, 07:30:44 AM »
I also agree, I have camera bags, lens bags and a backpack and use them all depending on where I am going and what I have to carry.
My main camera bag for the A99, a second lens, the 58 flash and a few odds and sods is a kata  DC 445

The backpack is a Thinktank streetwalker.

I hope this helps but bags are very personal.....john
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Re: Recommend me a bag?
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2013, 01:32:31 PM »
Seems like a bag is a personal thing ^^.

You gave me names which is a good start for me, I am at the moment looking for I reckon a "casual" bag just to carry the lens and dslr if that makes sense?

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Re: Recommend me a bag?
« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2013, 05:14:15 PM »
I too say that a camera bag is a never satisfying thing. Had a Kodak. got new lenses and it was immediately not enough. Got a Lowepro NOVA 180 AW. It was ok but then new lenses made it small for my requirements. now using my Delsey Crosscountry backpack I take around to office, site trips etc. with a few pieces of paddings to protect the gear. Lots of space.
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Re: Recommend me a bag?
« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2013, 05:56:05 PM »
Not only is it personal, but somehow, never satisfactory! I've got two Lowepro backbacks, including the larger slingbag + the large Lowepro hip holster and 2 attached lens cases... But what I use the most when actually shooting is a very old "banana" bag (LAFUMA, not produced anymore, alas) that I can either attach around my hips or carry on a shoulder and in which my 70-400 fits nicely (I ALWAYS take it with me + wallet and passport) and I hand hold my camera thanks to a grip with my preferred prime lens of the day... The equipment I usally lug along when fully loaded and driving is 2 cameras (including vertical grip), 4 zooms, 2 flashes and 5 prime lens + tripod and monopod. On a plane its a function of destination and type of photography I think I'll be taking... Can't take all as its too heavy and bulky... In other words, I'm never satisfied...and neither will you be!
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Re: Recommend me a bag?
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2013, 03:42:34 AM »
Agree with all above. I own a Lowepro Trekker II which is large enough to carry all my gear but I rarely use it. I have a Mini Trekker which I probably use the most, it holds plenty of gear but is a lot smaller than the Trekker II. The only problem is my tripod is a little large for it though I have a tripod bag I use in conjunction with it. I also have a Slingshot 200AW which is a little smaller again but still holds body, 16-35/2.8, 24-70/2.8, 80-200/2.8 plus accessories. This is my favourite when I'm travelling as I can have my backpack with my possessions on my back and sling this over my shoulder. Finally I have a small old Minolta bag which holds camera+lens and 2nd lens. I often put this in the car empty along with whatever other bag I've loaded my gear into then if I wander off from the car I've the option to put a minimum amount of gear into this. I'm still looking for the perfect bag. Check out the Lowepro site, all my bags are well made.
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Re: Recommend me a bag?
« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2013, 01:22:25 PM »
Thank you all for the replies, looks like this would be harder than I thought : p

You have all been a big help!