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Old 15-06-2010, 11:20   #1 (permalink)
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I'm soon to be travelling to Florida for 3 well deserved weeks. The kids are all set to meet mickey mouse and I'm bursting to see the last ever shuttle Endeavour launch. So, I need a backpack to take some kit with me. I currently have a lowepro 200 slingshot bag which is starting to get a little small for carting around ALL my gear. I'll list the gear I have for any recommendations on what to take and what to leave.

Canon 5d mk2
Sigma 70-210 f2.8
Sigma 105 mm f2.8 macro
Canon 240-70L f2.8
Canon 50mm f1.8
Cokin filter kit (probably gonna need this to take the space shuttle launch)
Canon speedlight 550
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ebay macro tubes
various cards, card readers, remote and the bumf that we all carry about.

So, I need my camera and the L lens and the filters. I like macro shots and no doubt there'll be loads of wierd bugs to shoot so I think the macro tubes or the 105 macro lens will be required. I'm also thinking about treating myself to a 100-400L for taking to the safari parks. I always wanted one and now could be the time.

I bought a Naneu Pro Urban Gear U220 thinking it'd do the job but it's HUGE!!!!!!!! It could take all my gear and a good part of my clothes too but I don't want to send my camera gear in the hold.

Which brings me round to the crux. I'm looking for recommendations for a rucksack type which will hold all the gear I require (also looking for recommendations on what gear to take/buy), stuff like passports and tickets etc, and will be handluggage sized.

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Old 15-06-2010, 12:10   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Backpack advice/recommendations

I think the Lowepro Mini Trekker will do the job for you. You can find them in most Lowepro stockists so you can see/try your gear for fit. The build quality is superb - well worth the price.

There are some reviews here (see what Rob and I got in them)

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When I was in Florida 20 years ago, I went to the Kennedy space Centre to see an Appollo launch, but it got postponed!
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When are you going Clanny???

I'm off over the pond to Florida at the end of August....26th to be exact. At the moment though.......it doesn't appeal to me!! Think it's the thought of all those kids running around!!! Fortunately I'm not paying for it otherwise I would chosen somewhere else to go!....like Africa...or Canada....or the Far East (again).

I'll be interested to see what suggestions come up on this one. When I went to Cuba last year, I took my camera bag (Lowepro Nova 200) as hand luggage..with the basics of what I thought I would use. D3 body, 24-70mm f2.8, 50mm and 85mm f1.8, SB-600, spare battery, charger and a few other bits n bobs and it was over weight for hand luggage!!!
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Old 18-06-2010, 08:38   #4 (permalink)
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The first thing that came up to me is the Lowepro Mini Trekker AW. It is not to big but you can stuff this bag full with loads of gear.

And by coinsidence I've got 1 for sale as well If you would be interested then let me know. It can come the UK way tomorrow if needed. (My parents in law are then going back home) http://www.pixalo.com/community/phot...ker-39038.html

I've never taken photo's of the bag, but I can assure you it's in very good condition.
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I'm looking for recommendations for a rucksack type which will hold all the gear I require
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I think the Lowepro Mini Trekker will do the job for you. You can find them in most Lowepro stockists so you can see/try your gear for fit. The build quality is superb - well worth the price.
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I regularly take my Lowepro Mini Trekker AW II on flights, it's dimensions even conform to the smaller domestic flight size restrictions (RyanAir etc.)

It quite comfortably holds my Canon 1D mk.III with 100-400L IS (attached if needed), flash, 3-4 other lenses and plenty of bits and bobs (filters, batteries etc.). It also has a big pocket at the front which will hold magazines, ipod, passport etc.

I can also confirm the comments on it's build quality, I've had mine several years now and it still looks almost new despite plenty of plane, train and car trips to various wildlife areas.
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Re: Backpack advice/recommendations

well i like my slingshot pro 200 AW , it is a very fine backpack with all the good thing to reach your gear easy , they come in several "tastes" and type of bags .

It is hard to advise what bag to buy if we do not what has to go in ..
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Re: Backpack advice/recommendations

Lowepro trecker here too, it's a bit like the tardis. Looks tiny on the outside but is huge inside.

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Old 21-06-2010, 11:17   #8 (permalink)
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Re: Backpack advice/recommendations

Thanks for the input guys. I've contacted Dutchie about his bag. It sounds like that's the right one for the job and it certainly looks like it'll hold all the kit I need.

Damot, I'm going on 13th July for 3 weeks. Orlando based with Virgin. Really looking forward to it. I know what you mean about the kids running around but I'll be taking my 3 so can't complain!
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Being the owner of a Lowe Pro Roadrunner AW, Stealth 650, Slingshot 300, Crumpler Pyjama Pride and some CCS bags, I've found the Slingshot to best for taking a lot of kit for it's size.

I've also got some of the LP lens pouches and with a bit of jiggery pokery, you can sliplock them onto the Slingshot belt. - Might be an alternative option to stretch your current bag's capabilities?
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I have a Tamrac Expedition 5 but what I desperately need is someone else to carry it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lightweight photo equipment? They have get to be joking
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I am off to Florida on the 9th July for my 12th visit, my tips would be,

Travel light. It will be very hot, I mean really hot. You will soon get fed up carrying a heavy camera bag full of lenses you wonít use much.

Humidity. It is very humid so you have to watch when you first go outside from your air-conditioned hotel. I usually wait a while before I use the camera to let it warm to the outside temperature.

My top tip is,

Relax. Remember itís a holiday, no mater how much you run around there are more things to do and photograph in Florida than you will ever fit in 3 weeks. If you try to do it all you will need a holiday when you get back. Take things easy there is always next year. LOL

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Nice one Colin, cheers for the info. I'm heading out there on the 13th so keep yer eyes peeled for a light blue guy with a steamed up 5d and 3 kids goings nuts. Are you going to be there for the Shuttle launch?

Other than the launch, there's nothing I have to do on any specific date so I WILL be chilling out. The three weeks means we can do all the disney and universal stuff and have plenty of days off inbetween. I'm also hoping to get a day's shark or tarpon fishing in the keys if possible.
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Well after returning from the States, I can THOROUGHLY recommend the Lowepro mini trecker. It took all my gear, passports, a book, two mags, all our paperwork, my sunglasses case and tons of the crap the kids couldn't be bothered carrying around.

The bag was in top nick so many thanks to Dutchie for that.

On a bad note, my pc died and I lost all the Canon software and don't have the 5d mk2 disk to reload it so I haven't done jack with my 16G of pictures yet.
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Another vote for the Mini Trekker - great bit of kit
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