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Old 14-09-2007, 22:26   #1 (permalink)
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I bought a hama bag which is great but im out of room with. Can a lense bag be bought or similar. Or should i get a larger bag. Here is what i bring...........18 - 55 lense, 150 - 500 lense, 70 - 300 lense, battery grip, remote, camera body, 6 flash cards, 10 batteries, charger, filters and a rain cover and a few other bits. i also plan i buying 2 more lenses, just bags are expensive but i also know you get wgat you pay for and a good bag last years and protects and saves money long term. Any ideas on the best option people
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Old 15-09-2007, 09:05   #2 (permalink)
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I would seriously consider a new bag. Whilst Hama probably seem good, as you progress it quickly becomes apparent that some investment in a large quality bag is required. Have a look in our Equipment Reviews Section - there are some good bags in there with member's opinions.
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Just bear in mind the universal truism that a bag large enough to fit all your kit will be too heavy, and one light enough to carry will not fit all your kit.

As the curator of the National Camera Bag Collection (11 and rising) I am awaiting a new technological development in which all the padding is replaced by helium-filled pockets. Meanwhile I try to decide what I actually need to take, and then pack a bag which is only just too heavy rather than giving an instant hernia. Unfortunately the sherpas are on holiday at the moment and have taken the yak with them.
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Just bear in mind the universal truism that a bag large enough to fit all your kit will be too heavy, and one light enough to carry will not fit all your kit.
Quite true, another important point to remember. When testing the weight of the bag to see if you can lift it your memory cards will probably be empty, once they're full of pictures they'll weigh a lot more; this can be offset by the reduction in weight of the batteries when they're no longer fully charged. The images from my 12 megapixel EOS 5D are much heavier than those from my 8 megapixel 20D.

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What kind of shooting do you do since that will affect the type of bag? I'd guess from the tele zooms it's sport or nature. If it's the former then a big vault bag will probably just about be OK. If it's nature then you will need to be able to hump it for a fair distance so a rucksack is the obvious choice. The 150-500 will be the limiting factor if you want to carry that then you will almost certainly need a backpack or a big shoulder bag. But for times when you don't then you will think it is overkill; as Silkstone pointed out one bag is never enough. I loathe rucksacks because you have to take it off to get to anything but sometimes you need the weight distribution. I much prefer shoulder bags or sling bags. The biggest sling bag is the Lowepro 300 but I think it would struggle to hold all your kit. The bigger Stealth Reporter shoulder bags and the large Tamrac etc. will carry it all but you won't want to carry them very far.

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Its mainly sports. I dont mind carrying a heavy bag cause i usally am lugging concrete blocks and all sorts around sites. Most events i am at i get brought to a spot by the officials. Was on the back of a mad motorbike on saturday, scary stuff
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I have a Thinktank SpeedRacer, stupid name, great bag. I've got any number of bags in my bag graveyard upstairs, two rucksacks, a couple of sizes of shoulder bag, one of the waist belts that you attach bags to (and plenty of bags to attach) and I've had a slingshot that I gave away.

The Speedracer is the first one I've really been happy with, it'll happily take a 5D with battery grip and 70-200mm lens fitted, along with a couple more lenses, flash kit and extras like spare batteries. It has a comfortable shoulder strap and a nice, thick padded belt, it will slide quickly round your body. I tend to have it slid round to the back when I'm walking a long way and at the side when I need to get to stuff, I never felt comfortable with the way the slingshot did that (and dropped a lens once trying to get it out).

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I have a Lowepro Mini Trekker that comfortably holds all my kit with room to spare, highly recommended... Tamrac also do good bags so worth looking at them too.

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