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Old 18-11-2008, 10:13   #1 (permalink)
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After the year I'm thinking of getting another camera bag. I currently have a Tamrac Expidition 5 and a Crumpler Bunnyman. The Tamrac holds all my gear but I get a bit fed up having to swing it off my back, lay it down on the ground or whatever and bend down to take out a lens/camera or some other piece of kit, also I think the bag is quite heavy when empty.

The crumpler is comfortable to carry over the shoulder but is not able to carry all my gear.

Ideally I would like something probably a shoulder type bag but I must be able to lift out easily and drop in easily my 40D with a 100-400L lens attached while the bag is still on my shoulder by just lifting the flap or whatever. Also able to carry a couple of other lenses various bits and bobs ie filters. It should be fairly lightweight but robust enough to protect the gear inside. Lastly is should be of a size thats acceptable as carry on luggage on a plane.

Am I asking too much here ? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 18-11-2008, 10:27   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds like the Lowepro Slingshot 300AW is for you Chilliman There are two smaller sizes, 100AW + 200AW (AW stands for All Weather BTW, as they have a weatherproof cover you can slip over them) but if you want to fit all your gear in (don't know what you have, since you don't have your Camera Gear button displayed) then you might find the 300AW is what you need.

Thought I did a review on this camera bag after I bought one, but apparently not, anyway there are two reviews via the link above, and I can personally recommend it as well

Basically it slings over your shoulder + across your body, then when you want something out of it you just swing it round + gain access through the top loader, you don't even have to take the bag off. I find I have to kneel down + use my knee to support the bag while gaining access *makes a note to do proper review *
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Thanks Charlotte, Gear list sorted, forgot all about it.
I'd need to check that it would fit the 100-400L with camera attached first though, I think that is one of my main priorities.

I missed what would have been a excellent shot 2 weeks ago on a walk, a arial battle royale between a murder of crows and a large buzzard I think it was, by the time I got the 100-400L out of the bag then attached to the camera the battle was over and all had dispersed except for one crow that fell out of the sky dead at our feet.

I'll go into a shop and try one out, any other suggestions folks?
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Old 18-11-2008, 16:04   #5 (permalink)
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I think that the choice of a bag is partly personal and partly practical.

I think that first you must decide on what you are going to use the bag for most - are you going to walk for miles carrying your gear, and only needing to change lenses infrequently, or are you in the car mostly and only on foot for short periods and changing lenses a lot of the time?

For the former use, a backpack would be better, but if you are going to need to be changing lenses a lot, a 'normal' shoulder bag might be better.

I've reviewed the Lowepro Mini Trekker here and the Tamrac Pro 12 here.

Neither are perfect. The backpack will, when you carry it by the grab handle on the top, drag the straps on the floor, and you have to open the main compartment to get anything out as there are no pockets to speak of. But when you have it on your back you will not know it is there. The Tamrac has easier access to your gear, but is more awkward to carry on one shoulder.

My next bag (I'm getting as bad as Silkstone!) will be the Lowepro Omni Trekker.

This one has the advantage (for me) on being a 'one level' bag, and can be used as either a backpack or a shoulder bag. They come in quite a few sizes and also fit straight into a Peli case. I've not yet got one, so all of this is theoretical.

I looked at the Slingshot range, but was not convinced they were right for me. You might find them ideal.

The final bit is you. Do you like backpacks regardless of their disadvantages? Do you rate ease of access over supreme comfort in carrying for long periods?
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I went for a Tamrac Expedition 8, used that to death and now have the next generation (better straps and zip closure) Expedition 7. When I'm in 'hike into the hills' mode I'll attach a camera bag on the front (shoulder D rings) where I then have camera/lens to hand (as well as the odd snack or two!). Since I'll be out all day (10 hours) I also take food, spare fleece, water, etc which all fits into the back (where the camera/lens came out!

Oh, and I took the 8 as onboard hand luggage to Oz (and around Oz) so you can get away with using it. Only one who complained was my return trip as it didn't fit in overhead lockers and they got shirty about it being in the aisle!
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Jeez, it's difficult to get the right choice, I read your reviews Graham and my first thought was the Tamrac 12, it looked like what I wanted but on reading further it seems having the 100-400L attached to the camera might be a squeeze getting it it.
The Mini Trekker there does'nt seem to be a lot of difference between that and my Expidition 5. The Expidition 5 can take my 100-400 with the hood reversed on the lens while attached to the camera. I was hoping to get something that camera would be able to sit horizontally in the bag while still having lots of space for other lens.

Looked at the Crumpler range, (who makes up these stupid names) but I don't think theres anything to suit. I think where Tamrac could improve on things is to supply more than one velcro strap on the inside, I'm always afraid when I open the front one of my lenses etc will fall out, I 'm sure my wife can make more up on her sewing machine.

Maybe I'm looking for a bag that does'nt quite exist yet that ticks all the boxes.

Markulous, not sure if I'd upgrade from Expi' 5 to Expid' 8 as I'd only be gaining in size but I am interested in what you have attached the the rings on the shoulder strap as I have these too, any pics ?

Perhaps I should just consider keeping what I've got, use the Tamrac when I need all my gear or the Crumpler bunnyman (another silly name) when I want to travel light.

Thanks for all the info folks.
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Markulous, not sure if I'd upgrade from Expi' 5 to Expid' 8 as I'd only be gaining in size but I am interested in what you have attached the the rings on the shoulder strap as I have these too, any pics ?
I started off with some poxy little Lowepro thing but I wanted a bag that was a good size in it's own right so went for something I can use all the time (when not attached to the backpack!) so went for the Pixalo Photographic Equipment Reviews - Pro System 8 (5608)

Suffice to say that when attached I don't fill it but do put all the things I'll need in it (tho' they're usually already there!) - then attach hat, gloves, etc to the outside
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I think the Tamrac will take the camera + the 100-400. It will easily take my D300 + Sigma 70-200. I suspect you might need to reverse the lens hood though.
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I have been waiting for the new Lowepro Clasified range to be released because they might fit a gap. They sound ideal for what you are saying as well. There is a video here that shows the big one
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I use Lowepro Nova 5 AW bag, decent bag with plenty of room & well priced.
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I have the Lowpro 200 but wish I had waited until they had the 300 in stock. That said I can move the bag from my back to the front & get my 40D out of the bag in a heartbeat. The dividers are Velcro so they can be conformed almost anyway you want. The bag zips open with stops on the flap so the rest of your equipment doesn't spill out. I don't think you would have any trouble with it at all.

Do a google on it and you will find pictures with the way it looks on your back and round front with the flap open for access to the camera.

If I could change one thing about it would be to add foldable wheels to it. We travel and it would be nice to be able to not have to carry it all over the various airports we end up going through.
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