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Old 11-12-2008, 22:40   #1 (permalink)
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Any ideas for a camera bag?

Hi,
I found this site looking for camera bag tests. I have just got a Nikon D90 with a 16-85 and 70-300 zoom. I would like an easy to carry bag for these with maybe enough room for a flash gun and or another lens if I decide to get one. I like the idea of a slingshot bag but am not sure which size I should get or if that is best for me. I am new to using an SLR and will mostly be using it for holidays, the Uk countryside, towns and people.

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Old 11-12-2008, 23:17   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Any ideas for a camera bag?

Welcome to Pixalo SammyGee

Our reviews section is a good place to start.

I'm sure you will get some recommendations too.
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Old 11-12-2008, 23:30   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Any ideas for a camera bag?

Go for the Lowepro Mini Trekker AW. For a medium sized back pack it carries loads. I can get 2 EOS 1D's in with 4 lenses and 2 flashes plus loads of accessories. Comfortable on the back as well.
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Re: Any ideas for a camera bag?

You have to decide if you want a shoulder bag, a backpack or an in-between like the Slingshot. Backpacks are far more comfortable for heavy equipment, but you have to take them off your back and put them down somewhere to get anything out. Shoulder bags can be accessed while on your shoulder (some are easier than others for this) but you will develop a stoop to one side and your shoulder will ache after a while. The Slingshot is a nice idea but (IMO) not as convenient or clever as it makes out - only some of it is accessible without putting it down.

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Go for the Lowepro Mini Trekker AW. For a medium sized back pack it carries loads. I can get 2 EOS 1D's in with 4 lenses and 2 flashes plus loads of accessories. Comfortable on the back as well.
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Re: Any ideas for a camera bag?

If I was looking for that sized bag just now I would be thinking about the alternatives to the Mini Trekker AW (as I've got one). There are backpacks, especially made by the ski/snowboard wear manufacturers (i.e. Burton), where the back of the bag (where the straps are) opens up so that you always put the outside of the bag on the ground when you open it. This is obviously designed for using on the mountain where the outside will get snowy, but it translates to normal use quite cleverly - comparison here as an example Dakine Mission Photo and Sequence Review (2009 Model) - Canon Digital Photography Forums
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Old 12-12-2008, 13:34   #8 (permalink)
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Re: Any ideas for a camera bag?

I am sitting here looking at a D90 which I managed to borrow over the weekend for a friend to try. It looks a great little camera. I like the slingshot that I have but it's the 300 which is a bit large for the kit you have at the moment. I think the 100 may be big enough and definitely the 200 will hold everything you want. There are other bags that can still let you get to some of whats in them without taking them off. Lowepro make the Fastpack (which I have) and the flipside (Which works like the bag described by Andy) either of which might be worth a look. A different approach is the remarkable Thinktank rotation 360 which is a very clever little bag.

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Old 12-12-2008, 19:09   #9 (permalink)
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Re: Any ideas for a camera bag?

Thanks everyone for your advice. I can see I shall need to get along to the camera shop and try some. It was the reviews section that brought me here in the first place so good to get reviews from people who actually own the stuff.
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Re: Any ideas for a camera bag?

i have a crumpler pretty boy backpack and its brilliant it fits a canon 40d kit lens 18-55 and a canon 75-300 also my sigma 105 will fir in with enough room for a flash gun aslwell as a full rucksack bit available at the top so you can carry other things around at the same time so far its been brilliant and very well made
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Old 12-12-2008, 21:04   #11 (permalink)
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Re: Any ideas for a camera bag?

For over the shoulder it's got to be a Billingham. I swear by them. Also, the older and dirtier they get the better they look. Class.

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i have a crumpler pretty boy backpack and its brilliant it fits a canon 40d kit lens 18-55 and a canon 75-300 also my sigma 105 will fir in with enough room for a flash gun aslwell as a full rucksack bit available at the top so you can carry other things around at the same time so far its been brilliant and very well made
Looking at the crumpler bags myself, seem really good just camera bags are expensive! Would the pretty boy fit a netbook in the top part? Im after something that will hold camera + netbook but not HUGE! I was thinking about getting the Crumpler Muffin Top Half Photo Backpack, only thing putting me off is the 70 price tag!
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For a netbook and a camera the new Thinktank Urban Disguise 35 might be ideal.
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Just sent for my thinktank urban disquise 30 from winning the monthly should be here for christmas will give full report then. Plus I get the holster 30 also so will give a report on that also.
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Re: Any ideas for a camera bag?

The five rules of camera bags...

1. Whatever you buy, it's the wrong one.
2. There is no bag that is big enough for your outfit.
3. There is no bag that is small enough for your needs.
4. You can have comfort or you can have speed of use. You cannot have both.
5. As soon as you get thoroughly comfortable with it, it will fall apart.

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Great minds tghink alike although I went for the holster 20 with the disguise 30
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The five rules of camera bags...

1. Whatever you buy, it's the wrong one.
2. There is no bag that is big enough for your outfit.
3. There is no bag that is small enough for your needs.
4. You can have comfort or you can have speed of use. You cannot have both.
5. As soon as you get thoroughly comfortable with it, it will fall apart.
So very true
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Looking at the crumpler bags myself, seem really good just camera bags are expensive! Would the pretty boy fit a netbook in the top part? Im after something that will hold camera + netbook but not HUGE! I was thinking about getting the Crumpler Muffin Top Half Photo Backpack, only thing putting me off is the 70 price tag!
erm...the Pretty Boy is not a backpack...and a word of warning, they are very very very small. Mine's a XXXL and it only just fits a D300 with 16-85 attached and my 80-400 VR with hood reversed - that's tight (or perfect depending how you look at it).

I would recommend Crumpler bags, they are well designed and don't shout "I'm a photographer, come and rob me!" but they overstate the size of them as follows:

"What Fits:

Internal: 30x18x14 cm
Fits 2 camera bodies plus 4-6 lenses and accessories"

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Wow plenty of advice here! For my 2p's worth get one bigger than you think you need.

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erm...the Pretty Boy is not a backpack...
Pretty Boy does also come in a backpack version.
The standard 'shoulder' Pretty Boy bags have recently been replaced with MuffinTops. Slightly different in design, shape and colours - but pretty much the same.
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Anyone seen a Crumpler Muffin Top in person then? Looks ideal for what I need but I dont want to spend 70 to have to send it back and wait for a refund if its too small!
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