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Old 05-04-2009, 15:35   #1 (permalink)
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Camera bag for hot countries..?

I'm travelling to Tijuana,Mexico in June for 2 weeks, then spending a week in California. I reckon it's going to get ridiculously hot when I'm there, so I'm looking for a bag that will not get my back all hot and sweaty! I've currently got a Lowepro slingshot 200, the weight distribution is terrible and leaves me with achey shoulders! On a previous trip to NY I thought I would travel light with just a JanSport backpack (taking D70+18-200) and food etc. but as they fully cover your back I was sweating like mad, and now I've got a lot more kit to take. My friend however had a Berghaus freeflow and has a ventilation system that pushes off your back, leaving it lovely and dry, and was really supportive!


This year I'm taking D200/18-200/10-20 Sigma and maybe SB600, but will be my only bag I will be taking so will also need to carry any supplies whilst I'm out..food and drink etc! Not massive amounts though! Was considering the same Berghaus backpack, but not sure how appropriate it is with more gear, compared to last time where I had just 1 camera with a do it all lens..

So requirements would be:

Very comfortable. Two straps considered a must.
  • Ventilation system.
  • Camera capacity - only needs space for 1 extra lens and 1 flash. But mem cards/batts storage would be welcomed too.
  • General capacity - for anything you would need when going about mexico/usa during the day. Probably just a bottle of water, bit of food etc.

What do people reckon then?

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Old 05-04-2009, 15:45   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Camera bag for hot countries..?

I took my d300 and a few lenses and a CF tripod to Dubai and believe me carrying it in near 50 degrees was somewhat "Sweaty". I took a slingshot yet got the wife to carry some of it as well
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I've got a freeflow rucksack (Not daypack) and it is pretty good but they are bulky compared to what they can hold because of the freeflow system. I don't know of anything that has that system for Cameras and ease of access/protection is always an issue for a normal rucksack.

I like the Lowepro Fastpacks for travel. They have 2 straps but 90% of the access of a Sliingshot. The padded back does have mesh and channels but no stand off system. They also have more of am emphasis for personal items than the Slingshot. Used mine in lots of places some pretty hot (Sierra Leone, Cuba and Borneo) and I didn't notice the backpack being the problem for overheating.
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I use Tamracs and took an Expedition 8 to Oz/NZ but have to say that, despite having padding to keep off the back, it's no more effective than the foam inserts in my Paramo jacket which are meant to do the same thing! Very comfortable tho', never overheated on treks/trips and loads of space (have subsequently 'traded down' to the 7 which has ample space and will give less grief on aircraft - the 8 is a little oversized on internal flights!)
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Old 06-04-2009, 10:35   #5 (permalink)
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I don't use proper camera backpacks at all they are all too big, I have a small sling sports backholdall with no ads on (nike) and inside that is a lightweight zip waterproof type bag, theres room for D300....18-70mm attatched.....70-300mm, and small compact which is normally in my pocket, and a small laptop but only while on the plane I have been to India Australia, Egypt, (which was the hottest) and most of the usual holiday destinations, I used the standard zoom the most (18-70). The price of the bag was £9.50 from the local market, but I am on the lookout for another!
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Thanks for the suggestions guys, keep them coming if you can! Ideally I'd like to try some out, but I don't really know any shops, camera or otherwise that has a massive amount of backpacks to try on? With the current suggestions, I'm currently thinking about getting a berghaus backpack and adapting it...will have to find some sort of protective case for the 18-200 and flash I think!
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Which ever bag you decide just remember the bigger it is the more you are going to cram into it so stay small and light, in hot countries the weight can be a real pain!
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Thanks for the suggestions guys, keep them coming if you can! Ideally I'd like to try some out, but I don't really know any shops, camera or otherwise that has a massive amount of backpacks to try on? With the current suggestions, I'm currently thinking about getting a berghaus backpack and adapting it...will have to find some sort of protective case for the 18-200 and flash I think!
I've used a Berghaus frame pack and I will say they're very comfortable but the minimal cooling advantage was outweighed by the restricted room

If you go down that route, can recommend one of those Karrimat sleeping mats (you can get cheap copies which are as good), cut up and layered (I joined multiple pieces to 'box' the camera and lenses) to provide shock resistance without taking up too much space
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My Crumpler Pyjama Pride is my holiday rucksac and has decent stand off back padding which provides some ventilation.

Hong Kong was stupidly humid but I just got on with it. Egypt isn't exactly chilly but last year I humped a Manfrotto 055 and pano head around with me without too many probs.

What I can definitely recommend are the Lowepro lens cases as water bottle holders. The extra padding keeps the outside temperatures at bay

Travelling down Lake Nasser last year we had 38' C by 8:45 AM and yet the bottle of water stayed nice and cool for the whole morning. Oh and they make good lens cases as well
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I forgot to mention, when I was in Mexico it was supposed to be hot but it rained most days so maybe you might want to check out the waterproof bags as well!
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From what I hear, I'm going to need bulletproof jackets...let alone waterproof!
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You should not joke about these things but yes pack a B/P (bullet proof) vest as well, lookout for trip wires....or shiny goodies that looks as if it has been droped by someone! oh I nearly forgot the ear plugs!
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