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Camera bag recommendations please
I have a Nikon D80 w/ 18-135, 70-300VR, 50mm F1.8 and sb800 flash. I will also carry my Panasonic TZ3 P&S, my Panasonic PV-gs320 camcorder and Carbon Fiber tripod. (So I prefer one that I can attach my tripod to.) I need a lightweight bag that's good for carrying this gear..

I have upper back/shoulder issues, so I am not interested in the crumpler millionaire series or the lowpro sling bags as they will rest on only one shoulder and I'm afraid it would be uncomfortable for long days. (Unless you have experience with these bags and I am overlooking something about it???).

I'm thinking maybe a backpack type for even weight distribution on my shoulders or maybe a waistbelt type bag??? (This may throw out my lower back if too heavy though...).

I don't know anything about good camera bags, however I do have a light weight Lowpro camera bag that I love for hauling around my camcorder and P&S. Unfortunately, it's not big enough for hauling around my DSLR and lenses too. BTW, that bag was the typical one shoulder type camera bag, but because it was light, it was fine for lugging the other 2 cameras around all day. I'm looking for something that won't kill me weight wise. I'll be lugging them around the Disney themeparks for 15 hours a day.I don't need waterproof, water resistant is fine..

If worst comes to worst, I may look at renting a locker and taking out only what I need to keep the weight from killing me, but I would really like to find something practical weight wise and price wise..

Lastly, just so you know, I plan on only carrying around my cameras, extra batteries, flash, wireless remote, and memory cards. I'll leave all the other extras like chargers, etc., at the hotel.Any help or opinions are appreciated. Thanks!..

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I'm interested in finding a similar backpack style bag as well at a reasonale price..

I currently have a Roots sling style bag. Now with 3 lenses I'm already out of room! I plan on expanding and I don't even have space for a flash unit!Help us both!400D XTi ~ I love it!18-55mm Canon Kit lens50mm Canon f/1.8 MKII28-300mm Sigma f/3.5-6.33 Batteries2 Chargers1 Bag to hold it all together..

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Bump...Anyone???I'm considering:.

For carrying everything:Kata WS-604 GDC Waist/Shoulder CaseKata R-103 GDC RucksackLowepro 35091 Primus AW Premium BackpackKata WS-606 GDC Large Reporter Shoulder Camcorder Case.

For short day trips:Lowepro Micro Trekker 100 Camera BagKata T-214 GDC Torso-Pack - for just the dslr.

Any opinions on any of these???..

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I have a Lowepro Mini Trekker AW and like it a lot.I think that it would easily hold your equiptment..

However, haveing been to Disney several times I would never drag around all my equiptment..

Get a small bag that will hold the camera with the lens of choice, the usual accessories like spare battery lens cloth and memory cards. A waterproof bag is a very good idea as rain is not uncommon. Some rides will also get you wet..

If you plan to ride the rides a large bag will just be a pain to deal with..

The 18-135 will be more useful than the tele or 50mm..

Just my 2 cents.A member of the rabble in good standing...

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Thanks for your insight..

LM1 wrote:.

I have a Lowepro Mini Trekker AW and like it a lot.I think that it would easily hold your equiptment.However, haveing been to Disney several times I would never dragaround all my equiptment.Get a small bag that will hold the camera with the lens of choice,the usual accessories like spare battery lens cloth and memory cards.A waterproof bag is a very good idea as rain is not uncommon. Somerides will also get you wet..

If you plan to ride the rides a large bag will just be a pain to dealwith..

The 18-135 will be more useful than the tele or 50mm..

Just my 2 cents.A member of the rabble in good standing...

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Thanks for that great link!.

Dad_of_four wrote:.

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Have a look at AmeriBag (web address is what you expect). I have a canvas "healthy back bag". I know, it sounds so .... American. But I can carry my D80 with 18-135 plus 70-300 VR plus stuff very comfortably, and still have a pain-free back at the end of the day, which I haven't always had before, and you can get at the camera without taking the bag off...

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Les Olson wrote:.

Have a look at AmeriBag (web address is what you expect). I have acanvas "healthy back bag". I know, it sounds so .... American. ButI can carry my D80 with 18-135 plus 70-300 VR plus stuff verycomfortably, and still have a pain-free back at the end of the day,which I haven't always had before, and you can get at the camerawithout taking the bag off..

Thanks for that info Les! Do you have to add any additional padding to protect the lenses or do you just chance it? What size do you have? Also, which material did you purchase leather, microfiber, etc...

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LM1 wrote:.

I have a Lowepro Mini Trekker AW and like it a lot.I think that it would easily hold your equiptment.However, haveing been to Disney several times I would never dragaround all my equiptment.Get a small bag that will hold the camera with the lens of choice,the usual accessories like spare battery lens cloth and memory cards.A waterproof bag is a very good idea as rain is not uncommon. Somerides will also get you wet..

If you plan to ride the rides a large bag will just be a pain to dealwith..

The 18-135 will be more useful than the tele or 50mm..

Just my 2 cents.A member of the rabble in good standing..

Thanks LM1. Do you have any recommendations for a small lightweight camera bag that will hold at least my D80, 18-135, Panasonic tz3 P&S and Panasonic gs-320? Unfortunately, my small lowepro will not fit all the above. I've pretty much decided on leaving the 50m 1.8 and 70-300VR. It is a bit much to lug around all day.Thanks...

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I bought a Tamrac Adventure 9 - http://www.tamrac.com/5549.htm.

To get the negatives over with, the only aspect of it that might not suit you is the size - it's not huge, but it's certainly not small. But realistically if you're going to carry most of the gear you listed in your first post a small bag won't do it..

The reasons I chose it (not all of which will apply to you) were:.

- Affordable.- Good weatherproofing.- Need to carry everything in one bag as I cycle a lot, including off-road.- Need to carry a laptop occasionally. Infrequent but essential..

- Need to carry non-photo stuff too - waterproofs, lunch, whatever - so the top compartment was a big issue for me..

And the things I discovered/appreciated after I'd used it were:.

- Comfortable. The strap system looks 'over designed' but it works very well, distributing the load perfectly..

- When I'm not carrying the laptop, the big flat compartment is handy for stuff like reflectors and diffusers..

- Just one negative - I wish the separation between the top and bottom compartments was better..

My tripods are too big and heavy to carry but when I eventually get hold of something more portable the bag does have the necessary attachment points...

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Recently I started using ThinkTank Photo bags. They work great.http://www.thinktankphoto.com..

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SINGERHI wrote:.

Thanks LM1. Do you have any recommendations for a small lightweightcamera bag that will hold at least my D80, 18-135, Panasonic tz3 P&Sand Panasonic gs-320? Unfortunately, my small lowepro will not fitall the above. I've pretty much decided on leaving the 50m 1.8 and70-300VR. It is a bit much to lug around all day.Thanks..

No, What I did was go to a good brick and morter store and look around untill I found a bag that held what I knew I was going to carry and nothing more..

I don't have a feel for what a bag that would hold your list of stuff would be like. I ended up with a fanny pack for the accessorys and carried the camera out.....but my camera is completely splash-proof as is the lens..

The D80 is a pretty robust camera and you could carry it out, avoid the really wet rides (although Ziplock makes some large bags that will fit a D80 and lens) and also carry a poncho (they fold up small) and keep the camera under during rain showers. A camera out is much more useful than a camera in a bag!.

The point and shoots (along with poncho and ziplock bag) will fit in some of the slightly larger fanny packs.A member of the rabble in good standing...

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Steve Balcombe wrote:.

I bought a Tamrac Adventure 9 - http://www.tamrac.com/5549.htm.

To get the negatives over with, the only aspect of it that might notsuit you is the size - it's not huge, but it's certainly not small.But realistically if you're going to carry most of the gear youlisted in your first post a small bag won't do it..

The reasons I chose it (not all of which will apply to you) were:.

- Affordable.- Good weatherproofing.- Need to carry everything in one bag as I cycle a lot, includingoff-road.- Need to carry a laptop occasionally. Infrequent but essential.- Need to carry non-photo stuff too - waterproofs, lunch, whatever -so the top compartment was a big issue for me..

And the things I discovered/appreciated after I'd used it were:.

- Comfortable. The strap system looks 'over designed' but it worksvery well, distributing the load perfectly.- When I'm not carrying the laptop, the big flat compartment is handyfor stuff like reflectors and diffusers.- Just one negative - I wish the separation between the top andbottom compartments was better..

My tripods are too big and heavy to carry but when I eventually gethold of something more portable the bag does have the necessaryattachment points..

Thanks. i'm looking into this one right now.....

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Gavin wrote:.

Recently I started using ThinkTank Photo bags. They work great.http://www.thinktankphoto.com.

Any particular bag thatyou would recommend?..

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LM1 wrote:.

SINGERHI wrote:.

Thanks LM1. Do you have any recommendations for a small lightweightcamera bag that will hold at least my D80, 18-135, Panasonic tz3 P&Sand Panasonic gs-320? Unfortunately, my small lowepro will not fitall the above. I've pretty much decided on leaving the 50m 1.8 and70-300VR. It is a bit much to lug around all day.Thanks..

No, What I did was go to a good brick and morter store and lookaround untill I found a bag that held what I knew I was going tocarry and nothing more.I don't have a feel for what a bag that would hold your list of stuffwould be like. I ended up with a fanny pack for the accessorys andcarried the camera out.....but my camera is completely splash-proofas is the lens.The D80 is a pretty robust camera and you could carry it out, avoidthe really wet rides (although Ziplock makes some large bags thatwill fit a D80 and lens) and also carry a poncho (they fold up small)and keep the camera under during rain showers. A camera out is muchmore useful than a camera in a bag!The point and shoots (along with poncho and ziplock bag) will fit insome of the slightly larger fanny packs.A member of the rabble in good standing..

Good points. Do you use any type of neoprene case to go around your camera since you wear it out? I was thinking of maybe doing something like that to keep the camera on me, easily accessable, and then just have to worry about packing the rest of the stuff in one bag. Could probably put the P&S and maybe my poncho in my large fanny pack, and then would only need to lug around camcorder, extra batteries, tripod..

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I've been using a Lowepro Orion AW for the past 3 months to carry about the same amount of Olympus gear..

Http://www.lowepro.com/Products/Backpacks/allWeather/Orion_AW.aspx.

The top removes leaving you with a large waistpack which I usually wear on my left side for easy access it also comes with a separate shoulder strap that I use in conjunction with the waist belt to distribute the weight between my shoulders and waist..

The photographer's search for the perfect camera bag is similar to a woman's search for the perfect purse never ending..

Good Luck..

Comment #16

I suggest that you take all your gear to a camera store and get an employee to try various bags to ensure that everything fits properly. I did that at Wolfe Photo, and the clerk spent the better part of an hour trying every bag in his inventory to find the one that worked best..

Jerryhttp://jchoate.zenfolio.com/..

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Tamrac has some nice, sturdy, affordable bags. If you go to Tamrac.com you can see diagrams of the interiors and it will give you a sense of which one could hold your equipment.S T..

Comment #18

Forget about all these useless answers..

What you need is a big, strong and healthy girlfriend to carry your gear for you.Let her pick whatever colour bag she wants.If she provides good service, keep her a while ..

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If not impractical.A member of the rabble in good standing...

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