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Most USEFUL camera dslr bag/carriers?
Just wondering and didn't see a section in DPReview for this..

I am a novice photographer and have never had a camera bag. Just keep my equipment stored on a shelf at home in a cabinet..

I have:.

300D70-200 f4kit lens580EX flash.

I think I might like to get a bag to carry it around, or at least some of it; then store all the equipment in it when not in use..

In your experience - what would be a useful bag to carry that's not heavy and clunky while using it? Is there such a thing? I like the idea of the Crumpler's but have never seen one..

Thanks,.

RNW123..

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I use a backpack type bag from Tamrac, and I find it is really convenient..

There are different bag sizes, shapes and styles... I see a trip to the camera store is in your near future .

I like the backpack style mainly because everything is easy go get to. Other "layered" bags I have found to be kind of a pain to get to something when you have to remove other items, plus backpacks are easy to carry while shooting..

It stores all my gear just fine when not in use..

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First of all, since I bought my first DSLR 3 years ago I have had 5 different bags, and I still have three of them.I think that there are three main kinds of bag:.

1. Holster type which you can fix on your belt or carry over a shoulder. Takes a DSLR with a lens attached and has a pocket for spare cards, filters, batteries, etc. I use this kind of bag if I am certain that I won't need to change lenses and don't need any other large accessories like a flash..

2. Shoulder bag to carry over your shoulder. Various sizes. Easy to get at your equipment and big ones hold a lot. Useful for storing equipment at home or in the back of a car. I have had two of these and gave them both away because I found them must less comfortable to carry than a rucksack type..

3. Rucksack to carry on your back. Various sizes and can hold a lot of equipment including a laptop. The most comfortable type to carry for long periods but you have to take the rucksack off to get at your camera. Can also attach a folded tripod for hiking. Not so secure in a crowd.



There are also a number of bags that are something of a cross between a rucksack and a shoulder bag, like the Lowepro Slingshot. This can be carried on your back using a diagonal strap but can be swung round to one side to get at your camera. Less comfortable than a rucksack but easy access to your camera and more secure in a crowd because you can carry it across your front. I have one of these that I use if I am out for a day with limited equipment..

I have never owned a Crumpler but I have tried some out. They seem to have much more padding than other bags which is good if you are worried about dropping your equipment, but means that for any given size you get in less equipment. Have the advantage that they look less like a photo bag than, say, a Lowepro..

As another poster said, go into a store and try some out.Chris R..

Comment #2

You'll probably get as many opinions as there are bags in the market..

Personally, the Lowepro Slingshots work the best for me. I've got the 200AW and 300AW. I also have a backpack style bag that I kind of use mostly for storage of less used items at home or for lugging more equipment than I need somewhere...

Comment #3

I have a Canon 200EG backpack for my XT. You can't beat the price, under $40. I don't have a ton of gear, but this backpack can hold a good amount. It should easily hold all your gear and have room left over for more..

Just trying to learn.

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Comment #4

Check out the Slingshots from Lowepro ... fast access, available in different sizes depending on your want to carry all of your stuff or just the stuff you need for the day...

Comment #5

GearCollector wrote:.

You'll probably get as many opinions as there are bags in the market..

Yes - I expect so. There are so many out there, they all look good. I want to ask the experts on DPReview as to which work best.  .

I think the "problem" is that the 70-200 is so long, that I want a bag that will carry it when it's attached to the 300D body; and/or when switched with the kit lens, and carry the flash..

Or maybe it's not good to carry all that stuff all the time?.

RNW123..

Comment #6

RNW123 wrote:.

GearCollector wrote:.

You'll probably get as many opinions as there are bags in the market..

Yes - I expect so. There are so many out there, they all look good.I want to ask the experts on DPReview as to which work best.  .

I think the "problem" is that the 70-200 is so long, that I want abag that will carry it when it's attached to the 300D body; and/orwhen switched with the kit lens, and carry the flash..

Or maybe it's not good to carry all that stuff all the time?.

RNW123.

Its up to you. After all, it will be your shoulders that is carrying the stuff. I have several different bags based on how much gear I want to lug around. I don't shoot Canon, but my Olympus 50-200mm is a similar size to your 70-200mm lens. In my last two bags, one of the concerns was being able to keep the Olympus camera, 50-200mm and EC-14 teleconverter attached when I was shooting long..

My current favorite shoulder bag is the National Geographic NG-2475 (made by Bogen). I can carry either 2 bodies without extra battery grips or 1 camera with the battery grip, 4 lenses, 2 teleconverters, 1 large flash, 1 small flash:.

Http://www.adorama.com/...hinfo=national%20geographic%20ng-2475&item_no=1.

Here are some pictures (note, I now carry the flash in the front pocket, not as shown in this picture, the second picture shows the E-1 with 50-200mm + EC-14 attached):.

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One note, there is no padding for holding the camera. If you want padding, you can add a Domke padded divider to hold the camera.http://www.adorama.com/...FA211.html?searchinfo=domke%20divider&item_no=2.

Http://www.adorama.com/...;item_no=1?searchinfo=domke%20divider&item_no=1.

I can also put a laptop in the back section. It fits under airline seats, so I usually take stuff out of the front pockets..

A somewhat smaller bag is the Adorama Slinger, and is only available from Adorama. I can carry 1 body without battery grip, 4 lenses, 1 flash. One advantage is it isn't that wide, so it can fit in a roller carry on suitcase along with a laptop. I do find the strap (which can't be removed) to be annoying for carrying the gear all day long:http://www.adorama.com/...LGY.html?searchinfo=adorama%20slinger&item_no=6.

Here are some pictures:.

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Here is a size comparison between the National Geographic NG-5162 backpack that I owned for a bit (laptop case was too small), National Geographic NG-2475 shoulder bag, Lowepro Nova One (that I use for smaller amounts of gear) and Adorama Slinger:.

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Wow - thanks that's an amazing response and very much appreciated..

I think I am stuck with a bigger bag b/c the 70-200 is so long. Maybe I just need to decide beforehand if I go long or go shorter before I leave the house?  .

RNW123..

Comment #8

I suggest you gather up all your gear and go to a camera store. A clerk will let you try fitting all of it into whatever bags they have that you are interested in. This is the best way I know of to be absolutely certain that a bag will work for you before you pay your money..

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

Comment #9

RNW123 wrote:.

I have:.

300D70-200 f4kit lens580EX flash.

I think I might like to get a bag to carry it around, or at leastsome of it; then store all the equipment in it when not in use..

Wander over to Target or Walmart and find the baby section. Look at diaper bags. For $10 to $30 you should be able to find something to fit all your stuff. Best of all, it doesn't scream "there's a camera in here, steal me!".

Need padding? Get some foam (crafts section)..

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