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PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2009 6:14 pm 
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Hello,

I am wanting to purchase a camera bag and cannot decide on a shoulder bag or a backpack. At this stage my new kit is just the Canon 450D twin lens kit, but I will be looking at a macro and wide angle lens in the near future. I will also purchase a tripod soon.
Can anyone recommend a good bag or point to sites that review them?
I want to get into landscape, so some country walks will be required.

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There's so much choice in styles and capacity it's hard to narrow down. If you can, get to a store and have a look at them in person.

I have done reviews of two different bags I have in the user review section, both are on the smaller side.

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Thanks popo for the reply, I know what you mean about a large selection, I have been to Lowepro and Tamrac web sites and because there seems to be so many, it makes it hard to choose the right one. Lowepro is probably my favorite, but there are just so many.
I was hoping to find out what others use and there opinion's.
Mainly I will be doing just day outings, not overnight tramps, just looking for a comfortable bag to carry all my gear, why I am looking at a backpack.

thanks again,
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Well, first off, this belongs in the Bags And Cases section.

I think it really depends on how much gear you will have in the FUTURE. Will you have to carry multiple bodies? Flash and lighting Equipment? Long Lenses? Laptops? And will you ever have to carry every major piece of equipment you own?


Dave58nx wrote:
I want to get into landscape, so some country walks will be required.


IMHO, If you are carrying a lot of heavy equipment for a long time, then there is no bag that is as comfortable as the Lowepro Vertex Series (100-300). It s a bit pricey but i LOVE it, and i dont think you'll ever run out of room.

If you have time i have done a video review of the Vertex 200AW Here

I currently have it relativley maxed out , carrying:
-Nikon d300 + Mb-d10
-70-200 f/2.8
-Sigma 10-20mm
-85mm f1.8
-50mm f/1.8
-18-200
-Tamron 90mm f/2.8 MACRO
-SB-600
-pocket digicam
-several chargers
-CF Cards
-triggers, lens hoods, caps, cords. cables, ect.......

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my apologies, I did not see the Bags and Cases link, any way I think I will look at the Lowepro Micro trekker 100, it seems to do what i require.

And again sorry for posting in the wrong section

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Dave58nz wrote:
my apologies, I did not see the Bags and Cases link, any way I think I will look at the Lowepro Micro trekker 100, it seems to do what i require.

And again sorry for posting in the wrong section

David


Its no problem :wink:

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Dave58nz wrote:
And again sorry for posting in the wrong section

Sometimes it's better to post in Off topic, you'll get more readers here.
Lowepro bags are a good choice, good quality! Don't get one that's too large, I made that mistake when getting a CompuTrekker AW, which is now my travelbag (for longer trips when I take my camera), I had to get a second bag for daily use (a smaller one...).

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 1:46 pm 
Look here: http://www.cambags.com , they've got reviews for almost every camera bag every made, no kidding!

Make sure you plan for the future when you chose the bag. When I got my SR100AW I thought it was too big (eventhough it's not a big bag) and now it's maxed out after only one year. Also, I'd trust actual photos (cambags.com has plenty) or first-hand experience rather than the manufacturer's specifications when it comes to carrying capacity.


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Thank you all for the replies, very helpful, and thanks Graham for the link.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 7:43 pm 
if it helps any...

i've got both. i've got something like a crumpler 4million dollar home and a lowepro AW 200.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 8:02 pm 
The problem I have with backpacks is that they are a pain to take off, get your gear out, put back on and vice versa... but they are the most comfortable to wear.

I have never tried a shoulder bag and its something that I am curiouse about. i also like the look of messenger bags although Im not sure these would be so good for bulky items like camera gear.

I have a lowepro slingshot 200 and its great. its a combination of a backpack and a shoulder bag. the thing I liked about it was the easy access, you just swing it roung when its still on you and you can access the contents.


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Hi Dave58nz, as much as I hate Crumpler's bizarre marketing and website style, I am very fond of their bags... see:

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Crump ... Barge_bag/

and http://www.cameralabs.com/blog/may06/29/ for some fun!


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