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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2007 11:44 pm 
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I am considering purchase of a comfortable camera oriented "daypack" backpack. The intention is to safely stow my Canon D400 with its EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM with room for an EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM, spare battery, memory cards etc. and, for the future, still have room for another telephoto.

That's the easy bit. I have been looking at the LowePro site and while there is a huge choice of backpacks designed for and illustrated full of camera kit precious few seem to have space set aside to carry a waterproof, water bottles, lunch, maps, compass, insect repellent etc. while retaining convenient, but not instant, access to the camera and lenses.

The only ones that seem to fit the bill for space are the Orion AW, the Orion Trekker II and the DryZone Rover.

While I am leaning towards the DryZone Rover I would value advice. Does anyone have experience with any of these or have any other recommendations?

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Hi Bob, I'd be interested in hearing too - I need a replacement for my Crumpler shoulder bag - its killing my shoulder!

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Hi Gordon,

Not a lot of response so far. I guess the guys who have this question sorted are too busy out in the countryside to be logging onto the forum.

Have you considered any models other than those I mentioned in my initial post?

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A friend of mine had a big crumpler rucksack which looked pretty neat, and he mentioned there were smaller models out there - could be worth looking into. As you know I'm a great believer in having something which doesn't look too much like a camera bag for discretion...

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I have a Lowepro backpack I got as a freebie when I took out a subscription to Practical Photography. I can't see a name on it and I think it's too small for your needs but the layout is good. All the camera gear goes in the base leaving the top compartment free for a flask and lovely lovely egg & tomato sarnies. Did I say lovely?

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Zorro, you have hit the nail on the head there - I need a bag not just for my camera, but also for a bottle of water and some sandwich-based sustenance (actually, I'm quite partial to avocado, tomato, a bit of spinach and red onion at the mo... maybe we need an off-topic secion for sandwich fillings)

I also see a time when I might need to squeeze one of those new Sony Vaio TZ laptops in there too. In the bag, not the sandwich.

Trouble is, most of these camera bags are designed for cameras alone, while most hiking rucksacks aren't prepared to protect camera gear. My current compromise is the latter, with the camera stuff in a variety of jiffy bags or bubble wrap.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 12:20 am 
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Hi Gordon,

It seems that the DryZone Rover fits the bill pretty well for all but the notebook. The only things holding me back (sic) at the moment are not being able to put one on to try it out for comfort (hence starting this thread) and the fact that it's named after a dog! Remember Rover cars trying to sell in the States?

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Hmmm, looks good...

Do they not sell Lowe pro at your local Jessops or Jacobs?

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What about one of these? -

http://www.lowepro.com/Products/Backpac ... er_AW.aspx

Or check out the features on this one -

http://www.rotation360.com/

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Hi zorro,

Thanks for suggesting the Rotation360º bag. It looks great but unfortunately doesn't seem to be available in the UK and I think I would need to see this one in person to find out how comfortable that rigid shell in the small of the back is.

If Crumpler has a suitable bag good luck to them but with a website designed around the needs of an intellectually challenged five year old I can't be bothered to find out.

Looks like I'll have to ring around and find if a local Jessops has the doggy-bag in stock.

Bob.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 8:48 am 
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Gordon wrote:
most of these camera bags are designed for cameras alone

There is always the CompuRover AW. It seems a bit over the top for a stroll around the Cotswolds but for the serious hikertographer with a wife who can carry the tent, first aid kit, cooking gear and sleeping bags in her own pack (the Berghaus C7 Pro 70+10 even has a zippered bottom compartment so she can carry an extra lens or two) you are all set. :)

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Leica D Vario-Elmar 14mm-150mm f/3.5 - f/5.6 ASPH.
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I know what you mean about the Crumpler site. I thought it was amusing for at least, oh, 3 seconds, lol.

Do you really need a hydration system in the bag? If not you could save some money and go for the CompuroverAW from Lowepro -

http://www.lowepro.com/Products/Backpac ... er_AW.aspx

I must find out how to link properly.

As a by the by - I totally recommend Warehouseexpress.com for all your photography needs. I've used them pretty much exclusively and haven't had any problems. Always prompt delivery and generally the cheapest I can find.

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zorro wrote:
Do you really need a hydration system in the bag?


Not really but it does come in handy for those Borg impressions
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Leica D Vario-Elmar 14mm-150mm f/3.5 - f/5.6 ASPH.
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Hi zorro,

As far as linking is concerned to link to a site, as you know, the default is the following syntax

[url]http://www.cameralabs.com[/url]

To replace the URL with friendly text use

[url=http://www.cameralabs.com]Camera Labs[/url]

I have turned off BBCode in this post so you can see the control strings.

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Leica D Vario-Elmar 14mm-150mm f/3.5 - f/5.6 ASPH.
OM-D E-M5, H-PS14042E, Gitzo GT1541T, Arca-Swiss Z1 DP ball-head.
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