I'm headed to Spain for a year of studying, writing, photography, et al.
What I need is a good camera/laptop backpack that will fit all of the following:
-Canon 5D (no grip)
-135mm L, 24-70mm L, 17-40mm L
-15.4" Macbook Pro
-One normal sized college textbook (8x11, 1 inch thick)
-One thin legal pad
I've done quite a bit of research over the past few weeks and have only come up with three alternatives, though I'm not sure if any of them will accommodate my textbook needs. Here they are:
Crumpler Customary/Sinking Barge
(is there a difference between the two?) The main downside to this one is its cumbersome size -- I'd rather it not look like I'm carrying around the torso of a pregnant woman on my back.
http://www.amazon.com/Crumpler-Sinking- ... 525&sr=8-1
Tamrac Adventure 9
http://www.amazon.com/Tamrac-Adventure- ... 589&sr=1-1
(probably the smallest of the bags, but it's just so sexy)
http://www.amazon.com/Wolverine-BP202-C ... 690&sr=1-2
Anyone had any experience with the Bogen National Geographic bags?
I might have to settle for carrying a separate book bag to school. It'll be a pain, but there might be no other way. I like the slingshot style bags (the convenient camera access is great), but I really need to carry my laptop and camera in the same pack for weekend trips.
I'm also concerned about the laptop compartments scratching up my new Macbook Pro, so any personal experience you might share in that regard would be welcome.