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I am looking for a backpack type camera bag to carry a Nikon D7000 with 18-70mm, 80-400mm, 90mm macro and 10-24mm, filters, flash, tripod, small accessories and personal items/ food and drink enough for 1 day landscape/ wildlife photography. I have looked on the web and the Lowepro Vertex 200 aw looks good. Just wondering if anyone has any experience of it or any other reccomendations.
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If you go onto Lowepro website, at the top of the page you will see a heading "BAGFINDER" just click on that and follow what it askes, you would click DSLR, it will then ask you a series of questions of the type of gear you have then it will come up with what type of bag it thinks you would need.
I use an F-stop backpack because of its versatility. You can swap the camera compartment for different sized units depending on what you carry. Very comfy to carry on long walks or climbs. Although not cheap they are built to last.
Just finished doing a review on the new Nest series backpacks, must say I was very impressed, having been a Lowepro user for over 12 years I am used to high quality components and a flexible layout, but theres just something about the Nest I really like and I cant just quite put my finger on it. I have GH3 with grip attached and 14-42 lens, plus 14mm pancake, 45-200 and 100-300, plus light panel, loads of small bits and bats like table tripod, filters, batteries etc. Plus in daypack compartment I have waterproofs, and plenty of space for drink and food. Certainly worth a look. Nest Athena 70 backpack. My youtube review will probably go up later today.
Look at the new ones from Nest. They look good. I use a LowePro Photosport but it might be too small for your purposes.
i have the vertex 200 and it is worth the money. plenty of space for all your bits and pieces and the straps make wearing it a pleasure. i also use a tamrac expidition5. i use it when traveling light(er).
For the amount and size of kit that you mention, I would (and do) use the following backpacks, in order of preference, although they're all equally well suited;
1) Lowepro Flipside 400 AW
2) Lowepro Micro Trekker 200 SE
3) Tamrac Expedition 5
I finished the simple home review of the nest and it here if of any interest. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHlFsZ6hVrA&noredirect=1#t=38
If you want to carry the gear for any sort of distance then you will probably get a more comfortable experience by using a regular backpacker's rucsack. You can buy padded camera bag inserts for aout £20 to keep your lenses separated and protected and the sidestraps will hold a tripod more securely than any camera attachments (or maybe you can even put the tripod in the rucsack). And you will have more room for coat, drink etc.
Quote: I use an F-stop backpack because of its versatility
I have the Loka model, so much more comfortable than either Lowpro or Tamrac backpacks which I have previously owned / used.
I have been looking at a Berghaus rucksack which has wheels but also a built in backpack harness.
Currently using my husbands old rucksack in preference to the Lowepro bag.
I've invested in a Kata mid-size backpack which carries a lot of kit but also is quite versatile in terms of how you carry it (it can be reconfigured to work as a sling backpack etc, etc) good bit of kit which I bought to replace a Lowepro Stealth because it just wasn't versatile enough for me.
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