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Im looking to purchase one for my trip to the lake district in a month or so, can anyone recommend the best one to get that's not mega expensive.
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Hi there, firstly, how much kit will you be taking as there are large backpacks and small backpacks.
You can start your search http://bagfinder.lowepro.com/lp/choose-profile
As Franken asks what you are carrying will make a big difference - but I like the look of this one not bought one yet : http://www.kata-bags.com/bug-203-pl-for-pro-dslr-w-300mm-lens-attached-4-5-lenses
I do have a Tarmac Expedition 7x which is a big pack but the weather proofing is very good.
Quote: Im looking to purchase one for my trip to the lake district in a month or so,
Apart from your camera kit another thing to consider is how much stuff apart from camera gear you are planning to take with you.
If you are walking in the Lakes you would normally take a day pack for a waterprrof. fleece, food, drink,etc. A lot of camera sacks only have room for camera gear and no space for your other stuff.
camera body and 2 lenses plus a few other essentials needed for walking all day
Quote: Camera body and 2 lenses plus a few other essentials needed for walking all day
I have a fair few camera rucksacks & bags, yet for this situation I don't use any of them.
Having the camera in the sack is a pain as it's never available when I want to take a shot, so I have to keep taking the sack off to get at stuff. That slows everything down and means I don't take a lot of shots as it's too annoying.
Instead I just use a good walking sack, with a Thinkank holster on the waist belt, so the camera is quick to get at & put away. The second lens just goes in the main sack wrapped in a novoflex wrap.
|Such a simple question and so many options!
How far are you walking? If you are doing extended hikes uphill and down dale, I would suggest using a regular rucksack and protecting your gear - you can buy photo bag inserts for about £20 and upwards to keep the gear compartmentalised or thinks like the Domke wrap. Camera backpacks can be comfortable but not for extended strenuous walking because the the balance of the bag is not quite right.
If you are not walking far/strenuous, will it be a lot of walking round town? If so you may want to consider something like the LowePro Slingshot because taking a camera pack off your back in a busy street to get another lens can be awkward. The slinghsot aslo gives much more rapid access to the camera even out of town. Their comfort has also improved a fair bit in recent years. The Slinghot 200 is fine for me to hold my 7D+70-200 f4L plus a spare lens and things like spare batter, filters etc
Alternative manufacturers like Tamrac make packs with a small compartment for the camera and another for things like alightweight waterproof and food.
For true backpacks the question is how much gear do you have? I got the LowePro Flipside 400 and it holds one heck of a lot of gear. A friend of mine is a professional wedding photographer and he has the Flipside 300 for all his gear (I just like overkill ).
Do you want to take a tripod? A lot of tripod attachments are pretty flimsy - I prefer strapping the tripod to the side of the bag rather than the back. In my limited experience a tripod lashed to the back of the bag tends to sway around when you are scrambling over rocks and this can be really annouying.
I use this everyday for my walk to work and at weekends for photography.
I usually carry the camera around neck rather than in the bag most of the time.
Works for me.
To honest the camera wont even be in the bag that much as i like to keep hold of it, only really want something with room for other things and for the camera if i needed to put it away
You can check our reviews: http://www.ephotozine.com/reviews/bags--cases-and-straps-2
For a limited budget, I was impressed with this Dorr bag: http://www.ephotozine.com/article/dorr-slim-pack-pure-backpack-review-17978
DaKine make some very nice Camera backpacks. I like that fact they dont look like camera bags.
I use a Lowepro Versapack 200AW. It will carry your camera plus a couple of lenses, and a reasonable amount of other stuff (waterproof, packed lunch, maps) as well. You can set it up so that the camera is accessible from the side of the pack, so you don't have to take the pack off when you want to take it out or put it away - you just slip out one arm and swivel it round to the front. I find it's almost as quick as a sling type bag, and much more comfortable to carry.
Try LowePro PhotoSport 200 - just been to Switzerland on walking holiday and used mine every day. Very comfortable, ventilated back that works, room in top for food, water, rolled up w'proof jacket (tightly rolled, mind), rain cover. Delighted with mine and thoroughly recommend it.
I use the Kata 3n1 33 for trips abroad and the 22 for a daypack at home. I've taken the 33 to China, Iceland and Europe this year, carrying a Canon body four lenses and a Lee filtering system. It's comfortable (I walked 15 miles one day last week in China), durable and gives you the option of wearing it as a slingpak (one strap) or rucksack (two straps). I've only ever worn it as a slingpak and find I can access the camera very quickly and easily.
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