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I'm currently on the look-out for a new camera bag. My main priorities are:
- Being able to get in and out of it quickly and easily
- House the 5DMKII with a Canon 100-400L lens attached
- Enough space to hold 3-4 other smaller lenses
This is really for more day to day use rather than long walks where I wouldn't be carrying a lot of gear.
So far the Lowepro slingshot looks good?
Any advice, recommendations appreciated though
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I've got the Tamrac Explorer 7 - that would do what you're after and have quite a bit of room left over.
it's even got a padded laptop sleeve which I use for... errr, my flashes
I have got slingshot 200 (I think). Might fit 5D2 with 100-400 and room for 1 or maybe 2 short lenses. (It fits my 5D2 with 300F4 or 40D with bigma fine)
So, I would say get the biggest slingshot (300?) or the Kata 3in1 looks rather nice as well.
I have the slingshot 300 and it takes the 5D2 with the 100-400 attached plus room for a couple of other small lenses a 580exII flash a 1.4x extender plus all the other usual bits and pieces, so you should have no problem fitting your kit in.
Hi Ade, Cole and Terry
Many thanks for the advice. I take it you are all happy with the bags you have?!
Ade - will take a look at that, thank you.
Cole - Yes, the 300 looks like a good option, and I know that EPZ have been advertising the Kata 3in1 quite a bit too.
Terry - perfect!! Thank you.
Factor in how long you intend to be carrying the bag for. Thats a lot of heavy kit to be carried on one shoulder for a long time - the waist belt on the slingshot style bags is not brilliant.
Recently I changed to a AW 70 hoster type bag which fits my 5d plus grip and lens, I attached the 100-400 bag to it with clips when I feel that I need that lens, Its reduced the size of bag I carry and when just wandering round enclosed spaces much easier to get round.
The Slingshot 300 will be your best as the 200 will struggle with that requirement as I had to upgrade to the 300 forthat very reason.
Thanks Adam - sound advice. I think in this case the convenience of the slingshot system would outweigh the potential discomfort. I probably wouldn't take all the gear on a longer walk anyway - rather a smaller selection.
Kev - thanks for this
I had a Tamrac velocity 9 and whilst it was great to carry and could take all the contents I wanted there was one problem. When you swing it round the top opens but anything else you want is underneath and has to be more or less mined. the slingshot gives better access but is a little stiff in its construction.
i've a fastpack at the moment as a compromise but at least I sold the Tamrac for more than I paid for it.
This link is a good bag I have the older model but the newer one has the top redesigned so it opens better for access.
I have a Slingshot 300AW, fits a 5D2 with 70-200 attached, 3 more lenses, 580EXII and bits and bobs. It can get a bit heavy though. My wife has a Slingshot 100AW, her 5D2 with 2 lenses, 430EX and some bits and pieces, a lot lighter. Go try on a 300AW and see how you get on with it.
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