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How do you carry your camera kit and day gear when walking?


psiman e2
11 551 Wales
6 Aug 2007 12:00PM
I have a Lowepro Mini Trekker AW which I find is a great bag for carrying around my gear (400D + Sigma 17-70mm + Sigma 70-300mm + Velbon Sherpa 600R Tripod + Cokin P Filter kit + Flashtrax XT + Kood Reflector + 1.4x Converter + Binoculars and all my various small accessories). The trouble is once all this lot is installed there's little room for any everyday essentials such as clothing, food and drinks (I do have the Lowepro Sliplok water bottle holder which helps).

When I go out for a day's hiking I'll probably only want the camera and lenses plus filter and tripod plus - depending on the time of year - a fleece and/or waterproof jacket and over trousers, sandwiches, water/thermos flask - all x 2 for me and the missus - plus maps, cell phone, etc.

I suspect I'm probably better getting a proper hiking rucksack but I wondered what others do and if anyone has any advice or suggestions?

Thanks,

Simon

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digicammad e2
11 22.0k 37 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2007 12:07PM
I recently bought the Orion Trekker because I am trying to travel a little lighter, so far no problems. I can fit the body with a lens attached, one more lens, flashgun, angle finder, cable release and head torch in the bottom. This leaves the top free for a lightweight jacket, poncho, food and maps. There are two small side pockets which will take batteries and spare cards.

Beware if you go for a full size rucksack that they can be extremely heavy, even before the gear is loaded. I have a Nature Trekker and it is probably as heavy unloaded as the Orion Trekker is when loaded.

The one downside of the Orion Trekker is that it has no waterproof cover, but the material doesn't do a bad job on its own.

HTH

Ian

edit - It won't take your tripod but I have found it much more comfortable to use a strap rather than add more weight to the rucksack.
deviant e2
10 3.0k 1 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2007 12:14PM

Quote:How do you carry your camera kit and day gear when walking?

I put the camera and a wide angle lens in a small kangaroo like pouch I had sugically added to my stomach. The hiking gear I keep in a small Lowe Alpine bag.

But seriously... use a Lowepro phototrecker with a daypack on it. Carries everything. If travelling light I just use a Lowepro Slingshot 200AW.
dougv e2
10 8.4k 3 England
6 Aug 2007 12:21PM
I use the Lowepro Orion Trekker II which seems OK for most situations.
It can be a little limited on space depending on what you decide you want to take with you.
I can't complain for the price I paid for it, but I wouldn't say it is perfect for all situations.
It does serve me well when when travelling by air as it is within the carry on baggage size limitations.

Doug
GPTek e2
8 440 1 England
6 Aug 2007 1:07PM
I use a Lowepro Rover AW II which is similar to the Orion Trekker, in that it has 2 compartments but has more space both in the base and in the upper compartment. It also has the tripod pocket and bungees on the back.

Geoff
psiman e2
11 551 Wales
6 Aug 2007 2:05PM
Thanks for your very helpful suggestions. My wife has the Orion Trekker II and although it's useful for her general needs it doesn't have enough space in the upper compartment for what I'm looking for. However the Rover AW II and Rover Plus look promising and I'll check them out.

Simon
whipspeed e2
10 4.1k 22 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2007 2:28PM

Quote:How do you carry your camera kit and day gear when walking?


I don't, my husband and teenage son carry it for me Smile

Although being a woman, I have bags for different occasions, I've got a crumpler, ok for 1 camera & lens, a slingshot, carries a bit more and a big backpack if I want to take everything out.
digicammad e2
11 22.0k 37 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2007 2:35PM
... but Sarah, surely if you take everything out you would only need a very small bag?

Tongue
mattw e2
11 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2007 2:52PM

Quote:The one downside of the Orion Trekker is that it has no waterproof cover, but the material doesn't do a bad job on its own.


Before the Loepro advertising department started to extol the virtues of the AW cover, they used to claim that their 'regular' material was fully rain proof.

I put this to the test at Le Mans 2001 - 24h of monsoon type rain. I was soaked through, while the Orion trekker on my back was completely dry inside. Case proved.
digicammad e2
11 22.0k 37 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2007 2:54PM
Cheers Matt

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