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JonniP 12 28 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2010 7:55AM
Can anyone recommend a decent bag for camera kit.
A funny Q maybe but there is so much on the net.

I need to carry the body with approx 3 lens fashgun cards leads etc.
I like the look of Lowepro but look forward to suggestions

Many thanks

Chaitanya 11 14 1 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2010 8:13AM
What kind of lenses do you carry ? Tamrac bags are also good. If you want a backpack styled bag then Tamrac 5584 Expedition 4x Backpack is a very good bag. I carry Nikon D300s with Sigma 150-500 lens attached+ Carl Zeiss 100mm f/2 macro + Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro+ Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 and Nikon SB600 flash gun in this bag. Tamrac makes good bags but they are a little expensive compared to Lowepro bags. You can consider Tamrac bags apart from traditional Lowepro bags.
Geoffphoto 15 13.5k United Kingdom
9 Feb 2010 8:23AM
One word - Billingham
rhody 19 2.8k 2 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2010 8:35AM
Have a look at the Kata R103 - it might suit your needs.

So many to choose from though.

Also have a look in the Classifieds on here - you might strike lucky or place a "Wanted" ad in there as well.
discreetphoton Plus
17 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2010 8:52AM
I'm currently using a Lowepro Flipside 300, and really happy with it. It's comfortably within airline hand luggage limits, hold it's shape well, and is really secure. It's a backpack, but you don't have to take it off to get into it, you can just use the waist srap to swing it to the front.

It doesn't look that big, but the space is really useable. At the moment mine is holding:

D300 with grip and 70-200mm 2.8 attached.
17-55mm 2.8
Canon G11
SB-900 flashgun
Lee filter holder and filters
10.5mm fisheye.
Bunch of spare batteries; remote, cable, sensor brush and hoods for the two large lenses.

So if you are not using bulky lenses, then there is plenty of room in there for a third lens. I have managed to squeeze a 105mm macro in there by taking out the 'compact.'
Coleslaw 16 13.4k 28 Wales
9 Feb 2010 8:53AM
Kata 3-in1 is pretty good too.
jken 15 1.7k 1 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2010 9:29AM
Another vote here for Tamrac, i use an Expedition 7 that lets me carry 2 bodies, 4-5 lenses, big flash, Filter kit + screw in's, cables.... in fact everything i need, oh and the tripod strapped on the back. Don't go for a bag that fits the kit you have now, think a head. The difference in cost between a small bag as against one with more room may surprise you.

Also don't spend all your cash now if you can wait, Focus on imaging is just around the corner at the NEC, you never know you may end up with something else out of your bag budget if you can save some cash at focus.

JonniP 12 28 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2010 7:37AM
Thanks everyone, that has given me food for thought.

Jken, very good advice about thinking ahead as our love is an endless joyous pit
Dugi34 14 917 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2010 8:39PM
I second the Kata 3 in 1 . I have just changed from Lowepro 200 aw to the 30 model. Lots of room and a versatile strap system. This one will carry gear I haven't bought yet. Smile
BigRick 16 2.1k 3 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2010 10:04PM
if you can make it go to Focus imaging and have a look at the hundreds they have there. Smile
ARI 19 587 1 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2010 3:20PM
I am in the market for something similar. Came across this in Amazon and looks interesting. I will also hold a laptop. Presently 87
Lowepro Stealth D650 AW Shoulder Bag
lawbert 14 1.8k 15 England
13 Feb 2010 7:58PM
I use a lowepro vertex 100 aw and can highly reccomend it.
I carry a sigma 120-300 f2.8 with a convertor and a body attached, a couple of other fairly large lenses, leads 2 flashes and a laptop.
The inside is fully customisable to your needs and it is very comfortable to use having a chest strap considering the weight it carries.
One of its best assets is its rain cover that tucks away to nothing and is very waterproof, I got caught out in a thunderstorm last year and everything was perfectly dry apart from me!!
samfurlong 15 2.5k United Kingdom
13 Feb 2010 10:47PM

Quote:I am in the market for something similar. Came across this in Amazon and looks interesting. I will also hold a laptop. Presently 87
Lowepro Stealth D650 AW Shoulder Bag this post Report Comment

I have the stealth 650 which is a similar size and it takes 2x MK3 bodies ,16-35 , 24-70 and 70-200 (all f2.8 versions), 1.4 and 2x extenders, 2 canon 580 ex flashguns, quantum turbo battery pack, a 12 inch laptop as well as a flash bracket, spare camera batteries and cards plus a few cables and a 50mm f1.2.
photofrenzy 14 424 2 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2010 12:37AM
Tell ya what why not try out the LOWESPRO VERTEX range of bags , I use the VERTEX 300 its the BEST built bag i have ever owned , Was thinking of buying the TAMRAC Expedition but once i saw the vertex 300 got it straight away and its realy comfortable once on your back and most importantly has loadz of padding for your back.
Has weathersealing zips and a weather cover to keep the rain out well worth a look
JJGEE 16 8.0k 18 England
14 Feb 2010 8:42AM

Quote:I use the VERTEX 300 its the BEST .....

I also looked at that bag as well and indeed it is quite good.

However, I finally went for Tamrac Expedition series as the tripod attachment system, for me, was far more substantial for a heavy tripod / head.

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