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Camera Backpack for gear including Nikon 200-500

VolcanoCowboy 14 157 England
22 Jun 2016 2:08AM
I'm planning to purchase Nikon's 200-500 f/5.6 lens, but also need to purchase a new bag to carry it as my current LowePro Primus isn't designed to carry such a lens.

As I live in an area without access to camera shops, I have done a bunch of research online and think I have narrowed my choices down to either the LowePro 400 AW or the Mindshift Gear FirstLight 30L. Both have pros and cons for day hike and air travel use.

Does anyone here have experience of using either bag? My kit includes a gripped Nikon D750, 200-500 f/5.6, 24-120 f/4, 1.4x TC (or equivalent gear) with a monopod, extra memory cards, filters, tools and other odds and sods.

I will be visiting the UK at the start of July for a couple weeks so will have the opportunity to try out the bags, but I do want to hear of any member's experience with either bag.

andybebbs 12 615 1 England
22 Jun 2016 8:02AM
I have the lowepro flipside 400aw and its a great bag and loads of space inside, I don`t know the dimentions of the 200-500 but looks big enough to fit i put a d750 and 3 small lens in mine with no trouble at all.
Philh04 Plus
15 2.2k United Kingdom
22 Jun 2016 10:02AM
I have the 500AW as it takes my 500/4 and my wife has the 400AW, she can fit loads into hers and finds it comfortable to carry... I am sure it will be more than big enough for the kit you describe.

VolcanoCowboy 14 157 England
22 Jun 2016 2:51PM
Thanks Andy and Phil. I am leaning more towards the 400 AW. As far as I can tell, it should fit, but the lens hood on the 200-500 is quite big.
dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 710 England
22 Jun 2016 7:42PM
I have the Flipside 500 too, for a 500 f/4 which is a cosy fit, so your lens should fit that fine. Check the dimensions of your lens and a 400 mm lens with both 400 and 500 bags as you may find the 400 AW is sufficient.
dlm71 5 224 2 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2016 10:57PM
Hi, I know you say you have narrowed it down to two manufacturers but i have one to throw into the mix and it's the Manfrotto Pro Light RedBee-210, I have suggested this as i have one and use it in conjunction with the Nikon D7200 and Nikon 200-500 and i have found it suits me perfectly when i go wildlife and birding photography and what i find useful when out birding is the top loading facility which comes in handy with our inclement weather.

Just a suggestion but i hope it doesn't confuse matters?
VolcanoCowboy 14 157 England
23 Jun 2016 1:07AM
Thanks for the suggestion. I had considered a couple of Manfrotto bags (there were 15 backpacks on the list originally!), but decided against them for various reasons. The bag you suggest is one I decided against, primarily because of its thin waist strap and the lack of mesh pockets that could be used for storing food and water. The top-loading design of the RedBee-210 is an interesting design however, and I could certainly see its usefulness.

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