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Need advice for camera bag
Posted by: Drew
Date: May 24, 2011 07:00PM
Looking for a large camera bag as gift for my son. The bag he uses now can only fit the camera with one attached lens and another lens. Fine for some instances, but other times he wants to carry everything (camera + 3 or 4 lenses, plus other stuff). I saw the Lowe SlingShot and it seemed like a nice design. I could imagine him using it for quick access to the gear without having to take it off like a more normal two-strap backpack.

Any opinions on the Lowe SlingShot or others?
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Re: Need advice for camera bag
Posted by: John B.
Date: May 24, 2011 07:04PM
I have a Kata sling bag which I like. Holds much more than the Sony DSLR, 2 lenses, external flash, batteries, and memory cards that I currently have in it. I think the current models are DT-211 and DT-213. Their site is kata-bags.com, but I bought mine from a photo shop via eBay.
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Re: Need advice for camera bag
Posted by: TheToddler
Date: May 24, 2011 07:10PM
domke
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Re: Need advice for camera bag
Posted by: M>B>
Date: May 24, 2011 07:21PM
I would give a gift card or cash and have him get what he wants, it really is a very personal choice.

Or better take him shopping and he should have all gear with him.

Another bag source is Crumpler.
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Re: Need advice for camera bag
Posted by: haikuman
Date: May 24, 2011 07:32PM
How old is you son Drew..? Maybe he should consider a Camera Valet *(:>* devil smiley






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Re: Need advice for camera bag
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: May 24, 2011 07:49PM
Domke.. The only bag I used in 30 years as a photojournalist. I went through four of them and still have the first one (an original made by Jim Domke) along with the Nikon F2 I carried in it and the last one I used until retirement in 2010 (an F-3XB).

they are great bags and never let me down. You won't go wrong with one.

In fairness, while I never particular cared for them, Tenba was also popular with some of our staffers.



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Re: Need advice for camera bag
Posted by: lafinfil
Date: May 24, 2011 08:04PM
I'll 5th the Domke recommendation - have at least a half dozen and all are at least 15 years old. Great system that's built to last.



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Re: Need advice for camera bag
Posted by: haikuman
Date: May 24, 2011 08:06PM
Where is the Domke linky ...? err best deals linky



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Re: Need advice for camera bag
Posted by: Drew
Date: May 24, 2011 08:10PM
Thanks all. Rudie, plenty of willing valets over here for a blond-haired bilingual kid! Anyone have opinions about LowePro or Tamrac? The Domke bags don't seem to have the backpack style that I'm looking for.
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Re: Need advice for camera bag
Posted by: DRR
Date: May 24, 2011 08:30PM
I like crumpler bags.
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Re: Need advice for camera bag
Posted by: lafinfil
Date: May 24, 2011 08:36PM
I would consider Tamrac & LowePro to be equal in build quality. It's really a matter of feature preferences. You might as well add Temba to the mix.



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Re: Need advice for camera bag
Posted by: wowzer
Date: May 24, 2011 09:11PM
I have several Lowepro camera bags. One is a hip sling for light duty (but has 2 vertical pouches that I can remove). One is a standard box style (allows me to bring my sigma 10-20, tamron 28-75 (on the camera), nikkor 80-200, 1 flash, and space for CF cards, etc. The nice thing is to have a rain proof cover that I can open from the bottom front to protect from rain. I also have a back-pack that allows me to add 2 vertical holders..part of their portable/add-on units. With this bag, I can carry, my Sigma 50-500 (mounted on camera), tamron 28-75, sigma 10-20, 1 flash, and sundry items.

None have let me down. All have been lugged around in light/moderate use. All have been exposed to light rain (no moderate or severe rain)...and the gear has remained bone dry. I've never gone camping with them, but many back-pack trips. Overall, I'm fairly happy with the lowepro bags.


I've tried the sling shot in the stores, but I'm always afraid that I'll drop my camera when I open the top/sides:



My setup (copied from the web):

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Lowepro 35256 Nova 180 AW Digital SLR Camera Bag



Lowepro Outback 200 hip bag




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Re: Need advice for camera bag
Posted by: Uncle Wig
Date: May 24, 2011 09:11PM
Domke too. I like that it's canvas and doesn't shout "expensive items here." Not that someone wouldn't snatch it, of course.



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Re: Need advice for camera bag
Posted by: space-time
Date: May 24, 2011 09:19PM
which camera is he shooting?

[www.pentaximaging.com]
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Re: Need advice for camera bag
Posted by: lafinfil
Date: May 24, 2011 09:23PM
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Uncle Wig
Domke too. I like that it's canvas and doesn't shout "expensive items here." Not that someone wouldn't snatch it, of course.

Alas no backpack though ....

I also like the low key look and feel of the canvas bag, and the older the better. On a side note I used to carry my Hassy system & a light kit in a Lightware case (a hard soft hybrid) They sold "ugly covers" for them. They were fitted covers that they encouraged you to beat up, paint splatter, and generally abuse. They made it less likely for someone to grab your expensive looking bag off the baggage carousel. I never had the ugly covers but I have a number of road cases with BioMedical Hazard stickers on them.

: -)



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Re: Need advice for camera bag
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 24, 2011 09:34PM
....the crumpler ones....???



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Re: Need advice for camera bag
Posted by: Drew
Date: May 24, 2011 09:53PM
Thanks all for the great advice. Lots of stuff to look at. I'm leaning toward the Tamrac 5788.

[www.tamrac.com]

He could carry his MacBook with it as well, though I'd imagine it would be heavy. Ah, he's young.
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Re: Need advice for camera bag
Posted by: mattkime
Date: May 24, 2011 10:16PM
my vote for lowe pro but i'd emphasize ergonomics more than the suggested bags here. i like to hike and shoot. my next bag will be converted from a kelty backpack. but that'll never happen since my trustly lowe pro will never die.



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Re: Need advice for camera bag
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: May 25, 2011 12:51AM
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haikuman
How old is you son Drew..? Maybe he should consider a Camera Valet *(:>* devil smiley



I'll take two! grinning smiley devil smiley



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Re: Need advice for camera bag
Posted by: haikuman
Date: May 25, 2011 01:04AM
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N-OS X-tasy!
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haikuman
How old is you son Drew..? Maybe he should consider a Camera Valet *(:>* devil smiley



I'll take two! grinning smiley devil smiley

Your wish is my command *(:>*




“Stay Hungry Stay Foolish"
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"There are only two mantras yum and yuk mine is yum "
Bernard Mickey Wrangle<>Tom Robbins<> "Still Life With Woodpecker"

"There is a fine line between a rut and a groove"
G.D. Kittredge III

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Re: Need advice for camera bag
Posted by: Mike V
Date: May 25, 2011 05:29AM
I've used heaps of camera bags.

I've got a Slingshot (amongst many others).
It's OK but gets really heavy on one shoulder.
I don't use it any more.

I quite like Crumpler, but they use heaps of Velcro.
So every time you open it there is this huge Riiiiiip noise.

Lowepro is pretty good, but not nearly as good as it used to be years ago.
The quality just isn't anywhere like what it used to be.

The next bag I'm getting is the Thinktank Retrospective 10.



These ones are pretty good too:
Arri Bags




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Re: Need advice for camera bag
Posted by: 3d
Date: May 25, 2011 01:08PM
Would you consider camera inserts like these?

[www.amazon.com]

[www.amazon.com]

Throw the inserts into a "regular" backpack. This way, you can keep it modular. If he only wants to carry a camera with lens + spare. It's one padded insert. If he needs all 3 lenses, he'll carry 2 padded inserts in his backpack.
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Re: Need advice for camera bag
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: May 25, 2011 01:13PM
Amazon has a goldbox deal on the slingshot right now . $52 and free shipping (good for another 2.5 hours)

[www.amazon.com]



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Re: Need advice for camera bag
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: May 25, 2011 06:55PM
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Ombligo
Amazon has a goldbox deal on the slingshot right now . $52 and free shipping (good for another 2.5 hours)

[www.amazon.com]

According to Amazon's Gold Box page this deal is expired, but if you click on the link for the bag it still lists the deal price.



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Re: Need advice for camera bag
Posted by: Mac-A-Matic
Date: May 25, 2011 10:24PM
Oh Haikuman, the luxuries of living in Hawaii...

Back in the 90s when I did photojournalist work, I only used the Domke F-2. I think it's the best.

But you really ought to consider the kind of shooting your son does. If his shooting demands quick access to bodies, lenses and accessories (much like a photojournalist) then the Domke really is the way to go (though there may be suitable modern brands, I don't keep up). The Domke F-2 has a large flap that can be secured or left unclipped and it still covers the gear while keeping it quick at reach. But the best feature (I always thought) was the handle. Completely independent of the flap, the handle allowed me to grab and swing the bag as needed without having to resecure the flap (as many Tamrac and other bags did). Plus, the canvas looks nice and develops that "professional" patina with age and use.

Give me a rig in a canvas bag, khaki shorts, Docksides, plaid shortsleeve button down and a cap and I'd be reliving my youth!

The backpack bags are nice but I never really liked them. Too much effort to access what I want.

Again, it all goes back to the way you like to shoot.
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Re: Need advice for camera bag
Posted by: haikuman
Date: May 26, 2011 12:30AM
This has been a good thread for me... I am also l@@king for a camera bag and I really like the Tamrac.
I hope to be getting a MacBook Pro as my back up computer and this camera bag will allow me to have it all together in one bag... how sweet it is.
[www.amazon.com]

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Posted by: Mac-A-Matic [PM] [Ignore this user]
Date: May 25, 2011 10:24PM
Oh Haikuman, the luxuries of living in Hawaii...

I am currently in the RPI/Philippines *(:>*



Rudie *(:>*



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Steve Jobs

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Bernard Mickey Wrangle<>Tom Robbins<> "Still Life With Woodpecker"

"There is a fine line between a rut and a groove"
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