That's odd, I thought this thread was deleted. I noticed the bag sticky right after--oh well. I definitely appreciate all these responses. I've already gone through more than a few backpacks (almost all lowepro), and I definitely want to give a messenger type a try, even if it's slightly more painful.
DCMP wrote in post #10568927
When you guys reference shoulder bags, do you mean sling-style as well? I use a (now waaaay to small) sling bag the crosses my chest, and really like the ability to swing the bag from my hip to front to work with. Ive been looking to really up my capacity though, and have been contemplating the backpack style for space. i hate how long it will then take to access gear.
I recently stumbled across the kata 3n1 series bag, and really like the concept. Backpack on a sling, that loads the cam on the side that is faceup when you swing it around in front of you. Seems to be a nice compromise between backpack and hip, and laptop capable as well. Haven't seriously researched it yet, but good price too.
I dislike the sling types... I went through 3 different lowepro slingshot versions (including a pentax variant) and I didn't like it--too much work to spin around, too hard to open, too awkward at putting in and taking out equipment.
FlyingPhotog wrote in post #10569030
I highly reccomend checking out the Lowepro Classified 250 AW...
It can hold a helluva lot of gear if you want it to!
That's a good looking bag--I'll have to give that (and the smaller sizes) a serious look.
crn3371 wrote in post #10570791
Check out the Tenba photo satchels. My main bag is a Tamrac Expedition backpack. Great for weight distribution and carrying heavy loads, but sucks as a shooting bag. Picked up the Tenba as a shooting bag and so far I've been happy with it. I will admit that if I load it up it does get a little tiresome with all of the weight on one shoulder, but any shoulder bag will.
Are you referring to these ones?
They are fugly beyond belief and wide to boot I like the one with the laptop insert though--versatility takes a backseat to looks...
2mnycars wrote in post #10570836
You've got a lot of gear!
For shooter's bags--I prefer Domke. I plan to look at the Retro bags from ThinkTank when local vendors wize up and carry them.
I've had sling bags--don't like them. Wearing them and pulling gear out just doesn't feel good. And I end up rumpled like I slept in my clothes.
I've had messenger bags; the ones I chose were hard to work out of.
There are lots of photos on this site. Check the list at the top of the index, and you'll see bags filled with gear like yours.
Hope this helps!
edit: the list--https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=585253
When I'm out and about, I'm a minimalist... my 7d, 70-200mm attached, the 15-85mm, and MAYBE the 50mm 1.8. That's it. 5 lbs worth won't take up much room and it won't put a strain on my shoulder. I've already taken a look at the bag thread, but I like personalized recommendations all the same I really really like the thinktank retrospect models, but they're impossible to find locally to look at, as you've said...
bjmin wrote in post #10574530
+1 on crumplers. Have a collection going on the MDH's. Inconspicuous except for the sometimes bright colors.
Had tarmac velocity x9 that didn't seem to hold as much and uncomfortable having to slide the pack back to front
The tarmac is the opposite of what I'd want in a satchel Ugly, unwieldy... that poor man-model looks so awkward with that thing.
I think I may have to try a crumpler next--so many people seem to recommend them...
Now that I REALLY like. Looks good, functional, looks well padded, AND it's cheap to boot. Hmm...