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Apr 04, 2011 19:55 |  #1

I just bought a Think Tank Streetwalker Pro to replace my beloved but small Fipside 300. The SWP is great and it holds all my gear nice & snug now but it's a tad too bulky to carry around in crowed bars and clubs when I shoot bands.

Been thinking about getting a second smaller, more discrete bag to hold my gripped 7D + 3 lenses max (Sigma 50mm, EF-S 17-55, & 70-200mm f/2.8L II) and maybe a 580EX II. I really like the messenger-style bags and think I want to go with one of those. Any suggestions on what I should look at or stay away from?


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Apr 04, 2011 19:57 |  #2

I just ordered a Streetwalker pro to go with my messenger bags. If you already like thinktank check out the retrospective bags, the Retro bags are actually designed for cameras with grips so this may be perfect for you. I also like the domke 5xc for really small setups but I don't think this one works with a grip.

Retro 20 if you want the 70-200 mounted to fit, the 10 or 30 will fit the lens not mounted.


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Apr 04, 2011 20:06 |  #3

Thanks Tommy. I'm a big Think Thank fan now and the Retrospective looks pretty slick.

I've got my eye on the Tenba Messenger too but it looks pretty narrow. Think I might have problems fitting a gripped body w/ lens attached in there.


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Apr 04, 2011 20:13 |  #4

I actually just picked up a retrospective 10 over the weekend. Its the first messenger bag ive purchased. Fits my 1d w/ 85L right in the center, 70-200 and a 24-70 on each side. Took it out for the first time today and im loving it so far. Feels superlight even tho im carrying quite a bit. And access to the camera is pretty quick.


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Apr 04, 2011 20:17 |  #5

What's great with the Retro bags is you can add modular pouches to the side straps ( reason I got the 10 ) They are probably bigger then they appear, check youtube your sure to find some indepth reviews


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Apr 04, 2011 20:37 |  #6

Yeah, I think you guys sold on the Retrospective. Didn't realize you can cram so much into the 10.

@ArinX - can you fit a 580EX II in there with your other stuff too?


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Apr 04, 2011 20:53 |  #7

Another vote for the Retro 10. You can easily fit what you mentioned in there with room to spare.


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Apr 04, 2011 20:57 |  #8

I've got a Retro 10PS and an Urban Disguise 40. Find both have their strong points.
As passenger in our sports car, the UD40 takes up a narrower space. I keep it between my feet, handy. Keeps spiders and snakes out better than my R10 too....
I prefer to shoot out of the R10. It's like a Domke, but bulkier. I use it when I need padding around my gear for peace of mind.
If I don't need that, my Domke F3X works really, really well. It's a shooter bag. It's so light in comparison, that I almost don't know it's there.
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Apr 04, 2011 21:02 |  #9

TT Retrospective series or the Timbuk2 Snoop Messenger, I have both (the 30 and the large) You can carry 2 bodies with lenses attached or 1 body and 3-4 lens plus accessories in either. I like the Timbuk for the weatherproof fabric, I know the TT Retro 30 has a rain cover but I don't like pulling the cover off to open the bag. The TT is great for low key events. Either one you cannot go wrong with.


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Apr 04, 2011 21:15 as a reply to  @ mitch2k1's post |  #10

I like my Vanguard Up-Rise 33 which I bought a few months back.. One of the best messenger styled bags I've seen/used. They also make an Up-Rise 28 and Up-Rise 38..

http://www.vanguardwor​ld.com …deo/detail-1-1-4-433.html (external link)


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Apr 04, 2011 21:18 |  #11

The Domke F3X is worth considering if you want a similar lighter bag, the Retro bags are a bit heavy in comparison but a bit more functional.


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Apr 04, 2011 21:22 |  #12

yogestee wrote in post #12158942 (external link)
I like my Vanguard Up-Rise 33 which I bought a few months back.. One of the best messenger styled bags I've seen/used. They also make an Up-Rise 28 and Up-Rise 38..

http://www.vanguardwor​ld.com …deo/detail-1-1-4-433.html (external link)

Never heard of this one but I like it. The 33 looks like it may be too big/bulky for me, so the 28 might be better.


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Apr 04, 2011 21:35 as a reply to  @ Norkusa's post |  #13

The Vanguards are fairly new on the market.. I've never heard of them either until I went back to Australia for Christmas.. I was looking for a new messenger styled bag. The Vanguards were displayed with Lowepro, Kata, Crumpler etc, and they just caught my eye on both styling and price..

The acid test came when I flew back to Australia.. I unpacked my Lowepro SlingShot 200AW (my favourite bag) and moved my gear into the Vanguard.. 50d/grip, 135l, Sigma EX 50-150mm f/2.8, EF 50mm f/1.4 and Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8,, plus Di866, chargers, batteries and bits and bobs.. I also put all my travel documents in the Vanguard.. I had a four hour stopover in Bangkok.. I found the bag very easy to carry and fits nicely into the overhead compartments of a plane..


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Apr 04, 2011 22:06 |  #14

Jurgen thanks for posting! I'll go take a look.
Interesting you like the SlingShot. I have the same one, and it just didn't work for me. I was really clumsy using it.
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Apr 04, 2011 22:19 |  #15

2mnycars wrote in post #12159318 (external link)
Jurgen thanks for posting! I'll go take a look.
Interesting you like the SlingShot. I have the same one, and it just didn't work for me. I was really clumsy using it.
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Hahahaaaaa :lol:

I found this also when I first got my SlingShot.. I use it primarily when I'm travelling and mostly in remote areas..

I've never been a fan of backpacks although I've got a Lowepro Computrekker AW which I take if I need a mountain of gear.. The SlingShot for me is dead easy to use.. Stuff is easy to get at without removing the bag..

I use my Vanguard when shooting in the city..


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