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My journey to the best DSLR camera bag

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Joined Feb 2009
Location: Sacramento, CA
Oct 30, 2012 00:18 |  #1

I have had a bunch of different camera bags over the past 5 years. Most were either a mistake from the beginning or I out grew them with my increasing camera equipment. I have learned a bunch from that experience so I wrote a blog post about it. My best back is the Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L.

Here is the blog if you are interested.

http://www.bobkeenanph​ …the-best-dslr-camera-bag/ (external link)

Bob Keenan - Bobkeenan Photography (external link)

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Oct 30, 2012 11:27 |  #2

Interesting reading, I guess thats a trip most of us have already taken, in the middle of or have just started :)

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Oct 30, 2012 13:51 as a reply to  @ jshalvorsen's post |  #3

Thanks for the story on your journey. I have had two (2) bags over the last five (5) years. I would decide what I needed, and then buy something bigger, to grow into. So far, it has worked for me.


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Oct 31, 2012 01:57 |  #4

Bob, fun read, thanks.
I've gone through several bags in the last years alone.
Capacity, for one, will require different bags.
But, I've recently gone to the dark side, to consider fashion/style of the bag (functional and reliable, but must be stylish as well). It's a disorder.

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Location: Southern Finland
Oct 31, 2012 03:14 as a reply to  @ bigpow's post |  #5

Thanks Bob. Nice to read your journey.
My camera history is alike: Canon PowerShot S5 IS, Canon EOS 500D, Canon EOS 60D and finally some day the EOS 6D or 5D3.
The bags, which I have used are:
- Lowepro Nova 170AW (using it with body and 24-105 on shorter trips)
- Lowepro CompuDaypack
- Kata Sling-Backpack 3N1-20
Kata has advantages: flips from both sides, one or two straps etc. Minor disadvantages: no waterbottle pocket, tripod pocket in the front etc.

I have checked the:
- Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L
- Kata 3N1-35 PL
- some ThinkTanks, Tamracs etc.
But I'm on my way finding the best bag, don't know when I'll find it or...

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| Canon EOS M | EF-M 11-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM, EOS EF-M adapter |
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Oct 31, 2012 11:21 as a reply to  @ clacson's post |  #6

Funny I could have wrote this, I took the same route with the same equipment. I,have gone thru lowepro fastpacks, flipsides, Trekkers, tamrac velocitys, expeditions, etc. I have come to the point depending on what I am doing, I take that bag. I have a crumpler 5 mil that I take to shoot basketball, just flip it open, easy in, easy out. I have bought and sold several tamrac velocity bags, and have a 7x. If I am hiking , or something outside this works perfect for me. I travel about twice a year on flights, and use to take all my stuff in a expedition, or variations of backpacks, now I leave all my shi@ home and take my canon s100:rolleyes:

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Joined Apr 2012
Location: Savage, MN USA
Nov 01, 2012 19:51 |  #7

One of the best bags I've ever had (still have it) is the old Leica canvas bag, sold in the late 70's, early 80's. Testament to a good product, its stained but still in one piece and not torn.

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Canon 100 2.8 macro, Canon 1.4x II, Canon 2.0x II
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Nov 01, 2012 20:05 |  #8

I like a telephoto lens on bag i had an old ugly green bag from my film days I uses for my 100-300 that used to hold my Pentax. I just changed to a 55-250 is I got a slinger bag from Adorama when I got my rebel xs Works great now. Lens on.

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Location: London, UK
Nov 20, 2012 06:17 |  #9

I've had this bag for a few month's now, which houses my gripped 550D, 70-200, Tokina and a flash, but I feel that if it is not completely full, the top half of the bag tends to get a bit flimsy. In comparison, the Flipside 200 has some sort of outer hard shell, which the sport lacks. Overall it's a great bag hence why I stuck with the Flipside range, but the outer shell in my opinion is too flimsy.

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Location: Montana
Nov 20, 2012 08:24 |  #10

Does it bother that the waist belt is not padded to take son pressure off your shoulders?

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Nov 20, 2012 10:02 |  #11

that's a good read, i need a new bag - very timely.

57 posts
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Location: Sacramento, CA
Nov 20, 2012 10:03 |  #12

D.C. wrote in post #15267611 (external link)
Does it bother that the waist belt is not padded to take son pressure off your shoulders?

I could be better with a padded waist belt but it does not bother me that much. Also part of this bag system is being able to rotate it from your back to your front. If it had pads that might might make it a little more difficult?

Bob Keenan - Bobkeenan Photography (external link)

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Location: Austin, Texas
Nov 20, 2012 14:40 |  #13

I bought the same bag last weekend. It is super light-weight and the insert is removable and has a cover that pulls up over it and cinches shut. That insert can then be put into another bag.

I bought it so my 10 yo son could be my gear sherpa. He will carry it with a water bag and extra lenses with less complaint because it is so light to begin with.

The only thing (so far) that I don't like is that it needs another exterior zipper pocket.

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May 17, 2013 05:05 |  #14

Nice detailed review. That camera bag seems like it fits in every type of shooting conditions from hot and sunny to cold and rainy. I noticed that Lowpro has a similar camera bag called Flipside 300. It looks pretty similar to the Flipside Sport 15L, not as much features but a little cheaper.

Found this article which talks more about the Flipside 300:​m/top-3-dslr-camera-bag/ (external link)

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446 posts
Joined Sep 2008
Location: California
May 17, 2013 11:12 |  #15

cool article 'cause I think it resonates with most of us here who've had similar journeys. thanks for sharing.

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