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Which camera bags really don't look like camera bags?

 
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Jan 06, 2013 15:31 |  #1

It seems to me that there are very few camera bags that don't actually look like camera bags. Flashy stripes and colours, masses of pockets on the side and front, makers names and so on.

Can anyone post some pictures or name some models that look really drab and ordinary, like they just had sandwiches and a few books in? Thinking medium size here - body and 3 or 4 lenses - but open to all ideas including smaller bags.




  
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Jan 06, 2013 15:35 |  #2

http://www.ebay.co.uk …_trksid=p3984.m​1423.l2649 (external link)

There's something that looks pretty ordinary. You can get dividers separately as well. These guys in China LeeFee do quite a few.

http://www.ebay.co.uk …ain_0&hash=item​43b6a36e00 (external link)




  
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Jan 06, 2013 15:39 |  #3

Billingham bags look nothing like camera bags

But they do cost a pretty penny if you were to go with a billy bag I would recommend a Hadley Pro or Large


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Jan 06, 2013 15:40 |  #4

you can search "messenger camera bag" on Amazon and you'll find quite a few, as well as some separate inserts designed to be used in conventional messenger bags. I've found that the simple act of hanging my Crumpler from the back of the stroller convinces most people it's just a diaper bag. ;)


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Jan 06, 2013 15:58 |  #5

Most messenger bags will fit your criterion, but as far as backpacks go you will have to look at something like the TT ShapeShifter or any of the outdoor bags such as those from F-Stop.


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Jan 06, 2013 16:06 |  #6

T2iGuy wrote in post #15452970 (external link)
Billingham bags look nothing like camera bags

But they do cost a pretty penny if you were to go with a billy bag I would recommend a Hadley Pro or Large

This. People get confused when I tell them I bought my bag in B&H.

You can look into Ona bags. They look nothing like camera bags but are just as expensive as billingham. They also have a really nice backpack. Onas look more modern compared to billingham's timeless looks.




  
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Jan 06, 2013 16:11 as a reply to  @ vsg28's post |  #7

Not looking for a backpack - that would be easier, but I just want a shoulder bag.

The trouble with most messenger bags is that they are the wrong shape - about a foot square and quite thin. A nice camera bag - to me - needs to be wider. I mean, most Canon DSLRs are wider than a thin messenger bag, and that's not counting the lenses.




  
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Jan 06, 2013 16:16 |  #8

I think the Think Tank Photo Retrospective 7 (or 5 or 10) are pretty stealth. Here is my little review of mine.

http://photographywisd​om.com …pective-7-review-944.html (external link)




  
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Jan 06, 2013 16:23 |  #9

Another Think Tank user. I use my Lowpro when I'm local but have purchased a Think Tank Airport (on wheels) for travel because it does not look like a camera bag, it just looks like an ordinary carry-on.


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Jan 06, 2013 16:23 |  #10

les24preludes wrote in post #15453115 (external link)
Not looking for a backpack - that would be easier, but I just want a shoulder bag.

The trouble with most messenger bags is that they are the wrong shape - about a foot square and quite thin. A nice camera bag - to me - needs to be wider. I mean, most Canon DSLRs are wider than a thin messenger bag, and that's not counting the lenses.

I have no issues fitting a gripped 5D2 with 70-200mII attatched in my Crumpler without it distorting the bag. I can still fit 4 other lenses in there..........


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Jan 06, 2013 16:29 |  #11

http://www.jackpykesho​p.co.uk/jack-pyke-cartridge-bag.html (external link)

Here's a useful smaller bag. They do other sizes. I think it can be better to search on "hunting bag" (or shooting or fishing) than messenger bag.




  
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Jan 06, 2013 16:50 as a reply to  @ les24preludes's post |  #12

Lowepro Pro Messenger 180 http://www.lowepro.com​/promessenger (external link) , Crumpler 6 or 7Million Dollar http://www.crumpler.co​m …Code=EN&SKU=MD6​002-X01P60 (external link),
Think Tank http://www.thinktankph​oto.com …spective-7-blueslate.aspx (external link) I love the Lowepro ( brought one ) the Think Tank came a close second for me followed by the Crumpler which I also have .


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Jan 06, 2013 17:11 |  #13

les24preludes wrote in post #15452949 (external link)
It seems to me that there are very few camera bags that don't actually look like camera bags. Flashy stripes and colours, masses of pockets on the side and front, makers names and so on.

Can anyone post some pictures or name some models that look really drab and ordinary, like they just had sandwiches and a few books in? Thinking medium size here - body and 3 or 4 lenses - but open to all ideas including smaller bags.

I kinda created my own outta a couple of bags.

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National geo bag padded guts
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Holds 2 5DIIs, 200 2L, 85L, 35L and 34L. Extra cards, batteries, battery charger and a to of other stuff.



  
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Jan 06, 2013 17:26 |  #14

Really neat work! This is the kind of thing I'm after. Did you make the dividers or buy them somewhere?




  
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Jan 06, 2013 18:10 |  #15

les24preludes wrote in post #15453428 (external link)
Really neat work! This is the kind of thing I'm after. Did you make the dividers or buy them somewhere?

They came outta a national geo bag that I really didn't like.




  
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