I have searched to the end of the internet and back, and I am now well aware that there is no such thing as a perfect camera bag - no way, no how. Can't blame anyone because of the wide array of uses they need to design for, but it sure doesn't make picking one any easier. I've been putting so many hours into finding one that my head is spinning, so now that I have an idea of what I want and what's out there, I thought I would run it by you guys to see if you think this is a good choice.
This will be my camera bag first and foremost. However, I need this bag for a 2-week trip to Alaska (land/sea cruise with excursions). I will be carrying it with me whenever we're not sitting every day. I am going with my pregnant wife and 2 year old son, so the bag needs to be able to carry some extra stuff besides just my camera gear. I plan to keep this pack for a very long time, and until the kids are all 5-6 years old or so, I think my situation will be the same on every trip we take. So, it needs to haul my camera gear, and maybe about that same volume again of other stuff. My camera gear is as follows:
Canon 70D (no battery grip, but I do have a Peak Design Capture clip attached to it at all times - the clip will likely be on the shoulder strap though, so only the plate on the camera when I'm using this bag)
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM (mk1) w/hood (reversed is fine)
Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM w/hood (reversed is fine)
Canon 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM w/hood (reversed is fine)
3 LP-E6 batteries (1 in the camera)
1 battery charger
3 SD cards in a waterproof case
77mm circular polarizer and step down ring
Canon EF 12 and 25 II extension tubes (can stack, or just bring one)
Joby Gorillapod Focus + Ballhead X
20,000mAh battery (flat)
Canon 50mm f/1.8
Canon 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III
Canon Speedlite 420EX
hotshoe cell phone mount (for DSLR controller - time lapse, intervalometer, etc)
Other stuff I'll be carrying - rain coats, maybe one other layer for everyone, water bottles (1-2L), snacks, emergency diapers (for the kiddo obviously), kindle, laptop, misc charger cables.
So I think I need something around a 30-40L pack. I've narrowed it down to the f-stop Lotus or Ajna, still debating between the two, with a medium ICU. I think this fits the bill best, but it's a lot of money to throw down just to haul my stuff, so I wanted to ask you all what you thought of this decision.
Other packs I've looked at in this google doc here: https://docs.google.com …w8JoMhIc/edit?usp=sharing
How is the quality of f-stop bags? How is their warranty if a zipper or clip breaks or a handle tears? Customer service? How is the availability (they say backordered until May, but I need it in early June)? Any other reservations?
Thanks much for any help you can offer.