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Mike ­ T.M.
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Dec 22, 2016 15:08 |  #1

Hi all,
So, I have two bags: one when I need to bring everything, two bodies, 3 strobes, 3 lens, even though I might need them and then there is my travel bag, which is an old Tenba. I'm wanting to start carrying my camera everywhere now... even to work. l just want to have and to get in the habit of shooting to shoot. So, I was looking at the peak design and I was hoping some can provide their experiences on what they are using? My bigger bag is a backpack which I use mostly.

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Dec 22, 2016 15:22 |  #2

I'm using this for daily camera carry: …VANA-36-SHOULDER-BAG.aspx (external link)

Has enough room for my 7d2, 24-105, and a 10-20, and another lens if you wanted to. Front pocket can carry flash cards and other random stuff. Tablet fits too. Nice wide strap, comfortable for extended wear. Easy to slide around for access. (external link)
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Dec 22, 2016 17:00 |  #3

If you are interested in the Peak Design bags, then a good place to start is POTN member 1Kind's reviews - e.g. http://www.1kindphotog​ …n-everyday-sling-bag.html (external link).

Personally, I use a Domke F3-X when I just want to take a body and lens, plus everyday items. No padding, so it's light.

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Dec 22, 2016 21:20 |  #4

A coworker of mine has the Peak design backpack and really likes the quality. The Mindshift trailscape is another good option.

If they aren't too big for you, the Mindshift Backlight 26L and the Mountainsmith Borealis make good travel bags (both have laptop sleeves). I carry my Backlight to work at times. No one seems to notice it. Many of my coworkers carry backpacks with them to work.

If you want more stealth, an ordinary student backpack or messenger bag and lens wraps for your gear might work.

- John

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Dec 23, 2016 00:14 |  #5

I carry a camera with me just about all the time. It is a significant commitment. You need to consider what kind of bag you can carry all the places you will go and, if needed, how you will secure the camera.

The simplest solution is to depend on your phone camera as the one you always have, but clearly you want to carry a serious camera. I'm not clear on what precisely you want the bag to fit, which would help a lot in offering advice :).

For a convenient "everyday bag," I prefer a bag which holds just the camera with one lens, a spare battery and a little extra space in case I want to fit in my phone or other small item. If the bag is any bigger than it has to be, it isn't serving me as conveniently.

My camera is a Fuji Xpro 1 or 2 and I own mostly primes, so even the fastest ones are small. The Crumpler Four Million Dollar home will easily accommodate this and can fit a second lens, depending on which pair I take. Very good protection, opens quietly, hangs well, doesn't look stupid. But this won't work for you unless you have similar sized gear :).

The Billingham Hadley Pro will hold a shocking amount of gear relative to its size, holds it close to the body, looks good with almost any dress level (shorts, casual, suit and tie), operates quietly and rides close to the body. Protects gear well, handles rain. Lasts much longer than most still looking good. Not inexpensive. I can carry two cameras with lenses attached, strobe, batteries, three other lenses, ipad and I haven't even put anything in the front pouches yet. I'm fairly confident it will carry as much gear as you would want to have in a shoulder bag (unless you are Arnold Schwarzenegger) :)

A backpack is always a better way to distribute a large load, especially over time.

A belt system has good distribution of weight like a backpack and quick access to gear, but looks odd :). If I am "working" this is a good way to go, but you have to be willing to be like...I don't know... Batman? (or a paratrooper?). Think Tank's belt system is what I have.

Which leads to the social aspect of carrying gear. If you really want to carry it every day, you need to think about what is not going to be awkward in your environment. Is it odd to have a shoulder bag in your workplace? Does the bag get in the way of work tasks? Etc.

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Dec 23, 2016 00:42 |  #6

I reviewed the backpack. Currently on a trip to Cali and took the 30L with me along with the Sling. Bavkpavk is used to haul my gear and the Sling is for my walk around and Disney.

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