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Apr 18, 2020 10:47 |  #1

i currently have a lowepro flipside 400aw. i love the bag and it holds all my gear.

2 bodies with grips, 3 flashes, 6 lens, and a bunch of smaller stuff like memory cards, filters, chargers and ect.

my problem is that i like to take my laptop with me and carrying 2 bags sucks. so i was hoping to find a bag that will hold my gear and a laptop. any sugestions?




  
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Apr 18, 2020 11:57 |  #2

My current camera back pack is plenty large to let me carry my Apple Air 11 inch without a problem. How large of a lap top are you talking about?

The 15 inch Mac Book fits also but not the 17. What I need to find out is if the 16 inch MacBook will fit. It looks like it may as the 17 went in part way...LOL.

I was also told that it will fit in the overhead bin of an airplane but I have not tried....don't travel much....if I do I am going to bring it without anything in it to try. Use it for cloths.....and see.....

My bag is a Lowepro Protactic 450 AW Camera AND Laptop Backpack.

It easily holds two bodies, multiple lens, chargers, etc etc and has room for laptop in a padded sleeve. The opening for the back is completely protected on the back of the bag so it cannot be opened by prying hands (just the top opening can for quick access to camera).

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Apr 18, 2020 12:17 |  #3

angelusnhc wrote in post #19048695 (external link)
i currently have a lowepro flipside 400aw. i love the bag and it holds all my gear.

my problem is that i like to take my laptop with me and carrying 2 bags sucks. so i was hoping to find a bag that will hold my gear and a laptop. any sugestions?

Hmmm, LowePro says that bag has space for a 15" Laptop. Is your laptop bigger or are you using that space for something else?

To bad LowePro is dragging their feet on the “bagfinder” they used to have. It was quite handy in doing a virtual layout of your gear in any specific bag.




  
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Apr 18, 2020 15:47 |  #4

John from PA wrote in post #19048738 (external link)
Hmmm, LowePro says that bag has space for a 15" Laptop. Is your laptop bigger or are you using that space for something else?

To bad LowePro is dragging their feet on the “bagfinder” they used to have. It was quite handy in doing a virtual layout of your gear in any specific bag.


idk where i can put a laptop. i have a 15 inch hp and there is not a space at all for it in my bag.




  
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Apr 18, 2020 17:10 |  #5

I have the K&F Concept bag for this purpose, which I bought shortly before a 10-day trip to Hong Kong last July. It worked great on that trip, and it has worked well since. I found the weight distribution superb for long days of sightseeing and walking. The access to the camera section (from the back instead of the front) is different from any other bag, but it provides protection from knocks and by not looking like a camera bag, also from theft targeting.

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Apr 18, 2020 18:42 |  #6

angelusnhc wrote in post #19048876 (external link)
idk where i can put a laptop. i have a 15 inch hp and there is not a space at all for it in my bag.

As I look back at my searches, I think it was the Lowepro Flipside 400AW II (note the “II”) that I was looking at which seems to have a dedicated pocket for a laptop. The laptop compartment is said to be 10.6 x 0.6 x 14.2 inches (27 x 1. 5 x 36 cm).

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Apr 20, 2020 03:45 |  #7

It sounds like Angelusnhc has got the first version of Lowepro Flipside 400AW just like me. Version 2 of the Lowepro Flipside 400AW has got a space for a laptop in the bag. :-)




  
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Apr 20, 2020 04:58 |  #8

One critical question is where you will be travelling, or more specifically, do you need it to be compatible with carry-on airline requirements?

If so, I would recommend considering the ThinkTank Airport Commuter series
https://www.thinktankp​hoto.com …/airport-series-backpacks (external link)

There are several models so have a browse

If you want to browse other offerings
https://www.shutterbug​.com …t/carry-camera-bags-6-fly (external link)

IF you are flying, splitting your gear between a camera bag and another, smaller holster (if that is permitted) may be a good idea. Bulk is one thing, but I suspect you are looking at weight restrictions as your biggest challenge.


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Apr 20, 2020 21:50 |  #9

lazybones wrote in post #19049744 (external link)
It sounds like Angelusnhc has got the first version of Lowepro Flipside 400AW just like me. Version 2 of the Lowepro Flipside 400AW has got a space for a laptop in the bag. :-)

yes i had the first version of the bag.

i dont need it to travel on planes. i just dont like having to take a second bag just for my laptop. really i just wanna keep my gear with me at all times just in case i see something i wanna shoot




  
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Apr 21, 2020 07:58 |  #10

angelusnhc wrote in post #19050259 (external link)
yes i had the first version of the bag.

i dont need it to travel on planes. i just dont like having to take a second bag just for my laptop. really i just wanna keep my gear with me at all times just in case i see something i wanna shoot

In the reviews for the “II” at Adorama (see https://www.adorama.co​m/lpflpsd400aw.html (external link)) one person mentions that things get tight with a full frame body and a laptop, otherwise the reviews are positive. I also seem to remember from another thread that you have a 60D and 80D.

As an aside, I look at your screen name “angelusnhc” and wonder if you are a current or former Navy hospital corpsman, although that would be "HM" as I recall?




  
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Apr 22, 2020 12:40 |  #11

John from PA wrote in post #19050455 (external link)
In the reviews for the “II” at Adorama (see https://www.adorama.co​m/lpflpsd400aw.html (external link)) one person mentions that things get tight with a full frame body and a laptop, otherwise the reviews are positive. I also seem to remember from another thread that you have a 60D and 80D.

As an aside, I look at your screen name “angelusnhc” and wonder if you are a current or former Navy hospital corpsman, although that would be "HM" as I recall?


i think im just going to end up getting a Peak Design Capture Lens Kit then ill be able to carry my bag with my laptop.

and no im not a navy hospital corpsman. the name angelus was the name of the main vampire in the buffy series. and nhc is my initials.




  
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Apr 24, 2020 00:20 as a reply to  @ angelusnhc's post |  #12

I went with this good for a 17inch laptop plenty of room to grow plus room for snacks. The side handle carry was the selling point for me.https://www.thinktankp​hoto.com …tor-camera-backpack.Happy (external link) Shopping.


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sssc wrote in post #19051993 (external link)
I went with this good for a 17inch laptop plenty of room to grow plus room for snacks. The side handle carry was the selling point for me.https://www.thinktankp​hoto.com …tor-camera-backpack.Happy (external link) Shopping.


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Apr 26, 2020 09:56 |  #14

I have an Endurax backpack (external link) that I got on Amazon. It holds a 17.3" laptop with no problems. It's also airline carry-on compatible. I took it with us to Hawaii and had zero issues putting it into carry-on storage. It actually fit perfectly, a lot better than I thought it would. Mine holds a Sigma 150-600mm, Sigma 70-200mm, Sig 17-70mm, and a gripped 50D and gripped 80D. I also have two YongNuo 600EX-RT II flash, Kenko rings, and a bunch of other stuff...chargers, batteries, other accessories. I like the backpack, but with everything I have in it, plus when I add the laptop, it's heavy. Not heavy enough that I couldn't hike up and down a ton of stairs while in Hawaii, we went to see some waterfalls and there was a pretty good amount of stairs, but I was a little fatigued at the end. It didn't help that it was raining but I did ok with the weight of it.


The main reason for buying it was for travel, we were planning the trip for at least a year, and I knew I wasn't going to put my gear into cargo. Took me a while to find something that would hold the big laptop and not cost a million bucks.


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Apr 26, 2020 12:34 as a reply to  @ angelusnhc's post |  #15

https://www.thinktankp​hoto.com …celerator-camera-backpack (external link)
https://www.bhphotovid​eo.com …rator_Backpack_​Black.html (external link)
one those should work


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