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How many bags is too many?

 
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Oct 16, 2020 00:25 |  #16

The correct answer to your question is easily solvable with a formula. B+1

Doesn't matter how many you have, you can always have another! This formula also applies to bicycles as well. You're welcome.


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Oct 16, 2020 13:09 |  #17

Well, I am going to go through my camera bags and cull the ones I use the least. Then I'll have to figure out how to store the rest so they are accessible. Right now, they are jammed into a footlocker which is unattractive and makes it a nuisance to access them.




  
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Nov 03, 2020 10:31 |  #18

How many bags is too many?

As long as you have a big enough closet, what's the problem. ;-)a;-)a;-)a

Seriously, I need to cull a few myself.

Bring it down to about 5

Gregory - Back Pack - Great on hikes, very comfortable
Mountain Smith - A Fanny Pack - that I reverse and wear in front, easy to work out of takes Camera and 2 lenses
Think Thank - Shoulder Bag - Perfect for Camera and 3 lenses
Domke - Shoulder Bag - Easy to work out of, takes a bunch of gear
Lowepro - Back Pack - Nice and small and takes a bunch of gear, if I am out for a half day of shooting.


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Nov 03, 2020 23:01 |  #19

Purchased 4 lowe pro lens bags this year.




  
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Nov 03, 2020 23:10 |  #20

Like everything, it depends on you and your needs. I can see between 3-5 bags. Beyond that seems excessive unless there's good reason, like a different format. Personally I have 3, had a 4th but no need for it so I gave it to a friend. I've got a large Lowepro for carrying lots of gear or longer lenses. I've got a small Lowepro for travel and lighter kit stuff. And I've got a hiking Lowepro with a 30 liter cinch top for hiking stuff and a side pocket for the camera and a couple shorter lenses, or the body with 70-200mm.


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Nov 04, 2020 01:01 |  #21

The other way of looking at this dilemma is that you need more cameras and gear for those bags.  :p




  
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Nov 04, 2020 01:18 |  #22

I've been taking around 2 backpacks for a very long time. Never felt totally secure & recently had a small auto accident & the bag kinda bounced around. Not to mention I can't wear 2 backpacks at once. So now I found very affordable Pelican knockoffs & have all my gear divided between 4 nice cases. If we go on a road trip I throw the hard case(s) I want with my backpack. I decide what I'm putting in my backpack when I get on a location, leave the rest in the hotel room.




  
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Nov 04, 2020 01:29 |  #23

"How many bags is too many?"

How is that sentence even possible??


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Jul 14, 2021 16:28 |  #24

I don't know if I'll get around to being able to use all the bags I have accumulated BUT I know once sold I'll find out the bag that sold was just right. The only bags I've sold are more for P&S type cameras which are long gone. OTOH those smaller bags are useful if they have an open belt loop for accessories when attached to larger bags. That's why I like the Lowepro bags with accessory loops. The Crumplers I have also have side loops to attach other items so it makes those bags versatile.


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Jul 17, 2021 09:52 |  #25

I have around 9 bags now, of which most are simply used for storing cameras and lenses. I use a Domke shoulder bag for field work. Unfortunately, the Domke shoulder bag doesn't work well for carrying a lightweight tripod, so now I'm thinking of adding a camera backpack to my collection. That is going to be a little different for me, as I've always used shoulder bags.

I need to purchase more camera bags. LOL.




  
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Jul 18, 2021 12:20 as a reply to  @ Eric Hopp's post |  #26

I used shoulder bags exclusively for years. But I found backpacks are easier on my joints and use backpacks the majority of the time. Having said that, I love how shoulder bag lids can be flipped open, so you can get to stuff quickly and efficiently.




  
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Aug 09, 2021 07:53 |  #27
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At this point, I have zero bags, however, I do have 2 single lens packs but I only really use one of them.


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Aug 10, 2021 16:43 |  #28

I have 3

Domke F-2 original from 1985 that has literally been dragged across several runways and aircraft ramps when I was in the Air Force.

Domke something that is the same height and width as the F-2 but longer

Domke something that is same length and width as the F-2 but taller

I use them if I'm a) carrying two bodies (the longer one) or b) if I'm traveling and want to stuff it with extra crap I don't want in the regular carry on...

Most of the time, I only need my F-2 because it will hold my 24-70f2.8 and 70-200f2.8 and I can slip a speedlite in an end pocket


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Aug 10, 2021 21:12 |  #29

Bags have a way of getting out of control, don’t they?

- Mindshift Backlight 18 (for my Nikon birding kit)
- ThinkTank Hubba Hubba Hiney (utility belt for birding gear)

- Tenba DNA 8 (sling bag for my Fuji kit)
- Tenba BYOB 9 Slim (backpack insert for Fuji kit while on travel, when I can’t/don’t want to carry dedicated camera bag)
- Aer City Sling (minimalist bag for my X100V, keys, wallet, iPhone)

- ThinkTank Streetwalker HD (carry all my kit at once, to include wife’s Canon)

Yikes… 6 different bags :eek: I could pare that number down quite a bit, if only I didn’t shoot 3 different systems.




  
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Aug 10, 2021 22:31 |  #30

The problem is that there's no such thing as exactly the right bag, for anybody. All of them, in one regard or another, suck. Too big or too small, too bulky or not padded enough, hard to carry or hard to access. I could go on.

I've had a million of them and I still look at bag ads. They're hard to sell, too, so they stack up in the garage. I have a giant duffle bag full of bags. (Most of them I bought used, at least, for nothing. But even that's generally too expensive.)

Closest thing to perfect is the Domke F2. That's what I use when I carry a full kit "on assignment." But it doesn't have any padding and it was designed for 35mm gear and it's cotton and in the rain it's wet cotton and ... .


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