deletedpenguin wrote in post #8253675
Excellent review! I picked up the brown/blue version of the 6MDH and I'd have to say your review is pretty spot on. You've highlighted the same stuff I love/hate about this bag.
bps wrote in post #8253696
Wow! Fantastic review! You really hit the nail on the head with your product photos. Very nice job!
I'm sure this will serve POTN members well for years to come.
Kuma wrote in post #8253905
Nice review. I like some of the updates on the 6MDH. When I put similar gear in my old style 6MDH its stuffed to the gills too. Crumpler has a high price but boy there bags scream quality build.
yanr wrote in post #8267917
Fantastic review, I'm thinking of picking up one of these bags, and this has been tremendously helpful.
cheers guys, glad to see it's of use to people
nate1280 wrote in post #8290217
Great review! Helped me finally pull the trigger on one...
Had one question, do you just use the 2 large dividers for your configuration? (as it is in your photos)
If you take a close look here:
Jim G wrote in post #8253546
Closeup of the interior – I’m only using three of the provided dividers, two for the main compartment and one long thin one to allow me to pad whatever I stick down the left side. There are two smaller versions of the two large ones here (velcro both sides and a floppy top) and one long thin one left.
I've just whipped up a dodgy cutaway view of what I mean here:
I have one of the long thin ones over whatever sits where the 135L is in these photos (580EX, 17-40 etc.). I have one long thin divider left-over and two smaller versions of the larger ones.
sf_loft wrote in post #8290609
Great review. I also have the 6MDH and love it. I can carry my 5dmk2 with 24-70 attached with hood + 70-200 f/4L IS + 16-35 + more. If you like this bag, you will also like the Lowepro Classified 160AW. I will be posting a review of it soon, but it's roughly the same size, slightly narrower, but taller. It will fit your body with the 70-200 attached and the 24-70 on one side + another short lens stacked on-top of it. There's also room for a flash and even for my 10.1 inch netbook. I use both my bags depending on what I need.
Interesting - the Lowepro Classified 160AW was the other bag which I was strongly considering compared to this one... the deciding factor was the lack of photos and info of the Classified around and the fact that there wasn't one available locally - I would have had to buy blind over the internet and hope for the best. I really did like the look of that bag but I'm 100% happy with the Crumpler so I can't say I mind that I went that way One advantage of the Crumpler packing slightly less than the Classified is that I generally don't need more in one bag on me at any given time and the less unnecessary stuff I can pack the less weight I tote around
mitsu13gman wrote in post #8290966
Absolutely spot-on review! I went through a very similar decision making process to yours, and the 6MDH met my requirements for the same reasons as you.
I can comfortably pack:
1D3 w/ Sigma 24-60 2.8 attached, hood not reversed
70-200 2.8 non IS hood reversed
430EX II, with any two of the three following on top:
35 f/2, 16 fisheye, 2x Kenko TC
Then I've got my Circular Polarizer and step-up ring in the front pouch.
I love that I can carry almost my entire setup and it just looks like a messenger bag. Yeah, it's huge and bloated, and I've actually had people on the street laugh at me. But the fact that they're laughing means they have no idea the value of gear I'm carrying - that's good in my book for walkabout photography.
One other thing I totally love about this bag is that, if I fully extend the straps for the two front-flap clips, my monopod clips neatly into both clips and just comes along for the ride. It's great to have that along too and not have to carry it by hand. And since it's parallel to the bottom of the bag, it actually helps it stand upright when you put it down, instead of sticking off to the side and unbalancing everything.
Interesting with the monopod... may well give that a shot when I need the monopod Thanks
c2thew wrote in post #8291587
wow, so much bag porn on one bag in this topic. lol
heh Glad you enjoyed it