sc0ut wrote in post #4780649Do you think the 30D+100-400mm attached would fit in the racer? With a detached 17-55mm as well?
I now own the Speed Freak, which is the middle one. The Racer is wider and longer but NOT deeper it seems from reading the specs. The 30D+100-400L fits attached but just barely and by that I mean that when you close the bag, there is a bulge at the top, and it is hard to zip up. But this is good enough for me. My 17-55 IS fits alongside it in the speed freak, and on the other side I keep a Lee Filter pouch (the one that comes with the foundation kit) with the Lee Filter holder, as well as a B+W CPL. All that in the main compartment. The outer pocket holds the pocket rocket with 5 CF cards (holds 10 max I believe), three 10x15cm Lee Filters, a giottos rocket blower and brush and pen.
The speed freak holds less than my Slingshot 200 AW, and is more awkward to move from my behind to the front, but when walking long distances it is great as it is able to keep the weight on my hips instead of my shoulder while I'm carrying it on my backside. When carrying it forwards though the shoulder harness puts a fair amount of strain on my shoulder (it has been adjusted to fit properly when it is on my backside). If you always keep it on your front though you could adjust it to the proper length for your front and this would not be an issue.
It is quite bulky and looks like a camera bag. With the chimp cage and lightning fast attached to either side, this bag is about as far from 'blending in as a normal bag' as you can get I think.
I'm planning on taking the Think tank Speed Freak to Gambia and Senegal next week because once I adjust the shoulder strap to be a little longer, I believe I can carry it on my front for long distances without the back pain the slingshot 200 AW gives after several days of walking, Also, when in the front it is slightly easier to use as a lens changer than the slingshot, and when closed you can rest your camera on top of it so the weight isn't around your neck (assuming you use a neck strap with your camera).