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Jan 10, 2010 00:29 |  #1

Hey guys,

I am desperately looking for a camera / laptop messenger bag. Something that can hold:

16" Laptop + Charger
Canon EOS 7D Gripped + EF-S 17-55mm + Hood + Charger
580EX II + Rechargeable Battery Charger
And some other small camera cleaning accessories plus whatever else I can realistically fit into the thing ( books, notepads etc ).

Some notes on what i've already seen:

Crumpler 8MDH:

Pros: Looks like it will fit everything I want to carry.

Cons: Massive somewhat ugly looking bag. Shoulder strap can't be removed. Very expensive for what it is imo ( If it was easier on the eyes and the shoulder strap was removeable I wouldn't hesitate to buy it as i'd prefer to hand carry it ).

Crumpler Brazillion Dollar Home: Looks like it will fit all my camera / laptop stuff but don't know if there will be much room left over for books or notepads :confused:. Only con I can really find with it, is that it retails at $395 AUD. Does anyone know the USD retail for this bag?

Crumpler 7MDH: Too small.

Tenba Messenger Large: Possibly too small.

So I am really stuck, if anyone has any suggestions I am all ears :cool:.

Thanks.


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Jan 10, 2010 00:43 |  #2

Think Tank UD70/60/50/Whatever size you need?


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Jan 10, 2010 00:50 |  #3

My Lowepro Fastpack 250 Carries my Gripped XTI with 25-105mm attached with the hood reversed, some filters, kit lens, 50mm, 580EX II inside it's carrying bag, and an extra pack of batteries, with room to spare for a notebook in the back (I've read that the notebook makes this bag uncomfortable), and plenty of room to spare for a charger for the notebook and the camera.


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Jan 10, 2010 08:32 |  #4

The ultimate camera bag is, unfortunately, a combination of several bags. No one bag will ever do everything you want it to for every situation.


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Jan 10, 2010 08:37 |  #5

Hey there,

I know this is a bit unconventional but I had a lady on Etsy custom make a laptop bag for me, and if you tell her what all you are looking for in a bag she could probably work with you on that. I don't know if I can post a link to her site, but if you go to Etsy, she is seller Constructionforall.
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Jan 10, 2010 08:48 |  #6

Anybody ever try that larger Joe Farace bag from Adorama? It looks like it would be a bag with a LOT of utility. In particular:
1. Zippered front allows easy access and visual clarity of everything in the main compartment.
2. Laptop is stored on back side of bag so you aren't hefting it through an arc every time you open the main compartment.
3. Looks roomy. Will hold body with 100-400, flashes, several other lenses, odds and ends.
4. I think it has a sports bottle holder on the side (not a biggie for me but important to some).
5. Rain cover included.
6. Price... too good to be true at $80????
7. Meets airline carry-on requirements.

Looking for anyone with first hand knowledge on this bag.




  
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Jan 10, 2010 08:58 |  #7

Lowepro Stealth Reporter series. Pick the model that suits you. Meant to be a pro street bag. Built that way.


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Jan 10, 2010 09:11 |  #8

another negative for the tenba messenger is there is no sealing, I went to a car rally and because the top just flaps over it meant the dust could get in. Shame as it is a great bag size wise and would do what you want, If the sealing is not an issue for you have another look at it. It held my 40 with 100-400, space for two more lenses, flash and room for batteries, cleaning stuff, torch and laptop


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Jan 10, 2010 09:37 |  #9

Another vote for the Thinktank. I have a UD 50 that I put a 15" Mac and 7D. You might need something larger. Check them out. Excellent cases.

Edited to correct the model number to UD 50, not UD 40


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Jan 10, 2010 11:19 |  #10

Are you hard set on a bag? I have the TT Streetwalker HD, and cannot recommend it strongly enough. Will carry all you have plus more, comfortably for a full day of walking. Much better than a shoulder bag.


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Jan 10, 2010 12:28 |  #11

Have a look at the Lowepro classified 250AW. I have a 200 (which i can get my netbook in to), and its a great bag.


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Jan 10, 2010 13:17 as a reply to  @ DarthSparky's post |  #12

I like my ThinkTank Streetwalker Harddrive

But its a big bag. It allows me to travel with one bag holding just about everything.
Usually I have the following with me.
1. 7D + 70-200 f/4L IS attached (w/ hood reversed)
2. 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM (w/ hood reversed)
3. 11-16mm f/2.8 (w/ hood reversed)
4. 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM -or- Helios 85mm f/1.5 -or- Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm f/2.8-f/4 QDos (depending on what I intend to shoot more)
5. 50mm f/1.4 USM
6. Pentax 50mm f/1.2 -or- Zeiss 58mm f/2 (and soon -or- Minolta Rokkor 58mm f/1.2)
7. Peleng 8mm f/3.5 Circular Fisheye
8. Vivitar Series 1 7mm f/3.5 Fisheye
9. 580EX II (2 of them)
10. Kenko Tubes -and/or- Kenko 1.4x TC -and/or- Bower 2x TC

11. Manfrotto Super Clamp
12. Sto-fen Omni-bounce -and/or- Lightshere
13. Rayflash
14. UDMA Memory Card Reader
15. Filters
16. Batteries
17. Flash Synch cords + Wireless triggers (3 of em)
18. Memory Cards
19. Rocket Air Q-Ball
20. Cleaning cloths
21. Battery Charger for 7D battery
22. Battery Charger for rechargeable AA/AAA batteries
23. 12-20 AA rechargeables batteries

24. Thinkpad T60
25. AC Adaptor for Thinkpad T60

Fully packed weight = about 45lbs.

For travelling its fairly compact considering how much it holds and how neatly it holds it all.

26*. Tripod -or- Flash Stands


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Jan 10, 2010 14:01 |  #13

Fodowsky wrote in post #9364253 (external link)
Another vote for the Thinktank. I have a UD 40 that I put a 15" Mac and 7D. You might need something larger. Check them out. Excellent cases.

How do you do that with the UD40?
Do you use alternate dividers such as a Tenba insert with the laptop behind it?
What lenses do you carry with the 7D and MacBook Pro?

Thanks,
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Jan 10, 2010 14:25 |  #14

Just remember the most important thing is to get to a shop and have a play, it will save you a lot of time in the long run. What they look like in photos and what is good for someone else can be very different to what you want


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Jan 10, 2010 14:44 |  #15

hfgarris wrote in post #9365605 (external link)
How do you do that with the UD40?
Do you use alternate dividers such as a Tenba insert with the laptop behind it?
What lenses do you carry with the 7D and MacBook Pro?

Thanks,
-howard

Sorry. Typing mistake. I have the UD 50.


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