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Which camera bag do you use & why?

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Joined Jan 2010
Jan 18, 2010 20:23 |  #1

I am curious which camera bag you use & why you chose it.

What are the most important features to you?
Are there any features you wish your bag included?


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Location: California
Jan 18, 2010 20:35 |  #2

Current bag is a Tamrac Expedition 6x. Started with a Lowepro Mini Trekker, but out grew it when I started collecting more equipment. Important Features for me:

Able to fit 2 580 flashes, 2 bodies, and multiple lens: 70-200, 100-400, etc...

Tamrac Link​5586.htm (external link)

7D Gripped | 17-55 f/2.8 IS | 70-200 f/2.8L IS | 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II | 580EXII

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Joined May 2007
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Jan 18, 2010 20:39 |  #3

I've got about 6 bags

I just upgraded my main bag from an Tamrac Expedition 5 to a Lowepro Pro Runner 350. I chose each of these backpacks because they meet the airline carryon size. I upgraded because I wanted t fit all my gear in one bag and the Pro Runner is slightly larger. It (just) fits a 5D MkII, 7D, 100-400 L, 24mm TS-E, 17-40, 24-105 L, 135 f/2, 28 f/1.8, 50 1.8, 1.4 Extender and a 430EX flash.

I also have a Canon EOS Crumpler promotion sling bag (it's red) which is handy when I only want to carry a DSLR camera and a lens.

Additionally I have a Lowepro Fastpack 250 which I use when I want to carry a smaller complement of camera gear and non camera gear such as clothes, etc. It only takes 1 DSLR and two or 3 lenses. I took it to France last year and it worked well.

And I have a who lot of other bags that are just left over as my camera gear lisr grew. As I got more gear I needed a bigger bag!

I think it sort of get like womens handbags - you need a different one for different occasions and then the situation changes and you need some more. At least that's what my wife and daughter tell me!!

Rob - www.roblewisphotograph​ (external link)
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EOS 5D MkIII, EOS 33, Sony A7R, Bronica SQ-Ai, EF 16-35mm II f/2.8 L,TS-E 17mm f/4L, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS, EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro, EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS, EF 50mm f/1.8 MK1,EF 1.4X TC, 430EX, and a bunch of other bags and accessories.

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Jan 18, 2010 20:59 as a reply to  @ rmlewis1's post |  #4

I use a Crumpler 6 MDH 95% of the time. With my current gear list, it holds everything perfectly. I'm one lens away from outgrowing it though. I like the non-photo bag appearance and the construction is just top notch. It's also very easy to pull my gear out with this bag and it's very comfortable.

I have a Lowepro Fastpack 250 for when I travel. It fits all my current gear and can hold a laptop. Sometimes I find it a bit too bulky, especially the waist straps, but it's still a decent bag. It's fairly easy to get equipment in and out of the bag, and it's pretty secure.

I had a Flipside 300 but sold that to get the Fastpack because I needed a bag that can carry a laptop. I still miss that bag however. It was a great bag and much more comfortable to wear than the Fastpack IMO.

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Location: Bowmanville, On. Ca.
Jan 18, 2010 21:28 |  #5

I used a Lowepro Computrekker AW for quite some time. Then move up to the Lowepro Computrekker AW Plus when the regular sized one got tight on space. A full bag w/ laptop is heavy, intro,,, the current bag. Tenba Shootout large rolling bag. Why? it is a roller and I've yet to use it as a backpack. Love it!! and it's very backpacky looking and not so much camera bag looking. …rge-Rolling-Backpack.aspx (external link)

Canon 1D3 / 70-200mm f/2.8L IS / 17-40mm 4.0L / 50mm 1.4 / 580EXII / Manfrotto 055XPROB/488RC2 / PixmaPro 9000ii / StylusPro 3800

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Joined Sep 2008
Location: GR michigan
Jan 18, 2010 21:37 |  #6

I have a think tank international. I mainly got it so I knew when I traveled I can bring my gear on board with me. fits all the gear in my sig with a couple spots open yet. I even throw the cotton carrier in there as well or my laptop if needed. I think it's a well built bag, has the wheels to help get it around. I am going to get a med size backpack though for days when I trek around more fun terrain.

5D gripped | 50D gripped | 40D gripped | canon 70-200mm 2.8L IS | [COLOR=Red][COLOR=Blac​k]canon 24-70mm 2.8L | canon 17-40mmL | canon 24mm MkI 1.4L | canon 70-300mm IS | canon 17-85 IS | canon 100mm 2.8 macro | canon 85mm 1.8 | canon 50mm 1.8 | sigma 50mm 1.4 | sigma 24-60 2.8 | sigma 10-20mm | canon 550EX | canon 580EX | canon CP-E2

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Jan 18, 2010 22:24 |  #7

I use the following:
TT Streetwalker HD for traveling with a laptop
TT UD 50 for incognito wandering, maybe with a laptop
TT Speed Racer, for shooting on the move
Lowepro Pro Trekker AW II for hiking with most everything
Lowepro Stealth Reporter 650AW, mostly for storing gear in the house. Full it's almost too heavy to bother carrying.
Lowepro Exchange Messenger, for a light kit, body and 2 lenses.

Gear List:
Canon 5D MkIII
24-105mm f4L 70-200mm f2.8L Zeiss 50mm 1.4 Zeiss 18mm 3.5 Zeiss 25mm 2.0 100mm 2.8 Macro USM

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Joined Apr 2009
Location: Indiana
Jan 18, 2010 22:39 as a reply to  @ mitch2k1's post |  #8

-- Lowepro Flipiside 300 and Flipside 400 for nature shooting, depending on how much I want to carry.

-- ThinkTank Urban Disguise 70 Pro for my everyday bag. Very high quality, doesn't look like a camera bag, and holds everything I need.

-- Think Tank Digital Holster 50 for when I know I will only need one lens and don't need to bring anything else.

-- Think Tank Urban Disguise 40 and Digital Holster 30 that aren't used since I added a grip to my 7D.

5D4 w/BG-E20, 24-105 f/4L, 70-200 f/2.8L IS II, 35 f/1.4L, 85 f/1.8, 100 f/2.8L IS Macro, Sigma 50 f/1.4
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Jan 18, 2010 22:57 |  #9

I also like Think Tank. I don't have much stuff so I can get away with a Speed Freak at the moment.
I plan to make a lot of purchases from TT and have the Digital Holster 50 in mind for my next purchase and will probably go all the way to the larger systems with this brand.

However, since I'm not at heart a nylon bag lover, for more urban use I like the Billingham Hadley Pro. I love the look of it and quite fancy myself as a female Indiana Jones when I'm wearing it. It isn't really that practical but I will certainly buy a larger Billingham when it becomes necessary.

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Location: Singapore
Jan 19, 2010 01:29 as a reply to  @ post 9423374 |  #10


Serious shoots with either lots of gear or the need to bring a notebook as well as the camera... The job goes to my Think Tank Airport Takeoff. Review here: …highlight=airpo​rt+takeoff


When I want to go light, or I don't need to bring a laptop, or I need to blend in with the fashion of my teenage mates, the job goes to my Crumpler 7MDH. It seems to be a big bag, and it is - but it can be compressed a lot width-wise if you're using an ungripped camera with lens mounted.

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Location: San Francisco, CA
Jan 19, 2010 07:58 |  #11

I've got a Domke F2 for when I'm out with a purpose and just picked up a Tamrac Messenger for everyday to and from work travel since my laptop is what actually makes me money nowadays. The Domke's age speaks for why I have it - its 10 years old now and just getting broken in ;)

I still have my first bag, a Tenba, that I used through college, but is now relegated to holding the items that get left behind when I go out with the Domke.

JanBaptysta wrote in post #9423374 (external link)
6. Just like one cannot have too many shoes, one cannot own too many camera bags. You need one for each occasion and in every color variation.


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Location: NyC
Jan 19, 2010 08:19 as a reply to  @ Gipetto's post |  #12

I use a Tamrac Pro 12 ... Its a large bag and holds everything in my sig and with the piggyback system built in slides right onto a small luggage cart with wheels. I also have a canon backpack forget what the model is but its great for small jobs when you just need one body and a few things

Canon EOS 10D w/ BG-ED3 GRIP( sold ),Canon EOS 40D w/ BG-E2n Grip X 2, Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L[COLOR=black],Canon 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS,Canon 580 EX II x 2, LightSphere II Clear X 2, Quantum Turbo Battery Pack

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Joined May 2007
Location: Dallas, TX
Jan 19, 2010 08:30 |  #13

Although I have nice Kata and Crumpler bags, I find myself using Think Tank most often. I use the UD 50 for traveling when I only need two or three lenses. And I use the Airport International when I want to take more.

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Location: Atlanta, GA
Jan 19, 2010 08:33 |  #14

I have 3 different bags but only use 1 or 2 of them. I have an airport security v2 from think tank, and a crumpler 6mdh, and a tamrac expedition 7x. depending on how much gear I need, I take either the 7x ir the TTASv2. the TTASv2 holds everything plus some if I need it so most of the time I take that.

David W.

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Joined Dec 2009
Location: New York
Jan 19, 2010 09:33 |  #15

Right now I just have a Domke F-6. But its served me well so far. I fear when I have more gear I'll have to figure something out though

Gear:Canon g10
Canon Rebel T1i:18-55mm IS | 55-250mm IS | 50mm 1.8 | Tamron 90mm Macro | Tamron 17-50 non-VC | Rokinon 8mm 3.5 | YN465 | Zeikos Grip
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