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Camera Bag for someone with Neck issues?

 
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Jan 29, 2010 23:17 |  #16

The Thinktank Rotation 360 backpack (external link). Lets you access it while still wearing it. Depends if you want to spend for that feature, but not having neck problems may be worth it.


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Jan 29, 2010 23:20 |  #17

ImRaptor wrote in post #9501991 (external link)
Kata 3n1 does that.

I like the LowePro Fastback design better because it's really a backpack with wide access. I don't have to unhook a strap to convert it from a backpack to a sling.




  
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Jan 29, 2010 23:21 |  #18

tvphotog wrote in post #9502020 (external link)
The Thinktank Rotation 360 backpack (external link). Lets you access it while still wearing it. Depends if you want to spend for that feature, but not having neck problems may be worth it.

That's pretty interesting...but not for me.:(




  
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Jan 29, 2010 23:28 |  #19

nicksan wrote in post #9502035 (external link)
I like the LowePro Fastback design better because it's really a backpack with wide access. I don't have to unhook a strap to convert it from a backpack to a sling.

The way the Fastback is setup you can do the exact same thing with the Kata 3n1.
You just set the straps from top to bottom rather than cross strap. Then it's worn as a regular backpack that has side access.

Kata has 3 basic strap layout options, sling, cross, and back pack. You can easily set it up in the way you prefer.


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Jan 29, 2010 23:29 |  #20

nicksan wrote in post #9502035 (external link)
I like the LowePro Fastback design better because it's really a backpack with wide access. I don't have to unhook a strap to convert it from a backpack to a sling.

Except that, unless you carry less than 4 lenses, you have to put it down to change lenses.

I had one..... got rid of it prertty fast. Also, uncomfortable. Not recommended, imo.


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Jan 30, 2010 00:03 |  #21

I'd steer clear of Kata's 3n1 bags. I love the idea, but the implementation is not great, especially on the larger versions. The straps are just too thin. And honestly, if you've been having trouble with sling bags, there seems to be no point in getting another. Get a proper backpack.

Get something that has nice thick, comfortable shoulder straps. Bonus points if it's got a good hip belt to get more of the weight off the shoulders.

If you want quick access, get a bag with d-rings on the shoulders. You can attach the camera directly to that. Carry it that way and there's no need for a sling-style pack anyway. If you're really set on the side access, check out the Tamrac Aero series. They get consistently good reviews. (I haven't used one personally.)




  
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Jan 30, 2010 00:08 |  #22

Thanks for all the great info fellas.

I didn't know that the kata can operate much in the same way as the Fastpack. Good to know.

I will look into the Aero.

I agree. I might be in need of nicely paded straps. I have an optech strap for the camera and it makes a ton of difference in taking off the load so I suppose it's the same concept.

I guess I'm going to head over to B&H sometime next week. The good thing about it is that since it's for health reasons, my wife is being quite agreeable to buying yet another bag. (not that I can compete with her rather large collection of purses!)




  
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Jan 30, 2010 00:13 |  #23

dpark wrote in post #9502195 (external link)
Bonus points if it's got a good hip belt to get more of the weight off the shoulders.

3n1 has that too. :)


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Jan 30, 2010 00:17 |  #24

nicksan wrote in post #9502209 (external link)
my wife is being quite agreeable to buying yet another bag. (not that I can compete with her rather large collection of purses!)

Whenever my wife starts becoming agreeable with anything I am buying, regardless of reason, I start to get suspicious because usually it means she wants something too.

I could see it now, you buy a new bag, and all of a sudden there is a new purse or two appearing in the house. :D

Anyway, good luck with the shopping, in your case I'd say that trying the bag out is important. Remember not to settle with something that seems like it might work, be confident that it will help your neck.


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Jan 30, 2010 00:21 |  #25

ImRaptor wrote in post #9502223 (external link)
3n1 has that too. :)

The shoulder straps suck, though. I've handled these in person and was really disappointed. I really wanted to like these, but the straps were just too thin and flimsy. I also don't remember the hip belt being anything special, but I decided no as soon as I tried the shoulder straps so I might have missed that.

Maybe those straps would be okay on the 3n1-10, but on the 3n1-30, they're just not enough.




  
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Jan 30, 2010 00:34 |  #26

There plenty for me on the 30.
Right now my 30 is a bit over 20 pounds of weight and I haven't had a problem with the straps feeling two skinny.


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Jan 30, 2010 00:44 |  #27

To me, the straps look and feel cheap and thin. I think they intentionally kept them small so they could tuck behind the padding easily, but I think for a decent-sized backback like the 3n1-30, they're just too thin. I've seen other reviews to this affect as well. There's also no sternum strap or d-rings, but that's more of a peripheral issue. Obviously it comes down to personal preference.

If the 3n1-33 was available with good shoulder straps (and carried a full-size tripod), I'd be all over it.




  
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Jan 30, 2010 00:45 |  #28

the kata 3n1 bag can be found online for like 70 or 80 bucks, which is not too shabby. i'm curious to know more about the bag, though, and any other reasons why people who have owned it either did or didn't like the bag (save for the straps).




  
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Jan 30, 2010 00:51 |  #29

I just remembered an ad from a magazine I just got: it was for one of Tamrac's new bags.
Called the Aero Speed series. Likely another good one to check out.


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Jan 30, 2010 01:03 |  #30

whirligig wrote in post #9502362 (external link)
the kata 3n1 bag can be found online for like 70 or 80 bucks, which is not too shabby. i'm curious to know more about the bag, though, and any other reasons why people who have owned it either did or didn't like the bag (save for the straps).

My biggest problem was with the straps. It really is a nice bag if you don't mind the straps (and don't mind the style). I also don't like the fact that the tripod cup is both low-capacity (5lb) and not included, but I could deal with that.




  
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