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Apr 21, 2011 14:51 |  #1

I've been looking for a large shoulder bag to serve as a 'home base' for weddings and event photography. I'm using a backpack now. It works, but I'd like to be able to leave the top open but still pick it up and go. The pockets aren't too great and it's tough fishing for batteries or CF cards at times. I think a large duffel style shoulder bag would be perfect, but I just can't find the right one. I also use a Pelican hard case for wildlife stuff, but that isn't practical for my style of wedding and event photography.

I've searched and searched through threads, looked up countless reviews, and poured over almost every offering from Lowepro, Kata, Tamrac, Crumpler, Tenba, Domke, and more.

About the only bag that I've seen I like is the Tamrac Super Pro 14, but I just can't swallow spending $350 on another bag.

I'd like something that I can have a 70-200 mounted and a 24-70 mounted, along with 3 or 4 other lenses, flashes, and accessories. I'm using a Tenba shootout (medium I think) now. If I could find a shoulder bag with the same volume and configuration of modifiable lens dividers, I'd be set. The problem is I can't find anything less than $350.

I tried the Tamrac Pro 12 and it wasn't even close. I also tried the Kata DC-51 (I think) and while it was big enough, the camera area would hold 2 gripped bodies with lenses only...no room for extra lenses.

Any ideas? About the most I'm willing to go is $250 I'd think.


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Apr 21, 2011 15:04 |  #2

Lowepro Vertex 300 - will hold it all. You could go to the next higher model for some additional space. Search eBay for better pricing. I order my bags from Sell N Ship on there.


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Apr 21, 2011 15:04 |  #3

Look again at the Domke F1x or F7 Double AF. I routinely carry 2 bodies with 24-70 and 70-200, several other lenses (usually the Sigma 15-30, which is close to the size of the 24-70, and the 100-400; with smaller lenses you can fit more than that) and a couple of flashes along with spare batteries, cards etc. in one of those. Use the 720-230 and 720-280 inserts in them and get the Post Office Pad.


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Apr 21, 2011 15:33 |  #4

Lowepro Stealth Reporter series.


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Apr 21, 2011 16:05 |  #5

I've been eyeing a Domke F-2 or F-7. I do use two bodies, often at the same time and the F-7 is amazing with that. The F-2 also fits a LOT of gear, but not like a double-ready bag.
I'm also a huge fan of camera bags that don't necessarily look like camera bags.


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Apr 21, 2011 16:42 |  #6

Have a look at B&H. They have a huge selection of shoulder bags. A few come to mind, like Porta Brace, Pelican, F.64, etc. http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …-Bags/ci/174/N/42945385​12 (external link)

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Apr 21, 2011 19:07 |  #7

Lowepro Classified 200. It is freakin huge and heavy when fully loaded down.


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Apr 21, 2011 21:03 |  #8

bohdank wrote in post #12268816 (external link)
Lowepro Classified 200. It is freakin huge and heavy when fully loaded down.

Funny you mention this as mine arrived today. I filled it tonight with some things for a family gathering tomorrow. It currently has my gripped 5d with 70-200 II, 50d with 28 1.8, 24-105 and 580 exII. Spare batteries and camera batteries in the outside pockets. Still room inside for another flash and a couple lenses stacked on each other with padding between. Doesn't seem too heavy to me compared to the weight of my backpack.

I would think this would work rather well.

Another I would suggest is a Vanguard Up-Rise 38. Looked at the 33 and it would hold about the same as the 200. The 38 would hold more. Not sure I would want to carry much more in a shoulder bag though.


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Apr 21, 2011 21:07 |  #9

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Lowepro Stealth Reporter series.

Ditto.

I use the older Stealth Reporter 650 AW and carry three big "L" zoom lenses with the hoods mounted (reversed only on the 70-200 f/2.8L IS) and my 20D body attached to any one of them in the bag. There's also room for my light meter, flash, and a whole slew of little accessories. It's a great bag to work out of.

The folks at Lowepro told me that the Stealth Reporter bags, and particularly the one I have, were designed for working photojournalists.


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Apr 21, 2011 21:11 |  #10

I have this Crumpler and wouldn't want anything larger. Holds two camera bodies with lenses and meters, batteries and flash. I'm surprised no ne has mentioned it yet.
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Apr 21, 2011 21:13 |  #11

Sorry, looks like the price is too high. Did not read that part.




  
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Apr 28, 2011 15:42 |  #12

Even though it's like a week old, just a short update from me. I've abandoned my Domke F-2 vs F-7 ideas, and decided on the Think Tank Retrospective 30. No matter which other shoulderbag I compare it to, it wins every comparison and looks great while doing so. Easily holds two bodies and like 5 - 6 primes (or 3 - 4 chunky zooms), and will still have room left for two flashes. Very smart designed bag.
I suggest checking some reviews on it here and on cambags.com, especially the very thorough review from GMCPhotographics.


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Apr 28, 2011 16:05 |  #13
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Apr 28, 2011 16:20 |  #14

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I use the slightly older version of that bag, and it is huge. I carry three LARGE "L" zoom lenses, any one attached to my 20D/grip body, a light meter, flash, and a slew of small accessories in that bag and still have room to spare. It's easy to load the bag so heavy you won't want to carry it, but it's perfect for working out of while on the run. It was designed specifically for professional photojournalists.


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Yes i have the 400AW and i think it's roomy for it's size. So i can just imagine how much you can fit in the 650.

That's just the thing with shoulderbags, size isn't the issue, the weight is. Personally i never want a shoulder bag with more gear then one body and 2-3 lenses tops.


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