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Lost trying to find new bag

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Location: CHCH, New Zealand
Jun 09, 2015 18:33 |  #1

Hi all,

I'm trying to source a new back pack for my gear. My current bag has no sternum strap or waist strap/buckle and is very uncomfortable for wearing for longer times and travelling.

The gear I need to carry is:

70-200 f4
50mm F1.8
2x SB700s
Various 77mm and 67mm filters
Charger and cables etc.
14" ultra book

A backpack is the only option for me.
What are the better options for cost v awesomeness ratio? I'm not able to spend a whole lot of $$ but don't want anything rubbish.



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Jun 09, 2015 18:46 |  #2

I use a Tamrac expedition 7x and its a great bag.

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Jun 14, 2015 06:34 |  #3

Is security a concern for you?

some packs open outwards. anyone can undo them.
others can't be opened when they are on your back

do you need to carry water?
do you need to carry clothing or survival gear?

I have two

a ThinkTank which opens outward
a LowePro Flipside that has room for a bladder for water, and the zipper opening is next to my back when worn


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Jun 14, 2015 10:15 |  #4

I think the Click Elite Probody Sport checks all the boxes. I have the smaller compact Sport and love it! …dy-sport-computer-sleeve/ (external link)

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Jun 14, 2015 17:54 |  #5

I have and like the Lowepro Vertex 200 which will easily swallow your gear. The pack is a little on the heavy side but it is robust, protects your gear well (unfortunately I have tested this aspect of the pack) and has a very good/comfortable harness system.
A colleague has the Lowepro Flipside 400 which is another very good pack and well worth considering. The front opening is great as you don't end up with mud all over your back!

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Jun 15, 2015 03:34 as a reply to  @ johnf3f's post |  #6

I have a lowepro protactical 350. I'm quite happy with the bag. In it I manged to carry a 5d, 70-200F4, 24-70F4, 16-35F4, 600RT, 2 pocket wizards, 2 eneloop chargers, the 5d battery charger, about 20 eneloops and a few memory cards. It has the chest and removable waist strap.Theres a bit of space left in the hard shell on the top. The bag is comfortable, opens from the top, sides, and back and weights about 2kg. With all the gear its about 6kg's and fits under most airline seats and top bins. It has molle straps so you could attach any bags or pouches to the outside, but this bag was designed for urban use so I dont attach anything. No space for a water pouch, but it has space for a medium sized laptop.

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Jun 15, 2015 06:17 |  #7

If your budget allows, check out F Stop. Best I've found for heavy gear and long carrying times.

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