strider42 wrote in post #17860042
I've always carried an over the shoulder bag, because the gear is always right there. Even on multi-hour hikes, I just can't get over what seems to be the fact of the backpacks, that you have to pretty much take it off, set it down, open it up. My shoulder bag I just rip open at will.
But, I'm getting a bit older, and the fact is carrying a shoulder bag for hours at a time is hard on the body, even making regular shoulder switches.
Can anyone recommend a backpack that maximizes the ability to just rip it open and start grabbing gear, switching lenses almost as on-the-fly as a shoulder pack allows?
I carry a 1Ds, 5dMKII, flash, macro lens, wide angle, and 28-70 zoom. However, I am accustomed to carrying a small backpack of snacks and trail gear in addition to my shoulder pack of camera gear, so I probably want something with a bit of extra wiggle room as well if possible.
I've always hate shoulder bags. You have to set it down, open it up, stack gear on top of gear, it shifts, dig around looking for stuff, etc. And walking around off-center due to the weight. Easier to drop the whole thing. It dangles and swings while you walk. Annoying. I use a small messenger style should bag for smaller gear, like my 5D and EOS-M with a lens or two and a flash. But more than that, I switch to a backpack.
Lots of nice small and medium to large size camera backpacks have a mechanism to allow you to pull gear out of it while wearing the bag, such as from the side through a port, or by turning the bag around, it leans foward while still attached to your waist, and opens from the back side so you don't have to set the bag down and you can change things out with a work space even while still standing. I find this a lot more useful.
I really like the Lowepro Flipside series. Check out the Flipside AW 300 and 400 for larger gear. The Flipside AW 200 for smaller gear (can hold a full frame or 1D series, with a large medium zoom, extra lens and a flash). Not expensive either. Good quality.
I use Lowepro lens cases too with this bag, it attaches to belts on it so you can add more gear externally for even faster access and easy storage so you can take that "one more lens" or flash, etc.