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Oct 13, 2018 09:57 |  #1

I recently went 2 body and have grown out of my Crumpler 7 Million Dollar Home (which I love). What are people's recommendations for:

  • Messenger style
  • Can hold a 5Diii and A7iii plus 70-200, 24-70 and 11-24
  • Of course some accessories (batteries, chargers, cards, etc.)
  • Laptop holding actually not too important


My front runners are currently the Tenba Cooper 15 and the Think Tank Retrospective 30 V 2

Thanks for your thoughts!

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Oct 13, 2018 22:53 |  #2

The Think Tank 30 is a huge bag (IMO)... I have the 10 and the 20 and I love them.. The 30 was just too big for me but it sounds like it will fit the bill for you... They used to have a 40 and a 50... I can't imagine the size of those bags! Happy shopping!




  
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Oct 15, 2018 08:37 |  #3

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AlFooteIII wrote in post #18728042 (external link)
My front runners are currently the Tenba Cooper 15 and the Think Tank Retrospective 30 V 2

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The Think Tank 30 is on sale right now at B&H. . I don't know if it's the V2 or not. . Normally it's $259, now it's $149.

Here's the link:
https://www.bhphotovid​eo.com …houlder_bag.htm​l/?ap=y#sp (external link)

That's for the Sandstone one with leather. . The ones without leather are $136.

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The Think Tank 30 is a huge bag (IMO)... I have the 10 and the 20 and I love them.. The 30 was just too big for me but it sounds like it will fit the bill for you... They used to have a 40 and a 50... I can't imagine the size of those bags!

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Huge? . The 30 doesn't seem all that big to me. . Inside dimensions of 15" by 6" by 9 1/2". . That actually isn't big enough to hold very much gear, especially if the OP is tying to use the bag for two bodies plus lenses. . Even with the expandable front pockets employed, it's rather limiting.


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Oct 16, 2018 22:18 as a reply to  @ Tom Reichner's post |  #4

It's a matter of perspective... It fit my gripped 5D4, 70-200, 70-300, 45mm, 85mm, 14mm, flash, diffuser, batteries, CF card pack... I have more gear but this was more than I would ever carry... So, yes.. to me it's huge... YMMV...




  
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Oct 17, 2018 02:27 |  #5

I am using the Tenba Messenger DNA 15.
Previously I was considering the ThinkTankPhoto CityWalker 30. Think it is discontinued.

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Oct 17, 2018 04:39 |  #6

+1 for Tenba. Love mine.

https://www.tenba.com/​products/dna-15-messenger (external link)

I do a 5d4, 50mm sigma, 24-70, and 70-200 in mine.


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Oct 17, 2018 09:01 |  #7

Love my ThinkTank Retrospective 40. Unfortunately discontinued.
Allows me to carry 5D Mark III Gripped with a 70-200 f/2.8 L IS Mark Attached in the down position, unlike the 30 which only allows you to store it across the bag.
Also a 16-35 and 24-70. Front pocket allows for a second 5D Mark III body with grip as well. Plus room for a 600 EX-RT as well. Heavy yes, but it can hold a lot.
A few years ago I stopped taking the 70-200 f/2.8 L IS II in favor of the smaller lighter f/4 L IS. Much more manageable while walking.
Now if ThinkTank would make a Retrospective 60, the width of the 30 and the height of the 20.............


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Oct 17, 2018 11:03 |  #8

I'm a fan of the Timbuk2 messenger bag and Snoop Insert combination. The insert can be used in just about any bag and is quite inconspicuous. It may be a little tight for your three lenses but here is mine in a medium messenger bag with two 5DIV's, 85/1.4 and 100L/IS. I can also fit a sleeved iPad or 15"MBP behind the insert if needed.


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Oct 17, 2018 11:58 |  #9

Is it wrong that I use these? :D

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Oct 17, 2018 12:25 |  #10

You may need to double bag it if you go that route.


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Oct 17, 2018 20:41 as a reply to  @ Nick5's post |  #11

I think that was the think tank retro 50... seriously...




  
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Nov 06, 2018 21:52 as a reply to  @ TeamSpeed's post |  #12

I don't want to have to pay $0.10 every gig! ;-)a


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Nov 06, 2018 21:54 |  #13

Thanks for everyone's thoughts and insights. I did go for the Tenba Cooper 15 and am very happy! Everything fits and it's comfortable.

Oh - for those who were (possibly) kidding around about the ThinkTank 50... if you meant the Production Manager 50, I am looking into that for my light gear. But what a beast!


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Nov 07, 2018 01:07 as a reply to  @ TeamSpeed's post |  #14

Nowadays these bags are illegal in many countries. Be careful....


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Nov 07, 2018 09:16 |  #15

The Think Tank Retrospective is currently on sale at $165. See https://www.bhphotovid​eo.com …tive_30_Shoulde​r_Bag.html (external link).




  
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