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Nov 21, 2009 11:16 |  #1

First, a LINK to the official list of most of the incredible bag reviews on this forum
PM me if you have a thread to be added.


Each post restricts the amt of images you can share.
So see posts below, even on page 2, etc. for more images and content.

I hope this helps someone who is looking for the perfect bag.
There is info and links to reviews for bags I own and some from my former collection.
It's not a perfect system for everyone, but at the bottom of this post- I explain how I manage my gear.

Perfect Collection of Bags
Of course, that is a joke.
Because there is no perfect collection of bags.
Finding the perfect bag is 100x more complicated than finding the perfect lens or camera.


Bag Collection

I have many bags, including 1 that is a giant backpack with a great insert that I used to hold my gear in my home.
Many people think 5-6 camera bags is insane.
If you're one of those people.... I say to you,
"Bags are like tupperware"


Current lineup includes 6 bags that I'm keeping. Plus you'll see my carry-on bag.
4 messengers, small, med, large
2 backpacks, one small, one large


smallest Ona Bowery for 5Dm3 with any of my lenses.
small F-Stop Millar Series Shibata for 5Dm3 with any two of my lenses, hoods reversed, 580EXii fits in water bottle holder on outside (no diffuser/tight).
medium Domke J-803 for 5Dm3 and 50L, 24-70L, 135L, plenty of space for personal items.
large Timbuk2 Command Messenger with a medium snoop insert for all of my gear plus 15" mbp.
backpack small, for riding or hiking Lowepro AW backpack, has a h20 bladder
backpack large Burton Backpack for the gear plus laptop and a ton of personal accessories.
carry-on bag Timbuk2 Copilot Roller.

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/o6Be​Ct  (external link) camera bags small to large: ona bowery - f-stop millar shibata - domke f-5xb - timbuk2 command in medium with medium camera insert - lowepro photo sport 200 AW - burton zoom pack 28L - timbik2 copilot roller medium (largest possible carry-on). (external link) by RyebreadPics (external link), on Flickr


Large Backpack
Burton 28L
I still own this bag.
I have a fair amount of gear.
Most people here have a lot more than I do.
But this bag is for when "I have to bring everything technical that I own".
It's a big backpack.
This is a big comfy backpack. There is nothing unique about it.
Great for traveling
Excellent and comfortable (large) carry-on bag
Well padded for expedition use.
https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=853854
^this is NOT my review
The insert for the camera gear is completely removeable.
The insert is almost a bag in itself, since it has a zippered top and a handle/strap.

Serious Waterproof Bag
Lowepro Dryzone DF 20L
http://store.lowepro.c​om …WopoGlCHIWx5SQv​vcIUfD_BwE (external link)
Outdoor photographers and watersport enthusiasts who document their adventures will appreciate this lightweight, technical and durable design that keep camera and personal gear high and dry. Lightweight, technical , waterproof fabric with an IPX-6 rating offers splashproof protection from heavy seas; tested against high-pressure water stream from any angle

Lightweight All Weather Backpack
Lowepro Sport 200 AW
Review
I still own this bag and prolly always will. I've said that before.
This is an amazing backpack that is unique.
If you hike/bike/boat, you should read about this bag.
This adventure backpack is also my regular backpack (when I don't want to carry my entire kit)
Fits a host of personal items, great backpack, new for 2011
It even has a bladder section for water, when biking/hiking.
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Large
Timbuk2 Command Messenger Medium
I added a Timbuk2 medium insert to this laptop bag.
Fits everything in my sig, plus accessories, plus 15" mbp.

Medium
Domke J-803
need to update here
the J-803 is a special bag. this is a professional version of the f-803
5Dm3 and 50L, 24-70L, 135L. maybe more.
For traveling, when you want 1 body, and 2-3 lenses... probably the most perfect bag on earth.
You can add maps, tablet, notes, personal items, it's thin, it's amazing. It's a lot nicer than the more popular f803.
When I want to bring two bodies, I can do it with this bag.
Provided that one is a crop, like my 70D, I can bring both bodies, each mounted to any of my lenses.
With 2 bodies = no more more room for items in the main chamber. Could put flash in front pocket.

Small
F-Stop (Millar Series) Shibata
5Dm3 and any two of my lenses, and some stuff. Review on next page.

Smallest
Ona Bowery
5Dm3 any of my lenses - or with 50L and flash. - pics and review soon



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For traveling, I use http://www.timbuk2.com …s/copilot-rolling-luggage (external link)
Timbuk2 Copilot Roller (not for photo gear)
GREAT bag! The medium is the 22" bag, the largest permitted for carry-on currently.

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Timbuk2 Snoop and Informant bags > Crumpler

XS Snoop holds around the same as a 5mdh, however the Snoop can hold a tablet or maps/papers in a dedicated sleeve.
Informant (small) can hold even more.
You can take the camera insert out of a Snoop and use it as a messenger. Can't do that with the Crumpler.
The straps is much better on the Snoop b/c of the lock mechanism.

Small Snoop holds around the same as a 6mdh, however the Snoop can hold a tablet or maps/papers in a dedicated sleeve.
You can take the camera insert out and use it as a messenger.
The strap is better BC of the lock mechanism.
You also get tripod straps on the bottom of the snoop and several more interior pockets.
And it has a waist strap, which is critical for this much weight.
There are other reasons why Timbuk2 is > than Crumpler

To sum it up. It seems to me that the Tumbuk2 is offering more benefits and versatility, while being slimmer and less boxy.
Timbuk2 is an American company.


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Storage of my gear

Typically, my main body and one or two lenses are in an Informant bag for daily use.
I keep everything else in the insert for my large Burton backpack.
The insert is removable and usually I keep it that way.
It has a zippered lid/top to it, so it acts like a little carrier. It holds everything I have:
Canon 5D mark iii and accessories.
Canon 70D and accessories.
Canon S100 and accessories.
Canon 580exii
Canon lenses, in my sig
The insert is amazing. If it's not big enough for you, consider getting a larger wheeled camera-luggage system and use it as your base station.

I keep this insert (filled with lenses and bodies) in a drawer in my office.
The insert is on the left here (red), to the right are inserts from smaller bags that I'm not using or little pouches that Ikea sells for drawer organization.
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Anyway, when I'm packing for a trip or a gig, instead of hunting all over the house and throughout different drawers,
I put the insert on the desk or floor, or just camp out near the drawer....
I select the gear I want to bring and load up.
OR
If it's a big trip or gig, I just take the insert and put it in the backpack and run.
I'll work with a shoulder bag, and shoot. When/If I need other gear, the backpack is in my trunk (if it's a safe area) or on-site somewhere safe.
Packing is easy b/c I know where all of my gear is (b/c it has a home).

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formerly owned:

Crumpler 4 Million Dollar Home
Review
Simple here, VERY small bag that can barely fit my 5D mark iii with any of my lenses so I can sneak into an NHL arena without anyone freaking out.
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Domke F-10
Review
I used this for a 5d2 with 16-35 or 24-105, plus flash, plus small prime (makes it tight)
Good bag but NO padding at all and quite small/boring. No flavor.

Lowepro Versapack 200AW
Review
For day bag, body 1,2 lens, maybe flash, ipad, personal stuff
Decent bag, but I replaced it with the more versatile bag that is #2 in my kit above.

Clik Elite Compact Sport
Review
For biking/hiking with body 2 lens, water bladder, personal items
http://farm5.static.fl​ickr.com …73877837_a2e145​5c2f_z.jpg (external link)

Crumpler 5 Million Dollar Home
Cute bag lol (it's for a girl IMO). Looks like a diaper bag a little too much.
5dm3 with 135L or 16-35L mounted in the bag, lens down, on the left side of bag.
w/50L center. w/85mm 1.8 on right OR flash.
No review done, plenty out there.
If you have a rebel, you can fit more gear.

Timbuk2 Snoop Messenger Bag
I have owned the XS and S 2012 models.
Review

Domke F-5XA
AWESOME bag, but too small for me. too tight for mark iii.
especially since I use the hoodman and a luma cinch2 strap.
See text and images on page two of this thread!

Domke F-5XB
AWESOME bag, will miss it.
See text and images on page two of this thread!

Domke F-5XC
Nice bag, not for me.
See text and images in post below.

Domke F-3X
Review
Not padded.
For almost everything in my sig plus ipad and accessories
This bag is positioned smaller than the Timbuk2 bags but comfortably carries more than either.
There is a map pocket in the front of the bag, it fits an iPad perfectly! Tight fit in oem case, but it works.
This bag fits a TON of gear, it's small, not cheap for it's size, but Domke is quality.
It's the most amazing bag ever, when you figure that I can fit everything in my sig.
It's a professional looking bag. It's not exciting.

Timbuk2 Informant Small
Review
Image below, from left to right: 135L with hood rev, 5D mark iii w/hoodman & bulky Luma Cinch strap laying on top of the 35L (mounted, no hood today)
Canon 580EXii folded, top resting on the Luma strap
Other accessories in the bag:
iPad mini in a case
A battery and cf card in each of the "lid pockets"
Weather protection

Timbuk2 Informant Medium
Review
Great for two bodies and lenses,
or a body and 3 lenses, or just a bunch of lenses (it's long)

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Nov 21, 2009 13:29 |  #2

And I thought I was mad, buying three bags in 12 months!!! :)


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Nov 21, 2009 13:43 |  #3

I can't even find all of mine in the house! But your collection is great. I love my Domke bags best, then come the Kata and Think Tank ones. Everything else is just for storing stuff. :)


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Nov 22, 2009 00:04 |  #4

lol. 14. now I feel better!! wow.

Domke F-5XC Large Shoulder Bag (Black)
Mfr # 700-53B

edit - I have sold this bag, so my kit has changed, text may not be relevant.

This Domke bag is a medium size bag. It will fit a DSLR without grip and 3 prime lenses.
However, it is quite small, not a lot of padding (opposite of a Crumpler or Timbuk2).
It's designed to be discreet.
I wanted to get the olive color, but decided that look silly while at wedding in a black suit.
So I played it safe. Bummer.

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IMAGE LINK: http://www.flickr.com/​photos/imryanmac/10731​418875/  (external link)
Domke F-5XC Black (external link) by Ryan Philly (external link), on Flickr

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DOMKE F-5XC. Canon 5Dm3 with 85Lii, 24Lii, 24-70Lii, S100 camera, charger and battery (external link) by Ryan Philly (external link), on Flickr

External Dimensions WxDxH: 10.75 x 5.5 x 10.75" /27.31 x 13.97 x 27.31cm
Internal Dimensions WxDxH: 10.25 x 5.0 x 10.25" / 26.04 x 12.7 x 26.04cm
Materials: Water-resistant, breathable cotton canvas
Closure Type Zipper Touch Fastener
Accommodates D-SLR camera with two lenses, flash and accessories
Carrying Options Gripper shoulder strap
Shipping Weight 1.0 lbs 12 oz / 794g

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This pic shows a hand strap that I installed, it is sold separately (more info below) and the back map pocket (external link) by Ryan Philly (external link), on Flickr

Link to optional hand strap which is shown in my pics:
http://www.adorama.com​/DMFA112BK.html (external link)
Domke 725-52B FA-112 F/F-2 Super Handle (Black)
it's not designed for this bag, and the hook took some convincing to get it fully around the large tab on the bag (which is there begging for attention).
in this next pic you can see where I attached it:

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This shows where I clamped on the extra hand strap (external link) by Ryan Philly (external link), on Flickr

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Domke F-5XC ( 700-53B ) Large Shoulder Bag - Black (external link) by Ryan Philly (external link), on Flickr

It should be excellent for any gig, a walk around town, a vacation.
Once could use it in the following ways:
1. body and two of my 2 lenses
2. body and 24-70Lii, 85Lii, 24Lii
3. body and 24-70Lii OR 85L, 24Lii, 580exii
4. no body, 85Lii OR 24-70Lii, plus 24Lii, 200Lii, 580exii ****
****basically, everything except for my body and 1 lens, then work from the bag. it's so small, it's easy to do this, and not be overwhelmed with too large of a bag.

This bag is very difficult to photograph. Because it's a top loader, with a small access bay door at the bottom.
This image shows you how they intend for you to store your gear:
IMAGE: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7416/10731627986_eb43216b29_o.jpg
My gear is not situated like any of these configurations ^ but they could work too.
Looking at one of these block configurations, head on, I have my camera all the way to the left, at the top.
The handle is held up by a shelf that I created from 1 of the 2 included dividers.
I could make the shelf higher, but I like to leave a little room at the top of of the bag for my camera strap.
There is some flexibility here, especially when you see the hood of the 85Lii getting close to the bottom of the bag in the next image.

At the bottom I used two inserts from other bags, one on the bottom of the bag,
the other on the bottom of the shelf that I created, it = dual a swinging door / divider in itself.
These other inserts that I used, are the type that has velcro on opposite sides, and a "tab" on one of the other two sides, the tabs create the swinging door.
This is where my zoom is stored today. I can trade 85L for zoom, on/off camera, and it works well.

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Domke F-5XC with Canon 24-70Lii on bottom right, 24Lii on top right, 5Dm3 + 85Lii taking up the left side (external link) by Ryan Philly (external link), on Flickr

There are probably hundreds of ways to configure this bag. There is even a thread on how to configure it! I will play around with it, I just got it.
I may black out the RED in the Domke label, or remove it completely.
It's stitched on full, not just the ends.
An iPad mini fits in the map pocket. The top sticks out a bit.
But it's a tight fit, so it's not going anywhere.
More pics below

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Nov 22, 2009 20:29 |  #5

Not a bad collection you have there. I am currently on to three bags, and non of them hold my 300 f4L IS. I just keep it in the Canon case and attached an old shoulder strap too it. Works well.


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Nov 23, 2009 21:50 |  #6

Might have to throw mine up here right quick when i get the chance.


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Nov 23, 2009 22:04 |  #7

Be my guest. I know u r a resident bag guru.


Old info that I typed up, when I owned the Domke F-3X in ballistic.

I have owned several different camera bags. All makes and models. So when I say that I have loved this bag since day one, says a lot. It's been a few months now and today I discovered an easter egg. It fits the iPad perfectly!!!!

First, pics and specs from when I was using a 7D
Second, pics and specs have been updated to include info relevant to 5D m2/3

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Yes I'm excited the iPad fits. But the bag also fits all the gear in my sig and plenty of room for personal items and accessories. All of this, yet, the bag is small! So that's two lens in the dedicated lens pouches in the main compartment. A third lens in the main chamber separated by a velcro pad that comes with the bag. And the 7D with any of my lens attached on it's side in the bag row. Total of 4 lens. My flash lives in one of the two large end compartments. The iPad in the front compartment. And there is still room for papers and personal items in the other end compartment and the back pocket. A fifth lens could live in the end pockets as well. With the body and 4 lens in the bag, it takes a minute to configure everything b/c the iPad can barely fit with that much stuff. With the body and 3 lens in the bag, the iPad is easier to fit. With the body and 2 lens in the bag, the flash in the main chamber instead of a lens, and the 2 other lens in the end pockets, the iPad fits easily as well.

The iPad will also fit in the bag while in a protective sleeve or the apple case. I don't believe it would fit in the pocket while in a leather wallet, portfolio. It's that good a fit! The iPad will fit horizonal or vertical in the pocket, obviously horizontal is the ideal method. The iPad will only fit standing up vertically in the rear pocket, it is too long to fit horizonally.

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Exterior Dimensions 12.5 x 7.25 x 9.6" (31.7 x 18.4 x 24.4 cm) (LxWxD)
Interior Dimensions Main compartment: 8.5 x 5.5 x 9.0" (21.5 x 14 x 23 cm) (LxWxD)

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In my pics you may notice that I've used some extra padding/dividers from other bags (that I wasn't using them in). They are not completely necessary. But they were collecting dust and they make this set-up a little bit easier use and my gear a lil more comfy.

And a new set-up:

Here is the bag loaded up:
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This is what was inside:

Left pouch: 430ex ii flash in it's case
Inside main chamber:
Left lens pouch: 16-35 2.8L hood rev
Lower section 40D in a leather bag
Top section: 5D mark iii with 50 1.2L hood rev
Right lens pouch: 135 2.0L hood rev
Right pouch: lowepro case with canon s100, battery charger, battery, lens pen
nothing in the map/folder/ipad section

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Nov 23, 2009 22:07 |  #8

I try. I have a lot of DIY and I love getting new bags. As said, there's a different purpose for each one although for now I've settled on 3-5 still being in need of a hiking type bag. The Velocity didn't cut it. I think the 3N1 is in my future.


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Dec 17, 2009 17:45 |  #9

did you get the 3n1? I need to get a gift for my brother, new owner of a t1i.


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some pics and text from when I owned the Informant Sling, Small, by Timbuk2

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timbuk2 informant small (external link) by Ryan Mac - Philly (external link), on Flickr
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timbuk2 informant small (external link) by Ryan Mac - Philly (external link), on Flickr
In the image above, the front of the bag is actually at the top, you can see the iPad mini at the bottom, that is the rear of the bag.

Looking at the image above from left to right (in main chamber):
Canon 135L with hood reversed
Canon 5D mark iii with hoodman and bulky Luma Cinch strap laying on top of the 35L (mounted, no hood today)
Canon 580EXii folded, top resting on the Luma strap

Other accessories in the bag:
iPad mini in a case
A battery and cf card in each of the "lid pockets"
Weather protection

With the Snoop XS, I can fit an iPad (larger than my mini), but I can't fit a 5D, with 2 lenses, and a flash.
this review is for the Snoop Small, not the XS.

Here is a look at the main chamber with my gear removed from the main chamber,
a divider added back into the mix, and the iPad mini removed from the sleeve area:

IMAGE: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8082/8296328540_7d0f6c74f3.jpg
IMAGE LINK: http://www.flickr.com/​photos/imryanmac/82963​28540/  (external link)
timbuk2 informant small (external link) by Ryan Mac - Philly (external link), on Flickr

On another occasion I had the 85L mounted, hood reversed, 35L parked on the left, flash on the right.
With camera body this size, you can not replace the flash with a 3rd lens, not enough room.

In my flickr I have a pic of the Small Informant resting in front of the Snoop Small.

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Jun 10, 2014 10:57 as a reply to  @ Dj R's post |  #10

photos and text from when I was using the Informant Sling Medium


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Timbu2 Informant Sling medium (external link) by Ryan Philly (external link), on Flickr

this bag above is the medium size
I have added two dividers from other bags
and removed a divider or two that came with this bag

left 24L II
next 580exII
next 5D mark 3 with 50L mounted, luma cinch1
next 85L II

all hoods reversed
2 extra batteries
charger
3 extra cards
ipad mini
tripod straps
comfy strap pad
waist straps
rocket air
filter wallet

insane how comfy this bag is, so well balanced.
best part, it's SOOO practical!

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http://www.thinktankph​oto.com …0-black-shoulder-bag.aspx (external link)

Sold this bag to Charlie this week.

Retrospective® 10 (Black)
Product: TT754
Inconspicuous, soft-sided shoulder bag with a classic exterior that blends with your surroundings. Carries 1 pro DSLR plus 2-4 lenses. I have used it for two bodies with lenses.

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I have so many bags that I only used this bag a few times. Because of the boxy design, they were occasions when I wanted to bring both bodies.
It really fits two non-gripped bodies well. I don't have a grip, so I can't comment further on how that would work, def could fit one, maybe two gripped bodies.
I would typically rock this bag with my 5DmIII and my 70D, however, in the past, I had a 6D instead of the 70D.
I would use any two of my lenses, both bodies, and 1 flash. No problem.
Lots of room for personal items.
Great bag for travel b/c of the water bottle holder!! map pockets, grab handle, rain gear, secret compartments with zippers.
It would be a wonderful carry on bag, with your photo gear and random stuff.

Think Tank's notes on this bag:

The exterior of each Retrospective shoulder bag is purposefully simple, allowing photographers to inconspicuously blend into their shooting environment.
- The softness and flexibility of the Retrospective 10, 20, and 30 easily allows a pro size DSLR to be carried in the main compartment with a lens attached, facing downward. The Retrospective 10 is pictured here, containing (left to right): a Canon 5D with battery grip and 24-70 f2.8 attached and a 70-200 f2.8.
- Within the Retrospective 10, 20, and 30's main compartment, are two collapsible nylon pockets (one on each side). These pockets are tall enough to fit most flash units or other accessories. A hook-and-loop strap can be used to secure the contents or it can be tucked into the pocket for quicker access.
- The Retrospective 10, 20 and 30 all have an organizer pocket inside the main compartment. It gives photographers enough space for small, but significant, accessories necessary for a successful shoot.
- The expandable pocket(s) on the front of the Retrospective 10, 20, and 30 can be used to carry a spare pro size DSLR body or other photo gear. A small hook-and-loop flap folds over the top of the pocket to secure its contents. The Retrospective 30 (pictured) features two expandable pockets, while the Retrospective 10 and 20 have only one expandable pocket on the front of the bags.
- The "sound silencers" underneath the main flap are used to suppress the loud tearing sound hook-and-loop makes while opening and closing the bag. Simply release the sound silencer panels and cover the hook-and-loop strips to prevent the hook-and-loop from contacting. A clear business card pocket, for identification and spare cards, is also located under the main flap.
- Hook-and-loop panels securely fastens the main flap down, keeping valuable photo equipment hidden from view.
- A wide storage pocket is located on the back of the Retrospective 10, 20, and 30. This pocket can be used to carry magazines, newspapers, or other paperwork, depending on the size of the bag.
- Webbing loops on both sides of the Retrospective 10, 20, and 30 can be used to carry some smaller pouches on the bag. Alternatively, a carabiner (not included) can be used to quickly clip accessories to the the sides of the bag as well.
- Side pockets on both sides of the Retrospective 10, 20, and 30 can be used to carry smaller water bottles and will even fit some shoe-mounted strobe units.
- A fully adjustable, canvas strap is integrated into each Retrospective bag. For extra comfort, a breathable cushioned pad slides along the strap for optimum positioning. Sections of non-slip material on the pad helps keep the entire strap on your shoulder.
- The Retrospective 10, 20, and 30 each have a removable carrying handle for convenience.
- The seam-sealed rain cover included with the Retrospective 10, 20, and 30 was specially designed to keep the carrying handle and integrated shoulder strap outside the rain cover without compromising protection from the elements.[/SIZE][/COLO​R]

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Jun 10, 2014 11:02 as a reply to  @ Dj R's post |  #12

Some text and images from when I owned the 2012 Timbuk2 Snoop camera bags.

Small (size bag) pics are in this post.

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Timbuk2 Snoop
http://www.timbuk2.com …oop-camera-messenger-2012 (external link)

What is the difference between a Timbuk2 messenger bag with an insert and a Timbuk2 Snoop?
The Snoop is a camera bag, so it comes with a nice insert.
The Snoop has tripod holder straps on the bottom (SM and MED only).
The (2012) Snoop has a grab handle <- deal breaker.

The Snoop is available in 3 sizes:
XS - own - green/gray
Small - own - black/gray
Medium - don't own, once you get that much gear in a padded bag, I'd prefer a backpack!

The Small:
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5d3 / 40d. Two bodies with lenses, fit great in this bag!

This is a well loaded small:
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What was in it?
Back Pocket for maps/folders/ipad: iPad original in OEM case
In Camera (removable) insert:
L: 135 2.0L hood rev
C: 5D markiii w/ 50 1.2L hood rev
small section in C area: 430ex ii flash
R: 16-35 2.8L hood rev
Front sections: battery charger, battery, cf card, lens pen, biz cards

When I remove the iPad, the bag may breath a bit.
It has a more natural shape.
You can tell from this image:
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Notes: (small)
The bag has a cross strap. I'm thin and I'm shocked that there isn't much room available.
There is room left, but not a ton. I will measure it on request.
The bag comes with a decent shoulder strap pad. I may try out a better pad soon, the one from my domke.
The shoulder strap is long, very long.
The front pockets (accessories) are stacked, so don't expect to jam a ton of stuff in there.
It comes with velcro silencers.
The tripod straps work well. You can't remove them.
You can't customize this bag at this time, there are only two colors available.
There are small pieces of velcro inside the main chamber, when you connect them, then close the bag...
it keeps water from dripping inside.
The camera insert - when you're not planning on zipping it up (dust) you can flip the lid back and into the iPad section (saves time).
The insert is very well padded on the bottom! It comes with 2 tall dividers and 2 wide dividers.

Pricing:
It's pricey! I got mine while they were on sale at ebags.
20% off timbuk2 snoop, it seems to run every few weeks.
Use ebates as a portal to ebags.com Another 12-13% off.
Plus there are free shipping promos on orders over $50, $100, etc, from time2time.

Quality, Feel, Size:
The quality is there.
The bag looks and feels great.
I believe it's a bit large for what it fits.
When I want a padded bag, this is it.
It's made in the USA, which I love.

Here is the Timbuk2 small & Domke F3X:
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vs. Domke F3X
The F3X can hold way more stuff, and it's a lot smaller. F3X has zero padding.
F3X review: https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=886862
I use them for different purposes.

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Jun 10, 2014 11:03 as a reply to  @ Dj R's post |  #13

Some text and images from when I owned the 2012 Timbuk2 Snoop camera bags.
Small (size bag) pics are in the post above.
This here, is the XS:


The XS:

Again, this new bag, green/gray is size XS
On paper, the two sizes don't give you the impression they are THAT unique.
But once you remove the XS from the package you see it immediately, this is a small bag.
This is replacing my Crumpler 5 mdh.
This bag will not fit as much gear as the 5mdh, which can fit a body/lens, lens, and flash,
The XS snoop can only fit a full size body/lens, lens.
but the XS snoop can also fit an ipad, and that's what I was after.

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Notes: (xs)
The bag doesn't have a cross strap.
The bag comes with a decent shoulder strap pad. It is adequate for this size bag.
The shoulder strap is long, very long.
The front pockets (accessories) are stacked, so don't expect to jam a ton of stuff in there.
It comes with velcro silencers.
There are no tripod straps
You can't customize this bag at this time, there are only two colors available.
There are small pieces of velcro inside the main chamber, when you connect them, then close the bag...
it keeps water from dripping inside.
The camera insert doesn't have a zippered lid/top to it.
The insert is very well padded on the bottom! It comes with 2 dividers.

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iPad fits
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The XS vs. Small
with inserts removed:
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XS insert has 16-35 2.8 and 135 2.0 in it:
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more on the XS:
pics from iPhone while the 5d is in the bag

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CANON 16-35 2.8L with hood reversed on left.
CANON 5D mark iii mounted to 50mm 1.2L
tripod plate attached

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CANON 16-35 2.8L with hood reversed on left.
CANON 5D mark iii mounted to 50mm 1.2L
tripod plate attached
large strap attached
bag closed, feels and looks good

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CANON 16-35 2.8L with hood reversed on left.
CANON 5D mark iii mounted to 50mm 1.2L
iPad 1 in oem case added to bag
tripod plate attached
large strap attached
bag closed, feels and looks good, but more full.

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CANON 135 2.0L with hood reversed on left.
CANON 5D mark iii mounted to 50mm 1.2L
tripod plate not attached
large strap attached

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430exii
580exii in case
CANON 5D mark iii mounted to 50mm 1.2L
tripod plate not attached

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Some text and images from when I owned the Crumpler 4 million dollar home.

There are no reviews of this bag and almost nobody ever mentions them.
People skip ahead to the 5mdh so they can hold more than 1 lens or a flash.

I am the former owner of a 5mdh and I have moved from this residence to a Domke F3X which holds all the gear in my sig and then some. I have a Domke F10 for 5d2 + two lens, plus a flash in the zipper pocket. I needed something for just the camera + 1 lens. I realize the 4mdh bag is very small (like a condo), but I want the smallest possible home for just this set-up. So I purchased a 4mdh and hoped for the best.

The results are in, perfecto. The bag is so small and low profile. Yet it fits a 5d or 7d plus 24-105L perfectly!

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If you use a strap on your camera and you have an extra few seconds, you can slide the strap into the bag, just right of the body. If you're in a rush, you can just close the bag with the strap either hanging out or crushed into your lcd.

There are 1st and 2nd and 3rd generation series of Million Dollar Homes. The 3rd gens are everywhere now.

What is unique about the 3 generations of bags?
I can only comment on 1 vs 2.
They are both roughly the same size. The 1st gen is a splash larger.
They both have a small mesh pocket, capable of holding thin objects.
Bulky objects will keep the bag from closing very easily.
The shape/style of the bag is different.
The 1st gen has a grab handle on the top.
The 1st gen has an extra pocket (see card reader and battery in pocket below).
The 2nd gen has velcro silencers that you can fold down if you would prefer to only use the buckle.

LINK (external link) to 2nd gen on crumpler's site / usa
LINK (external link) to a pretty good review on another site

Crumpler suggests that.... "Be it rain, hail, sleet, snow, beer or mixed drinks, the bag's 900D outer is designed to weather the storm and keep your equipment dry as a nun's gusset".

1st generation
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2nd genation
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The Crumpler site doesn't advertise the interior specs of either bag. After some research I have seen a user who reports the maximum usable interior space is approximately 7.5”(w) x 8”(h) x 4”(d). If you use the divider subtract .5” from the width. But the depth is underrated by about 3/4".

The length of the 5d2 body + 24-105L = a liitle < 7.75".
Width of the 5d2 is 6.25".

Pictures from my home inspection explained.
pic 1: closed 1st gen 4mdh with canon 5d mark ii + 24-105L hood reversed. divider removed.
pic 2: as above; bag opened for inspection.

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