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tudragan
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Jan 10, 2010 16:51 |  #1

Hi, i am looking for a travel bag that has quick access and a compartment for a laptop. throughout my search i pretty much came up with two possible backpacks

Tamrac Aero 85 and Lowepro 250

What are your guys take on these two bags and if you chose one over the other, why?


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Jan 10, 2010 17:15 |  #2

I just got the Tamrac and really like it. It's comfortable and holds all of my gear. I really like the little touch of putting rubber insulation around the zippers in case it rains.


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Jan 10, 2010 21:29 |  #3

Depending on the size of your gear, I have the Kata 465, but the 467 is the one with the laptop slot. I love Kata bags.


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Jan 10, 2010 21:46 |  #4

I have the Lowepro Fastpack 250 right now. It's a great bag -- very comfortable on my back, lots of padding, good pockets, straps, etc. My only problem with it is that as my lenses grow (seemingly on their own), the bag is too small ... especially since I have other needs for the top compartment. If I could store lens hoods there and if I wasn't expecting a 70-200/2.8L IS to arrive any day, it'd be perfect.

I guess what I'm saying is that if you don't have huge lenses and you're really using it for camera gear + a laptop, it's a great bag. It kind of bums me out that it's not going to work for me because I really do like it a lot.

PS, I'm switching over to the Urban Disguise 60 because it'll fit the big lenses, my laptop, papers and books for work (I'm a college professor), and more. Unfortunately, I'll have to attach my water bottle with a carabiner.


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Jan 11, 2010 02:15 |  #5

I actually have a kata 467 right now. i am happy with the bag in the sense that it does what i need, but i am definitely not satisfied when it comes to the camera compartment. even with my limited gear, 40d, 17-85, 50mm, flash and other little accessories, i feel like i have to squish the stuff into the bag and zip it up. i am planning on adding a UWA and a 70-200 sometime in the near future. I love the fact that this bag has a lot of pockets to store my stuff as well.

The short comings i see from the tamrac aero 85 is that it doesnt have too many pockets. it also does not have a waist or a chest strap for when i really do pack it up. i do like that it doesnt look super weird and not totally like a camera backpack

for the lowepro 250, it seems to have a little more pockets, but it isnt really water resistant. (i am not going to throw it in a puddle or anything, but id be afraid of the rain). it looks really squarish and a lot like a camera bag.

from all my research, i am not really too sure which bag can hold more stuff. the lowepro and the tamrac seem to hold about the same, if anything the tamrac is slightly wider and can fit a 70-200 2.8


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Jan 11, 2010 02:25 |  #6

On their website, Tamrac shows the Aero 85 holding a body with a 70-200 mounted so it's plenty wide enough. My only problem with the Aero 80 I have is that the straps aren't padded really well and it's a bit uncomfortable after wearing for a few hours when loaded down. When I look at the Lowepro... well, the straps look exactly the same, so I doubt it would be any more comfortable.

My Expedition 7x is actually more comfortable with more gear in it. It's usually the one I take hiking. The Aero 80 comes out when I do short trips and don't need to carry all of my gear (which is a lot of crap, lol). I'll pop a body, flash, and a couple of lenses in there and go. For that, it's comfortable enough. Once you load it down with a laptop, the gear compartment full, and the top compartment with a gatorade and lunchbox.. well, not so comfy after a couple of hours.


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Jan 11, 2010 02:41 |  #7

I have a couple of Lowepros and love em. I don;'t own the 250, but it looks like a good bag. Do you need to hold stuff other than camera gear? If not the Vertex 200 would hold more camera gear.


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Jan 11, 2010 06:15 |  #8

My Aero 85 holds my 1DIII with 70-200 2.8 IS mounted. The bottom three lens slots hold my 35L, 85L and 24-70. All hoods go into the bag above. Still have room for a flash or something.


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Jan 11, 2010 06:32 |  #9

The dual access to the gear is interesting. I have the Adventure 9, which is a big bag, but the laptop compartment, which advertises that it can hold a 17 inch laptop is wrong. My Dell doesn't even come close to zipping up in it. But the gear compartment is really nice, and can fit my 70-200 2.8 IS, but not attached. Maybe I'll have to take my laptop to the store and see if the Aero 85 will be a better fit for me.


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Jan 11, 2010 08:08 |  #10

The chest/sternum strap for me is key.
This keeps the straps from separating while walking, a big advantage while walking with heavy bag.
Both the Tamrac Aero85 and the Lowepro Fastpack 250 do not have this feature.
I recommend the Lowepro Fastpack 350 as this is slightly larger than the 250 and has the all important chest/sternum strap.


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Jan 11, 2010 09:20 |  #11

The Tamrac does not come with the sternum strap, but has loops on the shoulder pads that allows you to buy one and use it with the bag.


Name is Peter and here is my gear:
Canon 5D II, Canon 7D, Canon 40D
Glass - Zeiss 21 f/2.8 ZE, Canon 35 f/1.4L, Canon 40 f/2.8 STM, Canon 24-70 f/2.8
L, Canon 85 f/1.2L II, Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS II, Canon 500 f/4L IS
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Jan 11, 2010 23:12 |  #12

TaDa, do you feel like theres not enough pockets?


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Jan 12, 2010 06:16 |  #13

Pockets for what? There are a bunch in the camera compartment, and then one big one above the camera compartment that holds my hoods. I guess it would be nice if that big compartment had a few mesh sides to it, but I don't really "need" them as the two that are in there are plenty.

I do wish that the slot that takes that laptop had a mesh bag for the power supply, but it's only one flat padded slot to fit very large laptops. I just keep my power supply in one of the mesh slots in the front compartment.


Name is Peter and here is my gear:
Canon 5D II, Canon 7D, Canon 40D
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L, Canon 85 f/1.2L II, Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS II, Canon 500 f/4L IS
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