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Jun 26, 2010 14:00 |  #1

A good day,

Over the past few days, I've been searching for a new camera bag. I have been looking at Lowepro and Kata bags mainly, but can't make up my mind.

The following things are very important to me:
- It has to be a backpack
- 2 shoulder straps
- I want to be able to sling the bag and quickly pull out my camera
- It needs an AW cover
- It needs to fit a camera body with a lens mounted, with storage for a few primes (for example the 135mm)

I can get a Lowepro Primus for the price of a Slingshot 350AW, but have read that the quick access opening is rather small. I really like the Lowepro Fastpack, but don't want it because it lacks an AW cover. The Kata 3N1 30 looks good, but also crazy large.

At this moment I have the following equipment:
- 40D
- ZE 2/35 Distagon
- 135L
- More to come!

Could you please point me in the right direction? Thanks in advance!

EDIT: Oh and I want to use it during citytrips, forest walks and hiking trips in the mountains. Basically, it needs to be an all-round backpack.


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Jun 26, 2010 14:11 |  #2

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Jun 26, 2010 14:21 |  #3

^^ Not particularly helpful, that.

I'd also be interested in a bag like the OP described, and I have googled and looked at different designs, but hearing from someone who has such a bag would be much more useful.


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Jun 26, 2010 15:32 |  #4

The fact that the 3N1 might be larger than you need it to be doesn't mean you won't get more gear in the future. If the other criteria are met, and you think it's the right type of bag, why not just get that one? I just had a discussion with a good friend who borrowed my Kata 465 and loved it. She's giving back that bag and getting the 3N1 because it is everything she needs.


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Jun 26, 2010 15:43 |  #5

look into the Lowepro flipside.... it may be what you're looking for!




  
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Jun 26, 2010 16:04 |  #6

Thanks for the advice people.

The Kata 3N1 30 may be just for me after all indeed. It also seems to be just the right size to be allowed as carry-on luggage in a plane. Does anyone by any chance have experience with this backpack as carry-on?

The Flipside is a handy looking bag, but I don't like how you access your gear. It seems to be not as fast as the Slingshot/3N1/Primus.


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Jun 26, 2010 16:33 as a reply to  @ Rsyx's post |  #7

Naturalist wrote in post #10431001 (external link)
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In addition to completely ignoring the OP's specified requirements, that's not an acceptable answer around here.

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Giving newbies blunt answers like "search the forum" is not allowed - please use the typing effort to giving the answer instead.

emmalish wrote in post #10431039 (external link)
^^ Not particularly helpful, that.

I'd also be interested in a bag like the OP described, and I have googled and looked at different designs, but hearing from someone who has such a bag would be much more useful.

Quite right - it isn't. Even if the search were to bring up some useful information mixed in with the other results, you would still have to separate the wheat from the chaff.

OP -I'm not sure what you're looking for can be found. You want a backpack with 2 shoulder straps, yet you want to be able to unsling it and grab your camera without having to take it all the way off. That's not something backpacks are exactly noted for. You might try the Think Tank Rotation 360, which essentially combines a waist pack with a backpack, and lets you rotate the waistpack around. If you want reasonably easy access to any of the bag's contents without having to take it all the way off, you'll need to look at a sling (single cross-strap) bag or a regular shoulder bag.


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Jun 26, 2010 17:08 |  #8

Thanks for the advice Jon.

That Think Tank bag looks extremely useful, but I see it comes with a hefty price tag. It's true that I'm asking a complicated question, and I've been searching the forums for a long time for a good solution. The Lowepro Fastpack is 99% of what I need, even has the sling and double strap - but it lacks the AW cover.

More and more I think that the Kata 3N1 30 is the solution I am going to settle on. Thanks for the useful advice everyone!


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Jun 26, 2010 17:19 |  #9

If the lack of a rain cover is all that's wrong with the LowePro, check out camping suppliers like REI. They often (usually) sell backpack covers. A Ducksback 20 (external link), for instance, is sized for a day pack (20 l. volume) so would probably be a good size.


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Jun 26, 2010 17:49 |  #10

That's a great option indeed. I was expecting such things to exist, but didn't manage to find one.

Thanks for the link, I'll make sure to find a retailer nearby. :)


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Jun 26, 2010 19:07 |  #11

That is why I don't worry about a rain cover for the bags I have. I've collected quite a few covers already, and they can be used with various bags.


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Jun 26, 2010 19:24 |  #12

Has anyone mentioned the Kata bags that have backpack straps but can be converted into by tucking one strap in and attaching the other diagonally? I have one and its a pretty good bag. Unfortunately I'm that guy always hunting for a new, better bag. I've got 4 (two backpacks, a sling and a messenger).


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Jun 26, 2010 21:20 |  #13

I really liked my Kata 3 in 1-10 bag, the only issue I had was that the straps were too narrow and less suportive when you had a full load of gear. With a heavy load it was uncomfortable the straps cuts in and as it was quite narrow it used to roll around a lot (don't think this is a problem with the larger versions)


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Jun 26, 2010 22:30 as a reply to  @ lannes's post |  #14

I had a Kata 3N30 and got rid of it. To me, it was too hard to get to the other lenses if I wanted to change one out (also, it wasn't that comfortable on my back). I am using a Flipside 300 and really like it - it is comfortable and if you attach the waist strap, you can rotate it around to access the pack. Also, you can get it from Sell n Send on Ebay for $62.99 less $5.04 Bing Cashback for a net of $57.95. You can't beat that.


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Jun 26, 2010 22:34 |  #15

Rsyx.
Being a bag junkie I just bought the new Tamrac Evolution 8.
It can be worn like a backpack or a sling with one strap.
Side entry to access your camera and lenses.
It can hold my 15" MacBook Pro and best of all it has a rain cover.
Very well built and comfortable to wear. It will fit all of your equipment listed above.
The Lowepro Fastpack would be ideal also if it included the AW Cover. It a shame Lowepro missed that great feature.


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