I have a Lowepro Slingbag 200 AW and a Kata 3in1-33. I bought both of these because I like the "sling" concept (and the latter can take a Notebook).
I'm taking a trip to Japan in the Spring wit the main intent to soak in the culture with my six senses (...the sixth being of course my camera gear ). The trip starts with a 2-week "tour" of the Country and I will end it with a solo week in Tokyo All travel within Japan will be by train / bus, no planes.
After some consideration, I've decided that the Kata's too big. All I will take with me is my 50D, EF 24-105 F/4, EF 70-200 F/4, 580EX, the typical misc. (& maybe a small WA if I buy one in time). Secondly, there will be days on the tour where they will send my main suitcase ahead and we will overnight without said luggage. So I will need something resembling a carry-on for overnighters (shirt, socks, underwear, toiletries, Netbook, maps, AC adapters ...).
Given the above, I came up with only two possible solutions to the problem:
1. Main suitcase, standard "overnighter" carry-on and collapsible camera bag which I can stuff in my main suitcase.
2. Main suitcase and a camera bag/backpack that can double as a carry-on.
Keep in mind that I will only travel with one camera bag/pack and I will be wearing it roughly 12hrs/day, almost every day!
So far the best solution that I came up with is option 1 with a collapsable bag like the Thinktank Shapeshifter, reviewed here by agphotography. I would toss this bag in my suitcase, my camera gear Netbook & VIP stuff in my carry-on, board the plane to Japan. In Japan, toss the camera gear & Netbook in the Shapeshifter, leaving the rest in the Hotel. On the overnighters, give them my suitcase and use my carry-on for clothes, adpaters & toiletries and the Shapeshifter for the gear.
So what do you guys think about that? Is there any other bag similar to the Shapeshifter you would recommend in place? Netbook is a plus, but not essential for the camera bag, unless said bag will double as carry-on (i.e. I want to have the Netbook with me in the cabin area of the plane.
Thanks for any tips / suggestions, much appreciated