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Feb 04, 2011 14:07 |  #1

Hi guys!

I find my Tamrac backpack a little awkward especially when needing to change lenses without having something to rest the bag on.

A friend of mine advised me to get a sling bag, like the Tamrac Velocity that he has been using for a while. I also found the Lowepro Slingshot to be an alternative, do you guys have experiences with those kinds of bags?

I'm planning to carry a gripped 5D2 (or 1D) with a lense attached and a couple of additional lenses one being a 70-200 and the other 17-40 or 85L.




  
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Feb 04, 2011 16:24 |  #2

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Feb 04, 2011 18:45 as a reply to  @ jacobsen1's post |  #3

IMO, sling bags don't cut it passed 10 pounds. Get a backpack if you want to carry more.




  
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Feb 04, 2011 20:56 |  #4

I've used a Lowepro Slingshot 200 extensively (ie EVERY shoot) for the last 2+ years with the exception of long and/steep mountainous hikes where too much other non photography gear is also necessary to be accomodated in a full backpack. I use it in a somewhat unorthodox way, ie I gutted out all of the velcro partitions. While I store my camera in the Slingshot between shoots, in the field the camera is worn around my neck and at-the-ready. Whatever other gear I'm bringing fits inside the Slingshot's compartments. Lenses are stored in their Lowepro LensCases. If occasionally I'm torn as to which lenses to limit myself to, I can always strap on 1-3 LensCases to the Slingshot's exterior via the wonderful SlipLok system integrated into both the Slingshot and LensCases (and all/most other Lowepro gear). I've heard other people complained about the weight being borne on only one shoulder, but I've carried mine for miles and hours (all day) and while the weight was noticed, it wasn't uncomfortable. The 300 would be good but probably would be too tempting to be overloaded. My adult sons also have 200's and love their's as well. Removing the partitions allows me great flexibility and access re which lenses/gear I bring. Reconfiguring partitions would drive me nuts!




  
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Feb 05, 2011 20:32 |  #5

I second the Think Tank sling-o-matic. Had a Lowepro slingshot and while it was a nice bag, much prefer the Think Tank.


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Feb 05, 2011 20:43 |  #6

I've been using the Slingshot300 for a while now. It's a very nice bag and can really carry a lot. I choose the Slingshot because it had the hop strap which is very handy when hiking as a significant portion of the bags weight is distributed on the hips which really reduces shoulder fatigue. I looked at the Thinktanks which also hold a lot and liked how the strap can be changed from shoulder to shoulder but I could find no hip strap so I passed.


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Feb 07, 2011 08:42 |  #7

to elaborate on my earlier post, I like the incase DSLR sling if you want a nice basic single strap sling, then the TT sling o matic if you want a really nice sling for either shoulder, but then I converted mine into a backpack and LOVE it now...


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Feb 07, 2011 12:52 |  #8

jacobsen1 wrote in post #11793578 (external link)
to elaborate on my earlier post, I like the incase DSLR sling if you want a nice basic single strap sling, then the TT sling o matic if you want a really nice sling for either shoulder, but then I converted mine into a backpack and LOVE it now...

the incase sling bag is a nice simple bag and very comfortable! I love mine!




  
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Feb 07, 2011 13:59 |  #9

I had two sling bags and they were okay up to 4-5lbs. If you have 3-4 lenses and accessproes your back will not be doing too good after a days trip. A proper backpack is the best option.

I now use a side bag for convience and shprt travel, still better than sling bag.



  
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Feb 07, 2011 14:06 |  #10

Crumpler makes nice bags....so does ThinkTank.


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Feb 07, 2011 14:12 |  #11

Asking for the best sling bag is like asking for the best way to get hit in the stomach.


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Feb 07, 2011 17:51 |  #12

tkbslc wrote in post #11795637 (external link)
Asking for the best sling bag is like asking for the best way to get hit in the stomach.

Huh??


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Feb 07, 2011 17:57 |  #13

That was my way of saying I think sling bags are awful and I regret my poor decision to purchase one. It take the worst things about a shoulder bag and the worst things about a backpack and combines them into one awkward, annoying, PITA.


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Feb 07, 2011 18:23 |  #14

Camera bags are VERY personal things, ie as to which fits and otherwise services YOUR needs. I consider shoulder bags as the least useful for actually transporting gear other than very short distances, ie house to car. There is no question that the best way to carry gear, particularly if there's a fair amount of it, over long distance/time/elevatio​n is with a backpack preferably with an excellent hip suspension system.....but its definitely not the most accessible alternative. I find the Lowepro Slingshot as an excellent tradeoff between pack on the back (but you must know how to fit it AND use the stabilizer strap) and the accessibility of a shoulder bag. There is no question that I'd replace mine should something happen to it. But to each their own!!!




  
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Feb 07, 2011 23:50 |  #15

tkbslc wrote in post #11797234 (external link)
That was my way of saying I think sling bags are awful and I regret my poor decision to purchase one. It take the worst things about a shoulder bag and the worst things about a backpack and combines them into one awkward, annoying, PITA.

I agree with you 99%. I love the idea of sling, but the execution is just so poor. I wish one day someone will come up with a reasonable sling design.


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