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Up for Discussion: Camera Bags

Each one of us who is into photography is looking for a camera bag, be it a small one, or a large one. I got my first bag about 22 years ago and I still have it, though all I use it for these days is to store things. Still the decision about what to buy and what you need to put in it is still a big thing. Since buying that first one I’ve had a number of bags, all good in different ways.  So today I thought I would go through what bags I have purchased and why I got the ones I did.

The first bag was a Lowepro and not a bad buy, but it was a normal bag and I realised fairly quickly that I wanted something else.

Lowepro Mini Trekker

At least I think that is what it was. I got it about 18 or 19 years ago.  I really wanted a backpack, something I thought would be easy to carry around.  I have to say after going the backpack route, I’ve never looked back.  I loved this bag and I used it up until a couple of years ago and the only reason I replaced it was because I wore it out.

When I was photographing the cycling I was carrying a lot of gear in it.  Two camera bodies, two lens, two flash units and all the stuff that goes with it.  No wonder it started to fall apart.

I decided I needed a new bag and I thought I needed one that I could carry everything in.

Tamrac Expedition 7x

What a bag, it was big, actually it still is.  I can fit almost everything in it, though I have a few too many lenses now, but still, it carries a lot.  The biggest issue is can I carry it all and my knees find it hard to cope with the weight.  It is a backpack and incredibly well made, a solid bag.

I can fit a lot of stuff in it and one thing I really wanted was to be able to carry my tripod on it, and it does fit, though I find it very top heavy when the tripod is attached and I have to be careful bending over or getting up when I’ve knelt down or I almost lose my balance.

One issue I have, and I will mention this again later, is the lack of room or consideration given to women using the bag and having to carry wallets/purses and mobile phones. I don’t tend to have pockets that will fit those things, so I need to carry them in my bag and there is no where for them.  Obviously designed for men to use.

Tamrac AERO SPEED PACK™ 75

A few months after getting the Expedition 7x I decided it was too big for many of my outings, especially if I was just going to be walking around and didn’t need to take too much gear with me.

It is a split bag, so there is space at the top for whatever you want to put into it, and the bottom half for your photography gear.  It is nice that I could carry my wallet, phone and sunglasses in it

The amount of space at the bottom meant I could only carry the camera with a lens on it and one other lens.  I think you are meant to be able to carry at least one more, but the camera I have is large and my lenses are too, so I couldn’t take anymore with me than one spare lens.

One other thing was a problem and that was no way to carry my tripod, so if I was doing some photography in the city where I needed a tripod, then I had to carry it the whole time.

Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L AW

Finally I decided I needed another bag, something in the middle of the two.  I asked a person at Maxwell International Australia if he could recommend a bag.  His recommendation was this bag, but the 10L one.  I decided that I wanted something slightly larger and went for the 15L.

I have to say I love this bag, I am so happy with it.  I can carry my camera with a lens on it, and two to three other lenses.  The Tamron 150-600mm fits in it as well.  There is space for a spare battery and extra memory cards.  I have room in it for ND filters when I am taking them with me also.

There is space on the side to carry my tripod and my big one at that.  When it is on I don’t feel off balance and I forget it is there until I go to sit down.  It is easy to get on and off, so I use it, and I am happy to take it with me.

There is a spot in the side where you can put a bladder for water, this was especially appealing to me.  I got a Camelbak to fit in it for when I am going to be hiking or walking a lot.

Again, my biggest disappointment with the bag is the lack of consideration given to women who want to use it and there is nowhere for my wallet, phone or sunglasses.  When I aren’t using the bladder I use that pocket for those things.

One of the things that I thought would be annoying is the flipside aspect of it.  You basically need to take it off to get access to the inside.  Putting it on the ground can be annoying, but since you put the side that faces out on the ground, it is fantastic, whatever is on the ground doesn’t go on  your back when you put the bag back on. I dump it all over the place now.

It is, I think the best bag I’ve bought so far and I am so happy with it.  Besides that other thing, everything about the bag is great.

Finally

So what do you look for in a camera bag? If you were helping someone to choose one what sort of advice would you give them?  What is the best bag you have purchased?

165 Comments
  1. Always a tough choice…I use a Tamrac backpack for my Urbex and wilderness outings and a 5.11 Rush Delivery Lima bag for just walking around and/or city use.
    protection and easy access are a must for any camera bag.

    April 10, 2015
    • I haven’t heard of the second one Robert. I do think you need more than one bag, different ones for different uses. I agree, you have to be able to get into them easily. Thanks for sharing what you use.

      April 10, 2015
  2. John McClelland #

    I have the Tamrac Expedition 7……it’s a really nice bag. Sometimes a bit much for a short outing, but carries a lot of gear.

    April 10, 2015
    • Brillian John, I really like it too, but for a lot of what I do I find it just too big, but it is great when I am going away, or if I am doing photography near the car, I can take so much more with me and it is there if I need it. Thanks John.

      April 10, 2015
  3. My camera bag is over 20 years old and falling to pieces. Funny how it is hard to let go of this thing, though. Thanks for this post. The Tamrac 7x looks interesting.

    April 10, 2015
    • Wow, it is getting, obviously you have done well with it. It is hard, especially when you got so much from one, you want to get the same from the next. The only thing with the 7x is that it is a big bag, and can be awkward to carry around. Good luck finding a new one.

      April 10, 2015
  4. As I hike a lot I was looking for a lightweight waterproof camerabag that could be carried on my chest and which gives me the possibility to reach my camera fairly easily. So I ended up with the Ortlieb Aqua-Zoom. I am extremely happy with it, but it might be too smal for lots of photographers. I only take my Nikon and a 18-105mm lens.

    April 10, 2015
    • One thing I like about doing posts like this is that I hear about stuff I’ve never heard of before, I have never heard of that bag before, the brand especially. Great to find a bag you are happy with. Yes, it would probably be too small for me, I like to take options, my back doesn’t always like it, but we cope. Thanks for sharing that David.

      April 10, 2015
  5. Since most of my shooting is while hiking or on long walks the backpack style bags are the way I go. Still for it all to work for me equipment must be kept to a minimum so I can enjoy being there as well as having the equipment to hopefully capture at least some of what is experienced.

    April 10, 2015
    • I am starting to do a lot more that shooting while walking and hiking and I have to agree with you, it has to be comfortable so you enjoy doing it. My new bag is like that for me, I really enjoy it and I find it really comfortable. Thanks for that, important to remember.

      April 10, 2015
  6. Such a difficult decision. Thank you for your suggestions. I currently have the Lowepro Flipside 300, which is great because of its bodyside access. However it’s getting too small for me now and I have to look for a bigger one, preferably also with bodyside access.

    April 10, 2015
    • It is terrible when that happens, when you realize your bag is getting too small. My new one doesn’t have the bodyside access, though I tend to get my camera out and leave it out, so it isn’t a big thing for me.

      April 10, 2015
  7. I love Gura Gear for when I’m traveling. I bought the Kiboko 22L 2.5 years ago and it’s been brilliant. Plenty of room for camera equipment and other gear plus pockets for my wallet etc. There’s also a padded slot for a computer. On my most recent trip to Namibia and South Africa, I needed additional space for a couple more lenses including a large 500mm and went with their Bataflae 32L. It doesn’t have the slot for the computer but I just put that in my regular carry-on bag. The Bataflae was amazing. It lived up to my Kiboko and then some. Plenty of space, well-balanced, plenty of padding on the straps when I used it as a backpack, I loved it.

    April 10, 2015
    • Another brand I’ve never heard of. They sound fantastic Susan, I might have to check them out when I come there.Sounds like a glowing review Susan, it is nice when you get a back that is really right for you and works well. Thanks for sharing that Susan.

      April 10, 2015
  8. I have had three camera bags, all from Lowepro. My first bag was a backpack with lots of room up top, bit little in the bottom for camera gear. Then I bought the Lowepro Sling 300 AW. I could carry lots of gear and my wallet and cell phone, but not my full size tripod or water. The zipper broke while traveling so I contacted Lowepro to find where I could get it fixed as the zipper was no longer under warranty. Best customer service ever! They sent me a new bag and told me I didn’t need to send back the old one. About a year ago I bought the Lowepro Flipside Sport 20L as the sling style had most of the weight on one shoulder. I love this newest backpack! And I agree, camera bags are not the best for women who have to carry extra essentials! To help with that I bought a women’s fly fishing vest that hold lots of stuff including my wallet and cell phone.

    Tamara

    April 10, 2015
    • That is great to know Tamara about Lowepro, I must admit every time I’ve contacted them I’ve been ignored, so it is good to hear they came through for you. So the one you have now is the one above the one I have, I love, and it’s good to hear you like yours as well. I have a small handbag that sling over, so that works at times. I had a sling camera back once, but I hated using it with the tripod, it would swing around and almost take out the tripod, it drove me crazy. Thanks for sharing that Tamara.

      April 10, 2015
  9. Oh don’t talk about bags.. we have bags galore… mind you I found the backpack to be more comfortable and it doesn’t make my shoulder injury worse. I have this one https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B008OQUX22/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 the 22ltr size… and the only downside I find is that you are limited on camera gear space. Great for holidays, when you want to take camera gear, tablet and phone etc… but the downside is no place to store a tripod.

    April 10, 2015
    • It looks like a good bag Bren, possible similar size to my smaller Tamrac bag. Having enough room for what you want to take with you is important. I love bags like that when I am walking around the city and I know I don’t need the tripod and will probably only use one lens. Thanks Bren, I have lots of them too now.

      April 10, 2015
  10. Opps… link is not fitting in properly if you could shorten the link Leanne I would be most appreciated.

    April 10, 2015
    • I don’t know how to do that Bren, and anyway it is fine, no problem there.

      April 10, 2015
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    April 10, 2015
  12. alex-titley #

    I was just reading an article on which camera bag? I have about six lenses but only use 3 on a regular basis, therefore i carry my kit in a shoulder bag.

    April 10, 2015
    • If that works for you Alex, then that is fantastic. I think it all comes down to getting a system that works for us. Thanks for sharing what you do.

      April 10, 2015
  13. It’s said that you are not really a photographer until you have a closet full of bags. I am rather fond of newswear.com’s chest vest. Looks a bit weird to wear but it’s practical.

    April 10, 2015
    • Then I must be a great photographer, haha. I will have to look them up Victor, I’ve heard of vests for photographers, but never really thought about getting one, sometimes though, it would be nice, thanks for that Victor.

      April 10, 2015
  14. It is always a problem getting a bag that is just right. Like most other photographers, I have a number of them, large and small.

    One in particular I want to call attention to. It isn’t really a camera bag at all. It is an over-the -shoulder “travel bag” – more like a small ladies’ hand bag. Eagle Creek Travel Gear, Guide Trek bag, 20x24x6cm / 8×9.5×2.5inch. It has a mess of zippered pockets. It hold a small DSLR and extra lens (in its pouch), plus spare batteries, data cards, filters, cleaning tools etc. I have crammed a Nikon D800 with a big lens into it, but then it looks like a too small swim suit on an obese heavy-weight. The charm of this little bag is that it looks unobtrusive. Many sports venues, museums etc, will not allow backpacks or roller-bags. Often they frown on openly carried camera gear. The little shoulder bag, however, is no problem. It does not provide as much protection as I like, but I wrap the neck strap around the camera for cushioning.

    One note: Many places do not allow photography. I don’t make a scene, just keep my camera in the bag. But I do have it for before and after shooting.

    April 10, 2015
    • Sounds like it could be great Ludwig, I’m not big on shoulder bags, I find them annoying, however, that is me.
      I understand that last part, good idea. I haven’t had an issue with it here yet.
      Thanks for that Ludwig.

      April 10, 2015
  15. Alas my quest for the perfect bag continues! I don’t want one too big and I want one with pockets for my wallet and sunglasses. The Tamrac actually seems like a good option for me since I rarely use my tripod hahaha. Terrible I know. I have a Lowepro bag and the opening is so stiff that it never stays open when I’m trying to get things in and out. It’s a real pain. Thanks for the tips here.

    April 10, 2015
    • I think the quest for the perfect bag will continue for most of us. One day, though I think my new Lowepro is really good. We all do photos differently, so if the tripod isn’t an issue then that is good. I often take mine with me, I don’t like always using it, but I have it. YOu’re welcome, good luck with your search.

      April 10, 2015
  16. Hello Leanne,
    I just bought a new camera bag this month. My requirements were that it was a tad larger than the one I was using to easily fit a camera with lens on plus 2 other small lenses. I knew I didn’t want a backpack-style one because as you mentioned I also carry “my life” aka wallet, phone and house keys in it, and I don’t feel comfortable with all the zippers on my back where they’re out of view. I realised I wanted the same style as my current one – a Crumpler shoulder strap bag – just a little larger.
    Also, knowing that I’d be taking it on a vacation soon, on top of photo equipment and “my life” it would have to fit at least an e-book, pack of tissues etc. I agree it seems easier for men to choose a bag because they don’t seem to carry as much surplus items in their bags as I do…
    Looking at A LOT of bags online was disappointing,but in the end I found another Crumpler bag that exactly fits my requirements.

    April 10, 2015
    • I looked at Crumpler a few years ago but I was a bit taken aback by the price of them. I do have a couple of their camera straps which I like. I didn’t want a shoulder bag or a sling bag, I find them difficult when using a tripod, but that is me. Thanks for sharing what you use Kiki.

      April 10, 2015
  17. I have several small ones but this is what I use most of the time as I don’t like carrying things! http://store.lowepro.com/sling-bags/passport-sling-iii

    April 10, 2015
    • I have a friend who has one like that and she seems to really like it. I say what works for you. Thanks for sharing Gypsy.

      April 10, 2015
  18. Hard to say, I have a small domke FX3. I can carry my camera plus the other two lenses I have. Then again, I don’t carry much. I’m also looking into my own system. I bough 2 different size Tenba BYOB inserts so I can buy a standard bag or backpack.

    April 10, 2015
    • Another one I haven’t heard of, It depends with me, I like having bags to choose from. The inserts sound like a good idea, I might have to tell a couple of friends about them. Thanks for that Luis.

      April 10, 2015
  19. Johann Briffa #

    I’ve run through a few bags myself, and still use most of them, each for what it does best. The one I use most frequently is a regular lightweight 15l backpack; I carry the camera, lenses, and filters in this in soft pouches, according to what I plan to use on that outing. And I get space for a water bottle and other essentials.

    April 10, 2015
    • That is what I do Johann, what works for you and for the different types of photography. I prefer a camera bag, I don’t trust to use my gear that other way, too hard. Thanks for that Johann,

      April 10, 2015
  20. I nominated you for the versatile Blogger Award ……. https://xtreme24photography.wordpress.com/2015/04/09/the-versatile-blogger-award/

    April 10, 2015
    • Thank you so much, I have added a link to you on my awards page.

      April 10, 2015
  21. Here’s what I think. I don’t like the backpack type. I actually have 2, but if you don’t make sure it’s zipped when you pick it up, you drop your 24-70mm f/2.8L lens and the filter gets dented and you have to go to a camera shop for them to take it off. I think that a purse type/over the shoulder is better.

    April 10, 2015
    • Oh no Carol, I hear your pain, I do make sure it is zipped up, always, I will double check now after reading this. I don’t like those ones, I find when I bend over to look through my camera on my tripod they swing around, I like how the backpack stays put on your back. Thanks for sharing that Carol, I will definitely make sure I am careful.

      April 10, 2015
  22. Les #

    There are so many different camera bags out there for you to choose from. Me? I have just a plain simple bag that carries my Lens’s & Filters. Nothing fancy. Nothing expensive that is not really needed. It does the job needed. I can wear it as a back pack. The less I have to carry from one place to another is fine with me. I’ve seen that you can spend hundred’s of dollars on these things. Unless you are a Pro Photographer, I don’t think the fancy ones are worth it.

    April 10, 2015
    • I think in the end you have to find what works for you, don’t you think Les? I am trying to be better at that, carrying less with me. I like the practical ones, the ones that work for what I need. Thanks for sharing that Les, I think a lot of people feel the same way about bags and do what you do.

      April 10, 2015
  23. I have the same bag (Flipside Sport 15L). With two Peak Design Capture on the straps, it’s a great photowalk bag. I like the fact that it has double protection against rain.

    April 10, 2015
    • That is a good idea, I like that. I’ve thought about getting some of those but never got around to it. I love the bag too, I find it suits nearly everything I do. I haven’t had any problems with rain, but yes, double protection is great. Nice to hear from you Frank, thank you.

      April 10, 2015
  24. I lost my camera bag with my camera which is a nuisance. It was just a basic one but it did have a small pouch on the front with room for pens, paper and wallet and/or phone. Maybe when you get your magazine up and running you can do a feature on this issue and get some ideas together and present to the companies.

    April 10, 2015
    • Oh no Raewyn I would hate that. That isn’t a bad idea, will have to write that one down, it is a good idea. Would be good if we could get companies to think of us, hopefully their way of thinking of us won’t be to make the bags pink. Yuck.
      Thanks Raewyn

      April 10, 2015
  25. I need to get one of these!!

    April 10, 2015
    • What sort are you looking for Cybele? So many choices.

      April 10, 2015
  26. Good topic! Not easy to get the right bag and it’s a compromise between space and weight for me as I hate carrying heavy packs! I have a ‘trolley’ to house all my gear plus laptop – a Tamrac Cyberpro Express. When we are off on a cruise I roll it from the house to the car, to the boat! When I go for a wander I use the Lowepro Flipside 10l. I love it, it is on the small side but forces me to think of what I really want to take and lug on my back. A couple of days ago we went on a bush walk from our anchorage. I knew they’d be opportunities for macro shots and landscapes. I took my camera with Tamron 18 to 270, my filters, the Macro lens and my tripod! It was a bit of a squeeze but it worked! That’s the max I would ever take with me! If I am going for bird photography then I just take the one big Canon 100-400 and that leaves plenty of space in the bag. I really think that with the bulk and weight of SLR gear you have to be selective and realistic with what you can physically carry on your back! Of course if you are shooting from a location close to your car, you can put the lot in your boot! I suspect that as I get old and decrepit I’ll sell my gear and get a mirrorless camera… Then i’ll have to get rid of all those bags!

    April 10, 2015
    • Thanks Chris, it is something we all grapple with from time to time. I am with you, my back can’t handle the heavy pack and I wish I had got one on wheels too. That would have been great when I have to take lots of stuff with me. You have the smaller one to me and I am so glad to hear it works for you, aren’t they great. Of course yours is orange. I don’t know about the mirrorless, the jury is still out for me, but you never know. Thanks for that Chris, some great points.

      April 10, 2015
  27. If you want to see some beautiful bags check out http://www.onabags.com/store.html beautiful bags with good space and super quality… and what I love the most is that they dont look like camera bags so I look like less of a tourist..

    April 10, 2015
    • They are beautiful Kara, I’m sure some other will like seeing them, they aren’t really the type of bags I generally like, but they look great. Thanks for sending the link.

      April 10, 2015
  28. Thanks for this, interesting and informative as always! And these all look like very good, and nice, bags. Since you asked, this would be what I would suggest in a bag: Galen Rowell. I’m not sure they still sell his bags (and I’m too lazy to google), but the thing I like about them is that they are a fannypack style, one shoulder strap, and the bottom of the bag is what you sit on the ground. With a backpack-style bag, you lay the back of the pack and straps on the ground, and they get dusty, or dirty, or wet in snow.

    April 10, 2015
    • I haven’t heard of that bag either, which company makes it Badfish? I think we all have to find what works, it sounds interesting and thanks for telling us about it.

      April 10, 2015
      • You are right–different strokes. It comes in two sizes, neither really huge. Made by Photoflex, it’s like a rectangular box. Well made. I just googled it. I don’t think they make this bag any longer. Or I couldn’t find it. Sorry. But then, my bag just became valuable (on eBay)!!!

        April 11, 2015
      • that’s a shame, it is always sad when they stop making something that you like.

        April 11, 2015
      • Tell me about it. The Gap used to sell these GREAT T-shirts. Basic, durable, with a pocket. Now all they have is flimsy stuff with bunches of colored stripes from Korea, without pockets.

        April 14, 2015
      • Oh yeah, quality is a thing of the past now, you sell it cheap, and make lots of it and if they don’t last then people think, oh well, just buy another one. All crap if you ask me.

        April 14, 2015
      • Yeah…I don’t get that “buy another one” thing. Not in my DNA make up.

        April 15, 2015
      • I know what you mean, it is so annoying. I do care about consumerism.

        April 15, 2015
      • 😉

        April 15, 2015
      • 🙂

        April 15, 2015
  29. I am almost at the point of believing that the perfect camera bag is yet to be invented! Like you, I’ve been through a number of different bags, and each had pros and cons. Because I travel by air a lot on smaller commercial planes, I need bags can fit under the seat and in smaller overhead compartments. While I love the build and protection my Tamrac Expedition 7X provides, it is simply too bulky for commercial travel. Your LowePro Flipside intrigues me enough that I may give it a try, however I have been disappointed with a couple LowePro bags I had several years ago. The two bags I most use are both from ThinkTank. The Urban Disguise 60 V2.0 is always with me and in it I can pack two pro-bodies, a 70-200L and 24-70L mounted on each, and still have room for another lens like the 16-35L or a 2X TC – all in the main compartment. There is a side opening for a 17″ laptop. And then there are end pockets for cords, water bottle, etc., and also a couple zipper compartments in the flap for filters, memory cards, and all the little stuff. This is a courier style shoulder bag, not a backpack. The backpack I use is the ThinkTank Streetwalker Pro, which I use to carry a pro-body attached to the 200-400L, and pocket space for spare batteries and other smaller objects.

    When using a tripod, I generally attach it to the shoulder bag or just carry it.

    My biggest downfall is that I pack too much stuff. But I like to have as much of my arsenal with me as is feasible…yet often cross that line!

    April 10, 2015
    • I find the Expedition 7x quite big and bulky too, love using when I am driving somewhere.I like the Lowepro bag and I understand your reservations, it is only my second one, so time will tell, I do love it now. I don’t know much about the Think Tank bags, I haven’t seen any, but they do look interesting, or sound interesting. A few people have mentioned them now.

      I know the overpacking problem, done that many times and my back has not thanked me. Thanks Ken for all that information, it’s great.

      April 10, 2015
  30. Nic #

    I have several bags and I am constantly trying to figure out which one is best for the occasion. I bought one really big bag that is basically the storage bag. I am only 5’2″ and I find that bags start to dwarf me pretty quickly. I tend to look like an ant trying to carry a boulder. 😛

    April 10, 2015
    • I usually think about what I have to take and then which bag will carry that for me. I am the same height Nic, so similar issues. Haha, I hadn’t thought of it like that, the ant part, too funny. Thanks for sharing that. 🙂

      April 10, 2015
  31. I have a 22 liters Lowepro back pack and I find it too big. I have enough room from my camera and a few lenses. The problem is, it is divided into two sections, the bottom section if for the camera and the lenses with some protection padding. The top section is for the other stuff. I am looking to buy the 150-600 mm Tamron and it won’t fit in the bottom section of the bag. Also when you walk around with it on warm day, it’s just too hot. I will probably buy something smaller soon.

    April 10, 2015
    • I think any back pack will have that problem of being hot on your back, I just go with it, hot is hot. I’ve been putting the Tamron 150-600mm in my Lowepro flipside and it has been good, I was using it this morning, with that lens, my macro and another lens plus my camera, perfect really. Thanks for that Nelson.

      April 10, 2015
  32. Lowepro Orion AW. Perfect if your longest lens is a 70-300. No longer made : (

    April 10, 2015
    • I don’t know how long that lens is Eduardo, I’ve been putting the 150-600mm Tamron lens in my flipside, and it fits quite nicely. Sorry to hear it is no longer made 😦 Thanks for sharing your bag with us.

      April 10, 2015
      • I confess to having 6 camera bags… For longer lenses (more than 25 cm long) backpacks are the better choice. The Flipside is great but I already own a Lowepro Nature Trekker… Heavy beast but great protection… Besides, my closet cannot fit more bags ; )

        April 12, 2015
      • I have 6 too, oh boy, that is a lot, haha. I am really happy with the flipside, I was using it this morning with the 150-600mm in it and attached to my camera, perfect.

        April 12, 2015
  33. Yep the backpack is super important..i have a Lowenpro Pro Runner 450 AW i have problems getting my 500MM lens in or my other lenses and it does have room for my laptop and at a pinch i have squeezed my purse and mobile phone in..super handy for what i do..quite comfortable to but very very heavy with all the gear in there..more for transporting for me..so once i am where i need to be it pretty much is a work station..i have a smaller Lowenpro that fits my camera and two lens which is obviously easier to take with me..but i am starting to take my big lens in it’s case and hang it over my shoulder..the thing is getting lens out from the backpack and changing them over all the time is a real pain, and i did think well if i go out just to capture things with the big lens then i will leave the smaller ones behind…i just can;t ..i always know that is when i will see something and miss it with the big one…urghhh decisions 🙂

    April 10, 2015
    • No wonder it is heavy Bev with so much stuff in it. I like that about the workstation, I do pretty much the same. OMG you sound like me, not wanting to get your lenses out to change them, I can be the same. Decisions decisions. When I have to make sacrifices like leaving some lenses at home, then I try hard to make myself see things for the lens I have with me, but of course there is always going to be disappointments, I just hope I will see them again. Thanks for sharing that Bev, I must come up one day and do some photos with you.

      April 10, 2015
      • Indeed we are so alike hahaha i always find that i have to be brutal..not easy..i have taken my smaller lenses only to spot an Eagle and of course cuss all the way home hahaha..i even went as far as to try using my small bags like a tool belt..urghhh if hubby is with me i get the ‘look’ can you open the bag and grab my blah blah lens…perhaps a caddy like in golf would do the trick 🙂 🙂 and yes we can have some wildlife fun 🙂

        April 10, 2015
      • Haha, I think you might be right, I guess I just settle for it, I have to get better at changing lenses. I love my husband coming with me, he will carry my bag, but unfortunately really doesn’t like coming. I like the idea of the caddy, or a golf cart would be even better, LOL 🙂

        April 10, 2015
      • Oh I reckon it’s a ripper idea..some strong person who can whip out the perfect lens quickly..Hubby doesn’t mind coming with me but I think they don’t get why you need so many shots of the same thing…hahaahha I guess when you see things a certain way you tend to see more and more and more as you look..and the poor partner just looks at the same thing and thinks..done..ok next..:) yep a golf cart..perfect..all terrain of course..with a drink and snack compartment 🙂 hahaa:)

        April 10, 2015
      • Now would that be something, some Amazon gorgeous man, even better. LOL My husband makes it very clear that he is bored, he is very good at that. I agree, I think so too, you do see more and more. I love going to Banyule Flats for that very reason. Snack compartment, maybe a wine bar. 😉

        April 10, 2015
      • Hahaahah yes the eyes roll or drift away and you know hubby has had enough 🙂 I did mean to say I CAN fit my brutus lens in my bag…wit my camera and three other lenses…oh and here is a great subject..women going to remote places alone to shoot…has been a topic of hot debate here! …yes wine and nibblies …a must…

        April 11, 2015
      • Good point, I have shied away from doing that, but I am starting to realize that I am going to have to start doing it. As long as I have my phone I should be fine, I wouldn’t be stupid about it, I would also make sure that people knew where I was going.

        April 11, 2015
      • Same here it is a very touchy issue..with so many things we love to capture it involves early mornings or lateish days and remote areas…i figure my 500mm lens is a pretty good weapon!

        April 11, 2015
      • So true, I think you just have to get out and do it and not think about that sort of thing. I always my tripod could do some serious damage too, LOL

        April 11, 2015
      • Bwhahahhaha yep..we have that or just the whole damn backpack…lol

        April 11, 2015
      • Yep, though if someone just wants my gear, take it, it is all insured.

        April 11, 2015
      • Yep..see ya later dude…if you can run with that crap on go for it i say hahahahaa 🙂

        April 11, 2015
      • Haha, exactly. 😀

        April 12, 2015
  34. bags….bags….my wife says I have too many bags. But they all serve a different purpose. For storage at home and international travel I have a think Tank airport accelerator. For shooting with the big telephoto lenses or the Gigapan I have a Kata Bug back pack. for my Fuji kit I use a Lowepro Slingshot 101 and for shooting with my Canon kit I can squeeze a gripped 5D3 70-200 f2.8 and the 24-105 into a Lowepro Slingshot 202.

    April 10, 2015
    • I agree, I have several bags and they all serve different purposes. For me it is a matter of what and how much stuff I want to take. Each bag I have is a different size, so it is good, and I can please myself with how much I want to take. Sounds like you have it all worked out, thanks for sharing it with us.

      April 10, 2015
  35. Great article. I’m in need of a larger bag myself.

    April 10, 2015
    • There is lots of advice here in the comments too, so many different opinions about what you should or shouldn’t get.

      April 10, 2015
  36. I also still have a very old shoulder bag (> 20 years). But, my current gear won’t fit in anymore. Thus, my daughter has it 🙂

    I love shoulder bags, thus I got a Lowepro Novo 200 AW. That bag is quite good, but way too heavy. The empty bag weights 3 kg!I use it only for my local excursions.
    For my travel trips I use a Thinktank Ultralight 2.5. All gear I need, fits in easiely. Even a 1.5 litre bottle of water has room inside.

    I cary a fisheye, 14-24 f2.8, 24-120 f4, 80-400 or 70-300 (depending on the trips destination and purpose), 105 f2.8 macro (not always with me), angel viewfinder, 1 flash, several filters and sometimes my 50 f1.8 and 85 f1.8.
    Unfortunately there is no option for a tripod and a notebook :-(.

    So, I’m constanly looking for a replacement. Currently I’m considering a Thinktank Airport Commuter 2.0

    The only problem is, it’s still complicated to change lenses in the field, when using a backpack. I guess, I need to puzzle out a way to have at least the option to have one additional lens at my fingertips for easy change without putting down the backpack.

    April 10, 2015
    • Why was does the empty bag weigh so much, that is amazing. I think my bag is only a few hundred grams, certainly not that heave.
      I keep hearing about these Think Tank bags all day, I might have to investigate. I like the option to carry the tripod.
      I hope you find something that will be good and work for you.
      I just chuck, or rather place my bag on the ground to do that, I am getting used to it. Good luck with that, maybe a belt, or something.
      Thanks for that Solaner and telling us what you do.

      April 10, 2015
  37. Frankly…I think we all carry far too much. But for ease I love a backpack…..yet for most of the time still end up with the camera round the neck!

    April 10, 2015
    • I am trying to get much better at only taking what I need, I love the backpack too. I tend to have the camera around my neck and the backpack on ready to change anything if I need to.

      April 10, 2015
      • Think on a little more I can say that for most of my touristy/town/walkabout shots it is my camera vest that I find more useful than my bag…makes you think what to pocket!

        April 10, 2015
      • I’ve never used one of those. They are good I’ve heard. I use the small tamrac bag when I am just walking around the city.

        April 10, 2015
      • It wouldn’t be for everyone but I tend to use it out of habit …so must work for me. the only thing I cannot cover is carrying a long lens!. But everything else including a pen and note book. My backpack is a Lowpro (not sure what model)

        April 10, 2015
      • I guess not, and the long lens, is always a pain, I can carry it in my new bag, which is great, I like that. I don’t often take pen and paper with me anymore, I use my phone if I need to jot something down.

        April 11, 2015
      • I should have added …the vest is not a dedicated photo vest…just a simple Safari type vest (cheaper and looks better)

        April 10, 2015
      • Haha, how it looks is always important, thanks for the clarification David.

        April 11, 2015
  38. Very difficult choice indeed. I also need to get one. The more things I get for my camera, the harder it gets to keep them all in one spot, and not forget any of them at home 🙂 Thank you for the information! Have a lovely day!

    April 10, 2015
    • I hear you Lucy, it can be very hard. I have stuff all over, but I am trying to keep it in one place, and then I can see what I need when I go somewhere. You’re welcome Lucy, and thank you too, I hope you find one you like. 🙂

      April 10, 2015
  39. Hola, yo tengo una F-Stop “loka”, y estoy muy contento. Puedo llevar mi equipo completo y también ropa de abrigo y comida. Un saludo

    April 10, 2015
    • Eso es fantástico, siempre es bueno tener una bolsa que realmente te gusta usar. gracias

      April 10, 2015
  40. I have yet to find a camera bag I actually like and I have four. My backpack one unzipped on me one time and all my stuff came crashing down. Lucky for me all the cameras and lenses were fine and had no damage at all. I was quite scared to even look. The only one I have that I can use with my camera and big lens attached is one I made out of a leather travel bag and I added lots of foam cushioning.. I do find I carry way to much stuff but then if I do not have a particular lens I will need it.

    April 10, 2015
    • I think many of us are in the same boat Sonya, there is always something missing. I do love the new one I have which is nice. I can’t believe that about the zip, whoa, that has never happened to me. My new one, that can’t happen, if it unzipped, then the straps would keep it on my bag, so nothing would fall out. Sounds like you have something that you have worked out for yourself and if it works then that is great. I think many of us find we do the same thing, carry too much. It is that, but the day I don’t have that lens with me something will happen and I will wish I did have it. Thanks for sharing your experiences Sonya.

      April 11, 2015
  41. Reblogged this on Dreamcast Blogs and commented:
    They look nice.

    April 11, 2015
  42. Great post! I purchased a new camera bag a couple years ago and remember it taking me forever to make a decision. There are so many things to consider, but my intention was to buy something that didn’t stand out as a camera bag when I’m wandering around the city. I don’t take a lot of equipment with me, but like you mentioned – needed convenient places to store things that would normally go in my purse. I ended up with an Epiphanie bag and love it. It’s a great size, I can fit everything in it that I need with easy access, and it looks like a tote or oversize purse.

    April 11, 2015
    • I’ve seen those, considered one once, but in the end decided that I was happy with a backpack. I feel safer having it on my back, if that makes sense. The one I generally take to the city for walking around just looks like a normal backpack to most people. When I take my other bags the tripod is always a dead giveaway. Thanks for that Jennifer, good to see what you decided on.

      April 11, 2015
  43. Like you I have over the years acquired a number of different bags. I have couple of smaller Lowepro ones for use when travelling light (Nova 160 AW and Toploader Zoom 45 AW). My most versatile one, however, is a back-loading backpack with a lower camera + kit compartment plus ample top storage – the Lowepro Primus AW ( http://www.takegreatpictures.com/photo-tips/news-and-events/lowepro-celebrates-40th-anniversary-with-introduction-of-primus-aw-backpack-industrys-first-photo-backpack-made-from-51-recycled-materials )

    April 11, 2015
    • Thanks for that Graham, interesting to see what people use. I do like having the three bags, I have to admit, I like that I have choices and it is dependent on where I am going. I took a look at the link, looks like a good bag.

      April 11, 2015
  44. j9tigger #

    Thank-you for this post and I’ve enjoyed reading through the comments. I’ve been looking for a new shoulder or messenger style bag, and will likely go for something from photojojo. There is a sunshine bag there that might be what I am looking for. They also have a camera insert for placing in any bag, which would work if I had a bag I liked, and only needed to have the padding.

    April 11, 2015
    • Sounds good and sounds like you know what you want to get, which in the end is half the battle. Good luck with it, and thanks for sharing what you want to do.

      April 11, 2015
  45. Thanks for airing the problems we all have with camera bags. It’s like beer, a thousand is not enough. My wife says that she is my Sherpa, that means that my camera bags not only have to be multi purpose but multi user. I’m yet to discover the happy medium. In fact I think I’ll put fingers to the key board and write a blog about my growing bag collection.
    By the way, I’ve a Tamrac Explorer 8X and also the Lowe pro Flipside 400AW. At least I can lift the fully packed Lowepro off the floor.

    April 11, 2015
    • You’re welcome, It is hard working out which bag will work best for you, and then you think you have th eperfect one, and then discover that there is something that you don’t like after a while.
      Haha, I am a bit like that too, when I load the 7x up it is hard to pick up. Thanks for that, good to hear.

      April 11, 2015
  46. among the stuff we purchase which constitute our photography gear, i am of the opinion the camera bag, seemingly a mundane piece of equipment, is something we need to get right. getting it right in terms of the gear we gonna to store it with and how it supports the (idiosyncratic) way we prefer to store our gear and work as a photographer.
    currently, i have a think tank suburban disguise 20, which just fits in all i want to carry with me for a shoot without bogging me down with unnecessary weight. it fits 2 Fujifilm X-Es + a number of XF lenses and some accessories (filters, batteries, cards, etc.) adequately.
    i must say the built quality of the bag is extremely good, it still looks solid after 2 years of moderate to usage and the zippers are still perfect.
    ken

    April 11, 2015
    • Well said Ken, though I tend not to store my gear in my bags, I have it sitting on shelves so I can see what I have, LOL. I do like having choices, so I can decide what I will take, how much gear and then decide which bag I will use.
      I haven’t really seen any Think Tank bags, but I found out the store I do most of my shopping at here, Vanbars, stores them, so I think I will have to go in and just take a look at them. I keep hearing good things about them.
      Thanks Ken.

      April 11, 2015
      • yes, leanne. do check them out if they are available at your favourite store. you may be pleasantly surprised …
        ken

        April 13, 2015
      • I will Ken, I have asked and they do have them, so I will have to go and take a look at some time.

        April 13, 2015
  47. carlworx #

    What’s a good camera bag that can also carry a 15 inch mac? Any suggestions?

    April 12, 2015
    • I don’t know, it is something that you have to look for, I would go to the major bag company sites, most will tell you what bag will suit the gear you have. I don’t carry my laptop with me, so it hasn’t really been an issue for me.

      April 12, 2015
  48. Interesting post Leanne, thank you; also some great feedback from others. I thought I was the only one who couldn’t find the perfect bag so it’s great to know it’s not just me!
    My main backpack is perfect – Lowepro but can’t remember which one. The problem is one to take on my travels; ideally a shoulder bag (more discreet) that can take a body with either a 24-70 or 70-200 fitted as well as room for a wide angle, filters, spare battery etc. – and of course a phone and purse at least. Maybe one I’ll find something – either that I’ll resort to making/modifying something to get what I want!

    April 12, 2015
    • Thank you Noeline, and no you are definitely not alone there.
      I like backpacks, then again, I haven’t really traveled so don’t know too much about that. I like the idea of the backpack because you can’t just snatch it and run off with it. Melbourne has some crime, but it isn’t bad, I’ve never felt unsafe with my gear. I also like how thick they are, so you can’t just but into the bag and take stuff. Oh yes, the extra stuff, they don’t think about that much do they. Yes, maybe one day, wouldn’t it be nice if they did something for women, but you know if they did they would do them in pinks and other colours like that, yuck. I don’t like pink.

      April 12, 2015
      • Oh no! I hadn’t thought about the inevitable pink versions! :0

        April 13, 2015
      • Oh yes, apparently all women want to look frilly, lacey and pink. I don’t get what is with that?

        April 13, 2015
  49. Thanks for the article, Leanne! This is a very relevant topic that seems to get overlooked a lot.

    I guess you could say my passions dictate my gear. I’ve gotten a lot of mud on my boots tramping over some very uneven and somewhat dangerous terrain. So I prefer a bag that’s got a tough exterior and lots of padding. I own two Tamrac Expedition bags, the 4x and the 7x, the former being used most of the time. To me these are great bags. They are tough as nails and keep my gear protected at all times. Of course, as you pointed out, they are mostly “guy bags.” So, mea culpa…

    As for choosing large vs small bags, it comes down to comfort and practicality. Once upon a time, I used to think that I needed to carry every bit of gear I owned, or at least pack for as many contingencies as I could think of. Then my back started telling me I was being unrealistic. It told me quite forcefully in fact. 😉 In my humble opinion, it’s far better to plan out your next photo op and pack just the gear that will help you achieve the kind of artistic vision you’re after. For example, it doesn’t really make sense to pack a backup camera body if you are headed to a setting where you will have plenty of time to change lenses. And a macro lens for landscapes is almost a contradiction in terms. So assuming you can make some gear checklists, one for each kind of photo op (weddings, events, portraits, landscapes, etc), you should in theory be able to get along with less when you’re in the field.

    In the end, I suppose I’d recommend you get a bag that’s rugged and has room for your minimum gear needed plus plenty of padding. Probably an obvious answer I know, but it pays to stick to the basics rather than get led astray by brand loyalty or hype.

    April 12, 2015
    • I have too, the mud that is, I just got myself some new hiking boots so I could walk around and not get wet feet, never comfortable.

      I like the expedition 7x, but it is a bit big for me, though great when I am going away, I can put everything I need in it and put it in the boot of the car. I like that about it, but too big to carry around when I am out taking photos. I like “guys bags” I’m started to think they all are.

      I think many of us are the same when we start out, thinking we have to take everything with us, just in case. I totally agree, you do have to think differently. I tend to decide what lens I’m going to use, if I am going to a particular place, I will know what lens I mostly want to use, and then maybe one other, or two other, just in case. Very rarely when I go out do I wish I had brought another lens, and if I really do miss it then I usually plan a trip back.

      Padding is a great point, I think so as well. Maybe an obvious, one, but I agree with you. Thanks for sharing that.

      April 12, 2015
  50. I’m glad to know that I’m not the only bagaholic around! When I was still shooting with a DSLR my favorite bag was a Lowepro Flipside 200. Now that I’ve switched to Fuji I have been searching for the perfect, smaller replacement. I think I have found it in the Pacsafe V16 sling bag. It’s light, looks good(to me anyway), has a ton of anti theft features and enough room for what ever gear I want to carry with me. And I can still make space for my phone, keys and anything else I what to carry.

    April 12, 2015
    • No, not at all Karen, it is important, we pay so much money for our gear that we want to make sure we look after it. sounds like you have found the perfect bag for you, I guess it is something you won’t really know until you start using it. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could try before you buy. Thanks Karen.

      April 12, 2015
  51. I use one of these. http://www.thinktankphoto.com/products/streetwalker-pro-backpack.aspx

    I like Think Tank gear and find this backpack very tough. I also have several bags by Tenba, such as this medium size bag: http://www.tenba.com/Products/Messenger-Camera-Bag-Medium-Black.aspx Tenba bags are also very well made. I have some other bags by Tamrac, Kata and Lowepro (one of them a nice light sling bag) but my main bags for shooting are the Think Tank Streetwalker Pro and the Tenba.

    April 13, 2015
    • It has been amazing to hear how many people use Think Tank bags, I am going to have to look into them. I haven’t heard of Tenba though. Sounds like you have lots of bags Paul, I guess most of us do. Thank you for sharing what you have and the links, oh and the reblog.

      April 14, 2015
  52. Reblogged this on PM Clark Photo Blog and commented:
    An excellent post by Leanne!

    April 13, 2015
  53. I’ve had a couple of backpacks. The first was a tiny Tamrac which worked well until I got serious about photography. I take a slightly different approach to how I carry gear. When I go out shooting, I wear a Lowepro belt to which I have attached several pouches. That lets me carry two lenses, a spare battery and some quick maintenance supplies. I also have a pouch for filters. The belt is adjustable and has D rings to which I can attach an umbrella that I use as a wind break and defuser as well as “a raincoat” for my camera. I also have a backpack similar to the Tamrac 75 that you mention. I use that to carry other “stuff” including lenses, spare chargers, etc. The backpack also has a computer pocket which is very handy when taking longer trips so that I can offload at the end of a day’s shooting. All this gear has served me very well. The zipper on the camera pocket on the Tamrac is starting to go. Short of being able to have a porter follow me around and carry everything, this works really well for me.

    April 14, 2015
    • I’ve seen the belts and saw a cycling photographer using one, but never got into myself. Not sure about the belt option. The Tamrac big bag I have is great, but I tend to only use it now if I am going to be near the car, so I can leave the extra gear in the car and come back to it, or if I’m going away. I like the idea of a porter, someone else suggested a Caddy like for golf. Perhaps we are supposed to get successful and get an assistant. Haha. Thanks John for sharing that.

      April 14, 2015
  54. Thanks so much for this discussion Leanne. Finding the right bag is really difficult. My first bag was a Vanguard BIIN 59, which I very quickly grew out of, although I still use it if I’m only taking my camera with one lens. Because I ride a motorbike, I was trying to find a bag that I could carry my tripod in. My current bag is a Lowepro Transit Backpack, which I have modified a bit using the inserts from the Vanguard bag. I could fit the tripod in it until I got my Sigma 150-500 lens … now that takes up the space. It has an attachment at the side for the tripod, but I don’t feel comfortable with this on the bike. I really like the look of your Tamrac bag. It looks like it has a really secure tripod attachment and the tripod would feel much more secure at the back of the bag away from the wind. More balanced for me on the bike too. I’ll have to look into them and some of the other brands mentioned in the discussion.

    April 14, 2015
    • The Tamrac is a good bag, but very big, so it is tempting to put a lot of stuff in it. Sounds like you have lots Deb, shame you can’t get a bag that fit a rack on the back of the bike so you don’t have to wear it on your back all the time. It is an ever ending mission, to find the right back, thanks for sharing your experiences Deb.

      April 14, 2015
  55. poppytump #

    Oh Leanne … I HAVE to go through this discussion in detail Lol … I’ve one bag can’t even remember the make offhand how bad is that … but it’s rather cumbersome … it’s a big investment a new camera bag I’ll need to choose wisely I think !

    April 16, 2015
    • It is a good idea, and there are lots of great suggestions here, but you do need time to think about them all.

      April 16, 2015
  56. If I remember correctly Cartier Bresson was using a plastic bag not to cause attention.

    April 16, 2015
    • Didn’t he use a massive camera? I don’t know, I guess cameras are a lot more discreet now.

      April 17, 2015
      • Mostly a small Leica, so that nobody noticed. That was his signum so to say. A master by his tool/trade.

        April 17, 2015
      • That sounds familiar and I imagine the photos he was taking he wouldn’t want people to know he was taking them.

        April 17, 2015
      • Exactly! I have two books with his work and they are fantastic. It is all so graphical and simple. A favorite together with Penn, Avedon, Steichen and Watson.

        April 17, 2015
      • Sounds great, he was a master and inspiration for all street photographers.

        April 17, 2015
  57. I love my Thinktank Airport Essentials! I hesitated for a bit before deciding to get it and never looked back – it fits everything perfectly 🙂

    April 17, 2015
    • That’s great, it is so good when you get a great bag and you love it. Thanks for sharing that. 🙂

      April 17, 2015
  58. Hey Leanne – Here’s a little more about the bag I mentioned.. http://theinsatiabletraveler.com/2015/04/16/things-i-love-gura-gear-bataflae-32l-camera-backpack/

    April 17, 2015
    • I’m over there and reading it Susan, great to see how your bag is. Lot of great. I will comment over there soon. Thanks for sharing the link here.

      April 18, 2015
  59. I just did a long bag search. I was hoping to get something that would work both as a camera bag that I could load up with camera stuff and be ready for anything or go a little lighter and substitute some camera gear for day hiking gear. I didn’t find one that could do both.

    For hiking, the Mindshift Rotation180 Professional seems almost perfect but they don’t offer it in different sizes and I know it won’t fit me well. What I’ve ended up doing is just stuffing minor camera equipment into my old Gregory daypack with my other hiking stuff. Far from a perfect solution, but it works for longer hikes.

    For our recent trip to New Zealand, I ended up getting what I thought would be a cheap carry all bag, but I’ve been really impressed with the quality – especially for the price – of the AmazonBasics DSLR and Laptop Backpack – Orange Interior. It really worked great for our trip and it is less than $50!

    April 18, 2015
    • I have to agree, I find that having other bags to choose works well, I have three for that recent.
      It sounds like you have really sorted out what you want and what will work for you Jason, that is great, thanks for sharing it with us.

      April 18, 2015
  60. On my side, I got the LowePro Photo Sport 200AW for my trip to Vietnam. And it is a “mixed” bag, with an “all your stuff” portion, a “camera + lens” bottom compartment. Also, camelback pocket. I wish you could fit more than one lens (I actually managed to fit two lenses where only one should fit, but that’s squeezing things and I wouldn’t recomment it too much). With regards to your comment on “not too much consideration for women”, I’d disagree. Not on the “lack of consideration” part, but on the “for women” part. Not all men will have “pockets” available either to store lots of things. Also, women with pockets *do* exist. Pretty sure if you take the bag and go climb a mountain, you’ll have a jacket full of pockets with you. Similarly, when it’s blazing hot outside, I don’t want to take a jacket *just* because I need pockets for my things. I want to be able to put my wallet and phones and other items in my backpack just as you do :). So I’d say there is not too much consideration for pocketless situations. Which is still a design issue, I fully agree 🙂

    April 23, 2015
    • I have a similar bag, and I like when I’m going to the city, but not if I’m going hiking, I like to be able to stick my tripod on it as well.
      there are always excepts, on the most part women have handbags, so tend to carry things in that, most mens clothes have good pockets in the jeans or shorts. Most men have their wallet in the their pants pocket, mine won’t fit in any pocket. So you can talk about the exceptions, but generally, and for the most part, women don’t have pockets, even some of my jackets have pockets that that don’t really hold anything. Women’s clothes are generally designed for fashion, but I’ve often found men’s tend to be for function and comfort.

      April 24, 2015
  61. Hi Leanne! Thanks for stopping by at my blog and the like on ‘New pictures in ‘Transmittance’ + some byproducts’.
    So, camera bags … I kind of not want it to be visible that I’m carrying my gear around. Not that I’m secretive or so, but I do like a bag that I can also take along when going to work or on a walk with friends. Now my old bag (a North Face messenger bag) is falling apart, so I’m looking again … perhaps leather and waxed fabrics, something in that direction. Still, it must be practical… it’s a task!

    April 28, 2015
    • You’re welcome Adrian, I love visiting blogs.
      There are quite a few people here who feel the same way, there were some great suggestions if you go through the comments, I know there are a lot, but you might find that someone else suggests something that will be perfect for you. The only other thing I can think of, or bags like that are Crumpler. Good luck with your search for a new bag.

      April 28, 2015
  62. Some people might not know I’m pretty picky . . . I bought ThinkTank’s Sling O Matic 10 (which they no longer offer).

    Here’s a review and pictures of the bag.
    http://www.thephoblographer.com/2012/10/06/review-think-tank-photo-sling-o-matic-10/

    I find it comfortable and versatile, and it carries more than I ever use (that’s a good thing).

    May 2, 2015
    • A lot of people like the sling bags, I didn’t but that was me. I think for walking around it was fine, but if I wanted to use my tripod I found it difficult. The bag I had would fly around and then almost take out my tripod, so I stopped using it.
      It is always good when you find a bag that suits you and how you take photos. Thanks for sharing that Disperser. Are you back from your break now.

      May 2, 2015
      • Hmm . . . I don’t have that issue. When mounted cross shoulder (over the head, It’s as secure as a backpack, and I can still swing it around without taking it off.

        I have a backpack, but I don’t like the fact I have to remove it to get stuff out, nor that I need a place to set it down to do so. Many places I go I don’t want to put anything down.

        I am thinking of investing into one of those harness systems you can hang the camera on.

        And yes, back from my self-imposed hiatus. Catching up with most of what I missed.

        May 2, 2015
      • Good to see you back Disperser.
        I like a backpack, funny how we all like different things.
        I’m thinking of getting one of those harness things as well. They look good.

        May 2, 2015
  63. Have recently purchased the Lower Flipside 400AW and really happy with it. It was between this and the Flipside Sport 15LAW, but a really close choice. Went with the 400AW because the top handle and the straps looked sturdier for my needs. Thanks for a great post.

    May 3, 2015
    • That sounds good Mark, it wasn’t such a big issue with me, though I like the small carry strap at the top, it fits very nicely on my tripod for some extract weight when I need it. YOu’re welcome and thanks for sharing what you have and why.

      May 4, 2015

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