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Susan Bohanon
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2004
 

What kind of camera bag???


I am in the market for a new bag since I have acquired several new items recently and I HATE my current amateur bag.
I can't really decide what kind of bag I want.
I need something that isn't so bulky since I tend to carry all this with me when I travel on vacation.
Also, since I'm a woman I would like to have pockets to hold things that a purse normally holds so I don't have to lug that crazy thing around with me as well.
My main desire is to have a bag that is somewhat easy to carry the equipment in and is easily accessible.

Thank you!!


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3/3/2005 8:26:42 AM

 
Andy 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/28/2002
  Depending on how many equipment you want to bring with you and where you are going. Also if you prefer backpack, shoulder bag, sling bag, beltpack, etc. I wanted to get a general purpose bag for all the occasions but it was impossible (for me, anyway).

If you carry a lot of equipment, a backpack or a should bag is a must. If you only carry one camera and an extra lens or flash, you can use a camera case to protect your camera and a lens pouch for your lens or flash and put them in your purse/bag. Lowepro and Tamrac are just two brands that pop in my mind. You can go to their sites and find out more information about their products. Once you find the style of bag you want, then you can search for other manufactures for more options. Hope this helps.

http://www.lowepro.com/

http://www.tamrac.com/welcome.htm


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3/3/2005 8:44:31 AM

 
Susan Bohanon
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2004
  Thank you! I definitely think I would prefer a sling type bag.
I had read somewhere people suggesting just a normal type of back pack and not necessarily a "photo" back pack. I just wonder... how would you protect your lenses.... just thinking out load.

Thanks again!


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3/3/2005 8:58:00 AM

 
Andy 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/28/2002
  I went to Walmart's camping department and bought the 1/2 inch thick foam mat for sleeping bags and cut it anyway I want. I also use the velcro to attach pieces of cut foam mat. But I cannot guarantee this will protect your equipments if you drop the backpack on the ground. This is only protecting the equipment from scratching each other and minor bumping. For large quantity of equipment or travel aboard, I still use a regular photo backpack or shoulder bag.


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3/3/2005 9:27:23 AM

 
Pamela C.M Lammersen
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/19/2004
pcmlphotography.com
  Hello Susan
I have tried the same thing as Andy mentioned at one time, in making your own:-). I have soo many camera bags and to be honest I dont think there is a 'perfect' one, it depends on the shoot you are doing and the gear needed.

If you like to bring all you gear all the time you will be pretty limited as to the type because of the size needed (assuming you have heaps of gear that is). If you have a couple of cameras and a couple of lenses then an over the shoulder will do fine. Some things I look for when I am in the market for a camera bag is ... you can never have too many pockets or pieces of velcro inside. Another thing to think of is if you have a tripod or monopod with you does your bag give you a place to put it? its all very well to have your camera gear nicely tucked away but then what do you do with the silly tripod? haha.

good luck and check out the camera shop sales for the best prices. I am in Minnesota USA and a shop here 'National Camera" has a once a year tent sale that is wonderful (actually will be coming up in a few months yahoo!) so keep your eyes open in your area for the deals.

-Pamela


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3/3/2005 10:42:07 AM

 
Susan Bohanon
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2004
  Thanks for all the feedback!

I went to Old Navy last night and bought a messenger bag with good padding and plenty of pockets for $16.00. I also got a little padded bag that will hold my camera body and took Andy's suggestion on getting the camping mat. So far everything fits great and I can carry with great ease.

I love this site!
Y'all are wonderful!
Thanks again!


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3/4/2005 6:56:27 AM

 
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