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Melissa  L. Zavadil
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/26/2005
 

Camera Bag


I am looking for a good camera bag/backpack that will carry 4-6 various lenses a canon 20D and a notebook computer.
Has anyone out there used one of these bags made for this. I was looking at the Tamrac or the Lowepro computrekker or the Stealth Reporter 650.
Any information on these bags would be great!! Thanks!


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8/8/2005 8:22:06 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  MELISSA,
USE THEM ALL THE TIME AND THEY ARE GREAT!!! WE HAVE THE TAMRAC- BUT I AM LOOKING AT A COMPANY ON EBAY- THAT LOOKS EXACTLY LIKE IT - BUT IS A NEW COMPANY SO THEY ARE A LITTLE LESS RIGHT NOW- BAD THING ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY IS ALOT OF TIMES YOU HAVE TO BUTY THE "NAME"
I'LL SEND THE LINK LATER TODAY-I AM OFF TO A DR.APPT.
CAN'T BE LATE,
DEBBY


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8/8/2005 8:37:37 AM

 
Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  Melissa,
I'm a big fan of Tamrac bags & packs. I have a few different size bags, and several of the MAS and SAS accessory and lens pouches that work with them.

I used the Expedition 3 backpack on my trip to Washington DC. It's a small pack, and doesn't fit a laptop, but I'd like to illustrate how weather-resistant their bags are. Our second night there, we got caught in a downpour right when we were leaving the Lincoln Memorial. I had just gotten my gear stowed and my bag zipped up when the rain started. We had a long walk to get to the street where we could hail a cab. No poncho, no umbrella, I just zipped up my bag and prayed for the best.

I was literally soaked to the skin. Even my underwear. More info than you needed, I bet! ;-)

I got back to the hotel to assess the damage, and was pleasantly shocked to find everything in my bag was completely dry. Even the accessory pouches strapped to the outside of the bag kept everything dry. That's enough convincing for me, I won't buy another brand.

Look at their CyberPack line for some cool laptop/camera backpacks.

Chris


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8/8/2005 9:13:56 AM

 
Melissa  L. Zavadil
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/26/2005
  Thanks Debby and Chris for all the information!
Chris, did you like the backpack? I was thinking about the backpack, did you find it annoying to take it off to change lenses? I really like the backpack concept I was just worried about the convenience of it.
I wish someone would make a frount backpack that could be carried like a messenger bag but in the frount of you (this large). I really hate those square bags that fling over one shoulder, they seem to be a major pain for me! (I don't have very broad shoulders so they are constantly falling off my shoulder--and bite into me)
I will look at the cyberpack on their site and check into that series.
Thanks for your info!!!!
Melissa


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8/8/2005 10:01:29 AM

 
Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  Melissa, I wasn't sure if I would like using the backpack, but I did. I kept my "most likely" lens on the camera, and my "next most likely" lens in an MAS lens pouch on one side of the backpack. That way, I could just slip one arm out and get to the lens pouch while the bag was still on my shoulder. I kept my flash in an MAS accessory pouch on the other side of the backpack so I could access it quickly also.

Have you looked at the Velocity Sling Packs? It sounds like what you are describing, in that it can be worn on the front, back, or side. None of them can hold a laptop, though. This is definitely one that I would recommend finding in a store and trying on before purchasing.

Chris


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8/8/2005 11:00:16 AM

 
Melissa  L. Zavadil
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/26/2005
  Thanks Chris,
Idealy I really want my laptop with me. The velocity sling does look great other than that.
I could probably deal with the backpack and having to take it off. It is still a lot better than the system I have now!! I have a small camera bag (that doesn't fit my camera--but just the lenses) then I hand hold my camera and then carry the other case that holds my 400 lens. I have four separate items that I am carrying around with me!!!! It is so so very rediculous!!
Thanks for your help!!


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8/8/2005 11:02:37 PM

 
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