Bag Advice

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  1. Photog38

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    I don't have a DSLR yet, but I hope to someday. My question is this: would you recommend starting with a small bag and upgrading to a larger bag as your collection grows, or just buy a bag that is big enough to grow into? (For your gear to grow into, that is.)
     
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    Yes.

    That may sound trite but it is not my intent. I have a small bag for when I want to travel light, A big bag for most of my gear which is the main bag I work from, a vest for when I need to move without a bag and several smaller bags for things like filters etc.

    There are times you will not need everything and will want a small bag and there will be times when you will want to take almost everything. You will find that you will collect bags like lenses. Good luck.
     
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    So what you are saying is that I should go ahead and start out with a small bag because I will still be able to make use of it later on? That makes sense. I can see why a variety of bags is useful.
     
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    There is one thing to be careful about when following this method. If you ever decide to move on to top of the line lenses, a small bag for cheaper lenses won't be big enough for the top of the line lenses. (I'm talking the big f2.8 zooms that are over $1,000). However, it may also be somewhat silly to have a bag big enough for these if you have smaller lenses.
     
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    Suit your needs. I have a very basic small camera bag when I go walking somewhere. I use a large foam inserted equipment case to carry my stuff if I can park the car within spitting distance. And I take just my camera, 18-70mm, 50mm lens in my pocket, and flash in my other pocket if I need to travel light. If I go on a longer hike and I need more gear I put a jumper in my backpack and toss the various things in there. Mind you this is not exactly what you'd call looking after your gear :s
     
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    That would probably work fine as long as it is a quality bag. Lowepro, Tamrac, Billingham, Crumpler, and Domke are just a few of the companies that make good bags. Stay away from the no name, wal-mart cheapie type bags.
    My small bag is a Lowepro stealth reporter.
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/424417-REG/Lowepro_34948_Stealth_Reporter_D100AW_Bag.html

    My big bag is a Tamerac Superpro 13
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/53351-REG/Tamrac_61303_613_Super_Pro_13.html

    My vest is from Cabellas. I like it because it has several padded pockets and other features I like.
    http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/t...parentType=index&indexId=cat601714&hasJS=true

    It all comes down to what works for you.
     
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    Is there any noticeable difference in quality between Lowpro and Tamrac? I have kind of been looking at these two brands, but haven't settled on one yet. I have a small Tamrac bag for my P&S though. It seems ok.
     
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    As with everything else, you get what you pay for. They all make some good bags and some stinkers.

    I choose the Tamerac with my kit in hand. I went to a photography shop and started loading up different bags with my equipment. (after explaining to the nice store owner that I was looking for a new bag.) He had a large selection, and even threw in a 100mm macro for me to put in the bag as well. (I was saving to buy it, but didn't quite have the money at the time.) The Tamrac fit the bill with room for planned expansion so $250.00 later I was the new owner of the Tamrac I listed above. (Well actually mine is black in color.) Check out some good camers shops and see what you like. It's the best way to buy.

    (I gave the 100mm back and bought one from hiim a couple of months later when I had the money.)
     
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    i have more camera bags than i have shoes, and i am a twenty-something female. you can never have too many bags. buy what you need now, and then buy another later. you will almost never want to have all of your equip with you all the time. sometimes i take 2 or 3 bags on a shoot and just carry the one i need at the time.
     
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    Ohhhh I should have married you, cause I KNOW my wife has more shoes than you have bags. Infact I would almost bet that she has more shoes than the bags that you and I own together. I can't wear her shoes, but we could use each others bags. :lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:
     
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    I just got my first DSLR and got two Tamerac bags. I only have two lenses so it works for now. One is a nice over the shoulder bag and one is a back pack for when I have my kids or we go out hiking. I'm so glad we got both :) I didn't feel so bad yesterday when my horse rubbed his nose all over the back pack cuz I knew I had a back up!
     
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    Really? Which ones did you get?
     

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