Help picking photo backpack

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  1. bdavis

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    I need a photo backpack to carry around all my stuff. My gear is listed in my sig. I need something that can haul a camera body, good amount of lenses, and all the accessories I would need (flash, cleaning kit, filters, etc). Can anyone recommend a good backpack? What do you all use?
     
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    One of the best and most comfortable bags I've found to fit that much gear would have to be the Lowepro Vertex series, it comes in a few sizes, but even the 100 (smallest) can hold a ton of gear! Check out your local shop, or lowepro's site
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Camera bags should be seen in-person. Go into a well stocked camera store and see what they have. I had picked on out (on-line) only to see that it was much to small when I tested it out in the store.

    I ended up with a Lowepro Computrekker AW. It has a laptop sleeve and I don't even have a laptop, but it was cheaper than the same bag without the sleeve. It's a decent bag and I've traveled all over the world with it but it's certainly not perfect. The AW (rain cover) is a great feature.

    I have a few Lowpro bags and I really like them. There are, of course, other good brands, which is another reason to get a good first hand look at them in a store.
     
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    +1 to what Big Mike said!
    Also don't forget to plan for expansion as well when getting a bag - sometimes a little extra paid now for an extra gap is well worth it a few months down the line when you get a new lens!
    It can be a pain trying to find a good store with a display of bags on sale, but its well worth doing.
     
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    What Mike said makes sense, and I will go to the camera store when I buy one. I just wanted to have some good ones recommended so that I have a better idea when i go shopping for one :D

    I'm definitely keeping the the size of the bag in mind. I want something that will accommodate what I have now and will continue to work for me should I get a few more lenses.
     
  6. bigtwinky

    bigtwinky No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Make sure you bring your equipment with you to try it out in the bag.
    You'll be able to see fit and weight that way.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    One thing to consider is whether or not you want 'extra' storage and how much. One thing I like about my Computrekker is that it has a compartment in the front/lid of the bag that is big enough to hold stuff like a lunch, some water, a light jacket etc. Stuff that I might need when out walking around taking photos.

    I know someone who has a NatureTrekker bag and I like the style of the backpack better (thinner and closer to the body) but I don't think it as as much 'extra' storage as mine.
     
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    - Lowepro

    - Kata

    - Crumpler

    All great bag manufacturers
     
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    oh, also the national geographic has some new camera bags that are decent if you like that whole "going on a safari" look. But, they definitely arent padded as well as the Lowepro's, Kata's, etc.
     
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    I use a Chrome Bag. Doubles as a camera bag, and whatever else I need to shove in it. It can fit a Manfrotto tripod, several lenses, flashes, light stands, umbrellas, change of clothes and a laptop - with room to spare.
     
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    I've been looking at some of the Think Tank Streetwalker bags...does anyone have any experience with these?
     
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    ThinkTank makes great gear. I don't use ThinkTank but a photo journalist friend of mine swears by the modular belt system.
     

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