Domke bags are awesome!
What photo bag are you using?(201 posts) (112 voices)
PB PM said:
Picked up a Lowepro Classified 160AW three weeks ago, and really enjoy using it. So much easier to pull my gear out on the fly than with the backpack that I've been using the last few years. It's nice to have two bags, as each one can be used for different types of shooting. Best part is that all my lenses can fit in it, unlike my backpack, but it starts to get a little heavy if I do.
I've had the Lowepro Classified 160AW since getting my D7K last November. You can get a lot of stuff in there or as little as you need. The top flap is shaped to prevent rain from entering the bag but I also like the rain cover that comes out of the lower pocket just in case you caught in a downpour.
At its miserably heaviest I've had in mine:
D7000 w/ battery grip - attached to Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 (hood reversed).
Nikkor 70-300mm VR on one side.
Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G and Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D (hooded) stacked on the other side.
SB-900 speedlight in center pocket
Amazon Kindle (in leather case) under front flap.
Gels and other small things.
Yup, it is a big bag. I like those features as well, and being able to add a strap to go across your belt line is nice as well.
Most I've had in the bag:
D700+Grip with AF 20-35mm F2.8D mounted, in the middle
Under that, SB-800, along with 50mm F1.8D (separated by a divider)
AF-S 300mm F4 on one side
In the other side, AF-S 60mm F2.8G, AF 28-105mm F3.5-4.5D
Bunch of memory cards, BR strap, spare batteries, cable release etc in front pockets.
You could easily pack the holy trinity in the 160AW.
I use a Lowepro, not sure the exact one though.
What do you guys think of this?
Lowepro Slingshot 300AW :)
I have a couple of old Domke bags. They were great for the old AIS lenses that took the 52mm filters.
Now the G lenses take 77mm lenses for the most part. The increased lens diameter means they don't fit in the old Domkes.
I now use a ThinkTank backpack. It can handle, one body, the holy trinity, plus 24, 35 and 85 1.4s. The Domkes are now carrying SB900s.
Manfrotto Bella V :)
Your opinions please
My current back pack is a Lowepro 450 its brilliant and holds everything
but need something, a bit smaller and lighter, and one I can get at my gear, in the street, without taking the bag off
I am going to be carrying it all day, so i am keen on a slingshot
looking at the Lowepro Fastpack 350
it has got to hold
D700/800 without battery pack
16 mm fish eye
x 2 converter
Because I mostly work out of the boot (trunk) of my car, or at one location, I mainly use hard cases. But Fastpack's are great when you're moving around seven.
I hoping to visit the Notting Hill carnival this year
I've been looking for small shoulder bag as well. I have an older Lowe trekker which is great. I've been looking at the think tank messenger style bags but they seem a little bulky for what I want. I just ordered a M-51 Engineer bag from Rothco, not technically a camera bag, but it looks like it's the right size and at $50 after shipping pretty cheap in the camera bag world. I've also pickup some high density foam far padding. I'll let you know if it works out as soon as it arrives.
Ape Case 2000
This bag is build strong to easily accommodate & protect ALL of your photo gear, EVERYTHING you owe + a 17" laptop. Plus it has industrial strength zippers with nice big holes if you want to put a combination lock on it. Can carry couple of tripods, has rain cover. Best is you can easily remove the well padded insert (with a zippered cover of its own) from the backpack with all your gear in it, and put it in one of those airplane carryon's.
Backpack is quite comfortable to carry, and looks very inconspicuous from the outside.
I hoping to visit the Notting Hill carnival this year
Take security and check your insurance!
Back to topic: Having tried backpacks, I like bags I can get to without sweating them off my back (where I can't see them either) and I have just bought the Lowepro NOVA AW200. I wear the strap across my body from my left shoulder to my right hip and have modified the AW200's left strap by stitching some 1" webbing onto it (fixed at both ends after adjusting it to length). I then use a modified Black Rapid setup to allow me to open the bag with my left hand, grab the camera with my right, take the shot/s and return it to the safety of the bag without any snagging or problems. The normal Black Rapid slider is on a short strap to the camera and it slides up and down the stitched on strap. When I'm not shooting you can't see what camera I'm using.
Just to add my two cents worth, I use a Tenba Shootout Rolling Backpack, Large, which will hold the 400mm f/2.8 on a large body. Even with a 1.4 extender it will fit inside. When transporting and planning on the TC-20EIII, I attach the extender to the lens, and carry the body in a separate compartment. The nice part of this bag, other than the rolling feature, good around the house, is the excellent backpack with multiple straps. At my age, when my venue requires carrying the bag a distance, the weight of about thirty pounds (14 Kg) goes easily on my back, and I use the tripod as a walking stick.
Now that all you young folks are laughing....your time will come....ha, ha, ha. I do love the Tenba as it protects and allows a nice way to get the equipment around without straining. But for the simple shoot when using a shoulder bag, that Nova 200 AW really looks nice, especially the fact it is useable with the rain cover on it.
I have a lowepro toploader 50 in Blue
Nice and neat for the boot of the car and my flight bag
I use a Kata D-3N1-22 with a tripod holder.
Bottom compartment contains the following:
D90+grip with 16-35 f/4 in a ready-to-shoot position, enough room for a Carry Speed CS-Pro as well.
SB-700 and SB-24 (with optical trigger attached).
35mm f/1.8 DX, 50mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.8. Sometimes I'd swap out the 85mm with 70-210 f/4 AF, depending on my assignment.
Card reader, charger, USB cable, power cord for the charger.
SD cards in a small pouch attached to the side.
Top compartment contains the following:
Honl Speed Grid + 2 Speed Strap.
SB-600 with diffuser attached.
24x Sanyo eneloop in a battery holder.
Plenty of room for other things that I may need to bring along.
Lumiquest Softbox III
DIY Gary Fong Lightsphere
The bag itself can be transformed into a backpack from a sling as needed. There's also a hip strap for extra stabilization. For ~$100-120, it's not a bad bag at all. There's just one minor issue - the weatherproof cover is not built into the bag.
Yous guys are making me feel feeble - my Nova AW200 is HEAVY for me with D7000, 35mm, 50mm, 11-16mm, 18-105mm, 70-300mm, flash and peripheral stuff. I certainly don't feel like I am travelling light with it!
Yous guys are making me feel feeble - my Nova AW200 is heavy with D7000, 35mm, 50mm, 11-16mm, 18-105mm, 70-300mm, flash and peripheral stuff. I certainly don't feel like I am travelling light with it!
LOL, after that comment I went and had a look at the label on my bag.………I've got a Nova AW170, not 200 Hahaha. I thought to myself "how on earth do you get all that gear in such a small bag spraynpray?" Now I know :-)
I have the Lowepro Flipside 300 Backpack...of course you have to take it off to get the stuff out, but I like it that way. Don't have to worry about anyone behind you unzipping it and taking anything. Also it is nice when you pick it up if you forgot to zip it closed everything will not fall out...which happened to my buddy that had a traditional style bag that opened up from the outside.
That being said it is now full. I rearranged and I have no more room. If I left my flash and cables I could possibly fit another lens, but my 300 f4 is taking up a good chunk of space now. So 4 lenses and D5000, SB400, extra battery, charger, and cables.
I have been "experimenting" with ways of carrying photo gear for years and years now; my conclusion is.......it "all depends"........on many things. Where are you going to be shooting ? how much gear are you going to be needing today ? I can tell you this.......backpacks SUCK ! They are just fine for loading a bunch of "stuff" for a long trip, but when you arrive at where you're going, you need a much smaller, lighter way of carrying your equipment you'll be using for the day.
I do a fair amount of shooting in museums, galleries, downtown buildings and trade shows; most of the time, a tripod is not allowed, or is just not handy to use; as I detest carrying a camera with a shoulder strap, I bought a Clik Elite body-link pro chest pack (on Amazon); the thing is amazing; it looks like a very small backpack, but it's designed to be worn on the chest, as well as on your back. The main compartment has room for my big 12-24mm Nikkor WA (in the bottom), with my D-300s body with 70-200 zoom attached, above; but that's not all......I have Arca style QR plates on all bodies and lenses; The Body-link bag has a tubular frame around it, which is held at the bottom by velcro; at the top it has a mounting bracket for a ball head; when I'm going to be needing it, I attach my Arca-Swiss B-1 ball head to it, (which has a mounting clamp for QR plates); When I'm just "walking around", the camera stays quite safe, right on my chest; (where I can run with it, climb a tree, scramble over rocks, slog through creeks, swamps, deserts, whatever........all with the camera firmly nestled on my chest, no swinging around, completely "out of sight". (and quite safe)
When I find a "subject"........it's only a matter of operating one large zipper, up, over, and down; the front half of the bag (with the ball head attached) swings forward about 8 to 10 inches, I grab the camera, plop the bottom mounted QR plate into the clamp, and with one quick twist of the locking knob, the camera is rigidly mounted on the ball head, right at eye-level, ready to shoot; depending on the person using it, it's almost as good (and sometimes much better) than having it on a tripod, (and MUCH better than a mono-pod. how long does all of this take ? Ever draw a pistol and get off 6 rounds, on target ? How long does that take ? It all depends on how "fast" you are; (which depends on how much practice you get, etc ) Ordinarily, from unzipping the bag, to ready to shoot, maybe 30 seconds; quicker with practice. The key thing is, you have a perfectly steady camera; I don't many people who can shoot at 200 MM, at any kind of moderate shutter speeds, and still get sharp images, without some kind of support; this set-up gives one that support; (try using a tripod in Chicago's Union Station during Xmas holiday season and you'll see what I mean !)
The bag also has a small compartment in the "lid" for some cleaning gear, a few filters, a note pad, etc; I might add, ordinarily I may or may not have a neck strap with me, but very seldom on the camera; I keep a hand grip / strap attached, which attaches over the ball head, so the camera is protected from taking a fall. I've found that that by backing myself against a wall, a column, a tree, or whatever, I can make a one or two second exposure, with image sharpness about equal to using my big heavy Gitzo tripod.
Make no mistake........tripods are great......where you can use them; many places you just can't use them.
That's just one of my many "schemes" for carrying my gear; one of my most successful ideas to date, was how do I take my big Tamrac backpack, full of Nikon gear, plus my two cats, my rat terrier, (Mr. Peabody), and Miss Arlie's huge purse, on a sandy beach, on dirt trails in the Everglades, and still avoid having my "furry friends" safe from all of the many alligators I see in a normal day; That task required a highly "modified" folding festival cart, (with the original baby buggy wheels replaced with 10" ballon tires (from Harbor Freight), and a bit of 1/8 in plywood, hinged so as to create 3 "compartments; the bottom "compartment" for the two cats, the middle compartment for the backpack, purse, lunch, whatever, and the top is a 6 inch deep "doggie perch"; When we strolled the streets of Tarpon Springs, Fla., Miss Arlie had Mr. Peabody's "Sailor Suit" on him, and we were obliged to stop and let half the tourists in town have their picture taken with the cute little doggie in the sailor suit; (with the cute kitties in the bottom, oblivious to everything.) It worked perfectly but it took up a lot oh my time "chatting" with all of the tourists !
As i was reading a thread on here last evening regarding shooting (pictures) in "hazardous" neighborhoods, I might add, there are a few "occasions" when I have been known to have my 357 Glock 32, Gen4 (with 14 rounds onboard) in the middle compartment of my "balloon-tired" "grocery cart. In these types of "situations" I always leave Miss Arlie and the dog and cats at home. Another very handy and useful item to have with you in such locations, is a spray can of wasp & hornet spray; much better than pepper spray or mace, as it squirts a concentrated stream about 32 feet; believe me, it works almost as well on "perps" as it does on wasps & hornets........(plus it's about 10 times cheaper and easier to find) never go in a "questionable" area without it !
So, there are MANY ways to carry your camera and gear, just depending on what you are going to be doing with it "today"..........
I have the Lowepro Flipside 300 Backpack...of course you have to take it off to get the stuff out.
You are not meant to tcole1983. I've also got a Flipside 400 and I believe the correct (or designed) way to access the back, is to take your arms out of the straps, swivel the bag round to your front on the waist strap, and then support the bag by putting your arms back through the straps again. If the arm straps are long enough, it allows you to unzip it in front of you and take stuff out without putting it down. Looks a bit strange, but that's something I've always been told :-). I agree, on the rare occasion I use a backpack, I like knowing I don't have to worry about the person standing behind me in the que (unless they have a knife I suppose)?
Case Logic SLRC-206 SLR Camera and 15.4-Inch Laptop Backpack (Black)
Paid $70 for it, has held up pretty great actually... does the trick for me.
You are not meant to tcole1983. I've also got a Flipside 400 and I believe the correct (or designed) way to access the back, is to take your arms out of the straps, swivel the bag round to your front on the waist strap, and then support the bag by putting your arms back through the straps again.
Yep, got the 400 (in green) as well and indeed that's how you're meant to do it. Serves as a good 'table' to change lenses too whilst standing up. Check out the video on the product page for how it's meant to be used.
I think the flipside is a really good solution to being able get easy access to gear whilst being able to carry a lot of it around.
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