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camera bags, "whats on your shoulder"?
« on: August 22, 2009, 11:05:31 PM »
Been debating about investing in a new bag. At the moment i just have a swing everywhere fall off the shoulder jobby >:(.
looking at those that belt round your waste are they any good? and are they comfortable? they do seem to be "hands free" :tup:



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Re: camera bags, "whats on your shoulder"?
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2009, 11:38:07 PM »
A lot depends on how much you want to spend & how much kit you carry, I am a cheapskate and bought a canon eg200

 http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/248295-REG/Canon_6229A003_Deluxe_Backpack_200_EG.html

For the money its a perfectly good bag but in retrospect I probably should have spent a bit more on something better.
Good points are - comfortable, large enough but not so big its cumbersome, lots of straps on the outside to hang things from, lots of moveable dividers, like the look of it apart from the Canon logo which is like an advert for tea leaves.
bad points - no waterproof cover, causes a sweaty back, varied reviews ( mine is ok but some people report poor quality).

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Re: camera bags, "whats on your shoulder"?
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2009, 11:47:05 PM »
big enough for 1 DSLR with lens attached and storage for 1 other lens £50 budget.

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Re: camera bags, "whats on your shoulder"?
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2009, 11:56:39 PM »
Been debating about investing in a new bag. At the moment i just have a swing everywhere fall off the shoulder jobby >:(.
looking at those that belt round your waste are they any good? and are they comfortable? they do seem to be "hands free" :tup:
I have three 'belt around the waist' bags. Yes they are comfortable for long walks, up hill and down dale. They also have a sternum strap which is all I normally use with my DryZone 100. You have to adjust the shoulder straps until it sits tight to you back for best results. With the Lowepro Pro Trekker AW II Black then I use both the sternum and waist belts. The latter may be a bit too big if you haven't got many big lenses. I would suggest the DryZone 100 might be all you need, and it's great if you are caught in the rain, as it has an inner zip for dry days and an outer zip if it rains, but tend only to use that if it's bucketing down.   :tup:
You just posted whilst I was writting this reply. The two I suggested are way over your budget, suggest you look at the Tamrac range.  ;D
« Last Edit: August 23, 2009, 12:02:25 AM by Oldboy »

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Re: camera bags, "whats on your shoulder"?
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2009, 09:02:06 AM »
Like OB said... For decent quality bags for £50 Tamrac are your best bet

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Re: camera bags, "whats on your shoulder"?
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2009, 09:05:06 AM »
Looked at lowepro inverse 100 AW, it has a little rain mac.has anyone used this particular bag.









 http://www.harrisoncameras.co.uk/productdetail.kmod?Productid=8800&gclid=CLqgi_zygpwCFd4B4wodJ05TAQ


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Re: camera bags, "whats on your shoulder"?
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2009, 10:12:41 AM »

OK, I know they are not cheap, but I won a ThinkTank Rotation 360. This is by far the most comfortable and handiest bag I have ever used/seen.
It is a bit like the Tardis and got loads more space inside than the dimensions might indicate. The swivel bag is so easy to use and can be used on its own as well.
If you have the money, you will not regret this. Although I always fancied the National Geographic backpacks.
OOps, Sorry I just noticed the £50 budget and agree with the Tamrac pointed out. The title "Whats on your shoulder" threw me.
« Last Edit: August 23, 2009, 10:15:52 AM by Simple »

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Re: camera bags, "whats on your shoulder"?
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2009, 06:08:01 PM »
I've had a few types of bag, but for a while now I work with 3, a slingshot 100 which has a rain cover, big enough for 40D and 18-200 plus flash and bits and bobs, wallet keys etc great size for use when on my mountain bike, I also have a slingshot 200 which is comfy and holds just about everything I need, cam and 18-200 couple of other lenses 10-20 etc, flash gun, spare stuff, cards batteries, blower, cleaning stuff and room for wallet, keys etc..  I love the way you can swing them round and get to the camera, especially on the bike.. 

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Re: camera bags, "whats on your shoulder"?
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2009, 06:24:04 PM »

OK, I know they are not cheap, but I won a ThinkTank Rotation 360.

Oooo - where did you win that....?  ;)

Personally I doubt I'll but Lowepro again - their quality has really slipped to being only "OK" and the fabric isn't what it was.  It will cost more but a ThinkTank or Kata will last longer and work out cheaper in the end.
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Re: camera bags, "whats on your shoulder"?
« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2009, 06:53:47 PM »
I've just had the zip come away on my current Lowepro walkaround bag [bought second hand off ebay for £20 a couple of years ago so I should'nt moan!]the zip broke on my last one so I think it may be time to get another make. Got a nice little Tamrac one that can take camera plus 70-300..just. Only problem with that is the tendency to turn upside down!

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Re: camera bags, "whats on your shoulder"?
« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2009, 07:23:45 PM »
I have mentioned this one before elswhere from 7dayshop
http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=777_1&products_id=101013

Me and a mate have ours 3 yrs + and not had any issues.
Great little bag for price and plenty of room in it
I take mine on the plane when on hols and get the D200 with 70-300 on and also the D50 with the siggy 10-20 as well as me grads and batteries etc
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Re: camera bags, "whats on your shoulder"?
« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2009, 09:39:57 PM »
I still have the lowpro slingshot 200 and tend only to use it if I need just a wide angle lens and the 100mm prime with one body. Can get a bit heavy on one shoulder if you put too much in it. Orgie and myself found the best use of it was that you could roll your baccy on it when you swing it round off the shoulder. ;D If I want to take more equipment I use the tamrac expedition 5x but still find that not everything fits in it. ::) Good sturdy bag though. :tup:

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Re: camera bags, "whats on your shoulder"?
« Reply #12 on: August 23, 2009, 09:49:31 PM »
I've probably had more camera bags than I can remember.

I currently use a Crumpler Muffin Top 7500 and a Kata DC-465.

I've gone off Lowepro as I've had a Slingshot, a Fastpack and a couple of others and never kept one for mre than 6 months. The Crumplers are cracking and the Kata is superbly built. Also I can fit everything in. It's a bit of a weird fit in the Crumpler but I can get the D90, grip, 18-105, 70-300, 10-20 and 35mm f/1.8 plus filters and cable release etc in without needing a huge bag.
 
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Re: camera bags, "whats on your shoulder"?
« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2009, 02:04:05 PM »
Domke bags have a fairly good reputation, and also have a couple of bags that don't scream "CAMERA GEAR!!".

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Re: camera bags, "whats on your shoulder"?
« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2009, 06:34:47 PM »
     I now use the belt around the waist type pretty much exclusivly.
     I use the Think Tank version with their "Lens Changer" lens bags which are roomy enough to accept bulky f2.8 lenses. As the name suggests they are designed to shove your hand in and grab your lens. They can be fixed in place on the belt or set to rotate around the belt, I find this set up invaluable when I am doing my gigpiccery!
     I also have the padded shoulder straps for the full on "Ninja Photographer" look! (Great after a long day, you can just unclip the belt and take the weight on your shoulders.)
     I also have the Lowepro belt (Lots of padding and lumber support.) and half a dozen lens bags I no longer use If anyone's interested.
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