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Old Oct 20, 2012, 12:55 PM   #1
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Help me find a camera backpack

Hi all
I've been looking for a camera backpack recently, but don't know which one to get (or even where to look!..) so I figured I'd ask you guys!

I'm looking for a backpack type bag, that will hold a quite a bit, not only gear, but also personal items. The bag will mainly be my camera bag, but I also want it to double as a laptop bag, as I often carry both of those around.

I would like the bag to be able to hold most, if not all, of these items at the same time:
  • Canon 7D +grip
  • Canon 24-70mm f/2.8
  • Canon 70-200mm f/2.8
  • Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro
  • Tamron 200-400mm f/5.6
  • Canon speedlite 600ex-rt
  • MBP 17"
  • Chargers
  • Batteries
  • Filters
  • Cleaning kit

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Old Oct 20, 2012, 08:18 PM   #2
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Incase Pro DSLR Backpack.

http://goincase.com/products/detail/...o-pack-cl58059

Looks pretty sweet. The only thing this backpack is lacking is a built in rain cover.
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Old Oct 20, 2012, 08:40 PM   #3
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While I love my Incase Pro DSLR Backpack, I don't know if it would fit that monster 17" MBP. It'd fit all the items on your list with a 15" MBP though.
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Old Oct 21, 2012, 12:55 AM   #4
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Incase Pro DSLR Backpack.

http://goincase.com/products/detail/...o-pack-cl58059

Looks pretty sweet. The only thing this backpack is lacking is a built in rain cover.
I like the looks of that, I am however a little discouraged. Because in the video the fit for the quick camera access and laptop looks quite tight, so I'm not sure my 7d+grip would fit.

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While I love my Incase Pro DSLR Backpack, I don't know if it would fit that monster 17" MBP. It'd fit all the items on your list with a 15" MBP though.
In my experience, bags that will hold a 15" pc, will usually hold a 17" mac, so this doesn't have to be an issue


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Perhaps not the answer you are looking for but bags are like cameras - until you get your hands on them, its just "good on paper" so to speak.
but, as you point out. the only way to know is to actually hold it
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Old Oct 21, 2012, 02:46 AM   #5
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Take a look at Kata Bags. Several of my friends swear by it.
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Old Oct 21, 2012, 10:15 AM   #6
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I'm not sure if this will fit everything you need it to, but I've heard alot of great things about Pelican cases/backpacks: http://www.pelican.com/backpacks_det...?Backpack=U140

I've also heard good things about thinktank bags: http://www.thinktankphoto.com/catego...backpacks.aspx
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Old Oct 20, 2012, 11:58 PM   #7
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Perhaps not the answer you are looking for but bags are like cameras - until you get your hands on them, its just "good on paper" so to speak.

I have good luck with a couple but they may not be right for you - Kata and Thinktank. There are so many kinds out there and some people prefer to take a regular backpack and customize it. They do this not only because of the ability to customize but it hides the fact they are carrying camera equipment.

Hope you get a chance to check out a few. The biggest frustration I have found is quick access to equipment as well as ability to as quickly store equipment. This is for regular bags and backpacks. So - depending on how you like to work, you need to figure out not just fitting in your equipment but accessibility needs.

Just my two cents.
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 04:33 PM   #8
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I currently use a Tenba Large Messenger, which can fit a 17" laptop.
It has space, but in my opinion it could have more without any complaints from me

It holds:
Canon Rebel T2i w/ battery grip
MBP 15"
24-70 f/2.8L
70-200 f/2.8L IS II
18-55 kit
2 extra batteries and 1 extra memory card
MBP charger
2 graphing calculators
school supplies (1" worth of folders and paper)
pens and pencils

It's a squeeze, especially with the battery grip, but it's very stylish and comfortable.
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Old Dec 4, 2012, 01:54 PM   #9
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just a quick update - still looking...

any recommendations on this one?
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Old Dec 4, 2012, 06:13 PM   #10
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just a quick update - still looking...

any recommendations on this one?
A friend of mine has the Expedition 8. It's basically the same bag as the Lowepro 300 AW I used to own. Translation: It's HUGE.

But it's high quality and will carry all the gear you listed in your original post, and then some.
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just a quick update - still looking...

any recommendations on this one?
I have the Expedition 7.

I love it.

It holds all my Canon gear at once (save the 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 Bigma), it's comfortable to wear while hiking, it'll hold two tripods (if your back can take it) and it's quite weatherproof (I've used it in downpours).

But, I also have a pair of J-1 bags, an FX-5B and a couple of Pelican cases -- whichever gets the job done.
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Yesterday I got an email from ThinkTank, with news about a backpack that looks very interesting.

http://www.mindshiftgear.com/

It seems to be a Kickstarter project. I'm not in the market, so I didn't chase down details.
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Yesterday I got an email from ThinkTank, with news about a backpack that looks very interesting.

http://www.mindshiftgear.com/

It seems to be a Kickstarter project. I'm not in the market, so I didn't chase down details.
saw that yesterday too, looks expensive as hell...

For the OP what about the Think Tank Airport Series.
http://www.thinktankphoto.com/catego...backpacks.aspx
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