Help me find a camera backpack

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by mulo, Oct 20, 2012.

  1. macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2010
    Behind you
    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

    - Mulo
  2. macrumors member

    Dec 25, 2010
  3. macrumors member

    Jan 8, 2008
    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.
  4. macrumors 68020


    Oct 25, 2008
    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.
  5. mulo, Oct 20, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2012

    thread starter macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2010
    Behind you
    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.

    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

    but, as you point out. the only way to know is to actually hold it :)
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 5, 2003
    Costa Rica
    Take a look at Kata Bags. Several of my friends swear by it.
  7. Guest


    Feb 6, 2012
  8. macrumors 68040


    Jul 9, 2012
    What are the requirements on security (major compartments only open from the back of the backpack) or weather proofing? For a weather proof backpack it is hard to beat Lowepro Vertex line.
  9. thread starter macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2010
    Behind you
    Well none really. A rain cover would be nice though as my region is quite rainy.

    @Pelican: Holy crap IP67... I wasn't planing on going scuba diving with it! :p

    the thinktank streetwalker harddrive seems like it might fit the bill, despite being ugly as hell :)
    I think I'll see if any of my local dealers have that one, so I can check it out. (the probably wont as they mostly only sell entry level stuff)
  10. macrumors regular


    Mar 24, 2010
    +1 for LowePro bags-- big range of sizes/styles, built like tanks and AW series have built-in rain covers.
  11. Guest


    Feb 6, 2012
    I'll second that - it is pretty ugly! They're all pretty awful looking! hehe, I hope you're able to find it, and it works out for ya.
  12. macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2012
    Virginia, USA
    Think Tank Photo back packs. Hold your MBA as well. Very very high quality, available in various sizes. Highly recommended.
  13. macrumors member

    Feb 19, 2009
    Overland Park, KS
    Check out F-Stop. They make quality backpacks. I have the Loka with a small and medium pro ICU.

    I have similar equipment.

    Canon 7D
    Canon 24-70mm f/2.8
    Canon 70-200mm f/2.8
    Canon Extender EF 2x III
    MBP 15"
    Cleaning kit
  14. macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2012
    My brother is seeking training in professional photography so needs to attend classes, school on the same day. He needs to carry his camera-kit, Batteries, filter; laptop, charger all together. So he bought this Briggs & Riley Luggage @Work Medium Executive Clamshell Backpack which he uses almost every day. I think it’s totally worth the money spent as this bag has unique, well-structured compartments to fit your Camera, lens and Laptop at the same time.
  15. ocabj, Nov 25, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2012

    macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2009
    I have the Streetwalker Pro and it's my go to bag for a day shoot and when I don't need to lug two bodies.

    This is what it basically looks like:


    While a proponent of Think Tank Photo gear (see:, I'm pretty sure that the Streetwalker HD won't work for you considering the list of gear you want to stick in it. The number of lenses is a problem, plus the HD will hold a 15" laptop only if carrying an ungripped body (according to the TTP spec sheet). Perhaps the TTP Airport Commuter would be a safer choice.

    For non-TTP options, Lowepro and Kata are solid.

    But carrying all that camera gear and a laptop in a backpack, to me, though, isn't ideal. I used to have a LowePro Vertex 300 AW. It was a massive backpack, held two gripped bodies, a ton of lenses, a laptop, and the kitchen sink. But all that in a backpack was just too unwieldy.

    I ended up selling that backpack, and went smaller. I realized that if I were going to carry a laptop with my camera gear, it would either be just for just casual photo shooting or for a trip where I need to edit on location or on the road.

    For casual shooting, I could just stick with a body and a lens which means a messenger bag would work.

    For the latter, I would be better served with a roller bag (which is where my Think Tank Airport International comes into play).
  16. macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2010
    I've been using this for the last month or so. My only regret so far, as that it only holds 1 tripod.

    I have carried a Canon DSLR with battery grip with a 70-200mm f2.8 lens, along with 5 lenses, flash, a Vixia video camera, and about 15 assorted batteries, and power adapters, an iPad, and 15" mbp. The bag is rated to hold 17" laptop. Next size up for me would be a roller bag.
  17. macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2010
    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.
  18. thread starter macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2010
    Behind you
    just a quick update - still looking... :(

    any recommendations on this one?
  19. macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2009
    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.
  20. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 9, 2003
    Durham, NC
    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.
  21. macrumors 65816


    May 8, 2008
    Hilo, Hawai'i
    Yesterday I got an email from ThinkTank, with news about a backpack that looks very interesting.

    It seems to be a Kickstarter project. I'm not in the market, so I didn't chase down details.
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    May 25, 2004
  23. thread starter macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2010
    Behind you
    well that should fit the bill then ehh? :p

    It does look nice, i'm just not sure about it, not that I am about any bag? :p

    I did look at those when they were first announced (thats how long i've been looking :eek: ), I do do the airport thing a bit :) it just doesn't look very comfortable.. at all
  24. macrumors regular

    Jul 31, 2011
    Malta (EU)
  25. macrumors regular

    Apr 14, 2010
    I like the Pelican backpack. Their other cases have served me very well, and I don't want to have to worry about my gear being tossed around by airport staff sometimes...

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