A messenger bag for MacBook Pro 15" & a DSLR (with grip) + long lens.

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  1. Nghia Nguyen macrumors member

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    As the title says, I'm looking for a messenger bag (backpack is good as well) for my MBP i5 and my 40D (with grip and a pretty bulky lens 35mm f/1.4L). I'm looking through Crumpler (a lot people recommended me that brand) but can't find a good one yet.

    My budget is $100 and under. Any input is welcome. Thanks.
     
  2. DreamJ macrumors newbie

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    from what i know, crumpler only have either camera or laptop bag ... i don't remember they have any bag that can use to protect both ... even they do i don't recommend it as you don't want laptop and dslr clashing each other inside the bag ... but good luck for finding it :)
     
  3. Thommo macrumors newbie

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    Crumpler have the Brazillion dollar home, but its alot more than $100
     
  4. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    1. I wouldn't recommend a messenger bag that will carry both your DSLR and a laptop. It weighs enough when carrying a backpack. A messenger bag will kill your shoulders.

    2. Your $100 budget for what you're asking for is funny. Unrealistic, and funny. ;)
     
  5. King Apple macrumors regular

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    I also do not recommend a messenger bag. I personally have the northface recon for college, and I love it. Check it out.
     
  6. alau0115 macrumors regular

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    I personally won't recommend a messenger bag either, it can become too heavy. For backpack, if you are looking into one with more bells & whistles, try Kata bags. They have thoughtful design with great protection.

    http://www.kata-bags.com/kata.asp?Version=Photo

    They have a few product lines that are designed to carry both DSLR and laptop. (eg. 3N1, Beetle, Bumblebee, etc)

    They also do have at least one messenger bag that allows a DSLR with basic accessories and a laptop.

    Try to look up for DB-455 in particular. The inside has a very soft material and an inner bag that holds the DSLR is removable.


    Also navigating through their web site is a pretty good experience. They even use diagram to show the detailed dimensions of their bags.
     
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    I use a Crumpler "New Delhi 510" (I don't think you have it in the states) to carry my Nikon D90 w 18-200 mm zoom, 35 mm 1.8, Fisheye, Battery grip, MacBook, chargers and cables. And though it does get a bit heavy it is bearable, even when you lug it around all day...

    Edit: But it's more than double the price point you mentioned (approx. $230) here in Denmark; just wanted to point out that a messenger is a possibility...
     
  9. TxMacAddict macrumors 6502

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    Please post what you find around $100 that is designed to carry a laptop and DSLR. The Brazillion dollar home does that but costs significantly more. You can check the buy/sell sections of photography forums and maybe pick up a used one.
     
  10. ApacheZ4 macrumors newbie

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    I feel people were a bit unfair with you here. I was in a similar situation to you and was able to find an excellent fit for my needs.

    The bag is called the Tenba Messenger Bag (Large). It comes in a variety of colour options and is more than capable of holding a dslr, plus lenses as well as a 15" laptop. When I received this bag I was thoroughly surprised at the quality of this bag. The shoulder strap has a very large padded cushion which will definately help in times when you are carrying a heavy load. Additionally, this bag has what seems like an unlimited number of pockets everywhere, including a quick access pocket on the top for your dslr.

    The best part is that it sells for $101.93 on Amazon.com and includes free shipping. Link here: http://www.amazon.com/Tenba-638-231...1_fkmr1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1272914394&sr=8-2-fkmr1

    I relied on some pictures and videos for this bag which I will link you to as well.
    Pics: http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=694314&highlight=Tenba+Messenger
    Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIj-iPAuEd8

    Best of luck.
     
  11. TxMacAddict macrumors 6502

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    Nice find and it fits in the budget too. Looks like it has good padding/protection for your gear.
     
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  13. Nexcin macrumors member

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    Very constructive post... :mad:
     
  14. matoch macrumors member

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    That's a decent looking bag. I wish I had come across it when I was looking.
     
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  16. unamused macrumors 6502

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    im not sure ud want to carry a prodslr+grip + long lens + laptop...

    I have a crumpler 8mdh and my kit.... d700/grip, 70-200 2.8 VR1, 105 VR micro, 85 1.4, 50 1.4, 20mm 2.8, sb-900 will definitely make my shoulder hurt. I suppose its doable if you hold your camera all the time but i honestly wouldnt want to.
     
  17. HBOC macrumors 68020

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    I have a LowePro Fastpack 350, and it fits my MBP and my camera gear.

    A messenger, for me, is not the way to go. I would NEVER take it hiking. 10 miles with a messenger would be crazy. I really like the weight distribution on the backpack.
     
  18. gorbyno1 macrumors newbie

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    Options

    Hi,

    I was looking for the same. The two options are

    1. Kata CS-17
    http://http://www.kata-bags.com/product.asp?p_Id=19761&Version=Photo


    2. Tenba Photoshootout
    http://http://www.tenba.com/products/Shootout--Photo-Laptop-Courier.aspx

    Both fit 15" laptops and also a SLR with a 70-200 lens attached. However both cost between 140-150 $ at Amazon.

    The other option is Think Tank Photo's Urban disguise 70 Pro (US$190-presently out of stock)
    http://http://www.thinktankphoto.com/products/urban-disguise-70-pro-shoulder-bag.aspx

    I decided on the Kata..should arrive in 2 days. Good luck with your decision.

    Cheers,
    Gorby
     
  19. Juan A macrumors newbie

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    I have a Tamrac 3385 That I am really enjoying. I have a 15" late 2009 MBP and a Canon XSI gripped with a Sigma 70-200mm mounted on the camera. I also store a Sigma 10/22, Sigma 1.4x extender, Sigma 24-70mm and Canon 50mm f/1.8 in the bag. My favorite thing about the bag is that there is plenty of storage in the top compartment for any other stuff I need to carry. I love this bag. it is not too expensive for all the features.
     
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