Opinion on the national geographic backpack

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by cpnotebook80, Sep 11, 2009.

  1. cpnotebook80 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2007
  2. yaroldb macrumors 6502

    Feb 21, 2007
    Do you need a pack that can hold your Laptop? If not look at the Kata DR-465. I just got this bag last month to take to Costa Rica. It held up like a champ. Even after a 4 hour hike in the rainforst/moutains of Costa Rica. It rained at time so I had to but the bag in the included rain bag thing. I did not want to carry my Laptop with me so the 465 worked best for me. There is a 467 that can hold a 17inch laptop but it is bigger and I just did not need it. Good luck on your bag search. It is never ending...
  3. Phrasikleia macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2008
    Over there------->
    The first time I saw one was at an archaeological site in Greece. I saw the National Geographic logo and assumed the guy wearing it was thus a National Geographic photographer. Imagine my surprise when he went to do a lens change and pulled out a little, plastic Canon "nifty fifty." My next thought was, wow, that lens really is good--even a NG photographer is using it. :D
  4. munkees macrumors 65816


    Sep 3, 2005
    Pacific Northwest
    I just order my nifty fifty for $90, last night.

    @OP, that seems like a cool back pack, for me I need to touch one before I purchase, I like to see if it can take the beating it will receive from use I would put it though.
  5. wheelhot macrumors 68020

    Nov 23, 2007
    I use my Lowepro Fastpack 250 if I decide to go travel and such, I can keep my 15" MBP (with soft cover) + my DSLR + lenses + flash all in one bag, easier to travel.

    And I keep my MBP 15" in the room and just bring my Lowepro with my SLRs when I decide to walk around (weights totally different without my notebook inside).
  6. georgemann macrumors regular


    Nov 25, 2005
    Seattle, Washington & Siem Reap, Cambodia
    Using a National Geographic backpack would be sort of like wearing Camel or Marlboro outdoor clothing.

    If they made a bag that was really nice and suited the job (or someone gave me one), I would probably cut off the tag, before anyone sees it and asks the inevitable stupid question.

    These days most of the photographers that work for National Geographic are probably using Think Tank Photo bags.

  7. wheelhot macrumors 68020

    Nov 23, 2007
    Oh, I didn't know that but I sure love Think Tank products, I just bought the whole Skin Set series (the 5 in 1 box) and Steroid Speedbelt. Saved me from sweating like a pig and totally saved my back bone during the whole wedding period I just undergone.

    Think Tank rocks :cool:
  8. SayCheese macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2007
    Thame, Oxfordshire, England
    I ordered my first ever thinktank bag yesterday as I have heard such good reviews about them. I went for the Streetwalker Hard drive. Can't wait for it to turn up.

    I am in desperate need of a bag that is a rucksack style as my current Billingham is doing my back no good when it comes to lugging all my kit around on one shoulder. I'm hoping that by using the thinktank bag I am going to be able to spread the weight evenly and reduce the lean to one side I get with the billingham.
  9. ManhattanPrjct macrumors 6502

    Oct 6, 2008
    I have handled the Nat-Geo bags at B&H and felt a little uncomfortable about the protection they give the camera. They do score points for style, though...I prefer LowePro however.
  10. Woodrow72 macrumors member


    Nov 16, 2008
    I do not have any experience with that backpack, however I do with this one


    I have been searching for a bag for 3 years that will hold everything and not look and feel bulky. I have tried the Tenba Messenger bag, the lowpro sling bag and a few other messenger bags that I modified.

    This bag is by far the best! I am currently carrying:
    In the lower pocket:
    Nikon D90 with 18-105 lens attached
    Nikon N65 with 50mm Nifty Fifty attached
    Two Rolls of film

    In the upper pocket:
    Two Pens, two mechanical pencils and an eraser
    Logitech Nano wireless mouse
    Macbook power adaptor with the extra cord attached
    Western Digital 500gb portable hard drive
    Blackrapid R Strap
    Card reader, various cables and other misc crap
    and there is still room to put more crap

    In the laptop pocket:
    13 inch Black Macbook with wireless receiver attached

    This bag is amazing it carries everything and doesn't look bulky. I am hoping to post a review of the bag either tonight or tomorrow

    Hope this helps
  11. compuwar macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2006
    Northern/Central VA
    I don't own one, but I had a good look at them in a store Sunday. I didn't think they were as protective as most of the other vendor's models, and thought the logo was a bit obnoxious. I looked at about 3 dozen bags and decided to wait for the new LowePro line to see what they look like.
  12. SayCheese macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2007
    Thame, Oxfordshire, England
    My thinktank Streetwalker hard drive arrived today and I love it already.
    It holds all my kit and there is still room to spare.
    It's clearly well made and doesn't look like your typical photo backpack.

    I would recommend that anyone in the market for a backpack takes a serious look at it.
  13. Phrasikleia macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2008
    Over there------->
    My problem with that kind of bag is that it's more accessible to pickpockets than to the person wearing it. I opted for a LowePro Flipside because I can do a lens change or put away the camera without removing the backpack. I really appreciate having a little "table" of sorts in front of me for a lens change, especially in locations where I wouldn't want to set down the bag. And since its opening faces my back, nobody else can get into the bag when I'm wearing it. Pickpockets need only a few seconds to unzip, grab, and run.

    It's also quite small and non-bulky, even for this rather gracile female.

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