What camera bag do you use?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Moakesy, Dec 26, 2015.

  1. Moakesy macrumors regular


    Mar 1, 2013
    i need a new camera bag that will take all my kit when I go away, including the (frankly huge) 200-500mm Nikon lens.

    What bag do you use that holds all your kit?

  2. phrehdd macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2008
    Since I use mirrorless these days I have a couple of Billingham bags. Because you are using larger items, you might want to consider looking at the typical gang of makers including Thinktank and Kata. I have used perhaps half a dozen different makers over the years depending on the projects. - From typical over shoulder, backpack, sling etc. the need defined the type of carrier.

    What you might want to share is how you plan to use the bag. Is it merely a repository for all equipment or is it for outings where you expect to carry everything or do you plan to carry some but not all equipment? Every person I know that does photography has more than one carrier for photo gear and that usually sits in the carry all and carry bodies and a couple of lenses categories.
  3. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    I use a Lowpro flip side 400. Wouldn't get that beast in there though.
    How you finding it? I'm tempted to pick one up, but all my lenses are fast, and I'm not sure how sharp it is at 500mm.
  4. thejasonhowell macrumors regular


    Nov 14, 2013
    Peoria, Illinois
    I have a ThinkTank Retrospective 30 that I'm sure will fit your lens and then some.
  5. mofunk macrumors 68020


    Aug 26, 2009
    Are you looking for a sling, backpack, etc? www.cambags.com

    When I got my first DSLR I found a Crumpler Sporty guy at my local camera shop. When I got more gear I thought I would go with a Lowpro or Think Tank. So I went back to Crumpler and picked up the Crumpler Proper Roady Photo Sling 7500. I chose it over the Crumpler 6 Million Dollar bag because it had more compartments.

    There is a dedicated padded iPad spot, front and rear zipper compartments. The inside has enough room hold my DSLR, flash and 3 lenses according to the specs but I've been able to make room for 4 lenses, body, and a flash. What I loved about my Sporty Guy was that it was water proof. There were several times I got caught in a downpour and the inside of my bag was dry. I'm suspecting that this will hold up too.
  6. matt9013 macrumors 6502


    Oct 27, 2013
    Got the Manfrotto Advance Active Backpack ll and love it. Enough space to carry my gear, tripod on the side, laptop/tablet and all my other little trinkets like SD cards, extra batteries, manuals etc.
  7. Moakesy thread starter macrumors regular


    Mar 1, 2013
    I love the lens, but was surprised just how huge it is. It won't fit in my current bag, which is why I'm looking for a new one. I'm amazed by how sharp it is, but as I've just moved to full frame I'm amazed bu just how good every picture is tbh. It's such a step up from the D7000 and I'm so happy with it.

    I need a bag to store everything at home, and then take with me on photography trips.
  8. Moakesy thread starter macrumors regular


    Mar 1, 2013
    I really like the look of that bag, but I can't see from the photos if it would hold the lens.

    When I say big, I mean 33cm long by 14cm at its widest. Most bag (inc my current one) are split in two compartments.

    Do you think it would fit?
  9. Phrasikleia macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2008
    Over there------->
    It sounds as though the f-stop system of bags might be a good solution for you. They have at least a few different ICUs (Internal Camera Units) that would fit that lens and several bags that can fit those ICUs (in the Mountain Series). You just pick the combination of ICU and backpack that works for you.

    [Full disclosure: I am now sponsored by them, but this is a recent development. I've used their products for many years and have supported the brand on my own for a long time.]
  10. b0fh666 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2012
    i use kata, but the model I have will not work for you I barely can fit a canon 300mm f4 in there.
  11. Moakesy thread starter macrumors regular


    Mar 1, 2013
    Had a look at the f-stop site, and liked what I saw, but for the bag I wanted it says shipping some time in the first quarter of 2016.....which is too long.

    After looking around at lots (and LOTS) of different offerings, I've just ordered this...


    It seems to do what I need, but will have to wait until it arrives to know for sure.

    Thanks all....and have a Happy New Year !!
  12. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68030


    Nov 8, 2014
    Land of Flanders and Elsewhere
    I still use an original Nikon bag bought back in the mid 2000s. It is better for my needs than the ones Nikon offers at the moment.
  13. phrehdd macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2008
    I recall that Nikon used to have some bags with built in lens mounts so one can connect a lens to the case itself. I gather this model(s) didn't do as well as Nikon had wanted as they disappeared nearly as quickly as they came but I kind of thought it was novel and designed with function in mind. Nikon back when, was a real class act and I didn't mind paying the Nikon tax in film days.
  14. weatherwax macrumors member


    Jan 1, 2016
    Baltimore, MD
    An old gas mask bag from an Army surplus store! Doesn't hold much, but was pretty cheap.
  15. stumpapi macrumors newbie


    Aug 1, 2010
    I still use my Domke bag purchased in 1978. There has not been a better bag made since. Adjustable pockets, flexible, strong, many ways to carry it, many pockets external and internal. All the bags I tried since have been left to gather dust. You asked....
  16. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    For when I go away? I use a Pelican case. I have a few soft bags and place those in the pelican case.

    The rigid Pelican cases REALLY can take a beating. I've have them in stake bed trucks under tools and scuba tanks and in the baggage hold of busses and literally once floating in a white water rapid. Zero damage to the content but I have broken some wheels and locks but got replacement under (transferable) lifetime warranty.

    I use Nikon SLR gear mostly and now days cary a lot less of it because I can pretty much know which lenses to bring and keep it down to mostly just two of them.

    What kind of soft cases? Don't buy a "camera bag". Soft side picnic coolers work fine and also those "wraps" with velcro corners sold by Dome and others.
  17. SayCheese macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2007
    Thame, Oxfordshire, England
    I use Think Tank bags for my camera kit.
    Either the Street Walker Hard Drive or the Retrospective 50, depending on what I'm doing and where I'm going.
    Both stunningly made and hold everything I need.
  18. MacRy macrumors 601


    Apr 2, 2004
    I very rarely use one as I just pop spare lenses in a pocket. When I do though I use a Lowpro Sling Bag.

  19. von franklin macrumors regular

    von franklin

    May 31, 2015
    I use a Think Tank Airport accelerator I can fit 2 bodies and 3 lens
  20. monokakata macrumors 68000


    May 8, 2008
    Hilo, Hawai'i
    Porta-Brace has some nice hard cases (suitcase style). I have a large one (PB-2700) that I use when I'm in the back country shooting from my 4WD. It's nicely dust-proof, has a foam interior, etc.

    I also have an f-stop Loka that I take on similar trips when I've got to pack the gear as well as keep in handy in the car. The Porta-Brace is great for getting to the gear quickly. Loka not so much.

    I pack a D810, 70-200 f/2.8, 300 f/4, 14-24 f/2.8, the 105 f/2.8 and a TC20. I can't get it all in the Loka but it easily fits in the Porta-Brace.

    I also have a Think Tank Urban Disguise 60, which can handle the D810, the 14-24 and one of the teles. It's a nice case, good for crowds, because it looks like an ordinary messenger bag. Doesn't attract attention. Neither does the Loka, which looks like a high-quality back pack but reveals nothing about what's inside.

    Nothing against Pelican -- I've had plenty of them for other tasks. I prefer the Porta-Brace look to the Pelican look.
  21. diipii macrumors 6502a

    Dec 6, 2012
    I use any bag that doesn't look like a camera bag.
  22. MCAsan macrumors 601


    Jul 9, 2012
    Tenba Large Messenger that holds two bodies, 4 lenses, flash, chargers and batteries, two filters, and a Macbook in the back.
  23. someoldguy macrumors 68000

    Aug 2, 2009
    Domke F4AF . Holds lots … well designed … had it for a long time ( decades, but not since 1978 ).
  24. apple-ette macrumors member

    Jul 29, 2009
    I use Lowepro Flipside 500. It fits my small "beast" - Sigma 150-500, and there is lots of room left.

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