Backpack or bag recommendations?

mhedgesmhedges Posts: 108Member
My old Tenba backpack is getting too small so I need something bigger. I need to hold:

DX SLR
10-20mm zoom
35mm 1.8
16-80 zoom
70-300 zoom
SB-600 or similar
Assorted odds and ends
Also would like water bottle and tripod holder on the outside

I’m thinking backpack because totally hands free carry is a definite plus for the urban exploration photography I do. But I would consider a bag if there’s a good reason.

Comments

  • retreadretread Posts: 444Member
    edited April 3
    I have never had a Tenba but hear they are good. I use Think Tank and like them. I have out grown mine also. I like the back pack to get form place to place but belt system to work out of it.
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  • NSXTypeRNSXTypeR Posts: 1,844Member
    A lot of camera bag makers have an online configurator. LowePro for one has one, go take it out for a spin.
    Nikon D7000/ Nikon D40/ Nikon FM2/ 18-135 AF-S/ 35mm 1.8 AF-S/ 105mm Macro AF-S/ 50mm 1.2 AI-S
  • paulrpaulr Posts: 984Member
    edited April 6
    I use both Lowepro and F- Stop backpacks, I find the low weight of the F-Stop and rear entry a big advantage in view that I carry heavy equipment in the backpacks The F-stop also has water and tripod facilities.
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    Camera, Lens and Tripod and a few other Bits
  • mhedgesmhedges Posts: 108Member
    Thanks, all.

    I'm leaning to the Tenba Solstice. I like how you can get full access to the contents without taking it off. That's a big plus since I don't want to set my bag down on the ground in lots of the places I go.
  • spraynprayspraynpray Posts: 5,490Moderator
    Good point. I have a messenger type bag which I like for that reason too.
    Always learning.
  • mhedgesmhedges Posts: 108Member
    paulr said:

    I use both Lowepro and F- Stop backpacks, I find the low weight of the F-Stop and rear entry a big advantage in view that I carry heavy equipment in the backpacks The F-stop also has water and tripod facilities.

    Which F-Stop do you have? Can you access it without taking it off?
  • paulrpaulr Posts: 984Member
    edited April 8
    Mhedges This one
    F-Stop Loka UL Black / Malibu Blue

    The F-Stop Loka UL Black / Malibu Blue has been developed for the active photographer who is looking for a simple and lightweight support solution. The backpack has a full-size suspension system and an internal frame and weighs only 1.2 kg. The Loka UL provides access to your equipment from the top and back, making it ideal for adventures for which only the essential and a camera are needed.

    You have to take it off but access to equipment is from the backside so it you do not get wet when re carrying it.
    Post edited by paulr on
    Camera, Lens and Tripod and a few other Bits
  • sportsport Posts: 36Member
    Here are some other options for rear access:
    Lowepro ProTactic 350
    Mindshift BackLight 26
  • mhedgesmhedges Posts: 108Member
    @sport Thanks I’ll check them out.
  • HikerHiker Posts: 123Member
    I just bought and it's being shipped today as I write this, a Lowepro Flipside 400 AWii. I like the security of the flipside personally.
  • mhedgesmhedges Posts: 108Member
    Hiker said:

    I just bought and it's being shipped today as I write this, a Lowepro Flipside 400 AWii. I like the security of the flipside personally.

    Thanks - I'll add it to the list. Let me know what you think of it when you get it.
  • HikerHiker Posts: 123Member
    mhedges said:

    Hiker said:

    I just bought and it's being shipped today as I write this, a Lowepro Flipside 400 AWii. I like the security of the flipside personally.

    Thanks - I'll add it to the list. Let me know what you think of it when you get it.
    It arrives Friday. I'll play with it over the weekend. My Lowepro Flipside 200, which did me well during my South America Trip is just to small to fit all the equipment I've bought over the past 2 years. I like the fact that I don't have to take the backpack off to access my camera, etc. And while traveling the zipper side is on your back, so anyone trying to get into it will have a difficult time at best at getting into and stealing your prized equipment.
  • dpidudedpidude Posts: 93Member
    I use the mind shift pro 180; has rear access, hydration and tripod attachments. Rotation pack holds my lenses and I use think tank camera strap attached to the shoulder pads to hold my camera. Makes for easy lense change out. But this is for hiking, when transporting I use the think tank roller derby.
    D3s, (14-24 2.8), (24-70 2.8), (70-200 2.8 VRII), 2 SB-700, SB-910, 2.0x teleconverter
  • HikerHiker Posts: 123Member
    My bag arrived from B & H yesterday. It is big enough for all my equipment needs just by looking at it.
  • mhedgesmhedges Posts: 108Member
    Hiker said:

    My bag arrived from B & H yesterday. It is big enough for all my equipment needs just by looking at it.

    Can you give me some kind of idea of how much it will fit? Should it be able to fit all of the stuff I listed in my first post?
  • trolleytrolley Posts: 89Member
    edited 7:05AM
    I've got a Lowepro Flipside AW 500. It takes my D800 with 200-500 attached, 24-70 f2.8, 50mm f1.8, TC14, SB800 and batteries, 2 filters & memory cards. In the front I can take my iPad. Theoretically you can rotate it around your waist & then unload your gear, but I find it a bit of a faff.
    But a nice bag & cabin bag size - just :)
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