Camera bag suggestions!

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  1. Strobe

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    Hi Folks! Just after some suggestions for a new camera kit bag. I am currently using a Lowepro AW100 and it's bit of a tight squeeze for all the kit. The new bag will need to hold the following : DSLR, 17-70, 75-300, 100 macro and 50mm prime lenses, external flash, plus pockets for flash cards, filters, etc.
    Don't want to spend more than £50 really. Any suggestions? Crumpler perhaps?
     
  2. madfiddler

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    crumpler...don;t ask me which one becasue names vary depending on what country you are in.

    in the US look out for "3million dollar home"...4 million etc....

    great thing about crumpler is they don't look like camera bags

    I have a medium sized "pretty boy maxi" (UK name) and it holds a canon s3 IS with lens adapter permanently attached - mini tripod, memory cards, extra batts, a couple of filters, a raynox 1.54x teleconversion lens. There is still room on top for my wallet, my phone, even battery charger .....although then I have to take all those out to get at the camera!.....

    hope that helps
     
  3. Strobe

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    Thanks for that. Was looking at one of those as it happens. What are they like build quality-wise? The Lowepro I have at the mo is tough as old boots.
     
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    I like the Crumpler bags.

    I have got a Pretty Boy M as a walkaround bag and a Ben's Pizza XXL as my main kit bag. The Ben's Pizza are an older design, so you can get some good deals at the moment.

    My XXL holds a 400D, 430EX, 17-85IS, 70-300IS with room for spare batteries/cards etc. There is also room for a 50mm f1.8, which I will be getting next. After that it will be totally full.

    It sounds as though your kit is similar, except you have got the macro lens as well. I would recommend going for the Ben's/Pretty Boy XXXL as a minimum for a 'just fit' solution, or bigger still if you are planning on getting more kit.
     
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    Why not just go up to a bigger Slingshot model? I have a AW200 and it comfortably takes Camera, Sigma 70-300 APO, Canon 24-105L, Tokina 12-24 & 50mm F1.8 in the main compartment (also numerous CF cards). 3 spare batteries live in the front pocket and the top section takes a Speedlite 420 and a filter wallet plus other odds & sods. I only paid £32 for this on a Jessops offer but it's probably a bit more now. Theres an AW300 now if you want even more space...
     
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    I got the Crumpler Long Schlong and it is exactly what i need.
    I think if i bought any more kit i would need something else, but for now it holds everything including :

    In the main pocket:
    Canon 400D
    Canon 50mm F1.8 lens
    Sigma 70-300mm lens + hood
    Canon Ixus 50 camera

    In the "secret compartment" :
    Canon Kit Lens 18-55mm
    Sony HDR-HC3 camcorder

    In the front zip compartment :
    3 x CF cards
    1 x Canon spare battery
    1 x Sony spare battery
    3 x DV tapes
    400D instruction manual
    Lens rear and front cap.

    Here are some pics, but bear in mind i have swapped all my stuff around now (as per list above)

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    Bag cost me £50 delivered next day by DHL from http://www.we-sell-crumpler.co.uk/

    :thumbsup:
     
  7. Strobe

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    Thanks looks just the job! :thumbsup:
     
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    Let me know if you want more pics, it doesnt show off the full range of compartments in those pics.

    :thumbsup:
     
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    ive got the slingshot 300aw its mega holds everything
     
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    Crumpler user here. Have the Ben's Pizza XXXL, Brian's Hot Tub and the Pretty Boy. The attention to detail is great, you can't go wrong with them.
     
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    I was going to create a thread earlier, but as we have one running relating to camera bags i'll stick it in here.....

    I got a Crumpler MatchMaker yesterday, it's big :eek: , but definitely oozes quality!! :thumbsup:

    At first I thought this is bigger than I want, but I think i'll grow into it nicely, here are some pictures then i'll explain some more....


    Front View with Size Comparison
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    Front Pockets
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    The SUPER Padded Back Protection :eek:
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    The Empty Shell of a Bag
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    Laptop Bag
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    The Removable Camera Storage Bag
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    The Bag in Action - I'm about 5'11" if that helps weighing up the size ;)
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    * Note to Gizmo - Clean Bathroom Mirrors!!:rolleyes:


    This bag is built to last by the look's of things!! I love the whole removable storage section, great for when you get home and you can just carry and move your stuff around in this. You wouldn't be able to change lenses with the bag on your back as the section that unzips is the part with all the padding, but you can get to your batteries and memory from the front pocket.

    There is also an additional removable bag within the removable bag! You can store stuff here, or remove it completely and put more lenses or an additional body in the bag.

    At the moment I have a Canon 400D, Canon 70-200mm f4L, Canon 60mm f2.8 Macro, Canon 50mm f1.8, two lens hoods, and as you can see there is loads of room left. I no longer have to change to a shorter lens to bag my stuff up, the 70-200mm can either be on the camera or off.

    The laptop bag is pretty natty, and will get some use from me. If you travel alot with your gear, then I think for the money that this is available (£85-£100), it's well worth investing in.

    To be honest i'm really impressed with the bag, the initial shock at the size has subsided as it is very comfortable and I love the look and the way it all works, very good bag in my opinion :thumbsup:
     
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    Crumpler here too. Fantastic quality, and has a bit of style too :cool:

    I have a Harry Palmer which holds my D50, 4 lenses, Video Camera - drink wallet, sunglasses - and is still pretty small.
     

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