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Good Camera Gear Bag For Nikon F5  
User currently offlineGhymes From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 57 posts, RR: 5
Posted (15 years 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5141 times:

I have a new Nikon F5 and want to select a great bag for my gear that will be a carry-on as well. I like the Lowepro Trek series, but want to make sure my camera fits okay. Does anyone have any pros-cons against the "backpack" style bags? I won't be carrying more than 3 lenses.

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User currently offlineMikephotos From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 2923 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (15 years 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5098 times:


I have a Lowepro MiniTrekker and love it. I find the backpack easier to carry around when shooting better than the shoulder-strap "normal" camera bags. The bag is perfect as a carry-on and fits in the overhead bin and/or under the seat in front of you. The bag holds a lot gear also, here's what I have in it:

Nikon F5 with attached Tokina 28-70/f2.8 AT-X ProII
Nikon 80-200/f2.8
Nikon SB-23 flash
MS-30 Spare Battery holder

Plus there is plenty of room left over for film, batteries and other equipment. When I went to Zurich/Frankfurt, I had 70 rolls & 3 sets of spare batteries and had no problem fitting it all. When I get the N80 or F100 as a backup body, there should be no problem finding space.
Hope that helps...


User currently offlineThomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 4227 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (15 years 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5081 times:

I have been using DOMKE bags since '83' I still have my original F-2. My main bag is the F-1X and fully loaded it can carry 2 Canon EOS-1N's with boosters a 300mm 4L, 20-35 2.8L, 85 1.2L and a 50mm 2.5 Macro lens. I can also take along a light meter (2) 540EZ flashes, 30 rolls of film.

Even with it full of equipment I still manage to get it into the overhead bins, but I prefer to put under the seat in front of me.

As far as I am concerned DOMKE makes the best bags out there. One of the best reasons that I like DOMKE so much is that the bag is inconspicious. Unlike the Tamrac, Lowpro, ect which scream "Expensive camera equipment inside", DOMKE is low a profile bag, that does not draw a lot of unwanted attention. At least that has been my experince.


"Show me the Braniffs"
User currently offlineChrisair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 2322 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (15 years 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5082 times:

I use a Tamarac bag, it's comfortable, fits up in the overhead. It holds my

Nikon F100
Nikon N90
Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8
Nikkor 70-300 f/4-5.6
Nikkor 24-120 f/3-4.5
Sigma 15mm f/2.8
Nikon SB-28 flash

Pack of 48 AA Bateries

It does get heavy when lugging it around an airport, but most of the times on trips it lives ontop of the rental car.

Chris C.

User currently offlineHias From Germany, joined Sep 2000, 349 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (15 years 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5073 times:

I have a Dörr/Danubia backpack with built in trolley. It takes easily my

Nikon N90 with the attached Nikon 2,8/80-200
Nikon 4,5-5,6/75-300
Nikon TC-16A Teleconcerter
Sigma 5-6,3/170-500
Nikon N60 with attached Sigma 2,8-4/28-105
Metz Mecablitz MZ40
Air Band Receiver
(small) Binocolur

There is still enough space for a F5 and a F100.
It can still take up to 100 films (the film bag can be removed, especially for hand check at the airport) and many batteries. There are also 3 compartements for tripods.

I hope this would help you.



User currently offlineAirNikon From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 290 posts, RR: 27
Reply 5, posted (15 years 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5070 times:

For BIG SHOOTS I use a Tamrac 614. It handled the following last week:


80-200 2.8
100-300 4.0
SB-26 flash
Olympus dig cam and small binoculars
...and more film and AA batteries than I really needed.

However I don't like to haul it around often. It is big and heavy and DOES advertise EXPENSIVE STUFF INSIDE...

Don't get married, don't have kids, and you will have more money than you know what to do with...
User currently offlineGhymes From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 57 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (15 years 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5053 times:

Thanks for your reply. You are my hero!  

I bought my F5 in part due to your recommendation on your web site. I was leaning toward the Minitrekker as well. Now all I need to do is start saving for the Nikkor 80-200mm/f2.8 AF-D!


User currently offlineMikephotos From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 2923 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (15 years 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5058 times:


Glad I could help, you'll love the F5 and when you get it, the 80-200/f2.8 AF-D. That combo is just perfect for shooting airliners. I'm just sorry that I don't get to use it that often since I do most of my shooting on the ramp with the 28-70/f2.8.

Glad to see people acutally enjoy the "My Gear" section of the website.

Have fun shooting with the F5 and expect your film budget to increase  


User currently offlineChrisair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 2322 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (15 years 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 5059 times:

That 80-200 f/2.8 is a helluva lens, I've had mine for a year, and it produces the sharpest, crispest, brightest images I have ever seen!

You got a great camera there Ghymes, enjoy her, you're set for 5 or 6 years!


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