ghymes
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Good Camera Gear Bag For Nikon F5

Tue Nov 28, 2000 3:59 am

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.
 
mikephotos
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RE: Good Camera Gear Bag For Nikon F5

Tue Nov 28, 2000 4:41 am

Ghymes,

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...

Michael
 
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RE: Good Camera Gear Bag For Nikon F5

Tue Nov 28, 2000 6:58 am

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.

Thomas

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chrisair
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RE: Good Camera Gear Bag For Nikon F5

Tue Nov 28, 2000 9:06 am

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.
 
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hias
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RE: Good Camera Gear Bag For Nikon F5

Tue Nov 28, 2000 8:49 pm

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.

Regards

Mathias
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AirNikon
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RE: Good Camera Gear Bag For Nikon F5

Wed Nov 29, 2000 1:42 pm

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

F5
N90s
N80

80-200 2.8
100-300 4.0
24-120
18-35
70-300
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...
 
ghymes
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RE: Good Camera Gear Bag For Nikon F5

Thu Nov 30, 2000 5:29 am

Mike,
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!

Cheers
 
mikephotos
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RE: Good Camera Gear Bag For Nikon F5

Thu Nov 30, 2000 6:00 am

Ghymes,

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  

Michael
 
chrisair
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RE: Good Camera Gear Bag For Nikon F5

Thu Nov 30, 2000 9:13 am

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!

Chris

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