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What Kind Of Bag Should One Use?

Tue Jan 25, 2005 6:53 pm

I know that there is another topic that was on the site
"What Kind Of Photo Bag Do You Use?"
[http://www.airliners.net/discussions/aviation_photography/read.main/159284] but it was archived therefore making it impossible to ask further questions regarding the subject. I read through the topic and found that the Lowepro CompuTrekker AV was mentioned frequently.

I am looking for something that can hold all my gear while still be easy on the back and quite durable. I am rough with stuff but don't want to carry a pelican case around b/c they are huge and seem more like a briefcase than a camera case and I want the use of my hands.

I have the following set up;
  • Canon EOS Digital Rebel (300D) W/ Extra Grip

  • Canon EF 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USN

  • Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM

  • Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 APO Aspherical Autofocus

  • Sigma 15-30mm f/3.5-4.5 EX DG (Given To As A Gift)

  • Sunpak QSX 6601 Tripod (Cheap But Works For Now)


  • I have found that I am lugging 2-3 different cases to get all my gear to the airport. I would ideally like to carry my laptop around, it's an Apple Powerbook 12" that would fit great in any backpack (I do so in it's case which is then placed in my backpack for school) but I just can't fit it and it's case into another backpack while still carrying the camera bag with my camera, 55mm, and 300mm while having the small case for the Sigma 15-30mm and the huge case for the Sigma 170-500mm. But if I get a case that can carry this all together while being padded it then no longer requires my laptop case and gives me a safe place to put it.

    I would also like to carry my battery charger for the battery's (for trips) and the plugs and other goodies for my laptop. Can't forget all those extras (i.e. CF Cards, Even one more battery, Lens Cleaners, Filters, Card Reader, etc.) I have a scanner and a small set of bino's either for me or the board companion whom is mostly my girlfriend.

    With a case like this, can I place my 300D with the 170-500mm attached and possibly the hood attached as well in the center and the rest of my gear around this main set up? Or is it too small? I looked at local camera stores and none had any of these bags on hand and would have to special order it.

    I was hoping that the CompuTrekker was the answer but wasn't too sure if I should bite the bullet or wait. As you can tell I am asking for a second opinion and other suggestions. Personal experiences would be great! Lastly, does the CompuTrekker have a mount for a Tripod on the side?

    Thanks again.

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    Dehowie
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    RE: What Kind Of Bag Should One Use?

    Tue Jan 25, 2005 9:56 pm

    Well ihave a Lowepro mini trekker which is now bulging at the seams.
    The bag is pretty comfortable to hike with and i have walked all over Tokyo and Hong Kong carrying all my gear for 8-10 hours at a time.
    Good solid bag and pretty comfortable given the weight.
    Here is what fits in mine.
    EOS20D with grip,10-22,17-40,24-70,70-200,100-400,550EX flash,filters,6 batteries,cleaning gear plus other bits and piecs and all the hoods for the lenses.
    Darren
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    RE: What Kind Of Bag Should One Use?

    Tue Jan 25, 2005 10:04 pm

    I have a photo trekker classic and its huge but comfortable. More than enough room for my lenses which I'll be getting soon and for what you have.
    You can fit the laptop down the front of the bag but there is very little protection for it, as in padding wise.
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    RE: What Kind Of Bag Should One Use?

    Tue Jan 25, 2005 10:51 pm

    Maybe a look at this thread could help a bit too

    http://www.airliners.net/discussions/aviation_photography/read.main/159284

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    RE: What Kind Of Bag Should One Use?

    Tue Jan 25, 2005 11:09 pm

    Fabrice

    UA777222 already mentioned that in his first mesage,  Laugh out loud

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    RE: What Kind Of Bag Should One Use?

    Tue Jan 25, 2005 11:20 pm

    I use the computrecker and a great bag it is, i can carry all my gear and I have loads of room left, the elastic strapos on the back for a tripod are great and came in really handy for carrying my jacket when I didnt want to wear it. I would very much reccomend this bag and Its worth every penny
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    RE: What Kind Of Bag Should One Use?

    Tue Jan 25, 2005 11:24 pm


    Minitrekker AW is what I use. I had the yellow waterproof Lowepro bag for a while but it was to big. The Minitrekker is excellent, large enough for most setups and fits as carryon luggage on any airline.
    what seems to be the officer, problem?
     
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    RE: What Kind Of Bag Should One Use?

    Wed Jan 26, 2005 7:35 am

    I prefer plastic.

     
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    RE: What Kind Of Bag Should One Use?

    Wed Jan 26, 2005 7:51 am

    Clickhappy,

    For some reason that photo didn't show, would you mind expanding on what you have?

    Thanks again.

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    RE: What Kind Of Bag Should One Use?

    Wed Jan 26, 2005 7:59 am

    Also forgot to ask,

    Computreckker Users! Is this case able to fit my Canon Digital Rebel and my Sigma 170-500 with the hood attached in the middle as seen in the Nature Trekker?



    Secondly,
    Does keeping your lens attached to your camera make it easer to break due to the link between the two say if you bump something or if your case is dropped?

    Thanks again for all the help!

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    RE: What Kind Of Bag Should One Use?

    Wed Jan 26, 2005 8:01 am

    That bag in the above picture is what I have, I love it  Big thumbs up
     
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    RE: What Kind Of Bag Should One Use?

    Wed Jan 26, 2005 8:51 am

    Nice waterproofing kit there mate i just hope you remembered to leave an air hole somewhere!!
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    RE: What Kind Of Bag Should One Use?

    Wed Feb 09, 2005 1:23 pm

    Clickhappy, if I am not mistaken, I believe you visited a Barnes and Noble before you constructed your camera bag. Quite an ingenious design if I may say so.  Big thumbs up

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    RE: What Kind Of Bag Should One Use?

    Wed Feb 09, 2005 7:10 pm

    The computrekker should have no problems at all fitting the 300D and a 170-500 connected together. I dont take my lense and camera apart when storing them in the bag as it allows me to use my camera in a hurry if I need it and also prevents dust spots...
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    RE: What Kind Of Bag Should One Use?

    Wed Feb 09, 2005 7:25 pm

    Royal,

    As much as anything, I think you're a brave man for looking like that around an airport!
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    RE: What Kind Of Bag Should One Use?

    Wed Feb 09, 2005 7:46 pm

    I have a Lowpro classic trekker for major days out. It cost alot but the build quality is realy good. It should last a lifetime  Smile

    Then i also have a Hama mini rucksack for when i only need a max of 3 lenses. Recomended by Tin67 (Martin Aves) and available from 7dayshop at only about £17.99. Its a great little bag but the build quality is pretty poor and nothing like the Lowpro. But for £17.99 its brilliant value and very handy as part of you kit  Big thumbs up

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    RE: What Kind Of Bag Should One Use?

    Wed Feb 09, 2005 8:37 pm

    I have the LowePro Computrekker AW... bought recently and I've got to say, what a great bag!

    Here's what I've crammed into mine:-

    Canon EOS 10D with BG-ED3 attached
    Sigma 50-500 EX
    Sigma 18-50 DC
    Canon 420EX
    Canon charger for BP-511s
    Binoculars
    Mini Tripod
    Uniross fast charger for flash batteries

    The BIGMA is similar in length to the 170-500, but what I would advise against is having the lens hood on in shooting orientation i.e. making the lens longer. The bayonet fitting is only plastic and I wouldn't trust it to take the weight of the lens and camera combo. I have my lens hood attached but reversed.

    Hope that helps. I'll see if I can take a shot of the arrangement for posting.

    Cheers!

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    RE: What Kind Of Bag Should One Use?

    Wed Feb 09, 2005 9:41 pm

    I currently use a minitrekker AW. It holds the following comfortably, if a little heavy.

    10D with BG-ED3
    100-400LIS
    70-200F4L
    550EX
    15F2.8
    17-40F4L
    6 BP511's
    Stofen
    Flash Cable

    The computrekker basically ahs the same dimensions as the mini trekker it just ahs that little bit extra on the back for the laptop! If you need to carry both laptop and camera gear in a backpack then this is the way to go.

    I shall be getting the lowepro photo trekker AWII soon as i am making some additions to my kit this weekend. The photo trekker will allow me to hold an extra body, extra flash and a few extra lenses.

    Cheers, Chris
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    RE: What Kind Of Bag Should One Use?

    Thu Feb 10, 2005 2:18 am

    I am still planning on keeping my Sigma but this past week I decided that I would save my penny's for a 100-400LIS along with the 240EX flash. My worry is that when I travel will I have enough room to carry;

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    170-500
    100-400LIS
    17-40 (Also hope to get)
    300D+BG-E1
    Filters
    12" Powerbook
    Chargers (For camera + powerbook)

    I would hate to go on a month long trip and have to choose between lenses due to space. And I have had issues with putting the hood backwards to store b/c of the pressure to the sides and I'm afraid that it's going to crack my hood with any more pressure, hence I looked at the Nature Trekker b/c I know that my camera + lens + hood will fit.

    Thanks for all the fantastic help!

    Royal,

    I'll have to try that out some time and I agree you must be a brave man to look like that at an airport.

    Thanks again to all and take care!

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    RE: What Kind Of Bag Should One Use?

    Thu Feb 10, 2005 3:02 am

    UAL,

    If you get the 100-400LIS then you will not use the 170-500 whatsoever! I would reccomend selling it and buying a lens to fill the void between your 40mm and 100mm. Maybe a 28-105mm or a 28-135IS. Money much better spent than having it sit in the bag unused taking up ALOT of space!

    Chris
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    RE: What Kind Of Bag Should One Use?

    Thu Feb 10, 2005 3:33 am

    I have a very sturdy bag that can take all my equipment. I can even leave my 100-400 expanded at 400 in the bag AND bring lunch for 4 people!  Big thumbs up

    Cheers,
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    RE: What Kind Of Bag Should One Use?

    Thu Feb 10, 2005 4:57 am

    Does anyone know if you lose the AF on the 100-400mm? I wanted to get a 1.4x converter but was told that I would lose the AF.

    Good idea about selling the 170-500mm. Any one interested?? JK. It'll be a while until I am willing to let go of my money.

    Thanks again for all the help!

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    RE: What Kind Of Bag Should One Use?

    Thu Feb 10, 2005 5:34 am

    On the 10D/20D/D60/D30/300d you will lose AF when you add a 1.4x to the 100-400!

    Chris
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    RE: What Kind Of Bag Should One Use?

    Thu Feb 10, 2005 6:22 am

    Is that the same for a 2x Chris?

    Thanks again.

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    RE: What Kind Of Bag Should One Use?

    Thu Feb 10, 2005 6:28 am

    Is that the same for a 2x Chris?

    Unfortunatly - yes.

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    RE: What Kind Of Bag Should One Use?

    Thu Feb 10, 2005 7:34 am

    This is what i used when sorting my kit purchase. Its a compatibily chart for 2.0 & 1.4 extenders. Its on the BH website. Link as follows and click on compatibility chart. Hay presto you now know what EF lens AF works with which extender  Smile

    Link below....

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=220457&is=GREY
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    RE: What Kind Of Bag Should One Use?

    Fri Feb 11, 2005 8:36 am

    So anyway... as promised, this is what the Computrekker looks like with the kit in it:-




    Loving this bag more and more!

    Cheers!

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